April 17, 2014

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‘Non-Stop’ dethrones ‘The Lego Movie’ at the Box Office

Happy Oscar Sunday everyone! While wait for the show to start later on this evening, it’s time for the weekly box office report. Leading the way this weekend was a new film for a change, as Liam Neeson’s thriller Non-Stop debuted at number one with an estimated $30 million. At number two we had the debut of the religious flick Son of God, which took in an estimated $26.5 million, and down at number 14 we had the re-release of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues in a special R rated edition. That movie grabbed an extra $1.3 million from fans. Among the limited release openings, we had a wide range of indie titles that failed to make much of a mark, including The Bag Man, Ernest & Celestine, The Lunchbox, and Stalingrad. They didn’t embarrass themselves, but none look to be a crossover hit or anything of that sort.
Liam Neeson continues to be a reliable action hero, as Non-Stop had a very solid first weekend haul. As for Son of God, folks didn’t seem to mind that it’s just an expanded version of the TV series The Bible that they already could have seen for free. As for Anchorman 2, that re-release was only designed for hardcore fans of the film, so don’t read too much into that small cume.
Among the notable holdovers in theaters, The LEGO Movie continued to be a blockbuster with another $21 million in its bank account. The other good holds were that of The Monuments Men, which made $5 million and keeps right on chugging along, as well as the $3.6 million more that Frozen took in this weekend.
Here now is what the top ten looked like at the box office for this particular weekend:
1. Non-Stop – $30,019,000
2. Son of God – $26,500,000
3. The LEGO Movie – $21,015,000
4. The Monuments Men – $5,000,000
5. 3 Days to Kill – $4,900,000
6. RoboCop – $4,500,000
7. Pompeii – $4,300,000
8. Frozen – $3,611,000
9. About Last Night – $3,400,000
10. Ride Along – $3,065,000

2013 Oscars: Congratulations to the Nominees and Honorees

Congratulations to the 2013 Oscar nominees and winners… for complete list of winners pls scroll down.
Best Supporting Actor:
Christoph Waltz – “Django Unchained”
Best Animated Short:
“Paperman” – John Kahrs
Best Animated Feature:
“Brave” – Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman
Cinematography:
“Life of Pi” – Claudio Miranda
Visual Effects:
“Life of Pi” – Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott
Costume Design:
“Anna Karenina” – Jacqueline Durran
Makeup/Hairstyling:
“Les Misérables” – Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell
Live Action Film:
“Curfew” – Shawn Christensen
Documentary Short Subject:
“Inocente” – Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine
Documentary Feature:
“Searching for Sugar Man”
Sound Mixing:
“Les Misérables” – Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes
Sound Editing:
“Zero Dark Thirty” – Paul N.J. Ottosson
Supporting Actress:
Anne Hathaway – “Les Miserables”
Film Editing:
“Argo” – William Goldenberg
Original Score:
Mychael Danna, “Life of Pi”
Original Song:
Adele – “Skyfall”
Adapted Screenplay:
Chris Terrio, “Argo”
Original Screenplay:
Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained”
Director:
Ang Lee, “Life of Pi”
Best Actress:
Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Best Picture:
“Argo”
For the first time, viewers in the U.S. will be able to stream tonight’s Oscars show in its entirety across multiple platforms including ABC.com, the ABC Player app, and the free, ad-supported Hulu and Hulu Plus subscription service. The show will also be available via ABC On Demand, the network’s fast forward-disabled VOD service.
The Oscars, in its entirety, will be available to stream within hours of its broadcast completion, beginning Monday, Feb. 25th at 6:00 a.m. EST through Wednesday, February 27, at midnight EST.
“Tonight’s show included remarkable performances that will surely have people talking. This is an easy, convenient way for anyone who missed the show to catch up and join the conversation,” said Karin Gilford, Senior Vice President of Digital Media, ABC Entertainment. “It’s also perfect for anyone who just wants to relive the most magical moments of the night.”
“Our goal is to give fans as many ways to enjoy and engage with the Oscars as possible and this will provide another great opportunity for them,” said Christina Kounelias, the Academy’s Chief Marketing Officer.
The full streaming will be advertiser supported with :15 or :30 video spots running intermittingly from Blue Diamond, Diet Coke, Hyundai, JC Penney, Samsung and The University of Phoenix.
Additionally, during the telecast, Oscar.com offered a plethora of “Real Time Oscar Highlights” to viewers almost instantly after they debuted on the live broadcast. Those special moments from telecast as well as numerous highlights from the Red Carpet and backstage during the show, are currently available on the show’s official site, Oscar.com.
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More and more Stars present at Oscars: Salma Hayek Pinault, Melissa McCarthy, Liam Neeson and John Travolta

Actors Salma Hayek Pinault, Melissa McCarthy, Liam Neeson and John Travolta will present on the Oscar telecast, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today.
Hayek Pinault earned an Oscar nomination for her leading performance in “Frida.” She will be seen next in “Grown Ups 2.”
McCarthy earned a nomination for her performance in a supporting role in the 2011 hit film “Bridesmaids.” She stars in the recently released film “Identity Thief” and will be seen next in “The Heat.”
Neeson received an Oscar nomination for his leading role in Best Picture winner “Schindler’s List.” His other credits include “Taken,” “Batman Begins,” “Love Actually,” “Gangs of New York” and “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.”
Travolta has been nominated twice for Actor in a Leading Role for “Saturday Night Fever” and “Pulp Fiction.” His other credits include “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3,” “Hairspray,” “Be Cool,” “Swordfish,” ‘Face/Off” and “Grease.”
Hayek Pinault, McCarthy, Neeson and Travolta join a stellar list of previously announced Oscar presenters including Ben Affleck, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Mark Wahlberg, Ted and “Marvel’s The Avengers” cast members Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo; returning 2011 Oscar winners Jean Dujardin, Christopher Plummer, Octavia Spencer and Meryl Streep; “Chicago” cast members Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, Renée Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones; special guests Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Radcliffe, Channing Tatum and Charlize Theron; and performers Adele, Dame Shirley Bassey, Norah Jones and Barbra Streisand.
Oscars® for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24 at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane live on the ABC Television Network.
The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide. For more information go to Oscar.com or download the official Oscars app.
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Oscars: The Lead Actor race

As the Academy Awards sent out their ballots this past Monday, Oscar Predictions were recently updated, and pundits attempt to wrap their heads around the state of the race, the term “lock” is being thrown around like popcorn. The Lead Actor race, especially stacked with talent has all but one assured nomination for Daniel Day-Lewis waiting in the wings.
As I mentioned on this week’s Power Hour, the category reminds me of the 2005 season when nine of the world’s finest actors were battling for five spots. Don Cheadle, Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood, and Jamie Foxx would fill the Lead Actor lineup with Paul Giamatti, a presumed lock in one of the Best Picture frontrunners, Sideways (2004), being left off.
Other notable omissions were Javier Bardem for The Sea Inside, Jim Carrey for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Liam Neeson for Kinsey, all worthy for citations. This season is bringing up a lot of talk for the infamous “fifth spot,” a term coined for four locks in any respective group of the Academy Awards with one being available to a respective candidate.
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Denzel Washington joins Mark Wahlberg for “2 Guns”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Denzel Washington — like his contemporary, Liam Neeson — is continuing to flex his muscle in action films that tap into his ice-cold intensity. “Safe House” co-stars Ryan Reynolds and casts Washington as a CIA traitor seeking security from our government when his enemies get too close. The film opens Friday.
But once “Safe House” opens, Washington isn’t prepared to hang up his guns. Literally. THR announced that the Oscar winner is set to join Marj Wahlberg in the action-comedy “2 Guns,” for director Baltasar Kormakur (“Contraband,” also with Wahlberg).
The film’s rights is being pre-sold in Berlin. The plot, based on a graphic novel, follows a DEA agent (Washington) and an undercover Naval Intelligence officer (Wahlberg) who, according to the trade, “are tasked with investigating one another but find out they have both been set up by the mob – the very organization the two men thought they had been stealing money from.”
Buddy-cop comedies always are welcome in my books. Can Washington and Wahlberg become the next Riggs and Murtaugh? The next Tango and Cash?! We can only hope.
In the meantime, Wahlberg next can be seen Seth MacFarlane’s comedy “Ted,” and in “Broken City” early next year.
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“Chronicle,” “The Woman In Black” both debut to around $20 million

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: As I wrote yesterday (HERE), I don’t care which of the two big releases end up at number one for this weekend. Chronicle and The Woman In Black are both low-budget over/under $15 million releases that are somewhat abnormal in terms of what’s considered a mainstream release, both were exceedingly well-marketed (as opposed to ‘saturation marketing’), and both are unqualified hits after their first three days. But since I have to choose which film to discuss first, I will pick Chronicle (review), which A) I’ve seen and B) is the unofficial #1 film this weekend with $22 million (as opposed to The Woman In Black, which made ‘just’ $21 million). Chronicle announces the arrival of director Josh Trank (and writer Max Landis, son of John). The quite compelling and thoughtful character study, which is plays with the genre trappings of as super-hero origin story through the ‘found footage’ format, cost just $12 million and drew a large chunk of young audiences of both genders (it played 45% female). I have no idea what the legs will be like on this downbeat morality play (it received a B from Cinemascore), but I’d argue its artistic and box office success pretty much kills Warner Bros’s planned live-action Akira remake and hurts Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man (which is advertising itself as a more low-key and emotionally-gritty superhero origin story… whoops). Come what may, a very good and creative little movie just opened very well, and that’s a win for everyone.
The Woman In Black also is a winner on several fronts. Its $21 million debut is nearly twice the previous opening weekend record for CBS Films, which acquired the $17 million production for $3 million. The allegedly rock-solid Hammer Horror ghost story (I held off because my wife might want to see it) played mostly to younger females, which may be a sign that Daniel Radcliffe is in fact a box office draw/heartthrob. He has had a history of packing his London stage turns (Equus and How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying) and he killed on Saturday Night Live a couple weeks ago, so it may be the case where the Harry Potter series has turned him into something closer to Harrison Ford than Mark Hamill. Still, the PG-13 horror sub-genre is strong enough, especially with younger women, to put [...]

Russell Crowe could play Noah in Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical epic

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Darren Aronofsky may have found his Noah.
The “Black Swan” director is mounting a reportedly massive retelling of the Biblical story of Noah and his Ark. And after flirting with Christian Bale and Michael Fassbender, the filmmaker is circling around Russell Crowe now as his lead, according to Deadline.
Crowe’s staying incredibly busy with large-scale projects. He’s currently filming scenes for Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot “Man of Steel.” He plans to transition from that to Tom Hooper’s “Les Miserables,” where he’ll play Inspector Javert opposite Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway.
But he’d be ideal for Noah, sure to be a brooding character wracked by self-doubt as he constructs this Ark at God’s request.
Deadline adds that Aronofsky would like Liam Neeson for the other male lead, a doubting character who plagues Noah at every turn, telling people that there’s no need for an Ark and that our protagonist is crazy.
The casting sounds just right. Do you agree? Would you like to see Aronofsky go in a different direction? Share your thoughts below.
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Battleship Gets a Teaser Trailer

HollywoodNews.com: I could go on and on about how this represents the pinnacle of what is wrong with the ‘tentpole’ portion of the film industry at the moment. But truth be told, I’m more depressed that Peter Berg chose THIS as his follow up to Hancock (arguably one of the best original superhero pictures of the modern superhero era) and chose not to fill the cast with quirky character actors (think The Core). But no matter, the finished product basically feels like an original (though contrived) invading aliens vs. the US Navy film that slapped the name ‘Battleship’ on its marquee purely for brand name recognition. Which, frankly, if you’re going to adapt a board game (or a theme park ride for that matter), that’s how you do it.

I’m less annoyed at the whole ‘let’s make a movie out of Battleship’ concept that I am at how contrived and generic the picture feels. Peter Berg (who showed real action chops with The Kingdom) seems to be mimicking Michael Bay. The alien threat feels like something out of Transformers (the red and yellow peg-shaped missiles are a nice touch), while the core storyline is pure Armageddon. The only question is not whether Liam Neeson will die at the end (after giving Taylor Kitsch approval to wed his daughter, Brooklyn Decker), but whether Neeson’s last words will be “You sunk my battleship!” This one comes out May 18th, 2012, which is actually prime summer real estate, in apparently glorious 2D.
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Liam Neeson, Brooklyn Decker in early “Battleship” tease

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: How can you tell a studio has confidence in the direction of your (reportedly expensive) blockbuster? They screen a teaser nearly a year before your film is ready to open.
Peter Berg’s “Battleship,” which is based on the popular board game, won’t be in theaters until May 2012. But a trailer has been attached to “Cowboys and Aliens” this weekend, and the same clip just made its way online.
We get to see Naval recruit Taylor Kitsch romancing a nearly naked Brooklyn Decker, then be on the receiving end of a Liam Neeson verbal beat down. Then, things … change.
See for yourself HERE.
Makes it seem like Berg is angling for some of Michael Bay’s “Transformers” audience, no?
This is a small sample of what’s sure to be a big movie. I still say showing it this early means Universal likes what they are seeing out of Berg and “Battleship.” We’ll know a lot more as we get closer.
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The Dark Knight Rises gets a sloppy, lazy teaser

HollywoodNews.com: I admit, I did watch the bootleg version of this over the weekend, but I didn’t want to comment too much until I had seen the official version. Well, I’ve seen the official version. It still looks like a half-assed fan-edit preview. The two telltale signs of a fake preview have always been cheesy onscreen text and the use of copious footage from previous films of a given series.
This has both, insultingly reminding us that ‘every hero has a journey’ (thanks Campbell) and every journey has an end (also knew that, but thanks). The first 45 seconds is nothing but footage from Batman Begins, with a dash of The Dark Knight thrown with Liam Neeson’s narration tossed in. The only new footage we get is Gary Oldman lying in a hospital bed whining about how Batman left us, evil rose, and now Batman must Return. We do get a brief shot of someone climbing up a well (the Bat Cave hole?), a worn-down Batman facing down a mostly offscreen Bane, and a single close-up of Tomas Hardy as the villain of the day, Bane. Are we thrilled yet?
Yes, it’s a teaser, but it’s a laughably lazy one that substitutes suspense and tension for cliches and platitudes. Does that mean the movie is going to be terrible? Of course not, it just means that Warner Bros. should have waited until they had something worth teasing. Last time around, they had The Joker, so all they had to do was give us a couple seconds of Heath Ledger talking in character to get us excited (“Starting tonight… people will die! I’m a man of my word.”). This time, they have a villain no one cares about (oooh… Bane!) and a quasi-villain (Catwoman) who’s brand has been damaged by the 2004 Halle Berry movie.
Again, the movie may be a solid Batman story that suitably closes the book on the Nolan franchise, but this is a terrible and counterproductive piece of marketing. Does this tease make you more or less excited to see the film? And furthermore, if this was the teaser Warner was prepping, why the hell didn’t they attach this thing to Green Lantern? I’m pretty sure Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part II didn’t need the help, but Green Lantern [...]

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