April 19, 2014

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Audiences are flocking to ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ at the Box Office

Happy Sunday everyone (my birthday weekend, if you haven’t heard too), here’s the weekly box office report for you fine ladies and gentlemen! Leading the way in a somewhat close race on this kind of quiet weekend was the holdover Mr. Peabody & Sherman, which rose from number two to number one with an estimated $12.2 million, taking advantage of a lack of particularly enticing new releases at the multiplex. At number two we had last week’s top grosser 300: Rise of an Empire, which hauled in an estimated $19.1 million this time around. Number three was the new release Need for Speed, which stole $17.8 million from paying customers, while Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club was number five with $8.3 million, and we also had one other new release in the top ten, which was Veronica Mars, transitioning from Kickstarter to theaters with about $2 million. I’ll have something to say about the great expansion for The Grand Budapest Hotel in a moment, but among the limited release openings, there was a nice mix. The best of the bunch was Bad Words, but also taking in a few bucks we had indies like Enemy and Le Week-End, though neither were hits.
I didn’t care one bit for Need for Speed, as it’s lacking even for video game adaptations, but it was notable that it didn’t do better. You’d think that with the popularity of the Fast and Furious franchise that this would have been like printing money, but no. It also likely won’t have legs either, which could make this a bit of a failure in the end. This weekend also saw audiences begin to send a message to Tyler Perry that he needs to try a little harder, as Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club made a fraction of what Perry’s movies usually do. Finally, Veronica Mars was aimed just at hardcore fans and that’s who showed up, so I can’t really say it did anything other than what was expected.
Among the notable holdovers in theaters, we have to discuss Wes Anderson’s flick. The Grand Budapest Hotel. Still playing in well under 100 theaters, it cracked the top ten, hitting number eight with $3.6 million. The big number though is the per theater average of over $55,000. Any which way that you slice it, Anderson has another hit on his hands, so we’ll be talking plenty more about [...]

Veronica Mars Film Coming Next Summer

30,000 people donated an average of $64 during a several hour period yesterday, and thus we will be getting a Veronica Mars movie sometime next summer.
Creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell used Kickstarter to basically prove to Warner Bros. that there is indeed an interest in a continuation of the cult detective drama that ran for three low-rated seasons on the CW back in 2004-2007.
The deal was basically to raise $2 million in a month and Warner Bros. would agree to distribute and market the film, giving it a limited theatrical release and the various home-viewing options. They hit their target at 5:55 pm this evening. I made a bitchy joke earlier in the day about raising money to find domestic ‘food insecurity’ among American children by calling such an initiative ‘Save Firefly!’ or something to that effect. My first instincts were ones of priorities and what this said about our ‘entitlement culture’. Upon reflection (I purposely didn’t write anything immediately), I’m still not sure how I feel about this. This is indeed very interesting, it may even be *news*. But is it good news overall.
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Walt Disney Studios Unveils Epic Adventure “Frozen”

HollywoodNews.com: Walt Disney Animation Studios presents an epic tale of adventure and comedy in “Frozen,” a computer-animated feature film slated for the big screen in November 2013. Directed by Chris Buck (“Tarzan,” “Surf’s Up”) and produced by Peter Del Vecho (“Winnie the Pooh,” “The Princess and the Frog”), “Frozen” features the vocal talents of film/TV/stage star Kristen Bell as Anna, a young dreamer about to take the adventure of a lifetime, and Tony Award ®-winning actress Idina Menzel as Elsa the Snow Queen. The movie will feature original songs by Broadway greats Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.
In “Frozen,” a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, so Anna (voice of Bell) must team up with Kristoff, a daring mountain man, on the grandest of journeys to find the Snow Queen (voice of Menzel) and put an end to the icy spell. Encountering Everest-like extremes, mystical creatures and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.
Bell has starred in a variety of films, including the comedies “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Couples Retreat,” and the upcoming films “Hit & Run,” “Some Girls” and the Farrelly Brothers’ “Movie 43.” On the small screen, Bell is currently starring in the Showtime series “House of Lies” alongside Don Cheadle; she has also starred in “Heroes” and “Veronica Mars.” Broadway credits include “The Crucible” and “Tom Sawyer.”
Menzel, who won a Tony Award® as Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Elphaba in Broadway’s “Wicked” (2004), landed her first role on Broadway in 1995 in the Tony Award-winning musical “Rent.” Film credits include “Enchanted” and the feature film “Rent.” She has appeared in a recurring role on TV’s “Glee” and recently released “Idina Menzel Live: Barefoot at the Symphony,” a live concert with an orchestra led by composer/conductor Marvin Hamlisch. Menzel is currently on a North American concert tour.
Robert Lopez is a three-time Tony Award®-winning writer of the Tony and Grammy® Award-winning musical “The Book of Mormon,” which was co-written with Trey Parker and Matt Stone (“South Park”), and the musical “Avenue Q,” which ran for six years on Broadway and four years in London’s West End. Lopez teamed with wife Anderson-Lopez, whose Drama Desk-winning show “In Transit” is Broadway-bound, to write original songs for 2011’s “Winnie the Pooh,” a stage version of “Finding Nemo” and a new musical called “Up Here.”
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New ‘Glee’ Photos: Dianna Agron Aug 11, 2011

HollywoodNews.com: Dianna Agron made her debut as Quinn Fabray on the hit television series ‘Glee.’ Agron is more famous than ever. Enjoy her gallery!
Dianna Agron is fairly new to the scene but has already won over fans with her TV and film roles. With this just being the beginning, her star is bound to be on the rise.

Agron may now be a hit on ‘Glee,’ but she started her career with small roles on ‘Veronica Mars,’ ‘CSI: NY’ and ‘Heroes.’ Now, she has made the difficult jump from TV to movies with roles in ‘Burlesque’ and ‘I Am Number Four.’
She was rumored to be dating her ‘I Am Number Four’ costar Alex Pettyfer until around March 2011, although she tells the latest issue of ‘Cosmopolitan’ that she wants to keep her private life quiet.

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New Glee Photos: Jane Lynch July 31, 2011
New Glee Photos: Lea Michele July 31, 2011
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Leighton Meester Photos: Hot Hollywood Female Celebrity Photo Gallery of the Day

HollywoodNews.com: Our selected celebrity to be included in our “Hot Hollywood Female Celebrity Photo Gallery of the Day” is Leighton Meester.

Leighton Meester, best known for her performance in the CW’s Gossip Girl series, co-stars alongside Selena Gomez and Katie Cassidy in this weekend’s young femme comedy Monte Carlo.
Leighton Marissa Meester (born April 9, 1986) is an American actress and singer. Meester gained fame for playing the role of Blair Waldorf in the CW young-adult television series Gossip Girl. She most recently appeared in the 2010 country drama film Country Strong and the 2011 thriller The Roommate.
Early life
Meester was born in Fort Worth, Texas, the daughter of Constance (née Haas) and Douglas Meester. At the time, her mother was serving a federal prison sentence for her involvement in a drug ring that smuggled marijuana from Jamaica to the United States. She was able to give birth to Leighton in a hospital and nurse her for three months in a halfway house, before returning to prison to complete her sentence. At this time Leighton’s grandmother cared for her.
Meester has maintained that her parents gave her a normal upbringing and, despite their criminal past, are good people with experience that has only made Meester more open-minded and non-judgmental, “It made me realize that you can’t judge anyone—especially your parents—for what they’ve done in their past, because people change.” Meester has joked, “Look, I could’ve turned out a lot worse.” She has cited her mother as her style icon.
Meester grew up in Marco Island, Florida, where she participated in productions at a local playhouse. When she was 11 years old, Meester and her mother moved to New York. Meester attended the Professional Children’s School and also began working as a model with Wilhelmina, booking a Ralph Lauren campaign shot by Bruce Weber and working with then photographer (now film maker) Sofia Coppola as well as many commercials including Tamagotchi toys and Clearasil. Meester made her television acting debut as a murder victim’s friend on an episode of Law & Order. At 14, Meester moved to Los Angeles, California, wanting more stable work, and attended Hollywood High School and Beverly Hills High School. She then transferred to a small private school and graduated a year early. Meester’s last name is a Dutch name which means “master” or “teacher.”
Career
Acting
After her television debut in 1999 playing Alyssa Turner in Law & Order, Meester appeared as [...]

Kristen Bell yearns serious roles, but slotted for silly parts

HollywoodNews.com: After weathering two romantic comedy misfires at the box office, “When in Rome” ($33 million) and this weekend’s opener “You Again” ($8.4 million), actress Kristen Bell is looking to dip her feet into more dramatic roles.
Speaking to PA, Bell said “It’s funny because once you do a comedy then the next opportunities you get are sort of in that line.”
Meaning – she’s pigeon-holed in romantic laffers.
“I would love to do something dramatic but right now comedy is more kind of where my wheel house is.”
Perhaps her fortune will change once the musical Sony/Screen Gems film “Burlesque” is released on November 24. In the film, Bell stars alongside Cher and Christina Aguilera. The actress has shown her chops for more dicey fare when she appeared as a pickpocket who gets beaten up on David Milch’s western series “Deadwood.” In 2002, Bell starred in the Broadway revival of “The Crucible” opposite Liam Neeson and Laura Linney. So if there’s any doubt by bloggers on whether Bell can emote or not, the answer is a resounding ‘Yes.’
The actress recently exclaimed her desire to bring “Veronica Mars” to the big screen. However, she needs to continue to champion Warner Bros., the film’s rights holder.
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Kristen Bell would fund ‘Veronica Mars’ movie

HollywoodNews.com: Kristen Bell so badly wants a movie made about her former TV show ‘Veronica Mars’ that she would be willing to fund the film if that’s all it took.
Warner Bros. studio owns the rights to the show so Bell really can’t do anything at this time without them, states PopEater. But she is still working toward her two goals: “(A) do it before I’m 40, and (B) to prove to Warner Bros. that there is an audience.”
Bell is trying to prove that the show already had three million fans who tuned in every week, so the movie would just be able to build on that. Looks like the young actress isn’t done fighting yet.
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Kristen Bell tells fans to petition Warner Bros. for ‘Veronica Mars’ movie

HollywoodNews.com: Great news for “Veronica Mars” fans: Kristen Bell really wants there to be a film version of the cult TV show.
Bell feels so strong about a “Mars” movie, she wants her fans to campaign Warner Bros. for one.
“Mars fans – can we bug @wbpictures and tell them they must do a Veronica Mars film?” she wrote on her Twitter. “New tactic. Bombard them with tweets, there’s evidence of fans they can’t ignore.
“Fans, send petitions and any obsessive behaviour you have to @wbpictures and demand the film. They see no audience for it? I beg to differ” added the actress.
She also advised that fans create Facebook support pages for the film.
Bell capped off her orders with “Thank you so much for being so dedicated. You’re all marshmallows.”
Bell has segued to feature films as a leading gal in romantic comedies such as “Couples Retreat,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “When in Rome.”
Bell’s chick pic comedy “You Again” bows on September 24.
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Kristen Bell to mentor ballerina in ‘Mirlitons’

HollywoodNews.com: Kristen Bell will play a fierce stage mom in the upcoming independent dance comedy feature “Dance of the Mirlitons.”
Story revolves around Bell’s character, who grooms her young, overweight ballerina daughter for stardom.
“Kristen’s combination of comedic timing and authenticity will bring this character to the next level, and give this crossover appeal,” said the film’s producer Daniel Dubiecki.
At present, a search is underway to discover the girl who will play Bell’s daughter.
A veteran from the cult TV teen drama “Veronica Mars,” Bell has segued into a comfortable motion picture career, mostly playing in broad romantic comedies including “Couples Retreat,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “When in Rome.”
Bell is really flexing her musical arms lately. She can be seen in the music video “Madder Red” by rock band Yeasayer. The video has been described as a moving tale between a girl and her pet blob monster.
Kristen Bell is also set to wow in the upcoming Thanksgiving release “Burlesque” from Screen Gems/Sony Pictures.
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Kristen Bell to star opposite Drew Barrymore in ‘Whales’

HollywoodNews.com: Kristen Bell will play an ambitious Los Angeles reporter opposite Drew Barrymore’s animal activist in the upcoming film “Whales.” The film is set during the Cold War circa 1988 and follows a small-town journalist played by John Krasinski and a Greenpeace supporter played by Barrymore. The duo champion the help of superpowers countries in rescuing three grey whales which are trapped under the Arctic Circle.
Ken Kwapis, who directed Krasinski on the U.S. TV version of “The Office,” is slotted to direct from the nonfiction tome “Freeing the Whales: How the Media Created the World’s Greatest Non-Event” by Tom Rose.
Working Title and Anonymous Content are onboard as producers of the project.
“Whales” is the latest in a string of projects for Bell who is burgeoning on screen in the wake of her cult success on UPN’s “Veronica Mars.” She’ll star in her second Disney comedy following last January’s “When in Rome” ($33 million at the domestic B.O.) this September entitled “You Again” as well as November’s Screen Gems musical drama “Burlesque” alongside Christina Aguilera and Cher.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the story.
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