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Report: Academy Old Guard wants to go backward with just 5 Best Picture nominees

18 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The awards world was hit with a bombshell on Tuesday afternoon after news broke that a "significant faction" of the Academy wants the Best Picture field returned to just five nominees. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the old guard feels the current system has made the honor less prestigious and are using the low ratings of last month's telecast as proof that the expanded field doesn't work. The issue may be addressed as soon as the next Board of Governors meeting on March 24. Let me take a breath and prepare my reaction while you ponder this Hail Mary of a justification for a moment. (O.K., I'm ready.) Y'all crazy. First, let's discuss the "prestige" argument, shall we?   In 2009 the Best Picture field was increased to 10 nominees because of the horror (i.e. embarrassment) that the out-of-touch membership had snubbed popular and critically acclaimed blockbusters such as "Wall-e" and "The Dark Knight. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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All Bets Are Off: Top Ten Films About Las Vegas

1 March 2015 9:19 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Las Vegas…the hotbed haven where dreams of high rollers are realized among the glitzy bright lights, the element of chance and luck and the adrenaline for instant fortune. But there is a deception to Sin City that is overlooked–the isolation of a gambler’s anxiety and desperation, the false sense of confidence at the craps table and the swinging doors of the psychological lows more so than the rewarding highs.

Still, Las Vegas has its excitable aura–both innocence and guilt–where one arrives to skillfully manufacture their financial profile or go bust. In some instances, the hedonistic expectations are defined in other fun, precarious ways. It is no wonder that Hollywood has come calling to put its distinctive spin on the capital city of adult entertainment. For decades, the movies have made Las Vegas its backdrop for wonderment, degradation, intrigue, comical curiosity and soul-searching revelations.

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- Frank Ochieng

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Low-Budget 'Lazarus' D.O.A. at Domestic Box Office; 'Sniper' to Become Top 2014 Release

1 March 2015 4:10 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'The Lazarus Effect' box office: Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass horror movie arrives comatose (photo: Olivia Wilde in 'The Lazarus Effect') (See previous post: "'Focus': Will Smith Has One of Worst Opening Weekends of His Career.") Despite recent news that human head transplants are a mere two years away, the Mark Duplass-Olivia Wilde horror movie The Lazarus Effect – about bringing the dead back to life (as if world overpopulation weren't already a problem) – grossed $10.6 million from 2,666 U.S. and Canada venues on opening weekend, Feb. 27-March 1, 2015, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. The Relativity Studios-distributed low-budget horror flick had earned an estimated $3.8 million on opening-day Friday, including $350,000 from Thursday night screenings. Last week, box-office prognosticators had been expecting an opening between $12-$14 million. That was adjusted downward to $10 million or whereabouts after the film's disappointing Friday debut. Some, in fact, »

- Zac Gille

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Jennifer Lawrence denies David O Russell feud: "I adore this man"

28 February 2015 10:33 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jennifer Lawrence has denied rumours that there is friction between herself and David O Russell on the set of Joy.

Lawrence wrote a post on her Facebook page describing the director as one of her "closest friends", and said that she's "having a blast" making the biopic.

"Hey guys," she wrote. "It's Jen! I know I don't go on here a lot because I can barely work email but there's been a terrible rumour going around the last 24 hours so I wanted to clear it up.

"David O Russell is one of my closest friends and we have an amazing collaborative working relationship. I adore this man and he does not deserve this tabloid malarkey.

"This movie is going great and I'm having a blast making it!"

Post by Jennifer Lawrence. Lawrence created the Facebook post after TMZ reported that the pair had been arguing on set as a form of method acting. »

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Jennifer Lawrence Calls Screaming Match With David O. Russell 'Tabloid Malarkey'

28 February 2015 10:01 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Jennifer Lawrence says she doesn't go on her official Facebook page a lot, but on Friday, she needed to.

The Hunger Games actress is filming the movie Joy with director David O. Russell, and TMZ reported that there was a "loud argument" on the Boston set between them.

"The eye witness says David started screaming at her... it was ear-piercing and laced with profanities," the report said.

Lawrence calls it all a "terrible rumor" in her latest Facebook post.  She wrote, "David O. Russell is one of my closest friends and we have an amazing collaborative working relationship. I adore this man and he does not deserve this tabloid malarkey."

Watch: Jennifer Lawrence Screamed When She Met Kim Kardashian

This is not the first movie that Lawrence has worked on with Russell. He also directed Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle.

As for Joy, Lawrence said, "This movie is going great and I'm having a blast making »

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Robert De Niro Didn't Mean to Not Pay $6.4 Million in Taxes—the IRS Just Mixed Up His Address!

27 February 2015 6:39 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

The IRS just couldn't keep up with Robert De Niro. In response to a report that the Oscar-winning actor had been hit with a $6.4 million tax lien, De Niro's rep assured that the outstanding government tab was just the result of the Internal Revenue Service sending paperwork to the wrong address. "IRS notifications of taxes due had been sent to an old address, currently an unoccupied commercial building," the rep said in a statement obtained by E! News Friday. "Once Mr. De Niro learned of this tax delinquency, he had a check for the full amount hand-delivered to their office yesterday." And how did De Niro learn that he still owed Uncle Sam big bucks? He saw the media reports »

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Elisabeth Rohm Joins Jennifer Lawrence in ‘Joy’

27 February 2015 2:41 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Elisabeth Rohm has joined Jennifer Lawrence in “Joy.” She will play the sister of Lawrence’s Joy Mangano.

Edgar Ramirez and Robert De Niro are also starring in the David O’Russell film, in which Lawrence portrays a struggling Long Island single mother of three children who invents the Miracle Mop.

Rohm starred in Russell’s “American Hustle” as the wife of Carmine Polito, played by Jeremy Renner.

John Davis and John Fox are producing “Joy” for Fox 2000 along with Ken Mok. Shooting has started in Boston, with Fox planning a Christmas release.

Rohm is repped by Artists Intl. Management, Untitled Entertainment and Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson.

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- Dave McNary

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The Lazarus Effect | Review

27 February 2015 9:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Death Becomes Her: Gelb’s B-Grade Horror Haunted By Its Own Ideas

With its absurd title, which recalls an era of enjoyable B-grade Sci-Fi/horror films from decades past, The Lazarus Effect seems disappointingly inclined to revel in a shallow pool of absurd, preternatural devices. Though its third act regression into silliness may seem wholly unsurprising to a majority of its core audience, the pedigree of talent both in front of and behind the camera would seem to dictate otherwise. At its outset, there’s a decent degree of mounting dread, even as we expect the consequences of these medical students’ silly actions to quickly reign a terrible wrath upon their ambitious, presumptuous brains. The title, referencing a notable character from the Bible who literally comes back from the dead, is an obvious giveaway to those familiar with the allusion, but it very meekly pits its warring scientific and »

- Nicholas Bell

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Jennifer Lawrence's Pajama Pants: 11 Deeply Reflective Questions They Bring to Mind

26 February 2015 5:35 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Stay warm, Jennifer Lawrence!

The Catching Fire actress, who was sadly absent from awards season, braved a snowy Boston day with a natural look in boots and a cozy looking pair of pajama pants. J-Law is in town filming Joy which reunites the actress with her Silver Linings Playbook team, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, and director David O. Russell.

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And it sounds like despite the cold weather, things are pretty heated on the set. TMZ reports that there was a loud argument between Jennifer and Russell this week because she reportedly didn't like the way the Oscar-winning director was directing a scene. A rep for the movie studio Fox 2000 however, reportedly chalked the shouting match up to "method acting."

Pics: Jennifer Lawrence poses nude with a huge boa constrictor

Annnnyway, something about this picture of a sleepy looking Lawrence in pajama pants makes us deeply reflective, and brings up 11 questions we will offer without »

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Bruce Willis Action Pic ‘Wake’ Closes Down Amid Financing Woes

26 February 2015 3:31 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Financing problems have shut down production of Bruce Willis’ action-thriller “Wake,” which had been shooting in Cleveland.

Benaroya Pictures is working quickly to remedy the delay in production on the feature film ‘Wake,’ and we are optimistic we will resume principal photography in approximately 2-3 weeks,” said the company in a statement.

Benaroya’s sales company International Film Trust introduced the project to international buyers at the Berlin Film Festival. CAA is representing U.S. rights.

John Pogue is directing from a script by Chris Borrelli. Producers are Michael Benaroya of Benaroya Pictures, Tobin Armbrust, David Alpert and Chris Cowles.

Willis is portraying a sociopath who returns to his childhood home on a remote island for his brother’s wake. When the island comes under siege, he must save the family that banished him from his ancestral home years ago.

It’s the second time in less than four months »

- Dave McNary

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Pilot News: Phylicia Rashad to Lead CBS' For Justice Drama

26 February 2015 11:42 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Cosby mom Phylicia Rashad might soon have a new TV brood: She has signed on to play gay FBI agent Georgina Howe in the drama pilot For Justice.

Georgina is an oft-discriminated-against Washington, D.C. power player whose responsibility to her work — in the criminal section of the Department of Civil Rights Division — often clashes with her obligations to her radical family.

Related Pilot Season ’15: Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows, Who’s In Them

For Justice is penned by Law & Order vet Rene Balcer and counts Robert DeNiro and novelist James Patterson among its executive producers. »

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Phylicia Rashad to Star in CBS’ ‘For Justice’ Pilot (Exclusive)

26 February 2015 10:59 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Phylicia Rashad has been cast as a series regular in CBS’ drama “For Justice,” Variety has learned.

The Cosby Show” mom will play a gay black woman by the name of Georgina Howe in the pilot, set to be directed by “Selma’s” Ava DuVernay.

Rashad’s character is described has a savvy Washington player who has faced discrimination for her race and sexual orientation, and fights to protect the independence and integrity of her high-profile Civil Rights Division.

The project, based on James Patterson’s novel “The Thomas Berryman Number,” follows a female FBI agent working in the Criminal Section of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division who finds herself caught between her radical real family and her professional family.

“Law & Order” vet Rene Balcer penned the pilot and will serve as exec producer, alongside DuVernay, Robert De Niro, Jane RosenthalJames PattersonBill Robinson and Leopoldo Gout. »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Virginia Madsen Joins Jennifer Lawrence In David O. Russell’s Joy

26 February 2015 10:00 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Once you’re in with David O. Russell, you’re really in. The Oscar-nominated director’s next film, buzzy biopic Joy, will reunite him with American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook stars Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro, ensuring another round of Oscar nominations for them all. Luckily, though, it won’t be all familiar faces for Russell: Sideways actress Virginia Madsen has just joined the cast, The Hollywood Reporter confirms.

The film, set for a prime awards season release on Christmas Day this year, will focus on Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano (Lawrence), who began inventing at a young age and eventually hit it big with the Mop and Huggable Hampers, in addition to more than 100 other patents. As her empire grew, Mangano also juggled the responsibilities of playing single mom to three children.

Edgar Ramirez also stars, though the specifics of his, Cooper’s, De Niro »

- Isaac Feldberg

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11 of action cinema's great movie villain pairings

25 February 2015 8:11 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From early Bond to 21st century sci-fi, here's Ryan's pick of 11 unforgettable villain pairings from action cinema history...

You're generally lucky if a movie has one genuinely great villain in it, let alone two. This is probably because creating a villain takes great acting and writing - it's one thing to create a preening character who stomps around a story doing unpleasant things, but creating a villain who's three-dimensional, witty, scary and above all memorable requires considerable skill.

Every so often, a movie comes along which gives us not one, but two classic villains, with the personality of one complementing the other. A familiar dynamic was once laid out by Steven Spielberg: one is smart and eloquent , while the other is the tougher, more violent of the pair. It's a template that we've seen time and again in cinema, but it's only occasionally that both characters leap from the screen. »

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Bill Block leaves Qed International

24 February 2015 10:41 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Qed International founder and CEO Bill Bock is leaving the sales, financing and production company behind District 9, Fury and W.

Sources speculated the move would free up Block, a former agent who founded the company in 2002, to dedicate more time to Merced Media.

Block announced the $500m film fund last October alongside PalmStar Media Capital CEO Kevin Frakes and Merced Capital.

A spokesperson declined to comment on the future Qed International and its skeleton staff in Los Angeles.

Media Content Capital heads Sasha Shapiro and Anton Lessine, who made an eight-figure investment in Qed International last May, told The Hollywood Reporter they plan to personally assume the reins and will head to Cannes with new sales titles.

The company took a hit on the Arnold Schwarzenegger action thriller Sabotage, which allegedly cost $35m to produce and took less than $17m worldwide.

However the Brad Pitt WWII tank thriller Fury has proved a lucrative investment given Qed’s first »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Qed founder Bill Block mulls next steps

24 February 2015 10:41 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Qed International founder and CEO Bill Bock is leaving the sales, financing and production company behind District 9, Fury and W.

Sources speculated the move would free up Block, a formed CAA agent who founded the company in 2002, to dedicate more time to Merced Media.

Block announced the $500m film fund last October alongside PalmStar Media Capital CEO Kevin Frakes and Merced Capital.

A spokesperson declined to comment on the future Qed International and its skeleton staff in Los Angeles.

Media Content Capital heads Sasha Shapiro and Anton Lessine, who made an eight-figure investment in Qed International last May, told The Hollywood Reporter they plan to personally assume the reins and will head to Cannes with new sales titles.

The company took a hit on the Arnold Schwarzenegger action thriller Sabotage, which allegedly cost $35m to produce and took less than $17m worldwide.

However the Brad Pitt WWII tank thriller Fury has proved a lucrative investment given Qed »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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13th Annual Tsr Movie Awards — Final Results — 2014 Films

22 February 2015 9:00 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

13th Annual Tsr Movie Awards

Here are the results for the 13th Annual Tsr Movie Awards.

Thank you to the 342 movie fans from across the nation voted in the awards this year.

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7.87 Guardians Of The Galaxy

7.80 The Lego Movie

7.57 Captain America: The Winter Soldier

7.48 X-men: Days Of Future Past

6.96 Big Hero 6

6.68 The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

6.51 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

6.40 American Sniper

5.09 Maleficient

3.63 Transformers: Age Of Extinction

Funniest »

- Jeff Bayer

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Can't-Miss Celebrity Pics!

20 February 2015 2:25 PM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Jennifer Lawrence is taking on the role of a home-shopping TV star and single mother in her upcoming movie Joy, and on Thursday, the actress gave us a peek of her character on set. The movie finds Jennifer reteaming with director David O. Russell and actors Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro to tell the story of entrepreneur Joy Mangano. In other interesting moments, Scarlett Johansson went backstage at Oscars rehearsals, Chris Pratt attempted to kiss Adam Scott while showing off his butt, and Lily James and Richard Madden geared up to promote the live-action Cinderella. Keep reading to see all that and more! »

- Nick-Maslow

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‘Utopia’ Director Boards Science-Fiction Thriller for FilmNation

20 February 2015 11:52 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

British director Marc Munden is in talks to direct FilmNation’s science-fiction thriller “Aether.”

FilmNation acquired Krysty Wilson-Cairns’ script last year and is producing, financing and handling worldwide sales. Plot details are being kept under wraps.

Munden directed six of the 12 episodes of the British TV series “Utopia,” along with Iraq War drama “The Mark of Cain” and the BBC miniseries “The Crimson Petal and the White.”

Munden is repped by Independent Talent Group in the U.K. and Wme in the U.S.

FilmNation has been looking to expand in adult dramas in the independently financed world. It had an impressive trio of highbrow films screening at Berlin: “Knight of Cups,” directed by Terrence Malick; “Life,” from Anton Corbijn; and “Mr. Holmes,” with Bill Condon directing Ian McKellen.

FilmNation sold a one-third stake in the company last year to Village Roadshow, which invested $18 million in FilmNation. The first two »

- Dave McNary

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Oscars 2015: Fox Searchlight, New Regency Nab Second Straight Best Picture Win

19 February 2015 3:13 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

For the second year in a row, specialty distributor Fox Searchlight and production company New Regency have taken home the best picture Oscar. Last year, it was 12 Years a Slave. This year, it's Birdman. But while that winning streak is impressive in itself, what makes it even more remarkable is that Birdman almost didn't happen. In the fall of 2012, director Alejandro G. Inarritu and Regency president-ceo Brad Weston settled into a table at Ago, the West Hollywood Italian eatery co-owned by Robert De Niro. They were at their wit’s end. Their plans to begin production on The Revenant

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- Pamela McClintock

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