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George Clooney won't tolerate insults being hurled at his “longtime friend” President Barack Obama, whether you agree with his politics or not. The actor is setting the record straight on a heated dinner conversation he had with Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn two weeks ago, which ended with Clooney calling Wynn an “asshole” and walking out. Also read: George Clooney Knocks Russell Crowe, Hollywood on Twitter “There were 9 people at that table … So you can ask them … Steve likes to go on rants … He called the president an asshole … that is a fact,” Clooney said in a »
- Greg Gilman
The high tide for Paramount-Regency Entertainment’s biblical epic “Noah” keeps rising, as the Darren Aronofsky-helmed film crossed the $300 million worldwide mark on Tuesday, with more than $200 million internationally and nearly nine figures in the States.
The global success for the film began overseas, where it bowed ahead of effects-driven tentpoles like “Gravity” and “Inception.” In some of the late-entry markets, however, the speed for “Noah” has slowed somewhat.
That said, the are several major markets yet to come for the $125 million-budgeted pic; and considering the controversy surrounding the pic and doubt about its box office success from the beginning, its tally so far means a considerable sigh of relief for Par and Regency.
To date, “Noah,” which stars Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly, has done best overseas in Russia and Brazil, where it’s grossed $32.8 million and $23.4 million, respectively. The film should cross the $100 million mark domestically through this weekend. »
- Andrew Stewart
Paramount and New Regency's biblical epic Noah has sailed past the $300 million mark at the worldwide box office after appealing to mainstream and faith-based audiences alike. Noah is the fourth-highest-grossing movie of 2014 after Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which has earned $586.7 million to date, The Lego Movie ($441.7 million) and 300: Rise of an Empire ($329.2 million). Rio 2 rounds out the top five with earnings of $274.1 million to date. Photos: 'Noah's' Berlin Premiere: Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, Douglas Booth Flood the Red Carpet The movie, starring Russell Crowe
- Pamela McClintock
Ready for another year of the podcast? The gang is back: Nathaniel R, (The Film Experience), Joe Reid (The Wire), Katey Rich (Vanity Fair) and Nick Davis (Nick's Flick Picks) reunite to discuss this unusually robust auteur spring at the movies.
This week's topics: Darren Aronofsky's peculiar muddy vision for Noah starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly & Emma Watson; Jonathan Glazer (Birth) and Scarlett Johansson's Under the Skin; and Wes Anderson's biggest hit The Grand Budapest Hotel. Did we want to check in and stay?
Under Noah's Skin at the Budapest Hotel
00:00 Noah (story diversion, auteur vision, character work)
18:45 Under the Skin (visual storytelling, interpretation, Scarlett)
36:30 The Grand Budapest Hotel (inside & outside friction, accepting Wes, art direction)
44:30 Ralph Fiennes and the movies Oscar buzz
49:00 Other movie recommendations: Le Week-end and Blue Ruin. »
- NATHANIEL R
A quarter-century ago, Kevin Costner hit a double-play, following up "Bull Durham" with "Field of Dreams" and becoming king of the sports movie. Twenty-five years later, as "Field of Dreams" marks its 25th anniversary (it was released on April 21, 1989), Costner is back with "Draft Day." The movie's about football, not baseball, and Costner's character plays in the executive suite, not on the field, but his mere presence still offers a reminder of great sports movies past.
And after all, isn't nostalgia a key element of sports movies? "Field of Dreams" makes this explicit -- we long for the sports heroes of our childhood, for a supposed long-gone golden age of our preferred sport, as a way of connecting with our past and bridging the generational divide that separates us as adults from our parents. Sports movies offer more than just the drama of winners and losers, or the journey from dream to achievement, »
- Gary Susman
Written and directed by Lou Howe
The stereotype of mental illness on film is not too dissimilar from the stereotype of mental retardation put forward by the film Tropic Thunder: Successful characters have to be “disturbed,” but they can’t be completely out of control, or else audiences won’t relate to them. Thus, Lou Howe’s debut feature Gabriel, opening this week at the Tribeca Film Festival, draws notice simply because it challenges the rule. The titular character is ill to a degree that the audience cannot completely understand, and he gives an otherwise standard film the depth and edge that it needs.
This will not be clear at the start of the picture. We first meet Gabriel (Rory Culkin) on a lonely search for his long-lost girlfriend, wherein he inadvertently teaches a small child to smoke cigarettes and steals a pair of the girlfriend’s »
- Mark Young
"Heaven is for Real" is a real success at the box-office. The faith-based drama starring Greg Kinnear wowed with a $3.7 million take on 2,400 screens over its opening day Wednesday, good enough for a No. 1 finish over the blockbuster sequels "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and "Rio 2." The film's long-term prospects are looking promising as well, with audience exit polling resulting in an "A" CinemaScore for the film, which was made for a reported pricetag of only $12 million. Based on the bestselling non-fiction book by Todd Burpo, "Heaven is for Real" centers on a young boy (Connor Corum) who comes back from a near-death experience claiming he experienced Heaven. The film's box-office triumph follows on the success of other recent faith-based films including "God's Not Dead" ($42 million to date), "Son of God" ($62 million) and Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" ($249 million) starring Russell Crowe. Other wide releases this weekend include “Transcendence" starring Johnny Depp, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Hoping to avoid the Oscar flood, Paramount has invited Academy voters to see “Noah” in theaters, using their membership cards for admission.
Oscar campaigns often start at least a year before the ceremonies, but most of the strategizing is done behind closed doors, preparing for later in the year. It’s unusual for a studio to start its campaigning so early.
Members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences received an email this week alerting them to the fact that their card will admit them and a guest to “Noah.” Screeners and DVDs will no doubt be available later in 2014. However, Par obviously wanted to avoid a lost ark amid the dozens of discs that arrive in the fourth quarter. More important, “Noah,” with its big-scale designs, visual effects and cinematography, will benefit from being seen on the big screen.
In his review, Variety‘s chief film critic Scott Foundas »
- Tim Gray
Transcendence marks the directorial debut of Wally Pfister, who is best known for being the longtime cinematographer of Christopher Nolan. The film stars Johnny Depp as Dr. Will Caster, an artificial intelligence observer who is looking to create a machine which possesses sentience and collective intelligence. But when he is targeted by an extremist group that opposes technological evolution, Will is forced to download his mind into a computer in order to save his life. The procedure works, but those closest to him are mixed on the outcome: Is it still Will Caster in there, or is it someone else? Whoever it is, he is gaining more and more power and putting the world in increasing peril.
It was a star studded event at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles, California last weekend when the cast, writer and director of Transcendence arrived for a press conference. Among those there were director Wally Pfister, »
- Ben Kenber
Trevor Hogg chats with Michael Wilkinson about weaving a new adaptation of an epic Biblical story…
“There was an opening in my schedule,” recalls Michael Wilkinson who had completed the costume designs for Man of Steel (2013) when an opportunity arose to work on Noah (2014) helmed by Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan). “My agents introduced me to Darren who was looking for someone to help design this epic movie. I had a series of Skype interviews, was awarded the job and headed over to New York to work with him.” The native of Australia remarks, “I always like to have images in front of me when I’m meeting a director. Other costume designers do things differently. For me, it’s all about beginning to see if there’s a dialogue that flows between the two parties. Even if I show images that are wildly different from what the director was thinking »
- Trevor Hogg
Aw, jeez — we didn’t see that coming.
Yes, Martin Freeman’s mild-mannered Lester Nygaard was in the middle of one very bad day when we met him in Fargo’s premiere. And encountering a dangerous drifter like Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) — while you’re in the hospital, thanks to your old high-school bully — would be enough to put anyone on edge. But even when Lester’s wife seethed, “You’re not a man, Lester. You’re not even half a man,” we didn’t think he’d kill her. »
- Amber Ray
Conan O'Brien didn't take anything seriously when he hosted the 2014 MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, and his recap of the big night on Monday's episode of TBS' Conan was just as spectacular. "I almost wasn't ready for the show. I made it, but it was really close," revealed the talk show host, who had landed cameos from 50 stars -- from Russell Crowe and Demi Moore to Anthony Hopkins and Martin Scorsese -- for the awards the night before. Photos: MTV Movie Awards 2014 Red Carpet The camera then flipped to Conan's dressing room, showing him sticking an American
- Debbie Emery
Sony’s Christian drama “Heaven Is for Real,” which opens Wednesday, is the latest offering in a year with an uncommonly large slate of religious-themed wide releases.
Although there’s long been a robust DVD market and numerous indie releases, more major studios have been taking a leap of faith and embarking on extensive marketing missions this year. It’s only fitting that the senior production exec for “Heaven Is for Real,” DeVon Franklin, is an ordained minister and one of the film’s producers, T.D. Jakes, is a bishop. Jakes has teamed up with “Alice in Wonderland” producer Joe Roth for the project.
“My hope is that it’s going to appeal to the same demographic of the book, which was in the mainstream,” said Franklin, the author of spiritual success book “Produced by Faith.”
“But at the same time,” he adds, “(the story) really had a strong faith-based following. »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Conan O’Brien kicked off tonight’s explosive 2014 MTV Movie Award ceremony by emerging from a 5,000 pound, flaming bucket of popcorn at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. The late night talk show host made television history by breaking the world record for the most celebrity cameos in a show opening, featuring such stars as Taylor Swift, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Adam Sandler, Katy Perry, Andy Samberg, Jack White, Ashton Kutcher, Martin Scorsese, Demi Moore, Emma Watson, Russell Crowe, Paul Rudd and Jessica Alba. The live telecast celebrated the past year’s best films across a variety of genres, including comedy, action and drama, as well as the most popular Hollywood celebrities. [ Read More ]
The post Conan O’Brien Hosted the Explosive 2014 MTV Movie Awards appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Karen Benardello
Last week, we took a look at the career of Russell Crowe, an actor whose presence or gravitas is unmatched. This week’s subject has his own kind of gravitas, albeit if you compared the two they couldn’t be more different. One thrills us while this week’s guy makes us laugh until it hurts. Mel Brooks Nobody makes me laugh like Mel Brooks. A living legend, Brooks has been cracking people up since his early days in the »
- Chris Bumbray
All told it was a buoyant frame as nationwide takings improved by 6% to $18.25 million and six titles each earned more than $1 million.
Animated comedy The Lego Movie eased by 10% to $5.1 million in its second weekend, propelling its haul to $14.4 million, according to Rentrak.s estimates. The Village Roadshow Pictures/Warner Bros. co-production looks set to reach $28 million, if not $30 million, and the worldwide cume hit $US425 million.
Superhero adventure Captain America: The Winter Soldier grabbed $3.6 million despite falling by 40%, to elevate its 11-day total to $12.2 million. However the Marvel franchise isn.t tracking as strongly here as in the Us, where the film starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel J. Jackson has rung up $US159 million in 10 days.
- Don Groves
When you’re hosting the MTV Movie Awards and promise viewers “The Biggest One You’ll Ever See,” opening with any old been-there-done-that monologue is no longer an option. Conan O’Brien was acutely aware of that challenge when he opted to attempt the Movie Awards’ boldest coup yet and score 50 celebrity cameos within the first five minutes of the show.
As you’ve now seen, O’Brien managed to pull off the feat. But he didn’t do it alone. Director Troy Miller tells EW how MTV assembled this “whirlwind of a celebrity-fest” (full list at bottom), which included appearances by Taylor Swift, »
- Lanford Beard
Conan O'Brien's gigantic opening at Sunday's MTV Movie Awards was one for the record books, with the host landing cameos from 50 stars, from Russell Crowe and Demi Moore to Anthony Hopkins and Martin Scorsese. Incredibly, it all came together during the past three weeks, when O'Brien first approached MTV with the idea. For getting footage of the busy stars, speed was the name of the game, says Troy Miller, who directed and produced the segment via his Dakota Pictures. "We had this lean, mean Seal Team Six machine. We'd come in, get it from six different angles and people
- Aaron Couch
Crowe will play a struggling novelist dealing with depression while raising his 5-year-old daughter, while Seyfried will play the older version of his daughter 20 years later.
According to Deadline, Fonda has signed on to play Crowe's longtime friend and literary agent.
Fonda has several projects in the pipeline, including a comedy series with fellow veteran actress Lily Tomlin.
She recently received an AFI Lifetime Achievement Award for her decades-spanning movie career. »
Today, we have two more names to add to the already impressive cast of Gabriele Muccino’s upcoming film, Fathers and Daughters. Deadline reports that Jane Fonda and Bruce Greenwood have joined the generation-spanning drama, which also stars Russell Crowe, Aaron Paul, Amanda Seyfried, Diane Kruger, Quvenzhane Wallis, Haley Bennet and Octavia Spencer.
The film was written by newcomer Brad Desch and is described as “a love story between a troubled father and his daughter.” Crowe plays Jake Davis, a famous writer and widower who struggles with mental illness while trying to raise his 5 year-old daughter Katie. The story spans 25 years, from the 1980′s to the present day, and has Seyfried playing Katie as an adult, who eventually has demons of her own that were caused by her troubled upbringing.
Fonda will play Davis’ longtime friend and literary agent, while Greenwood will portray his brother-in-law, who wages a legal battle »
- James Garcia
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