April 25, 2014

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Another great Hollywood Vanity Fair bash… Stars, Stars, Stars

Vanity Fair upped its Oscar game last night. They build a huge multi level tented building in the parking behind Sunset Plaza. Traffic snaked back and forth on Sunset Boulevard in both directions. There was a big security plan, with metal detectors at the check in. And then you arrived to find an avalanche of stars. Stars and stars. Two by two, or three by three, they came.
Inside the main room, just to the right, if you could find them through the fog of formally attired people, Jane Fonda and Anjelica Huston set up a beach head. Many stars, old and young, were crowded into this area including Jane’s beau, Richard Perry, and Sarah Paulson, plus Quincy Jones, who was busy looking for Petra Nemcova, and Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks. Rosaria Dawson and Gabrielle Union weren’t far away. Sitting on a couch in a section nearby, the fabulous oldies group– Mickey Rooney and Martin Landau. And they were hosting this year’s nominee June Squibb.
Praise god– Don Rickles and his wife were entertaining Don’s many fans. “Do you have any Oscar jokes? I asked Rickles. “If you’re paying me!” he said. I did get a photo.
Just at the entrance to this room I tripped over Bill Hader, who was reconnecting with Will Forte and Paul Rudd, with a big group of comics around them. Hader made a beeline to see Larry David. In time that group was joined by hit pop star Ed Sheeran, who’d just come over from playing at Elton John’s AIDS Foundation fundraiser. Only 23, Sheeran– who’d been hanging with Taylor Swift–is about to break out in a big way. His new single comes this week, with a new album in June.
From there I headed to the upper level party, where Bill Murray and a big group had come to occupy a huge round room with Art Deco-ish banquettes– a hold over from past VF parties. They store their sets! This is where a lot of guests were dining on In and Out Burgers. Here were lots of people carrying Oscars, from “Gravity” and “12 Years a Slave” crew to winner Lupita Nyong’o. Super model Karolina Kurklova and her husband Archie Drury were getting burgers. Amazing since it looks she only eats celery stalks!
And yes, chowing down, was our old pal Kerry Washington, a month away from giving birth, radiant and round.
The thing about Vanity Fair’s parties is [...]

“GI Joe: Retaliation” is once again the No. 1 film worldwide

“GI Joe: Retaliation is once again the No. 1 film worldwide with an estimated weekend of $61.3 million.
The worldwide cume now stands at $231.9 million. Also, The Croods passed the $200 million mark and Jack the Giant Slayer passed the $100 mark internationally this weekend.”
The top-12 domestic weekend box office estimates listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, April 7, 2013 are below.
1. Evil Dead – Sony – $26.0M
2. GI Joe: Retaliation – Paramount – $21.1M
3. Croods, The – 20th Century Fox – $21.1M
4. Jurassic Park – Universal – $18.2M
5. Olympus Has Fallen – FilmDistrict – $10.0M
6. Tyler Perry’s Temptation – Lionsgate – $10.0M
7. Oz The Great and Powerful – Disney – $8.2M
8. Host, The – Open Road – $5.2M
9. Call, The – Sony – $3.5M
10. Admission – Focus Features – $2.1M
11. Spring Breakers – A24 Films – $1.2M
12. Identity Thief – Universal – $0.8M
Courtesy of Rentrak Corporation, the global leader in box office measurement.
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This Week in Movies by Pete Hammond: ‘The Green Hornet’

By Pete Hammond
Hollywoodnews.com: Sony Pictures was trying to replicate June in January with the release of a summery-type masked superhero flick, The Green Hornet. They even spent extra bucks converting it from 2D to 3D (pointlessly) to further convince moviegoers this is really a warm weather blockbuster wearing a winter coat. With an estimate of $40 million over the four day Martin Luther King holiday weekend, the film did respectable numbers and, with a B+ got fairly high grades from Cinemascore audience surveys, predictably from those patrons under 25. This one decided to go for the jokes and features Seth Rogen in a loud, over-the-top turn as a slacker son who suddenly inherits his tycoon dad’s powerful newspaper when the old man dies after being stung by a bee. Teaming up with sidekick Kato, played by Taiwanese pop superstar Jay Chou they decide to create a bad boy persona taking on the air of vigilantes out to get the L.A. street gangs until a higher calling turns the dynamic duo into genuine heroes of course. With bright colors, a souped up Chrysler , lots of chases and some hoary gags and jokes there’s enough here to pass the time until the next thing comes along. Unfortunately this is all a bit too retro to really register as more than a blip and certainly doesn’t seem worth the reported $120 to $150 price tag. Converting it to 3D just to make extra bucks wasn’t really necessary. There’s nothing remotely interesting about any of the 3D effects and, in fact, it’s only during the sprightly and attractive closing credits do we get any genuine 3D images at all and that’s when most people are heading down the aisles to exit. ‘Hornet’ was always a second class citizen to Batman and now it seems ever more so in the light of the artistic leaps the caped crusader has taken under the guidance of Christopher Nolan in movies like Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. In fact last spring’s Kick Ass has it all over this bloated, albeit entertaining, enterprise. Clearly the hope for Sony is to clean up internationally, particularly with the Asian presence of Chou to draw people in.
Ron Howard is a major Academy Award winning director for A Beautiful Mind whose other films include big critical and commercial hits like Splash, Apollo [...]

Writers Guild Nominations for ‘Inception,’ ‘The Town,’ ‘The Social Network”

hollywoodnews.com: The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen during 2010. Winners will be honored at the 2011 Writers Guild Awards held on Saturday, February 5, 2011, at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
‘Black Swan,’ Screenplay by Mark Heyman and Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin; Story by Andres Heinz; Fox Searchlight
‘The Fighter,’ Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; Paramount Pictures
‘Inception,’ Written by Christopher Nolan; Warner Bros.
‘The Kids Are All Right,’ Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg; Focus Features
‘Please Give,’ Written by Nicole Holofcener; Sony Pictures Classics
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
’127 Hours,’ Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy; Based on the book Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston; Fox Searchlight
‘I Love You Phillip Morris,’ Written by John Requa & Glenn Ficarra; Based on the book by Steven McVicker; Roadside Attractions
‘The Social Network,’ Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin; Based on the book The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich; Sony Pictures
‘The Town,’ Screenplay by Peter Craig and Ben Affleck & Aaron Stockard; Based on the novel Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan; Warner Bros.
‘True Grit,’ Screenplay by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen; Based on the novel by Charles Portis; Paramount Pictures
DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY
‘Enemies of the People,’ Written, Directed, Filmed and Produced by Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath; International Film Circuit
‘Freedom Riders,’ Written, Produced and Directed by Stanley Nelson; International Film Circuit
‘Gasland,’ Written and Directed by Josh Fox; HBO Documentary Films and International WOW Company
‘Inside Job,’ Produced, Written and Directed by Charles Ferguson; Co-written by Chad Beck, Adam Bolt; Sony Pictures Classics
‘The Two Escobars,’ Written by Michael Zimbalist, Jeff Zimbalist; ESPN Films
‘Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him)?,’ Written and Directed by John Scheinfeld; Lorber Films
Feature films eligible for a Writers Guild Award were exhibited theatrically for at least one week in Los Angeles in 2010 and were written under the WGA’s Minimum Basic Agreement (MBA) or under a bona fide collective bargaining agreement of the Australian Writers Guild, Writers Guild of Canada, Writers Guild of Great Britain, Irish Playwrights & Screenwriters Guild or the New Zealand Writers Guild. Theatrical screenplays produced under the jurisdiction of the WGA or an affiliate Guild must have been submitted for WGA awards consideration.
Documentaries [...]

Sony Music launches premiere shopping club for die-hard music fans

HollywoodNews.com: Sony Music Entertainment has just announced the launch of PopMarket.com, the ultimate online destination shopping club for music fans offering its members limited-time private sales on the world’s coolest music.
A member’s-only online initiative designed for music fans, bargain hunters and serious collectors alike, PopMarket.com offers a 24-hour limited time Daily Deal (changing each day at 12 noon Eastern) and five channels (changing weekly) containing a mix of premium music and merchandise available for a limited time at exclusive member’s-only prices. PopMarket membership is free.
“Sony Music Entertainment is proud to be the first music company to open its vaults to music lovers and provide them with an elegant direct-to-consumer online shopping experience,” said Adam Block, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Legacy Recordings, Sony Music Entertainment’s catalog division. “Secure, seamless and convenient, PopMarket is open 24-7, offering fans exceptional values on great music.”
Now live, PopMarket.com provides a rare window of opportunity to purchase rare and collectible albums, boxed sets, memorabilia and more at deeply-discounted member’s-only prices. PopMarket’s inventory is limited and products are sold on a first come basis.
PopMarket has already offered deluxe boxed sets by Santana, Alabama, Ken Burns Jazz, Simon & Garfunkel and The Clash with future Daily Deals to include albums and collections by Dave Brubeck, Neil Diamond, Billie Holiday, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin, Aerosmith and many more.
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Recap: the most memorable comic book-film trailers from the last 10 years

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: It’s hard to believe that it’s been ten years since the modern comic book movie revival kicked off with “X-Men” and (kinda-sorta) “Unbreakable.” With the lukewarm response to the trailers to “Thor” and “Green Lantern,” and the Nolan “Batman” franchise wrapping up, we may just be on the tail-end of this particular run. For the sake of my own amusement, let us take a quick trip down memory lane with the most memorable trailers in the current comic book explosion. After all, in many ways, getting that first glimpse was often more exciting than seeing the actual film. For the record, this list will only include originals; no sequels (with one exception that I’ll point out). And away we go…

“X-Men” (2000): Technically, this was the second trailer, but I’m posting it here because the first glance at X-Men was an infamously awful tease, a confused, jumbled mess of random images set to techno music. This vastly improved trailer, released relatively quickly after the first one to deal with the fan backlash, actually did the job. There is a clear sense of what the plot was, a roll-call of major characters, and a compelling third-act montage of action and incident, set to music from X-Files: Fight the Future. The first tossed-off teaser nearly killed the franchise before it even began, and this second trailer saved it. I still remember being uber-excited for this trailer, both at its overall quality and a sense of deep relief that that upcoming X-Men movie had a shot at being a winner after all.

“Spider-Man” (2002): Again, this was the second piece of marketing, but it was the first real look at the movie itself. As you likely recall, the first teaser was released over summer 2001, and it was a stand-alone sequence that had Spidey stopping bank-robbers by trapping their chopper between the Twin Towers. Post-9/11 controversy aside, this full-length trailer was a stunningly-effective sell, showcasing every major character (Peter, Mary Jane, the Green Goblin, etc) and presenting the film as a living-breathing 1960s comic book come to life. Even if the trailer gave a bit too much away (the climax and the last moments in the film), it sold itself as a kicky, colorful blast, the antithesis to the dark and gloomy world of Tim Burton’s Batman. Sony certainly has its work cut out for it whenever it decides to cut a [...]

Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake’s “Bad Teacher” shifted to summer

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: It kind of makes sense that a movie titled “Bad Teacher” would come out in the summertime.
That’s what’s happening, now that Sony has shifted Jake Kasden’s black comedy “Bad Teacher” to its new release date, June 17, 2011.
“We love how this movie is shaping up, and our early test screenings confirm our confidence,” said Jeff Blake, chairman of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for Sony Pictures. “We have had tremendous results with summer comedies in the past several years, from ‘Superbad’ and ‘Step Brothers’ to ‘Grown Ups’ and ‘The Other Guys.’ Summer audiences want movies that will make them laugh out loud and we think ‘Bad Teacher’ is the perfect choice for older teens and adults who are looking for a film that will make them look at the high school experience and do just that.”
More from the release:
The comedy, which centers on a hilariously foul-mouthed, bitter, and irreverent middle school teacher, stars Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Lucy Punch, John Michael Higgins, and Jason Segel, and is directed by Jake Kasdan, written by Gene Stupnitsky & Lee Eisenberg, and produced by Mosaic’s Jimmy Miller and David Householter.
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“Spider-Man” snags Dennis Leary in its casting web

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The cast of Marc Webb’s “Spider-Man” reboot (this thing needs an official title, soon) continues to fill out with excellent choices. Sony isn’t going for stunt casting, grabbing name-brand celebs to gussy up the marquee. I’m looking at you, Gov. Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze.
Instead, they are lucking into talented performers like Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone who happen to be on the rise but have the chops to back up their fame. Rhys Ifans sounds like he’ll be an intriguing, multi-faceted villain. Having Martin Sheen and Sally Field (once she’s confirmed) as Uncle Ben and Aunt May is inspired. And today, a comedian with dramatic flair joins the ranks.
Dennis Leary is in negotiations to join “Spider-Man” as police captain George Stacy, father of Peter Parker’s love interest Gwen (Stone). Sure, Leary is a comedian. But anyone who has watched him on FX’s “Rescue Me” knows he has far more range than most stand-ups. Of course, Leary will have to fill the massive shoes of comedian Jim Norton, whose line delivery in the first “Spider-Man” stole that show away from legitimate stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst. Perhaps Norton can return for this reboot? Surely there is room for this talented thespian?
Webb’s “Spider-Man” reboot is supposed to begin filming this December. It will be in theaters on July 3, 2012.
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‘This Week In Movies’ – ‘Unstoppable,’ ‘Skyline,’ ‘Morning Glory’

By Pete Hammond
HollywoodNews.com: Hollywood has two major movie seasons: Summer which starts the first week in May (at least as far as the film industry is concerned) and the Holiday season which for all intents and purposes kicks in the first week of November. That would mean we are already in the thick of it and if that is the case it’s looking pretty underwhelming at this point. The week’s big new popcorn action film opening, “Unstoppable” (also known as speed on speed) actually drew an incredibly strong 85% fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes, but even with raves from critics couldn’t score the number one spot at the box office, settling instead for second and a decent, but not unstoppable estimate of $23.5 million. With the potent pairing of Denzel Washington, “Star Trek’s” Chris Pine and director Tony Scott this should have burned up the megaplexes but now will have to rely on word of mouth (it got an A- Cinemascore rating) to stem the “Harry Potter” tsunami that is about to hit next weekend. With Russell Crowe’s adult appeal thriller, “The Next Three Days” also be thrown into the mix, “Unstoppable” will have to try to stop everything in it’s path or face derailment even before the holidays really kick in with, well, an actual holiday like Thanksgiving. For my money it’s way better than last year’s train-themed Washington/Scott flick, “The Taking Of Pelham 123.” I can’t help but think that, different as the two films are (Pelham was a Subway train), audiences may have thought it was a bit déjà vu. I mean how many times is Denzel going to drink out of the same well. The fact is the current picture almost went off the tracks during pre-production when 20th Century Fox tried to lower the budget and Washington’s reps reportedly balked at getting anything less than his normal quote which is a cool $20 mil. Obviously in the end it all worked out, Denzel signed on and the movie got made. Still you have to think Fox must be a little disappointed they aren’t leading the pack. Pre-release tracking was said to be predicting a less-than-blockbuster opening which is why the studio decided to sneak the picture last weekend to goose word of mouth.

Perhaps “Unstoppable” lost a little business to another high testosterone picture new to the marketplace this week, Universal [...]

Dave Brubeck’s 90th birthday to be celebrated with new documentary

HollywoodNews.com: With each passing decade, Dave Brubeck continues to amaze millions of fans across the globe. His quartet performed more than 50 concerts in 2010, and Brubeck still creates new composi¬tions. On Monday, Dec. 6, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will celebrate Brubeck’s 90th birthday with the premiere of “Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way,” a new documentary executive-produced by Clint Eastwood.
The documentary takes its name from one of Brubeck’s most famous tunes, “In Your Own Sweet Way.” Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way was produced and directed by filmmaker and longtime Eastwood collaborator Bruce Ricker, whose credits include “Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends,” “Thelonious Monk: Straight No Chaser,” “The Last of the Blue Devils” and TCM’s Emmy®-nominated “Johnny Mercer: The Dream’s On Me.” Alec Baldwin is the narrator. In addition to serving as executive producer of the film, Eastwood chairs the Honorary Board of the Brubeck Institute at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif.
“Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way” tells Brubeck’s personal story, including his early musical training; studies with Darius Milhaud, the Dave Brubeck Quartet, featuring Paul Desmond; and the musical revolution caused by his introduction of new time signatures in jazz, such as in the jazz standard Take Five.
“Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way” features contemporary interviews, including George Lucas, Sting, Bill Cosby, Jamie Cullum, David Benoit and Yo-Yo Ma. Also included are previously unseen archival footage and photographs; vintage performances from the Newport Jazz Festival and the Monterey Jazz Festival; and a never-before-seen interview with Dave Brubeck and Walter Cronkite. Finally, here are also interviews filmed for the documentary with Dave and Iola Brubeck, that captures their longtime romance and artistic collaboration,
TCM’s premiere of “Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way” will be accompanied by “All Night Long” (1962), a jazz update of Shakespeare’s Othello featuring a great Brubeck performance. The Brubeck celebration will be preceded by a quartet of jazz films: “Blues in the Night” (1941), “Paris Blues” (1961), “Young Man with a Horn” (1950) and “The Strip” (1950).
In advance of Brubeck’s birthday, Legacy Recordings will release “Dave Brubeck: Legacy of a Legend,” a new 21-track double-CD compilation with every track handpicked by Brubeck. The commemorative collection, featuring extensive annotation and anecdotal liner notes written by his son Darius, will be available at all physical and digital retail [...]

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