April 23, 2014

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Seth Rogen’s “The Apocalypse” set up at Sony

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Seth Rogen has had a productive working relationship with Sony (“The Green Hornet” and “Pineapple Express” both crossed $100M worldwide), so it’s easy to see why the studio would take a chance on a Rogen pitch that will end up being his directorial debut.
“The Apocalypse” extends a short film Rogen wrote with his regular creative partner Evan Goldberg called “Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse.” The clip featured Rogen and Jay Baruchel playing themselves on the day that the world ends. It takes place in an apartment, as the actors plan their next moves.
THR, which reports Son’s interest, says the feature-length version of this story would pair Rogen and Baruchel with the usual suspects: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson, all “playing themselves as they are stuck in Franco’s apartment in Los Angeles facing an apocalypse. The filmmakers also are hoping to populate the movie with cameos.”
The trade says several studios were interested in the project, which has a reported budget in the $30-40 million range.
Here’s an old. NSFW trailer for “Jay and Seth” that exists on the Internet. The movie could be a little something like this, though it likely will expand the concept (and leave the apartment).

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Oscars: Christopher Plummer in the prime of his Oscar career – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: “The Sound of Music.” “The Insider.” “The Man Who Would Be King.” “Malcolm X.” “The New World.” “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
Now say this out loud. Christopher Plummer has only one Oscar nomination, and he received it in 2009 for “The Last Station.”
That’s a crime. But it likely could be rectified on Jan. 24, when the legendary actor (hopefully) will be recognized for his work on Mike Mills’ “Beginners.” Plummer plays Hal Fields, a closeted homosexual who finally comes out after his wife passes away … creating problems for his son (Ewan McGregor).
Plummer has been active on the awards trail, picking up nominations – and wins – from the BFCA, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Independent Spirit Awards, the L.A. Film Critics Association, the National Board of Review and the Screen Actors Guild or his tender, honest portrayal. But his awards journey started at the Hollywood Film Awards, which we handed out in October.
At our ceremony, Plummer was recognized with this year’s Hollywood Supporting Actor Award. He gave one of the evening’s most charming speeches (matched only by McGregor’s introduction for his delightful co-star). Plummer is enjoying a very successful awards campaign for “Beginners.” We anticipate it continuing, and we wish him the best of luck.

Awards Alley brings you the best Oscar coverage. Click below to read our exclusive interviews with:
- Harvey Weinstein
- The cast of “The Artist.”
- Kenneth Branagh for “My Week With Marilyn.”
- Bennett Miller talks “Moneyball.”
- Sir Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz for “Hugo.”
- Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
- David Fincher, Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
- Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”
- Tate Taylor for “The Help.”
- Gavin O’Connor for “Warrior.”
- Gary Oldman and Colin Firth for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
- Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody for “Young Adult.”
- Steve McQueen for “Shame.”
- Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs.”
- Seth Rogen and Will Reiser for “50/50.”
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OSCAR NIGHT® AMERICA 2012 TO BE CELEBRATED IN 49 CITIES NATIONWIDE

HollywoodNews.com:Oscar Night America (ONA), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ grassroots program that enables local charities to host Oscar® viewing parties and raise money for their organizations, kicks off its 19th year in 2012.
On Sunday, February 26, 49 cities will host official Oscar viewing parties during the 84th Academy Awards® ceremony. All events will feature the live broadcast of the Awards presentation on the ABC Television Network.
“Oscar night is an event meant to be a shared with others. This network of fundraising parties across the nation is a natural extension of that experience, and also represents the year-round philanthropic work the Academy does,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. “This February we are thrilled to be able to celebrate the movies with fans nationwide while supporting charities around the country.”
The ONA 2012 locations are Albuquerque, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Charlottesville, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Grand Rapids (MI), Greensboro/Winston-Salem, Greenville (SC), Hartford, Honolulu, Houston, Indianapolis, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Little Rock, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Orlando, Palm Beach, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, Sacramento, St. Louis, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Springfield (MO), Tampa and Tucson.
Most parties are black-tie affairs, though some are less formal. Some partygoers dress up as famous couples and some events feature limousine arrivals and red carpets complete with local celebrities, paparazzi and press interviews for arriving guests.
To set these parties apart from the thousands of other events taking place on Oscar Night, each ONA party receives from the Academy copies of the official commemorative poster and the official Oscar show program, among other items.
Only one charity party in a given media market may participate in ONA. Events are entirely produced by local nonprofit organizations, with the active participation of the local ABC-TV affiliate station.
Last year 51 charities hosted viewing parties for the 83rd Academy Awards, raising more than $3.5 million, all of it remaining in local communities. With 17,332 guests attending nationwide, ONA 2011 benefitted such charities as the American Red Cross, Ronald McDonald House, Special Olympics, United Way, Starlight Children’s Foundation and the Ellie Fund (breast cancer support services).
Since its inception in 1994, the program has generated nearly $33.5 million in funding for a wide spectrum of charitable organizations – every cent staying within the community where it was raised.
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Oscars: Bret McKenzie talks “Muppets,” music and the magic of Jim Henson – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: “The Muppets” soundtrack rarely leaves the CD player in our house. My boys, ages 7 and 3, adore the movie’s catchy tunes, from the opening number of “Life’s a Happy Song” to the sentimental “Man or Muppet.” My youngest repeats Fozzie’s line “I didn’t do it, I’ve been framed” ad nauseam, which is cute, until it drives you a little crazy.
For that, I must blame Bret McKenzie, one half of the famed “Flight of the Conchords” duo who served as Music Supervisor on James Bobin’s winning Muppet reboot. McKenzie penned a number of the movie’s signature songs, from “Me Party” –a self-righteous duet between Amy Adams and Miss Piggy – to the Chris Copper rap “Let’s Talk About Me.”
Now McKenzie’s catchy tunes are catching the eye of year-end award voters. The Broadcast Film Critics Association filled three of its five Best Song nominations with “Muppets” tracks. The Satellite Awards also recognized “Man or Muppet” and the cheery “Life’s a Happy Song.”
Will the Academy follow their lead? It’s one of the topics McKenzie and I discussed during a recent interview:
HollywoodNews.com: The original “Muppets” television program balanced a fine line between adult and adolescent humor. When writing the songs for “Muppets,” were you thinking of kids or their parents?
Bret McKenzie: Yeah, no, I totally agree. I watched a lot of the original films and TV shows, and I was really amazed at how funny they are, how they completely hold up. I think that was part of Jim Henson’s secret. He made children’s entertainment that was also funny for adults. He didn’t second guess or patronize children. And I think we took that approach to the film. We wanted to make a film that we’d like to watch, and I think kids like to watch it as well.
In that sense, the songs in the film will appeal to adults. All we had to do was make sure that the songs stayed clean. I was tempted to have some “motherfrogger” lines in there.

HollywoodNews.com: Well, you know, I’m glad you didn’t. The film is such a throwback to a time of wholesome family entertainment, and I don’t think that kind of walk-the-line humor of “Shrek” wouldn’t fit with “The Muppets.”
Oh yeah, I totally agree.
HollywoodNews.com: The songs are technically proficient and yet surprisingly simple. The yare effervescent. Did they come easily to you?
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WGA to honor Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz with 2012 Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: The WGA plans to reveal its nominees for the top features of 2011, but before that announcement (scheduled for Thursday), the group revealed that writing partners Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick will be honored with the 2012 Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television.
Recipients of the honor are recognized for lifetime achievement in outstanding television writing, according to a release. The duo certainly qualifies, with credits that include “thirtysomething,” “Love and Other Drugs” and “Once and Again.”
They will receive the honor at the Writers Guild Awards’ West Coast ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 19 at the Hollywood Palladium.
“Beginning in the 1980s, Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz were among a small group of writers who revolutionized the television drama. So much of what is on television today is a direct or indirect descendant of their seminal work, thirtysomething,” WGAW president Christopher Keyser said. “So many writers of this generation were drawn to television because of what Marshall and Ed told us, in that show and then in show after show, it was possible to do – to write stories about real people, with honest and compelling emotional stakes, about what it feels like to be alive. All of us who have come after owe them a great debt of gratitude. We stand on the shoulders of giants.”
More from the release:
The Emmy-winning partners, under their Bedford Falls Company banner, have co-created, executive produced and directed such television series as thirtysomething, Once and Again and My So-Called Life. The pair received the Humanitas Prize in 1983 for the Zwick-directed Special Bulletin.
Herskovitz and Zwick co-wrote Love and Other Drugs, which Zwick directed, and The Last Samurai, which Zwick also helmed. The two have also been nominated for three WGA Awards, winning two. The partners received their second Humanitas Prize for Once and Again.
Zwick’s additional credits include Defiance, The Siege, Blood Diamond, Legends of the Fall, Courage Under Fire, Glory, About Last Night and Leaving Normal. The pair also produced I Am Sam, Traffic and Shakespeare in Love.
Awards Alley brings you the best Oscar coverage. Click below to read our exclusive interviews with:
- Harvey Weinstein
- The cast of “The Artist.”
- Kenneth Branagh for “My Week With Marilyn.”
- Bennett Miller talks “Moneyball.”
- Sir Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz for “Hugo.”
- Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
- David Fincher, Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
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“Bridesmaid” sequel could happen without Kristen Wiig?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Sequels aren’t always a good idea. Here’s why.
Universal reportedly is contemplating a sequel to the massively successful “Bridesmaids,” a summer smash that somehow finds itself in the Oscar race (where comedies usually don’t compete, though to be fair, most comedies aren’t as funny as “Bridesmaids”). And why not, right? If “The Hangover” can earn a sequel, “Maids” deserves one, as well.
Except here’s the problem: Kristen Wiig isn’t involved. And the studio might move forward without her.
THR reports that Wiig and her co-writer Annie Mumolo aren’t interested in pursuing a sequel. “We are writing something else,” she tells the trade. But Uni remains optimistic about a sequel if they can get it right. “We are over the moon with the success of ‘Bridesmaids,’ and if we do a sequel we want to get it right,” a Universal rep tells THR. “We are talking to filmmakers now about concepts, and if the right one emerges, we’ll move forward.” The rumor would have a sequel focusing on Melissa McCarthy’s character, though I honestly couldn’t see the actress moving ahead on a sequel if Wiig wasn’t on board.
Judd Apatow weighed in via a statement, saying, “The key is we have to come up with an idea that is as good or better than the first one. We don’t want to do it unless it can be great. I don’t think anyone has had the brain space to think about it yet. Hopefully that can begin this year.”
Would you see a “Bridesmaid” sequel that didn’t have Wiig? Let us know in the comments section below.
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James Franco to publish his first novel

HollywoodNews.com: James Franco has been working on a number of projects, but now he will be publishing his first novel.
Franco has reportedly sold his first novel, ‘Actors Anonymous,’ to Amazon Publishing, states People. The novel will reportedly be loosely based on his life.
Franco has already released a collection of short stories, ‘Palo Alto,’ this June.
Will you check out the book?
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Rachel McAdams admits she wasn’t the best McDonald’s employee

HollywoodNews.com: Rachel McAdams may have a successful film career, but she wasn’t as successful during her time as a McDonald’s employee.
McAdams recently admitted to ‘Glamour’ magazine that her three years there weren’t the easiest, states UsMagazine.com. “I was not a great employee; I broke the orange juice machine one day,” the actress admitted.
However, it seems she still has some fond memories of the place as she also called it “a great place to work.”
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Clooney, Damon and Craig are Vanity Fair’s Leading Men – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Vanity Fair teased the cover of its latest issues, celebrating the power of three dashing leading men in George Clooney, Matt Damon and Daniel Craig. We have the full image, photographed by the legendary Annie Leibovitz, below.
As part of the magazine’s February issue, Clooney, Damon and Craig participate in the Proust Questionnair, revealing insights into their personalities that might not be evident from what we see on screen.
For example, the star of “The Descendants” jokes that if he could come back from the dead in another form, it would be as his dog because “he lives better.” Craig, meanwhile, takes a break from Bond to explain that he values patience in his friends above all, but doesn’t like his knees. And you’ll never guess what he considers his most treasured possession.
As for Damon, the star of “Contagion” and “We Bought a Zoo” says that his greatest achievement is his marriage, that his real life heroes are his parents, and that his favorite names are those of his wife and children. He and Clooney both wish they could play instruments, while the more practical Craig only wishes he had opposable toes.
There’s plenty more in the issue, which you’ll want to pick up if you see it at a newsstand.
Clooney, meanwhile, is having an excellent Tuesday, as his films “The Descendants” and “The Ides of March” earned crucial nominations from the Producers Guild of America. Learn more here.

Photo by by Annie Leibovitz and courtesy of Vanity Fair
Awards Alley brings you the best Oscar coverage. Click below to read our exclusive interviews with:
- Harvey Weinstein
- The cast of “The Artist.”
- Kenneth Branagh for “My Week With Marilyn.”
- Bennett Miller talks “Moneyball.”
- Sir Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz for “Hugo.”
- Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
- David Fincher, Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
- Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”
- Tate Taylor for “The Help.”
- Gavin O’Connor for “Warrior.”
- Gary Oldman and Colin Firth for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
- Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody for “Young Adult.”
- Steve McQueen for “Shame.”
- Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs.”
- Seth Rogen and Will Reiser for “50/50.”
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Sony still planning to do “The Girl Who Plays With Fire” – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: To date, David Fincher’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” has earned $72.2 million worldwide, an impressive haul for a remake of a popular book, but not a figure that screams “sequel” right away.
And yet, Sony is letting it be known that they’re interested in moving ahead with an adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s second Millennium book, “The Girl Who Played With Fire.”
“[Dragon Tattoo] continues to do strong business and nothing has changed with respect to development of the next book,” a Sony rep told EW.com. The site goes on to say that “Dragon Tattoo” writer Steven Zaillian is moving ahead on his script, but it’s unclear at this moment if Fincher will return.
In an interview in New York City, Fincher told us that if he did return, he would lobby to shoot parts two and three together, since they essentially tell one story and the idea of going to Sweden, coming home, going back, and coming home to film two separate films would be too daunting.
Whomever comes on board to film, they’ll have stars Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig in place, as both actors are signed on to return for the last two anticipated films.
Awards Alley brings you the best Oscar coverage. Click below to read our exclusive interviews with:
- Harvey Weinstein
- The cast of “The Artist.”
- Kenneth Branagh for “My Week With Marilyn.”
- Bennett Miller talks “Moneyball.”
- Sir Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz for “Hugo.”
- Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
- David Fincher, Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
- Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”
- Tate Taylor for “The Help.”
- Gavin O’Connor for “Warrior.”
- Gary Oldman and Colin Firth for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
- Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody for “Young Adult.”
- Steve McQueen for “Shame.”
- Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs.”
- Seth Rogen and Will Reiser for “50/50.”
For complete Oscar and Film Festival coverage, visit our Awards Alley for the latest news items, reviews and interviews all season long.
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