April 17, 2014

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The Bourne Legacy the top film with $40 million

HollywoodNews.com: To the surprise of no one, the top film of the weekend was The Bourne Legacy. With $40 million, the fourth entry in the ten-year old franchise opened well above the $27 million debut of The Bourne Identity during June 2002, but that’s mostly due to ten years of inflation as The Bourne Identity’s opening would equal $38 million today. It’s below the $52 million debut of The Bourne Supremacy back in July 2004, and understandably well below the $69 million opening weekend of The Bourne Ultimatum back in August 2007.
This spin-off/reboot of the Matt Damon-led Bourne series showcased Jeremy Renner as a totally different government assassin in the same world as the three prior Bourne films. Helmed by Tony Gilroy (who had a hand in writing all three prior adaptations), Universal sadly spent $125 million on this quasi-sequel. So if the film ‘merely’ approaches the $121 million gross of the first film and earns about that much overseas ($92 million for a $214 million total), it won’t be profitable. The endless loop on USA starting in 2015 won’t hurt. The second and third films grossed $176 million and $227 million in the US respectively while earning $288 million and $422 million worldwide respectively (Bourne Ultimatum basically doubled Bourne Supremacy’s overseas take). If the film excels overseas, which it now must, matching the $288 million gross of Bourne Supremacy isn’t out of the question (it opened in a few markets this weekend and earned $7.8 million overseas).
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Matt Damon Protests With Teachers at ‘Save Our Schools March’

HollywoodNews.com: On Saturday in Washington D.C., 40-year-old Matt Damon rallied with teachers on a march to The White House. The ‘Bourne Identity’ star walked with teachers to protest the use of standardized tests.
The actor, whose mother was a teacher, “joined the Save Our Schools March to protest the use of standardized testing throughout the education system,” according to Radaronline.com.
At the rally, Matt recalled a time where he was faced with standardized tests. He commented: “My mom went to the principal’s office and said, ‘My kid ain’t taking that. It’s stupid, it won’t tell you anything and it’ll just make him nervous’.”
What do you think about Matt walking with the teachers?
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’90210′: Teddy’s relationship with Ian gets complicated

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: Teddy and Ian are making out in a corridor and Dixon sees them. He watches for awhile then tries to tiptoe away, makes some kind of noise which spooks Teddy.
Teddy wants Ian to come over to his house but starts all this “You leave first” jazz and Ian, growing frustrated, asks in exasperation: “Is this a relationship or ‘The Bourne Identity’?”
Teddy: “Just be patient with me.”
Ian: “Okay. I always thought Matt Damon was cute.”
Meanwhile, Dixon is acting like he’s seen a ghost and asks a classmate: “Can a guy kiss another guy and not be gay?”
The next day Dixon confronts Teddy on the beach and says: ‘Are you gay?” He says it the way it is in your worst nightmare, like with a bad taste in his mouth.
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Interview wtih USA’s Covert Affairs star Piper Perabo

By Fred Topel
hollywoodnews.com: USA’s ‘Burn Notice ‘ shows what spies do when they’re cut off from the agency. Now USA has a more official CIA show.  ’Covert Affairs’ stars Piper Perabo as new recruit Annie Walker. Making it in the CIA is only the beginning. Now she has to find her way through each mission, where unpredictable circumstances challenge her training. Hey, if blind analyst Auggie Anderson (Christopher Gorham) can do it, Annie will do just fine. Doug Liman, director of ‘The Bourne Identity’ and ‘Mr. and Mrs. Smith’ produces the show.
Perabo joined a conference call with the media to talk about her new series. It is the first series lead for the star of hit movies like Coyote Ugly, Cheaper By the Dozen and Beverly Hills Chihuahua. She’d guest starred on House and Law & Order but Covert Affairs will give her a new adventure every Tuesday at 10 on USA.
Q: This may be the first spy show I’ve ever seen where the hero is sort of learning on the job. Do you think the eventual progression will be that Annie becomes a total kick-ass Alias type?
PP: I think Annie’s definitely going to progress in her talent and level as a spy. But I also think, when I talk to officers who really do work in the field, your whole job for the length of your career is on the fly. There are so many things that come up that you could have never planned for and trained for. These people are really, in a lot of ways, creative types because they have to solve problems that you could never imagine were going to come up. I mean, you can learn to pick locks and set explosives, but after that you’re kind of on your own.
Q: So that’s going to be the heart of the show, the constant learning?
PP: Yeah, I think that’s what makes it interesting. I think that’s certainly what interests Doug Liman. There’s a kind of Nikita quality to it or The Professional, how you see them in a situation and you see them start so quickly adapting. I think it’s really dramatic.
Q: A lot of actors say they enjoy playing cops and spied because it’s like when they were kids, only with better special effects. Does that go for a girl playing spy too?
PP: I think so. I mean I was kind of a tomboy [...]

Adam Sandler invited to join The Academy

HollywoodNews.com: Adam Sandler is gearing up for the release of his new film, “Grown Ups,” and has just been announced as one of 135 artists selected to join the Academy.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 135 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2010 to the Academy’s roster of voting members.
“The work of these individuals has been appreciated by moviegoers all around the world,” said Academy President Tom Sherak. “The Academy is proud to invite each and every one of them.”
The Academy’s membership policies would have allowed a maximum of 180 new members in 2010, but as in other recent years, the several branch committees endorsed fewer candidates than were proposed to them. Voting membership in the organization has now held steady at just under 6,000 members since 2003.
New members will be welcomed into the Academy at an invitation-only reception at the Academy’s Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture Study in Beverly Hills in September.
The 2010 invitees are:
Actors
Tobin Bell – “Saw,” “The Firm”
Vera Farmiga – “Up in the Air,” “The Departed”
Miguel Ferrer – “Traffic,” “RoboCop”
James Gandolfini – “In the Loop,” “Get Shorty”
Anna Kendrick – “Up in the Air,” “Twilight”
Mo’Nique – “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” “Phat Girlz”
Carey Mulligan – “An Education,” “Public Enemies”
Jeremy Renner – “The Hurt Locker,” “28 Weeks Later”
Ryan Reynolds – “The Proposal,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”
LaTanya Richardson Jackson – “Mother and Child,” “Losing Isaiah”
Peter Riegert – “Traffic,” “Crossing Delancey”
Sam Robards – “A.I. Artificial Intelligence,” “American Beauty”
Saoirse Ronan – “The Lovely Bones,” “Atonement”
Zoe Saldana – “Avatar,” “Star Trek”
Adam Sandler – “Funny People,” “Punch-Drunk Love”
Peter Sarsgaard – “An Education,” “Boys Don’t Cry”
Gabourey Sidibe – “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
Shaun Toub – “Iron Man,” “The Kite Runner”
Christoph Waltz – “Inglourious Basterds”
George Wyner – “A Serious Man,” “American Pie 2”
Animators
Ken Bielenberg – “Monsters vs Aliens,” “Shrek”
Peter de Seve – “Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs,” “Ratatouille”
Steve Hickner – “Bee Movie,” “The Prince of Egypt”
Angus MacLane – “Toy Story 3,” “WALL-E”
Darragh O’Connell – “Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty,” “Give Up Yer Aul Sins”
Simon Otto – “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Kung Fu Panda”
Bob Pauley – “Toy Story 3,” “Monsters, Inc.”
Willem Thijssen – “The Aroma of Tea,” “A Greek Tragedy”
Art Directors
Kim Sinclair – “Avatar,” “Cast Away”
Dave Warren – “Sweeney Todd The Demon [...]

Matt Damon may take trip to the ‘Zoo.’

Hollywoodnews.com: Matt Damon might be signing on to Cameron Crowe’s Fox film “We Bought a Zoo.”
“Zoo” is an adaptation of a memoir by Benjamin Mee.
Damon would play Mee, who invested his nest egg into a broken-down zoo, replete with 200 exotic animals facing extinction.
As Mee takes on his eclectic career of tending to wild animals, he must also care for his wife who is dying of brain cancer.
The Hollywood Reporter believes “Zoo” is a departure from Damon’s recent string of action films a la “The Adjustment Bureau” and “The Bourne Identity.”
Crowe has a sharp creative ability to fuse both comedic and dramatic elements in a film, as seen in “Jerry Maguire.”
Crowe rewrote the “Zoo” script, which was originally handled by Aline Brosh McKenna (“The Devil Wears Prada”).
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J.J. Abrams starts casting on new pilot

J.J. Abrams has started casting for his new NBC pilot “Undercovers.” He has just locked Gerald McRaney will play the CIA boss of Samantha and Steven Bloom who are both spies, according to Fancast. Abrams co-wrote the pilot with Josh Reims and is still debating whether he wants to direct it as well. The new show is a mix between “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” and “The Bourne Identity.”