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Exclusive: Universal Pictures has acquired a pitch inspired by the Ellen Shanman novel Everything Nice that will be written by Karen Croner as a potential star vehicle for Charlize Theron. Theron will produce with her Denver And Delilah Films partners Beth Kono and A.J. Dix. They acquired the material themselves from the author’s Anonymous Content rep Rosalie Swedlin and attached Croner to write before making the Universal deal. Croner scripted Admission, the Tina Fey-Paul Rudd comedy released last year by Universal. This marks the latest in a burgeoning relationship between Theron and Universal. Denver And Delilah is separately developing Agent 13 at Universal, and Theron stars in the upcoming Seth MacFarlane-directed A Million Ways To Die In The West. The hope is for her to play Michaela, an advertising exec who gets fired and takes on the only job she can get, teaching life skills to »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Who's Emilia Clarke dating these days? No one! In the new issue of InStyle U.K., the gorgeous 26-year-old Game of Thrones star opens up about loving life as a single lady. "People keep asking me who I'm dating right now and the truth is...wait for [it]...no one," the actress told the fashion mag. "And that's Ok. I'm figuring out a lot of stuff right now. I think as a woman it's in our nature to nurture someone else. Sometimes at the expense of ourselves." Clarke previously romanced Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. The two first got together at the 2012 Emmys and dated for several months before breaking up in Mar. 2013. Even without a man, Clarke has plenty to »
The Captain Phillips star is finding it hard to make ends meet, despite his Oscar nomination for best supporting actor
• Interview: Barkhad Abdi
Oscar nominee Barkhad Abdi was one of the breakout stars of the awards season for his critically acclaimed turn as a Somali pirate in Captain Phillips. But a new profile in the New Yorker reveals the Mogadishu-born actor has been struggling to make ends meet since being catapulted into the Hollywood spotlight.
Abdi was paid $65,000 two years ago for his role in Paul Greengrass's true life thriller. Despite having been put up by studio Sony at the plush Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, he has been living day to day on expenses and wore borrowed clothes for a number of awards season functions. A taxi driver friend from Minneapolis, where Abdi's family settled at the turn of the century after emigrating from Somalia, has been driving him to events for free. »
- Ben Child
The docu-series, presented by Fox and the National Geographic Channel, is a continuation of the 1980 PBS show “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage,” the brainchild of the late astronomer Carl Sagan. The new take on “Cosmos,” spearheaded by science buff Seth MacFarlane, maintains the same goal of educating viewers about space and the universe, but takes advantage of modern technological advances, animation and CGI to create an immersive spacetime experience.
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, the program’s host, was joined at the premiere by “Cosmos” writer, director and exec producer Ann Druyan (pictured with Tyson, left, and) and MacFarlane), who is Sagan’s widow, as well as exec producers MacFarlane, Mitchell Cannold and Brannon Braga and co-exec producer Jason Clark.
Tyson said that, »
- Andrea Seikaly
On Tuesday (March 4), fans in 10 cities across the country will have the exclusive opportunity to be the first on the planet to see the series premiere of "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" early.
But if you don't live in those 10 lucky cities, have no fear: You can watch a live stream of the premiere screening Q&A with host Neil deGrasse Tyson and executive producers Ann Druyan, Seth MacFarlane, Mitchell Cannold, Brannon Braga and Jason Clark, right here.
“Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey” premieres Sunday at 9/8c on multiple U.S. Fox networks, including Fox and National Geographic Channel. Also read: ‘Cosmos’ Original Series Gets Nat Geo Marathon Prior to Reboot Premiere Also read: Fox's ‘Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey’ to Debut on 10 U.S. Channels Simultaneously Also read: Seth MacFarlane on ‘Dads’ vs. ‘Cosmos’ — With a Side of ‘F— You’ »
- Jethro Nededog
Get ready for billions and billions — or at least a whole lot — of episodes of “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage.” The National Geographic channel will air a two-day marathon of the original “Cosmos” series this weekend, leading up to the premiere of Seth MacFarlane's reboot of the series — “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.” Also read: Seth MacFarlane on ‘Dads’ vs. ‘Cosmos’ — With a Side of ‘F— You’ Starting Saturday at noon, the National Geographic Channel will air all 13 episodes of the Carl Sagan series, which premiered on PBS in 1980. The new series, which counts MacFarlane among its writers »
- Tim Kenneally
The Academy Awards can be a mixed bag. On one hand, they are are one of the prime celebrations of the industry that I love so much. On the other, they gave Best Picture to The Hurt Locker. Yeah, I still hate that movie. Nonetheless, the Oscars this year were pretty damn good. The Academy has been having trouble finding a reliable host for years, but they've found it with Ellen Degeneres. She was biting and witty, but lacked the mean-spiritedness that Seth MacFarlane was criticized for. »
- David Hoffman
Seth MacFarlane is still working on that sequel to Ted, but in the meantime our screens will be filled with a kinder, gentler breed of stuffed animated animal. While the first Paddington trailer doesn’t reveal much, it does set the tone for a sweetly fantastical family adventure — basically, everything Ted was not. At the […]
The post ‘Paddington’ Trailer: A Sentient Toy Bear Takes Over London appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
Jon Stewart has hosted the Oscars twice, but it doesn't seem like he wants to do so again. The Daily Show star began his interview with fellow former Oscars host Seth MacFarlane Monday night by reminiscing about their past Oscar gigs. When MacFarlane pointed out that Stewart hosted twice, Stewart said the second time was more of a do-over. "I [hosted the second time] because they thought, like in golf, 'Boy that first shot sucked, do you want to hit again?' " Stewart said. Photos: Backstage at the 2014 Oscars The host later said, with a straight face, "It's
- THR Staff
Seth MacFarlane follow up to his hit comedy “Ted” from 2012 is going to be a comedy and Western. “A Million Ways To Die In The West” is positioned to be one of the biggest comedies this summer. The film features an all-star cast and from the looks of the movie’s new poster, it looks like it will be a very funny one too. Universal Pictures has put a lot of faith on MacFarlane after the surprise success of “Ted,” so hopefully “A Million Ways To Die In The West” will be another good one from the “Family Guy” creator. “Albert (Seth MacFarlane) is a sheep farmer who lacks courage, [ Read More ]
The post A Million Ways To Die In The West Gets A New Poster appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Rudie Obias
2nd Update, 7:55 Am: Awards season may be over for now but numbers for the Oscars are still coming in – and they are going up. Based on the latest figures from Nielsen, Sunday’s 86th Annual Academy Awards had a total viewership of 43.7 million with a 13.1/33 rating among adults 18-49. That’s a small rise from the previous figure of 43.0 million viewers and a 12.9 rating among the key demo. That result, which is up 8% from 2013, also makes the 3-hour and 34-minute 2014 Oscars the most watched Academy Awards since 2000 when 46.53 million tuned in. Hosted by Billy Crystal in his seventh stint as Oscars frontman, that 4-hour 4-minute show saw American Beauty take home the Best Picture award. Among the 18-49s, the new rating makes this year’s Oscars the highest rated in the demo since 2010. 1st Update, 10:45 Am March 3: The 86th Annual Academy Awards was watched by 43.0 million viewers last night. »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
Last night's Oscar telecast scored the ceremony's highest viewership numbers in years with an audience of 43 million in the United States alone.
It also scored a 12.9 rating amongst adults 18-49, which adds up to making this the most watched entertainment telecast since the finale of "Friends" back in May 2004.
A combination of a relatively open field for Best Picture, popular box-office favourites like "Gravity" and "Frozen" being in the mix, and the safe and inoffensive hosting hands of Ellen DeGeneres, all combined to deliver numbers 6% higher than last year's heavily criticised Seth MacFarlane-hosted gig.
The ceremony was just as long though, clocking in at three hours and thirty-five minutes.
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- Garth Franklin
Oscar 2014 TV ratings: 10-year high in overall viewership in U.S. (image: Twitter hit ‘Ellen selfie Oscars,’ featuring Ellen DeGeneres, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, and Oscar 2014 company) Hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, whose "Oscars selfie" became a record-breaking Twitter hit, and featuring the likes of Angelina Jolie, Will Smith, and John Travolta as presenters — in addition to a pizza delivery man as part of an extended DeGeneres joke — the 2014 Oscar ceremony hit a 10-year high in overall viewership. In the coveted 18-49 age bracket, this year’s Oscar show drew a 12.9 rating vs. 13.0 last year; overall, in the United States an estimated 43 million people watched at least some segments of the Oscar telecast held on Sunday, March 2, 2014 — up 6% compared to last year’s show hosted by Seth MacFarlane, and featuring Ben Affleck’s Argo, Jennifer Lawrence, Daniel Day-Lewis, Christoph Waltz, and Anne Hathaway among the winners. »
- Steve Montgomery
Peter Debruge: All is right with the universe. Not sure I felt this way going in, but as it turns out, the Oscar race was all about race. As Ellen DeGeneres joked at the top of the telecast, “Possibility No. 1: ‘12 Years a Slave’ wins best picture. Possibility No. 2: You’re all racists. And now please welcome our first white presenter, Anne Hathaway … ”
And yet, the evening proved to be incredibly diverse, both in its presenters and in its recipients. Of course, “12 Years” did go on to win, reflecting the Academy’s deep admiration for a film that tackles a subject the industry has been largely remiss in addressing. Though I hope its choices were indeed made from the heart, as opposed to on behalf of an actual agenda, such recognition is especially encouraging in light of the Los Angeles Times investigation that estimated the Academy’s 5,765 active voting members to be 94% white. »
- Peter Debruge, Scott Foundas and Justin Chang
According to early ratings, viewership of this year's Academy Awards was at a 10-year high. Thanks to host Ellen DeGeneres's social media–friendly antics – such as taking a number of selfies with celebrities, including one especially star-studded one that has so far gotten over 2.8 million retweets – the show attracted 43 million people to tune in, according to Vulture. The last time the Oscars cracked 43 million viewers was in 2004, when Lord of the Rings: Return of the King won Best Picture and its host was Billy Crystal.
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(Cbr) "Movie 43" and "After Earth" were the big “winners” at the Razzies last night, with each film taking home three trophies from the awards ceremony that “honors” the worst movies of 2013. "Movie 43", which featured Hugh Jackman, Dennis Quaid, Kate Winslet, Seth MacFarlane, Chris Pratt, Emma Stone and many more big Hollywood stars in various short films being pitched to studios by a washed-up producer, took home the award for Worst Picture, Worst Screenplay and Worst Director — or directors, as the film had 13. "After Earth", the science fiction film directed by M. Night Shyamalan that starred Will and Jaden Smith, took home the awards for Worst Lead Actor, Worst Supporting Actor and Worst Screen Combo for the father-son duo. Tyler Perry won his eighth Razzie for Worst Actress for "A Madea Christmas", where he once again performed in drag, while Kim Kardashian took the Worst Supporting Actress statue for »
- JK Parkin, Comic Book Resources
Ellen DeGeneres didn’t just break Twitter records Sunday: Her Oscar broadcast was the most-watched Academy Awards show in a decade. Per Nielsen “fast national” ratings, Sunday’s three-and-a-half-hour telethon was seen by 43 million viewers, up 6 percent from 2013’s audience of 40.4 million viewers when Seth MacFarlane hosted. Among viewers under 50, the Oscars notched a 12.9 rating, down a tick from last year’s 13.0 rating; among those under 35, the show was up a tick to an 11.4 rating (vs. 11.3 last year). The strong performance by the awards also boosted tune-in for Jimmy Kimmel’s annual post-Oscar show: It averaged 7 million viewers, up a whopping 22 percent from last year. It was Kimmel’s biggest audience ever, either in prime time or late night. While the numbers were nothing but positive for ABC, it’s worth noting how the Oscars — like most big TV events — have declined over »
- Josef Adalian
At the Independent Spirit Awards Saturday afternoon, John Cassavetes Award winner (and former In Contention contributor) Chad Hartigan told me something I didn't know: He wouldn't have made "This is Martin Bonner" if it weren't for Steve McQueen's "Hunger." He copped a few of the film's lines in his film, some of the camerawork, too. He was inspired, he said, by a filmmaker who could pull something that powerful off with such modest means, both financially and artistically. That, to me, is McQueen's legend. That, to me, is the kind of thing that will endure. These nickel-plated notions of "importance" that people throw around during the Oscar season, straining to associate some arbitrary level meaning to the thing, they can frankly diminish the very fine achievement on display. "I fear all the talk about the historical importance of '12 Years a Slave' almost completely obscures its extraordinary artistic merit, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Early this morning, I posted some meaningless numbers with time period data suggesting that the 86th Academy Awards might have been up for ABC. Slightly less meaningless data is in and, indeed, ABC is boasting that the Ellen DeGeneres-hosted Oscars hit a 10-year high in total viewers and crushed the year's other big award shows in all measures. Per Fast National and Live + Same Day ratings, the Oscars averaged 43 million viewers on Sunday (March 2) night and did a 12.9 rating among adults 18-49. That made this the most-watched Oscars overall since 2004 and, in fact, ABC is saying this was TV's most-watched entertainment telecast since the May 2004 series finale of "Friends." The show was up by 6 percent in total viewers. The Oscars telecast was also up 1 percent among adults 18-34 to a seven-year high, up 8 percent among teens 12-17 and up 9 percent among kids 2-11. It's unclear what to make of that, »
- Daniel Fienberg
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