January 01, 2015

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Josh Duhamel voicing pirate on Disney’s animated “Jake”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The Disney Channel’s animated series “Jake and the Never Land Pirates,” which runs daily on Disney Junior, is a clever way to extend the studio’s “Peter Pan” brand.
It features three young pirate adventurers – Jake, Izzy and Cubby – as they seek out treasure and take on Pan’s rivals, Capt. Hook and Mr. Smee. My three-year-old adores it, and he hadn’t yet seen “Pan,” so this was a great way to introduce him to the world of Peter and his lost boys.
And now it sounds like the show’s getting a new, recurring character voiced by … Josh Duhamel?
The “Transformers” star is lending his voice to the character of Capt. Flynn, who Deadline describes as “a dashing young pirate who is well-known for his legendary adventures on the Never Sea.”
“Flynn and his boat, The Barracuda, are plucked from the sea in a giant windstorm and shipwrecked in the Never Land Desert, where Jake and his crew find him,” the site reports.
Duhamel has “Transformers” money, so a spot on a Disney cartoon doesn’t seem necessary. He is married to Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie, though the couple doesn’t have kids yet. Maybe he’s planning for a not-too-distant future?
In the meantime, the animated series will be back in business for its second season early next year.
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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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Paramount first studio to $2 billion internationally

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: If the 2011 box office were an actual foot race, Paramount Pictures would be in the lead as the studios rounded turn two.
Boosted by the performances of Michael Bay’s “Transformers” and the animated hit “Rango,” Paramount became the first studio to cross the $2 billion mark at the international box office, THR reports.
As the trade notes, this news comes just 50 days after Paramount passed $1B (on June 10). That’s largely due to the success of Bay’s sequel, which “became the first ever Paramount-produced title to cross $500 million at the international box office; as well as becoming PPI’s highest grossing international release of all-time.”
“Our team has made creating a best-in-class international operation a cornerstone of our business,” said Paramount Pictures chairman & CEO Brad Grey. “I’m grateful for everyone’s hard work across the globe that helped us achieve this milestone once again.”
Paramount’s “Captain America” is adding to the studio’s totals as we speak. The studio also has “Paranormal Activity 3” and Steven Spielberg’s “The Adventures of Tintin” on the horizon for later this year.
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Liam Neeson, Brooklyn Decker in early “Battleship” tease

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: How can you tell a studio has confidence in the direction of your (reportedly expensive) blockbuster? They screen a teaser nearly a year before your film is ready to open.
Peter Berg’s “Battleship,” which is based on the popular board game, won’t be in theaters until May 2012. But a trailer has been attached to “Cowboys and Aliens” this weekend, and the same clip just made its way online.
We get to see Naval recruit Taylor Kitsch romancing a nearly naked Brooklyn Decker, then be on the receiving end of a Liam Neeson verbal beat down. Then, things … change.
See for yourself HERE.
Makes it seem like Berg is angling for some of Michael Bay’s “Transformers” audience, no?
This is a small sample of what’s sure to be a big movie. I still say showing it this early means Universal likes what they are seeing out of Berg and “Battleship.” We’ll know a lot more as we get closer.
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Voltron movie announced at Comic-Con

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Move over, Transformers. Another animated franchise from our childhood that relies on robotic creatures is coming to theaters in what studio executives hope is an equally lucrative adventure.
Relativity Media announced at Comic-Con that they have optioned the right to Voltron, the 1984 cult-classic animated series that, according to a press release, centered on “five young warriors [who] are responsible for the future of the galaxy when they become pilots of a battalion of ultra-high-tech Robot Lions, powerful vessels with the ability to join together to form a fearsome mega-weapon known as Voltron.”
In the original series, the different colored lions would snap together into one massive robot. It was a combination of the Transformers and the Power Rangers. And while it only aired in the U.S. for two seasons, it has an immediate impact on pop culture.
“For nearly three decades, Voltron has captured the minds of a nostalgically loyal and rabid fan base and has long been considered a hotly-pursued project,” said Relativity Media’s President of Worldwide Production Tucker Tooley. “We are beyond excited World Event Productions and Atlas Entertainment have placed their trust and faith in Relativity to bring this coveted property to the big screen, and usher in a new generation of devoted fans.”
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Shia LaBeouf Set to Star Alongside Robert Redford

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Transformers’ actor, Shia LeBeouf has landed a role in the upcoming film adaptation of ‘The Company You Keep’. The 25-year-old will star with Robert Redford, who is acting in and directing the movie.
Producer Nicolas Chartier said in a statement to Variety magazine, “This is an edge-of-your-seat thriller about real Americans who stood for their beliefs, thinking they were patriots and defending their country’s ideals against their government,” according to Access Hollywood. “Shia plays a young journalist hunting for a former Weather Underground militant – played by Redford – who has been on the run from the FBI for decades.”
Reportedly, filming will begin in Vancouver in September.
What do you think about the upcoming flick?
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“Transformers” helps Hasbro’s Q2 profits

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Paramount isn’t the only company benefitting from the bountiful box office being earned by Michael Bay’s “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.” Hasbro, the original toy line that invented Autobost and Decepticons, also is receiving a substantial boost thanks to the special-effects extravaganza.
Hasbro says Q2 profits jumped 33% thanks, in part, to Transformers sales, THR reports. Specifically, the boys division revenue jumped 96% — staggering.
“As expected, top-line momentum in our business began to build during the quarter, led by strong gains in the Transformers brand, driven by ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon,’ and Beyblade” and continued strong international growth, said president and CEO Brian Goldner.
Which makes you wonder if either Hasbro or Paramount will let this cash cow die. “Dark of the Moon” so far has earned $302 million in the States and an estimated $762M worldwide. Though Shia LaBeouf and Bay have suggested they are done with the franchise, it’s hard for a studio to walk away from a moneymaker. Just ask Warner Bros., who is saying goodbye to the profitable “Potter” series. We’ll see if “Transformers” is finished, but my guess is it isn’t … not with numbers like this.
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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s Sexy New Ad

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ star, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, only wears a coat in a new ad for Burberry, which is her second campaign with the company. The model and actress reportedly has been in a relationship with English actor, Jason Statham, since April 2010.
According to Eonline.com, “The 24-year-old British beauty takes nearly all of it off in this risqué ad for Burberry’s new Body fragrance, posing seductively on the floor in the brand’s signature trenchcoat that just barely covers her assets.”
What do you think of Rosie’s modeling career?
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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. […]

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