December 03, 2016

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Oscars: Grant Heslov on George Clooney, awards and “The Ides of March” – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Last night, George Clooney picked up a Best Actor trophy from the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association for his performance in Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants.” But on Sunday, Clooney’s attentions will be divided between Payne’s human drama and his own political thriller.
That’s because “The Ides of March,” which Clooney helmed and also appears, is up or four Golden Globes nominations including Bets Director – Motion Picture, Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Performance By An Actor (for Ryan Gosling) and Best Screenplay.
“It’s always nice to be recognized by people for the work that you do,” Clooney’s co-writer, Grant Heslov, told me during a recent conversation. He has worked with the Oscar winner every step of the way on “Ides,” “Leatherheads,” “K Street” “Goodnight and Good Luck,” and more. Ahead of Sunday’s Globes telecast, Heslov called to talk about their inspirations, his favorite monologues, and how Clooney has changed as a storyteller. Here’s Grant Heslov:
HollywoodNews.com: There’s a barbecue joint down in South Carolina named The Smoke House. It is one of my absolute favorite places to go when we’re on vacation. Please tell me you and Mr. Clooney named your production company, Smoke House, after a BBQ joint.
Grant Heslov: [Laughs] Well, no, but there’s a bar and a restaurant right across from Warner Bros. called The Smoke House. It’s a great watering hole that has been there forever. We named it after that, because that’s the place where we used to go and drink all of the time.
HollywoodNews.com: I love that. That’s hilarious. OK, on to “Ides,” which earned $53 million at the global box office to date. I think that’s a healthy number, but were you hoping for more?
Well, we still haven’t opened in a bunch of foreign territories, so we still have a ways to go. I think we’re going to be more than OK. Don’t forget, the film only cost $12.5M.
HollywoodNews.com: The critics did respond in kind, though. The film has an 86% Fresh rate. General audiences appeared to think this movie was going to be too political, though, which it wasn’t meant to be. Did you feel that you were fighting an uphill battle in terms of marketing it to a politics-weary audience?
Yeah, because we weren’t setting out to make a political film, as you know. It’s set in the world of politics, and it’s hard to get by that. […]

People’s Choice Awards: Red Carpet Photo Gallery Jan. 12

HollywoodNews.com: The People’s Choice Awards, hosted by ‘Big Bang Theory’ star Kaley Cuoco, were last night and had some major stars stepping out.
With Katy Perry, Johnny Depp and Emma Stone winning big last night, the fans had chosen their winners for the year. ‘Harry Potter’ also won big as the final film was named Favorite Movie and Favorite Action Movie. Kim Kardashian, who didn’t show up, was chosen as Favorite Celebreality Star despite all the backlash she has been dealing with the last few months.
Check out the photo gallery below to see the stars on the red carpet last night!

Other winners for the big night include Hugh Jackman, ‘Bridesmaids,’ Nina Dobrev, Neil Patrick Harris and Lea Michele.
For a complete list of winners from the 2012 People’s Choice Awards click here.

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Demi Lovato no longer linked to Wilmer Valderrama

HollywoodNews.com: Demi Lovato has been linked to Wilmer Valderrama off and on, but now it seems that things are off once again.
After being spotted together in November outside his home, it seems things just didn’t work, states UsMagazine.com. Things allegedly never got consistent with the two as they would reportedly randomly hook up.
And it seems Lovato may be completely done with Valderrama as she recently tweeted, “the smartest thing a woman can ever learn is to never need a man.”
Do you think she will date anyone soon?
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Oscars: It would be a “Shame” to keep Carey Mulligan out of the race – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Two films hanging around the fringe of the ongoing Oscar race are “Shame” an “Drive.” They’re not shoo-ins, like “The Artist” or “The Descendants.” But both could get into the annual race in significant writing, acting and (possibly) directing categories.
What do they have in common? Carey Mulligan.
You could argue she plays an unconventional love interest in both films. But there’s no arguing how fantastic the talented Oscar nominee is in both features. And it’s possible Mulligan plays herself into a Best Supporting Actress conversation if the Academy is as impressed by Carey as we were in “Drive” and “Shame.” She didn’t quite have Jessica Chastain’s year, but to have those pictures on your resume means you have had a very, very good year.
And it was during that year – in October – when we recognized Mulligan with our Hollywood Supporting Actress Awards for her part in Steve McQueen’s probing drama.
Mulligan’s star continues to rise. She’s currently shooting “The Great Gatsby” with Leonardo Di Caprio, Tobey Maguire and director Baz Luhrmann. But you can bet she’ll be at the Kodak Theatre should she hear her name in the Best Supporting Actress category when the Oscars reveal their nominations on Tuesday, Jan. 24.

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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Bethenny Frankel will allegedly end show after Season 3

HollywoodNews.com: Bethenny Frankel’s Bravo reality TV show has been a hit, but it is being rumored that she will end it after Season 3.
Frankel will reportedly be done with ‘Bethenny Ever After’ because she wants to focus on business and not have her daughter grow up on TV, states UsMagazine.com. While she may eventually create other projects with Bravo, she allegedly wants to stop for now to end things on a high note.
Season 3 will reportedly premiere on February 20th, but is allegedly not yet done filming at this time.
Do you want her show to continue?
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Emma Stone no longer hiding romance with Andrew Garfield

HollywoodNews.com: Emma Stone seems pretty head over heels for her ‘Spider-Man’ costar Andrew Garfield as the two are all about PDA these days.
While out in New York, the low-key couple was caught locking lips, states UsMagazine.com. Although they haven’t been very affectionate before now, they didn’t seem shy about anyone who might see them getting cozy.
The two costars allegedly started dating sometime last spring.
Do you think they will last?
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Jessica Simpson walking red carpet with major baby bump

HollywoodNews.com: Jessica Simpson hasn’t popped out her first child just yet, but she is certainly looking ready to do so.
Simpson recently walked the red carpet to promote her upcoming reality TV show ‘Fashion Star,’ states RadarOnline.com. And while strutting her stuff on the red carpet, Simpson embraced her growing belly that was covered by a sparkling, black dress.
Simpson is expecting her first child with fiance Eric Johnson.
Do you think she’ll be a good mom?
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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.”
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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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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