April 16, 2014

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Paul Bettany will play The Vision in The Avengers: Age of Ultron

One of the biggest box office hits of all time, The Avengers exceeded almost all expectations, so all eyes are on filmmaker Joss Whedon for the upcoming sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Any bit of news that comes out about the film is treated as a major deal, much like any information that leaked about Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise a few years back. Well, today there’s an interesting bit of casting news/character reveal that’s hit the net, and it happens to surround someone who’s a veteran of Marvel’s universe at this point. Yes, not only is Paul Bettany still the voice of Tony Stark’s computer butler JARVIS, but now he’s going to be playing The Vision as well.
Bettany has yet to be seen in person in a Marvel flick to date, but this news suggests that he won’t be just a disembodied voice helping out Iron Man this time around. This is a good upgrade for the actor, who’s immensely talented but doesn’t always seem to get the right roles. This at the very least suggests a continued presence in the Marvel universe, so expect to see Bettany for the foreseeable future of this franchise.
I’m no expert on The Vision, but apparently he’s a character that’s created by the villain Ultron, though eventually The Vision goes from being an opponent of The Avengers to fighting alongside them at some point. I do know that this is a character that fans have been looking to see join the team, even at one juncture hoping that Clark Gregg’s deceased (or I guess not deceased, if that Marvel television show Agents of Shield is to be believed) would be resurrected as The Vision. Well, that’s not happening, but the character is joining the film in some capacity for sure.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron comes out on on May 1st of 2015, so we’ve got over a year to continue speculating on what this movie will wind up being like, but it certainly seems like Whedon and company are not just resting on their laurels. Stay tuned for more on this one, as it’s poised to potentially become the highest grossing film of all time if things break right for it.

Dame Shirley Bassey will make a special appearance on the Oscars®

Dame Shirley Bassey will make a special appearance on the Oscars®, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today.
“We are thrilled to welcome the legendary Dame Shirley Bassey to our Oscar show,” said Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “Her association with film music is world renowned and we are proud that she will be making her first Oscar appearance on our telecast.
Bassey is this year celebrating her very own “Diamond Jubilee” with a career spanning over six decades. She has recorded over 44 albums, sold over 135 million records and has sold out concert halls across the world. In June 2012, she was one of a number of esteemed artists, including Elton John, Paul McCartney and Annie Lennox, who performed at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert. In the United States, Bassey is best known for recording the theme songs for the James Bond films “Goldfinger,” “Diamonds Are Forever” and “Moonraker.”
Bassey joins a stellar list of previously announced Oscar performers including Adele, Norah Jones and Barbra Streisand; and presenters including “The Avengers” cast members Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo; returning 2011 Oscar winners Jean Dujardin, Christopher Plummer, Octavia Spencer and Meryl Streep; co-stars Mark Wahlberg and Ted; and, special guest appearances including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Radcliffe, Channing Tatum and Charlize Theron.
Oscars for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide. For more information go to Oscar.com or download the official Oscars app.
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Oscars: Our 2012 Hollywood Film Awards Favorites!

This year should be no different. At the Hollywood Film Awards(r) last October 22, 2012, special honors went to Richard Gere for career achievement; Bradley Cooper for actor; Marion Cotillard for actress; Robert De Niro for supporting actor; Amy Adams for supporting actress; Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman and the cast of “Argo;” John Hawkes for breakout performance; David O. Russell for director; Dustin Hoffman for breakthrough director; Quentin Tarantino for the screenwriter award; Quvenzhané Wallis for the New Hollywood Award; Samantha Barks, Bella Heathcote, Tom Holland, John Magaro, Ezra Miller, and Kelly Reilly with the Spotlight Awards; Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner for producers; Wally Pfister for cinematographer; Dylan Tichenor for editor; Sarah Greenwood for production designer; Peter Ramsey with “Rise of the Guardians” for animation; and Jeff White with “The Avengers” for visual effects.

Celebrities and Hollywood notables who attended the Hollywood Awards included Eddy Hartenstein, Los Angeles Times Publisher and Tribune Company CEO, Chris Evans, Tom Ford, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Hillcoat, Helen Hunt, Melissa Leo, Ray Liotta, Tony Mendez, Christopher Nolan, Edward Norton, Eric Roth, Susan Sarandon, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Shankman, and Kerry Washington, among others.
“We are very proud to be the first stop of the awards season. In the last nine years, a total of 85 Oscar nominations and 32 Oscars were given to the honorees of the Hollywood Film Awards,” said Festival and Awards Founder, Carlos de Abreu.

The gala awards presentation was hosted by Nancy O’Dell of “Entertainment Tonight” and attendees were treated to the music of Johnny Crawford and his Orchestra.
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Kudos for Judd Apatow, John Hawkes, Quvenzhané Wallis, Wally Pfister, and “The Avengers” at Hollywood Film Awards

HollywoodNews.com: The 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, presented by the Los Angeles Times, is pleased to announce that writer/director/producer Judd Apatow will be given the “Hollywood Comedy Award”; actor John Hawkes will receive the “Hollywood Breakout Performance Award”; actress Quvenzhane Wallis will receive the “New Hollywood Award”; cinematographer Wally Pfister, A.S.C. will receive the “Hollywood Cinematographer Award”; and Disney and Marvel Entertainment’s “The Avengers,” directed by Josh Whedon, produced by Kevin Feige and with visual effects from VFX supervisors Janek Sirrs and Jeff White will receive the “Hollywood Visual Effects Award.”

“We look forward to celebrating these exceptionally talented filmmakers and artists for their outstanding work and creative vision,” said Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Director of the Hollywood Film Awards.
The Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on October 22, 2012. The event honors cherished stars and up-and-coming talent, and traditionally kicks off the film awards season with the biggest stars and top industry executives in attendance. 
“We are very proud to be the first stop of the awards season. In the last nine years, a total of 85 Oscar nominations and 32 Oscars were given to the honorees of the Hollywood Film Awards,” said de Abreu.
Last year’s awards show reached a total TV audience of more than 41 million media impressions, in addition to more than 300 million online and print readers’ impressions.

Aside from celebrating accomplishments on screen, the Hollywood Film Awards established the “Hollywood Gives Back” program to expand and continue highlighting and assisting important local and national charities to raise funds. Over the years, the Hollywood Film Awards has contributed to such charities as the following: The Art of Elysium, Artists For Human Rights, Artists for Peace and Justice, MatchingDonors.com, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the Enough Project, and Variety The Children’s Charity of So. CA, among others.
Further, the Hollywood Film Awards selects individuals to be recipients of their “Hollywood Humanitarian Awards” in recognition of their contribution to the betterment of their communities or society at large. Prior recipients include Nobel Peace Prize winner and ex-President of East Timor, Dr. Jose Ramos-Horta, Nobel Laureate Jody Williams, Father Rick Frechette, and actor and activist Sean Penn.
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The Contenders: Best Superhero Films of All-Time

by Joey Magidson
HollywoodNews.com: Now that ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is out in theaters, it sort of feels like we’ve reached a milestone point in the realm of superhero flicks… perhaps even an apex if you will. Everything that will come next for the genre will be judged on a different playing field due to that film and this year’s ‘The Avengers’ as well (essentially you now have to go big or go home). Those two films were as anticipated as any other major comic book film out there, and some might say the hype has been as much as any other big flick in general. As most people would argue that 2012 has seen the release of two of the best superhero movies of all time, I thought it was only proper to give a little rundown of what I think are the 10 best of all time (at least so far).
Obviously there are lots of contenders for a list like this one, some more universally embraced than others, and it’s fair to say that no two people would come up with the same combination of flicks, but this is mine, so just keep that in mind as you read on. Of course I’ll want you all to give your picks later in the comments, but for now let’s get started and focus on my picks and see where things go from there. Which filmmakers who took multiple dips into the superhero pool got a citation from me here? Did I give any love to Tim Burton’s contributions to the genre? What about Jon Favreau’s? Presumably Christopher Nolan’s, right? Perhaps Sam Raimi’s? Bryan Singer’s could be in play, couldn’t they? Maybe even Joel Schumaker’s? (I assure you I did not go that route). First off, here are some that just missed the cut for me when compiling this list of lifesavers…
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Scarlett Johansson allegedly offered major money for ‘Avengers’ sequel

HollywoodNews.com: Scarlett Johansson will apparently be making some major money if she signs on for the sequel to the hit ‘The Avengers.’
It is rumored that the actress is being offered $20 million to come back for another movie, states Hollyscoop. However, she is hardly making the most money for the films.
It is rumored that Robert Downey Jr. made about $50 million for the first movie.
Who do you think deserves the most in the film?
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The Avengers: Scarlett Johansson and female lead characters

HollywoodNews.com: I wasn’t going to write about The Avengers again for awhile (other than box office) both because I didn’t have much more to offer and because I didn’t want this blog to turn into ‘all Avengers all the time’. But I would like to take a moment to single-out a specific element that the film does quite well. There has been much hand-wringing this week about whether or not The Avengers (and specifically its two major female characters) qualifies as ‘feminist’.
Pundits are understandably upset about the lack of more female lead characters, and the fact that the film fails the Bechdel Test. Merely presenting a couple strong female characters doesn’t automatically make your product feminist in nature nor does creating a sausage-fest with a token love interest make your film inherently misogynistic, although the latter does make me roll my eyes a bit more often than not. But the way Joss Whedon and company present their female superheros merits acknowledgment primarily because of what they don’t do. In short, they don’t draw one damn bit of attention to it.
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Russell Brand set to host MTV Movie Awards

HollywoodNews.com: Russell Brand has been pretty successful, although controversial, in hosting the MTV Video Music Awards, so he seems like a good choice to take on the MTV Movie Awards.
Brand will reportedly be hosting the awards show that will take place at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City on June 3rd, states UsMagazine.com. Previous hosts for the show have included Jason Sudeikis, Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake.
“This MTV Movie Awards will be more impressive than ‘The Avengers’ and you won’t have to wait an hour for someone to Hulk out,” Brand said about hosting the show.
Do you think he’s a good choice?
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Wow! The Avengers sets all-time record at $200.3 million and a total of $641.8 million globally

HollywoodNews.com: The Walt Disney Studios announced today that Marvel’s The Avengers posted an estimated $200.3 million in its domestic debut May 4-6, shattering previous records and positioning the film as the highest-grossing domestic debut of all time. The film’s cumulative global box office gross is an estimated $641.8 million over 12 days in release.
In just three days, Marvel’s the Avengers is the fastest movie to reach $200 million domestically. The domestic debut kicked off Friday, May 4 and marks the second highest single day take of all time at $80.5 million. Saturday’s box office gross of $69.7 million is the highest Saturday take of all time. Moviegoers gave Marvel’s The Avengers a rare and perfect A+ CinemaScore.
Marvel’s The Avengers began opening internationally April 25 and crossed the $600 million mark globally May 6 after just 12 days in release.
International box office highlights include:
Opened May 3 in Russia with $17.9 million, the biggest Marvel opening weekend ever
Opened May 5 in China with $17.4 million
Biggest opening weekend of all time in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Central America, Bolivia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Philippines
Marvel’s The Avengers has now opened in all major markets except Israel, Poland, and Japan.
The film’s success comes a month after Marvel and Disney announced that a sequel to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger will be released April 4, 2014. A sequel to last summer’s Thor is scheduled for release November 15, 2013, and the third installment of the hit Iron Man series, which has earned over $1.2 billion worldwide, will arrive in theaters May 3, 2013.
Marvel’s The Avengers is the first Marvel Studios film to be marketed and distributed by The Walt Disney Studios.
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The Avengers is almost a genre masterpiece

HollywoodNews.com: In a film like The Avengers, which brings together strands of several prior pictures into a mostly cohesive whole, it is arguably inevitable that individual pieces will end up working better than the sum of its parts. That the film works at all is almost a miracle, and it’s so purely entertaining and contains so much that works like gangbusters that it’s tempting to ignore what doesn’t work and merely salute the enterprise.
It is a relentlessly engaging and confident motion picture, boasting a cast that in a more respected genre would make it an Oscar-bait film. But the film comes so close to out-and-out greatness that it’s almost disheartening to point out the core issues at fault, both because it feels petty and because it’s almost a genre masterpiece. Still, there is much to like and quite a bit to love about Joss Whedon’s The Avengers. On a pure popcorn spectacle scale I can’t imagine anyone feeling that they didn’t get their money’s worth. As a piece of art however, it’s a trickier proposition.
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