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Maureen OHara, Richard Dreyfuss, Mel Brooks and Margaret O’Brien Join Lineup for 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has added an exciting roster of screen legends and beloved titles to the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival, including appearances by Maureen O’Hara, Mel Brooks and Margaret O’Brien, plus a two-film tribute to Academy Award®-winner Richard Dreyfuss.
Marking its fifth year, the TCM Classic Film Festival will take place April 10-13, 2014, in Hollywood. The gathering will coincide with TCM’s 20th anniversary as a leading authority in classic film.
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has added an exciting roster of screen legends and beloved titles to the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival, including appearances by Maureen O’Hara, Mel Brooks and Margaret O’Brien, plus a two-film tribute to Academy Award®-winner Richard Dreyfuss. Marking its fifth year, the TCM Classic Film Festival will take place April 10-13, 2014, in Hollywood. The gathering will coincide with TCM’s 20th anniversary as a leading authority in classic film.
O’Hara will present the world premiere restoration of John Ford’s Oscar®-winning Best Picture How Green Was My Valley (1941), while Brooks will appear at a screening of his western comedy Blazing Saddles (1974).O’Brien will be on-hand for Vincente Minnelli’s perennial musical favorite Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), starring Judy Garland. The tribute to Dreyfuss will consist of a double feature of two of his most popular roles: his Oscar®-winning performance in Neil Simon’s romantic comedy The Goodbye Girl (1977) and his Academy Award-nominated role in the music-themed drama Mr. Holland’s Opus (1995).
In addition, the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival will feature a 50th anniversary presentation of Walt Disney’s classic Mary Poppins (1964), plus world premiere restorations of The Beatles’ hit A Hard Day’s Night (1964), the Frank Capra comedy-drama Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), with Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur; the classic musical Stormy Weather (1943), starring Lena Horne and Godzilla: The Japanese Original (1954). The festival will also host recent restorations of Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights (1931) and Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lodger (1927), which will feature the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra performing their original score for the film.
Among the many previously announced events slated for the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival, TCM will honor legendary actor, filmmaker and humanitarian Jerry Lewis with a multi-tiered celebration of his remarkable career. Lewis will have his hand and footprints enshrined in concrete in front of the world-famous TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX. In addition, Lewis will be on-hand for a screening of one of his most memorable [...]

“Justice League” Just Focus on Heros

So here’s the $250 million question… Even if Warner Bros. eventually gets its proverbial act together and finds a decent script and a willing director how exactly do they make Justice League more than just ‘the one that came second’?
Warner Bros. is now in the unenviable position of trying to follow up what is basically the superhero team-up film that everyone always wanted to see. Oh sure, you can argue that Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman are bigger and more iconic characters than Thor or Iron Man, but Marvel did the work and kudos to them for herding the necessary cats in order to make it happen.
The irony is of course that Warner Bros. and DC Comics already have the ingredients to make Justice League matter in a movie world that has already seen The Avengers. They have the ingredients, and the manner in which they mix them will potentially allow Justice League to be different enough and unique enough to stand on its own. They just have to be willing to do what Marvel has so far been unwilling to do, which is to focus on heroes that aren’t quite the ones you’d expect to take center stage.
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Delaying the inevitable – “Jack the Giant Slayer”

As most of you know, Warner Bros. intended to release Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Killer in June of 2012 before pulling it from release, ordering reshoots and the like, and calling it a more kid-friendly Jack the Giant Slayer.
I don’t know what the film’s budget was prior to the date change and related reshoots, but it was probably a lot less than the $195 million that they ended up with. And for what? The film opened this weekend to $28 million.
If patterns hold for this kind of release, it’ll likely top out at $70 million domestic at best and around $250 million worldwide as a best case scenario. But point being, how much better of an opening could Warner Bros. expecting for a half kid-friendly/half dark-and-violent retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk starring absolutely no one of any box office worth? How much worse of an opening would Warner Bros. be looking at had it just gone ahead and opened it in June of 2012 as they intended?
Is it really worth the extra tens-of-millions of dollars that they ended up spending on the picture? Delaying the inevitable oftentimes merely gets you the same result at a greater cost.
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TNT renews Screen Actors Guild Awards

Last night’s live simulcast of the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® on TNT and TBS drew a total of 5.2 million viewers, including more than 2.1 million adults 18-49, a +5% boost in that key demographic compared to last year. The show’s strong performance comes as TNT and TBS announce a new three-year deal with SAG-AFTRA for the SAG Awards®.
“The SAG Awards are a perfect fit for TBS and TNT, giving us the opportunity each year to target comedy and drama fans with a star-studded night celebrating the best in television and movie acting,” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “We are thrilled that TNT and TBS will continue to be home of one of the awards season’s premier events.”
SAG-AFTRA National Executive Director David White agreed that the partnership has been positive and has delivered significant benefits. “We are pleased to once again partner with TNT and TBS on the simulcast of the Screen Actors Guild Awards®. Their support over the last 16 years has contributed to the tremendous popularity of our celebration of acting excellence,” White said. “TNT and TBS’ recognition of the SAG Awards’ unique place in the industry and its wide appeal to the global home audience has helped make it one of the most important events of the awards season.”
TNT drew a total of 2,952,000 viewers and 1,109,000 adults 18-49 for its part of the SAG Awards simulcast, while TBS garnered 2,295,000 viewers and 999,000 adults 18-49. In addition to the simulcast’s growth among adults 18-49, total viewership was up 2% compared to last year. The networks also scored growth in their respective target demos, with TNT’s delivery of adults 25-54 up 11% (1,242,000) and TBS’s delivery of adults 18-34 up 12% (537,000).
The SAG Awards was a big winner in social media, as well. On Twitter, #SAGAwards ranked as the top trending topic throughout the live simulcast, as well as during TNT’s 10 p.m. (ET) encore. The SAG Awards continued to be among the Top 10 topics on Twitter well into the day on Monday and experienced significant growth in its Facebook, Google+ and Instagram followers in the weeks leading up to the ceremony.
About the Screen Actors Guild Awards®
Of the top industry honors presented to performers, only the SAG Awards are conferred solely by actors’ peers in the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Recording [...]

SAG voting ballots to be sent out Monday, December 31, 2012

In keeping with the SAG Awards commitment to green practices, ballot information will be sent via postcard to all SAG-AFTRA members residing in the United States who paid their November 2012 dues by Friday, Nov. 30. Online voting is encouraged. Paper ballots may be obtained by request before 5 p.m. (PT) on Monday, Jan.14, 2013. A list of this year’s Actor® nominees maybe found at sagawards.org.
All votes, whether cast online or via paper ballot, must be received by noon (PT) on Friday, Jan. 25, at Integrity Voting Systems, the SAG Awards®’ official teller. The results will be tallied and sealed until the envelopes are opened onstage at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® on Sunday, Jan. 27. The awards ceremony will be telecast live from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center by TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. (ET)/5 p.m. (PT). An encore presentation will follow immediately on TNT at 10 p.m. (ET)/7 p.m. (PT).
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Katy Perry becomes new Popchips spokesperson

HollywoodNews.com: Katy Perry is certainly busy these days, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have time to take on one more project.
Perry has reportedly just been named the new spokesperson and brand ambassador for Popchips, states CNN. Along with all that, Perry is allegedly also an investor in the product.
And it seems she is more than happy to promote the product: “I was hooked after my first bite!”
Do you think she’s a good choice?
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Ben Affleck new film trailer – ARGO

HollywoodNews.com: I haven’t read the true story that this film is based on (if you want to, here’s the WIRED story). But the general idea seems like just the sort of great story that lends itself to a fun movie. And the film is filled to the gills with terrific character actors (John Goodman, Bryan Cranston, Victor Garber, Kyle Chandler, Tate Donovan, Phillip, Adrienne Barbeau, and my personal favorite, Zeljko Ivanek, etc).

And while I’m among those who didn’t care for The Town, I’m a big fan of Affleck’s Gone Baby Gone so he’s still batting a solid 0.500 so far. My only carp is with the trailer itself. It’s a 150-second spot that clearly divided into three acts. The first 45-seconds or so explains the time, setting, and political crisis that kicks the story into gear, while the middle 45-seconds goes into the actual scheme that made this story worth telling. Instead of ending at the 90-second mark, with the story fully explained and the stakes completely established, Warner Bros. felt the need to tack on an additional 45-seconds of montage footage, set to ‘Dream On’ that serves no purpose other than to reestablish the seriousness of the situation and spoil various bits of character and plot that likely goes down in the second or third acts.
The film looks fine, and kudos to Warner Bros for letting this clearly adult-skewing drama go out with an R-rating. But the trailer is 2/3 terrific and 1/3 pure needless spoilers. If you feel like watching purely out of curiosity, I suggest you stop right at the 90-second mark. Okay, your turn to share.
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Meryl Streep, “Weekend,” “Modern Family” win big at Gay and Lesbian awards

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association today announced their top choices for the best in film and television of 2011.
The group’s Dorian Award winners this time include two big victories for the bold gay romance “Weekend” (for Film of the Year as well as LGBT Film of the Year).
Meryl Streep earned Film Performance of the Year for her uncanny turn as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the biopic “The Iron Lady,” while Michael Fassbender nabbed the We’re Wilde About You Rising Star of the Year honor for his daring performance as a sex addict in “Shame.”
In the more unusual film categories, the comic drama “50/50,” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a young man diagnosed with cancer, was named Unsung Film of the Year, and “The Muppets” took Campy (Intentional or Not) Film of the Year.
On the TV side, the FX network’s wild ghosts tale “American Horror Story” was deemed TV Drama of the Year. The chiller’s star, Jessica Lange, won TV Performance of the Year for her portrayal as a faded actress with a link to the Other Side.
The ABC sitcom “Modern Family” won for both TV Comedy of the Year and LGBT-themed TV Show of the Year, while Fox’s still-popular “Glee” and the HBO concert special “Lady Gaga Presents the Monster Ball Tour” tied for TV Musical Program of the Year. Campy TV Show of the Year honors went to ABC’s buzz-blessed primetime soap “Revenge,” and the Unsung TV Show title was given to the network’s scrappy family comedy “Suburgatory.”
The complete list of Dorian Award winners is below. A celebratory toast will be held Sunday, Feb. 19 in Los Angeles.
2012 DORIAN AWARD WINNERS (IN BOLD)
FILM OF THE YEAR
Midnight in Paris / Sony Pictures Classics
The Artist / The Weinstein Company
The Descendants / Fox Searchlight
The Skin I Live In / Sony Pictures Classics
The Tree of Life / Fox Searchlight
Weekend / IFC Films
FILM PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Christopher Plummer / Beginners (Focus Features)
Leonardo DiCaprio / J Edgar (Warner Bros.)
Janet McTeer / Albert Nobbs (Liddell Entertainment)
Meryl Streep / The Iron Lady (The Weinstein Company)
Michael Fassbender / Shame (Fox Searchlight)
Rooney Mara / The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Sony/Columbia)
DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR (Film, DVD or TV)
Carol Channing: Larger Than Life / Entertainment One
Cave of Forgotten Dreams / Sundance
Page One: Inside the New York Times / Magnolia Pictures
Pina / IFC [...]

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows gets two new character posters

HollywoodNews.com: Collider first posted these, but they are pretty self-explanatory. It will be interesting to see if Warner Bros. releases any more in the coming days, highlight Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris) Mycroft Holmes (Stephen Fry), or Sim (Noomi Rapace).
The cost that comes with casting a character as your prime villain is that you don’t get much mileage out of him/her from a marketing standpoint. Kudos to Guy Ritchie for not just going for the first big star to say yes, but as a result Warner Bros is stuck basically advertising a sequel that offers little in the way of anything different from the first picture. Ironically, this is the same (relative) problem that Paramount had with Iron Man 2, as it too was stuck with a villain that wasn’t quite iconic (Whiplash?) played by that box office-dynamo Mickey Rourke.
Obviously Iron Man 2 opened with $128 million two summers ago compared to the first film’s $100 million 3.5-day opening, so something went right. I’m sure Warner Bros. would be thrilled with a similar 28% jump in opening weekend grosses, which would net Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows $79 million over its first three days. It will be interesting to see if Warner Bros. cuts a second trailer between now and December, and if so if they find a way to sell Moriarty to a mass audience.
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Erin Burnett will take over CNN’s 7pm spot

HollywoodNews.com: Erin Burnett is about to take over CNN’s 7pm spot, and everyone is happy about it. On Tuesday night, the top brass from CNN tossed Erin quite a lovely pre-debut gala at Robert restaurant on Columbus Circle that was so packed with important peeps that it was almost frightening. My favorite moment: talking to Daily News publisher Mort Zuckerman and journalist Judith Miller, when all of a sudden a man arrived bringing Zuckerman a glass of liquid refreshment from the bar. It was none other than JP Morgan chief Jamie Dimon, who’d volunteered to snake through the packed room and return with beverages. How incredibly helpful!
And then Time Magazine’s John Huey and CNN’s Greg D’Alba were chatting, while Anderson Cooper, Erin Moriarty, ABC News’s Bill Blakemore, and Dan Abrams were all milling about. CNN was represented by chiefs Ken Jautz and Mark Whitaker, who greeted veteran White House reporter Bob Jamiesen, Connie Chung and Maury Povich, Gerry Byrne, Jill Brooke, Jami Floyd, Bonnie Fuller, CNN.com’s Susan Grant, Joy Behar and Piers Morgan. There was much talk about how well CNN is doing, beating MSNBC and finally gathering a head of steam under its new regime– a relief after a couple of years of reorganization.
Erin Burnett, by the way, is smart — and fun. Her show may indeed by the lynchpin CNN needed now that their other shows–Cooper’s 360, Piers Morgan etc–have all fallen into place.
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