July 25, 2016
        Hollywood Contenders: Looking at potential Best Actress contenders                "Star Trek Beyond" is a rare success for the 2016 summer movie season                The 2016 New York Film Festival will open with Ava Duvernay's documentary "The 13th"                Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone make us swoon as "La La Land" drops a luminous Teaser Trailer                "Loving" announces itself as an awards player with a great Trailer                Hollywood Contenders: New Oscar Predictions for July                Woody Allen has another crowd pleaser on his hands with "Cafe Society"                Hollywood Contenders: Looking at potential Best Actor contenders                Kristen Stewart shines in the sci-fi love story "Equals"                'Ghostbusters' is an excellent re-invention of the classic franchise                Hollywood Contenders: Looking at potential Best Director contenders                "Captain Fantastic" is one of the year's most pleasant surprises                This week brings an adorable bit of animation in "The Secret Life of Pets"                Aaron Eckhart has plum supporting roles in "Bleed for This" and "Sully"                "Cafe Society", "Captain Fantastic", and "Ghostbusters": Films to see in July        

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‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ With $262 Mil Global Box Office

The 7th installment in the X-Men franchise grossed an estimated $262 Mil Global. However, it’s lower than ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ debut eight years ago.
The X-Men film series consists of superhero films based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name.
Below estimated Domestic Box Office for weekend of May 23-25:
1 X-Men: Days Of Future Past, 20th Century Fox $90,700,000
2 Godzilla, Warner Bros. $31,425,000
3 Blended, Warner Bros. $14,245,000
4 Neighbors, Universal $13,945,820
5 Amazing Spider-Man 2, Sony $7,800,000
6 Million Dollar Arm, Disney $7,093,000
7 Other Woman, 20th Century Fox
8 Rio 2, 20th Century Fox $2,500,000
9 Chef, Open Road $2,260,000
10 Heaven Is For Real, Sony $1,950,000
11 Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Disney $1,722,000
12 Belle, Fox Searchlight $1,700,000
to read more go to www.rentrak.com

Julianne Moore, Timothy Spall and “Winter Sleep” are the big winners at the Cannes Film Festival

The Jury of this 67th Festival de Cannes, presided over by Jane Campion, revealed the names of the prize winners this evening during the Awards Ceremony. Lambert Wilson hosted Uma Thurman and Quentin Tarantino on the stage of the Grand Théâtre Lumière to award the Palme d’or to the best of the 18 films in Competition. Sergio Leone’s Per un pugno di dollari (A Fistful of Dollars) presented by Quentin Tarantino, was screened at the end of the ceremony.
AN the winners are:
FEATURE FILMS
Palme d’or
WINTER SLEEP by Nuri Bilge CEYLAN

Grand Prix
LE MERAVIGLIE (The Wonders) by Alice ROHRWACHER
Best Director Award
Bennett MILLER for FOXCATCHER

Jury Prize ex-aequo
MOMMY by Xavier DOLAN
ADIEU AU LANGAGE (Goodbye to language) by Jean-Luc GODARD
Best Screenplay Award
Andrey ZVYAGINTSEV and Oleg NEGIN for LEVIATHAN
Best Actress Award
Julianne MOORE in MAPS TO THE STARS by David CRONENBERG

Best Actor Award
Timothy SPALL in MR. TURNER by Mike LEIGH

SHORT FILMS
Palme d’or
LEIDI by Simón MESA SOTO
Special Mention – Ex-aequo
AÏSSA by Clément TREHIN-LALANNE
JA VI ELSKER (Yes we love) by Hallvar WITZØ
UN CERTAIN REGARD
Un Certain Regard Prize
FEHÉR ISTEN by Kornél Mundruczó
Jury Prize
TURIST by Ruben Östlund
Un Certain Regard Special Prize
THE SALT OF THE EARTH by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado
Ensemble Prize
PARTY GIRL by Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis
Best Actor Award
David Gulpilil in CHARLIE’S COUNTRY by Rolf de Heer
CAMÉRA D’OR
PARTY GIRL by Marie AMACHOUKELI, Claire BURGER, Samuel THEIS presented in the Un Certain Regard Selection
CINÉFONDATION
First Prize
SKUNK by Annie Silverstein
University of Texas at Austin, USA
Second Prize
OH LUCY! by Atsuko Hirayanagi
NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia, Singapore
Joint Third Prize
LIEVITO MADRE by Fulvio Risuleo
Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Italy
THE BIGGER PICTURE by Daisy Jacobs
National Film and Television School, United Kingdom
The Jury of the CST has awarded the VULCAN AWARD OF THE TECHNICAL ARTIST to:
Dick POPE, director of photography, for bringing to light the works of Turner in the movie MR. TURNER by Mike LEIGH
To read more go to Cannes Film Festival

Robert Pattinson worries about the child stars – “Maps to the Stars”

Robert Pattinson worries about the child stars he meets in Hollywood.
“When you see these kids, there is only one way: you either get in therapy now or become a serial killer, or kill yourself. I mean, you can see it really early on, it’s terrifying.”
There is just such a kid at the center of ‘Maps to the Stars,’ one of two Pattinson films debuting at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Evan Bird, whom you may recognize from The Killing, plays Benjie, a vicious and entitled 13-year-old TV star, and Pattinson plays a chauffeur looking for a break in show business.

Photos by “Maps to the Stars”
To read more go to VanityFair.com

Predicting the Palme d’Or at Cannes

HOLLYWOOD ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK: Over at the Cannes Film Festival tomorrow, the awards announcements will take place, leading up to the crowning of this year’s Palme d’Or winning film. There doesn’t seem to be a movie there that’s the obvious frontrunner, so we have a situation where the festival jury (led by filmmaker Jane Campion) could go in any number of directions. They have American Oscar bait, new works from Cannes favorites, and a whole host of other flicks to choose from. I have to say, this year is probably one of the more wide open ones that we’ve seen in a bit. I’ve never been less confident in Cannes awards predictions than I am now, but we’ll press on anyway…
Before we get to the big award, I’ll speculate a bit on the acting, directing, and screenplay awards. For Actor, I think it’ll be the high profile selection of Steve Carrell for Foxcatcher, though Timothy Spall could just as easily win for Mr. Turner as well. With Actress, Marion Cotillard seems like the far out frontrunner for Two Days, One Night here, though if you want a potential upset, look for Julianne Moore in David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, Kristen Stewart in Olivier Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria, or Hilary Swank in Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman. Director is almost like another runner up prize, so something that loses the Palme could win here. For that I have Xavier Dolan for Mommy, though any of the other contenders are possible, especially Bennett Miller or Mike Leigh. Lastly, I’m sort of at a loss for Screenplay, so I’ll go with what I’ve heard is the likely winner in Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep, though watch out for Foxcatcher here as well.
Now, on to the Golden Palm. It seems to be a competition between Foxcatcher, Leviathan, Mommy, Mr. Turner, and Winter Sleep, though some have speculated that Two Days, One Night could be a spoiler. I suspect that at least one of those will also wind up as either the Grand Prix (Second Place) or Jury Prize (Third Place) winner, but I have no good clue as to which one, though if a gun was to my head, I’d say maybe Leigh’s Mr. Turner comes in second and Miller’s Foxcatcher comes in third. By that line of thinking, that would have Dolan’s Mommy and Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan fighting it out for the big […]

“Batman”: The Top 25 (Best Production Design)

Here we go again folks with another Top 25. Today I’ll be knocking off another one of the technical categories, with this one being the always elaborate Best Production Design field. The category is usually a feast for the eyes, but there’s plenty more to it than that. The sets and the environment on the whole are put on display here in an often magical way. I have a few specific titles I’ll be citing below, but I know the game here. You all mostly just want to see the lists anyway, so I have no problem obliging you there in that particular regard. All you have to do is just be patient over the next few paragraphs once again…
This time around, I’m once again going the overview route, since as mentioned above the look of these winners is really what matters here. Also, it really just depends on what sort of winner you’re partial to here. There are all different sorts that have won the Academy Award here for this category, so it’s pretty much a matter of taste. Period, Sci-Fi, etc…all have their moment in the sun.
I’ll basically just discuss my top ten a bit. To me, the best winner of this category so far to date has been Tim Burton’s Batman, which isn’t the best movie in the world, but features some breathtaking Production Design by Anton Furst. It’s amazingly unique, you have to give the design that. Close behind I had Pan’s Labyrinth and Titanic, two other films I don’t love but think have amazing Production Design. On the next tier are two flicks I like a lot more in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Star Wars. Wrapping up the top ten you have the likes of Avatar, Barry Lyndon, Chicago, Dick Tracy, and Raiders of the Lost Ark, all very worthy winners. This is actually a pretty stacked category, so there were tons more than 25 winners that I could have chosen from in this field.
Here now is how I’d rank the 25 top winners of the Best Production Design Oscar:
25. The Aviator
24. The Great Gatsby (2013)
23. Memoirs of a Geisha
22. Amadeus
21. Cabaret
20. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
19. The Last Emperor
18. Moulin Rouge!
17. The Godfather: Part II
16. Doctor Zhivago
15. Schindler’s List
14. The Apartment
13. All That Jazz
12. Hugo
11. Lawrence of Arabia
10. Dick Tracy
9. Avatar
8. Raiders of the Lost Ark
7. Chicago
6. Barry […]

And the winners are… 2014 Billboard Music Awards

The 2014 Billboard Music Awards, hosted by musician and actor Ludacris, made television history on Sunday night with a show bursting with never-before-seen superstar duos, explosive premiere performances and a once-in-a-lifetime Michael Jackson experience. The show aired live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on ABC.

Justin Timberlake was the night’s big winner, taking home 7 awards including Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Radio Songs Artist, Top R&B Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album, and Top R&B Album. Timberlake also took the lead in Album award wins with two. The record breaking summer hit “Blurred Lines” won the most Song categories with 4 wins in Top Hot 100 Song, Top Digital Song, Top Radio Song, and Top R&B Song. Imagine Dragons followed Timberlake with 5 artist awards including Top Duo/Group, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Rock Artist, Top Rock Album and Top Streaming Song (Audio). Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke and T.I. each won 4 awards throughout the night as well.
The show opened with international superstars Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull and Claudia Leitte debuting their official 2014 FIFA World Cup song “We Are One (Ole Ola).” The stage filled with colorful images of the worlds’ flags as the three stars were joined by dancers, drummers and flag girls to share this new anthem with the crowd. In addition to kicking off the night’s musical performances, Lopez was honored with the prestigious ICON Award, making her the first woman in the four years of its existence, to receive the award for their remarkable and enduring contribution to popular music.
Television history was made with a thrilling, multi-dimensional dance performance of Michael Jackson’s “Slave to the Rhythm” during which fans experienced the groundbreaking magic and fantasy we know to expect from the greatest entertainer of all time. The performance was created for fans by the Estate of Michael Jackson to capture the essence, the excitement and the magic that Jackson embodied. Produced by the Estate and Pulse Evolution, it took over a year, and a team of 104 cast and crew, to create this one-of-a-kind full stage experience to showcase all that Michael was.

Milestone Award winner Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert made the television debut of their yet-to-be released new duet “Somethin’ Bad,” while Iggy Azalea and Ariana Grande performed their chart-topping single “Problem,” surrounded by a spirited cheerleading squad. Azalea […]

Godzilla Opens to a Fantastic $93.2 Million Weekend Box Office

Godzilla opens to a great weekend box office. It’s Warner Bros largest-ever May opening.
The rumor is that Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures are already developing a sequel.
Below the top 5 domestic titles box office.
TOP 5 DOMESTIC TITLES – Weekend of May 16-18
1 Godzilla $93.2
2 Neighbors $26.0
3 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $16.8
4 Million Dollar Arm $10.5
5 The Other Woman $6.3

“A Million Ways to Die in the West…” Red Carpet

The old west was alive in Westwood on Thursday night with an all-starred carpet lineup at the premiere of ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West.’ This is Seth MacFarlane’s first bow since the hugely successful ‘Ted’ and the crowdsturned out to see the star studded fest.
Charlize Theron and Sean Penn, who’ve been dating for four months,were the talk of the night as the couple canoodled down the carpet, setting offa media tizzy. Charlize wore a delicately embroidered black cocktail frockoffset by chunky diamond studs and a ruby red pout.

Seth MacFarlane played it cool in black, dodging questionsabout a ‘Ted’ sequel. MacFarlane, who directs, produces, co-writes and plays therole of a cowardly sheep farmer in the new film, wanted the night to stay focusedthe old west comedy.

Sarah Silverman, who came arm-in-arm with Michael Sheen (‘TheQueen’), delighted the fans that lined the boulevard by signing throngs ofautographs before standing before a blizzard of flashbulbs. Her playful whiteskirt and blue shoes looked summery on the extremely hot May night in LosAngeles.

“Godzilla” won’t contend for a Best Picture nomination…but it should

Last night I finally saw the reboot of Godzilla at a press screening here in New York and boy oh boy was I blown away. The once campy monster has gotten a serious, Christopher Nolan-esque treatment from up and coming filmmaker Gareth Edwards, and the results are insanely satisfying. Much in the way that Rise of the Planet of the Apes shocked summer audiences a few years ago and became speculated about as a potential awards hopeful, Godzilla should have the same fate. The inherent ridiculousness of a giant lizard stomping around will prevent it from serious contention, but it deserves some consideration at least.
Think of it this way…how cool would it be to see Godzilla as a Best Picture nominee? Especially back when there was a mandatory field of ten Best Picture nominees, a blockbuster like this would have fit right in. Yes, it’s an odd choice, but why not reward an attempt at infusing a little bit of art into what otherwise might have been just a money grab? We’ve seen countless blockbusters underwhelm, so when one overwhelms, I start to dream of it catching on in a big way. There’s no chance it could ever win, and likely would never even come close to a nomination, but folks…it deserves to at least be realistically considered.
With an A list cast that includes Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, and David Strathairn, Seamus McGarvey as the director of photography, and Alexandre Desplat doing the score, the movie is more than just your garden variety creature feature. The flick has some loftier ambitions, and believe it or not, it hits a lot of the time when it reaches for the sky like that. There’s an environmental message, a nuclear war related theme, and some reflections on real life disasters. You don’t always get that in your summer movies, so I at least feel like that’s worthy of some sort of recognition.
Realistically, the film can only hope for some tech citations, but it’s very deserving of those. It should be in play for Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Visual Effects nods, with a nom for Best Original Score not completely out of the question either. Along with those Oscar hopes, look for Edwards to become a go to A-list filmmaker soon, as he’s shown a deft touch at $100 million tentpoles now […]

The future is bright for Joaquin Phoenix

Here we go with another installment of my Spotlight on the Stars series. As a refresher for those of you who aren’t familiar with the series, each week I’ll look at an A-list actor/actress/filmmaker that I’d like to celebrate in some kind of a way. It could be due to something of theirs coming out that weekend (like most weeks, honestly) or just because I feel they deserve to have a moment in the sun, but each time out it’ll be a bit of positivity about someone who I’d like to pay tribute to. You can count on that much.
For this week’s piece, I wanted to take a look at one of Hollywood’s most talented actors…Joaquin Phoenix. He’s definitely been an odd duck at times (just look at everything that surrounded his art experience/mockumentary I’m Still Here), but his skill is undeniable. He’s the sort of actor that you’re shocked hasn’t won an Oscar yet. His time is definitely coming though. It’s a matter of when, not if.
At the start of his career, Phoenix (then known as Leaf Phoenix) was a child actor with plenty of talent on display, even in something like SpaceCamp. For me though, it wasn’t until he first teamed up with filmmaker James Gray in The Yards that we saw what he was fully capable of. He has a new collaboration with Gray out this week in The Immigrant, and between then and now he’s also worked with the director on We Own the Night and Two Lovers, the latter of which is one of his finest performances to date.
Phoenix earned his first Oscar nod for his supporting turn in Gladiator and then worked on a few films with M. Night Shyamalan (Signs and The Village) along with some solid genre fare before earning his second nom and first lead citation for playing Johnny Cash in Walk the Line. That set him up to be a real A-list star, but the actor was uncomfortable with the spotlight and went away for a while, creating the persona we saw in I’m Still Here. Phoenix returned though, and when he did, he was better than ever.
Lately we’ve seen the man at his best. From The Master to Her, he’s shown new range and given two of his absolute top performances to date. It was a crime to me that he wasn’t cited in 2013 for Her, though […]

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