April 17, 2014

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Freida Pinto film ‘Miral’ a hard sell for Weinsteins

HollywoodNews.com: After wowing award season voters with his 2007 title “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” director Julian Schnabel’s “Miral” looks to stir some agita for the Weinstein Company.
The film is based on the director’s Palestinian girlfriend Rula Jebreal who is portrayed in the film by Freida Pinto. The Weinstein Co. have set a December 3 release for the message drama.
Here’s the problem: Not only did critics loathe the film at the Venice Film Festival, but the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (who is behind the Golden Globes), gave Harvey Weinstein a difficult time during a Q&A. Specifically, because the movie mogul has been known to be a supportive of Israel.
Says a Page Six source: “The real problem is the movie is pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel and it is going to be very difficult to get American audiences excited to see it.”
Schnabel split from his Spanish wife, Olatz, mother of their twin 17-year-old boys, two years ago after meeting Jebreal. He was so entranced by Jebreal, the director decided to bring her 2004 novel about a beautiful Palestinian orphan’s life amid ethnic hatred and violence to the big screen.
“I felt it was my responsibility to [turn] Rula’s book into a film,” Schnabel told reporters at the Venice Film Festival, “And I thought that I would have something — coming from my background as an American Jewish person whose mother was the president of Hadassah in 1948 — I figured I was a pretty good person to tell the other side.”
Schnabel’s daughter, Stella, 27, also stars in the film. She plays a Jewish girl who falls for a Palestinian man.
Schnabel was nominated for a best directing Oscar for “Butterfly,” however, won the Golden Globe for that category.
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Fox Searchlight acquires Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life”

HollywoodNews.com: Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley announced today that the company has acquired U.S. rights from River Road Entertainment to the epic drama “The Tree of Life.” Written and directed by Terrence Malick, “The Tree of Life” stars Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain. The film was produced by Bill Pohlad, Sarah Green, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, and Grant Hill. Fox Searchlight Pictures will release the film in 2011.
“Terrence Malick has crafted a deeply moving, keenly observed and magisterial film,” said Utley and Gilula. “Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and the entire cast’s performances are simply amazing. This is a signature film by a signature filmmaker and we are proud to be releasing it.”

“Terry Malick has given us another masterpiece that is both profoundly moving and stunningly beautiful,” said Pohlad. “And there is no better partner than Fox Searchlight to bring this film to audiences. Their ability to distribute and market independent films with a passion and creativity is incredibly rare in our industry.”
From the acclaimed director of such classic films as “Badlands,” “The Thin Red Line” and “Days of Heaven,” “The Tree of Life” is the impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950′s chronicling the journey of the eldest son, Jack (played as an adult by Sean Penn), through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years – trying to reconcile the complicated relationship with his father (Brad Pitt). Jack finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith.
The deal was brokered on Fox Searchlight’s side by Executive Vice President of Worldwide Acquisitions Tony Safford and Senior Vice President of Business Affairs Megan O’Brien. Mitch Horwits, President of River Road Entertainment negotiated on behalf of the company.
Fox Searchlight Pictures is a specialty film company that both finances and acquires motion pictures. It has its own marketing and distribution operations, and its films are distributed internationally by Twentieth Century Fox. Fox Searchlight Pictures is a unit of Fox Filmed Entertainment, a unit of Fox Entertainment Group.
River Road Entertainment is one of the leading independent production companies known for developing, producing and financing unconventional feature films and documentaries that astonish, inspire, reveal and provoke. The company’s pictures include Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain, Sean Penn’s Into the [...]

Clint Eastwood on Superman, 007 offers: ‘That’s not for me’

HollywoodNews.com: He’s been Dirty Harry and the Man With no Name, but Clint Eastwood was almost – James Bond and Superman.
In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, the legendary actor, whose next directorial title “Hereafter” bows in October, reveals that he passed on both offers as he felt they didn’t jive with his dramatic sensibility.
After Sean Connery left the 007 franchise following 1971′s “Diamonds Are Forever,” Eastwood received a call.
“I was offered pretty good money to do James Bond if I would take on the role,” he said. “But to me, well, that was somebody else’s gig. That’s Sean’s deal. It didn’t feel right for me to be doing it.”
And if Warner Bros. had their way, it would have been Clint in tights, not Christopher Reeves.
“I can remember, and this was many years ago, when [Warner's President] Frank Wells came to me about doing Superman. So it could have happened,” says Eastwood.
“This was when they first started to think about making it. I was like, ‘Superman? Nah, nah, that’s not for me’. Not that there’s anything wrong with it. It’s for somebody, but not me.”
IMDB describes the plot of “Hereafter” as “A supernatural thriller centered on three people — a blue-collar American, a French journalist and a London school boy — who are touched by death in different ways.”
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Adam McKay tells all: ‘Anchorman 2,’ ‘Boys,’ ‘Band,’ ‘Other Guys 2′

HollywoodNews.com: At the premiere for his reality feature production “The Virginity Hit,” director-producer Adam McKay expounded on the future of “Anchorman 2,” his next film “The Boys” and his upcoming HBO series “I Don’t Care About Your Band.”
And there was also a whisper about “The Other Guys 2.”
Talking to Collider, McKay said that the fan revolt over Paramount’s nixing “Anchorman 2” was a huge help; that there’s a chance the film might get made down the road:
“Paramount heard it. Adam Goodman, the President of Paramount, was on the first one so he loves it and when that outcry came, he was kind of excited because he knew it could maybe push it towards happening. That having been said, I’m clearly going into it like another movie so if it does happen it’s still two years away or a ways away. And I haven’t talked to anyone. There’s nothing happening right now but it helped, it helped.”

While McKay is waiting for a greenlight on that film, he’s bringing Garth Ennis’ comic book “The Boys” to the big screen. He’s set to polish up the latest draft and begin casting.
McKay also talked about his “full frontal assault at ‘Sex and the City’” with the Lizzie Caplan TV series “I Don’t Care About Your Band” based on the book by Julie Klausner. Playwright Leslye Headlead is adapting the book for TV.
Says McKay about the plot:
”Can the dating memoir be brought back after the long shadow of that? So it’s sort of the opposite. These are people with no money, these are people without romantic affairs. They’re kind of ugly and strange and dysfunctional and we think it’s a good time to try that. It’s New York City and it sort of takes place in like the hip, Brooklyn music scene and the improv scene and the stand up comedy scene and its 20-25 year olds, guys with way too many DVDs who don’t know how to call a girl back.”

As far as the future of “The Other Guys 2,” McKay explains that when it comes to comedy sequels, they’re typically considered a year after the first film’s performance; when the studio counts the monies from DVD and TV ancillaries. Stay tuned.
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“Alice in Wonderland’s” production designer Robert Stromberg to be honored by HFF

HollywoodNews.com: Academy Award® winning Production Designer Robert Stromberg, whose work has been most recently featured in Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” and James Cameron’s “Avatar,” will receive the Hollywood Film Festival’s Hollywood Production Designer of the Year Award at the Festival’s October 25 Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony, it was announced yesterday by festival founder and president Carlos de Abreu. Stromberg’s selection followed a recommendation to the festival by the Art Directors Guild Council.
Stromberg was first introduced to Cameron in 2005. They immediately formed a unique creative relationship, which eventually evolved into the creation of “Pandora” for the film “Avatar.” Stromberg along with Rick Carter became co-production designers for the film and in 2009 they won the Academy Award® for Best Achievement in Art Direction for this work. In addition, Stromberg and Carter were honored with the Art Directors Guild’s Excellence in Production Design Award and the BAFTA Film Award for Best Production Design for “Avatar.”
In 2008, Stromberg was introduced to Burton and again a creative bond was formed and Stromberg was hired as the production designer on “Alice in Wonderland” (2010). Together they created a unique spin on the offbeat universe of this classic tale.
Stromberg will be honored during the Hollywood Film Festival’s black-tie Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony banquet before a gathering of 1,200 industry and guild executives, stars, celebrities, filmmakers and media, from the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Previous recipients of the Festival’s Production Designer honors are Robert Boyle, Henry Bumstead, Rick Carter, Stuart Craig, William Creber, Dante Ferretti, Sarah Greenwood, Grant Major, Harold Michelson and John Myhre.
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Piers Morgan puts an end to the Larry King speculation

HollywoodNews.com: After lots of speculation and rumors surrounding who will take over Larry King’s coveted position, finally the truth has been revealed by CNN.
The network has finally announced that Piers Morgan will take over for King in January and the name of the show still has yet to be determined, reports NY Times. Morgan will continue his role on the British network ITV as host for a series called “Life Stories” in conjunction with the new role.
CNN/U.S. president Jonathan Klein said, “We are delighted that he will now bring his dynamic, probing interview style to American television and to CNN viewers around the globe.”
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Fans react to Lady Gaga’s “meat” outfit on the cover of Vogue Hommes Japan

HollywoodNews.com: Lady Gaga has always been known to cause a stir where there wasn’t one and her latest is a very controversial one. The singer has posed nude wearing only a “swimsuit” covering made of solely meat on the new issue of Vogue Hommes Japan and it’s already getting a series of mixed reactions.
President of PETA, Ingrid Newkirk, told the New York Daily News: “Lady Gaga’s job is to do outlandish things, and this certainly qualifies as outlandish because meat is something you want to avoid putting on or in your body. No matter how beautifully it is presented, flesh from a tortured animal is flesh from a tortured animal.”
Ever since tweeting a picture of the new cover, fans have also reacted. One fan wrote, “How is this hot? You are disgustinggggg,” while another added, “I wanna barf….”
On the other hand, there are a series of praises for the singer. One fan wrote, “Wow that is one crazy ass photo! Didn’t expect less out of GaGa lol,” and another added, “you inspire me Gaga in ways no one else could!!

Lady Gaga angers PETA with raw meat bikini

HollywoodNews.com: Lady Gaga has angered animal rights campaigners by flaunting some flesh on the cover of Vogue, according to reports.
Gaga, 24, who is known for her off-beat fashion style, has posed for the cover of Vogue Hommes Japan wearing a “bikini” made from raw meat.
But the singer’s latest eyebrow-raising “outfit” has reportedly not gone down well with animal rights organisation PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).
President of PETA, Ingrid Newkirk, told the New York Daily News: “Lady Gaga’s job is to do outlandish things, and this certainly qualifies as outlandish because meat is something you want to avoid putting on or in your body. No matter how beautifully it is presented, flesh from a tortured animal is flesh from a tortured animal.”
She added: “Meat represents bloody violence and suffering, so if that is the look they were going for, they achieved it.”
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Wyclef Jean attacks Sean Penn in song

UPDATE RESPONSE BY SEAN PENN: “Mr. Jean is clearly unfamiliar with the physical demands put upon volunteers in Haiti. As aid workers there, the notion of depleting the body’s immune system thru the use of illicit drugs is ludicrous. More specifically, J/P Haitian Relief Organization (a.k.a. JPHRO) has a ZERO tolerance policy for any and all illegal drugs. As the leader of this organization, Sean Penn has not only set this policy, but adheres to it. That Mr. Jean would make such a false accusation is reckless and saddening, but not surprising.”
HollywoodNews.com: Wyclef Jean and Sean Penn have been fighting for some time ever since Wyclef announced he was going to run for President of Haiti.
Now, Wyclef is reportedly making a new move and going after Penn in a song that he performed at Hot 97’s On the Reggae Tip Concert in New York City, states Just Jared. Some of the lyrics included, “I got a message for Sean Penn/ Maybe he ain’t see me in Haiti because he was too busy sniffing cocaine.”
The song was an altered version of Wyclef’s 2004 song “President.” In the remake, he also insulted his former bandmate Pras as he openly disagreed with Wyclef’s presidential run as well.
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Drake focusing on acting career next

HollywoodNews.com: Drake may not be continuing on his successful music career for now as he’s reportedly looking to change his focus.
The young rapper is allegedly looking to try out an unexpected film role as his next career move, states Digital Spy. “He’s not gonna be the teen heartthrob or the college kid. He wants roles where he can show his acting skills,” says Young Money CEO Cortez Bryant.
Drake has also mentioned that he would like to star as President Barack Obama in a piece about him. Wonder if fans will be fine with his break from music so that he can pursue another outlet.
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