April 23, 2014

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‘Captain Phillips’ producer Michael De Luca to be Feted at Hollywood Film Awards

Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive producer of the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, announced today that two-time Academy Award®-nominated producer Michael De Luca (who co-produced David Fincher’s The Social Network with Scott Rudin and Dana Brunetti; and co-produced Bennett Miller’s Moneyball with Brad Pitt and Rachael Horovitz) will be honored with this year’s Hollywood Producer Award. Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, and De Luca also produced Paul Greengrass’ upcoming film Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks, which Sony Pictures will release on October 11, 2013, following its world premiere as the Opening Night film at the 2013 New York Film Festival. The award will be bestowed at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony on Monday evening, October 21, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
“Every year, we are very proud to honor excellence in the art of filmmaking in all its disciplines. Academy Award® nominated producer Michael De Luca is an exemplary representative of that excellence,” said de Abreu.

Captain Phillips is director Paul Greengrass’s multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. It is – through Greengrass’ distinctive lens – simultaneously a pulse-pounding thriller and a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization. The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama’s commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (two time Academy Award® winner Tom Hanks), and his Somali counterpart, Muse (Barkhad Abdi). Set on an incontrovertible collision course off the coast of Somalia, both men will find themselves paying the human toll for economic forces outside of their control. The film is directed by Academy Award® nominee Paul Greengrass, from a screenplay by Billy Ray based upon the book, A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty. 
De Luca served as the Head of Production at DreamWorks and spent seven years as the President and COO at New Line Productions. As a studio chief, De Luca helped to launch the highly successful Friday, Blade, Austin Powers and Rush Hour franchises, and championed such groundbreaking sleeper hits as Seven, American History X, Magnolia, Wag the Dog, Old School, Pleasantville, Anchorman, and Boogie Nights. In 2004, De Luca launched his own development and production company, the LA-based Michael De Luca Productions, and signed a long-term development and production deal at Columbia Pictures. Through this deal, De Luca [...]

Bradley Cooper, Viola Davis, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Justin Timberlake and Sigourney Weaver to Present at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

Bradley Cooper, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, and Justin Timberlake will be presenters at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Executive Producer Jeff Margolis announced today.
First-time SAG Awards nominee Bradley Cooper is recognized this year for his lead role in David O. Russell’s ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ and as a cast member in the film. In addition to ‘Playbook,’ Cooper had three other films in release in 2012: ‘The Words,’ ‘Hit and Run,’ and ‘The Place Beyond the Pines.’ In May, he’ll be seen in ‘The Hangover Part III’ and later this year will star opposite his ‘Playbook’ co-star Jennifer Lawrence in the suspense drama ‘Serena.’ He’ll also reunite with Russell to work on the director’s film about the Abscam scandal, also starring Christian Bale.
Viola Davis is a four-time Screen Actors Guild Award® nominee and two-time recipient of the Actor® in 2012 for her lead performance as Aibileen Clark and as a cast member in ‘The Help.’ Davis’ previous nominations were for her supporting and cast performances in ‘Doubt’ opposite Meryl Streep. She was recently seen in ‘Won’t Back Down’ and will next star in the drama ‘Beautiful Creatures’ opposite Emma Thompson.
Anne Hathaway, who just received a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Fantine in ‘Les Miserables,’ earned her first SAG Awards nomination in 2006 as a cast member of Ang Lee’s ‘Brokeback Mountain’ and her first lead female actor nod in 2009 for ‘Rachel Getting Married.’ This year, she?s nominated twice: As supporting female actor in ‘Les Miserables’ and as a member of the film’s cast. In 2012, Hathaway starred opposite Christian Bale in director Christopher Nolan’s third and final installment of his Batman trilogy, ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’ Next year, she will give voice once again to Jewel the macaw in the animated sequel ‘Rio 2.’
Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe winning actor Hugh Jackman is a two-time SAG Awards nominee this year for his portrayal of Jean Valjean in ‘ Les Miserables’ and as a member of the film’s cast. In July, audiences will see him reprise the role of Wolverine in the 6th installment of the ‘X-Men’ franchise, ‘The Wolverine.’ He is currently filming ‘Prisoners’ with Melissa Leo, Jake Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis, directed by Denis Villeneuve.
In 2010, Jennifer Lawrence earned her first SAG Award nomination for her performance in ‘Winter’s Bone.’ The Golden Globe recipient is a double nominee this year, [...]

The Master by Paul Thomas Anderson: The verdict is in “brilliant”

by: Joey Magidson
HollywoodNews.com: Last night, a lucky group of audience members in Santa Monica were treated by none other than Paul Thomas Anderson himself to being the first to see his latest film ‘The Master’.
It came after a screening of ‘The Shining’ and was in 70mm, no less. Sites like The Playlist have collected some of the early words on the flick, and suffice to say that they’re through the roof for pretty much all involved. After the jump you can see some of the first reactions that hit the web, and take not that they’re not from my colleagues in the business but just film lovers who were in the right place at the right time. That makes this very interesting in my eyes.
Here’s some of the responses from Twitter:
“Possibly the best film watching experience I’ve ever had. #THEMASTER70MM”
“Just saw ‘The Master’. A movie has never made me feel quite like this one did. I can’t describe it or even rate it. I am speechless.”
“The Social Network” producer Dana Brunetti’s assistant) “The Master was amazing. Oscars all over this one.”
“Hoffman is one of the finest actors alive. The Master is (more) proof. #themaster”
“Saw The Master in 70mm at the Aero Santa Monica. Surprise screening after The Shining. Its like nothing yvever seen before.”

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Rooney Mara in “Tanner Hall” trailer, images

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Anchor Bay sent us assets for its upcoming teen drama “Tanner Hall,” a film that stars Rooney Mara (“The Social Network”) Brie Larson and Georgia King as a student in an all-girls boarding school.
The trailer is below:

Directors Francesca Gregorini and Tatiana von Furstenberg appear to have come up with a delicate, difficult coming-of-age story with hints of a darkness laying beneath the surface. The film has been around since 2009, which might explain the presence of Amy Sedaris and Chris Kattan. It had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival that year, but now will be distributed by Anchor Bay on Sept. 9.
We also have a few images from the film, including the poster. What do you think? Will you check it out?

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Justin Timberlake isn’t finished with music yet

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Justin Timberlake has been focusing on the acting side of his career, contributing to David Fincher’s Oscar-winning “The Social Network” and stealing scenes as host of “Saturday Night Live.”
While in L.A. over the weekend to promote his upcoming comedy “Bad Teacher” (with former flame Cameron Diaz), Timberlake talked music, and whether the “Sexy Back” singer-dancer would ever make another record now that his acting career is taking off.
“I have this thing about not putting two things on my plate at the same time,” he said to Access Hollywood. “I never stopped doing music — I just started doing other things that were inspiring to me ever since I was a kid. And to have this opportunity, I’d be silly to pass it up.
“I’m going to go [out] on a limb and say I’m not never going to put music out,” he continued. “But I have to figure out for myself what it’s going to sound like, and what it’s going to feel like, and what it means to me at this point in my life because it really is such a more of a personal exploration for me.”
What do you think? Do you want more Timberlake tunes? Or do you like his acting gigs, and want him to focus on that aspect of his career at this point? Let us know.
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Julia Roberts “Snow White” finds its dwarves

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Another day, another update on a “Snow White” production. At least this one doesn’t have anything to do with a date shift.
As the rival “Snow White” productions continue to jockey for proper release dates, Tarsem Singh’s version of the classic fairy tale continues to round out its cast. Julia Roberts already has been brought on as the evil Queen, while Lily Collins (“The Blind Side”) and Armie Hammer (“The Social Network”) will play Snow White and the prince, respectively.
Today, Relativity Media announced the addition of new “dwarfy” cast members. To the press release!
Relativity Media has closed deals with Mark Povinelli (Water for Elephants), Jordan Prentice (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle), Danny Woodburn (Watchmen), Sebastian Saraceno (Bedtime Stories), Ronald Lee Clark (Epic Movie), Martin Klebba (Hancock) and Joey Gnoffo (Pirates of the Caribbean series) to play the Seven Dwarfs in its upcoming untitled Snow White feature, directed by Tarsem Singh (Immortals, The Cell).
The studio has also cast Mare Winningham (Brothers) as Baker Margaret and Michael Lerner (Elf) as Baron.
Pre-production has begun, and principal photography will start in June. The theatrical release date is set for March 16, 2012.
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Armie Hammer joins Johnny Depp for “Lone Ranger”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: It’s official: Armie Hammer is moving from “The Social Network” to the saddle.
The actor is all set to join Johnny Depp in Gore Verbinski’s upcoming production of “The Lone Ranger.” Hammer will play the title role, while Depp will play Tonto, Variety reports. George Clooney and Ryan Gosling once were circling the role, but Hammer’s now on board and he production can get underway this fall.
It’s latest in a line of projects Hammer has lined up in the post “Social” world. He’s also set to appear in Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar Hoover biopic with Leonardo DiCaprio, and will be seen in Tarsem Singh’s “Snow White” … the version that doesn’t have Krusten Stewart in the lead.
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Leonardo DiCaprio reportedly filmed kissing scene with Armie Hammer

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: I think we’re all really looking forward to seeing Leonardo DiCaprio and Armie Hammer in the Clint Eastwood-directed biopic ‘J. Edgar’ with a script by Dustin Lance Black.
The gifted DiCaprio, who played gay in ‘Total Eclipse’ many years ago, stars in the film as late FBI boss J. Edgar Hoover. Hammer is on Hollywood’s A-list after his breakthrough in ‘The Social Network.’ He plays Hoover’s protégé and rumored lover Clyde Tolson.
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‘J. Edgar’ kissing scenes between Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: E! Online’s Marc Malkin talked to screenwriter Dustin Lance Black on Oscar night about the biopic he wrote, ‘J. Edgar,’ currently filming.
The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover and Armie Hammer of ‘The Social Network’ as his lover.
“Yes, certainly there’s a relationship between these two guys,” said Black. “And it wouldn’t be a Dustin Lance Black script if it didn’t have a little gay kissing in it. So the answer is yes.”
He added, “Those who want to see that will be pleased I think it’s done in a very tender way, surprisingly.”
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Oscars: Guess Which Films are AWOL from Hollywood Parties

By Roger Friedman
hollywoodnews.com Last night– Wednesday–felt like the kick off for “Oscar Week.” But where oh where is the gang from the critically praised box office hit, ”The Social Network’?
They are AWOL while the other Best Picture nominees begin to celebrate their films. ”The Social Network” is not very social, it seems. There’s nothing scheduled for them, and no sign of anyone except the affable Armie Hammer. Producer Scott Rudin missed the Writers Guild Awards on February 5th because of pneumonia, and then kind of disappeared. There is a dinner this week for “True Grit” and the Coen Brothers, but no sign of Rudin, who produced both that film and “The Social Network.” I’m told that the reason for no “Network” event may be traced to internal disagreements between Rudin and Sony, which released that film. It’s odd, because Sony Pictures Classics is having its own annual nominees dinner as usual, this year to celebrate Jacki Weaver.
Rudin, by the way, says I protest too much: he’s in New York starting a movie and has three Broadway shows all opening and previewing. “Sony’s done everything for us,” he insists. So there!
Meanwhile, the other films are mostly all present: Last night, for example, Dior held a swanky dinner for Harvey Weinstein at the Chateau Marmont. Sharon Stone, Ridley Scott, Halle Berry, Olivier Martinez, Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, Adrien Brody, Anne Hathaway, Chelsea Handler (with Chateau owner Andre Balazs), and lots of French people swarmed the Chateau lobby and gardens, all decked out very elegantly. “The King’s Speech” and “Blue Valentine” also get a party on Saturday night.
Over at Cecconi’s, the “Kids Are All Right” producer Celine Rattray and director Lisa Cholodenko entertained their crowd.
And there’s more: for the last few days there have been all kinds of stealth parties and lunches for David O. Russell, director of “The Fighter.” When James Franco arrives, there will be at least two parties connected to “127 Hours,” not to mention two other parties thrown by Fox Searchlight–one tonight, for their anniversary, with no press, and one on Sunday. That will also take care of “Black Swan” and Natalie Portman.
More parties: the “new” Hollywood Reporter is giving the exact same party the “old” Hollywood Reporter gave last year, even though they fired Eric Mika, the former publisher, who invented the idea of using Mayor Villiaragosa’s residence. Nothing will ever [...]

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