April 23, 2014

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Richard Gere in the race to Oscar!

Richard Gere’s extraordinary talent and remarkable career deserves to be recognized. This year his outstanding performance in “Arbitrage” has been embraced by both the critics and the public at large. Gere plays the most self-serving Wall Street bastard since Gordon Gekko in Nicholas Jarecki’s “Arbitrage.”
Actor and humanitarian Richard Gere can currently be seen starring in Nicholas Jarecki’s “Arbitrage” opposite Susan Sarandon and Tim Roth. Gere is known for his diversity of roles, from his Golden Globe winning performance in “Chicago” to the critically acclaimed “Pretty Women,” “An Officer and a Gentleman,” “American Gigolo,” and “Primal Fear.” He was last seen in “Amelia” alongside Hilary Swank and Ewan McGregor and in Anton Fuqua’s “Brooklyn’s Finest,” starring Don Cheadle and Ethan Hawke. Other recent credits include “Nights in Rodanthe,” “I’m Not There,” “The Hoax,” “The Hunting Party,” “Shall We Dance,” and “Bee Season.”
Gere’s motion picture debut was the Oscar-honored “Days of Heaven,” for which he received the Italian equivalent of the Academy Award. In 1990, he received Box-office acclaim for his portrayal of a corrupt cop in “Internal Affairs.” His earlier film credits include; “Unfaithful,” “Mothman Prophecies,” “Looking Mr. Goodbar,” ‘Blood Brothers,” “Breathless,” “Beyond the Limit,” “The Cotton Club,” “Power,” “No Mercy, ” “Yanks,” “Looking” and “Miles From Home, “as well as the Box-office hit “Runaway Bride” and “Dr. T and the Women,” directed by Robert Altman.
Gere’s career was established with performances in the Broadway rock opera “Soon” and the New York production of the British farce, “Habeas Corpus.” For the Broadway production of “Bent,” he received the Theatre World Award.
Off screen Gere is an accomplished photographer, pianist and music writer. An outspoken human rights advocate, Gere is a student and friend of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
His first book, “Pilgrim,” is a collection of images that represent his twenty-five year journey into Buddhism.

On last year’s Hollywood Film Awards show special honors went to Richard Gere for career achievement; Bradley Cooper for actor; Marion Cotillard for actress; Robert De Niro for supporting actor; Amy Adams for supporting actress; Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman and the cast of “Argo;” John Hawkes for breakout performance; David O. Russell for director; Dustin Hoffman for breakthrough director; Quentin Tarantino for the screenwriter award; Quvenzhané Wallis for the New Hollywood Award; Samantha Barks, Bella Heathcote, Tom Holland, John Magaro, Ezra Miller, and Kelly Reilly with the Spotlight Awards; Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner for producers; Wally [...]

Richard Gere to Receive the Chairman’s Award

The 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Richard Gere with the Chairman’s Award on January 5 at the Awards Gala. Presented by Cartier, the Awards Gala will be held at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Hosted by Mary Hart, the Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees the cast of Argo, Bradley Cooper, Sally Field, Helen Hunt, Helen Mirren, Naomi Watts and Robert Zemeckis. The Festival runs January 3-14.
“Throughout his career Richard Gere has established himself as an accomplished actor and producer and yet still finds time to support crucial cultural and humanitarian causes,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “Over the years we’ve seen Mr. Gere in many memorable roles, however with Arbitrage, he turns in one of his strongest career performances to date, bringing to life a hedge-fund magnate whose world is upended amid personal and professional turmoil that threatens to spiral wildly out of his control. To this star of many talents the Palm Springs International Film Festival is proud to present the 2012 Chairman’s Award to Richard Gere.” Past recipients of the Chairman’s Award include Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Dustin Hoffman and Nicole Kidman.
Richard Gere stars in Arbitrage from Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions. Gere plays New York hedge-fund magnate Robert Miller, who on the eve of his 60th birthday is desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire and makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help. The film is written and directed by Nicholas Jarecki and stars Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth, Brit Marling, Laetitia Casta and Nate Parker. For Arbitrage, Gere received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama.
Richard Gere is known for his diversity of roles, from his Golden Globe winning performance in Chicago to the critically acclaimed Pretty Women, An Officer and a Gentleman, American Gigolo, and Primal Fear. His other film credits include Amelia, Brooklyn’s Finest, Nights in Rodanthe, I’m Not There, The Hoax, The Hunting Party, Shall We Dance, Bee Season, Unfaithful, The Mothman Prophecies, Looking Mr. Goodbar, Blood Brothers, Breathless, Beyond the Limit, The Cotton Club, Power, No Mercy, Yanks, Looking, Miles From Home, Internal Affairs, Runaway Bride and Dr. T and the Women. Gere’s motion picture debut was the Oscar-honored Days of Heaven, for which he [...]

‘The Social Network’ remains firmly locked as Oscar front-runner

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: A handful of new releases were not enough to dethrone the buzzy and generally terrific ‘founding of Facebook’ drama “The Social Network” from the top spot this weekend. Dropping a measly 30%, the David Fincher picture grossed $15.5 million in its second weekend. With a ten-day total of $46 million, the Aaron Sorkin-penned picture is still firmly locked in its status as Oscar front-runner. The much-discussed film (‘is it accurate?’ ‘is it sexist?’ ‘is it a defining piece of generational cinema?’) is quickly become a must-see motion picture, which bodes well in the coming weeks as the rest of the month is filled with horror titles. Barring unknown variables, “The Social Network” should stand as the water-cooler picture and the second-choice for general moviegoers at least until the holiday season.
Coming in second place was “Life As We Know It.” The Katherine Heigl/Josh Duhamel comedy opened with $14.6 million. I’m of two minds about this opening weekend. On one hand, the opening was lower than the much-discussed $16 million opening for “Killers,” to say nothing of the $23 million-$30 million openings of “Knocked Up,” “27 Dresses,” and “The Ugly Truth.” On the other hand, this film film only cost $38 million (“Killers” cost an absurd $70 million) and the movie had Heigl and Heigl alone to sell it. Josh Duhamel is not anything resembling a movie star, and the film’s plot was guaranteed to turn off a good chunk of the theoretical audience. Think about it: if you were a parent, how eager would you be to spend money on a babysitter and use a precious night out to see a movie in which two loving parents are killed off and their young child is brought up by their two immature friends who luckily find love together? Point being, true stardom is opening a movie with nothing but your face on the poster. Katherine Heigl opened “Life as We Know It” to $14.6 million despite the film’s inherently unpleasant (and implausible) underlying premise.
Third place went to “Secretariat,” the 1970s period piece starring Diane Lane as an owner of a prize racehorse during the 1970s. This would-be Oscar bait opened with $12.6 million. The $35 million picture opened right in the Diane Lane comfort zone, a bit more than “Untraceable” ($11 million), just under “Must Love Dogs” ($12.8 million), and a bit below her Richard Gere-co starring melodramas “Nights [...]

‘Secretariat’ weighs marketing options heading into awards race

HollywoodNews.com: Walt Disney’s PG-rated horse racing drama “Secretariat” came in under its $15 million estimate, putting speculation on the film’s prospects heading into award season.
“Secretariat” tells the story of a housewife, played by Diane Lane, as she propels a horse to be the 1973 Triple Crown winner. The film cost $35 million, so it’s not likely that Disney will lose its shirt; not to mention the film bowed in the teen million range of other Lane films like “Unfaithful” and “Nights in Rodanthe.”
However, the film has put Disney marketing executive MT Carney in the hot seat. She recently dropped the ball on Mouse House bomb “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” which made $63 million at the domestic B.O. off a $150 million budget. Carney comes from a consumer marketing background and the Hollywood Reporter gave her the third degree recently. Disney’s had lofty prospects for “Secretariat” at the B.O. thinking that it could be their “Blind Side” this year.
“We always knew it was going to play better in the center of the country than elsewhere,” Carney said about the film, “We did hugely well in the smaller towns and didn’t do so well in New York and L.A. But we knew that would be the case.”
Similar to “Blind Side,” Disney targeted faith-based groups in its marketing. Carney is now considering new marketing options.
“One of the big things that we’re doing is to look at what’s working for us and what’s not working,” she tells the Reporter “I have radically changed the marketing team, and we’re going to be looking at the media mix and seeing where we should be spending our money.
“We have to look at what’s making an impact and actually driving people to see the movie — as opposed to what just gets people talking…Sometimes there is a temptation just to go for the shiny new thing. So if we should be doing more television, then that’s what we will do. If it means more social-networking media, then that’s what we will do.”
The Reporter mentions that Carney has yet to tubthump a film which her team has been involved with on the greenlight process.
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