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David O. Russell’s Hot Streak

31 December 2013 3:23 PM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Mark Pinkert

Contributor

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

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The Most Pirated Films Of 2013

31 December 2013 12:05 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Torrent Freak have unveiled their annual list of the most pirated movies of the year. As with their recent TV list, online streaming and cyberlocker downloads are not included since there are no public sources to draw data from.

Holdovers from last Christmas understandably have generated the biggest numbers with Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" (8.4 million downloads) and Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" (8.1 million downloads) sitting in the top two positions.

The list sticks heavily with blockbusters, but there's some surprising omissions - neither "Man of Steel" or "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" made the list. Yet the little seen "Gangster Squad" and sleeper hit "Now You See Me" did. Here's the list in full:

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - 8.4 million

Django Unchained - 8.1 million

Fast And Furious 6 - 7.9 million

Iron Man 3 - 7.6 million

Silver Linings Playbook - 7.5 million

Star Trek Into Darkness - 7.4 million »

- Garth Franklin

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The Most Pirated Films Of 2013

31 December 2013 12:05 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Torrent Freak have unveiled their annual list of the most pirated movies of the year. As with their recent TV list, online streaming and cyberlocker downloads are not included since there are no public sources to draw data from.

Holdovers from last Christmas understandably have generated the biggest numbers with Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" (8.4 million downloads) and Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" (8.1 million downloads) sitting in the top two positions.

The list sticks heavily with blockbusters, but there's some surprising omissions - neither "Man of Steel" or "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" made the list. Yet the little seen "Gangster Squad" and sleeper hit "Now You See Me" did. Here's the list in full:

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - 8.4 million

Django Unchained - 8.1 million

Fast And Furious 6 - 7.9 million

Iron Man 3 - 7.6 million

Silver Linings Playbook - 7.5 million

Star Trek Into Darkness - 7.4 million »

- Garth Franklin

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Digital Stats Foretold Which New Movies Would Fall Flat

31 December 2013 10:19 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

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The Hobbit, Django Unchained most pirated movies of 2013

31 December 2013 6:56 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was the most illegally-downloaded movie of 2013, it has been reported.

The first part of Peter Jackson's Middle-earth trilogy was downloaded 8.4 million times over the past year, according to Flickering Myth.

Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained came in at second place after being downloaded 8.1 million times.

Fast & Furious 6 was third with 7.9m, followed by Iron Man 3 on 7.6m and Silver Linings Playbook on 7.5m.

Completing the top ten list were Star Trek Into Darkness (7.4m) in sixth place, Gangster Squad (7.2m) in seventh and Now You See Me (7m) in eighth.

The Hangover Part III (6.9m) placed ninth and World War Z (6.7m) was the tenth most pirated film.

Catch up on all the latest TV and Movies releases in Digital Spy's Screen Time: »

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‘The Hobbit,’ ‘Django Unchained’ and ‘Fast & Furious 6′ Are Most-Pirated Films of 2013

31 December 2013 6:19 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

My precious! Warner Bros.’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” was the No. 1 pirated movie of the year, with the fantasy pic racking up an estimated 8.4 million illegal downloads.

The next two most-pirated films are “Django Unchained,” logging 8.1 million illegal copies, and “Fast & Furious 6,” which was swiped 7.9 million times, according to data compiled by TorrentFreak.

See Also: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Breaking Bad’ Most Pirated TV Shows of 2013

Hollywood will register record box office receipts of nearly $11 billion in the U.S. this year. Top-grossing movies that are not on TorrentFreak’s top 10 list include “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” — most likely only because its Nov. 22 release date has not given pirates enough time to poach the pic in big numbers — as well as “Despicable Me 2,” “Monsters University,” “Gravity” and “Man of Steel.”

The data is compiled from various sources including download statistics reported by public BitTorrent trackers; the »

- Todd Spangler

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Always An Oscar Bridesmaid…Till This Year?

31 December 2013 5:12 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Terence Johnson

Managing Editor

The New Year is almost upon us and several Oscar contenders are hoping that with the new year comes new Oscar fortunes. Being overdue is a concept many trot out during the awards season, so I decided to take a look at some of the people in the race with multiple nominations that could possibly be shedding the Oscar bridesmaid label.

David O. Russell

Nominations: 3, Best Director (The Fighter in 2011 and Silver Linings Playbook in 2012) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Silver Linings Playbook in 2012)

Closest Call: Best Director for Silver Linings Playbook in 2012

Analysis: This is the flimsiest one on the list by virtue of his overdue status only being two years old. However, he has gotten 3 nominations for during that stretch and it’s only a matter of time before he wins one. To be honest, it was quite surprising he didn’t pick up »

- Terence Johnson

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2013 was a very good year for ... Jennifer Lawrence

30 December 2013 10:27 AM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

As far as acting is concerned, Jennifer Lawrence wins 2013. The actress book-ended her year with an Academy Award (plus a bunch of other wins) to start and a Golden Globe nomination to wrap it up. Talk shows -- and everyone else -- love the star of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," "American Hustle" and more. And the entire country wants to be her best friend.

J-Law really did have an amazing year, and here are 10 specific reasons why.

1. She won an Oscar.

The young actress was an Academy Awards veteran going into 2013 (she was nominated at the 2011 Oscars for "Winter's Bone"), but that didn't make her "Silver Linings Playbook" win any less exciting.

2. Lawrence made clumsiness cool.

Most normal people figure they'd be klutzes if thrust into the spotlight. Lawrence made us all feel better about that by tripping on her way to accept that Best Actress Oscar.

3. Jack Nicholson photo-bombed her. »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Box office report: 'The Hobbit' beats 'Frozen' with $29.9 million; '47 Ronin' bombs with $9.9 million

29 December 2013 11:07 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

In a remarkably tight race, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug held onto its gold at the box office this weekend, earning $29.9 million over the three-day frame and taking the top spot. The fantasy epic’s domestic total is now $190.3 million after three weeks, a robust number that still trails last year’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which had already earned $221.6 million at the 17-day mark. Peter Jackson’s earlier Tolkien epic, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, had made a princely $290.4 million by its third weekend in 2003, headed toward a final gross of $377.8 in the states and $1.119 billion worldwide. »

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Don't give up Oscar hope for Jennifer Garner, Will Forte, John Goodman ....

28 December 2013 4:54 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

After a December of critics' awards and nominations from the Golden Globes, SAG Awards, and Critics' Choice, a lot of Oscar categories that were wide open seem to have slammed shut, with most slots spoken for and only a small number of plausible candidates still fighting for the remaining seats. Is there any room left to maneuver for the underdogs ? Well, no, not much, but sometimes there's just enough wiggle room for one or two actors to break through unexpectedly. Usually it happens when an underestimated cast member emerges from a film we already knew was a contender. "Silver Linings Playbook" was one of last year's top Oscar players, so we knew voters were watching it. We just didn't expect them to like supporting player Jacki Weaver so much in it. Same with Maggie Gyllenhaal in "Crazy Heart." The film was on voters' radar thanks to Jeff Bridges's performance, »

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Box office update: 'Frozen' ices 'Hobbit' and 'Wall Street' on Friday

28 December 2013 11:14 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Reclaiming the top spot in its sixth weekend, Frozen made an estimated $10.3 million on Friday — enough to snag the top spot during a hectic post-holiday frame that saw five new wide releases competing at the box office. Disney’s animated fairy tale has made a total of $229.8 million so far and has a shot at holding the crown for the weekend, although it’ll have stiff competition from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The fantasy sequel earned an estimated $10.1 million on Friday, making it the second-highest grosser that day and bringing its total to $170.6 million. The Hobbit is playing »

- Adam Markovitz

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Politics: Where Hollywood Made A Difference in 2013

27 December 2013 3:43 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Showbiz’s impact on politics usually ends at the surface: The red carpet is rolled out each year for the White House Correspondents Assn. dinner, a celebrity draws publicity to a vague cause by testifying before a congressional panel, or a documentary draws famous activists to a Newseum screening. Than all is forgotten and the real work is left to the policymakers.

But 2013 showed that entertainment figures could do more than just “raise awareness” for a cause, but actually have an influence, albeit not the only influence, over events, perceptions and politics. Here are five places where Hollywood made a difference.

1. Proposition 8 Repealed

California’s ban on same-sex marriage ended not with a sweeping ruling, but one all about process, as the Supreme Court ruled that Prop 8 proponents lacked standing in their effort to keep it alive. Nevertheless, Prop 8 was put into the dustbin of history after an unlikely four-year effort, »

- Ted Johnson

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Politics: Where Hollywood Made A Difference in 2013

27 December 2013 3:43 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Showbiz’s impact on politics usually ends at the surface: The red carpet is rolled out each year for the White House Correspondents Assn. dinner, a celebrity draws publicity to a vague cause by testifying before a congressional panel, or a documentary draws famous activists to a Newseum screening. Than all is forgotten and the real work is left to the policymakers.

But 2013 showed that entertainment figures could do more than just “raise awareness” for a cause, but actually have an influence, albeit not the only influence, over events, perceptions and politics. Here are five places where Hollywood made a difference.

1. Proposition 8 Repealed

California’s ban on same-sex marriage ended not with a sweeping ruling, but one all about process, as the Supreme Court ruled that Prop 8 proponents lacked standing in their effort to keep it alive. Nevertheless, Prop 8 was put into the dustbin of history after an unlikely four-year effort, »

- Ted Johnson

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Here's how you can vote for the Gold Derby Film Awards

26 December 2013 7:05 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Gold Derby readers have such passionate opinions about awards that they often have the nerve to disagree with Oscar voters on the best movies and performances of a year. In 2012, for example, when academy members picked "Argo" for Best Picture and Christoph Waltz ("Django Unchained") for Best Supporting Actor, our users selected "Silver Linings Playbook" and Leonardo DiCaprio ("Django Unchained") as winners of our Gold Derby Awards. Here is a list of all of our past nominees and winners dating back to 2002. And here is how you can now vote for our upcoming nominations, which will be unveiled on Feb. 6. Sign in to your account (or else log in using your Facebook account) and go to your profile page. Click on the blue button for "Gold Derby Awards." Scroll down to see category boxes. -Break- When you click on the link for Best Picture, for example, you'll get a pop-up box with lots of options. »

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Video: Jennifer Lawrence Says Jack Nicholson is Still Pursuing Her!

24 December 2013 12:00 PM, PST | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

It's been almost a year since Jennifer Lawrence got hit on by Jack Nicholson at the Oscars ... and he's still pursuing her! The "American Hustle" star sits down with ABC News where she talks about her latest role as Rosalyn Rosenfeld in the new flick from "Silver Linings Playbook" director David O. Russell, and she opens up about her friendship with Jack. Check out the video above to find out what Nicholson sent her, and what the 23-year-old thinks about her "America's Sweetheart" title!  At the 2013 Academy Awards, the Hollywood heavyweight interrupted Lawrence's interview to tell her she looked like an "old girlfriend" to which she replied, "do I look like a new girlfriend?" Clearly, Jack's still a fan. You've gotta love Mr. Nicholson -- he hasn't changed even after all of these years! What do you think about the note and gift he sent the "Hunger Games" starlet? Tell »

- tooFab Staff

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Emma Stone tops Forbes list of 'best value' Hollywood stars

24 December 2013 4:31 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Young women dominate Forbes' analysis of actors who return most profit for film investors' money, with Mila Kunis, Jennifer Lawrence and Natalie Portman pushing best man to fifth place

Three young female actors, Emma Stone, Mila Kunis and Jennifer Lawrence, have topped Forbes magazine's annual list of the best value stars in Hollywood.

Stone, who appears in the Amazing Spider-Man films, was named best value actor in the world, with a return of $80 per $1 invested in her. Kunis, who has appeared in blockbusters Ted and Oz the Great and Powerful in the past two years, was second with $68.70 per $1 paid, while Hunger Games star Lawrence was just behind with a return of $68.60 per $1.

All in all the top four "best value" stars were all female, furthermore, with Natalie Portman, who starred in blockbuster Thor: The Dark World, also squeezing in ahead of the men. The top male star was Dwayne Johnson, »

- Ben Child

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‘American Hustle’ Review

24 December 2013 2:00 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence, Louis C.K., Jack Huston, Michael Peña, Elisabeth Röhm | Written by David O. Russell, Eric Singer | Directed by David O. Russell

Truth is a holy relic many artists seek. Not necessarily truth through representation of facts, rather the truth in seeking those universal principals that transcend all cultures. In David O. Russell’s latest film he plays with truth in the very first frame with the tagline, “Some of this Actually Happened”.

American Hustle  is very loosely based on the FBI Abscam operation of the 1970’s that eventually brought down a number of corrupt politicians. In many ways it feels like David O. Russell’s love letter to Martin Scorsese with its intense infusion of period style, brash characters that are full of life, use of first person narration, and a heavy reliance on inspired musical choices. What it lacks »

- Dan Clark

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Jennifer Lawrence beats Miley Cyrus to claim 'Entertainer of the Year' title

23 December 2013 10:11 PM, PST | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

New York, December 24: Jennifer Lawrence has beaten Miley Cyrus to top the Associated Press' annual survey for 'Entertainer of the Year'.

The survey, conducted on the newspapers and broadcast members and subscribers of the agency, saw 'Silver Linings Playbook' star receiving 15 votes and Cyrus with 14 votes, the New York Post reported.

There were 70 ballots, which were submitted by U.S. editors and news directors, asked the voters to consider someone who had been most influential in 2013's entertainment and culture.

Netflix came in third with 13 votes, followed by 'Breaking Bad' with 10 votes and Justin Timberlake.. »

- Amith Ostwal

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Sound On Sight Podcast #375: ‘American Hustle’

23 December 2013 9:40 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

“Some of this really happened,” says an opening title to David O’Russell’s latest pic, American Hustle. The script by Eric Singer, written some years ago, and later revised by O’Russell (who initially came up with the title American Bullshit), is loosely based on the Abscam scandal of the late ’70s and early ’80s. It tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie Dimaso (Bradley Cooper) who pushes them into a dangerous world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia. Like David O. Russell’s previous films, American Hustle defies genre, but will we like it as much as we liked The Fighter, Three Kings and to some extent, Silver Linings Playbook? Guest Kate Rennebohm joins Ricky D and Jost Spiegel to discuss »

- Sound On Sight Podcast

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Jennifer Lawrence Named AP Entertainer Of The Year

23 December 2013 9:04 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Jennifer Lawrence has had one hell of a year. In the first few months of 2013 she home the Best Actress Academy Award for her performance in David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook, and then she spent the summer in production on Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past, a film that is expected to be one of the biggest superhero movies ever. Now in the fall she has hit it big with not only the blockbuster release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - in which she plays the lead role - but also David O. Russell's American Hustle, which is once again putting the young actress back in Oscar talks. As though things weren't going well enough, she now has another award to place on her mantle. The Associated Press has announced that Jennifer Lawrence was won the award for AP Entertainer of the Year. In »

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