April 23, 2014

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Denzel Washington’s “Flight” closing this year’s New York Film Festival – ANALYSIS

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Months ago, when Paramount teased the first official trailer for Robert Zemeckis’ “Flight,” the director’s return to live-action for the first time since “Cast Away” struck us as a riveting exploration of a human pilots potential faults in the midst of crisis. The movie looked like it would boast eye-popping aerial effects, and Washington would deliver the anticipated level of gut-punching bravado we’ve come to expect from him over the years.
It didn’t necessarily look awards worthy, though Zemeckis certainly has found himself in Oscar’s cat-bird seat more than once (going so far as to win Best Director for “Forrest Gump” back in 1995).
Yet as is annually the case, decisions are made that help the overall Oscar picture grow a little more clear with each passing day. And today, the New York Film Festival announced that Zemeckis’ “Flight” will close this year’s festival with a world premiere on Oct. 14.
Now we’re sitting up and paying closer attention.
Lats year, NYFF closed with a major Oscar player: Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants,” which had trotted through Telluride and Toronto before landing in Manhattan with a cache of awards buzz. Perhaps this year, NYFF wanted a world premiere all of its own? And maybe Paramount knows that it has something special, and is choosing to make a very noticeable splash by closing NYFF … with all of the Oscar press watching?
Here’s the “Flight” trailer, which is impressive and nerve-wracking … and possibly awards worthy. You make the call.

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Robert Downey Jr. begins filming ‘Iron Man 3′

HollywoodNews.com: Fans have something new to look forward to as it is reported that Robert Downey Jr. has started filming for ‘Iron Man 3.’
It is reported that filming has started in Wilmington, North Carolina with it eventually moving on to Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina, Miami, Florida and China, states Hollyscoop. Shane Black is allegedly set to direct the third film.
Gwyneth Paltrow will reportedly be back for the next film while Don Cheadle will also reprise his role as James Rhodes/War Machine.
It is also reported that Guy Pearce will be joining the cast for the third film.
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Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel in Nicholas Sparks movie

HollywoodNews.com: Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel are about to take on a major project as they are the next two to star in a movie based on a Nicholas Sparks book.
The two are allegedly set to star in the movie version of his novel ‘Safe Haven’ that will reportedly be in theaters early next year, states UsMagazine.com. “I’m thrilled that Josh and Julianne have agreed to come aboard ‘Safe Haven,’” Sparks commented about the casting.
“They are both such talented and charismatic individuals – and best of all, they have tremendous personal chemistry, which is essential for this film,” Sparks added.
The film is a romantic thriller that is set to film in North Carolina in the next month.
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Why some comic adaptations failed: Iron Man 2, Punisher: War Zone, Superman Returns, Hulk

HollywoodNews.com: Actor Tom Hiddleston wrote an eloquent essay yesterday for The Guardian basically praising and defending the sub-genre known as the superhero picture. Plenty of disdain for the genre comes from the very notion that it’s big-budget entertainment based on literature that was technically intended for children that gobbles up production dollars and screen space that otherwise might be allotted for more explicitly grown-up fare. But at least some of the alleged weariness of this specific type of film (the superhero comic book adaptation) comes from a feeling that all-too many of them are basically telling the same story. You’ve generally got the standard origin story which (let’s be honest) basically takes Richard Donner’s Superman: The Movie and pours it into a different color bottle (I say that as a big fan of Spider-Man and Captain America). Then you have the sequels, which are quite often merely a case of escalation and/or the hero dealing with self-doubt often while in combat with a ‘bigger/badder’ version of himself (again, thank you Superman II). But over the last twenty years or so, there have been a handful of high-profile comic book films that have attempted to play around with the formula but have artistically failed anyway. As a rebuttal to the idea that ‘all superhero movies are the same’ as well as a reaffirmation of the idea that ‘it’s not what it’s about, but how it’s about it’, let’s take a look at five comic book adaptations that didn’t play it safe, but didn’t come out on top either.
Batman & Robin (1997)
I would argue that it’s a sign of maturity among film pundits and critics when they are finally adult enough to realize that Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin is not the worst film ever made. Peel away all the attempted camp, the self-depreciating homoerotic jokes, the terrible lead performance from Arnold Schwarzenegger and you’re left with simply a good story told very poorly. As the fourth film in a franchise, Schumacher and company had a bit more leeway in terms of where they wanted to take their film this time around. And as such, they told a rather thoughtful tale of an adult and sane Bruce Wayne trying to figure out how to be an appropriate head to his surrogate family. No longer wracked with guilt over his parents’ deaths, Wayne [...]

“The Hunger Games” stays strong and tops $350m Weekend Box Office

HollywoodNews.com: It was an ‘everybody wins’ weekend at the box office as all three openers outperformed even the most optimistic expectations. The number one film of the weekend was not The Hunger Games but rather Think Like A Man. The all-star romantic comedy based off of Steve Harvey’s best-selling relationship self-help book grossed a somewhat surprising $33 million on just over 2000 screens. The Screen Gems film was notable in that the small studio made a real effort to market the African-American-centric rom-com both to black males and white audiences (Vulture has a detailed article about the marketing campaign). Racial demographics aren’t available yet, but the film played 63% female and 62% over 30. For what it’s worth, it earned an A from Cinemascore, including an A+ from audiences under 25. Even more impressive is that the film achieved a near-3x, including a token increase on Saturday (from $12 million to $13 million). The film has a ton of ‘would probably be a bigger star in a color-blind society’ actors, including Gabrielle Union, Meagan Good, Michael Ealy, Steve Harvey, and Taraji P. Henson. But the secret weapon may have been comedian Kevin Hart, who powered his stand-up concert film, Laugh At My Pain to $7 million last September despite playing on less than 300 screens. Pay no attention to this large opening folks, nothing to see about an under-served audience demographic delivering near-blockbuster numbers on a $13 million budget. Just move along and keep putting Anthony Mackie in fourth-billed supporting roles.
There will be lots of talk comparing this film to the Tyler Perry cannon, but know this: If the estimates hold up, Tim Story’s decidely secular romantic comedy will have opened higher than every Perry feature save the $41 million debut of Madea Goes To Jail. In fact, aside from that Perry release, I can’t think of another African-American comedy or drama that opened as high as this one perhaps ever. How well the film holds up over the long haul is an open question, and arguably *that’s* where the attempt at cross-racial outreach come into play. If Screen Gems can convince white audiences that this isn’t so much a ‘black film’ as much as it’s a Valentine’s Day-type ensemble piece that happens to star actors of color, it may have strong legs as its sampled by general [...]

Cinemark and Paramount Pictures Celebrate the Coppola Restoration of “The Godfather Part 2”

HollywoodNews.com: Cinemark, a leading motion picture exhibitor, is following up the successful presentation of the Francis Ford Coppola’s restored version of his Academy Award®-winning “The Godfather,” with an exclusive, one-night only XD presentation of “The Godfather Part 2” on Thursday, April 19, 2012. The “Coppola Restoration” of the film, presented by Paramount Pictures, was meticulously restored using 5.1 digital surround sound and re-mastered using state-of-the-art technology, all under the watchful eyes of director Francis Ford Coppola, archivist Robert Harris and cinematographer Gordon Willis.
“The response to the first Godfather movie in Cinemark XD was incredible, so it is natural to present “The Godfather Part 2” to our customers,” states James Meredith, Vice President of Marketing for Cinemark Theatres. “We are very pleased to once again work with Paramount to show this award-winning classic film on our XD screens and give it the true big-screen treatment it deserves.”

The brilliant companion piece to “The Godfather” continues the saga of two generations of successive power within the Corleone Family from a screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola based on Mario Puzo’s novel. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, “The Godfather Part 2” tells two important stories: the roots and rise of a young Don Vito, played with uncanny ability by Robert De Niro, and the ascension of Michael (Al Pacino) as the new Don. Reassembling many of the talents who made “The Godfather”, Coppola produced a movie of staggering magnitude and vision, and undeniably the best sequel ever made. Robert De Niro won an Oscar, and the film received six Academy Awards ®, including Best Picture in 1974. The film has been rated R by the MPAA.
The Coppola Restoration of “The Godfather Part 2” 40th Anniversary Edition as a project began in 2006 between Paramount Pictures and the director. Archivist Robert Harris joined the project, followed by the original cinematographer of the film Gordon Willis, to complete the team who worked arduously on the film for over a year going through the original prints, re-release prints, and negatives, shot by shot, foot by foot, frame by frame and even sprocket hole by sprocket hole.
The Cinemark XD Extreme Digital Cinema auditorium offers a complete entertainment environment featuring a wall-to-wall and ceiling-to-floor screen, plush seating and a custom JBL sound system with higher end components and 7.1 capable digital surround sound. The digital images will be delivered by a Doremi server and a Barco [...]

The Hunger Games again topped the box office this weekend

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: As expected, The Hunger Games again topped the box office this weekend, but its relatively strong hold suggests that it may be a bit mightier than a conventional Twilight/Harry Potter sequel. With $61 million in weekend two (the eighth-biggest non-opening weekend ever, ahead of all the respective Harry Potter and Twilight Saga films), the film dropped 60% and ended day ten with a whopping $251 million. That’s the biggest ten-day total for a non-sequel ever, and the fifth-biggest ever. It came in above the $240 million ten-day total of Spider-Man 3, and it is that film which its performance most resembles. Spider-Man 3 opened with $151 million in May of 2007 before dropping 61% for a $58 million weekend. Spidey took a drop on weekend two despite having no new releases to compete against because it wasn’t exclaimed critically-acclaimed among the fanbase. The Hunger Games had two big releases this weekend, plus the loss of its IMAX screens which represented about 7% of its theaters and 10% of its gross last weekend. No other mega-opener on this level that benefited from IMAX has had to deal with the immediate loss of those premium screens, so it bares mention when comparing it to the respective second weekends of The Dark Knight ($75 million off a $158 million debut) or Alice In Wonderland ($62 million off a $116 million debut). Spider-Man 3 ended its domestic run with $336 million, and its ten day total represented 71% of the gross. Giving The Hunger Games a similar pattern would give this franchise-starter a final domestic cume of $353 million. We’ll see how it weathers the 3D reissue of Titanic next weekend. Oh, and it’s up to $365 million worldwide, all on a mere $90 million budget.
The top new release was Wrath of the Titans (review/trailer) which earned $34.2 million via its 2D, 3D, and IMAX screens. That’s 55% of the $61 million that Clash of the Titans earned two years ago on its opening weekend. That film had a terrific marketing campaign and benefited from being one of the first films to toy with 3D conversion in the wake of Avatar. Of course, the film grossed nearly $500 million worldwide but earned scorn for its quick and cheap-looking 3D work. The film had better-than-expected legs partially [...]

Michael Wincott to join “Alfred Hitchcock in the Making of Psycho” as Ed Gein!

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: Variety broke the story, but since they have a pay-wall, I’ll link to The Playlist. I’m not one to comment on every bit of casting news as it happens, but this one is personally exciting so I’ll share. Most of the hub-bub about Fox Searchlight’s Alfred Hitcock and the Making of Psycho has focused on the casting of Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh and Jessica Biel as Vera Miles, with Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren as Mr. Hitchcock and his wife. But buried in the flurry of casting news is what I can only pray is a comeback role for one of my favorite character actors. Among those joining the cast is none-other than Michael Wincott, who will be playing real-life serial-murderer Ed Gein, who allegedly served as the inspiration for Norman Bates (arguably more-so in the original Robert Bloch novel than the Hitchcock movie). Anyway, I won’t go into Gein’s sordid history here (although he’s only confirmed to have murdered a few people), but I will say that if you feel like spending $9 to buy the 2003 remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on blu-ray, there is a fine documentary about the man. He is the loose inspiration for Norman Bates, Leatherface, and Buffalo Bill from The Silence of the Lambs, so I suppose it makes sense that he would play a role in this making-of-a-movie story.
Point being, I complained way back in October 2008 about the lack of work that had come Wincott’s way over the 2000s. He hasn’t been seen in a studio release since Magnolia’s tepid showbiz satire What Just Happened? back in October 2008, and he all-but disappeared after his turn in 2001′s Along Came A Spider, where he played Gary Soneji (basically the Moriarty for Detective Alex Cross). I don’t presume to assume that this will be some kind of rebirth for the forever-congested character actor (I’ve often joked that he sounds like someone who has smoked since he was 6 years old and hasn’t cleared his throat since middle school), but I can only hope that perhaps he has reached the age where he is now a ‘distinguished character actor’. Steady work, especially outside of television guest spots, can be tough when you’re too old to be a strapping hero but too young to be a mentor or authority [...]

Is Eddie Murphy Career Over?

By Roger Friedman
HollywoodNews.com: Suddenly everyone’s writing obits for Eddie Murphy’s career.
So what? “A Thousand Words” got a Zero on Rottentomatoes.com. My friends, Eddie doesn’t care. He’s over it. He’s had bigger failures. He’s loaded. He does what he wants. He walks out of the Oscars. He walks out on the Oscars. He doesn’t do publicity. He’s laughing right now. He is LOADED. Do you get it? “Dreamgirls” was the closest he was going to get to anything. That’s over.

I told you on December 26th at WWW.SHOWBIZ411.COM that this would happen:
It’s worse for Dreamworks and Paramount that “A Thousand Words” got not one decent review. They couldn’t even get one from the usual shills. The studios lose. Eddie got his money.
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Scarlett Johansson to reportedly recreate ‘Psycho’ shower scene

HollywoodNews.com: Scarlett Johansson will likely make some male fans pretty happy as she will apparently be filming a shower scene in the near future.
Johansson will reportedly be playing actress Janet Leigh in ‘Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho’ which will allegedly cover many aspects of the film, states UsMagazine.com. The film will reportedly focus on Hitchcock’s decision to make the questionable horror film at the height of his career.
The screenplay will reportedly be written by John J. McLaughlin who also wrote ‘Black Swan.’
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