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By Mark Pinkert
If David O. Russell gets nominated for Best Director this year, he will have accomplished something that Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Alfred Hitchcock, Francis Ford Coppola and many other great directors have not–that is, to earn three Best Director nominations in the span of only four years. In fact, only eleven other directors have been on comparable hot streaks in Academy Award history, and only one of those streaks (by Clint Eastwood) has occurred after 1960. (See below for reference.)
This is not a comparison of overall quality or career prolificity (not many can bout with Scorsese, Allen, Hitchcock and Coppola in those categories), but merely a tribute to Russell’s ultra-concentrated efforts in the past four years and a recognition of the difficulty of this feat. It’s also a relevant because it might shed some light on previous Oscar trends and on what we »
- Mark Pinkert
"I still don't see a movie that's come along that I can make a case for beating '12 Years a Slave,'" Glenn Whipp (L.A. Times) says in our podcast chat. "I think that movie has the combination of craft and importance that acadmey members are going to go with this year." As for "American Hustle," he says, "You can make a strong case for it. People like it a lot. Some love it. It got a bit of a boost from New York Film Critics Circle giving it Best Picture. It has a little bit of heft to it. It's about something .… It has a little bit of history in there – a lot like 'Argo,' you know? It's fizzy. Great cast. A real favorite with the actors' branch. Jennifer Lawrence is the one who's really popping with everyone." As for "Gravity," Whipp says, "I'm a member of »
Before the clock runs out on 2013, People's movie critic counts down her 10 favorite films of the year. Are your picks on the list? 10. Enough SaidHalf of my favorite movies of the year had great roles for actresses over 40, starting right here with Nicole Holofcener's vulnerable, witty comedy about dating and single parenthood. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is deeply relatable as Eva, schlepping her massage table around Los Angeles, along with her mountain of insecurities. The late James Gandolfini is all things sweet and sexy as Albert, just as nervous as Eva, but a bit more game to take a chance. This »
- Alynda Wheat, People Movie Critic
Josh Hutcherson hasn't forgotten his Kentucky roots! On Saturday, Dec. 28, the Hunger Games: Catching Fire went to cheer on his hometown college basketball team, the University of Kentucky Wildcats, as they took on the Louisville Cardinals. The 21-year-old actor showed up to Lexington's Rupp Arena decked out in team colors, and Josh's fellow Blue fans wanted to acknowledge him, too, so they did--with a Mockingjay salute! As first reported by Kentucky.com, thousands of fans in the stands raised three fingers to the sky in solidarity just like Peeta (Josh) and Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) do in the popular films. Josh appeared to be touched by the warm homecoming reception, and the smiling star looked right »
It looks like Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult had a very Merry Christmas--together! The Hunger Games: Catching Fire star spent some time before the holidays in her hometown of Lexington, Kentucky (she also made a stop at a local children's hospital, much to the delight of the kids, their families and the staff), and then the 23-year-old actress flew across the pond to join her X-Men love in his native Hampshire, England! A photo popped up on Twitter of the twosome posing happily alongside two fans after reportedly hitting up a local pub. Nicholas, 24, didn't directly address Jen's U.K. visit, but he did seem filled with holiday cheer when he tweeted Dec. 30. "Hope you all had a brilliant »
After a rocky year for their relationship, JLaw and NHoult are back together and going strong — she even spent Christmas with his family in England!
The couple, who met in 2011 while filming X-Men: First Class, were snapped in a photo with fans looking better than ever. Jen donned her amazing new hairdo — one of her many great moves during 2013, and had a huge smile.
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Nicholas also looked happy — and why shouldn’t he be.
It’s been a huge year for the couple, who parted ways in January after two years, but then rekindled their romance in August.
Then, in November, they »
- Emily Longeretta
Whether it was a dramatic pixie cut, a shocking bangs debut or a blonde dye job, stars like Beyonce, Michelle Obama and Kim Kardashian had us gasping over their hair in 2013! Let’s take a look at the top 10 transformations!
Hair Transformations Of 2013 — The Pixie Cut Rules
The pixie cut was, by far, the biggest hair cut trend of 2013. Jennifer Lawrence chopped her locks just before The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hit theaters in November and debuted a variety of styles on carpets around the world.
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Pamela Anderson chopped her long, blonde hair in late October, just before running the New York City marathon! Then, she dyed it brown! By Dec. 31, she was back to blonde.
- Dory Larrabee
Title: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Directed By: Francis Lawrence Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherland, Jena Malone, Sam Claflin, Amanda Plummer, Jeffrey Wright, Lynn Cohen, Liam Hemsworth, Paula Malcomson, Willow Shields, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, Phillip Seymour Hoffman Between the prime source material, built-in fan base, epic star power and increased budget, Francis Lawrence’s adaptation of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” had all the potential in the world, but that also shrouded it in an exorbitant amount of pressure and expectation, so it’s a good thing Lawrence rose to the occasion. The second installment picks up shortly after the events of the first. Katniss [ Read More ]
The post The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Perri Nemiroff
Surprising no one who has been on the Internet recently, the star most credited for the industry’s record year of domestic box office sales is Jennifer Lawrence.
The ”Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “American Hustle” actress was voted the top money-making star of 2013 in Quigley Publishing Company’s annual poll of motion picture theater owners and film buyers. Sandra Bullock, who costarred in “The Heat” and “Gravity” this year, was second and Lawrence’s “Hustle” costar, Bradley Cooper (who also appeared in “The Hangover III” this year) came in third.
Lawrence and Joseph Gordon Levitt were Quigley’s Stars of Tomorrow in 2012. This is the first time an actor has gone from the top of that poll to top money maker in a year. This year’s Stars of Tomorrow are Amy Adams, another “Hustle” costar, and James Franco.
Because of her ability to transition between blockbusters and adult dramas, »
- Whitney Friedlander
Source: Getty When Josh Hutcherson showed up to watch his hometown college basketball team, the University of Kentucky Wildcats, play on Saturday night, he probably didn't anticipate getting such a special welcome from his fellow fans. Josh waved to the crowd from center court and was given the signature Mockingjay salute - a solemn, silent three fingers in the air - by the thousands of game-goers. The actor seemed to be delighted by the greeting as he threw his hands up and showed off a giant grin. Thanks to his breakout role as Peeta Mellark in The Hunger Games films, plus his rabid love of the Wildcats, Josh is undoubtedly a huge star around Lexington. Even though he was without his pal Jennifer Lawrence in the South, we think Josh got a tribute fitting of both Tributes. Source: © Lexington Herald-Leader/Zumapress.com »
- Brittney Stephens
2013 was not only an all-time record year for domestic and global box office, it was also a big year for digital marketing and social media in Hollywood. We have seen some of the biggest viral campaigns in 2013, and YouTube and Facebook have finally arrived at the center of every digital marketing mix.
Twitter has claimed a decent impact on water cooler conversations, Buzzfeed has reinvented (or at least smartly repackaged) native advertising and Tumblr has used the momentum after its acquisition by Yahoo to position itself as the new echo chamber for fan engagement. Budgets have been steadily shifting towards digital media, and digital savvy has become the new must-have. Overall levels of relevance, mass reach, sophistication and smart spending have increased tremendously in 2013.
Google claimed in June that search volume on Google and YouTube could predict box office quite accurately. No digital marketer would have argued with that, since »
- Tobias Bauckhage
In preparing to ring in the new year, let’s bid a not-so-fond farewell to seven media trends that remained inordinately prominent – and especially tiresome – during 2013.
Granted, this farewell is, at best, temporary. Media folk are, after all, creatures of habit. Yet while it would be naïve to hope any of these irritants can be retired, it would be lovely to see at least some of them reduced in the year ahead:
Foot-in-the-mouth firings. As it turned out, 2013 was an unusually good year for people saying stupid things on TV – or committing social-media suicide via 140-character outbursts on Twitter. Granted, this should have served notice to those who toil in some form of communications that they should actually think before they speak or tweet, but the rapid-response armies of peasants with pitchforks have a way of turning each of these interludes into its own over-saturated, media-scrum monstrosity.
At the very least, »
- Brian Lowry
Oh no! Brit practically lost her dress during a sexy performance — but luckily she kept her cool and recovered like a pro. Phew!
Britney Spears almost showed off way more than she bargained for as a zipper on one of her sexy corset costumes ripped open — her “Pieces Of Me” show almost turned into a peep show! The 32-year-old was performing her hit, “Circus,” at the at The Axis theater in Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas on Dec. 28, (just the day after she kicked off her Vegas residency!), when the back of her sequin costume totally split open — so, what did she do?
Britney Spears’ Wardrobe Malfunction During Vegas Show — Dress Rips Open:
Brit is always such a professional on stage and the show must go on — and that it did! Despite the fact that her corset was barely hanging on by a thread, Brit continued to dance along and »
- Katrina Mitzeliotis
Tease your hair out, snap your gum, and put on something that hugs your curves, because it’s a boom time for brassy Long Island blondes at the movie theater this season. Between Jennifer Lawrence in American Hustle, Margot Robbie in The Wolf of Wall Street, and Scarlett Johansson in Don Jon, it seems like just about every well-reviewed comedy about a rake behaving badly is guaranteed to feature him romancing a heavily accented hottie from across the harbor. But how can you tell all these lovely ladies apart? With this handy-dandy guide, you’ll be better able to tell your Barbaras from your Naomis and from your Rosalyns. And you’d best study up: Set one foot wrong, and you’ll run afoul of the one thing these Long Island blondes all have in common — their outrageously hair-trigger temper. »
- Kyle Buchanan
Thanks to Empire magazine, we've got a couple of behind-the-scenes images from two of 20th Century Fox's big summer 2014 offerings in the sequels X-Men: Days of Future Past and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. First up is a still from Bryan Singer's latest X-Men adventure, which sees the director joined by James McAvoy (Professor X), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Michael Fassbender (Magneto) and Hugh Jackman (Wolverine)...
X-Men: Days of Future Past is set for release on May 23rd 2014 with a cast that also includes Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Lucas Till, Halle Berry, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Daniel Cudmore, Evan Peters, Omar Sy, Booboo Stewart, Fan Binbing, Adam Canto, Josh Helman and Peter Dinklage, while Dawn of the Planet of the Apes »
- Gary Collinson
As 2013 draws to a close and 2014 lay wide open before us, full of wondrous possibilities, we at Zap2it figure it's time to proffer some predictions for the new year. So, without further ado:
Miley Cyrus will neither have a meltdown nor go to rehab (sorry, haters).
Justin Bieber will finally get arrested for something.
Kanye West will keep his New Year's resolution to stop "talking s***" for all of about two minutes.
Spinoffs of spinoff series will become all the rage. »
Top box office movies of 2013: If you make original, quality films… (photo: Sandra Bullock has two movies among the top 15 box office hits of 2013; Bullock is seen here in ‘The Heat,’ with Melissa McCarthy) (See previous post: “2013 Box Office Record? History is Remade If a Few ‘Minor Details’ Ignored.”) As further evidence that moviegoers want original, quality entertainment, below you’ll find a list of the top 15 movies at the domestic box office in 2013 — nine of which are sequels or reboots (ten if you include Oz the Great and Powerful), and more than half of which are 3D releases. Disney and Warner Bros. were the two top studios in 2013. Disney has five movies among the top 15; Warners has three. With the exception of the sleeper blockbuster Gravity, which, however dumbed down, targeted a more mature audience, every single one of the titles below were aimed either at teenagers/very, »
- Zac Gille
Surprise, surprise -- no one wants to live next door to Kimye.
Real estate website Zillow has released their seventh annual Celebrity Neighbor Survey, and topping the list of worst possible celebrity neighbors are the less than beloved Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. Twenty-five percent of Americans surveyed hope to never live next door to the infamous couple, while only two percent would like to have them as neighbors.
"No one wants to live next door to a family who has cameras following them everywhere and seems to seek out as much attention as possible," Zillow Chief Marketing Officer Amy Bohutinsky says in a statement accompanying the results. "However, with more than one-third of surveyed Americans preferring a non-celebrity neighbor, what remains clear is that many people don't want to live next to any celebrity, regardless of why they are famous."
On the flip side, Jimmy Fallon tops the list as Most Desirable Celebrity Neighbor, »
New Hunger Games 3,Mockingjay filming & Jennifer Lawrence details dished out. According to a new report from Mockingjay.net, "Hunger Games 3: Mockingjay" Alma Coin actress, Julianne Moore (left), recently chatted it up with "She Knows" website, and said a few kind words about working with the great Katniss,starlet, Jennifer Lawrence, and also about her filming schedule. It turns out that she has been having a lot of fun on the Hunger Games set, and she thinks Jennifer is absolutely great, and more. Julianne told them: "The Hunger Games is a lot of fun. My kids are at that age that they read and loved the books. So I am thrilled to be involved in something they enjoy. Jennifer Lawrence is just great. She’s so talented and smart and fun. She deserves every second of the attention that she’s getting.” From there, she commented a little on her filming schedule for Mockingjay, »
As the year winds down, we're checking back on how some of our favorite celebrities fared on their 2013 resolutions. Surprisingly, most of the stars managed to keep their promises. For example, Adam Levine, who Tweeted his resolution for 2013: New Years resolution: be more awesome.— Adam Levine (@adamlevine) January 3, 2013 Yep, his 2013 New Year's resolution was to "be more awesome." Did he somehow know that he would be named People's Sexiest Man Alive? Jennifer Lawrence shared her 2013 goals with Marie Claire South Africa: "My New Year's resolution is to stand up for myself. It's hard for me. Nobody wants to be disliked. »
- Melissa Locker
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