April 18, 2014

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‘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 [...]

‘Scream 4′ is like ‘summer camp’ for cast

HollywoodNews.com: The stars of “Scream 4” were dishing out pleasantries about working together on the set recently.
Teasing her character’s storyline, the hard-nosed TV journalist Gale Weathers, Courteney Cox reveals, “She’s pretty bored, pretty miserable, pretty desperate.
“And all of a sudden some murders start happening and her life starts to look up. She likes a good murder.”
“Scream” has always been a special production set for Cox, because it’s where she met her husband David Arquette.
Arquette gave a rundown of their off-set romance throughout the horror franchise:
“On the first one we were flirting a lot and falling in love.
“The second one, she was very upset with me and we were on and off.
“By the third one I think we were engaged to be married. And now we have COCO.”
What remains special for Cox, is that she has become closer with co-star Neve Campbell during the fourth installment. While they’ve always been friendly, they never really connected during previous shoots.
“We were nice to each other and socialized a little bit, but for some reason Scream 4, that’s when we clicked,” says Cox,
“I was like, ‘I can’t believe I missed out on all these great years with you’.”
Neve added: “It’s like going back to summer camp.”
“Scream 4,” from Weinstein Co.’s Dimension label, is set to open in the U.S. on April 15. The entire “Scream” franchise has made a little over a half billion dollars at the global box office.
U.K.’s The Sun had the news.
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Kevin Williamson drops out of ‘Scream 4′ production

HollywoodNews.com: Creative conflicts and numerous rewrites on the set of “Scream 4″ have apparently resulted in writer/creator Kevin Williamson (“Vampire Diaries”, “Dawson’s Creek”) leaving the production and being replaced with Ehren Kruger, the man behind “Scream 3″, “The Ring”, and “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”.
Several actors on the currently-in-production sequel have expressed dissatisfaction with the project in the days leading up to this announcement, with Hayden Panettiere being reportedly “beyond frustrated” with the script’s numerous creative changes and both Lake Bell and Lauren Graham quitting their roles in the film after major changes to their characters. The effect Williamson’s additional departure will have on this latest installment of the classic horror franchise remains to be seen in the following months leading up to the film’s release date in April.
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“Scream 4″ lures Adam Brody, Marley Shelton to its killer cast

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Horror master Wes Craven isn’t going to let those “Twilight” kids have all of the fun this week.
As he and scripter Kevin Williamson reunite for a fourth “Scream” film, details regarding casting and plot are leaking out, generating serious interest in a franchise that died more than a decade ago. (“Scream 3,” also directed by Craven, came out in 2000.)
We already know that original “Scream” queen Neve Campbell is returning to the franchise to play Sidney Prescott. She’ll be joined by fellow “Scream” vets David Arquette and Courteney Cox. This morning, we’re learning that Adam Brody, Marley Shelton and Erik Knudsen have been added the mix, and that the horror thriller started filming earlier this week in Michigan.
The Hollywood Reporter also learned that Craven’s plan is to recruit a slew of fresh-faced, young victims, namely Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Rory Culkin and Nico Tortorella. Brody will play a police officer. Shelton will play a deputy who knew Campbell’s character in high school.
“Scream 4″ sounds like it has potential, if Craven and his cast can get back to what made the original so much fun. We’ll find out when the film opens on April 15, 2011.
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Emma Roberts joins Scream 4

HollywoodNews.com: Emma Roberts (Valentine’s Day, Nancy Drew, Hotel For Dogs and the upcoming It’s Kind of a Funny Story) has been cast as “Jill,” one of the heroines in Dimension Films’ SCREAM 4, the highly anticipated follow-up to the successful SCREAM franchise. SCREAM 4 hits theatres in April 15, 2011. Shooting will being in June 2010 in Michigan.
Roberts joins original SCREAM cast members also starring in SCREAM 4, Neve Campbell, David Arquette, and Courteney Cox Arquette. SCREAM 4 will be produced/directed by Wes Craven; screenwriter is Kevin Williamson. Iya Labunka is producing along with Craven.
“I am so excited to be part of this ground-breaking franchise,” said Roberts. “As a huge fan of the previous films, I jumped at the opportunity to work with the original SCREAM team of Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson. It’s the perfect opportunity for me to do something completely different than I’ve ever done before. With Bob Weinstein and Dimension, and the return of original cast members Neve, Courteney and David, I have no doubt SCREAM 4 will live up to fan expectations.”
Producer/director Wes Craven added, “I’m absolutely delighted that Emma will be joining the cast of SCREAM 4. Her talent, beauty and range will add immensely to the sophistication, intensity and fun of the SCREAM franchise as it returns to the screen once more.”