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Showbiz buzz: Chris Rock’s script deal & “Spidey 4” film scrapped

Chris Rock to write and produce new comedy flick Entertainer Chris Rock has caught the remake fever. Many in Hollywood have been afflicted with the desire to redo films and TV series. Today there’s a report on the Done Deal site (paid membership required) that says actor/comic/writer has optioned the French movie,  “La Première étoile” ( “The First Star”) for a remake. The comedy centers on the culture shock and adventures of a working class black family at a winter ski resort. Rock’s company, CR Enterprises, is producing the film. Rock is... Read More →

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Verve agency signs a slew of new clients

Verve, that new Hollywood talent and literary agency, is wasting no time in getting down to business. On Monday the agency, headed by former WME motion picture agents Bryan Besser, Adam Levine, and Bill Weinstein, announced it was up and running. Today Nikki Finke reports, the agency has signed 24 working writers and/or directors. Joining Verve’s new client list are David Elliot & Paul Lovett, scripters on last year’s blockbuster  “GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” and Darren Lynn Bousman, director of “Saw II,”  Saw III,” and “Saw IV.” Finke... Read More →

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DGA announces best film director nominees & the People’s Choice Awards

DGA picks top five film directors of 2009 Today the Directors Guild of America announced a solid list of contenders for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2009. The nominees for the award are: Kathryn Bigelow “The Hurt Locker,” James Cameron “Avatar,” Lee Daniels “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” James Reitman “Up In The Air,” and Quentin Tarantino “Inglourious Basterds.” If they weren’t already, these films and directors shot to the head of the Oscar contenders list with today’s announcement. The DGA Award is considered an... Read More →

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NAACP Image Award nominees & two Hollywood superstars eye movie remake

“Michael Jackson’s This Is It” in the running for NAACP Image Award “Michael Jackson’s This Is It,” a behind the scenes look at the King of Pop rehearsing and prepping for a series of concerts, is up against four other films for the NAACP ‘s Outstanding Motion Picture Image Award. The other contenders are: “The Blind Side,” “Invictus,”  “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” and “The Princess and the Frog.” These are just some of the 41st NAACP Image Award nominees announced today at a news conference in Beverly Hills. The... Read More →

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“Avatar” still rules the Box Office

Innovative filmmaker James Cameron is king of the Box Office right now. Cameron’s 3D epic, “Avatar”  claimed the number one spot at the domestic Box Office for the third straight week. “Avatar” scooped up an estimated $68.3 million over the New Year’s weekend. “Avatar” has made so much money, it’s mind-boggling. The domestic take for the sci-fi/ action adventure is around $352 million, globally it has blown past the $1 billion mark with an estimate of somewhere in the area of $1.018-$1.022 billion. “Avatar” is now number four on the... Read More →

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A very merry Christmas weekend Box Office

UPDATED: Monday 12/28/09 Over the Christmas holiday weekend, folks bought movie tickets like they were the best bargains in town. Despite the blizzard type weather in some parts of the country and those enticing markdown deals at the malls and stores, Americans went to the movies in huge numbers. And that produced one of the best Box Office weekends ever. James Cameron’s 3D sci-fi epic “Avatar” managed to keep a firm hold onto the number one spot for the second week in the row with an estimated $75.6 million.... Read More →

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Entertainment Bytes: Alec Baldwin donates $1 Million & “Avatar” tops the Box Office

Alec Baldwin bankrolls scholarship fund Actor Alec Baldwin is in the news for a couple of reasons. Baldwin is starring in a new romantic comedy film called “It’s Complicated” with Meryl Streep and Steve Martin: due to open this week, on Christmas Day. Also, Baldwin is sharing his good fortune with some drama students at New York University. Last week the university announced Baldwin had shelled out a million bucks for a scholarship fund, which will “…provide tuition assistance to students who demonstrate an unwavering work ethic, development of leadership skills, willingness to collaborate,... Read More →

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Awards Season: The Golden Globe nominees announced

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association revealed its nominees for the 2010 Golden Globes this morning in Beverly Hills.  At the top of the list with six nominations, the movie comedy/drama “Up In The Air,” about corporate downsizing and a guy who gets paid to travel from place to place firing people.  The musical “Nine” received five nods, the new sci-fi flick “Avatar” got four, and so did the war drama “Inglourious Basterds.” Here are the nominees in some of the top categories: BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA AVATAR THE... Read More →

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“The Princess and the Frog” charm moviegoers at the Box Office

Disney’s animated film, “The Princess and The Frog,”  is the number one movie in the U.S., after chalking up an estimated $25 million over the weekend. The stars of the film include Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos, Oprah Winfrey, and Terrence Howard.  This film is considered controversial for a number of reasons, but mainly because this is the first time the princess is African American and, by the way, the prince frog is not. So what, I say. The more diversity in the movies the better– gives a nice flavor of reality to... Read More →

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Entertainment Bytes: Female films generate Box Office gold & Roman Polanski out on bail

Successful female films part of a growing trend The long lines at the theaters tell the story. Female driven films are hot and making mega-bucks. “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” and “The Blind Side” are just the latest movies to demonstrate the power of female moviegoers.  So is Hollywood going to make more of these films?  CNN has more on the trend and the dilemma. Oscar Winning Director Roman Polanski in lockdown at his Swiss Chalet Famous film director and fugitive Roman Polanski was moved... Read More →

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Disaster film sweeps to top of Box Office

        The disaster thriller “2012”  totally wiped out the competition at the Box Office this weekend. The film about a worldwide catastrophe in the year 2012 earned an estimated $65 million!  “2012” is now the number one film in the country. That incredible movie poster probably sold a few million tickets for the doomsday flick. “2012” stars John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, and Danny Glover. The epic adventure is directed by Roland Emmerich. Disney’s “A Christmas Carol,” last week’s top movie, dropped to second with around $22 million.  In two weeks, this version of the Charles... Read More →

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“Wild Things” roars to top of the Box Office

  Movie audiences were doing the”wild thing” at domestic theaters this past weekend. The new Spike Jonze directed, “Where the Wild Things Are,” exceeded expectations and earned an estimated $32 million to debut as the number one movie in the country. “Where the Wild Things Are” is a live-action adaptation of the 1963 children’s book by Maurice Sendak. It’s the fantasy story of a young boy who runs away from home to an island where strange giant creatures roam. In second place, another new film, but with a very different tone.  “Law Abiding Citizen,”... Read More →

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Brad Pitt & company win Box Office battle

“Inglourious Basterds” has a weird title, but a whole lot of other things going for it, for instance, Brad Pitt stars in the film and it’s directed by Quentin Tarantino. Still, I was surprised that this twisted Nazi-killing  World War II feature fought its way to number one at the domestic Box Office this weekend with an estimated $37.6 million. In second place, “District 9” with $18.9 million. Last week, the alien sci-fi flick held down the number one ranking. In two weeks, “District 9” has raked in more than $70... Read More →

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Actor Tony Curtis gets a new tell-all book deal

Even decades later, the movie comedy “Some Like It Hot” (1959), directed by the legendary Billy Wilder, is still very funny. It’s a true classic that stands up against the changing times and culture. The film stars Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis as two musicians on the run from gangsters who disguise themselves as women and join an all female band. Both fall for the band’s sexy lead singer, Sugar Kane, played by Marilyn Monroe.  Now 83-years-old, Curtis has hooked up a book deal for a behind-the-scenes memoir about what went... Read More →

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“Angels & Demons” flies to the top of the Box Office

   “Angels & Demons” did not pack the appeal and Box Office numbers of its predecessor, “The Da Vinci Code.” Nonetheless, the new thriller about a deadly plot against the Vatican grabbed the attention of movie fans and debuted with an estimated $48 million this weekend to become the number one movie in the country. “Angels & Demons” is based on another Dan Brown novel.  Brown’s mega-bestseller, “The Da Vinci Code” became a blockbuster movie in 2006. “The Da Vinic Code” earned $77 million on its opening weekend in the U.S. The film... Read More →

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“Slumdog Millionaire” wins top Directors Guild Award

“Slumdog Millionaire” has jumped from underdog to front runner in the race for Oscar, after picking up the Directors Guild of America’s best directed feature film of 2008 honor last night.  “Slumdog Millionaire” director Danny Boyle accepted the award during the 61st Annual DGA Awards dinner  at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. The DGA award is considered one of the most reliable predictors of who will win the best director Academy Award. The first DGA Awards were handed out in 1948. Since then,... Read More →

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“Slumdog Millionaire” top dog at the 2009 Golden Globes

Dev Patel and Freida Pinto star in “Slumdog Millionaire.”   “Slumdog Millionaire” has some additional Oscar buzz today after winning several major awards at the 66th Annual Golden Globes ceremony last night in Beverly Hills. “Slumdog Millionaire” picked up Globes for best movie drama, best film director, best film screenplay, and best original film score. The drama is about an orphan who struggles through a life in the slums to become a contestant on India’s version of the TV game show, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” Other top winners include Kate Winslet for... Read More →

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“Gran Torino” out runs the competition at the Box Office

Clint Eastwood producer/star/director of “Gran Torino.”   The New Year is off to a great start for 78-year-old mega-star Clint Eastwood. His new film, “Gran Torino,” went into wide release this weekend; and quickly barreled right to the top of the Box Office to park in the number one spot. “Gran Torino” pulled in an estimated $29 million, the best opening ever for an Eastwood film. “Gran Torino” is a drama about a gruff Korean War veteran, played by Eastwood, who stands-up for some victimized immigrants in his Detroit neighborhood. Eastwood produced and... Read More →

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“The Dark Knight” gets a nomination from the Directors Guild of America

Today several films got a boost in the Oscar race with the announcement of the contenders for top feature film director of 2008 by the Directors Guild of America. The five nominees for the DGA Award are Christopher Nolan for “The Dark Knight,” Gus Van Sant “Milk,” David Fincher “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” Ron Howard “Frost/Nixon,” and Danny Boyle for “Slumdog Millionaire.” This the first DGA nomination for Danny Boyle and David Fincher; the others have several nominations to their credit. Taylor Hackford, DGA Third Vice President, explained the... Read More →

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