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Last week, Nielsen SoundScan reported that the soundtrack to Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 list with 60,000 units sold. In its second week, the Awesome Mix Vol. 1 sold a whopping 109,000 copies. That's an increase of 83 percent from last week's tally. That impressive figure also places the soundtrack at the top of the Billboard 200 chart. It is the second movie soundtrack to top the charts this year, as Disney's Frozen did the same. This is the first time since 2009 in which multiple movie soundtracks have claimed the top spot. In that year, three films did the deed - Hannah Montana: The Movie, The Twilight Saga: New Moon and Michael Jackson's This Is It. Guardians of the Galaxy's soundtrack is bit more unique as it is the first time a soundtrack with No original songs has accomplished the chart topping feat. Hooked »
This fall the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present the final showing of the groundbreaking multimedia exhibition Hollywood Costume in the historic Wilshire May Company building, the future location of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles. Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A), this ticketed exhibition explores the central role of costume design – from the glamorous to the very subtle – as an essential tool of cinematic storytelling.
The Academy is enhancing the V&A’s exhibition and will include more than 145 costumes from over 60 lenders. The Academy’s presentation will add more than 30 costumes to this landmark show, including Jared Leto’s costume from Dallas Buyers Club (Kurt and Burt, 2013) – a recent acquisition to the Academy’s collection – as well as costumes from such recent releases as The Hunger Games (Judianna Makovsky, 2012), Django Unchained (Sharen Davis, »
- Michelle McCue
Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »
- Jeff Labrecque
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.
Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »
- Tim Gray
Oldest person in movies? (Photo: Manoel de Oliveira) Following the recent passing of 1931 Dracula actress Carla Laemmle at age 104, there is one less movie centenarian still around. So, in mid-June 2014, who is the oldest person in movies? Manoel de Oliveira Portuguese filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira will turn 106 next December 11; he’s surely the oldest person — at least the oldest well-known person — in movies today. De Oliveira’s film credits include the autobiographical docudrama Memories and Confessions / Visita ou Memórias e Confissões (1982), with de Oliveira as himself, and reportedly to be screened publicly only after his death; The Cannibals / Os Canibais (1988); The Convent / O Convento (1995); Porto of My Childhood / Porto da Minha Infância (2001); The Fifth Empire / O Quinto Império - Ontem Como Hoje (2004); and, currently in production, O Velho do Restelo ("The Old Man of Restelo"). Among the international stars who have been directed by de Oliveira are Catherine Deneuve, Pilar López de Ayala, »
- Andre Soares
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart have been thrown into the middle of a nasty lawsuit over who was responsible for paying their "Twilight" bonuses. The suit is boring, but what they scored is interesting.According to legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- Robert was given a $300,000 bonus for the first "Twilight." The sum was supposedly based on box office receipts, which totaled $351 Million worldwide.Now here's the plot twist ... When Robert and Kristen went »
- TMZ Staff
Wes Anderson enjoys first UK No 1 as takings look set to eclipse his Fantastic Mr Fox
When it debuted in third place with £1.53m from 284 cinemas, Grand Budapest Hotel always looked on course to become Wes Anderson's biggest live-action film at UK cinemas, displacing The Royal Tenenbaums (£3.33m lifetime). A week later, with an expansion to 372 venues, the film found itself in second place in the UK box office chart. And now, in its third week of release, the Middle European caper grabs the top spot, dethroning video-game adaptation Need for Speed. With third-weekend takings of £1.27m from 458 sites, Grand Budapest Hotel has earned £6.31m in just 17 days. The film has a real shot at overtaking Anderson's animated family flick Fantastic Mr Fox (£9.19m) to become his biggest-ever UK hit.
It's not unprecedented for a film to rise slowly to the top of the box office chart, »
- Charles Gant
Back in 2008 I posted an article headlined "MTV Proves Their Irrelevance with 2008 MTV Movie Award Winners". Since then I haven't posted an article announcing any of the winners at the MTV Movie Awards and only last year did I begin posting the nominees once again. This morning I posted the list of 2014 MTV Movie Award nominees and one of the first comments was, "Since when does Ros cover the MTV awardsc This doesn't feel right." I can understand the sentiment, but in this day and age is there much of an argument that makes an award show such as the Oscars any more prestigious than the MTV Movie Awardsc Just a couple days ago, John Horn at the "Los Angeles Times" quoted two Oscar voters who privately admitted they didn't see 12 Years a Slave but voted for it anyway. They didn't watch it because they felt it "would be upsetting »
- Brad Brevet
Jared Leto Best Supporting Actor Oscar 2014 speech (photo: Jared Leto, Bono, and producer Guy Oseary at the 2014 Oscar Nominees Luncheon) As expected, first-time Academy Award nominee Jared Leto was the 2014 Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner for his performance as an AIDS-stricken male-to-female transgender person in Jean-Marc Vallée’s Dallas Buyers Club. Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner co-star. Besides thanking those who worked on Dallas Buyers Club; his mother, "a high school dropout and a single mom" who "somehow … managed to make a better life for herself and her children"; Leto, apparently speaking for (many? some? a handful of?) other Oscar 2014 attendees, also remembered people’s protests / revolutions in the Ukraine and Venezuela: "I want to say we are here and as you struggle to … to make your dreams happen, to live the impossible … We’re thinking of you tonight." And of course, Jared Leto also remembered those who have died »
- Steve Montgomery
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