10 items from 2015
By Anjelica Oswald
From the 79 original songs on the Oscar shortlist, five were nominated a week ago on Jan. 15: “Everything Is Awesome” from The Lego Movie, “Glory” from Selma, “Grateful” from Beyond the Lights, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me and “Lost Stars” from Begin Again.
Following a recent trend, none of the nominees have made it to the top of the BIllboard Hot 100 chart, which tracks the success of singles by looking at radio play, online streaming and sales.
Following the announcement of the nominations, “Glory” made its debut at No. 25 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart dated Jan. 31 and is currently No. 92 on the Billboard Hot 100.
When “Everything Was Awesome” debuted in January 2014, the song debuted at No. 7 on the Dance/Electronic Songs chart and peaked at No. 57 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
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- Anjelica Oswald
A$AP Rocky will make his big-screen debut in the upcoming film Dope, a coming-of-age story about a young hip-hop fan growing up in Inglewood, California's tough The Bottoms neighborhood. Dope is set to premiere this week at the Sundance Film Festival.
Entertainment Weekly reports that Rocky was helping his girlfriend Chanel Iman practice for her audition when he reached out to the filmmakers about taking on a role in Dope. Rocky was cast in a supporting part as Dom, one of the characters the main protagonist Malcolm meets along the way. »
Hollywood will come alive with The Sound of Music (1965) this spring as the beloved, Oscar®-winning classic returns to the big screen to celebrate its 50th anniversary with a gala opening-night screening on Thursday, March 26 at the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival. Legendary stars Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer will join Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne at the world-famous Tcl Chinese Theater IMAX to introduce the beautifully restored film and kick off the sixth annual festival, which will run March 26-29, 2015, in Hollywood.
The film is being presented in collaboration with Twentieth Century Fox, in celebration of their Golden 50th Anniversary Blu-ray release arriving on March 10, 2015.
The Sound of Music is the story of the Von Trapp family, whose lives are forever changed by the arrival of Maria, the warmhearted young governess who brings joy and music to the Captain (Plummer) and his children. The film earned Andrews her second »
- Melissa Thompson
Pharrell's accessorizing game was on point throughout the entire award show season last year - specifically because he kept wearing that Vivenne Westwood hat (in different colors) to nearly every red carpet.
While we don't blame him because he pulled it off like a pro, when Et's Nischelle Turner caught up with Pharrell and his former Voice co-star /"Shine" collaborator Gwen Stefani, we had to know what his plans were to top his top-hat at this year's GRAMMYs.
"I don’t live my life to top anything," he said. "I think you should just live to enjoy yourself and dive deeper."
So, we're gathering that he probably hasn't come up with his GRAMMYs ensemble yet. But, that didn't stop the 41-year-old from hitting us with some real serious life stuff in the meantime.
"You dive deeper into what is your own personal legend and odyssey »
Tom Hiddleston and J.K. Simmons were previously cast in the “King Kong” spin-off film, which centers on the giant ape’s native island and follows a team of explorers venturing deep inside the treacherous, primordial landscape and is to be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts.
Universal will release the Legendary film in 3D and IMAX 3D »
- Linda Ge
Kong: Skull Island is continuing to round out its main cast, with Michael Keaton finalizing his deal to co-star in the movie. He will join previously announced cast mates J.K. Simmons and Tom Hiddleston. Jordan Vogt-Roberts, best known for his indie hit The Kings of Summer, will direct this King Kong prequel.
There is no character information for Michael Keaton at this time. The screenplay is coming from John Gatins and Max Borenstein. The story will take audiences back to the homeland of Kong, where they will be immersed in the mysteries and dangers that his island has to offer, which includes giant reptiles and dinosaurs. A team of explorers will venture to Skull Island, where they will face many primordial threats. It is believed that J.K. Simmons, Tom Hiddleston and Michael Keaton will make up the core of this group.
In his new position, Richards will lead WB’s international and domestic digital teams, serving as lead digital strategist across all of its pictures.
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Richards joins Warners from Universal Pictures, which he served most recently as senior VP of digital marketing and co-lead of the department. Richards joined Universal in 2003 as a coordinator.
While at Universal, »
- Jeff Sneider
Updated, 5:30 Pm: As Deadline exclusively reported in November, marketing exec Jp Richards has officially assumed his new post leading digital marketing at Warner Bros. following a hot run at Universal, where he oversaw strong digital campaigns for Pitch Perfect, the Purge films, and the Fast & Furious franchise. He’ll report to WB’s Evp Worldwide Marketing Blair Rich, who today sent out a welcome memo announcing Richards’ first day on the Burbank lot:
I’m very pleased to let you know that Jp Richards has officially joined our team at Warner Bros. as Executive Vice President, Worldwide Digital Marketing, effective today, January 5, 2015.
Reporting to me, Jp will lead our international and domestic digital teams, serving as lead digital strategist across all of our pictures.
Jp is a born collaborator and an innovative marketer. He has had a spectacular run at Universal Pictures, which he joined in 2003 as a coordinator »
- Jen Yamato and Mike Fleming Jr
Most film genres at the 2014 domestic box office saw big declines, so before you stop writing that comedy or drama screenplay, know that this trend is largely a result of the annual B.O. of $10.35 billion taking a 5.2% hit as reported per Rentrak Theatrical. That said, there were some interesting spikes in a swampy year, particularly in the action realm as well as sci-fi, Ya novel adaptations and comic book titles.
Just because a genre drops at the B.O., though, it is not necessarily cause for alarm. One talent agency B.O. bean-counter says, “We typically look at one specific film as a representative of what’s working in the market place for a genre, such as 2013’s The Conjuring (137.4M) or this year’s Annabelle ($84.3M) as elevated horror films.”
While some have observed that there was a problem with sword-and-sandal films at the B.O. this year »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
Just as Tsui Hark revamped the sedate, two-decades-long chopsocky series “Wong Fei-hung” into the rollicking martial-arts epic “Once Upon a Time in China,” so the Hong Kong genre-meister has transformed a Chinese communist propaganda classic into a barnstorming period actioner with “The Taking of Tiger Mountain.” Boasting arguably the finest 3D visuals in recent mainland cinema while retaining the original chronicle’s populist ideals, this account of the People’s Liberation Army’s strategic ambush of a bandits’ lair delivers sinewy battles and twisty espionage with a husky northern flavor. It topped the Chinese box office upon its Dec. 23 release and should wow bona fide Asian genre fans.
Extracting a famous episode from Qu Bo’s fact-based novel “Tracks in the Snowy Forest” (“Lin hai xue yuan”), “The Taking of Tiger Mountain” was one of eight revolutionary operas (yangbanxi) promulgated by Mao Zedong’s wife Jiang Qing during the Cultural Revolution. »
- Maggie Lee
10 items from 2015
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