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Oscars go long with songs

13 December 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Fifty-nine songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures are being considered in the original song category for the 80th Annual Academy Awards.

The songs, unveiled Wednesday, include four songs from August Rush as well as three each from Dan in Real Life, Enchanted, 56 Drops of Blood, Good Luck Chuck, Into the Wild and Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.

Films with two eligible songs are Badland, Grace Is Gone, The Hottest State, Music and Lyrics and Once.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will screen clips in random order Jan. 15 featuring each song for voting members of the music branch in Beverly Hills and New York. Following the screenings, members will vote to determine which three, four or five songs become nominees in the category.

The 80th Academy Awards nominations will be announced Jan. 22.

The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are:

"Do You Feel Me" from American Gangster

"At the Edge of the World" from Arctic Tale

"Someday" from August Rush

"This Time" from August Rush

"Raise It Up" from August Rush

"Break" from August Rush

"Nothing's There" from Badland

"The Devil's Lonely Fire" from Badland

"A Hero Comes Home" from Beowulf

"The Stars of Orion" from Berkeley

"Say" from The Bucket List

"To Be Surprised" from Dan in Real Life

"My Hands Are Shaking" from Dan in Real Life

"I'll Be OK" from Dan in Real Life

"December Boys" from December Boys

"So Close" from Enchanted

"That's How You Know" from Enchanted

"Happy Working Song" from Enchanted

"Atkozott Egy Elet" from 56 Drops of Blood

"O, Atyam!" from 56 Drops of Blood

"Eleg!" from 56 Drops of Blood

"A Dream" from Freedom Writers

"Lyra" from The Golden Compass

"Good Luck Chuck" from Good Luck Chuck

"Shut Me Out" from Good Luck Chuck

"I Was Zapped by the Lucky Super Rainbow" from Good Luck Chuck

"Grace Is Gone" from Grace Is Gone

"Lullabye for Wyatt" from Grace Is Gone

"Come So Far (Got So Far to Go)" from Hairspray

"The Tale of the Horny Frog" from The Heartbreak Kid

"China Doll" from Honeydripper

"It Will Stay With Us" from The Hottest State

"Never See You" from The Hottest State

"Society" from Into the Wild

"Guaranteed" from Into the Wild

"Rise" from Into the Wild

"First Amendment Blues" from Larry Flynt: The Right To Be Left Alone

"Hello (I Love You)" from The Last Mimzy

"Despedida" from Love in the Time of Cholera

"Huck's Tune" from Lucky You

"Little Wonders" from Meet the Robinsons

"Another Believer" from Meet the Robinsons

"Way Back into Love" from Music and Lyrics

"PoP! Goes My Heart" from Music and Lyrics

"Ordinary People" from Music Within

"Pretty Much Amazing" from Nancy Drew

"Falling Slowly" from Once

"If You Want Me" from Once

"Le Festin" from Ratatouille

"Land of Quiet Poems" from Resurrecting the Champ

"Love Will Still Be There" from September Dawn

"Royal Pain" from Shrek the Third

"Rule the World" from Stardust

"Before It's Too Late (Sam and Mikaela's Theme)" from Transformers

"Baby Don't You Cry" from Waitress

"Beautiful Ride" from Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

"Walk Hard" from Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

"Let's Duet" from Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

"Back Where You Belong" from The Water Horse


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'Enchanted' re-casts spell

3 December 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Disney's family fantasy Enchanted ruled the domestic boxoffice for a second consecutive session, grossing an estimated $17 million during the latest weekend.

The music-filled Amy Adams starrer dropped an acceptable 50% from its first Friday-through-Sunday frame while boosting its cumulative boxoffice to $70.6 million since bowing Nov. 21.

Sony/Screen Gems' urban-skewing seasonal drama This Christmas continued to overachieve with a second-place finish of $8.4 million in its second weekend, marking a 53% drop and a $36.9 million cume. Beowulf, Paramount's animated actioner playing in 3-D on many screens, finished third with $7.9 million on a 52% drop as its 17-day cume hit $68.6 million.

New Line's Awake, a medical thriller starring Hayden Christensen and Jessica Alba, was the frame's only wide opener, grossing $6 million in fourth place.

The boxoffice weekend after the long Thanksgiving session is often a weak one. This year's certainly fit that pattern, and a snowstorm in the U.S. Midwest didn't help any. Industrywide, the weekend was off 10% from a year ago with $84 million in grosses, according to data tracker Nielsen EDI. That represented a fourth consecutive year-over-year downtick.

Headed into the weekend, 2007 remained 5% ahead of last year in collective industry grosses.

Elsewhere during the weekend, two other films hitting sophomore sessions managed top-10 finishes while still underwhelming.

Fox's video game adaptation Hitman fell 56% from its opening grosses to ring up $5.8 million in fifth place, good for a $30.2 million cume. Warner Bros.' family musical August Rush tumbled a relatively modest 45% to $5.2 million in seventh place with a $20.3 cume.

Miramax's Coen brothers film No Country for Old Men added 135 theaters for a total of 995 and grossed $4.5 million in eighth place, or a solid $4,523 per venue. No Country, which boasts a $23 million cume through four weeks of platformed release, is set to add another 225 playdates Friday. »

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'Enchanted' puts a charm on the weekend boxoffice

26 November 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Disney's family romancer Enchanted had a magical holiday weekend, debuting atop the domestic boxoffice with an estimated $50 million during the five-day frame.

That's the second-biggest boxoffice feast ever over the holiday-lengthened Thanksgiving weekend, behind the $80.1 million performance by Disney/Pixar's Toy Story 2 in 1999. Over the three-day weekends following their respective Turkey Days, Toy Story 2 grossed $57.4 million and Enchanted rung up $35.3 million.

Elsewhere during the weekend, Sony/Screen Gems' urban-skewing seasonal drama This Christmas opened well beyond expectations with a five-day gross of $27.1 million in second place, and Fox's video game adaptation Hitman hit all its marks with a $21 million bow, good for fourth overall.

Moviegoers were a bit less hurried to support August Rush, Warner Bros.' musically driven family drama that opened with $13.3 million in seventh place. And MGM/Dimension's Stephen King-adaptation The Mist seemed to evaporate in the crowded marketplace, fetching just $13 million to finish ninth in its first outing.

A couple holdovers from the previous frame had solid second weekends.

Paramount's Beowulf was off just 41% in a three-day comparison to gross $23.3 million for the five days. It finished in third place overall while bumping its cumulative boxoffice to $56.4 million. Just outside the top 10, Fox/Walden's Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium slipped a modest 17% to fetch $10.9 million with a $22.3 million cume.

Miramax expanded the Coen brothers' No Country for Old Men by 712 theaters Wednesday for a total of 860 to gross $11 million for the five-day frame. That 10th-place performance carried the cume for the platforming film to $16.6 million.

On an industrywide basis, the weekend was less than enchanting, notching a third consecutive downtick compared with the same session last year. The three-day weekend was off 1% from the same frame a year ago, at $160 million, according to data tracker Nielsen EDI.

Year to date, 2007 remains 5% ahead of the same period last year with $8.36 billion in industry grosses. »

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Castro rounds up two-pic deal

20 November 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Paul Castro, one of the scribes behind August Rush, has signed a two-picture deal with producers Michael Wasserman and Amy Balsam's the Unusual Suspects banner.

The deal, made before the WGA strike, sees Wasserman and Balsam acquiring two projects from Castro: the drama Eileen's Ice and the coming-of-age road drama Cupcake, which will mark the writer's directorial debut.

"Ice" centers on an unorthodox nun who is ordered to take in a troubled teen under house arrest and learns that the two unlikely companions have more in common than she thinks.

Cupcake follows a teen's quest to find the father he never knew with the help of a prostitute named Cupcake.

Wasserman produced the recent baseball movie The Final Season, while Balsam co-produced My Sexiest Year with Frankie Muniz, Harvey Keitel and Haylie Duff.

Castro's August Rush, starring Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, opens Wednesday November 21. Castro is repped by Preferred Artists. »

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August Rush

8 November 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Magical realism meets a modern-day Oliver Twist in August Rush, an often charming urban fantasy that teeters perilously on the brink of preciousness but never quite topples over. It's a tightrope act from the first frame, but Kirsten Sheridan in her second outing as a director -- 2001's Disco Pigs was her first -- infuses her film with rapturous music and imagery. The story is about musicians and how music connects people, so the movie's score and songs, created by composers Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer, give poetic whimsy to an implausible tale.

Warner Bros. will rely on the cast to help sell this movie. Freddie Highmore again demonstrates he is one of the industry's top child actors, while Keri Russell and Jonathan Rhys Meyers continue to climb to stardom in roles that demand the utmost sensitivity. The film should attract a loyal following, but critics will be mixed.

August adopts the structure of Oliver Twist whereby an orphan runs away to New York and falls in with a Fagin-like character. Instead of a gang of young thieves, the Wizard (Robin Williams, doing his best with a poorly written role) operates a team of young musicians who live in an abandoned theater and play for money on street corners. Evan (Highmore), whom he renames August Rush, is a child prodigy whose skills reward him with a prime spot in Washington Square.

It is in Washington Square 11 years ago where Evan was conceived. In flashback, a young Irish guitarist-singer, Louis (Rhys Meyers), encounters a shy, young cellist, Lyla (Russell), on a rooftop overlooking the square. The two spend the night only to be torn apart by circumstances.

When the pregnant Lyla is hit by a car and gives birth prematurely, her father (William Sadler), mindful of her career, gives the infant up for adoption but tells his daughter that her baby died. Shattered, she loses interest in playing and relocates to Chicago, where she teaches music. Louis, too, gives up music, opting for a business career in San Francisco.

A kind social worker (Terrence Howard) urges Evan into family placement, but the boy never gives up hope of finding his parents. He believes he can reach out to them through music, that they can "hear" each other. His musical gifts explode when he comes to New York. Its sounds resonate in his head: In the whoosh of subway trains, noise from cars, thumps of a basketball and the clatter, hum and buzz of everyday life, he feels music flow through him.

When August wanders into a church, the pastor (Mykelti Williamson) is so impressed with the boy's organ composition that he brings the youngster to the Juilliard School of Music. In no time, he has composed a symphony. It will be played in Central Park, where Lyla is a featured cellist and Louis is nearby, reunited with his old band.

Clearly, the film does not work on any realistic level. August is driven by its music. From gospel and rock to classical and symphonic, music carries its characters and story ever forward to their destiny. John Mathieson's inspired cinematography turn contemporary Manhattan into a Dickensian world where an orphan might triumph and people feel the sound of healing music. And nearly stealing the film is young Jamia Simone Nash with her sassy line readings and astonishing voice.


Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Southpaw Entertainment production in association with CJ Entertainment


Director: Kirsten Sheridan

Screenwriters: Nick Castle, James V. Hart

Story by: Nick Castle, Paul Castro

Producer: Richard Barton Lewis

Executive producers: Robert Greenhut, Ralph Kamp, Louise Goodsill, Miky Lee, Lionel Wigram

Director of photography: John Mathieson

Production designer: Michael Shaw

Music: Mark Mancina

Costume designer: Frank Fleming

Editor: William Steinkamp


August Rush: Freddie Highmore

Lyla Novacek: Keri Russell

Louis Connelly: Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Richard Jeffries: Terrence Howard

Maxwell Wizard Wallace: Robin Williams

Thomas: William Sadler

Arthur: Leon Thomas III

Hope: Jamia Simone Nash

Running time -- 113 minutes

MPAA rating: PG


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Late-night reruns put damper on promo campaigns

7 November 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Strike Zone: Latest news and updates

For film publicists who rely on the oxygen of late-night television to breathe life into their campaigns, the strike has been a punch to the gut.

Television networks this week have been busy tallying production casualties, but on the theatrical side, studios and specialty divisions have begun counting a different toll: lost bookings.

A fall season already difficult because of a crowded calendar just became even more challenging. Movies due for release in the coming weeks -- films as diverse as "Lions for Lambs", "Fred Claus", "No Country for Old Men" and "August Rush" -- will now join a scramble for other, sometimes less optimal, television slots.

They'll also be forced to seek out such shorter lead-time outlets as newspapers and radio.

Nearly every day in the coming weeks will bring a new victim. On Tuesday, for instance, MGM's "Lambs" lost a "Tonight Show With Jay Leno" booking for Meryl Streep.

"Late-night shows are cornerstones of a good campaign because a late-night audience is a moviegoing audience," said 42West's Amanda Lundberg, who is working on MGM's "Lambs" campaign. "And there is no replacement for the charisma of the actors reminding us why we like them."

Lundberg noted that on "Lambs", coverage from "Larry King Live", "Good Morning America" and Time magazine are filling the void -- somewhat.

And while specialty movies tend to rely less on the late-night bang, the strike has made few distinctions between size or type of picture. »

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Castro sets 'Match' for Figaro, Violet

30 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NEW YORK -- August Rush scribe Paul Castro will write the screenplay for A Perfect Match, based on a documentary about a black girl from Harlem and a Jewish girl from London who become Wimbledon doubles champions.

The narrative film, to be produced by Miami-based Figaro Films and Viollet Prods., will be adapted from Betsy Blankenbaker's recently completed documentary of the same name. It will chronicle Harlem's Althea Gibson and London's Angela Buxton, who overcame racial and religious intolerance to win at the 1956 Wimbledon tennis championship.

Castro, who still serves as an officer in the U.S. Navy, has several projects in various stages of talks. Blankenbaker's docu is now up for distribution.

Match is now in development with a projected $7 million budget. Producer Rachel Viollet will help rep presales at this week's American Film Market.

Castro is repped by Preferred Artists. »

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2nd RomeFilmFest announces film selections!

28 September 2007 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Now in only its 2nd edition, Rome has whipped up quite the festival. A mention-worthy selection of titles, some U.S pics for glam and a jury process that I especially like not 5 or 6 but a group of 50 - this year No Man's Land director Danis Tanovic serves as the jury head for 50 international cinema-goers. Notables are Francis Ford Coppola's Youth Without Youth.Below you'll find the complete stats on the fest that begins in less than 3 weeks from now. When: October 18th to 28th, 2007 Counting Down: updateCountdownClock('October 18, 2007'); Where: Rome, Italy Official Website: www.romacinemafest.orgNot just a great city, but the city of cinema par excellence, will host the Fest which will transform its centre - the Auditorium Parco della Musica - in the Parco del Cinema for nine days. The second edition of Cinema. Festa Internazionale di Roma - RomeFilmFest will be held from »

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Hamptons fest will host 17 world premieres

26 September 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NEW YORK -- The 15th annual Hamptons International Film Festival will host 50 features including 17 world premieres, beginning with the opening-night presentation of Bob Balaban's Doris Duke biopic Bernard and Doris starring Susan Sarandon and Ralph Fiennes.

The event, which runs Oct. 17-21, will close with Kirsten Sheridan's musician drama August Rush starring Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Terrence Howard and Robin Williams.

Vanessa Redgrave will be honored with the annual Golden Starfish Award for Career Achievement in Acting and a talk with moderator Alec Baldwin sponsored by New Line/Picturehouse. Veteran director Sidney Lumet also will discuss his 50-year-plus career as part of the A Conversation with ... series.

The fest programming was led for the first time by five-year HIFF veteran Josh Koury and Newport International Film Festival special consultant David Nugent. Former artistic director Rajendra Roy was named Chief Curator of the Museum of Modern Art Department of Film in May. The HIFF board is still on a search for an executive director to replace Denise Kassell, who left this year, to work alongside board chairman Stuart Match Suna and festival director Gianna Chachere. »

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'August Rush' set to open Heartland fest

6 September 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Kirsten Sheridan's August Rush will serve as the opening night film of the 16th annual Heartland Film Festival, which runs from Oct. 18-26 in Indianapolis, Ind. Marc Forster's The Kite Runner has been selected to close the fest. »

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Not in a 'Rush': WB pushes back release

2 August 2007 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Today we've got your first look at the poster one sheet for Kristen Sheridan's major motion picture debut (as a director). But for many of us this is not the first we've heard of the filmmaker: she was among one of the three to contribute in her father's In America - a sentimental fav of mine. August Rush tells the story of a charismatic young Irish guitarist (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and a sheltered young cellist (Keri Russell) who have a chance encounter one magical night above New York's Washington Square, but are soon torn apart, leaving in their wake an infant, August Rush, orphaned by circumstance. Now performing on the streets of New York and cared for by a mysterious stranger (Robin Williams), August (Freddie Highmore) uses his remarkable musical talent to seek the parents from whom he was separated at birth. Warner Bros. Pictures  releases the film this coming November. »

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Russell Gives Birth to First Child

19 June 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Mission: Impossible III actress Keri Russell gave birth to her first child earlier this month. The former Felicity star, 31, welcomed a son, River Russell Deary in New York on June 9. The baby's father is her carpenter husband Shane Deary. The couple wed on Valentine's Day this year. Golden Globe winner Russell was most recently seen onscreen in comedy Waitress and will also appear in upcoming dramas The Girl In The Park and August Rush. »

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Rhys Meyers Checks Into Rehab

25 April 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers has checked into rehab for alcohol abuse. The Tudors hunk, 29, entered an unspecified facility in the US earlier this week, his representative Meredith O'Sullivan has confirmed to America's People magazine. O'Sullivan says, "After a non-stop succession of filming Jonathan Rhys Meyers has entered an alcohol-treatment program. He felt a break was needed to maintain his recovery. Jonathan plans to resume his schedule following completion." Rhys Meyers has just finished filming August Rush opposite Terrence Howard and Robin Williams in New York City. The Dublin-born actor was arrested in January 2005 alongside then-girlfriend Reena Hammer under suspicion of assault and possession of cannabis. Charges against Rhys Meyers were later dropped. He referred to the incident as a "screaming match", which neighbors misheard as a physical fight. »

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