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Disney acquires rights for future 'Indiana Jones' films
First Star Wars, now Indiana Jones? The Walt Disney Studios announced Friday that it has reached a marketing and distribution agreement with Paramount Pictures for future Indiana Jones films, meaning George Lucas’ two iconic franchises are now firmly in Disney’s hands.
Of course, Disney has owned Indiana Jones production rights since 2012, when the studio acquired LucasFilm. Until now, though, Paramount possessed marketing and distribution rights. Those now belong to Disney, making the process of making and releasing future Indiana Jones films much easier — not to mention more likely. In return for the rights, Paramount will receive “financial participation on any future films. »
- Grady Smith
‘Terminator’ TV Series in Development with ‘X-Men’ Writers
“Terminator” continues to make good on its “I’ll be back” promise — this time, with a new TV show.
Skydance Prods. and Annapurna Pictures — the shingles behind Paramount’s 2015 “Terminator” reboot — have teamed to develop a fresh “Terminator” television series, hiring “X-Men: First Class” scribes Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller to write and exec produce.
TV project is said to follow a critical moment from the first “Terminator” film — where the film’s story goes one way, the upcoming television show will take that same moment in a completely different direction. Skydance and Annapurna expect the new “Terminator” TV series and rebooted “Terminator” film franchise to have intersecting narratives, as well.
This won’t be the first time that »
- AJ Marechal
Nelson Mandela Dies at 95
Nelson Mandela, whose anti-apartheid leadership inspired millions around the world including songwriters, filmmakers and writers, died today at 95.
Mandela emerged after 27 years in prison (1963-1990) to become president of South Africa and is generally considered the father of his country. After his presidency, 1994-1999, he founded a global charitable organization. There have been many activists who have been mistreated and/or unjustly imprisoned, but Mandela’s story captured the imagination of the public — and artists — much more intensely than most.
Idris Elba plays him in “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” which was released in November. He has been portrayed in film and TV by a distinguished group of actors in such works as the 1997 “Mandela and de Klerk,” Sidney Poitier; 2007 “Goodbye Bafana,” Dennis Haysbert; 2009 “Invictus,” Morgan Freeman; 2010 “Mrs. Mandela,” David Harewood; 2011 “Winnie,” Terrence Howard.
He has also been given a dozen other depictions on TV and in film. And he »
- Tim Gray
Jay Z, Macklemore and Kendrick Lamar lead 2014 Grammy nominations
Jay Z easily led Grammy Award nominations announced Friday with nine, but left-of-center rappers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Kendrick Lamar were among a group of new stars who took many of the major nominations. Macklemore and Lewis' gay marriage anthem "Same Love" was among song of the year nominees and the Seattle rap crew joined Los Angeles rapper Lamar with seven nominations apiece, including best album and best new artist of the year. Pharrell Williams had four major nominations among his seven and Justin Timberlake also had seven. Macklemore and Lewis dominated a nominations TV special from the Nokia Theatre »
- Chris Talbott (AP)
Leonardo DiCaprio and ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Howl for Oscars
“The Wolf of Wall Street” screened today for media members. Was it worth the wait? You betcha. When awards nominations are announced next week, the question isn’t whether the Martin Scorsese film will be included but rather how many nods it will get.
Paramount has imposed a review embargo until Dec. 17 for the film, so details will be restrained. But this may be the only time you see restraint and “Wolf” used in the same sentence.
Within the first five minutes, the film pops off the screen with energy, style, sex, profanity and drugs. It’s a film about excess and at three hours, it’s a marathon of all those elements. So conservative awards voters may be put off.
But in general, audiences and voters love the familiar mixed with the new: They like to see a favorite star or filmmaker but be surprised when they go in new directions, »
- Tim Gray
Lorde on her Grammy nods: 'This doesn't happen to people from New Zealand'
Los Angeles - Declaring that “this isn’t the kind of thing that happens to people from New Zealand,” a slightly overwhelmed Lorde was at a loss for words when it came to describing how receiving four Grammy nominations made the 17-year old feel. Her song, “Royals,” which spent 9 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100, garnered both record of the year and song of the year nods, while the singer also got a best pop solo performance and best pop vocal album nomination. Though new to the game, Lorde has proven herself to be fairly savvy with a certain take-no-prisoners attitude. »
10 Stories You Might Have Missed: Is Hugh Jackman really hanging up his Wolverine claws?
In this week's installment of 10 Stories You Might Have Missed: Is Hugh Jackman really going to hang up his Wolverine claws after "X-Men: Days of Future Past"? Also: Benedict Cumberbatch says Khan's reveal in "Star Trek Into Darkness" worked just fine, Martin Scorsese is hoping Al Pacino and Joe Pesci will join Robert De Niro in "The Irishman," Dianna Agron will guest star on "Glee," cult TV fave Lance Reddick heads to "American Horror Story," Nine Inch Nails touring with new lineup in 2014, and more. Catch up here: »
- HitFix Staff
7 things you didn't see during the Grammy Nominations Live broadcast
While much of the action took place on stage tonight at the “Grammy Nominations Concert Live,” there was plenty going on backstage beyond the cameras’ reach. Here are a few moments you didn’t see on TV: Ed Sheeran, who received a best new artist nomination, said he and Taylor Swift, with whom he co-wrote on her Grammy-nominated “Red” album, “definitely” have plans to work together again, but it may be a bit of a wait. “Yeah, not any time soon. I’m going to go off and do my own thing for awhile,” he said. Miguel, who performed with Keith Urban, and »
Will Britney Spears or Garth Brooks have the No. 1 album next week?
Garth Brooks will have his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 in 12 years next week as his box set, “Blame It All On My Roots,” is slated to climb 3-1 (155,000). The Walmart exclusive notched third place this week after only 3 1/2 days of availability this week, selling 164,000. In addition to being available only at the big box retailer, fans can only purchase the physical set, no download is available. Christmas titles continue to deck the charts as The Robertsons’ “Duck The Halls” takes the Duck Dynasty clan’s first holiday album to No. 2. (120,000). It »
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis talk 'surreal' Grammy nominations
Los Angeles - Despite the fact they've been in headlines for a year, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis still called their seven new Grammy Awards nominations "surreal." Announced on Friday night (Dec. 6), the nods were for honors including Album of the Year ("The Heist") and Song of the Year ("Same Love" feat. Mary Lambert). "[The award nominations] feels very, very, very, surreal. It's never gonna feel normal," Macklemore said backstage at "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!" show at the Nokia in L.A. The two had opened up the hour-long show, but still felt like they were "sneaking onto red carpets... This »
- Katie Hasty
It's Adele vs. Lana Del Rey at the 2014 Grammys as 'Skyfall' and 'Gatsby' face off
Adele won a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for her iconic ballad "Skyfall" from last year's 007 blockbuster, but will Lana Del Rey's "Young and Beautiful" end her winning streak at the 56th Grammy Awards? Yes, it's unlikely, isn't it? Adele is royalty. She rarely loses. The 26-year-old Brit has already won nine Grammy Awards including a massive sweep of the major categories in 2012. Next month she'll go up against the "now you take me seriously" songstress Lana Del Rey in the always oddly dated Best Song Written for Visual Media category. Other contenders include Coldplay's "Atlas" from "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" »
- Gregory Ellwood
2014 Grammy nominations: Surprises and snubs
Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were among the nominees with the most nods for the 2014 Grammy Awards nominations. But there were some interesting surprises for artists like Lamar, Sara Bareilles, Daft Punk and hip-hop on the whole as well as some severe snubs for -- yes -- Timberlake, Lorde, Kanye West, David Bowie and rock 'n' roll. Check out our staff picks on some of the extremes. Who deserved the most awards? Who shouldn't be on the list of Grammy nominees? Does this mean Miley Cyrus won't show up to the ceremony in February? »
- Katie Hasty, Dave Lewis, Melinda Newman and Whitney Phaneuf
Palm Springs Film Fest: 'American Hustle' to Receive Ensemble Performance Award
The star-studded cast of David O. Russell's dramedy American Hustle -- which includes Oscar winners Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence and Oscar nominees Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Renner -- will receive the Ensemble Performance Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, it was announced Friday. Photos: American Hustle's Character Posters The award will be presented on Jan. 4 at the Palm Springs Convention Center as part of the festival's 25th edition, which runs from Jan. 3-13. “Russell has created a viscerally powerful film,” said festival chairman Harold Matzner. “American Hustle grabs you from the start and
- Scott Feinberg
Grammy Awards Nominees: 10 Biggest Snubs and Surprises – From Bruno Mars to Lady Gaga
The nominees for the 56th annual Grammy Awards were revealed on Friday night, and in our attempt to make sense of it all, TheWrap brought in Damon Williams, Vice President of Programming & Content Development at Music Choice to determine the 10 biggest snubs and surprises leading up to Music’s Biggest Night. Here’s the breakdown: Snub: ”Applause” Ok, so Lady Gaga and “Artpop” aren’t exactly doing so well these days. Though the meat-wearing-when-she’s-not-naked artist’s album’s Nov. 6 release date missed the Grammy cut-off, the better-received single, “Applause,” came out well earlier — at the exact same time as Katy Perry’s “Roar. »
- Tony Maglio
Ida Documentary Awards Honor 'The Square,' 'Armstrong Lie' Director Alex Gibney, Laura Poitras and More
Academy shortlisters were the toast of the evening when the International Documentary Association unveiled their 2013 Ida Documentary Award winners at the DGA in Los Angeles. The top honor for Best Feature went to Jehane Noujaim's Egyptian revolution doc "The Square", set to premiere on Netflix in January and currently sitting on the 2014 documentary Oscar shortlist. From Ted Hope to Werner Herzog and Morgan Spurlock -- who won the Best Limited Series Award for his incisive CNN series "Inside Man -- the who's who of the indie film world assembled Friday night to honor 2013's top documentaries. Joining "The Square," two other Oscar-shortlisted films won prizes: "WikiLeaks: We Steal Secrets" and "The Armstrong Lie" director Alex Gibney took home the Career Achievement Award, while Zachary Heinzerling picked up the Emerging Filmmaker Award for his feature debut "Cutie and the Boxer." In his acceptance speech, Heinzerling thanked mentor Albert Maysles for telling. »
- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
‘Swerve’ Review: Jason Clarke Gives This Humdrum Noir Its Only Zing
Talk about a misleading title — “Swerve” offers little else besides the straight and narrow, following genre rules so closely that the film seems less scripted than listed, with each plot point checked off as it goes by. Let’s see, you’ve got your duplicitous blonde, a briefcase full of money, the hapless patsy, the angry cop, the loose cannon and the speeding train. Everything’s in order here; so much so, in fact, that you could doze off during this Australian neo-noir and catch up with the plot within seconds of reawakening. If there’s a reason to see this crime thriller, »
- Alonso Duralde
Universal, Stuber Win Bidding War for ‘Unicorn Executions’
“Unicorn Executions and Other Crazy Stuff My Kids Make Me Draw” is collection of quirky drawings that Pulitzer-Prize winning illustrator Steve Breen drew for his children.
Senior VP of production Erik Baiers and Sara Scott will oversee for Uni.
CAA had been packaging this project for sometime with writers and producers having to make unusual pitches for what the film would look like since the book has no story.
- Justin Kroll
‘The Square’ Takes Top Trophy at International Documentary Awards
Jehane Noujaim’s Egyptian Revolution documentary “The Square” has won the best feature award from the International Documentary Association.
“I am dedicating this award to my fellow Egyptians,” Noujaim said in her acceptance Friday night at the Directors Guild of America theater.
The Ida trophy adds to a growing list of kudos for the film, which depicts the revolution of 2011 from its roots in Tahrir Square. “The Square” won the Audience Award for World Cinema in the documentary category at Sundance and — after Noujaim updated the film with new footage — won the People’s Choice Award in the doc category at the Toronto Film Festival. It was also nommed Nov. 26 for a Spirit Award.
“Thank you for proving the power of interconnected stories can change the world,” said producer Karim Amer in his acceptance speech.
Netflix recently closed a deal for distribution rights to “The Square,” the first documentary deal »
- Dave McNary
Egyptian Documentary ‘The Square’ Wins Top Ida Award
“The Square,” Jehane Noujaim’s street-level documentary about the revolution in Egypt, has been named the best non-fiction film of 2013 by the International Documentary Association. The film, which was recently acquired by Netflix, won the top prize at Friday night’s Ida Documentary Awards, which were held at the Directors Guild in Hollywood and hosted by Paul Provenza. Josh Izenberg’s “Slomo” was named the year’s best short. Both “The Square” and “Slomo” recently made the Oscar shortlists in their categories, with “The Square” standing as one of the Oscar favorites along with “The Act of Killing,” “Stories We Tell” and “20 Feet. »
- Steve Pond
2014 Grammy Awards Nominations: Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk, Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift, Robin Thicke & Lorde Rise, but Jay Z Rules
Jay Z just can't help but leave a trail of success in his wake. The multihyphenate mogul leads all nominees for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards with eight, nods coming for Magna Carta...Holy Grail, his collaboration with Justin Timberlake, his work on Kendrick Lamar's breakthrough album and more. Of course, the competition is hot on that trail, starting with Lamar, whose Good Kid, M.A.A.D City will vie in the prestigious Album of the Year category against Taylor Swift's Red, Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' The Heist and, in what was perhaps a surprise choice for those who expected Timberlake or Kanye West to be here, Sara Bareilles' The Blessed Unrest. Not »
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