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Every year Hollywood shows off plenty of fresh talent on the big screen, and 2010 was no exception. Young breakout stars took the movie world by storm in films such as "The Social Network," "Alice in Wonderland" and "The Karate Kid." And, even if their film wasn't the biggest box office it, the young leads of "Let Me In," "Kick-Ass" and "Winter's Bone" left fond memories in everyone's minds that seems to bode well for their careers.
With the New Year right around the corner, we decided to celebrate the 10 biggest breakout stars of 2010, reflecting on the films that tossed them into the spotlight and looking forward to what they have coming up next.
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- Terri Schwartz
The last thing higher-ups from major studios want from their creative executives is for them to go public with their experiences in the trenches. The notable exception is DeVon Franklin, a Sony Pictures Entertainment exec who is writing a book about his journey that will be published next year by Simon & Schuster's Howard Books. The title, Produced By Faith: Navigating the Road to Success Without Compromising Your True Self, reveals that Franklin isn't your average Hollywood executive. He's leading a double life. Aside from his work as Sony overseeing such movies as The Pursuit of Happyness, the remake of The Karate Kid and Hancock, the 32-year old Franklin is also a Christian minister and motivational speaker who has been preaching the word of God since he was 16 years old. His book is designed to show readers how to honor their faith and still succeed in their careers. Franklin is doing just that in Hollywood. »
- MIKE FLEMING
Pascal is Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures, and together with Michael Lynton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, they are responsible for overseeing all lines of business for the studio, including motion pictures (Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems and TriStar Pictures), worldwide television production and distribution, home entertainment, and digital productions (Imageworks and Sony Pictures Animation).
So far this year, the studio’s successful slate of films has generated more than $2 billion in worldwide box office revenues. Since 2000, Sony Pictures has had 73 movies open to #1 at the domestic box office, more than any other studio.
Since becoming partners seven years ago, Lynton and Pascal are among the most seasoned, respected and accomplished management teams in the industry today, providing consistent and stable leadership to Sony Pictures and more than 6,000 employees worldwide. Pascal has been with the »
- Linny Lum
Chicago – Tuesday night, December 7th, marks the 2010 edition of the Best of the Midwest Awards, honoring the achievements of local filmmakers who participated in the Midwest Independent Film Festival this year. The festivities will take place at Rockit Bar & Grill in Chicago beginning at 7pm.
The night will feature nominees in nine categories, including Best Short Film, Best Male and Female Actors, and Best Feature. Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Midwest Indie, Mike McNamara, will host the proceedings, which will highlight the ongoing success of the film event gathering that takes place on every first Tuesday throughout the year.
Mike McNamara, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Midwest Indie, is set to Host the
2010 Best of the Midwest Awards December 7th.
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A film about the multicoloured puzzle could be on the cards. Is there no end to the movie industry's reliance on brand?
Battleship, Monopoly and an American board game named Candy Land, which looks a bit like Snakes and Ladders, are all apparently set for the Hollywood treatment. Now it looks like an even more preposterous candidate could be set for the big screen: Rubik's Cube.
According to What's Playing's Hollywood Insider, the multicoloured puzzle may soon be the centrepiece of a new movie after the powerful talent agency CAA began shopping screen rights around studios. The toy has previously been featured in movies such as Dude, Where's My Car, The Pursuit of Happyness, Wall-e, Duplicity and even Swedish vampire horror Let the Right One In (and its recent Us remake, Let Me In), but has not yet been the focus of its own feature. Storylines being touted around include a Rubik's Cube competition, »
- Ben Child
That sound you hear? That would be the bottom of the barrel getting a hearty scraping. Just when you thought no one could find a less movie-ready product that Candy Land or even Monopoly, along comes… Rubik’s Cube? Yes, according to What’s Playing’s Hollywood Insider, the multi-coloured plaything has apparently been signed up by power agency CAA, which is now touting a package around town to entice studios to consider basing a film around Erno Rubik’s brain-itching puzzle. And if someone does actually agree to this, we’re told that the agency could set about attaching one of its big name stars to the eventual movie.It sounds rather like ticking off one of those fun lists of five or 10 other childhood games we want to see turned into movies. The Cube itself has a history in films – it’s a major plot point of Dude, »
Child actors are cuter than actual children: Fact. It’s a point that’s perfectly exemplified in this year’s box-office smash hit The Karate Kid. To celebrate its release on Blu-ray and DVD, we take a look back at the 10 cutest on-screen kids ever.
Son of Will and Jada Pinkett, Jaden first made his mark on the big screen starring alongside his dad in the Oscar-nominated drama The Pursuit of Happyness. At the age of eight, Jaden had an impressive screen presence and in The Karate Kid (out on Blu-ray and DVD November 15th) he’s truly come of age.
The original child star, Shirley became a box office sensation back in the 30s. She started her career at the age of three, turned Bright Eyes into a hit at the age of five and received a special Oscar at the age of six. Shirley »
- Paul Heath
November 4, 2010: The saying ‘talent runs in the genes’ could not be more correct. Take the case of the Smith family and you will be amazed. Will Smith is one of the finest actors in Hollywood. For years, Will has enthralled the audience with his comic as well as serious performances. Who would have known that his two kids Jaden Smith and Willow Smith will become superstars as well. Jaden Smith is more inclined towards acting and dancing and he has already acted in two popular movies viz. ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’ and ‘The Karate Kid’.
On the other hand, Willow Smith is not far behind she has just released her new song “Whip My Hair”. Willow has already taken the world of music by storm. »
Chicago – The expansive and intuitive prose poetry of Ntozake Shange’s “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf” comes to life in Tyler Perry’s film adaptation “For Colored Girls.” Thandie Newton portrays Tangie (color Orange) and saturates the character with a precise truth.
Newton is familiar to audiences as a performer in many notable films. After making a memorable debut in the Australian film “Flirting” (1992), she has been featured in “Jefferson in Paris” (1995), “Beloved” (1998), “Mission Impossible II” (2000), the TV show “ER,” “The Pursuit of Happyness” (2006) and as Condoleeza Rice in “W.” (2008). She might be best remembered for her role as Christine in the Oscar winning Best Picture of 2005, “Crash.”
Photo Credit: Quantell Colbert for © Lionsgate
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Late last week, after I saw For Colored Girls, I got into a conversation with Ms Cynthia (who works behind-the-scenes here at Shadow And Act) about the kinds of books written by black authors, that tell stories primarily about black people, that have been optioned and made (or will soon be made) into films.
We all know by now that Hollywood loves to adapt novels (amongst other kinds of original sources), and during our conversation I realized that there might indeed be a pattern or two worth noting, when one looks at the “black novels” that have been given big screen treatment.
One common complaint I’ve heard about the For Colored Girls adaptation is that the material is a yet another woman-centered black pathology tale, and a lot of you aren’t interested in that kind of narrative anymore, and understandably so. I think a lot of us feel the same way. »
Matt Tolmach has launched a new production company and will become a producer on the next installment of Spider-Man, the blockbuster film franchise he helped shepherd since its inception in 2002, it was announced today by Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman. Doug Belgrad has been promoted to sole president of Columbia Pictures and will take on additional divisional responsibilities. As part of the transition, Belgrad has named Hannah Minghella president of production for Columbia Pictures.
Said Pascal, “I couldn’t be happier for or prouder of Matt, Doug and Hannah. Matt and I have worked together for over 15 years. Anyone who knows him knows he has been talking about this for a long time. He has always approached every project he has ever »
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- Jeff Bayer
It's been a very good week for Will Smith's progeny. On Monday, aspiring singer/fashion plate Willow Smith released a video for her infectious "Whip My Hair," creating Internet buzz (and a Snooki imitation). But not to be outdone by his little sis, Jaden Smith - already a rising star on the big screen with The Pursuit of Happyness and The Karate Kid - is making today's headlines. Jaden will reportedly star in M. Night Shyamalan's next directorial project, the sci-fi One Thousand A.E., in development at Overbrook (a production company partly run by Will and Jada, naturally). At this rate, Will and Jada are creating their own little Hollywood dynasty! But which of the two kids will have the most successful career? Weigh in! Who's Going to Be a Bigger Star: Willow or Jaden Smith? Willow - I can't get enough of that catchy song! Jaden »
- Lauren Bradshaw
Although the holiday season means time off work for most other industries in the U.S., it means it's awards season for the film business, which in turn necessitates plenty of tributes and accolades to be presented on the East and West Coasts at your local repertory theater in advance of the Oscars where movie stars can be seen and Q & As are conducted. Yet in New York and Los Angeles, there will be a wealth of other options as neighborhood theaters flood their screens with contemporary cinema from other parts of the world, classic movies in their full bigscreen glory, and certain-to-be-fun nods to the holidays, whether it's Halloween or Christmas. If you live in one of these areas or see fit to travel, these are the events worth the trouble over the next few months.
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- Stephen Saito
Writer/director M. Night Shyamalan may team up with Will Smith on his next movie venture. According to recent reports, the secretive director is collaborating with Smith’s Overbrook production company on a science fiction film titled One Thousand A.E. While nothing is concrete at the moment, Heat Vision states that the project is being developed as a starring vehicle for Smith’s son Jaden, last seen in The Karate Kid remake earlier this year. No word on whether Big Willie will figure in the film — suffice to say the last time he and Jaden teamed up, they created a little masterpiece entitled The Pursuit of Happyness.
However, the best part about this breaking news is that Shyamalan will not write the script! I repeat: he will not write the script! That job will instead fall on Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli), meaning Shyamalan will stick to what he does best: directing. »
- Jeff Ames
Lisa Soltau was living in Seattle when her friend Bonnie Gillespie sent her a book she had written called "Casting Qs," a compilation of interviews with casting directors. "I read it and I absolutely loved all the aspects of the job," says Soltau. "I loved the entertainment industry and movies and television. The process of casting sounded wonderful."She called one of the two casting offices in Seattle and ended up working as an intern there for about six months. But the CD told her she should move to New York or Los Angeles if she really wanted to pursue a career in casting. "I picked L.A. because I had lived there once for about three years and I thought it would be easier to acclimate there," Soltau says. "Plus I wanted to work on 'Six Feet Under,' which was airing at the time. »
NBC has given full-season pickups to the new high-octane drama Chase and the returning action-comedy Chuck for 2010-11. The announcement was made by Angela Bromstad, President, Primetime Entertainment, NBC and Universal Media Studios.
"Chase has introduced an appealing new star to television audiences in Kelli Giddish and we think it has potential to grow," said Bromstad. "We also are glad that Chuck will be with us for a full season delivering its loyal, passionate audience."
Chase is averaging a 2.0 rating, 5 share in adults 18-49 and 6.5 million viewers overall in "most current" averages through its first five telecasts this fall. Chase has captured an 18 percent improvement in the time period versus year-ago "most current" results for NBC in 18-49 rating (with a 2.0 rating vs. a 1.7) and a 23 percent gain in total viewers (6.5 million vs. 5.3 million). Chase is heavily time-shifted, adding 21 percent to its "live plus same day" 18-49 rating when Nielsen »
Shooting was to be supposed already underway for Men In Black 3 with Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Alec Baldwin, but the film has been shut down again for two weeks during pre-production and the shooting start date pushed back until mid-November.
Reportedly this is the second time that production has stopped on the film, previously for a week, because of disagreements over the script between Smith and the director Barry Sonnenfeld (who directed the first two MiB pictures) and the producers.
According to Sony Pictures the shut down has nothing to do with problems with Smith but film tax incentives. As a rep from the studio was quoted that: “The only reason production will begin in mid-November as opposed to late October is to take advantage of recent changes affecting New York State film incentives. Suggesting that a disagreement triggered the shift is complete fiction.”
Hmmmm… Sounds like a crock doesn’t it? »
When it was announced that Justin Timberlake would be taking on a role in David Fincher‘s The Social Network, many bloggers and filmgoers were probably skeptical if the former boy-bander was ready for such a top-tier project. Timberlake has always been hilarious on SNL (even winning an Emmy for his participation on the sketch comedy show) but his filmography has always left much to be desired (The Love Guru, Southland Tales). With The Social Network becoming a smash hit and receiving near universal acclaim it is clear that the pop star has finally managed to deliver a performance worthy of a legitimate actor.
Casting pop stars is always a gamble as many have very little or no acting experience and often come with larger-than-life personas that don’t mix well with the films they are placed in. Stars such as Barbara Streisand and Diana Ross paved the way for »
- John Luchetti
Chicago – If I were 12 years old, I’d probably think “The Karate Kid” was one of the best Blu-Rays of the year. It’s got everything: a crowd-pleasing feature film, several superb extras, and strikingly sharp picture quality, with colors that pop. Yet since I’m twice as old, I’m cursed with the clarity to see through the splendid spectacle and linger on its utter superficiality.
“The Karate Kid” is barely a film at all, but merely a celebration of brand names, the first of which is the title itself, which makes no sense in the context of this remake. While John G. Avildsen’s 1984 classic was about a sensitive teenager learning karate in California, this film is about a cocky kid learning kung fu in China. When the kid corrects his mother on the precise name of his favored martial art, she goes, “Karate, kung fu, whatever!” This »
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