April 23, 2014

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‘Captain America’ commands the top spot at the Box Office this weekend

Happy Sunday everyone. Here I am once again with the weekly box office report. Leading the way this weekend in a huge way was Marvel’s latest, Captain America: The Winter Soldier which debuted with a fantastic $96.2 million at the box office. Far behind at number two we had the second week of Noah, which had quite the drop and only pulled in an estimated $17 million more into its pockets. Number three happened to be Divergent, which had a better hold and took in another $13 million from audience members. No other new release besides the Marvel sequel cracked the top ten. Among the independent/limited releases, we had a really strong debut for Under the Skin, while Dom Hemingway, Franke & Alice, and The Unknown Known did decently enough. Jinn however, pretty much flopped. Only three movies in the top ten managed eight figure weekends, so most of the audiences were just seeing a certain superhero and his latest adventure…
Building off of some incredible buzz and top notch reviews, Captain America: The Winter Soldier managed to come close to breaking the $100 million mark opening weekend. I found the movie to be one of the better superhero flicks of late, so going forward this one could be a smash hit. On the flip side, I don’t know how well any of the platform releases will do. Jinn clearly was a B horror movie looking to make a quick buck, and that just didn’t happen. I was impressed by Under the Skin’s very solid per theater average though, so perhaps that one will manage to be an unlikely crossover success.
Among the notable holdovers in theaters, the aforementioned Noah saw much of its audience erode, while both God’s Not Dead and The Grand Budapest Hotel continue to perform above expectations. Sabotage continued to flop, on the other side of the coin, not even managing to make $2 million this weekend. We also had Mr. Peabody & Sherman crack the $100 million mark, so congrats there. Overall, it was just a very summer-ish weekend, if that makes sense. Essentially, everyone just went to see Captain America…
Here now is what the top ten looked like at the box office for this weekend:
1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $96,200,000
2. Noah – $17,000,000
3. Divergent – $13,000,000
4. God’s Not Dead – $7,726,000
5. The Grand Budapest Hotel – $6,300,000
6. Muppets Most Wanted – $6,285,000
7. Mr. Peabody [...]

Oscars: Get to know the Best Supporting Actress race

Best Supporting Actress
Nominees: Sally Hawkins for Blue Jasmine, Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle, Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave, Julia Roberts for August: Osage County, and June Squibb for Nebraska
Notable precursor wins: Lawrence wins BAFTA and Golden Globe Awards, while Nyong’o wins Broadcast Film Critics and Screen Actors Guild Awards
Current frontrunner: Jennifer Lawrence (by a hair)
Next in line: Lupita Nyong’o (super close behind)
Dark horse: June Squibb (way behind)
Wrapping up my “Get to know” series, we now have the final piece of the puzzle as we focus today on the Best Supporting Actress race. As you can see in the vital statistics above, the gentlemen making up this category are Sally Hawkins for Blue Jasmine, Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle, Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave, Julia Roberts for August: Osage County, and June Squibb for Nebraska. Two of these ladies are way out in front, with predictions split between them. One’s got to emerge victorious though, so which one will it be?
From the very first of the precursors, it’s been a back and forth between Lawrence and Nyong’o. They’ve split the important precursors evenly, while both also picked up critics group attention in a big way. They’re all but tied, which means that something’s gotta give. Will Academy voters go full steam ahead in making Lawrence their new Oscar darling or will they crown Nyong’o instead, embracing a new face? It could go either way folks, though the late momentum has ever so slightly favored Lawrence.
Now then, one of them has to win, right? By a slim majority, my colleagues seem to be predicting Nyong’o, but my gut feeling is that Lawrence pulls it out in the end. An absolute shock would have Squibb sneaking in at the last minute, but I wouldn’t count on that. A Nyong’o win wouldn’t surprise me in the least, but I’m seeing a Lawrence victory at this current juncture. We’ll know for a sure in just a few days though…
That’s it for these categories, so stay tuned for the Academy Awards on Sunday night to see what actually happens!

‘Die Hard 5′ tops weekend box office

Thanks to an unexpectedly strong second-weekend showing of Identity Thief, there’s going to be a lot of wrangling about rank this weekend.
But as you know, I don’t care about rank, so let’s just get into the numbers. The biggest opener of the weekend was the stunningly terrible A Good Day To Die Hard, which earned an estimated $25 million for the Fri-Sun weekend, $31 million over the four-day Presidents’ Day holiday, and a projected $36 million since opening on Thursday the 14th.
This was the first Die Hard film to open outside of summer, and it’s arguable that Fox knew full-well that it had a turkey on its hands.
There were no press screenings until the last minute and Fox didn’t even bother to attach a teaser to The Wolverine to prints this weekend, which seemed like a no-brainer save for the danger of being associated with just a stunningly bad film. Nonetheless, the brand is still somewhat strong, although it’s obviously waning.
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75 Original Songs Tune Up for 2012 Oscar®

Seventy-five songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2012 are in contention for nominations in the Original Song category for the 85th Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.
The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are listed below in alphabetical order by film and song title:
“For You” from “Act of Valor”
“Metaphorical Blanket” from “Any Day Now”
“Let It Rain” from “Being Flynn”
“Learn Me Right” from “Brave”
“Touch the Sky” from “Brave”
“Airport” from “Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best”
“Come on Girl” from “Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best”
“Someday” from “Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best”
“Protect the King” from “Brooklyn Castle”
“California Solo” from “California Solo”
“Casa De Mi Padre” from “Casa De Mi Padre”
“Del Cielo” from “Casa De Mi Padre”
“Yo No Se” from “Casa De Mi Padre”
“No Other Plans” from “Celeste and Jesse Forever”
“Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice”
“By the Light of the Moon” from “Crossroad”
“The Sambola! International Dance Craze” from “Damsels in Distress”
“When You Comin’ Home” from “Darling Companion”
“Death by China” from “Death by China”
“Delhi Safari” from “Delhi Safari”
“Ancora Qui” from “Django Unchained”
“Freedom” from “Django Unchained”
“100 Black Coffins” from “Django Unchained”
“Who Did That to You?” from “Django Unchained”
“How Bad Can I Be?” from “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax”
“Let It Grow” from “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax”
“Thneedville” from [...]

Obama’s America $6.2 million doesn’t mean anything

HollywoodNews.com: Oh my, another film explicitly targeting an undeserved niche did exceptional business almost exclusively with that niche. In a sane industry that would be called smart business, but the studios tend to treat it as a *shock* and write it off as a fluke.
It was no shock to anyone paying attention during the week, especially when the film was announced to be expanding on over 1,000 screens this weekend. With the weak slate of new releases and little holdover interest, the market was primed for a solid debut for something preaching to a very devoted choir.
First as foremost, 2016: Obama’s America earned about 1/4 as much this weekend as Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 did over its opening weekend on about as many screens eight years ago.
As not-president John Kerry can attest, even the most obscenely successful political documentary of all time ($23 million opening weekend, $119 million domestic total) didn’t help John Kerry defeat George W. Bush in the 2004 election (even if we can dispute the results in Ohio, Bush won the popular vote by three million).
So no, the fact that a directly-targeted group of anti-Obama moviegoers gave 2016: Obama’s America $6.2 million doesn’t mean anything more than the piss-poor box office of last year’s The Undefeated (essay) in terms of predicting an upcoming presidential election.
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Kirk and Anne Douglas are our Heroes

HollywoodNews.com: Who doesn’t love Kirk Douglas? He’s the greatest. Three time Oscar nominee Kirk is a hero. He’s recovered mightily from a stroke, has written several books. At 95, he’s a role model. He and his wife Anne gave $990,000 to charities last year, worthy causes, from their Douglas Charitable Foundation. It’s all good. Now he and Anne have pledged to leave $50 million to five charities, including the Alzheimer’s Wing at the Motion Picture Home.
But where does the money come from? Good investments. The Foundation, according to its Form 990 from 2010, had over $19 million in total assets. Most of that was from stock. But yikes–the stock is typically American and not very politically correct. In a way, the Douglas Foundation has been like Robin Hood–taking from the rich and giving to the needy.
The Douglas Foundation’s largest assets, at least on December 31, 2010, were from the Big Tobacco and Big Oil. They claimed market values of $4,5 for Philip Morris, and $2 million more from Altria Group, making essentially two investments in Big Tobacco as Altria owns Philips Morris USA while the international Philip Morris is a separate entity with a robust stock price of $90 a share as Friday. The Foundation’s other largest holdings were from Chevron ($1 million) and Exxon ($2 million). There’s also about $700,000 in market value from Royal Dutch Petroleum and another $500,000 from Concoco.
These are the same companies and stocks the Foundation had in 2008 and 2009. And they’ve increased in value. So at least the Foundation is getting good investment advice.
The Foundation also paid Kirk and Anne’s son, Peter, a salary of $115,000 a year– for 17 hours’ worth of work as president. In 2008, the salary was only $50,000, so that’s a nice raise. As Matthew Broderick sings on Broadway, “Nice work if you can get it.”
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The Avengers New Premiere Photos: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Mark-Ruffalo

HollywoodNews.com: Nick Fury is director of S.H.I.E.L.D, an international peace keeping agency. The agency is a who’s who of Marvel Super Heroes, with Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When global security is threatened by Loki and his cohorts, Nick Fury and his team will need all their powers to save the world from disaster.
MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS UK & Rome Premiere Photos Below:

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Hugh Jackman explains why he really works out so much

HollywoodNews.com: With a body like Hugh Jackman’s, it would seem that he really loves to work out, but that isn’t exactly the case here.
Jackman revealed to ‘Men’s Fitness’ that working out isn’t a passion of his, states UsMagazine.com. “I don’t really enjoy training. People say it’s addictive, but I’m like, ‘Not so much,’” Jackman admitted.
So why does the built actor bother to do so much of it? “If I weren’t getting paid or didn’t have a character like Wolverine to maintain, I would just be a tall, lean, fit guy,” Jackman commented.
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Bruce Willis may play original Joe in “G.I. Joe” sequel

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Bruce Willis appears to be having fun with his action-hero image as he transitions gracefully into the later stages of his acting career.
Willis smirked his way through an amusing cameo with his Planet Hollywood partners Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger in “The Expendables.” And now he appears ready to join a campy action franchise as its pioneering hero.
Willis is “in talks” to play the original Joe in Paramount’s planned G.I. Joe sequel, “Retaliation,” THR reports. John M. Chu, who helmed “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never,” will direct the sequel that’s also bringing Dwayne Johnson, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Stevenson and RZA into the fold.
“Willis, if a deal comes together, would play General Joe Colton, the man who in 1980s comic books starts the G.I. Joe strike team, called the ultimate freedom fighting force, and got the handle G.I. Joe.,” the trade reports.
The first “Joe,” subtitled “The Rise of Cobra,” was a modest hit for the studio in 2009, earning $302 million worldwide. The sequel reportedly begins shooting later this month in New Orleans, with an eye on a June 29, 2012 release date.
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“Captain America: The First Avenger” LA Premiere Photos

HollywoodNews.com: Latest photos of the Los Angeles Premiere of “Captain America: The First Avenger.”

“Captain America: The First Avenger” will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America. As Captain America, Rogers joins forces with Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) to wage war on the evil HYDRA organization, led by the villainous Red Skull (Hugo Weaving.)

Photos by Paramount Pictures
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