April 24, 2014

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Jennifer Lopez allegedly has no control over twins during tour

HollywoodNews.com: Jennifer Lopez has been bringing her twins on tour with her, but it seems that it may not have been the best idea.
It is being rumored that her children are running a little wild while she is busy rehearsing for shows, states RadarOnline. While Lopez and her beau, Casper Smart, are rehearsing, the twins are allegedly left pretty much on their own.
The twins reportedly get into a bit of trouble as they are in a destructive stage and do damage to whatever is close by.
And with that, Lopez allegedly just explains it by saying that is how four-year-olds are and doesn’t take responsibility.
Do you think she needs better control over her kids?
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Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol sizzles in IMAX debut – Sherlock Homes: A Game of Shadows Box Office

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: This was a weekend where two films gave the strongest evidence yet that there may be some kind of ‘slump’ in domestic box office while a third stood as a firm ‘It’s the movie, stupid!’ rebuttal. The two main wide releases, heavily marketed sequels to exceptionally popular originals, opened at levels far below their predecessors. The top film of the weekend was Sherlock Homes: A Game of Shadows (review), which debuted with a seemingly solid $40 million. But the sequel opened 36% lower than the first Sherlock Holmes opened with over Christmas weekend two years ago ($62 million). That’s a pretty big drop, especially when it wasn’t exactly contending with the $75 million-grossing second weekend of Avatar this time around. I’ve long been of the opinion that the pre-Christmas weekend is among the strongest to open a film, as you can parlay your opening weekend into two full weeks of ‘school vacation’ time and get some occasionally incredible legs (essay). The film cost $125 million, which is a touch more than the $90 million original, but still not a case of overspending on a sequel. It remains to see whether this frankly shockingly depressed opening is a case of moviegoers not having an interest in the continuing adventures of this variation on Sherlock Holmes or whether it’s merely a case of it not being appointment viewing. Also not helping matters was the blogosphere obsessing about a seven-minute Dark Knight Rises prologue (which actually kinda stunk) that was playing in 40 IMAX theaters showing Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol while ignoring the actual Dark Knight Rises trailer (which is officially offline until I presume Monday morning) that was attached to all prints of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

The marketing certainly did not help make this one ‘appointment viewing’, as it basically promised more of the same, but with lots of gunfire this time (teaser and trailer)! Casting a character actor (Jared Harris) as arch-villain Professor Moriarty may have been the right artistic choice, but it was possibly fatal to the PR campaign, as it left the film without a new hook to sell the sequel (imagine a wholly different marketing strategy based around Brat Pitt or Daniel Day Lewis as Moriarty ala Health Ledger as The Joker in The Dark Knight). Best case scenario, Guy Ritchie’s period action-adventure [...]

“Transformers” sequel coming together, Hasbro hints

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: While promoting the latest “Transformers” movie, “Dark of the Moon,” franchise star Shia LaBeouf and director Michael Bay hinted that they were finished with the series after three, believing that they were exiting on a high note. Yet once the sequel surpassed $1 billion at the international box office, you had to know that more “Transformers” films would be inching their way into the Hollywood pipeline.
While speaking on a Monday morning conference call, Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner said that the toy company is “in active discussions” with “Transformers” studio Paramount, Bay and producer Steven Spielberg about reuniting for a fourth movie, and added that he’d love to be able to share news in the next quarter, THR reports.
That’s inevitable. The surprise is Bay, who has made back-to-back “Transformers” movies since 2007 and has expressed a desire to do something smaller and totally different. But for the right price, could Bay be brought back into the fold? And would that be a good idea? After the full-throttle devastation in Chicago, does Bay have anything else to bring to the “Transformers” table, or would a fresh voice actually benefit the series?
I think it’s safe to say that LaBeouf is finished. And the series certainly can survive with new human counterparts, so long as Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and the rest of the beloved Autobots are on screen.
If a “Transformers” sequel gets a greenlight, don’t expect to see it in theaters until at least Summer 2013. Oddly enough, Paramount doesn’t have a tentpole on the calendar for that season. Could Bay be heading into pre-production on “Transformers 4” in order to fill that void?
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3-Movie Transformers: Dark Moon Launches Back Into Imax Theaters

HollywoodNews.com: IMAX and Paramount Pictures announced today that Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the third film in the blockbuster Transformers franchise, is returning to 246 IMAX® domestic locations for an extended two-week run from Friday, Aug. 26 through Thursday, Sept. 8. During those two weeks, the 3-D film will play simultaneously with other films in the IMAX network.
Since its launch on June 29, Transformers: Dark of the Moon has grossed $1,095 billion globally, with $59.6 million generated from IMAX theatres globally.
“The fans have spoken and we are excited to bring Transformers: Dark of the Moon back to IMAX theatres,” said Greg Foster, IMAX Chairman and President of Filmed Entertainment. “The film has been a remarkable success and we are thrilled to offer fans in North America another chance to experience the latest chapter in this history making franchise.”
Transformers: Dark of the Moon: An IMAX 3D Experience has been digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology for presentation in IMAX 3D. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique immersive environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.
About Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Shia LaBeouf returns as Sam Witwicky in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. When a mysterious event from Earth’s past erupts into the present day it threatens to bring a war to Earth so big that the Transformers alone will not be able to save us.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon is the third film in the Transformers franchise and the first shot in 3D. It is directed by Michael Bay, written by Ehren Kruger and produced by Don Murphy & Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce. The executive producers are Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian. The film has been rated PG-13.
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“Transformers: Dark of the Moon” soars past $1 billion mark

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Michael Bay’s third Transformers film, “Dark of the Moon,” has crossed the $1 billion mark at the international box office, making it the highest-grossing film in Paramount history.
“We are grateful for the extraordinary work of Michael Bay and his film-making team, executive producer Steven Spielberg, and everyone at Paramount around the globe who played a part in helping make this latest Transformers one of the 10 highest grossing films worldwide of all time,” Paramount chairman-CEO Brad Gray said.
Oddly enough, “Transformers” becomes the third film this summer to reach the billion-dollar mark after “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” and the final “Harry Potter” film. That’s why sequel talk already has swirled around Disney’s “Pirates” franchise, with Johnny Depp contemplating another go-round in Capt. Jack Sparrow’s boots. (“Potter,” of course, is finished, so Warner has to put that cash cow out to pasture.)
“Transformers,” on the other hand, has not had much sequel talk just yet … quite the opposite. While promoting “Dark of the Moon,” Shia LaBeouf told anyone who would listen that he was finished with the franchise, while Bay has stayed mum.
Could these numbers help Paramount to convince Bay to return? Producer Don Murphy has gone on record saying another “Transformers” trilogy is possible (even likely). Will another director be at the helm, a la James Cameron walking away from the “Terminator” franchise? Or could Bay hop back in the saddle with new actors in his leads? So long as there’s giant robots, audiences will turn out. Right?
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Weekend Box Office

HollywoodNews.com: The Autobots and Decepticons ruled the box office yet again, as the Middle East-occupation parable grossed another $47 million over the weekend. That was a drop of 54%, which was smaller than the 61% drop for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen which had the Fourth of July holiday weekend to theoretically bump it up.
It was a larger drop than the 47% second-weekend drop for the original Transformers on this same weekend back in 2007. In terms of actual dollars, Transformers: Dark of the Moon (review) had a larger second weekend than both prior Transformers pictures, despite opening slightly less than the second film ($180 million in six days versus $200 million in five days last time). It now has $261 million in the domestic till, with an international total that should be around or at $600 million today (which would be a record twelve days). It broke $500 million on Thursday, becoming the fastest film to do so in history (nine days).
While it opened smaller than the last picture, it relative quality (it is a more audience pleasing spectacle than the last) is allowing it to slowly catch up (Transformers 2 had $293 million at this point in its run). So far, it most resembles the 2004 July 4th contender, Spider-Man 2, which also had a $180 million six-day start and ended weekend two with $256 million (it ended up with $373 million). Barring a complete collapse or faster screen loss due to a crowded marketplace, the picture seems destined to pull about $390 million domestic while becoming the second film this year (after Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) to cross $1 billion worldwide. The big question is how it handles Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part II, which opens next weekend and could theoretically also join the $1 billion club this year.
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This Week in Movies By Pete Hammond

HollywoodNews.com: Two debuting comedies on different ends of the audience spectrum were upstaged by autobots and decepticons as the second week of Transformers: Dark Of The Moon held on to the number one slot at the boxoffice with a drop of only 52% for $47 million. That’s impressive because an opening of the size this third edition of the Transformers franchise had would be expected to take a bigger tumble in its second weekend.
In fact the 2nd film in the series, Revenge of the Fallen did just that with a 61% dive. So good reviews, good word of mouth and of course those higher 3D ticket prices are keeping this one at Bay, so to speak. Say what you will about director Michael Bay. He knows how to deliver a blockbuster. This film should easily top the first two and ultimately be the number one grossing movie of 2011. It’s already tallied $261 million domestically and is well on its way to over a billion worldwide. With next week’s 3D juggernaut, the Harry Potter finale, in the wings expect a much bigger drop but Transformers has already proved its might.
Comedy, despite what an L.A. Times article said earlier in the week, is also still king at the box office and not an endangered species, particularly the raunchy kind exhibited by Judd Apatow’s biggest grosser ever, Bridesmaids , The Hangover Part II and now this week by the very funny, extremely crude and deliciously wicked Horrible Bosses. This perfectly cast employee revenge flick makes the most of a terrific premise and took in an estimated $28 million to place second .
The very R-rated movie also scored a nice B+ Cinemascore rating and top reviews with a 75% fresh ranking at Rotten Tomatoes. And for a change it gives co-star Jennifer Aniston a chance to do something different as she plays (to the hilt) a sexually harassing dentist who wears revealing dental smocks which trying to seduce her assistant , hilariously played by Charlie Day. The entire cast which includes a seething Kevin Spacey and an almost non-recognizable Colin Farrell as well as Jasons, Bateman and Sudeikis really shine here. Perhaps it is a bit surprising that top critics have fallen for it the way they have but funny is FUNNY and Horrible Bosses delivers. [...]

Transformers: Dark of the Moon dominated weekend

HollywoodNews.com: As expected, Transformers: Dark of the Moon (review) dominated the long Fourth-of-July holiday frame this weekend. The film had a Fri-Sun debut of $97 million and thus far sits with $161 million since opening late Tuesday night. It’s expected to end its 6.25-day opening with around $180 million, with a worldwide six-day opening weekend well over $400 million. There are those who will scream “DISAPPOINTMENT!” because Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen opened with $200 million in its first five days two years ago. If $180 million in six days is disappointment, sign me up for failure anytime. The film played 62% male and 55% under-25. Oddly enough, the picture scored an A- from males and an A from females in Cinemascore polling. I’m sure pundits will find sexist explanations for that finding (“Oh, the girls just LOVED that LeBeouf goes into a war-torn Chicago to save his girlfriend.”), but I’ll just chalk it up to the fact that any woman who walks into a Transformers movie likes robot-smashing and explosions as much as the stereotypical guy. The picture sold 60% of its tickets in 3D, which is an uptick from the usual 45/55 2D advantage over the last few months. Point being, if you give teens and older audiences something worth seeing in 3D (as opposed to families with really young kids), they will make the choice to plunk down the extra $3.
Anyway, the film had a slightly slower start than Revenge of the Fallen ($42 million opening day versus $62 million opening day), but managed to catch up to the derided sequel as the weekend wore on (part 3′s Friday was just $3 million behind part 2′s Friday). The $97 million Fri-Sun opening was the biggest opening weekend of the year, and the nineteenth-biggest opening weekend ever. It’s $162 million five-day total is the seventh-biggest on record and unseats Spider-Man 2 ($152 million) as the biggest Wed-Sun haul in July 4th history. If Transformers 3 can make it to $183.6 million by tomorrow, it will have the second-biggest six-day total ever. As it is, it’s all but guaranteed a spot in the top-five. Where it goes from here is an open question as always. The 3D screens will be an endangered species as early as July 22nd, when Captain America opens in [...]

Shia LaBeouf Photos: Hot Hollywood Male Celebrity Photo Gallery of the Day

HollywoodNews.com: Our selected celebrity to be included in our “Hot Hollywood Male Celebrity Photo Gallery of the Day” is Shia LaBeouf.

Shia LaBeouf is more popular than ever. Transformers: Dark of the Moon is out in theaters, and LaBeouf remains the lead role in the newest movie of the Transformers saga.
Shia Saide LaBeouf[1] (pronounced /ˈʃaɪ.ə ləˈbʌf/ shy-ə lə-buff; born June 11, 1986) is an American actor who became known among younger audiences for his part in the Disney Channel series Even Stevens and made his film debut in Holes (2003). In 2007, he starred as the leads in Disturbia and Transformers. His other films include Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010), and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011). In 2004, he made his directorial debut with “Lets Love Hate” and later shot a music video for “I Never Knew You” by rapper Cage.
Early life
LaBeouf was born in Los Angeles, California, the only child of Shayna (née Saide) and Jeffrey Craig LaBeouf. His mother is a dancer and ballerina turned visual artist and clothing jewelry designer. His father is a Vietnam War veteran who had numerous jobs. LaBeouf’s mother is Jewish and his father is a Cajun. LaBeouf was raised in his mother’s Jewish religion and had a Bar Mitzvah, though he was also baptized.
LaBeouf has described his parents as “hippies”, his father as “tough as nails and a different breed of man”, and his upbringing as similar to a “hippy lifestyle”, stating that his parents were “pretty weird people, but they loved me and I loved them.” The actor also accompanied his father to meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous . LaBeouf has also said he was subjected to verbal and mental abuse by his father, who once pointed a gun at his son during a Vietnam War flashback.
LaBeouf says his father was “on drugs” during his childhood and was placed in drug rehabilitation for heroin addiction while LaBeouf’s mother was “trying to hold down the fort.” His parents eventually divorced, mainly due to financial problems, and LaBeouf had what he has described as a “good childhood”, growing up poor in Echo Park with his mother, who worked selling fabrics and brooches. LaBeouf’s uncle was going to adopt him at one stage because his parents could not afford to have him anymore and “they had [...]

Shia LaBeouf is the “Hollywood Movie Star of the Week”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: His films average $114 million in domestic grosses. Four of his last five films cracked the $100M mark at the box office, while three of those four actually surpassed the $300M mark. His latest appears ready to join those lucrative ranks.
There’s no denying it. Shia LaBeouf is a major movie star.
Granted, LaBeouf has been savvy enough to attach himself to some big-name franchises, from the “Indiana Jones” series to Michael Bay’s “Transformers.” But he has carried films like “Eagle Eye,” and held his own alongside Carey Mulligan and Michael Douglas in Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street” sequel.

He’s putting the finishing touches on his “Transformers” trilogy with Bay this weekend, and audiences are flocking. We, truthfully, can’t wait to see his next picture, a Depression-era crime story called “The Wettest County in the World.”
Until then, we’ll let Shia have his blockbuster moment – again – as “Transformers” pulls in audience members and box office bucks. With the summer movie season in full swing, we are very pleased to announce that Shia LaBeouf has been named our “Hollywood Movie Star of the Week.”

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