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Oops John Carter Bombs. What happened?

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: It was judgment day for the much-debated John Carter, as Disney’s $250-300 million sci-fi adventure finally was unleashed on paying audiences this weekend. And the judgment was mostly grim with a possible silver lining. With a terrible marketing campaign that didn’t know what to sell, and mixed word of mouth and reviews that emphasized its convoluted story and mediocre action sequences, the film debuted with just $30.6 million. For a cheaper picture, this would be a fine debut, but for a massively expensive would-be franchise tentpole with little chance of maintaining legs, this is a pretty disastrous result. As I’ve written about from time to time, Disney has been dead-set on creating a boy-friendly franchise while all but openly insulting the female-friendly films that have long been its bread-and-butter. In the last few years, we’ve seen Prince of Persia, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Tron: Legacy, I Am Number Four, Real Steel, and now John Carter. Only I Am Number Four and Real Steel were remotely profitable, and only because they were both budgeted well-under $100 million. John Carter is the end-result, with a film that was sold as the ultimate generic boys action fantasy to such an extent that it was arguably insulting to boys. With no stars, source material that barely qualified as ‘cult-status’, stunningly indecisive marketing that teased not a single ‘money shot’, a budget more suited to the third entry in an established blockbuster franchise, and a release period that had yielded only a single $300 million+ grosser ever (Disney’s Tim Burton-helmed Alice In Wonderland two years ago), the stage was set for an epic domestic crash-and-burn.
Years from now, marketing schools will teach John Carter as an example of where the Disney team did everything wrong, at least in America. Andrew Stanton may be the talented director behind Finding Nemo and Wall-E, but he is a no-name to 99% of the paying movie-going audience, and Disney was unwilling to even acknowledge that John Carter was from the director of those animated classics. It’s no secret among the geek set that the original novel, Princess of Mars, was among the first science-fiction adventure stories, and a template for pretty much every major fantasy story since 1912. But not once did Disney trumpet ‘from the story that inspired 100 years of adventure’ or ‘from the story […]

Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning may be in Sleeping Beauty movie

HollywoodNews.com: Up-and-coming Hollywood actress Elle Fanning is apparently getting the major privilege of starring alongside Hollywood heavyweight Angelina Jolie in a Sleeping Beauty movie.
The two are allegedly set to take on roles in the upcoming Disney film ‘Maleficent’ which will reportedly start filming in June, states UsMagazine.com. While Fanning will play Sleeping Beauty, Jolie will reportedly take on the role of the villain.
This will be Jolie’s first onscreen role since directing ‘In the Land of Blood and Honey.’
Would you check this movie out?
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Adam Lambert to Perform at “NewNowNext Awards” 2012

HollywoodNews.com:Logo announced today that Kelly Osbourne will host the 2012 ” NewNowNext Awards .” In addition, Logo confirmed that Adam Lambert and “Brink-of-Fame: Music Artist” nominee Neon Hitch will perform at this year’s show. Now in its fifth year, this highly praised and always unpredictable telecast continues to go beyond where traditional award shows dare to go as it showcases who and what are on the verge of a pop culture explosion in 2012. The “NewNowNext Awards” 2012 tapes in front of a live audience at the legendary Avalon in Hollywood on Thursday, April 5th with a telecast premiere on Monday, April 9th at 10/9C on Logo.

As a television personality, singer, actress, author, fashion designer and model, Kelly Osbourne’s diverse talents have always kept her at the forefront of what’s hot in pop culture. Always one step ahead of the curve, daring and outspoken in both her personal style and professional endeavors, the “NewNowNext Awards” will give Osbourne the opportunity to bring her always outrageous, personal touch to TV’s hottest awards show.
Kelly will be joined on the main stage by musical powerhouses Adam Lambert and Neon Hitch. No stranger to risk-taking, Lambert burst onto the music scene with a style all his own and continues to set the pace for up-and-coming artists. A Grammy Award nominee, with over one million albums sold to date worldwide, Lambert’s highly anticipated sophomore release, Trespassing, is scheduled for release this spring. Lambert’s appearance promises to give fans the dazzling vocal and artistic performance that has become synonymous with the “NewNowNext Awards.”
Neon Hitch’s story is just getting started. The British singer and songwriter grew up living on a bus as a gypsy and traveled as a trapeze artist throughout Europe. Now Neon is set to release her debut album, Beg, Borrow and Steal, later this summer on Warner Bros. Records. Signed to WBR by Senior Vice President of A&R Kara DioGuardi (Fox’s “American Idol,” Bravo’s “Platinum Hit”), the Benny Blanco (Ke$ha, Wiz Khalifa, Katy Perry, Taio Cruz, Britney Spears) produced album is shaping up to be a collection of striking songs that deploy Neon’s soulful, jazz-inflected vocals atop an organic backdrop of eclectic pop melodies and hip-hop tinged beats. Neon’s profile has grown quickly. She’s featured on the new Gym Class Heroes smash “Ass Back Home,” which she recently performed live on VH1’s “Superbowl […]

What is the future of ‘Jersey Shore’?

HollywoodNews.com: Now that ‘Jersey Shore’ star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi is pregnant and getting married, it seems pretty unlikely that she will return to the reality TV show that made her famous.
However, it seems that the future of ‘Jersey Shore’ is pretty unknown at this time as the fifth season is currently airing, states People. “No decision has been made yet on a sixth season of ‘Jersey Shore,’” an MTV spokesperson commented.
Snooki is currently working on a new reality TV show with castmate Jenni “JWOWW” Farley.
What do you think will happen to the show?
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Olivia Wilde talks about getting labeled for being sexually open

HollywoodNews.com: Olivia Wilde has done a lot at a young age and that apparently included becoming comfortable with sexuality which has apparently been misinterpreted by some.
Wilde recently opened up to ‘British GQ’ about being sexually mature at a young age as she was able to talk openly about it, states UsMagazine.com. However, it wasn’t always seen as a good thing by others.
“I was very comfortable with it and talking about it, and once someone hears a young woman speak candidly about sexuality, it’s like, ‘Whoa!’ You get labelled,” Wilde commented.
Do you agree with her?
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Megan Fox doesn’t get to watch ‘Beverly Hills, 90210′

HollywoodNews.com: You would think Megan Fox would have watched ‘Beverly Hills, 90210′ at some time in her life as her husband, Brian Austin Green, was on it, but that is apparently not the case.
Green recently revealed that she isn’t allowed to watch the show because of a rule the two have in their relationship, states UsMagazine.com. “We have a rule: We don’t watch each other’s stuff,” Green revealed.
But that hasn’t stopped Fox from trying to watch little bits here and there: “She tries to sneak them on SOAPnet, and then she gets in trouble for it.”
What do you think about this rule?
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John Carter is sci-fi fantasy done wrong

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: I understood Brian DePalma’s Mission: Impossible the first time I saw it in theaters. I had no trouble following Chris Nolan’s brain-twister thrillers (Memento, The Prestige, Inception). It was work, but I more-or-less ‘got’ the core narrative beats of LA Confidential and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. But by golly John Carter is a confusing muddle of a movie. There has been all kinds of hand-wringing about the film’s rather large budget and its lousy marketing campaign.

I’ve taken the film to task for representing Disney’s obsessive desire to ditch their core female audience while spending untold millions on boy-friendly franchises that don’t pay off (HERE). But putting all of that aside, Andrew Stanton’s visually ambitious and cheerfully innocent boys’ adventure film does indeed have a few moments of visual splendor and gee-whiz action. But it is saddled by a needlessly convoluted narrative that goes nowhere slowly, and that further strains patience by telling its story through cryptic exposition as well as inexplicable casting and costuming choices that renders a large chunk of the supporting cast indistinguishable from each other at key junctures.
The plot, such as it is, concerns John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), a bereaved Confederate soldier who ends up transported to Mars through sci-fi happenstance and ends up embroiled in a civil war. That’s the gist of the story, but the film spends nearly an entire act getting him to Mars and much of the film establishing and then explaining the various complications that I’m sure were in the original novel but feel like needless padding in the cinematic adaptation. It may not be fair to compare John Carter with other recent fantasy franchises, especially as the Edgar Rice Burroughs 1912 novel is seen as a major influence on the last 100 years of genre storytelling, but Stanton and his team make a key mistake in the construction of this film. In short, instead of giving us complex and/or nuanced characters in a relatively simple (but engaging) story, they give us simple and visually confusing characters in a needlessly overwrought and distracted narrative that spends most of its time merely establishing the ‘scientific proof’ of what we saw before our eyes in the opening reel. Yes, John Carter is from Earth and yes some weird otherworldly force (represented by the always villainous Mark Strong) has given one […]

Universal teases The Flintstones a year in advance…

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: It was no secret that Universal was planning a big-screen adaptation of The Flintstones for the summer of 1994. I remember actually being on the Universal lot while visiting a cousin in the winter of 1993 so I could shoot portions of a Bar Mitzvah movie (long story… another time) and being told by the Universal guy that if we got caught to say “We’re here working on stuff for The Flintstones… nobody knows what the plot is yet anyway.” But a six months later, as my dad and I watched the lights go down for our advance-night 10:00pm screening of Jurassic Park (arguably the best single movie going experience of my life… ask me about it next summer), we were stunned that Universal had already cooked up a teaser for the seemingly un-shot and certainly unfinished Flintstones feature. As you can see, it was basically just a bouncing ball version of the theme song, climaxing with an in-costume John Goodman screaming ‘Yabba-dabba-doo!’ at the top of his lungs. Let me tell you, the entire audience roared with applause and I admit I was caught up in the infectious excitement for a project I couldn’t really care less about. That was the start of something new.
I saw that preview on June 10th, 1993, just under a full year before the May 27th, 1994 Memorial Day weekend release date. I’m sure there were cases in the 1970s and early 1980s of big movies being teased well in advance because they weren’t being released wide to every theater at the same time. But in the wide-release, ‘coming soon to theaters everywhere’ era, this was a first. It was a calculated marketing campaign that started a year before the film was to be released. The Flintstones were the first to try such a long-dart shot, but they were not the last. Sony debuted the first Godzilla teaser with Men In Black over the 4th of July weekend in 1997, just under a year before the film’s Memorial Day 1998 debut (ironically, they would not debut a real trailer until April 3rd, 1998, attached to prints of Mercury Rising, just 6 weeks before the film’s release). Disney debuted a powerful and moving teaser for Pearl Harbor a year before its Memorial Day 2001 release, attached to prints of I […]

‘Glee’s’ Lea Michele on being an edgy homebody

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Glee’ star Lea Michele may seem like a good girl, but she is revealing that she does have a little edge to herself that many don’t know about.
Lea Michele opened up to ‘Prestige’ magazine about how she is slightly edgy, but not necessarily a wild party girl, states UsMagazine.com. “I do have 14 tattoos, but I also do come home every single night and watch reality TV with my cat,” Lea Michele revealed.
Do you think she’s more of a party girl than she admits?
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Zac Efron learned guitar skills from Taylor Swift

HollywoodNews.com: Zac Efron and Taylor Swift both lent their voices to characters in ‘The Lorax,’ but she also lent Efron some musical tips.
Efron and Swift have been busy promoting their film together, and it seems that time has given him the chance to convince her to teach him some guitar skills, states UsMagazine.com. “We were all running around doing different interviews [for The Lorax] but I caught her for five minutes and told her my resolution was to learn how to play guitar,” Efron revealed about her then offering to teach him.
And it seems he couldn’t have asked for a better teacher: “Everything that just comes across in her music — the warmth, her personality, her charm — is just who she is.”
Who would you want to learn guitar from?
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