April 23, 2014

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“The Hunger Games” stays strong and tops $350m Weekend Box Office

HollywoodNews.com: It was an ‘everybody wins’ weekend at the box office as all three openers outperformed even the most optimistic expectations. The number one film of the weekend was not The Hunger Games but rather Think Like A Man. The all-star romantic comedy based off of Steve Harvey’s best-selling relationship self-help book grossed a somewhat surprising $33 million on just over 2000 screens. The Screen Gems film was notable in that the small studio made a real effort to market the African-American-centric rom-com both to black males and white audiences (Vulture has a detailed article about the marketing campaign). Racial demographics aren’t available yet, but the film played 63% female and 62% over 30. For what it’s worth, it earned an A from Cinemascore, including an A+ from audiences under 25. Even more impressive is that the film achieved a near-3x, including a token increase on Saturday (from $12 million to $13 million). The film has a ton of ‘would probably be a bigger star in a color-blind society’ actors, including Gabrielle Union, Meagan Good, Michael Ealy, Steve Harvey, and Taraji P. Henson. But the secret weapon may have been comedian Kevin Hart, who powered his stand-up concert film, Laugh At My Pain to $7 million last September despite playing on less than 300 screens. Pay no attention to this large opening folks, nothing to see about an under-served audience demographic delivering near-blockbuster numbers on a $13 million budget. Just move along and keep putting Anthony Mackie in fourth-billed supporting roles.
There will be lots of talk comparing this film to the Tyler Perry cannon, but know this: If the estimates hold up, Tim Story’s decidely secular romantic comedy will have opened higher than every Perry feature save the $41 million debut of Madea Goes To Jail. In fact, aside from that Perry release, I can’t think of another African-American comedy or drama that opened as high as this one perhaps ever. How well the film holds up over the long haul is an open question, and arguably *that’s* where the attempt at cross-racial outreach come into play. If Screen Gems can convince white audiences that this isn’t so much a ‘black film’ as much as it’s a Valentine’s Day-type ensemble piece that happens to star actors of color, it may have strong legs as its sampled by general [...]

‘The Hunger Games’ wins box office for 4th week in a row

HollywoodNews.com: ‘The Hunger Games’ has been more than a little popular as the film has taken the #1 spot for box office earnings for the 4th week in a row.
The film reportedly brought in another $21.7 million this weekend while ‘The Three Stooges’ premiered and only brought in $17.1 million, states RadarOnline.com. With a fourth week as #1, ‘Hunger Games’ was able to do what no other film has done since ‘Avatar.’
The film has brought in about $337 million so far while it was only made for about $78 million.
What do you think about its success?
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Sofia Vergara PHOTOS: Hollywood Hot Female TV Star of the Year

HollywoodNews.com: We all spent a lot of time with our modern family members over the holidays. Chances are, very few of them looked like Sofia Vergara. The stunning “Modern Family” co-star has a very good year in 2011.

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Her extremely popular sitcom earned multiple Emmy wins (and Vergara scored an Emmy nomination for her work). She also graduated to a steadier stream of feature film work, appearing in the family comedy “The Smurfs” and playing a chef in Gary Marshall’s holiday hit, “New Year’s Eve.”
The sky is the limit for Vergara, who’ll continue working on the latest season of “Modern Family: while also playing a part in Peter and Bobby Farrelly’s “The Three Stooges.” Could 2012 be even bigger for this beauty than 2011? We can’t wait to find out.

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“The Three Stooges” in first-look photo

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Peter and Bobby Farrelly have been in the headlines this week for two projects we’re eagerly anticipating.
First, there was news that the brothers would like to shoot a “Dumb and Dumber” sequel – the less said about the “Dumb and Dumberer” prequel, the better – and might even get Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels to reprise their roles.
And now we’re getting our first official look at the actors chosen to play “The Three Stooges” in the Farrelly’s long-in-development comedy (above). Sean Hayes (Larry), Will Sasso (Curly) and Chris Diamantopoulos (Moe) co-star as the Stoogie leads, which reaches theaters on April 4. But it won’t be a traiditional biopic, like many believed. Instead, the Farrellys will tell three half-hour episodes, which makes more sense.
The photo above comes courtesy of USA Today. The Farrelly film co-stars Larry David, Sofia Vergara, Jennifer Hudson and Jane Lynch, to name just a few.
What do you think? Do they look enough like the original Stooges? Are you looking forward to “The Three Stooges,” or does a “Dumber” sequel sound better? Let us know.
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‘Jersey Shore’ cast headed to ‘Three Stooges’ movie

HollywoodNews.com: It seems that the ‘Jersey Shore’ cast is about to break onto the movie scene with a bit in the new ‘Three Stooges’ reboot.
Sammi “Sweatheart” Giancola, Jenni “JWoww” Farley, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi have reportedly filmed cameos for the movie, states Movieline. The group was excited after the moment when the directors, Peter and Bobby Farrelly, told them they did well.
But now, it seems the stint has some of them seeing this as a possible career move: “We’re not scared to be stupid or make fun of ourselves. I think we could be good in acting. I would love to do comedy,” Snooki commented.
Do you want to see any of them act?
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Sean Hayes one of Farrelly’s “Three Stooges”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The Three Stooges were larger-than-life comedians. So far, the Farrelly Brothers are relying on small-screen actors to portray them.
After hiring “MADtv” standout Will Sasso to play Curly in a planned “Stooges” movie that has toiled through developmental hell, THR reports that “Will & Grace” sidekick Sean Hayes has landed the Larry role.
As the trade notes, Hayes hasn’t been seen on screen since 2007’s “The Bucket List,” where he had a minor role alongside Jack Nicholson.
That means Peter and Bobby Farrelly, fresh off “Hall Pass,” now need to find their Moe. The “Stooges” movie, according to THR, will “not [be] a biopic but will be divided into roughly half-hour vignettes.”
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Will Sasso cast as Curly in Three Stooges film

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Jim Carrey came close. Several other names were in the mix. But it’s “MADtv” stand out Will Sasso who finally has been cast as Curly in the Farrelly brothers’ upcoming Three Stooges film for 20th Century Fox.
The casting has been confirmed by THR, which said that the movie, which is not a biopic of the three physical comedians, “is being divided into three vignettes telling an overall story.”
So now that the Farrellys have their Curly, they need to cast their Larry and Moe.
Speculation over at Deadline has Hank Azaria and James Marsden as the frontrunners. That seems like a big step back from Sean Penn and Benicio Del Toro, who were initially in play for the roles. But no offers have been made.
Part of me is excited that the project is moving forward. The Farrellys have been passionate about making a Stooges film for years, and I actually think it might be better to go with a lesser-known name like Sasso over Carrey, who would bring his own identity (and baggage) to the role.
More on The Three Stooges as it develops.
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Jim Carrey says Three Stooges movie is “dead”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Projects die and are resurrected on a daily basis in Hollywood. A planned Three Stooges movie, for example, has had as many lives as a Persian cat. Though the Farrelly Brothers have been batting the idea around for four years now, and even pieced together a dream cast, one of those actors seems to think the Stooges movie is dead. For now, at least.
“I think it’s dead. It’s dead at least with me,” Jim Carrey told MTV while he was out promoting his latest picture, “I Love You Phillip Morris.”
Carrey, if you recall, was set to play Curly alongside Sean Penn (Larry) and Benicio Del Toro (Moe). And if, for some reason, you didn’t want to see that version of the Stooges, then you have no business reading this site. Leave now.
Carrey would have been a brilliant Curly. Yet even he admitted that the difference in weight (Curly was a rotund comedian) would have been an insurmountable obstacle.
“For me, I don’t really want to do anything halfway, and I don’t feel like a fat suit does it,” Carrey told MTV. “I started experimenting with it a little bit, and I gained 35, 40 pounds. I wanted to gain another 30, 40. When you’re [Robert] De Niro in your 20s or early 30s, you can kind of come back from that. It’s a tough thing to come back from when you’re upwards of 30. Your body can’t carry it or you can have a cardiac arrest.”
So instead of Carrey dying for his art, the Stooges movie appears to be dead. Until it’s resurrected in another form a few years down the road. It’s possible. But there’s no way any future iteration of a Three Stooges movie can score a better threesome than Carrey, Penn and Del Toro.
Right?
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