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Globe Nominations: Which Films Are Most Golden?
By JAKE COYLE, AP
The harrowing historical epic "12 Years a Slave" and the con-artist caper "American Hustle" led the 71st annual Golden Globes with seven nominations each, setting up two very different films as Academy Awards front-runners.
One outlandish and farcical, the other grimly accurate, "American Hustle" and "12 Years a Slave" dominated the Golden Globes on Thursday, when the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced its nominees from Beverly Hills, Calif.
Hailed by critics as the movies' most unblinking portrait of slavery, "12 Years a Slave" verified its Oscar favorite status with nominations including best film drama, Chiwetel Ejiofor for best actor in a drama, Steve McQueen for best director and Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o for their supporting roles. The film is based on the 1853 memoir by Solomon Northup, a free man kidnapped and sold into slavery.
"All of these nominations hopefully mean that more people will go and see it and that is really exciting because I feel this film is pivotal and just so good for the world," said Nyong'o.
"American Hustle" dominated on the Globes' other category side: comedy or musical. The fictionalized story of the FBI's Abscam investigation amid the disco-era 1970s earned nominations for best movie comedy and David O. Russell for best director. Much of its starry cast received nominations, including lead actors Christian Bale and Amy Adams, as well as last year's Oscar darling, Jennifer Lawrence, for best supporting actress.
A scene from the second film in The Hobbit trilogy 'The Desolation of Smaug' (image courtesy Warner Bros.)
Bob and Harvey Weinstein are suing Warner Bros over its decision to divide The Hobbit into three films, which will mean they receive no payment from the second and third installments.
Miramax, founded by the brothers, sold its rights to The Hobbit to New Line, part of the Warner group, in 1998.
New Line agreed to make payments for the "first motion picture" only.
The Weinsteins claim the studio adapted the book into three films "solely to deprive plaintiffs" of agreed revenue.
"This case is about greed and ingratitude," said the Weinsteins and Miramax, in a complaint filed on Tuesday in New York State Supreme Court.
The film producers are suing Time Warner Inc for at least $75m (£45.7m), alleging Warner Bros' decision to create a trilogy of films from JRR Tolkien's standalone novel was a pretext to deprive them of 5% of the gross receipts from the last two films.
But a spokesman for Warner Bros accused the Weinsteins of "one of the great blunders in movie history".
"Fifteen years ago Miramax, run by the Weinstein brothers, sold its rights in The Hobbit to New Line. No amount of trying to rewrite history can change that fact," said Paul McGuire.
"They agreed to be paid only on the first motion picture based on The Hobbit. And that's all they're owed."
A trailer for "Jupiter Ascending," the latest sci-fi film from Andy and Lana Wachowski ("The Matrix," "Cloud Atlas"), has debuted online.
Mila Kunis stars as Jupiter Jones, a young woman from Earth who is "next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos," according to the futuristic film's official description. Channing Tatum -- sporting a goatee and pointed ears -- also stars as Caine, a "genetically engineered ex-military hunter" tasked with tracking her down.
"Jupiter Ascending" is scheduled to be released on July 25, 2014.
An image of Arnold Schwarzenegger from the original Terminator series.
The title of the new Terminator movie has been revealed, according to reports.
A tweet published by Production Weekly previewing the new issue of their magazine has alleged that the forthcoming reboot of the sci-fi franchise will be called Terminator: Genesis. Thor: The Dark World and Game Of Thrones director Alan Taylor will helm the project, while the script has been written by Laela Kalogrodis (Shutter Island) and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry), although no plot details are known at the moment.
Paramount Pictures announced the reboot in June and and revealed that it will be the first in a new stand-alone trilogy of Terminator movies. Game Of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen on the HBO show, has been linked with the role of Sarah Connor in the planned reboot of the sci-fi franchise, although reports have also suggested that Short Term Twelve actress Brie Larson and Margot Robie have also been discussed for the role.
Paramount has yet to confirm what role - if any - Arnold Schwarzenegger will play in the film though the actor has said on several occasions this year: "I'll be back."
Disney acquires rights for future 'Indiana Jones' films
Disney has scooped up the rights to any future Indiana Jones films (image courtesy LucasFilm)
By Grady Smith
First Star Wars, now Indiana Jones? The Walt Disney Studios announced Friday that it has reached a marketing and distribution agreement with Paramount Pictures for future Indiana Jones films, meaning George Lucas' two iconic franchises are now firmly in Disney’s hands.
Of course, Disney has owned Indiana Jones production rights since 2012, when the studio acquired LucasFilm. Until now, though, Paramount possessed marketing and distribution rights. Those now belong to Disney, making the process of making and releasing future Indiana Jones films much easier - not to mention more likely. In return for the rights, Paramount will receive "financial participation on any future films." In other words, the studio will still get an undisclosed cut of the business. Paramount will retain distribution rights for the first four films in the series.
Disney did not reveal plans for any new Indiana Jones installments - and inside sources say not to expect any such announcements in the immediate future. Still, the move is a clear bid to start putting additional whip-cracking archaeology adventures into motion. The question now is whether Harrison Ford, 71, will still be the star, or if Disney plans on rebooting the franchise altogether. Commence your speculation now!
'Amazing Spider-Man 2' trailer: 'Not everyone has a happy ending'
By Jeff Labrecque
In the new trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker feels like the world is plotting against him, especially since the more good he seems to do as Spider-Man, the greater the forces of evil rise. "It's just a matter of time before I face those with more power than I can overcome."
The first real footage from the sequel unveils plenty of shady characters: an armored Rhino, Jamie Foxx's blue Electro, Dane DeHaan's not-even-pretending-to-be-nice Henry Osborn, the raspy-voiced Oscorp shadow from the first film's post-credit teaser, and someone suited up in a Goblin-like hi-tech military suit.
Throw in a little evocative razor-blades-on-string-instruments music, à la The Dark Knight, and an ailing Norman Osborn wheezing, "Not everyone has a happy ending," when Spidey is about to stare down incredible odds, and you've got a pretty potent clip.
Gal Gadot cast as Wonder Woman in Batman-Superman movie
Actress Gal Gadot at the 'Riddick' L.A. premiere in August 2013 (image courtesy Paul A. Herbert)
By JAKE COYLE
Wonder Woman is finally coming to the big screen.
Israel-born actress Gal Gadot has been cast as Wonder Woman in Warner Bros.' superhero team-up film with Batman and Superman, the studio announced Wednesday. Already starring in the currently untitled film are Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman.
Created in the 1940s and outfitted in patriotic colors, Wonder Woman was most famously played by Lynda Carter in the 1970s "Wonder Woman" television series. But despite the character's considerable cultural impact, Wonder Woman hasn't previously made it into the movies.
Wonder Woman's inclusion in the film brings it closer to a full gathering of DC Comics' Justice League, which also features the Flash, Aquaman and others. Warner Bros. hasn't announced any further castings in the film, except that it will return many of the stars of Zac Snyder's Superman reboot "Man of Steel."
New report: 70 percent of America's silent films are gone forever
A previously captured image from one of the many lost silent films (image courtesy Everett Collection)
By Jeff Labrecque
Seventy percent of America's silent films from 1912-29, an era that established Hollywood and American cinema as a lucrative and prominent art form, are gone forever. A new study commissioned by the National Film Preservation Board and unveiled by the Library of Congress revealed that of the nearly 11,000 silent feature films released during that period, only 30 percent are still in existence - and more than half of those are incomplete or remain only in foreign versions or in lower-quality formats, like 28 mm or 16 mm.
"The Library of Congress can now authoritatively report that the loss of American silent-era feature films constitutes an alarming and irretrievable loss to our nation's cultural record," said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. "We have lost most of the creative record from the era that brought American movies to the pinnacle of world cinematic achievement in the 20th century."
In the last 80 years, thousands of films - some of them classics - have been lost due to chemical decay, fire, lack of commercial value, and the cost of storage. Lon Chaney's London After Midnight (1927, pictured above), The Patriot (1928), Cleopatra (1917), and The Great Gatsby (1926) are a few of the casualties, and only five of Will Rogers' 16 silent features still exist.
The study highlights [an] ongoing effort to locate and preserve copies of American silent films in any form, and the study notes that more than a quarter of the existing films had been found in other countries.
'I will always love you:' Vin Diesel pays tribute to Paul Walker
Vin Diesel with Paul Walker at the April 2013 Las Vegas CinemaCon (image courtesy AP)
by Bang Showbiz
Vin Diesel has paid an emotional tribute to his late 'Fast and the Furious' co-star Paul Walker.
The 46-year-old actor, who appeared alongside the 40-year-old star in four of the franchise's six movies, took to his Facebook page to post a picture of the pair and a touching tribute to his good friend, who tragically died in a car crash on Saturday, describing him as a "brother" and insisting he will always love him.
Quoting Scottish poet Thomas Campbell, he wrote: "To live in the hearts we leave behind, is not to die." Thomas Campbell."
Vin -- who played Dominic Toretto in the film franchise, opposite Paul's character Brian O'Conner -- added: "Pablo, I wish you could see the world right now... and the profound impact, your full life has had on it, on Us... on me..."
'Fast and Furious' star Paul Walker dies in car crash
'Fast and Furious' franchise star Paul Walker dies in car accident (image courtesy Getty)
By Carla Rivera
Actor Paul Walker, who gained fame as an undercover detective in the hugely successful "The Fast and the Furious" franchise, was killed Saturday in a car accident in Valencia, his representatives confirmed.
The single vehicle crash occurred about 3:30 p.m. in the 28300 block of Rye Canyon Loop. Deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's station and the Los Angeles County Fire Department arrived to find a vehicle engulfed in flames. Two people in the vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene.
The cause of the accident is under investigation, said sheriff's Deputy Kim Manatt.
According to a statement on his Twitter account, Walker, 40, was attending a charity event to aid Filipino victims of Typhoon Haiyan for his organization Reach Out Worldwide, formed in 2010 as a quick response first-aid organization.
"It is with a truly heavy heart that we must confirm that Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident while attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide," the statement read. "He was a passenger in a friend's car, in which both lost their lives. We appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news."
Officials with the Los Angeles County coroner's office said they were still at the scene and could not confirm the names of either victim.
Representatives with Universal Pictures confirmed Walker's identity and released a statement:
"All of us at Universal are heartbroken. Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the 'Fast and Furious' films, and to countless fans. We send our deepest and most sincere condolences to Paul's family."