April 23, 2014

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“The Hunger Games” grossed over $19.7 million in midnight shows

“The Hunger Games” is out of the gate to a record-breaking start. According to studio estimates grossed around $19.7 million in midnight shows. These numbers represents the highest midnight gross for a non-sequel in history.
“The Hunger Games” will open to the general public in more than 3,000 theaters on March 23, and is on its way to gross at least $95 million in its opening weekend.
Enjoy the ‘The Hunger Games’ Premiere red carpet photos:

‘Experts looking ahead to “The Hunger Games” wondering if the adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel has the ability to fill “Twilight’s” massive box office shoes have a little more indication of just how big the March 23 opening looks to be.
Fandango reports that “Hunger Games” tickets, which went on advanced sale earlier this week, broke the previous first day advance ticket-seller record held by “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” which was set on Friday, May 14, 2010.
“‘The Hunger Games’ is off to a fantastic start,” said Rick Butler, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Fandango, in a release. “We saw the biggest first day advance ticketing sales in our company’s nearly 12-year history – which is especially impressive for a March release and a non-sequel.”
The site reports that theater owners are continuing to add new showtimes, while fans are scooping up advance tickets.
Gary Ross directs this first installment in the “Hunger Games” series, which stars Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, a teenager enrolled in a futuristic survival contest. Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Wes Bentley, Toby Jones, Alexander Ludwig, Isabelle Fuhrman, Amandla Stenberg, Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland co-star in the drama, which is shaping up to be a massive event.’
Excerpt by Sean O’Connell

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‘The Hunger Games’ Premiere: Red Carpet Photos

HollywoodNews.com: Stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth celebrate the premiere of the first of four planned films based on the trilogy of best-selling novels by Suzanne Collins.
“The Hunger Games” will open to the general public in more than 3,000 theaters on March 23, and is on its way to gross at least $95 million in its opening weekend.
Enjoy the ‘The Hunger Games’ Premiere red carpet photos:

‘Experts looking ahead to “The Hunger Games” wondering if the adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel has the ability to fill “Twilight’s” massive box office shoes have a little more indication of just how big the March 23 opening looks to be.
Fandango reports that “Hunger Games” tickets, which went on advanced sale earlier this week, broke the previous first day advance ticket-seller record held by “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” which was set on Friday, May 14, 2010.
“‘The Hunger Games’ is off to a fantastic start,” said Rick Butler, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Fandango, in a release. “We saw the biggest first day advance ticketing sales in our company’s nearly 12-year history – which is especially impressive for a March release and a non-sequel.”
The site reports that theater owners are continuing to add new showtimes, while fans are scooping up advance tickets.
Gary Ross directs this first installment in the “Hunger Games” series, which stars Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, a teenager enrolled in a futuristic survival contest. Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Wes Bentley, Toby Jones, Alexander Ludwig, Isabelle Fuhrman, Amandla Stenberg, Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland co-star in the drama, which is shaping up to be a massive event.’
Excerpt by Sean O’Connell

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Winners Announced for 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards

HollywoodNews.com: Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, handed out top honors to The Artist, The Descendants and Margin Call at this afternoon’s 27th Film Independent Spirit Awards. My Week With Marilyn, Beginners, 50/50, A Separation and The Interrupters also received awards at the ceremony, held in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica.
Tune in to IFC tonight at 10:00 pm ET/PT to catch all the action at the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards, with actor, writer and producer Seth Rogen hosting. Highlights include: John Waters as the Voice of God, musical performances by My Morning Jacket and K’Naan.
The Spirit Awards was the first event to exclusively honor independent film, and over the past 27 years, has become the premier awards show for the independent film community, celebrating films made by filmmakers who embody independence and originality. Artists receiving industry recognition first at the Spirit Awards include Joel & Ethan Coen, Spike Lee, Oliver Stone, Ashley Judd, Robert Rodriguez, David O. Russell, Edward Burns, Aaron Eckhart, Neil LaBute, Darren Aronofsky, Spike Jonze, Charlie Kaufman, Hilary Swank, Marc Forster, Todd Field, Christopher Nolan, Zach Braff, Amy Adams and many more.
This year’s major category winners were The Weinstein Company’s The Artist, which won Best Feature, Best Director, Best Male Lead and Best Cinematography and My Week With Marilyn, which won Best Female Lead; Fox Searchlight’s The Descendants, which won Best Supporting Female and Best Screenplay; Focus Features’ Beginners, which won Best Supporting Male and Pariah, which won the John Cassavetes Award; Summit Entertainment’s 50/50, which won Best First Screenplay; Roadside Attractions’ Margin Call, which won Best First Feature; Sony Pictures Classics’ A Separation, which won Best International Film; and The Cinema Guild’s The Interrupters, which won Best Documentary.
The 5th annual Robert Altman Award was given to one film’s director, casting director, and ensemble cast. J. C. Chandor’s Margin Call received this award, along with casting directors Tiffany Little Canfield and Bernard Telsey and ensemble cast members Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Mary McDonnell, Demi Moore, Zachary Quinto, Kevin Spacey and Stanley Tucci.
Film Independent, in partnership with NowLive and Yahoo!, streamed a Live Arrivals Show exclusively on Yahoo! Movies (http://movies.yahoo.com) to its audience of more than 26 million US users, across the web, mobile and iOs devices.
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‘Burlesque’ released on DVD today

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: It may have been nominated for a few Razzies and didn’t break any box office records but I quite enjoyed ‘Burlesque’ which was Christina Aguilera’s film debut and Cher’s return to films after a far too long hiatus.
The flick is out on DVD today and you just know that I’ve got to own it.
It is destined to join such gay faves as ‘Steel Magnolias,’ ‘Beaches,’ and Cher’s ‘Mermaids’ as the kind of guilty pleasure you watch over and over again. It’s not that these movies are masterpieces, but they all star icons having one helluva time on screen.
‘Burlesque’ is Cher’s first starring role in ages and she plays the owner of a club on Sunset Boulevard called the Burlesque Lounge which is on its last legs. In walks a young girl from Ohio played by Christina Aguilera who can sing and dance like nobody’s business. But we won’t know that for awhile. She’s just serving drinks and hoping for a chance to audition to be one of the dancers at the club.
This is the perfect showcase for Aguilera’s film debut. She’s got the pipes to make you believe that once she gets to perform, she’s such a sensation that attendance soars and she is the toast of the town.
She and Cher have some good scenes together with the best being when Cher teaches the younger diva how to put on make-up.
The rest of the cast is filled with talented folks led by Stanley Tucci who plays Cher’s gay best friend and right hand man. It’s a fun chemistry Cher and Tucci share and I love that we get to see his character pick up a really cute guy at a wedding and bring him home.
Alan Cumming plays an employee at the club who does some performing but this talented man, a Tony winner for Cabaret, is woefully underused in this film. Peter Gallagher plays Cher’s ex-husband and business partner and it’s always nice to see this handsome guy in anything. Speaking of handsome, Eric Dane is also in the movie looking very McSteamy as a businessman with an eye for Aguilera and on Cher’s club.
The main male character is a bartender (and songwriter) played by Cam Gigandent who becomes Aguilera’s roommate and eventually her love interest. He is very, very sexy in this film!
Also noteworthy is Kristen Bell as a boozy bad girl dancer seriously jealous of [...]

Stanley Tucci!

By Greg Hernandez
hollywoodnews.com: I am in Palm Springs for a little getaway but will be posting regularly!
A reader suggested Stanley Tucci, currently starring with Cher and Christina Aguilera in Burlesque, for Morning Man. It’s already afternoon but I think it’s an excellent idea!
Not only is he most handsome, he’s a brilliant actor who I loved most opposite Meryl Streep in two very different kinds of movies and roles: The Devil Wears Prada and Julie & Julia.
The actor, who turned 50 this month, made his film debut in 1985′s Prizzi’s Honor and has gone on to appear in such films as The Pelican Brief, Road to Perdition, Kiss of Death, and Big Night.
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McSteamy Eric Dane Reveals “Grey’s Anatomy” Secrets

 
By Fred Topel
HollywoodNews.com: Only minor spoilers follow, because they’re still vague.
Grey’s Anatomy’s Eric Dane was doing some press for his latest movie role. He plays an investor trying to buy the club from Cher in Burlesque. When the topic turned to his TV role as Dr. Mark Sloan, aka McSteamy, he offered a few hints about what’s going to happen this season on the show.
“It’s a lot more of the same, but that’s all been pretty interesting up until now,” Dane said. “I’m still rekindling the relationship and I think we’re going to stick with that one for a while and some interesting stuff develops with a friend.”
That’s pretty good. It sounds like Dane will still be challenged by new storylines.
“It is challenging me for a number of reasons.  It’s challenging to still sort of keep this stuff fresh.  When you make a film you have two hours, three acts, beginning, middle, and end.  You get a character which is hopefully well crafted and hopefully you can take that journey with the character and the actor gets to actually have something to do.  Grey’s Anatomy is for me there are 24 episodes so essentially if you were to break it down into this long movie it would be a 24-hour movie with sometimes the character are just kind of linear toward flat line.”
That means all the things Dane just anticipated for McSteamy will take many, many weeks and months to explore. “A lot of it is exposition, a lot of it is very technical, a lot of it is hitting your marks, saying the lines and servicing other story lines.  So it’s challenging to keep it fresh but we do have fantastic writers and they do keep the story lines pretty interesting, pretty even across the board for everyone. I think towards the end of the season my character’s going to have some really interesting stuff to do.”
That should be enough to entice the Grey’s fans and keep Dane safe with the network brass. “I would love to just say everything, but I don’t even know.  These guys kind of get nuts about people divulging things about the story line so I’ll leave it at that.”
Burlesque was a movie Dane filmed while he was working on Grey’s. “First of all it was a film that I could do because it worked out with my schedule, but that wasn’t the only [...]

Ben Affleck’s ‘The Town’ takes the weekend with $23.8M

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: In a stupidly crowded weekend at the box office, we had four major wide releases and at least two major limited debuts. Without further ado, let’s dive in. Coming in at number one was Ben Affleck’s crime thriller “The Town.” With $23.8 million, the Affleck-directed picture out-grossed the entire domestic take of Affleck’s directorial debut, the obscenely good “Gone Baby Gone.” This second Affleck-directed thriller is a more conventional story, involving a Boston bank robber who wants to get out of the life and finds a possible escape with a new romance. It also boasts a more marketable cast, with Ben Affleck starring this time around, along with Jon Hamm, Rebecca Hall, Jeremy Renner, and Black Lively. Warner Bros sold this one as ‘from the studio that brought you “The Departed,” which usually makes me roll my eyes (it’s also the studio that brought you “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” “Lethal Weapon,” and “Casablanca”). The picture opened a bit below the $28.6 million debut of “The Departed,” but the Scorsese picture cost $90 million while the Affleck one cost only $40 million.
Most importantly for the marketing, Warner Bros. attached the trailer to Inception, insuring that everyone who saw Inception in a theater ($285 million and counting) also saw a sneak peak of “The Town.” Oddly enough, this is this is Ben Affleck’s biggest opening weekends ever, and arguably the biggest one that was sold mainly on him. Affleck has some huge openers, but they are all either Michael Bay epics (“Pearl Harbor” -$59m, “Armageddon” -$36m), pre-established franchises (“Daredevil” -$40m, “Sum of All Fears” -$31m), or ensemble pieces (“He’s Just Not That Into You” -$27m). Take away those (and you can certainly argue that he gets partial credit for at least a few of those openings), and his biggest opening weekend is $17 million for “Changing Lanes,” which is also one of his best films and performances. The typical Ben Affleck star-vehicle opens around the $13 million range (“Forces of Nature,” “Bounce,” “Paycheck,” etc). So technically speaking, The Town represents Ben Affleck’s biggest opening weekend for a pure star vehicle. For what it’s worth, it’s also Affleck’s first number 1 opening since “Daredevil” in February 2003. The film received a B+ from Cinemascore, so this should be a somewhat long-term player in the next couple months.
Not to be outdone, “Easy A” was in second place with a [...]

Stanley Tucci on ‘Captain America’: ‘There’s a real power to it’

HollywoodNews.com: Stanley Tucci spilled some beans on his upcoming role as Dr. Abraham Erskine in next summer’s highly anticipated Marvel film “Captain America: The First Avenger.”
Speaking with MTV News, Tucci says that his character is a “combination of both” mad doctor and dutiful scientist. Tucci’s Erskine develops the serum which turns Steve Rogers from a weakling into the muscle-bound Captain America.
“[Director] Joe Johnston is a wonderful guy and I love the way he’s shooting it, it’s really interesting, it’s beautiful-looking,” Tucci said in his interview with MTV News, “There’s a real power to it and the design is stunning.”
“So much fun,” Tucci added, “I have to go back and … finish it in October but I was there for a few weeks in … end of July, August. It was great; a great experience.”
Above all, Tucci relished his set time with the film’s talented cast: “Chris [Evans, who plays Captain America] is great, he’s a wonderful guy,” Tucci said. “Dominic [Cooper] and Hayley [Atwell] and Tommy Lee Jones – it’s great people.”
Tucci’s next movie is the Screen Gems/Sony high school comedy “Easy A.”
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Christina Aguilera croons her way through new “Burlesque” clip

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: “Burlesque” is a picture that is fighting to get on our radar as of late.
A trailer for Steven Antin’s musical drama hit the Internet earlier. And today, a new clip featuring the film’s finest asset (arguably) – the vocal talents of Christina Aguilera – has popped up on a number of movie Web sites. View it in full below.
Needless to say, Aguilera can sing. She belts her way through Etta James’ classic “Something’s Got a Hold On Me” with ease. But we have seen several pop stars try to transition to the big screen in musical projects and fail. Miserably. Ask Britney Spears about “Crossroads” or Mariah Carey about “Glitter.” Not pretty.
At least Aguilera will be surrounded by actors for “Burlesque,” from Kristen Bell and Alan Cumming to Stanley Tucci. An official symposis of the film is below:
The Burlesque Lounge has its best days behind it. Tess (Cher), a retired dancer and owner of the venue, struggles to keep the aging theater alive, facing all kinds of financial and artistic challenges. With the Lounge’s troupe members becoming increasingly distracted by personal problems and a threat coming from a wealthy businessman’s quest to buy the spot from Tess, the good fortune seems to have abandoned the club altogether. Meanwhile, the life of Ali (Christina Aguilera), a small-town girl from Iowa, is about to change dramatically. Hired by Tess as a waitress at the Lounge, Ali escapes a hollow past and quickly falls in love with the art of burlesque. Backed by newfound friends amongst the theater’s crew, she manages to fulfill her dreams of being on stage herself. Things take a dramatic turn though when Ali’s big voice makes her become the main attraction of the revue.
“Burlesque” will be in theaters on Nov. 24.
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Gotham Independent Film Awards to take place in New York City

HollywoodNews.com: IFP, now called Independent Filmmaker Project, the nation’s oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers, today announced that the 20th Anniversary Gotham Independent Film Awards will take place again this year at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City, on Monday, November 29th.
The first award show of the season, the Gotham Independent Film Awards honor independently distributed American feature films made with an economy of means. Established in 1991, the Gotham Independent Film Awards celebrate the authentic voices behind and in front of the camera in the year’s best independent films. By recognizing that the best films come from a place that is more firmly rooted in the grasp of filmmakers – and not made by committee- the Gothams salute the innovative films and filmmakers whose passion and vision make their way onto the screen year after year. Each year IFP chooses a jury of 25 innovators and icons in documentary and feature directing, producing, cinematography, and acting to bestow five competitive awards on some of the best emerging and iconic filmmakers and actors working today. All nominees for these honors are determined by a selection committee of critics and programmers and the winners will be selected by jury.
In the wake of IFP’s new relationship with Festival Genius, the organization has created a new award – The Festival Genius Audience Award. To be eligible, a U.S. film must have won an audience award at a U.S. film festival from November 2009 through October 2010. The Festival Genius community, 200,000 film fans worldwide, will vote online for the winner. The winner will be announced at the Gotham Awards in November.
In addition, IFP has broadened the criteria for the Best Feature category to allow consideration of independent films that have premiered on digital platforms like VOD or Pay TV following festival runs, without them having played theatrically.
The Gothams provide critical early recognition to worthy independent films. Past winners include THE HURT LOCKER (2009), FROZEN RIVER (2008), INTO THE WILD (2007) and HALF NELSON (2006), all of which went on to numerous awards and Oscar™ nominations for – Kathryn Bigelow, Melissa Leo, Sean Penn, and Ryan Gosling, respectively.
In addition to seven competitive categories, the Gotham Independent Film Awards also recognizes those who have made significant contributions to independent filmmaking by selecting individuals to tribute. Last year the organization feted Stanley Tucci, Tim Bevan and [...]

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