Archive for the ‘Celebrity News’ Category

On the top of the heap this year is “The King’s Speech”. The saga of the stammering King of England grabbed 12 nominations including best picture and acting honors for the three main actors, Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, and Geoffrey Rush.

The biggest contender in the the best picture category is “The Social Network”. The Facebook drama won best drama at the Golden Globes, but “The King’s Speech” won the Producers Guild of America Awards top prize last weekend.

There are other movies nominated, but it is unlikely any of those will win. This author does tip her hat to the Academy for nominating “Toy Story 3” for best picture. While animated movies do have their own category, some are good enough to break from their constraints and rise above the pack. It also makes “Toy Story 3” the top grossing best picture nominee of the year. By a lot.

What’s an Oscar article without listing the snubs? Christopher Nolan was ignored for best director for “Inception”, though he did get a nod for best screenplay.

In a transparent appeal to a younger audience, Anne Hathaway and James Franco are set to host.

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For the second straight year, Shia LaBeouf is the actor offering the biggest bang for the buck, according to a Forbes list released Monday. Forbes calculated that for every $1 LaBeouf was paid, the movie in which he appeared earned $81 in profit.

LaBeouf’s top ranking is owed to blockbusters like “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” good for $787 million worldwide, and “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” which brought in $836 million worldwide.

Anne Hathaway landed in second place thanks to the $1 billion that “Alice in Wonderland” took in worldwide and, to an obviously lesser degree, “Bride Wars,” which brought in $115 million. Hathaway’s movies generate $64 in profit for each $1 she earns.

Forbes looked at the top 36 earners in Hollywood who made at least three films in five years that opened wide. They calculated box office, DVD and TV sales and subtracted a movie’s budget, stripping out marketing costs, “which are susceptible to accounting chicanery.”

Rounding out the Top 5 were Daniel Radcliffe ($61 in profit for each $1 paid), Robert Downey Jr. ($33) and Cate Blanchett ($27).

Probably the most surprising actor cracking the Top 10 is Johnny Depp, given the massive salary he is usually paid. He was paid $1 for every $18 in profit his movies earned.

Still to come is Forbes’ list of actors who offer the least bang for the buck. That dubious honor a year ago went to”Land of the Lost” star Will Ferrell, who was paid $1 for every $3.29 his movies made.

Is it really much of surprise, though? Will Ferrell’s movies simply don’t do well. Is that really his fault? The Harry Potter series would be just as successful without Daniel Radcliffe.

Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola is to receive a lifetime achievement Oscar later this year. It will be the sixth Academy Award for the 71-year-old – four of them were for his films about the fictional Italian-American Corleone crime family.

Honorary awards will also be given to French director Jean-Luc Godard, actor Eli Wallach and film historian Kevin Brownlow. The awards will be given out at a ceremony in Los Angeles in November. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science said Coppola’s Irving Thalberg Memorial Award was given to “a creative producer whose body of work reflects a consistently high quality of motion picture production”.

Through his American Zoetrope studio, which he established in 1969, Coppola has produced more than 30 films, including The Black Stallion, The Outsiders and Lost in Translation, which earned his daughter Sofia an Academy Award nomination for best director. Godard, 79, a key figure in the French New Wave movement, started out writing about cinema before impressing audiences and filmmakers with his influential first feature, Breathless.

Long-time character actor Wallach, 94, appeared in The Magnificent Seven, The Misfits and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. He is also in Oliver Stone’s upcoming Wall Street sequel.

“Each of these honourees has touched movie audiences worldwide and influenced the motion picture industry through their work,” said Academy President Tom Sherak. “It will be an honour to celebrate their extraordinary achievements and contributions at the Governors Awards.”

Knight and Day, the recent Cruise/Dias flick, hasn’t really had a great showing.

Cruise, who earned north of $90 million for the first Mission: Impossible in 1996 from gross participation and producing fees, is receiving a substantially reduced upfront payment relative to his previous outings with the M:I films.

Paramount is also taking on a financial partner in the form of Skydance Prods., the company run by David Ellison, son of Oracle founder Larry Ellison.

So, why is it a big deal?

It means the studio has lost a little bit of faith in the star power of Tom Cruise, but that’s not all. It’s hard to find an actor these days with actual star power.

And, by star power, I mean, you’ll go see the movie based solely on who’s in it. This used to be the case for actors like John Wayne, Paul Newman, and Liz Taylor. Now, it seems that “star” power is “director” power. Instead of the next “Ian McKellan” flick, you here people dropping names like Scorsese, Nolan, Favreau.

Not only that, but producers have a buzz of their own. I will see the next J.J. Abrams movie because it is the next J.J. Abrams movie.

It’s an interesting shift, but will it really produce work of higher quality? MI:4 will still be the fourth installment of a series and the question remains: “Hasn’t this been done before?”

Who do you go to see?

Actor Heath Ledger was found dead in a Manhattan apartment early this afternoon, allegedly of a drug overdose. It’s a pretty tragic story from a guy who was on top of his game. Defamer is following the story closely and, unlike a few other places, with a bit of respect.

Ledger was in production on Terry Gilliam’s latest film, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. He is survived by his daughter Matilda.

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