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Today on The View, Jenny McCarthy announced her engagement to former New Kids On The Block member Donnie Wahlberg. And to think, they met on Jenny’s old VH1 show! So, does that mean we’re invited to the wedding? [MTV News] Alan Thicke was one of the best television dads ever, and now he’s taking on reality TV — well, sort of. The actor stops by Big Morning Buzz Live to talk about some of the comedy that’s been infused into his new show. Are we about to see the end of Lindsay Lohan’s docuseries on Oprah Winfrey‘s network? Since Lindsay is nearing the end of its eight-episode run this year, it’s hard to say whether they’ll be a second season. Judging by »
- Rahsheeda Ali
Glenn Beck is putting his faith in Hollywood – literally. The conservative radio host has been refurbishing the Studios at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas, according to The Hollywood Reporter, as the setting for at least one "faith-based" movie, as part of his new venture into film producing. He also has two other movies in the works – one set in ancient history and another THR describes as being set in modern history – and he has optioned several other films, as well.
Muse Criticize Glenn Beck, Rightwing 'Conspiracy Theory Subculture'
If you went to see Darren Aronofsky's epic new film "Noah," you might have noticed everyone in the film is white. Or not! Maybe you were distracted by all the rock monsters and stuff? But in case you were wondering, "Noah" co-writer and exec producer Ari Handel had a pretty good reason why there was no racial diversity in the film. The scary part is that it seems to have been on purpose.
Handel told "The High Calling," "From the beginning, we were concerned about casting, the issue of race. What we realized is that this story is functioning at the level of myth, and as a mythical story, the race of the individuals doesn't matter. They're supposed to be stand-ins for all people. Either you end up with a Bennetton [sic] ad or the crew of the Starship Enterprise. You either try to put everything in there, which just calls attention to it, »
- Jenni Miller
How did Emma Watson spend her 24th birthday? By getting to work on a new film, of course! The actress got into character on the set of her new project, Regression, in Toronto on Tuesday, which just so happened to be her birthday. The film, which also stars Ethan Hawke, follows a father who has been accused of a crime that he has no memory of committing. Emma got back to the set life after a whirlwind press tour for her latest movie, Noah, which is currently in theaters and has earned over $247 million worldwide so far. Keep reading to see more photos of Emma's day on set, and don't forget to check out the reasons we think Emma is real-life magic! View Slideshow › »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
Trevor Hogg chats with Michael Wilkinson about weaving a new adaptation of an epic Biblical story…
“There was an opening in my schedule,” recalls Michael Wilkinson who had completed the costume designs for Man of Steel (2013) when an opportunity arose to work on Noah (2014) helmed by Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan). “My agents introduced me to Darren who was looking for someone to help design this epic movie. I had a series of Skype interviews, was awarded the job and headed over to New York to work with him.” The native of Australia remarks, “I always like to have images in front of me when I’m meeting a director. Other costume designers do things differently. For me, it’s all about beginning to see if there’s a dialogue that flows between the two parties. Even if I show images that are wildly different from what the director was thinking »
- Trevor Hogg
It’s no secret that Christian-themed films have the potential to be box office gold, but even though faith-based audiences are starved for more material, it doesn’t always pan out the way studios might hope.
While Paramount’s expensive and provocative Darren Aronofsky-directed Noah continues to climb the steep slope toward domestic profitability and Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s Son of God failed to reach Passion of the Christ heights (after seven weeks in theaters it still hasn’t even made Passion’s opening weekend numbers), the independently released God’s Not Dead came out of nowhere »
- Lindsey Bahr
Thanks to Total Film, we’ve got a new still from The Matrix duo Andy and Lana Wachowski’s next sci-fi offering Jupiter Ascending, which gives us a fresh look at the film’s two leads, Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street) and Mila Kunis (Ted)…
Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning toilets and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along – her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.
Jupiter Ascending is set for release on July 25th, »
- Gary Collinson
Like all our episodes this one pretty much touches on everything from what happened over the weekend as Brad went to a Mariners' game and the casino, to all the latest movie news including rumors of an Die Hard 6, David Fincher dropping out of directing Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs biopic, the Blended trailer, the weekend box office results, new DVDs and Blu-rays and much, much more. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. »
- Brad Brevet
Sneak Peek new images of actress Emma Watson in the April 2014 issue of "Elle" (Australia) magazine:
Watson rose to prominence playing 'Hermione Granger' in the "Harry Potter" film series starting at the age of nine, having previously acted only in school plays. She starred in all eight "Harry Potter", earning her several awards and millions of dollars.
Watson made her modelling debut for "Burberry's" autumn/winter campaign in 2009.
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- Michael Stevens
“I take each project as they come,” explains Michael Wilkinson who received an Oscar nomination for costume designing American Hustle (2013). “I would never say as a rule that I don’t do this type of film. For me I read the script. If there’s something about it I find challenging that I’ve never done before or if there’s a director I greatly admire attached or actors I’ve always wanted to work with those are the different types of criteria that I use when choosing my next job.” Wilkinson has been involved with projects as varied as Babel (2006), 300 (2006), Tron: Legacy (2010), Noah (2014), and currently Batman vs. Superman (2016). “I don’t what it is about me. Maybe it’s because I have a short attention span. I like to mix things up. I like to show the world that I’m not just a superhero or sword and sandals »
- Trevor Hogg
Sony’s Christian drama “Heaven Is for Real,” which opens Wednesday, is the latest offering in a year with an uncommonly large slate of religious-themed wide releases.
Although there’s long been a robust DVD market and numerous indie releases, more major studios have been taking a leap of faith and embarking on extensive marketing missions this year. It’s only fitting that the senior production exec for “Heaven Is for Real,” DeVon Franklin, is an ordained minister and one of the film’s producers, T.D. Jakes, is a bishop. Jakes has teamed up with “Alice in Wonderland” producer Joe Roth for the project.
“My hope is that it’s going to appeal to the same demographic of the book, which was in the mainstream,” said Franklin, the author of spiritual success book “Produced by Faith.”
“But at the same time,” he adds, “(the story) really had a strong faith-based following. »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Conan O’Brien hosted the 2014 MTV Movie Awards last night. The great ginger brought his trademark wit, 50 very special celebrity cameos, and a shout out to Big Morning Buzz Live‘s Nick Lachey to the show. Our guy, Nick Lachey got to sit down with Conan this morning (Yes, It Was This Morning) on Big Morning Buzz Live to discuss the show and to get the inside scoop on whether or not Nick Lachey is the greatest Nick of all.
A good MTV Movie Awards host has many roles to fill. He or she has to funny, hip and ready to schmooze the celebrities. O’Brien took this last part to the next level when he gave himself the challenge to feature 50 celebrity cameos in the show’s cold open. O’Brien got the help of Taylor Swift, Lupita Nyong’o and the cast of Noah (amongst others) to help him meet this goal. »
- Meghan O'Keefe
Sergio's piece published earlier this morning, on Ari Handel (co-screenwriter of Darren Aronofsky's Noah) giving his reasons for the lack of people of color in that recently-released film, reminded me of as item I penned a few months ago, waxing on the shortsightedness and laziness of the privileged - specifically, the white heterosexual men who run Hollywood - and the ramifications of those seemingly unconscious deficiencies, with regards to the rest of us. I posit that Handel's baffling response to the question of Noah's lack of diversity, is simply just another example of that shortsightedness and laziness that comes from being in a position of privilege. As Sergio said in his »
- Tambay A. Obenson
O.K. let’s see if this makes sense. No doubt, one of the most talked about films so far this year is Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. The film has gotten its share of rave reviews, though there are those who have major problems with it. However, one cannot deny that it is truly an ambitious, unique and original film - the kind of risk-taking movie you wish Hollywood would make more of, like they used to.However, there is that one thing; That one thing that stuck out in my mind when I saw the film: “Hey, where are the black folks or people of color in the film?” If this film had been made back during the epic "Biblical film" era, in the 1950s, well then, yes, you would expect that. But even »
All told it was a buoyant frame as nationwide takings improved by 6% to $18.25 million and six titles each earned more than $1 million.
Animated comedy The Lego Movie eased by 10% to $5.1 million in its second weekend, propelling its haul to $14.4 million, according to Rentrak.s estimates. The Village Roadshow Pictures/Warner Bros. co-production looks set to reach $28 million, if not $30 million, and the worldwide cume hit $US425 million.
Superhero adventure Captain America: The Winter Soldier grabbed $3.6 million despite falling by 40%, to elevate its 11-day total to $12.2 million. However the Marvel franchise isn.t tracking as strongly here as in the Us, where the film starring Chris Pine, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel J. Jackson has rung up $US159 million in 10 days.
- Don Groves
When you’re hosting the MTV Movie Awards and promise viewers “The Biggest One You’ll Ever See,” opening with any old been-there-done-that monologue is no longer an option. Conan O’Brien was acutely aware of that challenge when he opted to attempt the Movie Awards’ boldest coup yet and score 50 celebrity cameos within the first five minutes of the show.
As you’ve now seen, O’Brien managed to pull off the feat. But he didn’t do it alone. Director Troy Miller tells EW how MTV assembled this “whirlwind of a celebrity-fest” (full list at bottom), which included appearances by Taylor Swift, »
- Lanford Beard
In a strange turn of events, Rio 2 took first place at the box office on Friday, but fell back to second place for the three-day weekend. Chalk this up to nice weather throughout most of the country, which kept family audiences away from the multiplexes on Saturday.As a result, Captain America: The Winter Soldier was able to narrowly hold on to the top spot for the second-straight weekend. The superhero sequel added $41.3 million, which was off 57 percent from its debut. That's about on par with Iron Man 3 (58 percent) and Thor: The Dark World (57 percent), but it's also a bit worse than the movie's strong reviews and word-of-mouth would suggest. So far, Captain America: The Winter Soldier has earned $158.9 million at the domestic box office. If it remains on pace with the Thor and Iron Man sequels, it will finish with at least $225 million.Playing at 3,948 locations, Rio 2 »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
'As directors gain independence from the studios, their movies invariably became longer, looser and more insufferable'
As the reviews for the $200m Transformers sequels have proved, movies are not what they cost. And yet, for many directors, freedom from financial constraint remains the ultimate goal. In 1970s "New Hollywood", critically revered film-makers such as Francis Ford Coppola had carte blanche to push the budgets of their masterworks ever skyward. That is, until Michael Cimino's 1980 uberflop Heaven's Gate, which earned just over $3m from a budget of $44m, forced studio execs to reconsider the filmmaker's divine right. A-list directors have been fighting to see a return to those heady days ever since, while passion project after passion project has gone unmade. But with Darren Aronofsky's $125m biblical epic Noah now in cinemas, the climate may finally be changing.
More accustomed to budgets a tenth the size of Noah's, »
- Charlie Lyne
Does digital data offer indicators that can be used to monitor marketing effectiveness and predict box office success even before awareness turns into intent? We analyzed this weekend’s new movies across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google (the methodology behind the numbers is below) over the seven days leading up to their release, when marketing campaigns should be at their peak.
After a weekend where competitors ran for cover under the onslaught of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” three movies launch this weekend aiming to draw attention from beyond the young male audience. “Rio 2″ arrives three years after the original which opened to $39.2 million and social data suggests this sequel is set for a strong performance.
“Rio 2″ will be looking to appeal specifically to family audiences, and that dictates using marketing platforms in a different way. While a large TV presence is intended to garner interest »
- Tobias Bauckhage
Our pick of the Noah star's greatest performances to date. Would others would you add to the list?
Russell Crowe, the go-to actor for a certain distinct type of alpha male role, was understandably top of the list when Darren Aronofsky was casting for Noah, bringing to his performance a panoply of "teeth, spittle and changeable hair arrangements."
Here's our pick of Crowe's greatest performances to date. Would others would you add to the list?
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- Adam Boult
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