April 23, 2014

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Is Bradley Cooper of “Silver Lining Playbook” going to get nominated for Oscar?

January 10 the Academy Awards will announce the nominees for this year’s Oscars. We hope that the membership includes Bradley Cooper in the “Best Actor” category. What a great performance.
Bradley Cooper is seen in SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, directed by David O’Russell. Last summer, Cooper also performed in Williamstown, Massachusetts in the production of THE ELEPHANT MAN. Directed by Scott Ellis and starring alongside Patricia Clarkson, the play marked Coopers second run at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in which he first performed THE UNDERSTUDY in 2008. Cooper is currently in development to bring THE ELEPHANT MAN to Broadway next fall. Cooper recently wrapped production on the independent drama SERENA, based on the adaptation of Ron Rash’s period novel and directed by Oscar winner Suzanne Bier.
Next year, Cooper stars alongside Ryan Gosling in Derek Cianfrance’s thriller, THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, which debuted at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. PLACE BEYOND THE PINES will be released by Focus Features in 2013. Recently, Cooper signed a two-year, first-look deal with Warner Brothers announcing his production company, 22 & Indiana Pictures.

Last year, Cooper reprised his role alongside Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha in the Warner Brothers comedy sequel THE HANGOVER PART II directed by Todd Phillips. The opening weekend of the film marked the highest-grossing worldwide opening for any comedy and in June 2011, the film out-grossed the original HANGOVER in worldwide earnings to become the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time. Cooper is currently filming the final installation, THE HANGOVER PART III, which will be released by Warner Brothers on May 24, 2013.
Last October, the 2012 Hollywood Film Awards also honored Richard Gere for career achievement; Bradley Cooper for actor; Marion Cotillard for actress; Robert De Niro for supporting actor; Amy Adams for supporting actress; Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman and the cast of “Argo;” John Hawkes for breakout performance; David O. Russell for director; Dustin Hoffman for breakthrough director; Quentin Tarantino for the screenwriter award; Quvenzhané Wallis for the New Hollywood Award; Samantha Barks, Bella Heathcote, Tom Holland, John Magaro, Ezra Miller, and Kelly Reilly with the Spotlight Awards; Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner for producers; Wally Pfister for cinematographer; Dylan Tichenor for editor; Sarah Greenwood for production designer; Peter Ramsey with “Rise of the Guardians” for animation; and Jeff White with “The Avengers” for visual effects.
The Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony took place [...]

‘Man of Steel’ and ‘Pacific Rim’ Trailers Released

So I know we’ve been all awards obsessed for the past few days, but can we take a moment to appreciate two trailers released this week? Warner Bros premiered footage from both of Man of Steel and Pacific Rim at Comic-Con and have been surprisingly quiet about the films till now.
First up is the beautiful trailer for Man of Steel about the best superhero of all time aka Superman. I want to be cautiously optimistic cause Zack Snyder is the master of delivering a great trailer and a lackluster film, but I can’t help being excited about the direction they are taking Superman.
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Bradley Cooper, of “Silver Lining Playbook,” to receive the “Hollywood Actor Award”

HollywoodNews.com: The 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, presented by the Los Angeles Times, is pleased to announce that actor Bradley Cooper will be given the “Hollywood Actor Award,” at this year’s awards gala.
“We are honored to present the “Hollywood Actor Award” to Bradley Cooper for his outstanding performance in “Silver Lining Playbook,” said Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Director of the Hollywood Film Awards.

The 2012 Hollywood Film Awards has also announced that it will honor Academy Award-nominated writer/director Quentin Tarantino with the “Hollywood Screenwriter Award,” Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman with the “Hollywood Ensemble Acting Award” for “Argo, director David O. Russell with the “Hollywood Director Award”; Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro with the “Hollywood Supporting Actor Award”; Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard with the “Hollywood Actress Award”; three-time Academy Award-nominated actress Amy Adams with the “Hollywood Supporting Actress Award”; producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner with the “Hollywood Producers Award”; writer/director Judd Apatow with the “Hollywood Comedy Award”; actor John Hawkes with the “Hollywood Breakout Performance Award” for “The Sessions”; and Quvenzhané Wallis with the “New Hollywood Award” for “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” Other honorees include cinematographer Wally Pfister, editor Dylan Tichenor, production designer Sarah Greenwood, and visual effects supervisor Jeff White. In addition, director Peter Ramsey’s “Rise of the Guardians” will be honored with the “Hollywood Animation Award,” along with additional honorees to be announced in the coming weeks.

The Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on October 22, 2012. The event honors cherished stars and up-and-coming talent, and traditionally kicks off the film awards season with the biggest stars and top industry executives in attendance.
“We are very proud to be the first stop of the awards season. In the last nine years, a total of 85 Oscar nominations and 32 Oscars were given to the honorees of the Hollywood Film Awards,” said de Abreu.
Last year’s awards show reached a total TV audience of more than 41 million media impressions, in addition to more than 300 million online and print readers’ impressions.
Aside from celebrating accomplishments on screen, the Hollywood Film Awards established the “Hollywood Gives Back” program to expand and continue highlighting and assisting important local and national charities to raise funds. Over the years, the Hollywood Film Awards has contributed to such charities as the following: The Art [...]

Madagascar 3 wins Weekend Box Office $35.5M

HollywoodNews.com: Rock of Ages and That’s My Boy tank while Madagascar 3 remains strong and Prometheus plummets.
I try to remain somewhat positive about box office, if only to counter the relentless ‘It’s a bomb!’ or ‘Big Star FAILS!’ punditry that makes up much of the box office pundit world. But there is little good news to report about this weekend’s two big releases. The top new release was Warner Bros’ broadway adaptation Rock of Ages. The 80s rock homage pulled in just $15 million.
Now to be fair, while the film’s opening is far below the $27 million debut of Adam Shankman’s last musical, Hairspray in July 2007 as well as the $27 million debut of Mamma Mia! four summers ago, it’s actually the sixth-biggest debut for a modern musical, which shows how rare they are even in a post-Moulin Rouge era (Moulin Rouge opened with $13 million eleven years ago, by the way). It’s a bigger opening that Rent ($10 million), Dreamgirls ($14 million on under 900 screens), Burlesque ($11 million), and Sweeney Todd ($9.3 million on 1,249 screens).
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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 [...]

IMAX domination coming this Summer

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: Simply put, during the first twelve weeks of summer (May 4th to July 20th), there are six, maybe seven major movies all debuting in IMAX for at least the first week of their respective theatrical runs. Three of them are in May, one is in June, and two or three are in July. What are they you ask? Well…
The Avengers goes first on May 4th, with a week of 3D IMAX play before losing (or sharing?) those screens to Warner Bros’ Dark Shadows. Despite its big-scale action and explosions, Universal’s $212 million Battleship will go out purely on 35mm 2D film, which gives the Tim Burton vampire comedy two full weeks until it loses its 2D IMAX screens to Sony’s Men In Black 3D. Universal again forgoes IMAX for its next major tentpole, the $175 million (!!) Snow White and the Huntsmen, which debuts on June 1st. That gives Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones a two week run before being supplanted by 20th Century Fox’s Prometheus, which will get 3D IMAX screens for 3.5 weeks, owing to the surprising choice by Pixar to not go IMAX for Brave on June 22nd. and Paramount’s GI Joe: Retribution going out in 35mm 2D on June 29th. If that changes, then just add another one or two to the June tally. But come July 3rd, Sony steals the IMAX screens right back for The Amazing Spider-Man 3D. Spidey gets the IMAX screens for at least 1.5 weeks before Fox debuts Ice Age: Continental Drift on July 13th (which isn’t listed on the IMAX home page but is listed as debuting in IMAX 3D in Fox’s marketing materials). Come what may, summer basically ends on July 20th.
That of course is the release date for Chris Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, which not only features large chunks of the film shot on IMAX film but actually seems to be keeping those IMAX screens all the way until October 5th, when Disney debut’s Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie. Although not listed on the IMAX website, it is possible that Disney’s Finding Nemo 3D reissue and/or Sony’s Resident Evil: Retribution will end up going the IMAX route in September. That the last six weeks of summer 2012 features not a single IMAX debut would signify either that Warner Bros scored [...]

Lindsay Lohan would be Kryptonite for Superman reboot

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Lindsay Lohan is being considered for a major role in Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot.
What could go wrong?
What sounds like a bad joke is actually a story being reported over at TMZ, where Lohan’s representatives have leaked that the “actress” had “multiple phone conversations” with the Superman team, and could meet with them soon. She wouldn’t be playing love interest Lois Lane, but TMZ says it would be a “major character.”
While reps for Warner Bros had no comment, I’ll gladly comment for them. This will never happen. It should never happen. Lohan has proven time and again she’s a headache Hollywood no longer needs. While I respect the fact that she once showed talent in films like “Freaky Friday” and “Mean Girls,” Lohan has made far too many boneheaded decisions in her private life, and needs to prove herself with small professional projects before she’s given the opportunity to shine in a potential blockbuster.
Snyder has to know this. Superman doesn’t need the tabloid splash that would come with hiring Lohan to sell tickets. It’s Superman. Hiring Lindsay for any role in this film would instantly reduce Snyder’s Superman to the tragic depths of the disaster-prone “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.” Don’t do it, Warner. Don’t.
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Peter Jackson, “The Hobbit” button up behind-the-scenes deals with studios

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: A financial deal has been put into place that provides the investment MGM needed to put behind Peter Jackson’s planned adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit.”
As part of the deal, Warner Bros. receives international theatrical rights to distribute the pictures when they come out in 2012 and 2013. Since Warner/New Line already owned domestic distribution rights, this gives the studio the ability to collect a worldwide distribution fee, according to THR. In addition, Warner secures home-video rights to the titles, which should prove lucrative.
MGM, which needed Warner’s financial assistance to complete its end of the deal, holds on to international television licensing rights, while the studios jointly will collaborate on marketing and release plans.
Part one of Jackson’s “Hobbit,” which will be filmed in New Zealand, will be in theaters in 2012.
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UltraViolet, revealed at CES, backed by major Hollywood studios

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Are you ready for “UltraViolet?” Because it’s about to become 2011’s buzzword for home-entertainment technology.
At the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, a new consortium dubbed the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE) – which consists of Warner Bros Entertainment, Netflix, Microsoft, HP and Best Buy – unveiled a new technology they are calling UltraViolet. The technology would make digital content made available on home-video releases playable on certified devices.
ZDNet reports that UltraViolet users “could acquire what are essentially lifetime rights to movies and shows. The rights to certain content could be easily transferred from one service provider to another if the owner chooses to switch or if one the services closes down. Owners wouldn’t fear to lose or break their video fare because all the material would live in the cloud and be accessible via web-connected TVs, handhelds, computers and set-top boxes.”
Shortly after the news was released regarding UltraViolet, six major Hollywood studios – including Warner Bros., Paramount, Sony and Universal – jumped on the bandwagon.
From the press release:
Six of Hollywood’s largest studios including Lionsgate Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. announced their support for the UltraViolet service and format created by the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE).
Complementing the physical DVD and Blu-ray home entertainment markets, studios will begin offering UltraViolet content this year through digital online retailers and digital rights that come with packaged media, giving consumers the ability to watch digital entertainment across multiple platforms such as connected TVs, PCs, game consoles and smartphones.
Through UltraViolet, consumers now have greater choice and freedom to purchase, manage and watch digital movies, TV shows and other entertainment. The UltraViolet experience is powered by a cloud-based UltraViolet Account, which includes a Digital Rights Locker and account management functionality. Consumers can create an UltraViolet account, free of charge, via one of the many participating UltraViolet service providers or through the UltraViolet website. Once created, this account will allow consumers to easily access and manage all of their UltraViolet entertainment, regardless of where it was purchased.
Consumers will also be able to register up to 12 devices so UltraViolet content can be easily downloaded or shared between them. In addition, UltraViolet streaming access will enable consumers to enjoy their collections via set-top boxes and the Internet including computers, Internet-connected home video devices such as [...]

“Harry Potter,” “Inception” power Warner to industry-leading 2010 tallies

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Warner Bros. was the big winner at the 2010 box office, though as with the overall ticket-tracking figures, numbers were down when compared to 2009.
Movies like Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” and the next-to-last “Harry Potter” installment powered Warner to a $1.89 billion haul for 2010, making it the highest-grossing studio in town with 18.3 percent of the overall pie, according to THR.
Both “Inception” and “Harry Potter” approached $300M without passing the mark, with the former pulling in $292.5M and the latter nabbing $283M to date.
This is the third year that Warner has led its studio competition. In 2009, the studio pulled in $2.1 billion to lead all studios. It was just ahead of Paramount, which was powered by such films as “Iron Man 2” ($312.1M) and “Shrek Forever After” ($238.3M).
As was reported, this was the second consecutive year that the overall domestic box crossed $10 billion, and only the second year in Hollywood history that the mark has been passed. So while it is a victory for Hollywood, there has to be concern that the overall total was slightly less in 2010 over 2009.
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