April 23, 2014

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Academy to celebrate Oscars in New York

The iconic landmark restaurant Daniel will be rolling out the red carpet for New York-based members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, entertainment industry executives, and several hometown luminaries to celebrate the 85th Oscars with an exclusive viewing party, the only East Coast event officially hosted by the Academy. This year’s show is of special significance to New Yorkers, as its producers are the Gotham-based motion picture, television and theater producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who have executive produced such acclaimed feature films as “Chicago” and “Hairspray,” as well as the current NBC musical series “Smash.”
World-renowned chef Daniel Boulud is preparing a special menu of cocktails and canapés with a nod to this year’s nominated films, to be served along with his seasonally inspired, award-winning contemporary French cuisine. Now celebrating its 20th year, Daniel is one of the very few restaurants to have received the New York Times four-star rating as well as three Michelin stars. Chef Boulud, who hails from Lyon, France, is considered one of America’s leading culinary authorities and one of the most revered chefs in New York City, which he has called home since 1982.
“Oscar® Sunday is a day to celebrate the best in film with family and friends,” notes Patrick Harrison, the Academy’s New York program director. “We are thrilled that Daniel Boulud has opened his doors to welcome Academy members and the New York film community on the occasion of the Oscars.”
“New York has been my home for over 30 years, and to be able to host the esteemed Academy’s official East Coast event is a huge honor,” said Boulud. “I hope this fete will mark the beginning of a long-running tradition.”
Three 7.5-foot versions of the 13.5-inch, 8.5-pound Oscar statuette, one of world’s most recognized symbols, will greet the New York partygoers as they enter the restaurant on Oscar Night. These golden sentinels are identical to the larger-than-life Oscars that will greet the ceremony’s attendees on the Hollywood red carpet. Numerous large screens will ensure that guests don’t miss a moment of the show’s excitement.
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. The Oscar presentation will be televised live on the ABC Television Network and in more than 225 [...]

“Blade Runner” Screenwriter Hampton Fancher in Talks to Pen Sequel Idea for Director Ridley Scott

HollywoodNews.com: Hampton Fancher is in talks to reunite with his “Blade Runner” director Ridley Scott to develop the idea for the original screenplay for the Alcon Entertainment, Scott Free, and Bud Yorkin produced follow up to the ground-breaking 1982 science fiction classic, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.
The filmmakers are also revealing for the first time that the much-anticipated project is intended to be a sequel to the renowned original. The filmmakers would reveal only that the new story will take place some years after the first film concluded.
The three-time Oscar-nominated Scott and his “Blade Runner” collaborator Fancher originally conceived of their 1982 classic as the first in a series of films incorporating the themes and characters featured in Philip K. Dick’s groundbreaking novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep”, from which “Blade Runner” was adapted. Circumstances, however, took Scott into other directions and the project never advanced.
Fancher, although a writer of fiction, was known primarily as an actor at the time Scott enlisted him to adapt the Dick novel for the screen. Fancher followed his ?Blade Runner? success with the screenplays, ?The Mighty Quinn? (1989) and “The Minus Man” (1999). He has continued to write fiction throughout his career.
Scott also will produce with Alcon co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove as well as Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers.
The original film, which has been singled out as the greatest science-fiction film of all time by a majority of genre publications, was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1993 and is frequently taught in university courses. In 2007, it was named the 2nd most visually influential film of all time by the Visual Effects Society.
State Kosove and Johnson: “It is a perfect opportunity to reunite Ridley with Hampton on this new project, one in fact inspired by their own personal collaboration, a classic of cinema if there ever was one.”
Released by Warner Bros. almost 30 years ago, “Blade Runner” was adapted by Fancher and David Peoples from Philip K. Dick’s groundbreaking novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” and directed by Scott following [...]

Broadway Season Ends With a Muddle of Shows

HollywoodNews.com: It’s over. The big race from March 1st — when the spring season begins– to April 26th, cut off date for eligibility for the Tony Awards. It ended tonight with a thud. I saw “Leap of Faith”–it’s as bad as the 1992 movie, maybe worse. I skipped “Don’t Dress for Dinner” and “Ghost: The Musical.” The other reviews were bad enough. I really liked “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” and thought the New York Times was unusually harsh and wrong. It’s delightful, and Matthew Broderick is very good in it. As for “Leap of Faith”: they brought in the talented Warren Leight (“Sideman”) to fix a broken script. He did everything he could. He used the paddles, yelled “Clear!” and tried to revive a dead body.
But the show is inert. The songs are mostly torture. The concept is still a very pale rip off of “The Music Man.” Boy, if you saw the most recent production of that show, with Craig Bierko, or watched the classic film with Robert Preston, you’d wonder why anyone would try to make this musical. Taylor Hackford left as director seemingly years ago. He could smell the turkey while it was basting. And while the performers are all fine, it doesn’t matter. “Leap of Faith” will close very, very quickly.
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Gwyneth Paltrow strikes back at ghostwriter claims

HollywoodNews.com: Gwyneth Paltrow recently released a cookbook called ‘My Father’s Daughter,’ but she wants to now make it clear that the book is all hers.
A ‘New York Times’ article recently described Julia Turshen as the ghostwriter for Paltrow’s book, but the actress isn’t letting this slide, states RadarOnline.com. “Love @nytimes dining section but this weeks facts need checking. No ghost writer on my cookbook, I wrote every word myself,” Paltrow commented on Facebook.
And it does seem that even though the two have worked together on different projects, Turshen doesn’t appear to have written Paltrow’s cookbook.
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And The New York Times Film Favorites are…

By Roger Friedman
HollywoodNews.com:Here’s a way to end the year or start a new one on a strange note. The New York Times film critics have announced their desired Oscar choices–and snubbed “The Artist,” Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris,” and “Moneyball.” Instead, Tony Scott picked “Bridesmaids,” a gross out movie that has no place at the Academy Awards, and the confounding, incoherent “Tree of Life.” (Talk about the Emperor’s New Clothes.) Among Stephen Holden’s choices are the middling and ultimately not very effective “Margin Call,” and Jason Reitman’s off putting “Young Adult.” Manohla Dargis, of course, has the strangest choices, going for sleep inducements. “Poetry”? “Mysteries of Lisbon”? A Chinese movie about a woman with Alzheimers, and the Portugese version of “Babel.” Those wacky Times reviewers! I say ignore them, and get to “The Artist” ASAP, wherever you are.
A.O. Scott
Bridesmaids
The Descendants
The Tree of Life
War Horse
Warrior
Manohla Dargis
A Dangerous Method
Hugo
Melancholia
Mysteries of Lisbon
Poetry
Stephen Holden
A Dangerous Method
The Descendants
Margin Call
The Tree of Life
Young Adult
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“Bag of Bones” reviews hit ahead of Sunday’s airing

By Adam Frazier
Hollywoodnews.com: The A&E Network is getting ready to dig up “Stephen King’s Bag of Bones,” a four-hour epic miniseries based on The New York Times #1 bestselling novel, which features Pierce Brosnan’s return to television. The two-night event premieres on Sunday, December 11 and concludes on Monday, December 12, airing at 9PM ET/PT on both nights. The miniseries is directed by Mick Garris, who has previously adapted King’s work (“The Stand,” “The Shining”) for television.
Brosnan plays bestselling novelist Mike Noonan, who is unable to stop grieving after the tragic death of his wife Jo (Annabeth Gish). Suffering from writer’s block, a dream inspires Noonan to return to the couple’s lakeside retreat where he is plagued by nightmares and mysterious ghostly visitations from Sara Tidwell (Rose), a blues singer whose spirit lingers in the house.
Here are some early reviews of A&E’s miniseries, which describe Mick Garris’ adaptation as terrifying in all the wrong ways.
“The explanations, when they come, are violent, sordid and anticlimactic. Mr. King’s original, ambiguous ending is eliminated so that things can end on a more affirmative note.
The King veteran Mick Garris (‘Sleepwalkers,’ the TV version of ‘The Shining’), directing from a screenplay by Matt Venne, delivers some effective jolts of horror early on but seems to lose his touch as the story makes progressively less sense. The final ghostly appearance, which takes place in a bathtub, is more giggly than scary.” — Mike Hale, New York Times.
“Try as Brosnan does, he cannot overcome the dutifully chock full story (adapted by Mike Venne, directed by King regular Mick Garris), which quickly feels like a Stephen King theme park ride.
The original sin at the heart of ‘Bag of Bones’ is a powerful one, but by the time it is revealed, in a shamefully Scooby-Doo-like way, you’re more than ready to get off the ride.” — Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times.
“Barely intrigued viewers — including anyone who has ever seen half an episode of ‘Ghost Whisperer’ — will make quick work of ‘Bag of Bones’ on the first night. This leaves the question of who will come back for a second night of this drivel, especially given the terrifying number of commercial breaks. Perhaps there’s a King novella to be written about the nightmare of watching ‘Bag of Bones,’ in which a ghost who can’t reach the clicker must watch all those ads for Christmas sales. Her torment is [...]

Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood kick off TimesTalks in L.A. with “J. Edgar” – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Some big names running in this year’s Oscar race (and others hoping to tag into the marathon) are participating in TimesTalks, an event sponsored by The New York Times that will take place at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
The series begins this Friday, Nov. 4, in the facility’s Bing Theater, where “J. Edgar” director Clint Eastwood, screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and cast members Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer and Naomi Watts will participate in a Q-and-A following a screening of the anticipated biopic.
The following day, Viola Davis will participate in a TimesTalks event to discuss her roles in “The Help” and “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” Stephen Daldry’s adaptation of the best-selling novel. Davis’ conversation will be followed up by what’s sure to be a rousing talk with John C. Reilly and Christoph Waltz about their roles in Roman Polanski’s “Carnage.” Reilly’s also expected to elaborate on his role in Lynne Ramsay’s fantastic “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
The TimesTalks series will run through 2012, with additional events being announced in the coming months. For tickets, $25, visit http://lacma.org or contact the box office at 323-857-6010/ boxoffice@lacma.org.
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“The Rosie Show” gets a kind review from NY Times

HollywoodNews.com: The New York Times review of The Rosie Show describes Rosie O’Donnell’s new television effort as “colorful and spontaneous: the funny cousin who shows up for a family ceremony late and lets suitcases of clothes, shoes and presents spill out all across the living room floor.”
The review also states: It’s not perfect television, it’s amusing television, and a reminder of why so many other OWN programs, beautifully shot and expertly produced, seem so dull.
Among the “dull” shows is the show that follows Rosie’s each weeknight, Oprah’s Life Class which is hosted by OWN owner Oprah Winfrey!
First week moments cited in the article are celebrity interviews that are relaxed and often quite intimate. such as when Rosie and guest Wanda Sykes [pictured with Gloria Estefan] discovered that as little girls, they both fantasized about having children, not with a husband, but as single mothers. “I guess that’s what little lesbians tell themselves,” Rosie said.
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“Arrested Development” to return with ten episodes and a movie

By Kim Palacios
hollywoodnews.com: The critically acclaimed “Arrested Development” will return to television, its creators have finally announced. Ten episodes will be produced as precursors to a series-ending film. Rumors of the show’s return have swirled for upwards of a year, with the actors and other sources close to the production offering vague, skittish clues in recent months. Though few concrete details are known, a flood of confirmations from insiders over the weekend verifies that the project is underway.
Tweeted star Jason Bateman today, “It’s true. We will do 10 episodes and the movie. Probably shoot them all together next summer for a release in early ’13. VERY excited!”
So, what will we see in the new episodes, and how much time has passed since the third season? Creator Mitch Hurwitz told the New York Times: “I have been working on the screenplay for a long time and found that as time went by, there was so much more to the story. In fact, where everyone’s been for five years became a big part of the story. So in working on the screenplay, I found even if I just gave five minutes per character to that back story, we were halfway through the movie before the characters got together.”
The series was cancelled in 2006, in its third season.
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Beyonce will perform at New York’s Roseland Ballroom

HollywoodNews.com: Beyonce will take the stage at New York’s famed Roseland Ballroom for four nights of special performances this month. The set on each night will be the entire collection of her critically acclaimed album, “4.”
For four special nights, August 14, 16, 18 and 19, the world-class entertainer will perform her new songs to a standing room only audience.
Described by music critics as her most accomplished work yet, genre busting, bold and vibrant, “4″ is a platform for the star to stretch her musical tastes and showcase her pitch-perfect voice. “What matters to Beyonce is actually the music,” states NPR. And The New York Times calls her “relentlessly perfect.”
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