April 26, 2014

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The Butler serves second box office win

“Jurassic Park 3D is the new No. 1 film in the world with an estimated weekend gross of $30.0 million and a new cume of $89.9 million. Also, Disney has crossed the $2 billion mark overseas for the fourth consecutive year and Despicable Me 2 has surpassed the $800 million mark worldwide.”
The top-12 domestic weekend box office estimates listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, August 25, 2013 are below.
Lee Daniels’ The Butler – The Weinstein Company – $17.0M
We’re The Millers – Warner Bros. – $13.5M
Mortal Instruments – Sony – $9.3M
World’s End, The – Focus Features – $8.9M
Planes – Disney – $8.6M
Elysium – Sony – $7.1M
You’re Next – Lionsgate – $7.0M
Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters – 20th Century Fox – $5.2M
Blue Jasmine – Sony Pictures Classics – $4.3M
Kick-Ass 2 – Universal – $4.3M
2 Guns – Universal – $3.4M
Jobs – Open Road – $3.0M
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“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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Nancy Meyers to Direct Untitled New Film for Sony Pictures

Sony Pictures Entertainment has closed a deal with Nancy Meyers to direct an untitled film to be produced by Matt Tolmach and Nancy Meyers, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for the studio. Meyers rewrote a screenplay that was originally written by Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber.
The deal returns Meyers to Columbia Pictures, where she previously made The Holiday and Something’s Gotta Give.
In the new film, the life of an American young woman gets turned upside down when she begins dating a very unlikely young man. The complexities that follow are bigger than both of them. The comedy is set entirely in the UK, the film will have an all British cast with the exception of the female lead.
Commenting on the announcement, Belgrad said, “We are thrilled with the way this project has turned out and we’re especially excited that Nancy intends to make it her next film. This is the kind of movie that Nancy does better than anyone else and we can’t wait to share this new movie with audiences all over the world.”
NANCY MEYERS co-wrote and directed The Parent Trap, produced and directed What Women Want, and wrote, directed and produced Something’s Gotta Give, The Holiday, and It’s Complicated. Meyers’ first film as a writer/producer was Private Benjamin, which she produced and co-wrote with Charles Shyer and Harvey Miller; she was honored with the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Comedy Written Directly for the Screen, as well as an Academy Award® nomination for Best Original Screenplay. She then co-wrote and produced Irreconcilable Differences, followed by Baby Boom and the box office hits Father of the Bride andFather of the Bride Part II.
About Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; a global channel network; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of entertainment in 159 countries. For additional information, go to http://www.sonypictures.com/

Quvenzhané Wallis, the star of Beasts of the Southern Wild, in the title role of Annie

Overbrook Entertainment, Marcy Media, director Will Gluck and Sony Pictures Entertainment have cast Academy Award® nominee Quvenzhané Wallis, the star of Beasts of the Southern Wild, in the title role of Annie, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for the studio.
Commenting on the announcement, Minghella said, ‘With the recent Academy Award® nomination and critical acclaim, Quvenzhané Wallis is a true star and we believe her portrayal as Annie will make her a true worldwide star. She is an extraordinary young talent with an amazing range, not only as an actress but as a singer and dancer, and we can’t wait for audiences to further discover her.’

Annie will be released during the winter holiday season in 2014. The film is being directed by Gluck and produced by James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Will Smith through Overbrook Entertainment, and by Shawn ‘JAY Z’ Carter, Jay Brown, and Tyran ‘Ty Ty’ Smith through Marcy Media. Gluck is currently revising the film’s screenplay, which was written by Emma Thompson and rewritten by Aline Brosh McKenna based on the musical stage play ‘Annie,’ book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and on ‘Little Orphan Annie,’ © and ® Tribune Media Services, Inc. The film is being overseen at the studio by Andrea Giannetti and Devon Franklin.

QUVENZHANÉ WALLIS’ favorite pastimes are reading, singing, dancing, acting, and playing her iPod and Nintendo DS. Her favorite TV stars/singers are China McClain, Selena Gomez, and Miley Cyrus. Her favorite sports are basketball, volleyball, dance and cheerleading. Her upcoming films include a role in Twelve Years a Slave with Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender and director Steve McQueen.
About Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; a global channel network; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of entertainment in 159 countries. For additional information, go to http://www.sonypictures.com/
About Overbrook Entertainment
Overbrook Entertainment, founded by partners James Lassiter, Will Smith and run along with partner Jada Pinkett Smith, is committed to offering the highest quality entertainment focused in film and television and has produced a diverse [...]

Daniel Craig wants a raise from Sony

This one is pretty simple. Daniel Craig allegedly (Hollywood Reporter) wants a raise for his appearance in Sony’s planned The Girl Who Played With Fire. Sony is refusing and may even be trying to wrangle a pay cut. Sony is allegedly digging its heels out of the desire to cut costs, as the first film grossed $232 million worldwide yet still barely broken even due to its frankly absurd $90 million budget. Had the film cost a more reasonable $60-$70 million, it would have been quite profitable for Sony. But it didn’t so it wasn’t. If we must see the two other chapters in the original series, then they damn-well shouldn’t cost nearly $100 million apiece. You could argue that Rooney Mara is an essential component of any sequel and should be hired even at a token higher cost this time around. But everyone else involved is expendable. Daniel Craig, whose character was as bland a male lead as you can ask for, is not a box office draw, period. If Sony sees fit to write out his journalist protagonist, I imagine it won’t affect the film’s financial fortunes one iota. Daniel Craig is one of countless actors who do just fine in a marquee role or a popular franchise but flounder elsewhere. If Daniel Craig wants a raise from Sony, he is welcome to ask for one for the next James Bond film. But outside of the 007 series, Daniel Craig isn’t a box office draw, period.
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Applauding women who serve in U.S. intelligence and military – ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

Moviegoers are invited to join an initiative with Zero Dark Thirty, which has been nominated for five Academy Awards® including Best Picture, that allows people to donate their social media statuses in support of a unified message applauding the women who serve in the U.S. intelligence and military communities. Via Twitter or Facebook, participants’ tweets or posts will be broadcast simultaneously with all other supporters.
Supporters can donate their social statuses by joining the Thunderclap initiative at bit.ly/JoinZDT. The message will be sent on February 1 at noon Eastern time.
On the Thunderclap sign-up page, Oscar®-winning filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow, the director of the film, said, “Women have long played a critical role in our national security, too frequently without proper credit. The recent decision by the Department of Defense to lift the ban on women serving in combat is a move toward acknowledging their important and strategic contributions to our national defense. Though I personally believe war should be avoided whenever and wherever possible, there is no justification for inequality among those ready and willing to serve our country in the armed forces. Please join me in backing this social media campaign that salutes their important and strategic contribution to America’s national defense.”
For a decade, an elite team of intelligence and military operatives, working in secret across the globe, devoted themselves to a single goal: to find and eliminate Osama bin Laden. Zero Dark Thirty reunites the Oscar® winning team of director-producer Kathryn Bigelow and writer-producer Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) for the story of history’s greatest manhunt for the world’s most dangerous man. Zero Dark Thirty is now playing in theaters nationwide.
About Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; a global channel network; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of entertainment in 159 countries. For additional information, go to http://www.sonypictures.com/

Antonio “L.A.” Reid to receive the President’s Merit Award by the Recording Academy

Clive Davis and The Recording Academy® will present the annual Pre-GRAMMY® Gala on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., the evening before the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards® ( www.grammy.com ).
Sponsored by Harman, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hyundai, and MasterCard Worldwide, this exclusive, star-studded celebration will feature special musical performances and will be attended by the world’s most renowned artists and top industry VIPs in music, film, television and new media. For updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy’s social networks on Twitter and Facebook: www.twitter.com/thegrammys , www.facebook.com/thegrammys .
As part of the evening’s celebration, the 2013 GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons® will honor Epic Records’ Chairman and CEO Antonio “L.A.” Reid. The Recording Academy will present Reid with the President’s Merit Award in recognition of his significant contributions to the music industry and the impact his efforts have had on music and the business of music. Past recipients include Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, Sir Richard Branson, Clive Davis, Ahmet Ertegun, David Geffen, Berry Gordy, Doug Morris, and Mo Ostin.
“We are thrilled to once again collaborate with Clive Davis on this legendary gala filled with unique performances and stories,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “With his keen ability to foster and guide young artists, Antonio ‘L.A.’ Reid has brought to the world some of the most accomplished and beloved musicians. We are delighted and excited to pay tribute to this luminary who has shaped the contemporary music landscape with his passion, diversity, dedication, and musical judgement.”
Before becoming the consummate executive, Reid was a recording artist, drummer, songwriter, and producer. In 1989 he co-founded LaFace Records with Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, in partnership with Clive Davis and Arista Records and introduced a string of multi-platinum artists, including Toni Braxton, OutKast, TLC, and Usher. The label, which reshaped R&B and hip-hop, became one of the premier record companies of its time
In 2000 Reid was named president and CEO of Arista Records and brought successes to the label by signing such multi-platinum artists as P!nk, Ciara and Avril Lavigne. Additionally, during his tenure at Arista he oversaw OutKast’s GRAMMY-winning album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below and executive produced Usher’s Confessions, which went on to win a GRAMMY and sell more than 10 million copies in the United States.
As chairman of Island Def Jam Music Group, reins he took in 2004, Reid supervised the revitalization of [...]

Sony Pictures to Launch World’s First Look at “Men in Black 3″

HollywoodNews.com: Sony Pictures and the large network of companies within the Sony family will unite worldwide in support of one of the studio?s most recognized and successful motion picture franchises as the company premieres a first look at Men in Black? 3 on Monday, December 12, 2011. The launch event, which was announced today by Jeff Blake, Chairman of Sony Pictures Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, will reach a potential audience of 749 million people around the world. Men in Black 3 the movie will be released in theaters worldwide on May 25, 2012.

The trailer will launch worldwide at 11 a.m. GMT on Monday, December 12, 2011 and will be available in 19 languages: English (US), English (International), Spanish (Latin America), Spanish (Castilian), French, Canadian French, German, Italian, Russian, Czech, Polish, Romanian, Ukrainian, Hungarian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Chinese (Traditional ? Hong Kong), Chinese (Traditional ? Taiwan), Chinese (Simplified), and Korean.
Sony will use the unique reach of its leading subsidiaries across technology, retail, and networked entertainment to unveil the first look at this highly anticipated film. The trailer will appear on numerous Sony networks, internet sites, and other properties, including:
· Sony Pictures Television networks worldwide;
· AXN, Sony Entertainment Television, Sony Movie Channel, Spin, Animax, Game Show Network, and other Sony channels reaching over 577 million homes around the world (on air and on their accompanying websites);
· Sony Entertainment Network, which services tens of millions of consumers worldwide, delivering digital movies, music and games to PlayStation®3 and PSP® through the PlayStation®Network, as well as connected BRAVIA® televisions, Sony Blu-ray Disc? players and home theater systems, PCs including VAIO® PCs, Sony Ericsson Xperia? mobile phones, and Sony Tablet;
· Websites (67 million visitors);
o PlayStation.com (http://www.playstation.com )
o Sony.com (http://www.sony.com )
o SonyEntertainmentNetwork.com (http://www.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com )
o Crackle.com (http://www.crackle.com )
o SonyPictures.com (http://www.sonypictures.com )
· Mobile apps (5 million users);
o Sony Pictures;
o Crackle;
· Sony channels and pages on social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc) (20 million fans);
· Times Square digital board in New York City; and
· Sony owned retail stores, Sony franchisees, and Sony authorized dealers worldwide.
In addition to debuting via all of the Sony-affiliated platforms and outlets listed above, the trailer can also be seen at MenInBlack.com and [...]

David Cassidy waits 40 years to sue for millions in lost royalties

By Kim Palacios
hollywoodnews.com: The contract was drawn up in 1971—so why has David Cassidy waited 40 years to sue for millions of dollars in royalties? It is a question that Cassidy’s defense is mostly ignoring as it, and Cassidy, launch a major PR campaign to promote their case. The suit involves Screen Gems, CRT Holdings, Sony Pictures Television and Sony Pictures Entertainment, and was filed in a Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday. Cassidy claims that he was cheated out of millions in royalties connected to some $500 million in “Partridge Family” merchandise sales.
“For nearly 40 years, Defendants have swindled Mr. Cassidy out of his rightful share of proceeds from ‘The Partridge Family.’ And, when Mr. Cassidy has inquired into the matter, have lied to him so as to continue to conceal their deception and continue to avoid their obligation to pay Mr. Cassidy his fair share of those moneys owed him pursuant to the 1971 Contract,” language from the suit reads. Specifically, Cassidy says he was entitled to 15% of proceeds from merchandise and 7.5% of proceeds from the airing of the show.
Though the Sony camp is accused by Cassidy of dragging its feet in addressing the matter, it staunchly disagrees. Said a rep, “We have dealt with Mr. Cassidy in a completely lawful and appropriate way, and are confident that we will prevail in any proceeding.”
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Artista Records, home to Whitney Houston and Santana, is over

HollywoodNews.com: Arista Records is over. The new management at Sony’s RCA division have put the venerable label started by Clive Davis to sleep at age 36. Arista had drifted since 2000 when BMG, which owned it then, let then overall chief Michael Dornemann oversee the ousting of Davis. By the time that was over, Dornemann was gone and Davis was back with his own label, J Records. Arista went to L.A. Reid, who ran it for a few years before leaving for Island DefJam at Universal Music.
Now, of course, Reid is with Sony, half the people from Sony and Universal have traded jobs. In this latest scuffle, Arista has quietly been put out of business. It’s a shame really. Arista has enormous legacy with dozens of huge acts and famous albums to its credit. From Whitney Houston’s catalog–including “The Bodyguard” soundtrack– to Carlos Santana’s amazing Grammy winning comeback with “Smooth”–Arista deserves more than to be a footnote in history.
Davis started it in 1974 from the rubble of little Bell Records with Barry Manilow’s “Mandy.” Hit after hit kept coming, but not all were in the Whitney-Manilow middle of the road category. At different times, Arista released the Grateful Dead, Graham Parker and the Rumour, and the Kinks. All of them had hit records there, not just because of Davis, but also because of great record people like Richard Palmese. (He’s now gone on to work with Irving Azoff’s management company in Los Angeles.)
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