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“Cutting Edge Originals is about great stories that will depend on great music,” said Ceg topper Philip Moross. “This model was perfected by the late Robert Stigwood with ‘Saturday Night Fever’ and ‘Grease,’ and we’re aiming just as high.”
It handles scoring, clearances and music supervision in a film, then recoups from soundtrack and sheet-music sales; licensing and royalties from international ticket sales and TV deals; and rights in TV commercials.
Earlier this year, Ceg raised $100 million in equity as part »
- Dave McNary
You’re a big star who wants to work for a cause, and you have a personal story tied to the cause, but where do you start? Try Ck&D, an L.A.-based marketing and media firm that is helping Fortune 500 companies and non-profit organizations spread awareness by connecting charities with celebrities such as Allison Janney, Seth Rogen and Ken Jeong.
Last year, Elizabeth Banks starred in a short film about women and heart disease for the American Heart Assn. The film was both poignant and comedic. And in March, Terrence Howard spearheaded the Colon Cancer Alliance’s Sons and Mothers campaign, delivering an emotional public service announcement about the loss of his mother to the disease.
“Our job is to assess what celebrities care about. Banks had two female family members with heart conditions so she was invested in the cause, which makes what we do genuine,” says Judi Ketcik, »
- Michael Palumbo
Two- time Academy® Award Nominee John Travolta (Saturday Night Fever, Pulp Fiction) is set to star in BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning director Philip Martin’s The Forger produced and co-financed by Code Entertainment (Code) alongside The Solution Entertainment Group (The Solution), it was announced by Code’s Al Corley and Bart Rosenblatt and Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel, co-founders and partners of The Solution.
Plans are being made to shoot later this year, in between festival honors for his work in his upcoming release Killing Season. Code’s Al Corley, Bart Rosenblatt, and Eugene Musso will produce The Forger, along with Prospect Park’s Rob Carliner. Jonathan Dana and Randi Michel are executive producers with The Solution’s Myles Nestel and Lisa Wilson who will handle all international rights to the film and introduce it to buyers at the upcoming Cannes Film Market. Anson Downes and Linda Favila will serve as Co-Executive Producers. »
- Philip Sticco
Two-time Academy Award Nominee John Travolta (Saturday Night Fever, Pulp Fiction) is set to star in BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning director Philip Martin's The Forger, produced and co-financed by Code Entertainment alongside The Solution Entertainment Group, it was announced by Code's Al Corley and Bart Rosenblatt and Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel, co-founders and partners of The Solution.
Written by Richard D'Ovidio (The Call), The Forger tells the story of a former child art prodigy and second generation petty thief, Ray Cutter (Travolta) who arranges to buy his way out of prison to spend time with his ailing son, only to be forced to change his plans and commit one last big job for the syndicate who financed his early release.
Producer Al Corley released the following statement.
"It's most inspiring for us as a creative and financial entity to match such a gifted director like Philip Martin with »
Everyone seems just as pumped for the Jay-z-produced soundtrack for "The Great Gatsby" as they are for the flick itself. But before we look ahead at what The Hova has in store for what we can only imagine will be the coolest-ever soundtrack to something you were forced to read in high school, let's look back at some of the all-time great movie songs.
Feature by Adam D'Arpino
20. Three 6 Mafia: 'Hard Out Here For a Pimp' ('Hustle & Flow')
Three 6 Mafia took home the Oscar for Best Original Song for this jam that confirmed what we had all already suspected: Pimpin' ain't easy. Terrence Howard and Taryn Manning's performances in "Hustle & Flow" were stellar, but there's little doubt that Three 6 Mafia's Oscar appearance, combined with host Jon Stewart's verbal Oscar tally ("Three 6 Mafia 1, Martin Scorcese 0") is what everyone remembers most about the movie. »
- NextMovie Staff
Two- time Academy Award Nominee John Travolta ( Saturday Night Fever , Pulp Fiction ) is set to star in BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning director Philip Martin.s The Forger , produced and co-financed by Code Entertainment alongside The Solution Entertainment Group, it was announced by Code.s Al Corley and Bart Rosenblatt and Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel, co-founders and partners of The Solution. Written by Richard D.Ovidio ( The Call ), The Forger tells the story of a former child art prodigy and second generation petty thief, Ray Cutter (Travolta) who arranges to buy his way out of prison to spend time with his ailing son, only to be forced to change his plans and commit one last big job for the syndicate who financed his early release. Al Corley comments, "It's most »
As anyone with even a passing familiarity with Glee — or iTunes charts — is aware, the show knows its way around a tribute episode, a.k.a. an episode where all of the music is from one artist or film. A ‘tribute episode’ also typically means there are seven or eight songs in the hour-long dramedy, as opposed to the usual standard of four. Great news for those of us who are watching the show for the karaoke! (I can’t be the only one dancing around my living room to Madonna or Lady Gaga Glee covers, right?)
Last night, Glee »
- Erin Strecker
Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Friday’s Nikita. Avert your eyes now if you’ve yet to watch. Everyone else, read on…
As solemnly promised, a beloved Division vet did not make it out of this week’s unrelenting Nikita alive.
Determined, strong-willed and stalwart-to-a-fault Navy Seal Sean Pierce died a sudden and tragic death in the final moments of the CW spy thriller’s latest installment. (Let’s pour one out for him, shall we?)
In an episode composed of explosive fights and fiery battles, Sean’s passing marked one of the hour’s more subtle and »
- Megan Masters
Oh my sir, you're looking dapper.
The 59-year-old star went through some thick times a few years ago but he is certainly back to his slender self and looks great even standing next to supermodel Miranda Kerr, who was also in attendance at the event.
Last year, Travolta told InTouch of the exercise routine that helped him lose the pounds. "I've been working hard! Six games of tennis a day plus an hour of weight-lifting. Every day, well, no, six days a week," he said.
Check out Travolta's transformation below (on the left, circa 2007; on the right, today):
And for more stars who've slimmed down --
- Liat Kornowski
Some six years after first coming down with Saturday Night Fever, disco king Tony Manero (John Travolta) is still dreaming of Broadway stardom while giving dance classes and working in a bar. Sylvester Stallone is not the most obvious choice as director, but he draws inspiration from perspiration and, of course, the The Bee Gees' irresistible tunes. On the dance floor, Travolta is first-rate and Cynthia Rhodes (doing all her own singing and dancing) is more than a match for his moves as his long-suffering girlfriend. »
Washington -- Here's a listing of the 2012 inductees to the National Recording Registry in chronological order:
2."Bacon, Beans and Limousines," Will Rogers (Oct. 18, 1931)
3."Begin the Beguine," Artie Shaw (1938)
4. "You Are My Sunshine," Jimmie Davis (1940)
5.D-Day Radio Broadcast, George Hicks (June 5-6, 1944)
6."Just Because," Frank Yankovic & His Yanks (1947)
7."South Pacific," Original Cast Album (1949)
8."Descargas: Cuban Jam Session in Miniature," Cachao Y Su Ritmo Caliente (1957)
9.Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1, Van Cliburn (April 11, 1958)
10.President's Message Relayed from Atlas Satellite, Dwight D. Eisenhower (Dec. 19, 1958)
11."A Program of Song," Leontyne Price (1959)
12."The Shape of Jazz to Come," Ornette Coleman (1959)
13."Crossing Chilly Jordan," The Blackwood Brothers (1960)
14."The Twist," Chubby Checker (1960)
16."Hoodoo Man Blues," Junior Wells (1965)
17."Sounds of Silence," Simon and Garfunkel (1966)
18."Cheap Thrills," Big Brother and the Holding Company (1968)
20."Music Time in Africa, »
Washington — A popular tune by Simon and Garfunkel written after John F. Kennedy's assassination and Chubby Checker's 1960s dance hit "The Twist" will be among 25 recordings selected for preservation at the Library of Congress.
These are just a few sounds of the 20th century being added to the National Recording Registry on Thursday for long-term preservation due to their cultural, artistic and historic importance. The library said Checker's rendition of "The Twist" became a symbol for the energy and excitement of the early 60s after "American Bandstand" host Dick Clark chose Checker to record a new version of the song.
Later, the 1966 album "Sounds of Silence" by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel was a hit in its day but not before the duo struggled and split early on. Their song "The Sound of Silence" from the aftermath of President Kennedy's assassination 50 years ago this year had initially flopped »
John Travolta broke out his famous 'Saturday Night Fever' dance moves at Madonna's Oscars party. The 59-year-old actor - who earned an Oscar nomination for his role as disco lover Tony Manero in the 1977 film - wowed an A-list audience by showing he's still got the moves as Bee Gees hit 'Stayin' Alive' played at the bash following the Academy Awards on Sunday (24.02.13). John - who was accompanied by his wife Kelly Preston - did the famous dance which helped him earn a Best Actor nomination and other celebrity guests 'followed and started dancing', according to the New York Post newspaper. Celebrities at the party, which took place at the Los Angeles home of Madonna's close friend and »
Neeson received an Oscar nomination for his leading role in Best Picture winner “Schindler’s List.” His other credits include “Taken,” “Batman Begins,” “Love Actually,” “Gangs of New York” and “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.”
Travolta has been nominated twice for Actor in a Leading Role for “Saturday Night Fever” and “Pulp Fiction.” His other credits include “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3,” “Hairspray,” “Be Cool,” “Swordfish, »
- Michelle McCue
Salma Hayek Pinault, Melissa McCarthy, Liam Neeson and John Travolta are joining the list of presenters who will take part in the Academy Awards telecast, the show’s producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced Monday. All four are previous nominees: Hayek Pinault earned a best actress nomination for 2002’s Frida. Travolta has two best actor nominations under his belt – for 1977’s Saturday Night Fever and 1994’s Pulp Fiction – while Neeson was nominated for best actor in 1993’s Schindler’s List. McCarthy, currently starring in the comedy Identity Thief, was a nominee last year as supporting actress for her performance
- Gregg Kilday
Actors Salma Hayek Pinault, Melissa McCarthy, Liam Neeson and John Travolta will present on the Oscar telecast, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. Hayek Pinault earned an Oscar nomination for her leading performance in “Frida.” She will be seen next in “Grown Ups 2.” McCarthy earned a nomination for her performance in a supporting role in the 2011 hit film “Bridesmaids.” She stars in the recently released film “Identity Thief” and will be seen next in “The Heat.” Neeson received an Oscar nomination for his leading role in Best Picture winner “Schindler’s List.” His other credits include “Taken,” “Batman Begins,” “Love Actually,” “Gangs of New York” and “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.” Travolta has been nominated twice for Actor in a Leading Role for “Saturday Night Fever” and “Pulp Fiction.” His other credits include “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3,” “Hairspray,” “Be Cool,” “Swordfish, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Hollywood News Team)
Neeson received an Oscar nomination for his leading role in Best Picture winner Schindler's List. His other credits include Taken, Batman Begins, Love Actually, Gangs of New York and Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace.
On his 59th birthday today, we are counting down facts you might not have known about this actor/dancer/singer. Which fact are you most surprised by? Let us know in the comments section.
Happy birthday John Travolta! »
- Rebecca Klein
Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection Musicals
Due Out: February 13, 2012
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Synopsis (courtesy of Warner Bros.):
Warner Bros. continues to entertain the world with films passionately produced, selectively acquired, carefully preserved and impeccably curated for both the casual and ultimate movie lover to enjoy forever. Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection: Musicals will be released February 12 and will include films such as Singin In The Rain, Wizard of Oz and many more.
Who’S It For? You like to sing and dance, well then this is a no-brainer. The list price for these 21 musicals is just under $100. Currently, Amazon.com has this set listed at $71, and Warner Bros has it for just $68.86. That’s an amazing deal. There are hits and misses within the group. The picture quality of Showboat is terrible, »
- Jeff Bayer
The second half of our daily countdown of the 300 Greatest Films Ever Made is here. This is part 16 out of 30. Today we have numbers 150-141.
146) Harvey (1950) Henry Kostner USA
144) The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (1967) Sergio Leone USA
142) Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984) Hayao Miyazaki Japan Animated
141) Monsieur Hulot’S Holiday (1953) Jacques Tati France
Numbers 140-131 coming next...
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