April 22, 2014

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The Avengers is almost a genre masterpiece

HollywoodNews.com: In a film like The Avengers, which brings together strands of several prior pictures into a mostly cohesive whole, it is arguably inevitable that individual pieces will end up working better than the sum of its parts. That the film works at all is almost a miracle, and it’s so purely entertaining and contains so much that works like gangbusters that it’s tempting to ignore what doesn’t work and merely salute the enterprise.
It is a relentlessly engaging and confident motion picture, boasting a cast that in a more respected genre would make it an Oscar-bait film. But the film comes so close to out-and-out greatness that it’s almost disheartening to point out the core issues at fault, both because it feels petty and because it’s almost a genre masterpiece. Still, there is much to like and quite a bit to love about Joss Whedon’s The Avengers. On a pure popcorn spectacle scale I can’t imagine anyone feeling that they didn’t get their money’s worth. As a piece of art however, it’s a trickier proposition.
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Pink to play sex addict in new comedy with Gwyneth Paltrow

HollywoodNews.com: Pink is reportedly not only taking on the new role of a mother, but she is allegedly also taking on the role of a sex addict in a new film.
Pink has reportedly been cast in a sex addict comedy called ‘Thanks for Sharing,’ states UsMagazine.com. Pink will be working with Gwyneth Paltrow, Mark Ruffalo and Tim Robbins.
Her character in the film will reportedly be that of a free-spirited sex addict.
Pink is reportedly already working on the film.
Will you check out this movie?
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Avengers assemble in Entertainment Weekly cover

HollywoodNews.com: It’s no great tragedy, but the photo-shopping on display is pretty terrible. The only real harm is that this poorly constructed and awkward Entertainment Weekly cover will probably count as a ‘first look’ for a large number of general moviegoers, just the sort that need to be intrigued to get this sure-to-be expensive comic book epic over the $185 million mark that seems to be the ceiling that non-Iron Man Marvel Studios projects seem to be reaching for.
Of course, Tony Stark is in this picture, but it really isn’t going to be Iron Man 3 (especially since Thor and Captain America both did well this summer). Anyway, enjoy Mark Ruffalo giving his best ‘blue steel’ look. Derek Zoolander would approve.
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More Hulk talk with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: It remains the central mystery of Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers.” How will The Incredible Hulk fit in to the mix when he has not had a proper introduction the way Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans have been introduced as Iron Man, Thor and Captain America, respectively?
Oh, I hear what you are saying. Louis Leterrier’s “The Incredible Hulk” unveiled the character. But Ed Norton’s not back as Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo takes his place), and we have yet to see Hulk footage in any other Marvel material as the studio continues to market Whedon’s 2012 blockbuster.
Today, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige spoke with the L.A. Times about the green monster, and shed a few details. It’s a tremendous read, which you can find HERE, and it opens up a world of possibilities for where Whedon can go with the character.
“It will be as different as ‘The Incredible Hulk was from Ang Lee’s ‘Hulk’ in terms of its look and design, but it is Hulk,” Feige explained. “Hulk is Hulk. We’re not going to reinvent the wheel.”
As for the hero’s size, Feige said, “He’ll be about the same size he was in ‘The Incredible Hulk’ [which was about 9 feet tall] or maybe a little bit smaller. His muscles won’t be quite as cut. We figure he’s been the Hulk now for a few years and [his physique is changing]. … The most important thing is that face. As you can already see in that concept painting, it is — more than any Hulk that’s ever been done in live action — a Hulk that let’s you see the actor in there. You will be able to see Ruffalo in there.”
But how much screen time will Hulk get? And will he start “The Avengers” on the side of good or evil? That’s still to be determined, but we have time until “Avengers” launches the summer season in May 2012.
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Robert Downey Jr. talks Iron Man, Avengers at Hero Complex

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Robert Downey Jr. made a surprise appearance at the Hero Complex Film Festival on Sunday to join his “Iron Man” director Jon Favreau and discuss that franchise, the “Avengers” film (which he’s currently shooting in New Mexico), and the way Marvel is handling this ever-expanding universe.
A lot of their discussion centered around Favreau’s involvement in a third “Iron Man,” which will be directed by “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” helmer Shane Black.
“I love the franchise and I’m a big fan of Shane’s as well, so hopefully I can be helpful because I want to see this thing grow and transform,” Favreau said. “And actually, when it finally landed on Shane, it was like, ‘All right, that’s gonna be something interesting.’ Especially because it’s gonna be so difficult for whoever does that one because although it’s ‘Iron Man 3,’ the whole ‘Avengers’ thing.
“I guess in comics you can say that it’s an individual storyline and you can break it off into a group,” Favreau continued. “But in movies, it’s hard not to take into consideration what just happened. What are you gonna say? ‘They all just lost their cell phones and you can’t get help?’ So it’s going to take a lot of ingenuity to make it make sense to a mainstream film audience as well as a comic book audience.”
When asked how the “Avengers” shoot was going, including the challenge of getting so many characters on the same page, Downey joked, “I usually start off the morning by refusing to do what I’ve signed on to do. Anyway, I just went, ‘How are you going to put all of us clowns together? He’s wearing a suit, he’s all jacked up, he’s so-and-so and, ahh, poor Mark Ruffalo … what’s he gonna … do to us?’ And we’re about 6 weeks in and I gotta say Joss Whedon is nailing it. He’s so smart and he’s so good and it’s going to be great. I can’t believe I just said it, I never could have believed it. It’s going to be great.”
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Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem name son

By Roger Friedman
HollywoodNews.com: Here are a few notes from last night’s Oscars. More will be coming this afternoon. Exclusive: Penelope Cruz says that her baby son with husband Javier Bardem is named Leonardo.
I don’t think it’s for DiCaprio. “He is so beautiful,” Penelope told just as the Oscar show ended; she and Javier were among those meeting and greeting after the show, in the Kodak Theater just below the stage. Penelope says she’s not going back to work any time soon…James Franco was back in NY and heading for New Haven by 7am eastern time. He took the 10:40pm flight from LA, right from the Kodak Theater. He had to get back to class…Michelle Williams did battle a cold or virus all day yesterday. “I’ve been in bed five days and all I feel like doing is sleeping,” she told me. “I did everything to make this day good.” Her bff Busy Phillips was one of her guests…Sandra Bullock, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner and Kevin Huvane hung out in the little bar by the stage, where everyone complained that there was no TV. (There used to be.)
Ruffalo also got into a big talk with “Animal Kingdom” nominee Jacki Weaver… “Inception” director Chris Nolan got a Champagne toast from his friends and family…”Restrepo” filmmaker Sebastian Junger also hung out…so did Wendi Murdoch…Anne Hathaway sang with the deejay at the Chateau Marmont for the Weinstein Company after party…
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Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner named Indie Spirit presenters

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The night before they’ll hear their names announced as nominees at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner will act as presenters for the 26th Film Independent Spirit Awards.
The ceremony, hosted by “Community” star Joel McHale, takes place Saturday, Feb. 26, in Santa Monica. Lawrence and Renner — nominated for “Winter’s Bone” and “The Town,” respectively – join recently announced presenters Ewan McGregor and Eva Mendes, according to The Wrap.
Lawrence has a good chance of going home with an Indie Spirit award that evening for her work in “Bone.” She’s up against fellow nominees Michelle Williams (“Blue Valentine”), Natalie Portman (“Black Swan”), Nicole Kidman (“Rabbit Hole”), Greta Gerwig (“Greenberg”) and Annette Bening (“The Kids Are All Right”).
Already announced presented for Saturday evening’s event include Will Arnett, Jesse Eisenberg, Terrence Howard, Nicole Kidman, Diego Luna, Craig Robinson, Paul Rudd, Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Kerry Washington, Mia Wasikowska and Rainn Wilson.
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2010 Greggys: “The Kids Are All Right” named Movie of the Year

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: Well, you didn’t think it was going to be ‘I Love You Phillip Morris’ did you?
That movie, starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor had its moments but overall, I didn’t love it. But kudos to Carrey for giving 100 percent to his performance. I just didn’t buy him and McGregor together for a single second and matters were not helped by the director’s decision to zoom out and dim the lights every time these two kissed.
Before I write about the superb ‘The Kids Are All Right,’ let me say that there were many excellent LGBT films this year with ‘Undertow,’ ‘A Marine Story’ and ‘Bear City’ being among my favorites.
‘The Kids Are All Right,’ directed and co-written by Lisa Cholodenko, was simply terrific from the first frame to the last.
So smart, so funny, so sexy.
Annette Bening is being touted as the front-runner for the best actress Oscar and it would be awfully nice to see her win at last.
She is in top form here as a busy doctor (and a wine drinking alcoholic) married to Julianne Moore and raising their two teenage kids (kids fathered by same sperm donor (Mark Ruffalo) with each woman giving birth to a child.)
Moore is also excellent as the more free-spirited half of the couple and Ruffalo gives, I think, the best performance of his career as the sperm donor father brought into their lives by the kids.
When the family’s happiness is threatened by his presence and his actions, Bening is just superb as a control freak fighting to restore order her household.
The film is so well written and it is just filled with humor to balance the more dramatic moments. It has a real sophistication and ease. I’m still haunted by a look on her face at the dinner table after she discovers she has been betrayed by Moore.
Rounding out this fine Screen Actors Guild Award-nominated cast as the teenage children are Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson.
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SAG recognizes the stars of ‘The Kids Are All Right’

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: Funny, I’m just so not tired of writing about ‘The Kids Are All Right’ getting award nominations!
We just don’t have many films about same-sex parents and their children – especially any that reach a mainstream audience, make some decent money at the box office and get all kinds of awards attention.
‘Kids’ stars Annette Bening and Julianne Moore as a longtime couple raising two children whose lives are turned upside down when their daughter, about to leave for college, tracks down her sperm donor father (Mark Ruffalo).
The cast was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award earlier this week for best ensemble, the SAG Awards equivalent of a best picture nod. They compete against the casts of ‘Black Swan,’ ‘The Fighter,’ ‘The King’s Speech’ and ‘The Social Network.’
Prediction: ‘The Social Network’ unless ‘The Fighter’ comes on strong.
Miss Bening, who won the SAG Award for ‘American Beauty,’ is nominated for best lead actress. In what must be a recurring nightmare for her, the competition includes Hilary Swank for ‘Conviction.’ Swank beat Bening both years where she was considered a front-runner for the Oscar when she was up for ‘Beauty’ and ‘Being Julia.’
But this time around, it is Bening who has more momentum as Swank was a surprise nominee. The rest of the field was expected, however: Nicole Kidman for ‘Rabbit Hole,’ Natalie Portman for ‘Black Swan,’ and Jennifer Lawrence for ‘Winter’s Bone.’
Prediction: It will come down to Bening and Portman. Bening is deserving and due but Portman is in the role of a lifetime. Still, my pick to win is Bening.
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Mark Ruffalo on the Homeland Security terror advisory list?

HollywoodNews.com: According to the “San Francisco Chronicle,” Mark Ruffalo has been placed on a terror advisory list by U.S. officials after organizing screenings for a new documentary about natural gas drilling.
Ruffalo arranged showings for “GasLand” earlier this year and voiced his concerns about the practice in relation to the national water supplies.

His efforts to raise awareness and demand a stop to natural gas drilling reportedly attracted the attention of officials from Pennsylvania’s Office of Homeland Security – and he recently discovered it had landed him on a terror alert watchlist.
What’s happened to our first amendment rights?
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