April 21, 2014

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Another great Hollywood Vanity Fair bash… Stars, Stars, Stars

Vanity Fair upped its Oscar game last night. They build a huge multi level tented building in the parking behind Sunset Plaza. Traffic snaked back and forth on Sunset Boulevard in both directions. There was a big security plan, with metal detectors at the check in. And then you arrived to find an avalanche of stars. Stars and stars. Two by two, or three by three, they came.
Inside the main room, just to the right, if you could find them through the fog of formally attired people, Jane Fonda and Anjelica Huston set up a beach head. Many stars, old and young, were crowded into this area including Jane’s beau, Richard Perry, and Sarah Paulson, plus Quincy Jones, who was busy looking for Petra Nemcova, and Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks. Rosaria Dawson and Gabrielle Union weren’t far away. Sitting on a couch in a section nearby, the fabulous oldies group– Mickey Rooney and Martin Landau. And they were hosting this year’s nominee June Squibb.
Praise god– Don Rickles and his wife were entertaining Don’s many fans. “Do you have any Oscar jokes? I asked Rickles. “If you’re paying me!” he said. I did get a photo.
Just at the entrance to this room I tripped over Bill Hader, who was reconnecting with Will Forte and Paul Rudd, with a big group of comics around them. Hader made a beeline to see Larry David. In time that group was joined by hit pop star Ed Sheeran, who’d just come over from playing at Elton John’s AIDS Foundation fundraiser. Only 23, Sheeran– who’d been hanging with Taylor Swift–is about to break out in a big way. His new single comes this week, with a new album in June.
From there I headed to the upper level party, where Bill Murray and a big group had come to occupy a huge round room with Art Deco-ish banquettes– a hold over from past VF parties. They store their sets! This is where a lot of guests were dining on In and Out Burgers. Here were lots of people carrying Oscars, from “Gravity” and “12 Years a Slave” crew to winner Lupita Nyong’o. Super model Karolina Kurklova and her husband Archie Drury were getting burgers. Amazing since it looks she only eats celery stalks!
And yes, chowing down, was our old pal Kerry Washington, a month away from giving birth, radiant and round.
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Oscars: Get to know a Best Picture nominee: “Nebraska”

Directed by: Alexander Payne
Written by: Bob Nelson
Main cast members: Bruce Dern, June Squibb, Will Forte, Bob Odenkirk, and Stacy Keach
Number of Oscar nominations in total: 6
Other nominations besides Best Picture: Best Director (Payne), Best Actor (Dern), Best Supporting Actress (Squibb), Best Original Screenplay (Nelson), and Best Cinematography
Notable precursor wins: Won Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival and Won Best Actor/Supporting Actor from the National Board of Review
Chances at winning Best Picture: At one point a more serious contender and currently still one of the five likeliest winners, it’s however most certainly a long shot at this juncture
Chances at other Academy Award wins: It’s likely to be shut out, but there’s an outside chance of an upset in the Best Actor race
ANALYSIS OF OTHER OSCAR NOMINEES: 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity and HER.
Nebraska is the seventh film in my “get to know a Best Picture nominee” series, and it’s another nominee that has to look at the nomination itself as the real reward here, since it’s likely to be completely shut out. Earlier in the season it was considered a major threat and a potential dark horse to win a number of Academy Awards, but the buzz has really died down now. That’s a shame too, considering how at one point Bruce Dern was a real top tier contender for Best Actor. He could still swoop in for the upset win, but the likely result is that Alexander Payne’s movie goes home empty handed.
Working in Nebraka’s favor is how it’s the one film that clearly has the senior citizen vote. Oscar voters have long been pigeon-holed as old white men, and despite that being an oversimplification of things, there’s no denying that these older voters are there and the Academy has quite a few folks who like movies that speak to them. This one certainly does that.
If you’re looking for something that’s not in this film’s favor, it’s the fact that it really never got a precursor win of note. Aside from a win for Dern at Cannes that launched his candidacy, nothing truly of any importance happened for the flick. Nebraska got plenty of nominations throughout the season, but never that all important win. Had something happened at the Golden Globes for example, it would have set the movie up as a potential winner somewhere just because it had been seen [...]

Will Forte added to “Rock of Ages” cast

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Wait, MacGruber is joining the ensemble of “Rock of Ages?”
OK, it’s too much to hope that Will Forte’s clueless secret agent will be included in Adam Shankman’s adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, but THR does report that the “Saturday Night Live” comedian has been added to a cast that already includes Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin Malin Akerman, Mary J. Blige, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Julianne Hough, and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Forte will play Mitch Miley, the head anchor of a network news show. As the trade reports, the character wasn’t in the stage musical. And with Forte in the part, it’s unlikely he’ll just be seen on a TV in the background.
More on “Rock of Ages” as it develops.
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Scarlett Johansson spotted out with newly single Jason Sudeikis

HollywoodNews.com: Maybe Scarlett Johansson and ‘Saturday Night Live’ star Jason Sudeikis are keeping each other company now that they are single.
The two were reportedly recently spotted out with ‘SNL’ star Will Forte and another woman, states The Huffington Post (via Life & Style). Johansson and Sudeikis reportedly seemed to be flirting and getting cozy as they sat together.
Johansson recently split from husband Ryan Reynolds while Sudeikis and January Jones also recently broke up. Maybe this will turn into something a little more romantic.
Do you like these two together?
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Amy Poehler to host season premiere of SNL

HollywoodNews.com: Amy Poehler has been announced as Saturday Night Live’s host for the September 25 season premiere on NBC, according to Entertainment Weekly. Poehler, in addition to being an SNL veteran, earned a fourth Emmy nom this year for “Parks and Recreation.”
The episode will also feature Katy Perry as its musical guest. After Will Forte’s departure, SNL will additionally be adding four new troupe members this season: Taran Killam (Mad TV and “How I Met Your Mother”), comedians Paul Brittain and Vanessa Bayer, and Jay Pharoah of BET’s “One Mic Stand.”
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Will Forte signs off ‘SNL’ on a strong note

HollywoodNews.com: Will Forte, who has been on “Saturday Night Live” for the last seven seasons, is leaving the show.
Forte was best known on the show for the character he took to the big screen: MacGruber, a knock-off of ‘80s TV action star “MacGyver.” “MacGruber,” an economically priced comedy, bombed at the May box office making $8.5 million. Other Forte “SNL” alter egos include Tim Calhoun, a soft-spoken political candidate and Jon Bovi, a member of the Bon Jovi “opposite tribute band.”
In an e-mail message through his spokesperson, Forte was extremely gracious to the show’s producer Lorne Michaels: “After eight great seasons, Will has made the decision to move on from ‘S.N.L.’ to pursue new opportunities. He is eternally grateful to Lorne and all of the incredible people he worked with over the years.”
Forte is an alum of the Groundlings sketch comedy school who amped his showbiz resume as a story editor on “Third Rock From the Sun” and “That ‘70s Show” before joining “SNL.”
The New York Times had the news.
Weeks before the season premiere of “Saturday Night Live,” it is typical for the show to make new cast hires and fires. However, for many of the show’s respected vets’ exits in the past, i.e. Molly Shannon and Chris Kattan, “SNL” often gives them a ‘send-off’ episode at either the mid season or finale point.
Often, those actors, like Forte, who thrive on “Saturday Night Live” are those who create staple characters, typically whose ‘catch-phrase’ alter egos can be branded on T-shirts and mugs, i.e. Dan Aykroyd’s Coneheads, Mike Myers and Dana Carvey’s “Wayne’s World” hosts.
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Adam Sandler: 15 years after ‘SNL’, he’s still top dog at the B.O.

HollywoodNews.com: There’s usually a life expectancy for a “Saturday Night Live” alum at the box office, however, Adam Sandler is showing signs of beating that.
With his summer sleeper “Grown Ups,” about to chalk up $160 million, the comedian is seeing his best run at the B.O. in more than a decade.
The Los Angeles Times analyzes the comedy’s gross:
That’s four times its opening-weekend take, a very high multiple that indicates word of mouth on the film about high school friends who reunite in middle age has been unusually good.
Sandler hasn’t enjoyed a multiple that good on any of his trademark PG-13 comedies since 1998′s “The Waterboy” and 1999′s “Big Daddy,” both of which had box-office performances nearly identical to “Grown Ups.”

That’s amazing for a “SNL” alum who left the show 15 years ago in 1995. Typically due to waning tastes in comedy, and the emergence of fresh “SNL” talent on the screen, young male moviegoers turn their back on the titans. Recently, that hasn’t been the case as audiences turned their noses up to “MacGruber” starring current SNLers Will Forte and Kristen Wiig. The May comedy tanked making $8.5 million. A similar situation occurred with 2007′s “Hot Rod,” an Andy Samberg vehicle which only made $13.9 million at the August B.O.
It’s all a testament to Sandler’s strength as an actor, writer and producer. He knows the guffaws which moviegoers want. Like Stallone, who assembled, vintage action stars in this weekend’s No. 1 film, “The Expendables,” Sandler brought together his old “SNL” buddies Chris Rock, Rob Schneider and David Spade – making it more of a must-see film. Sony and Relativity Media, who financed “Grown Ups” spent from $70-$80 million on the film and it’s set to turn a decent profit.
Arguably, Chevy Chase’s hot streak at the B.O. lasted for 13 years after he departed the hit NBC sketch show in 1976. Chase hit his B.O. high with 1989’s “Christmas Vacation” ($71.3 million) before his grosses slid him into character actor work. Bill Murray also enjoyed a 13-year ride as a B.O. star after leaving “SNL” in 1980. 1993’s “Groundhog Day” ($70.9 million) was his last star comedy vehicle that did well before they crashed and he morphed into a highly coveted absurdist arthouse star which nabbed him an Oscar nom for 2003’s “Lost in [...]

SXSW 2011 officially open for submissions

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: It’s appropriate that, as details of a “Kick-Ass” sequel start to hit the wires, we turn our attention to the festival which helped launch Matthew Vaughn’s superhero comedy last spring: South By Southwest (SXSW).
Festival organizers announced today that the 2011 SXSW has begun accepting submissions and registrations for next year’s event. Filmmakers are invited to submit their new features, short films and title sequences to the annual event. The 2011 SXSW Film Conference and Festival will take place March 11-19, in Austin, Texas.
“Across the board, the films screened at SXSW 2010 were so exciting, innovative, and entertaining, that we can’t wait to see what 2011 will bring,” said Janet Pierson, SXSW Film Conference and Festival Producer. “Look for our complete lineup and conference schedule in early February 2011.”
Submissions may only be entered via the official SXSW website, at http://sxsw.com/film. Complete rules and regulations, as well as additional information on the submission process, can be found in the Submission FAQ, at http://sxsw.com/film/screenings/submission_faq.
Submission deadlines and fees are as follows:
Early Submission Period: Monday, August 2 – Thursday, November 4, 2010
Features – $40
Shorts – $25
Title Sequence Design – $10
Texas High School – $10
Late Submission Period: Friday, November 5 – Thurs, December 2, 2010
Features – $60
Shorts – $40
Title Sequence Design – $10
Texas High School – $10
Last Minute Deadline Period: Friday, December 3 – Thursday, December 9, 2010
Features – $100
Shorts – $50
Title Sequence Design – $15
Texas High School – $10
Alongside our Film Festival, the SXSW Film Conference features over 80 informative and entertaining panels, workshops, mini-meetings and mentor sessions. The program presents topics that cover the film spectrum, with an emphasis on the intersection of the Film and Interactive worlds. 2010 participants include creative leaders and industry experts, as well as talent like Michel Gondry, David Gordon Green, Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Val Kilmer, Jeffrey Tambor, Robert Rodriguez and Ruben Fleischer.
Once again, the community can help shape the conference programming, by voting and commenting on panels they’d like to see via the PanelPicker™ interface. Voting begins Monday, August 9, and will run through Friday, August 27. To find out more about the SXSW PanelPicker, visit http://panelpicker.sxsw.com.
For more information about next year’s film portion, visit http://www.sxsw.com/film.
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SNL fans root for Kristen Wiig Emmy win for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

By Kim Palacios
HollywoodNews.com: Though SNL’s popularity has seen a revival in recent years, some fans fear the current cast is getting the shaft. Despite a steady flow of nominations for cast members in the past three years, the show’s actors have fallen short on wins. Fans are rooting for Kristen Wiig, viewed by some as the talent leader of the current cast, despite her short tenure. It would be a validating symbol that the show has entered another golden age.
Though only in her fifth season on the show, Kristen Wiig has become an SNL powerhouse, playing hit original characters such as Gilly and Target Lady, and doing expert impersonations of financial maven Suze Orman and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Other memorable characters include compulsive liar Penelope and lesbian reporter Michelle Dison; Wiig also supports Will Forte in this summer’s film rendition of SNL-spinoff “McGruber”.
In 2009, SNL guest characters Tina Fey and Justin Timberlake secured the only wins for the series, both as guest actors—Fey for her portrayal of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and Timberlake for his performance as various characters. Wiig (along with Amy Pohler) was nominated as Best Supporting Actress in the same year. Yet, just as in 2008, regular cast nominations failed to yield wins.
2008 marked the first year since 2001 that any actor received an Emmy nod for a performance in the series. Even in that year, Will Ferrell was nominated for Outstanding Individual Performance in an episode hosted by Alec Baldwin, but he did not win. Indeed, all nominations for the series thinned out in the most recent ten years, with most nods (and few wins) appearing in categories such as make-up artistry, costume design, or direction.
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MacGruber’s Kristen Wiig didn’t enjoy sex scene with costar Will Forte

hollywoodnews.com: MacGruber’s Kristen Wiig said that it was “pretty bad” shooting a sex scene with her MacGruber costar Will Forte — because he’s “kind of like my brother.”
“Have you ever had anyone sweat on you? Like really drip sweat on you? It’s not that fun,” she said.
“But it’s Will, and as creepy as it sounds, he’s kind of like my brother. So it made it not as bad, but it was a pretty sweaty day. It was pretty bad.”
“We were on satin sheets that really don’t absorb anything, they kind of just turn to paper. And we were laughing and we didn’t know what we were doing!”

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