April 24, 2014

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James Mangold to replace Darren Aronofsky as “The Wolverine” director

By Kim Palacios
hollywoodnews.com: The news broke today—Twentieth Century Fox has finally chosen a new director for its upcoming project, “The Wolverine”. James Mangold (“Walk the Line”, “Knight and Day”) will helm the sequel to “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” The studio had been on the hunt since original pick Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan”, “The Wrestler”) dropped out of the project in March.
Said Aronofsky upon his departure, “It became clear that the production of “The Wolverine” would keep me out of the country for almost a year. I was not comfortable being away from my family for that length of time. I am sad that I won’t be able to see the project through as it is a terrific script and I was very much looking forward to working with my friend, Hugh Jackman, again.”
Also considered for the director role were Gavin O’Connor (“Miracle”, “Comfortably Numb”), Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day”, “Brooklyn’s Finest”) and Doug Liman (“Jumper”, “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”).
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Cameron Diaz is the “Hollywood Hottie of the Week”

HollywoodNews.com: Cameron Diaz currently holds second place on Top Gear’s “Star in a Reasonably Priced Car” contest and is still promoting James Mangold’s “Knight & Day” in the UK with co-star Tom Cruise.
The actress who is reportedly dating baseball star Alex Rodriguez isn’t settling down with him yet but did drop a bit on a new California home that boasts a tennis court and a detached three-bedroom guesthouse.
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In addition, she admits that she loves sports but is also a “girlie girl” at heart. She adds that “men’s behavior does not offend” her in any “way, shape or form” and that she loves “being a woman.”
Therefore, we are happy to announce that Cameron Diaz is the “Hollywood Hottie of the Week.”
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Cameron Diaz Slideshow – “Hollywood Hottie of the Week”

HollywoodNews.com: Cameron Diaz currently holds second place on Top Gear’s “Star in a Reasonably Priced Car” contest and is still promoting James Mangold’s “Knight & Day” in the UK with co-star Tom Cruise. She is our “Hollywood Hottie of the Week” so view some of her best moments below:

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Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz throw it into Top Gear ahead of UK premiere

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: By day, they are Hollywood mega-stars. Tonight in London, they will be guest stars.
As 20th Century Fox prepares to open James Mangold’s “Knight & Day” in the UK, stars Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz are preparing to guest on this weekend’s edition of Top Gear, the BBC reports. The pair will take part in the segment, “Star In A Reasonably Priced Car.”
“We’ve have never, ever had two bigger guests,” show officials said a statement. “For the past week, the air in the office has been alive with a sort of sweaty-palmed excitement.”
Cruise and Diaz are expected to attend a “Knight & Day” premiere in London tonight.
The duo have been very active promoting the film, with Cruise, in particular, conducting a media blitz both in the States and overseas. It hasn’t necessarily translated into the type of box office the studio might have hoped for (“Knight” just crossed $70 million in the U.S.), but continued promotional support could up the film’s international cume.
Top Gear airs on various cable channels in the U.S., so check local listings if you hope to catch the Cruise-Diaz episode.
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J.J. Abrams under consideration to direct ‘Wicked’ musical film adaptation

HollywoodNews.com: LOST creator J.J. Abrams is one of several possible directors to have been meeting with Stephen Schwartz, creator of the hit Broadway show “Wicked”, about an upcoming movie adaptation, Collider reports.
While the other potential candidates, among them Rob Marshall, James Mangold, and “Glee”‘s Ryan Murphy, are already known for their musical direction, Abrams has never before directed a musical himself. A “Wicked” film has been in the works for a long time, but Universal is only recently actively beginning to work toward production in light of Disney’s upcoming Oz remake and Sam Raimi’s “The Great and Powerful Oz.”
What do you think about an Abrams-directed “Wicked”, musical theatre (and book!) lovers? Personally, I find the possibility fantastic and would love to see the kind of darker, more complex touch he would give to the family-friendly show, already adapted for the stage from Gregory Maguire’s best-selling and undeniably adult novel.
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Hollywood Movie Roundup: ‘Knight and Day,’ ‘Grown Ups’

Hollywoodnews.com: Summer stars of former days Adam Sandler, Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz arrived this weekend to raise the box office to greater heights. However, “Toy Story 3” remains the big cheese at the multiplex having already collected $18 million yesterday for the top spot at the B.O this weekend. Nonetheless, here’s your Hollywood Movie Roundup:
KNIGHT AND DAY

As riveting as some of the action scenes look in this James Mangold directed film, you can’t help but notice how it reeks of middle-age. Once upon a time, this film would have owned a summer weekend. With tracking in the gutter, Fox went into spin mode, released the film on a Wednesday to avoid competition (which isn’t the worse idea considering July 4th is just around the corner) and sneaked the action title last Saturday to positive word of mouth. The plot focuses on an everyday blonde woman played by Diaz who becomes wrapped up, against her will, in the global exploits of a potential rogue CIA agent played by Cruise.

Critics are literally split on this film with a 53% rotten rating on the Tomatometer. Critics such as the L.A. Times’ Kenneth Turan (who hates everything LOL) has praised Cruise saying “If you doubt Cruise’s skills in the star department, Knight and Day should make you a believer” to the Wall Street Journal’s Joe Morgenstern griping “Knight and Day woke me up to just how awful some summer entertainments have become. It isn’t that the film is harmful, except to moviegoers’ wallets and movie lovers’ morale, but that it is truly phenomenal for the purity of its incoherence.”
In all, this film looks to slot third on the charts with a 5-day domestic gross of $27 million which is pathetic considering that the budget is a lofty $117 million and that some time, long ago, the average Tom Cruise vehicle would take in a $20 million-plus gross in two days.

GROWN UPS

Talk about longevity. Now, here’s a guy, also middle aged, who won’t slide at the box office: Adam Sandler’s all-star comedy “Grown Ups” looks to take $40 million in just three days. Should that estimate hold, it will be Sandler’s highest opening in four years since 2006’s “Click,” which also bowed to that same number. The film also stars Kevin James, whom auds are just embracing in the wake of “Paul Blart: Mall [...]

“Knight and Day” fails to go as dark as it could

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: I can only wonder what kind of film James Mangold’s “Knight and Day” would have been had it just been another action vehicle for a Tom Cruise (pre-2005) who was not in the midst of a PR-mandated comeback. Despite the fact that Cruise’s pictures have done just fine since his 2005 couch-jumping, Scientology-hyping PR-meltdown, there is a perception that Cruise has lost his luster as a genuine movie star. So along comes “Knight and Day,” a variation on the ‘wronged-man on the run with quasi-kidnapped female’ story, which theoretically casts Tom Cruise as a borderline-satirical version on the Cruise persona (insanely-driven action hero with a touch with the ladies). As a satire on the stereotypical Tom Cruise action picture, it has its moments and its charm. But the film lacks the courage of its convictions, as well as the ability to take the story into territory that a more fearless Cruise of the 1990s would crash headlong into without thinking twice.
A token amount of plot: June Havens (Cameron Diaz) is returning home in order to attend her sister’s wedding. However, a chance encounter with handsome and charming stranger Roy Miller (Tom Cruise) sets her on a path into danger and international intrigue. As the stakes mount and the body count rises, June finds herself questioning who is on her side, who is using her, and who is trying to kill her. Can she trust this apparent super spy with her life? Or is the would-be 007 a rogue agent who has gone completely insane and/or is working with nefarious forces?
The film works primarily as a pure action picture, with several glorious set-pieces that are completely absurd in their construction, yet oddly plausible because so much of the action seems practical. It is no small irony that action scenes that wouldn’t be out of place in a “Looney Tunes” cartoon achieve a certain realism purely by staging them the old-fashioned way. What a delight to see real stunt-work, real fight choreography, and actual vehicle destruction on a grand scale. Another oddity rests in the fact that Tom Cruise, once Hollywood’s preeminent superstar, has crafted something that resembles a B-movie in comparison to the more outlandish, fantasy-based entertainments of recent summers. The film is not cheap, and it certainly never looks cheap, but there is a quaint old-fashioned feel to the couple-on-the-run narrative and the practical action scenes.
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Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz spring through patchy, enjoyable “Knight and Day”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Knight & Day (**1/2 out of 4 stars)
Some films promise tidy scripts, tangible suspense, and well-earned emotional moments between properly developed characters. Other films deliver impeccable Movie Stars (capitalized for emphasis) executing heart-racing motorcycle chases through international destinations like Seville, Spain during the annual running of the bulls.
The high-octane “Knight and Day” lands in that latter category, but harbors aspirations of being in the former class. At times, it gets there. Other times, it doesn’t.
When it falls short, it’s usually the fault of a patched-together screenplay. Patrick O’Neill receives script credit, though “Knight” notoriously passed through several hands before director James Mangold caught it in 2009 and reworked it. Again. What he ends up with is a frivolous, fast-moving, globetrotter of a summer blockbuster that’s more glamorous and fun than it is clever and intricate. The sooner you accept its diminished intelligence level, the more fun you are bound to have.
Lead actors Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz certainly seem to be having a blast, literally and figuratively, as they plunge through Mangold’s well-choreographed hoops. Cruise plays Roy, a lethal agent for a covert government operation who meets innocent bystander June (Diaz) as they’re attempting to board a Boston-bound plane. If we are to believe Fitzgerald (Peter Sarsgaard) — the shady agent on Roy’s tail — this rogue operative capped 12 colleagues before stealing an extremely valuable renewable energy source dubbed the MacGuffin … ahem, the Zephyr. Roy swears he is only trying to protect Simon (Paul Dano), the Zephyr’s teenaged inventor. June soon realizes she won’t be leaving Roy’s sight until the case is closed.
Mangold hopes we’ll focus on The Ride (capitalized, again, for emphasis), and for most of “Knight,” we do. Elaborate action scenes catapult our handsome protagonists around Boston’s highways, into a train traveling through the Alps, over the rooftops of Austria, and down to Spain.
How do Roy and June manage these lengthy jaunts? Don’t ask, because O’Neill can’t answer. “Knight” is stitched together in spots, so a plane can crash in a cornfield one evening yet the surviving characters wake up in their Boston beds the next morning. Apparently Roy also unlocked the secrets to teleportation in addition to boosting that coveted battery. No wonder the government needs him silenced. The oil industry would be in an uproar if we no longer needed automobiles, trains, or airplanes to trot [...]

Exclusive: “Knight & Day” director James Mangold — Hollywood In Ten

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: HollywoodNews.com’s interview feature, “Hollywood In Ten,” showcases the creative individuals responsible for the movies we love, and corners them for 10 quality minutes.
James Mangold must not have received the message. Remakes and sequels are supposed to dominate the summer film season. Yet here comes the director of “Walk the Line” and “3:10 to Yuma” with an original spy thriller that blends together action, comedy, and romance into one pretty package.
“Absolutely, that message did not get to me,” Mangold says with a laugh. “I missed it, and probably missed a good paycheck in the process.”
Something tells us the versatile director will be just fine financially once “Knight & Day” barnstorms its way into multiplexes. On the eve of the film’s opening, Mangold called to talk about Tom Cruise’s comedic chops and the movie’s globetrotting marketing campaign.
Hollywood News: I’ve read that you enjoy tinkering with a film right up until the last minute. What is this time period like for you, when the movie is in the can and you are sitting around, waiting to show it to an audience?
James Mangold: It’s always a little nerve wracking. We literally finished this movie about two and a half weeks ago. It’s partly like you are on such a mission to make your (release) date. We were shooting in January, and aiming to make our date to release the movie in the summer. So it is a real sprint.
Hollywood News: That’s insanity.
Mangold: Yeah. Plus you have so much stunt work, complicated sound effects works, a very complicate score, and huge amounts of things to navigate through in a short amount of time. Right now, to be honest, I feel like I just stepped off of a Merry-Go-Round.
Hollywood News: The film taps into Tom Cruise’s humorous side. We always knew he could be charismatic, but rarely do we see him being so funny. Does he believe he can be funny? Or does he not think people perceive him as funny?
Mangold: I don’t know anything about how people perceive him, but I certainly think that Tom understands comedy. The truth is, for me, I just saw my friend on stage two weeks ago at the MTV Movie Awards as Les Grossman. Seeing that, it’s pretty clear that, first off all, Tom is one of the boldest, major movie stars in the world in terms of what he [...]

Tom Cruise New Film: So-So Reviews, Sold Out Sneak Preview

By Roger Friedman
hollywoodnews.com: The Tom Cruise movie “Knight and Day”–his first real big budget action flick in four years–may be an accident waiting to happen.
Reviews from the two main trade papers, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety, are not good.
The estimable Kirk Honeycutt writes in the Reporter: …”laziness permeates the film from the inexplicable escapes to the neglected romance…”
Justin Chang had mixed feelings in Variety. calling “Knight and Day” a high-energy, low-impact caper-comedy that labors to bring a measure of wit, romance and glamour to an overworked spy-thriller template.” Chang concludes the movie should better overseas than in the U.S.
All the advance word indicates that the film makes little sense, and that director James Mangold makes little use of a solid supporting cast.
The word I’ve gotten from those who’ve seen it is that “Knight and Day” — is a B minus/Cplus movie. At $100 million, it also costs about a million dollars per minute. For that kind of budget, not counting promotional budgets–another $25 million–that’s not what anyone wants to hear.
I haven’t seen “Knight and Day” because it screened simultaneous to the Songwriters Hall of Fame dinner on Thursday. Like the rest of the public, I’ll catch up to it on Wednesday.
But here’s the good news: on Saturday night in at least one location–Stamford, Connecticut–the theater manager tells me the sneak preview sold out. He said, “It was an older crowd, no teens and no kids at all. They really, really liked it.” The only caveat? The manager says that many members of the audience asked him why the movie was called “Knight and Day.”
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