July 11, 2015

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How “American Sniper” became Clint Eastwood’s biggest hit to date

Over the past few weeks, Clint Eastwood’s second 2014 release (after the mostly ignored musical Jersey Boys) American Sniper has gone from an also ran in the awards race to a Best Picture nominee and a huge financial success. What started with an incredibly profitable limited opening has morphed now into a wide release that has set all the records for the box office in the month of January. How did this happen? This was once thought of as a second tier film through and through, so what makes it the blockbuster among the Academy’s Best Picture lineup. Let’s look at the movie now and try to find out.
First of all, if you know nothing about the movie, here’s a quick primer. It’s a biopic/war film about decorated sniper Chris Kyle, known as perhaps the United States’ best ever in that field. During the Iraq War, he had more confirmed kills than anyone, leading to some calling him a hero. Back home, he struggled with being away from the field, which put a strain on his marriage. His story ultimately ends in tragedy, which is best left for viewers unaware of Kyle’s life to discover. Eastwood directs a cast led by Bradley Cooper a Kyle, with Sienna Miller as his wife. The script is by Jason Hall, which at one point was going to be directed by Steven Spielberg (and then actually David O. Russell, due to his relationship with Cooper). Eastwood came on board and utilized his quick filmmaking skills, leading to a last minute 2014 release. The rest now is literally history, both in terms of the box office and potentially also the Oscars.
Secondly, it’s important to realize just how strong this box office opening actually is for American Sniper. It played like a superhero movie, frankly, opening to a three day total of $89.5 million and including today, it’ll make for a four day weekend gross of $105.3 million. Honestly, that’s insane. It’s easily the biggest January opening of all time, an all time great opening for an R rated film, and almost unheard of for a biopic. It certainly wasn’t the plan. This weekend was initially thought to be Selma’s time, due obviously in part to it being MLK weekend, but still…these numbers are above and beyond any one single factor. It’s definitely a combination of things.
So what are the factors fueling all of this? On […]

Eddie Redmayne – Theory of Everything – another movie to see this weekend

Another great movie to see this weekend is “The Theory of Everything,” starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones.
Eddie Redmayne was the recipient of this year’s “Hollywood Breakout Performance Award” at the Hollywood Film Awards.

Below write-up about Eddie Redmayne and his chances at Oscar:
“Today, the theatrical release is beginning for The Theory of Everything, a biopic about noted physicist Stephen Hawking. The role of Hawking is played to perfection by surefire Academy Award nominee Eddie Redmayne, while the role of his loving and supportive wife Jane is portrayed by almost certain fellow Oscar nominee Felicity Jones. With the film now out in limited release, it can attempt to win over audiences in the same that it won over critics on the festival circuit. From there on, it’s a matter of seeing if the movie can appeal to Oscar voters. Personally, I think it’ll do just fine, but I certainly hope that Academy members really do consider Jones and especially Redmayne for wins as well.
The biopic is of course a look at the life of Hawking, beginning with his time at University and continuing up until close to the modern day. We see Hawking go from an awkward young man to a sick but still mobile student to someone confined to a wheelchair, all the way to the distinctive images we have of the man now. Along the way, we spend just as much time with Jane as with Stephen, seeing how she interacts with her mate and staying strong in the face of adversity. She’s very much the co-lead of this story, with equal screen time and just as much of a character arc. Obviously Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne star, along with supporting players like Charlie Cox, Simon McBurney, Christian McKay, David Thewlis, and Emily Watson. James Marsh is in the director’s chair, while Anthony McCarten wrote the adaptation of the book by Jane Hawking.
Without question, the highlight here is Eddie Redmayne, with Felicity Jones not far behind. Redmayne is the cream of the acting crop in 2014 according to my tastes, blowing me away in a manner that I just did not expect. He’s going to deserve the Best Actor nomination coming his way…hell, he deserves the win, but that all remains to be seen. Similarly, Jones gives one of the best performances by an actress so far this year, so when she’s nominated for Best Actress and fights […]

Eddie Redmayne has an Oscar worthy performance in “The Theory of Everything”

Today, the theatrical release is beginning for The Theory of Everything, a biopic about noted physicist Stephen Hawking. The role of Hawking is played to perfection by surefire Academy Award nominee Eddie Redmayne, while the role of his loving and supportive wife Jane is portrayed by almost certain fellow Oscar nominee Felicity Jones. With the film now out in limited release, it can attempt to win over audiences in the same that it won over critics on the festival circuit. From there on, it’s a matter of seeing if the movie can appeal to Oscar voters. Personally, I think it’ll do just fine, but I certainly hope that Academy members really do consider Jones and especially Redmayne for wins as well.
The biopic is of course a look at the life of Hawking, beginning with his time at University and continuing up until close to the modern day. We see Hawking go from an awkward young man to a sick but still mobile student to someone confined to a wheelchair, all the way to the distinctive images we have of the man now. Along the way, we spend just as much time with Jane as with Stephen, seeing how she interacts with her mate and staying strong in the face of adversity. She’s very much the co-lead of this story, with equal screen time and just as much of a character arc. Obviously Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne star, along with supporting players like Charlie Cox, Simon McBurney, Christian McKay, David Thewlis, and Emily Watson. James Marsh is in the director’s chair, while Anthony McCarten wrote the adaptation of the book by Jane Hawking.
Without question, the highlight here is Eddie Redmayne, with Felicity Jones not far behind. Redmayne is the cream of the acting crop in 2014 according to my tastes, blowing me away in a manner that I just did not expect. He’s going to deserve the Best Actor nomination coming his way…hell, he deserves the win, but that all remains to be seen. Similarly, Jones gives one of the best performances by an actress so far this year, so when she’s nominated for Best Actress and fights it out with Julianne Moore for the win, it’ll all be quite deserving. They’ll both get nods, which likely will help the film itself get a nom as well. Outside of those three citations, a best case scenario has Best Director (for […]

‘The Theory of Everything': Oscar Buzz is beginning to build for Eddie Redmayne

We’re at the point in the year now where even something small as a new look at an awards hopeful can change prognostication in a notable way. Yesterday, a Trailer his the net for the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything. I’ll have an embed of that at the bottom of this piece, but what I wanted to briefly touch on today was how sometimes just a quick look at something like this can upend award thinking. Basically, this film had been thought of a longer shot contender for Best Picture, Best Director (for James Marsh), Best Actor (for Eddie Redmayne), and Best Actress or Best Supporting Actress (for Felicity Jones), along with Anthony McCarten for his Screenplay, but now I’m sure people will be rushing to add Jones and especially Redmayne to their shortlists. That’s the magic of a strong Trailer, it can really do wonders for a contender.
For those of you are unaware what this one is about, it’s pretty much a look at the life of genius Stephen Hawking, shown through the lens of a biopic/love story. Redmayne plays Hawking while Jones plays his wife. The film looks to follow Hawking’s life from his school years, up until the present day. It’ll depict the health struggles that turned his body into a shell while leaving his one of a kind mind unscathed while also showing how the woman he loved helped see him through. It’s not the most original premise for a movie ever, but the unique nature of Hawking himself could be the difference maker. I wouldn’t sleep on this flick folks, traditional sounding biopic or not.
What’s interesting to me about this pretty strong response to the Trailer is that it doesn’t show off anything particularly unique. In many ways, you could almost argue it’s a remake of A Beautiful Mind, more or less. The praise is almost entirely centered around the two main performances and the newfound enthusiasm for them. Redmayne especially looks to give the heartbreaking and showy performance that awards are built for. Jones is always strong too, as she’s one of the best up and coming actresses in the business. Provided the role is more than just the typical supportive spouse part, she should be in contention as well (and even then, the Academy does like to cite that kind of performance as well). Sight unseen, it’s hard to argue against […]

Bradley Cooper allegedly back with Zoe Saldana

HollywoodNews.com: Two hot Hollywood stars might be back off the market as it is rumored Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana have gotten back together.
The two have been busy promoting ‘The Words’ together and that apparently stirred up some old feelings as they briefly dated not too long ago, states RadarOnline. Now, it seems that Cooper decided to win her back which was made clearer as they were reportedly spotted at a movie theater in Hollywood together.
Cooper and Saldana reportedly dated for about three months until they split about six months ago. Now, as Cooper’s mom has reportedly approved of the actress, this time it might just work.
Do you like these two together?
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Taylor Swift releases new breakup song

HollywoodNews.com: Taylor Swift’s exes might want to start worrying as she has recently released a new breakup song that will be on her new album, ‘Red.’
Swift released the song “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” during a live video chat with her fans, states UsMagazine.com. However, while she is famous for writing about men she has dated, she isn’t revealing who this is about.
She is revealing that it was written as part of a crazy time in her life which is what the album is based on: “I called it ‘Red’ because of the tumultuous, crazy adventures in love and loss that it chronicles. In my mind, when you experience love that’s fast paced and out of control and mixes infatuation, jealousy, frustration, miscommunication, and all of those lovely emotions. . . in retrospect, it all looks red.”
Who do you think the song is about?
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Bethenny Frankel on her red lipstick beauty habit

HollywoodNews.com: Bethenny Frankel is on red carpets everywhere and she is typically seen wearing her trademark red lipstick.
Now, she is opening up about why that is her beauty habit of choice, states UsMagazine.com.
“I believe red is a color that comes with confidence. In Asian cultures, red means good fortune and brings luck. The women tend to wear it at weddings. So, confidence, luck and courage — I think that’s what every woman needs!” Frankel commented.
And good luck may be what she needs right now as a number of people are upset over what they believe are false claims about her Skinnygirl margarita and how healthy they are.
Do you like her beauty style?
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“Space Invaders” heading to the big screen

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: At least it’s not another superhero.
Instead, producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Odd Lot Entertainment’s Gigi Pritzker plan on bringing the classic video game “Space Invaders” to the big screen, THR reports. Now that they’ve optioned the rights to the title, the producers are searching for the right writer.
“Space Invaders” was a simplified point-and-shoot game from the 1980s that had no storyline, so I wonder what they’ll do for a film to separate it from something like “Skyline,” “District 9” or “Battle: Los Angeles.”
As THR notes, this is the latest in a line of ‘80s-inspired projects for di Bonaventura, who also produced the “Transformers” and “G.I. Joe” films. He’s currently working on an “Asteroids” film (also based on a video game) and a “Pet Sematary” remake.
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Carrie Underwood’s music banned by station after husband’s trade

HollywoodNews.com: Carrie Underwood will be one singer you won’t be hearing if you listen to Kiss 105.3 FM in Ottawa.
The radio station has reportedly banned her songs from playing after her husband, Mike Fisher, was traded from the Ottawa Senators to the Nashville Predators, states the Vancouver Sun. The station reportedly felt that he was lured away by his wife as she is stationed in Nashville.
But Fisher has chosen to defend his wife against their claims: “I don’t know if it was for attention or not, but obviously Carrie had nothing to do with the move or the trade or anything so to imply something like that was just wrong.”
Do you think the radio station just wanted attention?
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Kevin Smith’s “Red State” gets a disturbing teaser trailer

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Kevin Smith has been teasing his latest picture, “Red State,” for some time now on his own network of Web sites and social media outlets. Now, we’re getting our first look at the film … and it looks like NOTHING Smith has done prior.
That’s good, though.
Smith released a “Red State” teaser on his own Smodcast.com. It also made it to YouTube, if you’d like to check it out there:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znerWMSjjIA
A horror film of sorts, Smith “State” is being described as “a shocking new kind of horror film that aggressively confronts higher powers and extreme doctrines with a vengeance.” It stars John Goodman, Kevin Pollack, the great Michael Parks, Dermot Mulroney, Kyle Gallner, Melissa Leo and Stephen Root.
Over the past few weeks, Smith has been raising monies for respectable charities by auctioning off “Red State” posters to the highest bidders on Twitter. He has said he is bringing the film to Sundance and will auction off distribution rights immediately after the film’s first screening.
That doesn’t explain why the trailer announces a March release date. I guess Smith will demand that in the “negotiations.”
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