April 24, 2014

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Madagascar 3 wins Weekend Box Office $35.5M

HollywoodNews.com: Rock of Ages and That’s My Boy tank while Madagascar 3 remains strong and Prometheus plummets.
I try to remain somewhat positive about box office, if only to counter the relentless ‘It’s a bomb!’ or ‘Big Star FAILS!’ punditry that makes up much of the box office pundit world. But there is little good news to report about this weekend’s two big releases. The top new release was Warner Bros’ broadway adaptation Rock of Ages. The 80s rock homage pulled in just $15 million.
Now to be fair, while the film’s opening is far below the $27 million debut of Adam Shankman’s last musical, Hairspray in July 2007 as well as the $27 million debut of Mamma Mia! four summers ago, it’s actually the sixth-biggest debut for a modern musical, which shows how rare they are even in a post-Moulin Rouge era (Moulin Rouge opened with $13 million eleven years ago, by the way). It’s a bigger opening that Rent ($10 million), Dreamgirls ($14 million on under 900 screens), Burlesque ($11 million), and Sweeney Todd ($9.3 million on 1,249 screens).
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Young Adult open huge in limited release

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: In what one might call ‘the calm before the storm’, two middling wide releases debuted to relatively middling numbers. Next week sees a flurry of major wide releases over the last two weeks of the year, so this frame was a bit of a breather. The top film was New Year’s Eve, which debuted with $13.8 million. That’s one of the weakest #1 debuts of the year, and about $1 million less than Valentine’s Day grossed on its first day back in February 2010. That film scored the record for a romantic comedy debut with $56 million over Fri-Sun. Of course, that film had romantic comedy heavyweights like Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, Queen Latifah, and Jennifer Garner. This film had a slightly lower-wattage cast, with only Katherine Heigl and Zac Efron qualifying as box office draws. The newbies this time around (Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, Hillary Swank, Jon Bon Jovi, Halle Berry, Lea Michele, etc) are names, but not actual ‘bring them to the theater’ movie stars.
Oddly enough, the film opened significantly lower than what Heigl, Efron, and Ashton Kutcher (who was also the lead in Valentine’s Day) bring in on their own (Jessica Biel was also in both, but she’s never been a draw). Which leads one to believe that this was a problem of ‘fool me once, shame on you’. Valentine’s Day was not very popular in the long run, earning $110 million after scoring $63 million in its four-day opening (that’s Green Lantern/Watchmen/Twilight Saga ‘legs’). The first film was somewhat of a novelty, a Love Actually with Americans and a massively star-packed romantic comedy about Valentine’s Day that opened over Valentine’s Day weekend. This just looked like a cash-in, which is what it probably was. The original cost $52 million while this sequel/spin-off/etc cost $56 million. Warner is going to have to hope for some holiday legs on this one, but as the only romantic comedy in the marketplace it may have some luck with that.
The only other wide release was David Gordon Green’s The Sitter. The Jonah Hill comedy, which was sold as an R-rated and more ‘extreme’ version of Adventures In Babysitting, debuted with just $10 million. This was the first real test of Jonah Hill’s ‘by himself’ star power, and as such it’s [...]

“Rock of Ages” trailer attached to “Sherlock Holmes”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Here’s a legitimate reason to get to the theaters early if you’re planning on seeing Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes” sequel, “Game of Shadows.” Warner Bros. plans to attach the first trailer for Adam Shankman’s musical “Rock of Ages,” teasing the picture’s June 1, 2012 release date.
Shankman’s adaptation stars Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough (“Footloose”), Malin Akerman, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti and Catherine Zeta-Jones in the story of an up-and-coming glam rocker making his way through the seedy Sunset Strip lifestyle in 1987.
“Ages” is a massive Broadway sensation, and Shankman (“Hairspray”) seems like the right choice to bring it to the big screen.
December’s also a big month for Cruise, who is busy on the “Mission: Impossible” press circuit. But audiences will get double their dose of the action star if and when they check out the “Rock” trailer.
We hope it will be online shortly after the release. Once it’s up, we’ll post the trailer here on the site.
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Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens reunion rumors are false

HollywoodNews.com: It’s a sad day for fans who wanted to see Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens reunite after breaking up earlier this year.
There were recent rumors out that the two were spotted at a Los Angeles club looking awfully cozy, but that just isn’t so, states E! News. Hudgens couldn’t have possibly been at Eden nightclub with Efron as she wasn’t even in town at the time.
“I don’t know how they were at a Hollywood nightclub when she isn’t in town,” Efron’s rep commented.
The two split after years of dating due to their busy schedules and long-distance relationship.
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“Muppets” exclusive clip features new character Walter

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Despite the onslaught of “Muppet” marketing leading up to the film’s Nov. 23 release, in which Jim Henson’s creations spoofed everything from “The Green Lantern” to “The Hangover Part II,” we haven’t seen a whole lot with Walter, the new character created for this movie who acts a catalyst for the plot. But a new clip finally puts Walter in the spotlight, if only for a moment.
Posted on Yahoo Movies, this clip features Walter and his best friend (Jason Segel) as they plan a trip to California. Their adventure will find them fighting to save the theater in which the original Muppets show was filmed.
It’s shaping up to be a meta movie-within-a-movie concept, overrun with cameos. Much like the year-long string of teaser trailers that established the new film’s tone.
This clip’s still my favorite. As they say, it’s a parody of their own parody trailer. “We’ve taken this as far as it will go.” Very clever.

Now bring on the movie. “The Muppets” returns Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Animal and the rest of the puppet clan to theaters. It opens everywhere on Nov. 23.
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Details on Camille Grammer’s new love interest

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star Camille Grammer was left by her husband, Kelsey Grammer, but now she is opening up about bouncing back with a new man.
Camille has reportedly been dating Dimitri Charalambopoulos who is not in the entertainment industry, states UsMagazine.com. “He’s very sweet, very caring. And we will see what happens. It’s new. It has only been a couple of months,” Camille said about the new man in her life.
The new man in her life is reportedly 34 years old and has helped Camille get back to normal after her difficult split.
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Weekend Box Office: Moneyball comes in second to Lion King 3D

HollywoodNews.com: Defying even the most optimistic of predictions, The Lion King 3D (HERE for the film’s big not-so-fatal flaw) repeated at the top of the box office this weekend. The shockingly popular 3D-converted re-release dropped just 26% in its second weekend, grossing $22.1 million in what was allegedly the last weekend of its ‘limited engagement’.
I cannot imagine Disney not keeping this one in theaters until it plays out naturally, as we could easily be looking at a $100 million domestic total for the refurbished 17-year old cartoon. The Lion King 3D now has $61.6 million, giving the film a $389 million domestic total. Once it gets past $67 million, it will surpass the 1997 re-release of The Empire Strikes Back and become the second-biggest re-release of all time, behind the $137 million gross of Star Wars: Special Edition.
Unless Disney does pull the movie next Friday, it should pass $400 million at the end of next weekend, putting it within spitting distance of the $410 million domestic total of Toy Story 3. The $441 million domestic total for Shrek 2 seems out of reach for the moment, but we’ll know for sure by the end of next weekend.
Again, there is no reason to assume that every 3D-converted rerelease coming down the pike in the next year will perform like this one, anymore than other nationwide anniversary re-releases were expected to match the astonishing 1997 Star Wars Trilogy: Special Edition roll outs (HERE for a review of the Star Wars Blu Ray set). Considering this release was basically a glorified advertisement for the October 4th Blu Ray release, Disney is basically pulling pure profit on this one.
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Whitney Houston will do “Sparkle” remake with Jordin Sparks

HollywoodNews.com: So I did tell you first back on May 7th that “Sparkle,” the 1976 movie, was being remade. There have been all sorts of stories since then. But I can tell you that Whitney Houston has confirmed to play Jordin Sparks’s mother in the remake. Here’s my original story: http://www.showbiz411.com/2011/05/07/sparkle-remake-will-reprise-curtis-mayfield-hits “Sparkle” will reprise the music composed by Curtis Mayfield, which is also good news.
Houston being able and ready to shoot this movie is the big headline, and everyone wants it to happen. Whitney did have a relapse last spring and went off to rehab with her old pal Warren Boyd, who’s so good at helping people get back on their feet. Howard Rosenman and Joel Schumacher are producing the film. More to come. Let’s hope the “Sparkle” script is really improved from the original. This was not a landmark movie. But the music was excellent. A strong script will make a big difference.
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How DVDs ruined the theatrical documentary

HollywoodNews.com: I hesitated before watching Knives Over Forks on Netflix Instant yesterday. I had an interest in the picture, and the DVD was in my Blockbuster quque, so there was seemingly no reason for me not to just watch it right from my Netflix streaming system, right? Well, first I had to go online and look up the reviews for the Blu Ray.
Specifically, I needed to check what kind of supplemental materials were on the disc. To my relief, there was only about six minutes of PSA-type material to be found, so I watched the movie yesterday (quick review – the information is worthwhile, but it’s a terribly amateurish documentary with few real insights beyond its broad thesis). I have discussed before the problem of films coming out on DVD 3-5 months after theatrical with significantly altered or extended ‘director’s cuts’ and how that negates the whole purpose of seeing a film in a theater. Documentaries are a different story. When you watch a documentary in theaters, you get the final film. But when you rent a documentary on DVD, there is a good chance that you’ll actually get two films for the price of one, with enough extra material in the form of deleted scenes and unedited interviews to constitute a second look at the same subject.
No End in Sight was a dynamite 104-minute documentary chronicling the utter disaster that was the occupation of Iraq from 2003 to 2007 (when the film was released). It was the best documentary of the year in a very good year for documentaries (Taxi to the Dark Side and Crazy Love are also modern classics). But if you happened to catch the film on DVD, you got not only the film itself, but 105 minutes of additional documentary material related to the subject. In other words, you got No End In Sight and its quasi-sequel/spin-off.
If you happened to rent Food Inc. (the best documentary of 2009, natch), you were treated to the film itself as well as around forty-minutes of additional relevant and worthwhile material. And of course, in these cases, we aren’t talking about behind-the-scenes or making-of footage, we’re talking about deleted scenes, IE – MORE documentary. And since this footage isn’t lacking in context when viewed by itself (as is the case for deleted footage of [...]

Liza Minnelli is made an officer in France’s Legion of Honour

HollywoodNews.com: When you already have an Oscar, a special Grammy and several Emmys and Tonys, what other honors are there for an iconic entertainer like Liza Minnelli?
How about being made an officer in France’s prestigious Legion of Honour!
On Monday, a visibly moved Liza received the red-ribboned medal from the French Culture Minister, Frederic Mitterrand, at a ceremony in Paris.
“We love you because you make our lives better,” Mitterrand told the great star.”A glance in your eyes is enough to make one imagine Broadway in golden letters sparkling in your eyes, your beautiful eyes.”
Liza, the star of such films as Cabaret, The Sterile Cuckoo and New York, New York, said: “What I am really, really so honoured about, is to be a part of France, to be a part of the city and the country of my dreams. Thank you for watching me, thank you for caring about me.”
Hollywood royalty Liza is the daughter of Judy Garland and of Vincente Minnelli was directed the classic film An American in Paris.
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