April 23, 2014

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“Monsters University” and “Pacific Rim” take Hollywood Film Awards Honors

The 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards announced today that Disney/Pixar’s “Monsters University,” directed by Dan Scanlon and produced by Kori Rae, will be the recipient of the Hollywood Animation Award, and Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures “Pacific Rim” visual effects supervisor John Knoll will receive the “Hollywood Visual Effects Award” at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony.
The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive producer of the Hollywood Film Awards. He said: “John Knoll’s groundbreaking work on Pacific Rim sets a new standard in visual effects. The robots and monsters in the film truly come to life through the best visual effects of the year. Once again, the animation and storytelling of “Monsters University” reflects Pixar’s creativity and greatness.”

The award will be bestowed at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony on Monday evening, October 21, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
The Hollywood Film Awards honors cherished stars, filmmakers and up-and-coming talent, and traditionally kicks off the film awards season with the biggest stars and top industry executives in attendance.
“We are very proud to be the first stop of the awards season. In the last ten years, a total of 96 Oscar® nominations and 34 Oscars® were given to the honorees of the Hollywood Film Awards,” said de Abreu.
Last year’s awards show received more than 41 million media impressions, in addition to more than 300 million online and print readers’ impressions.
About Dan Scalon
Dan Scanlon made his animated feature directorial debut with Disney/Pixar’s 14th feature film, “Monsters University,” which has grossed over $700 million dollars worldwide since its June 2013 release. He also co-wrote the film’s story and screenplay. As a youngster in Clawson, Michigan, Scanlon possessed a love for Warner Bros. cartoons, animated Disney films and, as fate would have it, Pixar short films. His passion inspired him to study film and animation in high school and in college where he focused on illustration at Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD). Upon graduating from CCAD, Scanlon began working as an animator and story artist for Character Builders, a 2D animation company that produced feature and commercial work in Columbus, Ohio. Scanlon joined Pixar Animation Studios in September 2001 as a storyboard artist on Disney/Pixar’s award-winning features “Cars” and “Toy Story 3.” During the initial production stages for both films, he worked to translate the director’s story ideas into [...]

Kudos for ‘Before Midnight’ Writers Linklater, Delpy and Hawke

The 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards announced today that it will be honoring Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater, with the “Hollywood Screenwriters Award,” for their screenplay for Sony Pictures Classics’ Before Midnight.
The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive producer of the Hollywood Film Awards. He said: “It is a privilege to honor such multi-talented screenwriters.”
The award will be bestowed at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony on Monday evening, October 21, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
This is the third film in the series, preceded by Before Sunset in 2004, also written by the trio, and Before Sunrise in 1995, written by Linklater and Kim Krizan. In the latest film, we meet Celine and Jesse nine years after their last rendezvous. Almost two decades have passed since their first encounter on a train bound for Vienna, and we now find them in their early forties in Greece. Before the clock strikes midnight, we will again become part of their story.
The Hollywood Film Awards honors cherished stars, filmmakers and up-and-coming talent, and traditionally kicks off the film awards season with the biggest stars and top industry executives in attendance.
“We are very proud to be the first stop of the awards season. In the last ten years, a total of 96 Oscar® nominations and 34 Oscars® were given to the honorees of the Hollywood Film Awards,” said de Abreu.
Last year’s awards show received more than 41 million media impressions, in addition to more than 300 million online and print readers’ impressions.
ABOUT JULIE DELPY
After graduating from NYU’s Tisch Film School, Delpy’s film Blah Blah Blah debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 1995. That year she also starred in Richard Linklater’s film Before Sunrise, with Ethan Hawke. The film received glowing reviews, and lead to a follow-up with the characters nine years later with Before Sunset in 2004. Delpy co-wrote the script with Hawke and Linklater, and it earned them an Academy Award nomination for Adapted Screenplay. Delpy has also been recognized for her work by the César Awards, having been nominated three times, and is well-known for an additional film series she has written, directed, edited and co-produced; 2 Days in Paris and 2 Days in New York.
ABOUT ETHAN HAWKE
Ethan Hawke is an Academy Award nominated actor and screenwriter who has starred in over 40 films that have spanned [...]

‘Captain Phillips’ producer Michael De Luca to be Feted at Hollywood Film Awards

Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive producer of the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, announced today that two-time Academy Award®-nominated producer Michael De Luca (who co-produced David Fincher’s The Social Network with Scott Rudin and Dana Brunetti; and co-produced Bennett Miller’s Moneyball with Brad Pitt and Rachael Horovitz) will be honored with this year’s Hollywood Producer Award. Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, and De Luca also produced Paul Greengrass’ upcoming film Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks, which Sony Pictures will release on October 11, 2013, following its world premiere as the Opening Night film at the 2013 New York Film Festival. The award will be bestowed at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony on Monday evening, October 21, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
“Every year, we are very proud to honor excellence in the art of filmmaking in all its disciplines. Academy Award® nominated producer Michael De Luca is an exemplary representative of that excellence,” said de Abreu.

Captain Phillips is director Paul Greengrass’s multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. It is – through Greengrass’ distinctive lens – simultaneously a pulse-pounding thriller and a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization. The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama’s commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (two time Academy Award® winner Tom Hanks), and his Somali counterpart, Muse (Barkhad Abdi). Set on an incontrovertible collision course off the coast of Somalia, both men will find themselves paying the human toll for economic forces outside of their control. The film is directed by Academy Award® nominee Paul Greengrass, from a screenplay by Billy Ray based upon the book, A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty. 
De Luca served as the Head of Production at DreamWorks and spent seven years as the President and COO at New Line Productions. As a studio chief, De Luca helped to launch the highly successful Friday, Blade, Austin Powers and Rush Hour franchises, and championed such groundbreaking sleeper hits as Seven, American History X, Magnolia, Wag the Dog, Old School, Pleasantville, Anchorman, and Boogie Nights. In 2004, De Luca launched his own development and production company, the LA-based Michael De Luca Productions, and signed a long-term development and production deal at Columbia Pictures. Through this deal, De Luca [...]

Entertainment Tonight’s Nancy O’Dell Set To Host The 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards

The 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards announced today that Entertainment Tonight Co-Anchor Nancy O’Dell will host the Hollywood Film Awards show on Monday, October 21st at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. This marks Entertainment Tonight’s tenth year hosting the Hollywood Film Awards and O’Dell’s third, which honors excellence in the art of filmmaking, and launches the awards season.
“I’m thrilled to help honor the tremendously talented artists at this year’s Hollywood Film Awards,” said O’Dell. “This glamorous evening is full of unpredictable moments from the biggest names in the industry and I am delighted to return as the host.”
The Hollywood Film Awards honors cherished stars, filmmakers and up-and-coming talent, and traditionally kicks off the film awards season with the biggest stars and top industry executives in attendance.
The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive producer of the Hollywood Film Awards. “We are very proud to be the first stop of the awards season. In the last ten years, a total of 96 Oscar® nominations and 34 Oscars® were given to the honorees of the Hollywood Film Awards,” said de Abreu. “We are also grateful to Entertainment Tonight and Nancy O’Dell for their decade of support.”
Last year’s awards show received more than 41 million media impressions, in addition to more than 300 million online and print readers’ impressions.
ABOUT NANCY O’DELL
One of the country’s most respected and leading entertainment journalists, O’Dell is the co-host of the most watched entertainment news program in the world “Entertainment Tonight”, and since joining the show in January 2011, O’Dell has secured exclusive interviews with luminaries such as President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah, Angelina Jolie, Oscar winner Jamie Foxx, Johnny Depp, and Taylor Swift. In addition to her work with ET, O’Dell has contributed reports to CBS This Morning, NBC’s Today show and Dateline. She is executive producer and host of Celebrities at Home, which was recently picked up for a third season on HGTV. O’Dell was handpicked by Oprah and Mark Burnett to host Your Own Show, one of OWN network’s premiere primetime shows. Having over 20 years’ experience, O’Dell is a go-to anchor for live TV specials including the 2011 national Emmy pre-show, Countdown to the Emmys, and FOX’s New Year’s Eve Special ringing in 2011. She was a special presenter on CBS’ 2013 and 2012 Academy of Country Music Awards, as well as a host [...]

Hollywood Film Awards Honors Jerry Weintraub with the “Hollywood Legend Award”

The 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards announced today that it will be honoring Jerry Weintraub, the prolific and celebrated producer behind the Ocean’s Eleven and Karate Kid film series, among others, with the inaugural “Hollywood Legend Award,” a special award of merit bestowed to an individual that has made outstanding contributions to film and the entertainment industry.
The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive producer of the Hollywood Film Awards. He said, “It is a great honor to recognize Jerry Weintraub, a visionary and true Hollywood legend, with the inaugural ‘Hollywood Legend Award’.”

The award will be bestowed at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony on Monday evening, October 21, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
This year Weintraub produced the HBO film Behind the Candelabra, starring Matt Damon and Michael Douglas, which was nominated for an impressive 13 Emmy Awards. His career includes promoting Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, and Led Zeppelin and managing such talents as John Denver, The Carpenters and The Moody Blues among others. His remarkable list of film hits include Nashville, Diner, The Karate Kid, and the Ocean’s Eleven series.

The Hollywood Film Awards honors cherished stars, filmmakers and up-and-coming talent, and traditionally kicks off the film awards season with the biggest stars and top industry executives in attendance.
“We are very proud to be the first stop of the awards season. In the last ten years, a total of 96 Oscar® nominations and 34 Oscars® were given to the honorees of the Hollywood Film Awards,” said de Abreu.
Last year’s awards show reached a total TV audience of more than 41 million media impressions, in addition to more than 300 million online and print readers’ impressions.
ABOUT DICK CLARK PRODUCTIONS
Founded in 1957, dick clark productions, Inc (DCP) is a leading independent producer of television programming. DCP produces perennial hits such as the “American Music Awards,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Academy of Country Music Awards,” and “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.” DCP also produces popular weekly television programming, including “So You Think You Can Dance,” and owns and maintains one of the world’s most unique and extensive entertainment libraries, which includes more than 30 years of “American Bandstand” footage. For additional information, visit www.dickclark.com.
ABOUT THE HOLLYWOOD FILM AWARDS®
The Hollywood Film Awards® founded in 1997 were created to celebrate Hollywood and launch the awards season. The recipients of [...]

“Oblivion” is the No. 1 film worldwide with an estimated $71.9 million

“Oblivion” is the No. 1 film worldwide for the 2nd week in a row with an estimated weekend gross of $71.9 million. The worldwide cume now stands at $150.2 million. Also G.I. Joe: Retaliation passed the $200 million mark internationally, and $300 million mark worldwide, this weekend.
The top-12 domestic weekend box office estimates listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, April 21, 2013 are below.
1. Oblivion – Universal – $38.2M
2. 42 – Warner Bros. – $18.0M
3. Croods, The – 20th Century Fox – $9.5M
4. Scary Movie 5 – The Weinstein Company – $6.3M
5. GI Joe: Retaliation – Paramount – $5.8M
6. Place Beyond the Pines, The – Focus Features – $4.7M
7. Olympus Has Fallen – FilmDistrict – $4.5M
8. Evil Dead – Sony – $4.1M
9. Jurassic Park – Universal – $4.0M
10. Oz The Great and Powerful – Disney – $3.0M
11. Tyler Perry’s Temptation – Lionsgate – $2.2M
12. Home Run – IDP/Samuel Goldwyn Films – $1.6M
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Johnny Depp: The Lone Ranger at Cinecom Photos

Johnny Depp: “The Lone Ranger” at Cinecom. Photos of Director Gore Verbinski, Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, and Producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
In “The Lone Ranger” Native American warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice.

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From 1997 to 2009 there were five $1 billion film grossers. Between 2010 and 2012, we added an additional ten such films.

Just a few years ago, had I written a piece entitled “There are no films guaranteed to gross $1 billion this year”, you likely would have laughed and said “Of course not!”. As recently as 2010, the idea that any movie could or would gross $1 billion in worldwide ticket sales was somewhat of a pipe dream.
From 1997 to 2006, there were just two films to reach that milestone, they being Titanic (the biggest movie of all-time with a seemingly insurmountable $1.8 billion) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, the Oscar-winning chapter to what can be argued is the finest screen trilogy of our time (that’s a debate for another day). In 2006, we saw the powerhouse success of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest which parlayed the unexpected popularity of the first film into an even larger haul for its sequel, breaking the domestic opening weekend record at the time ($135 million) and earning a massive $423 million in America and $642 million overseas.
In 2008, The Dark Knight pulled another “massively popular sequel to unexpectedly well-liked original” trick to the tune of $533 million in America (good for the second biggest grosser of all time in America, if only for a year) and just over $1 billion worldwide despite not playing in China due to that pesky “Chinese gangster hides Gotham mob money” subplot. 2009 saw James Cameron do that trick that James Cameron does yet again, with Avatar earning $1 billion worldwide in about seventeen days and going on to earn an eye-popping $2.7 billion.
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“Oblivion” opens at No. 1 worldwide with an estimated weekend gross of $61.1 million

“Oblivion” opens at No. 1 worldwide with an estimated weekend gross of $61.1 million from 52 international markets. The film was No.1 in 48 of the 52 markets and opens in the US and Canada this coming Friday. Also, 20th Century Fox International crossed the $1 billion mark on April 12. They are the first distributor to do so in 2013 and this is the 10th year in a row they have surpassed this milestone.”
The top-12 domestic weekend box office estimates listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, April 14, 2013 are below.
1. 42 – Warner Bros. – $27.2M
2. Scary Movie 5 – The Weinstein Company – $15.2M
3. Croods, The – 20th Century Fox – $13.2M
4. GI Joe: Retaliation – Paramount – $10.8M
5. Evil Dead – Sony – $9.5M
6. Jurassic Park – Universal – $8.8M
7. Olympus Has Fallen – FilmDistrict – $7.3M
8. Oz The Great and Powerful – Disney – $4.9M
9. Tyler Perry’s Temptation – Lionsgate – $4.5M
10. Place Beyond the Pines, The – Focus Features – $4.1M
11. Host, The – Open Road – $2.4M
12. Call, The – Sony – $1.9M
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Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom in Zulu by Jerome Salle to close the 66th Cannes Film Festival

The 66th Festival de Cannes will close on 26th May with a screening of the thriller Zulu, shot entirely on location in South Africa by Jérôme Salle and adapted from the novel of the same name by Caryl Férey.
The action takes place in Cape Town, in a South Africa still overshadowed by apartheid, where destitute townships rubs shoulders with affluent neighbourhoods. Two cops on the beat, Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean by Gore Verbinski, Lord of the Rings by Peter Jackson) and Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland by Kevin McDonald, Ghost Dog, La Voie du Samouraï by Jim Jarmush) are caught up in a suspenseful search which combines elements of political film noir and social study (…).
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