Civil Rights Drama “Selma” Takes 2nd Place at Weekend Box Office with $11.2M

Civil Rights Drama "Selma" Takes 2nd Place at Weekend Box Office with $11.2M

Civil Rights Drama “Selma” Takes 2nd Place at Weekend Box Office with $11.2M

Civil rights drama “Selma” settled for second place at the weekend box office with $11.2 million, with Liam Neeson’sTaken 3” trouncing the competition.

Oscar hopeful, “Selma,” expanded from 22 to 2,179 theaters this weekend. The film, distributed by Paramount Pictures, has earned $13.5 million since its limited opening on Christmas Day. The film has recently sparked controversy after President Lyndon B. Johnson historians decried his portrayal in the movie.

Selma” is expected to nab Oscar buzz when the nominations are announced on Thursday.

Liam Neeson didn’t disappoint in his return to the silver screen. “Taken 3” grossed $40.4 million, ending “The Hobbit’s” three-week run in the No. 1 spot.

 

Oprah Winfrey Getting Oscar Buzz for Playing Gloria Gaines in ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’

Oprah Winfrey Getting Oscar Buzz for Playing Gloria Gaines in 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'

Oprah Winfrey Getting Oscar Buzz for Playing Gloria Gaines in ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’

Could Oprah Winfrey win Best Supporting Actress at the Oscar Awards for her role in “Lee Daniel’s The Butler?” Roger Friedman seems to think so in the glowing review he gave the movie, particularly Oprah’s powerful performance. Winfrey plays Gloria Gaines, the wife of White House butler Forest Whitaker.

Gloria is a bit of a boozer, fools around, and isn’t such a good wife for quite a while.

Oprah is simply off the charts mesmerizing as Gloria. It’s as if she’d been acting this whole time. (Some will say she has been, but I disagree.) Among the many powerful performances in this landmark movie, Winfrey jumps out because of her long absence from the screen. People in our showing–which was a very good cross-section of black and white, young and old– people were crying through this movie. And Oprah gets a scene stealing Oscar moment that is going to take her right into every awards show. If I had to bet now, I’d say she wins Best Supporting Actress. She’s that good.

So this isn’t a full review of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” because it’s about a week or so too soon. This is just an observation. And by the way, among the audience were none other than Mike Nichols and Diane Sawyer. Mike gave the movie a hearty thumbs up on the way out. He wasn’t the only one.

Actor Michael Douglas Says Oral S*x Caused His Throat Cancer

Michael Douglas '63, Oscar-winning actor, play...

Actor Michael Douglas Says Oral S*x Caused His Throat Cancer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Legendary actor Michael Douglas said oral s*x caused his throat cancer.  Coming off a stellar performance as Liberace in biopic “Behind the Candelabra,” he told the UK Guardian it wasn’t the years of drinking and smoking that led to his cancer, but “this particular cancer is caused by HPV [human papillomavirus], which comes about from cunnilingus.”

Douglas, the husband of Catherine Zeta Jones, continued: “I did worry if the stress caused by my son’s incarceration didn’t help trigger it. But yeah, it’s a sexually transmitted disease that causes cancer. And if you have it, cunnilingus is also the best cure for it.”

The actor, now 68, was diagnosed with cancer in August 2010, following many months of oral discomfort. But a series of specialists missed the tumour and instead prescribed antibiotics. Douglas then went to see a friend’s doctor in Montreal who looked inside his mouth using a tongue depressor.

“I will always remember the look on his face,” Douglas has previously said. “He said: ‘We need a biopsy.’ There was a walnut-size tumour at the base of my tongue that no other doctor had seen.”

Shortly afterwards he was diagnosed with stage four cancer (stage five is death) and embarked on an intensive eight-week course of chemotherapy and radiation. He refused to use a feeding tube, despite his palate being burnt on account of the treatment, and so lost 20kg (45lb) on a liquids-only diet. “That’s a rough ride. That can really take it out of you,” he told the Guardian. “Plus the amount of chemo I was getting, it zaps all the good stuff too. It made me very weak. Source:  Guardian

I would have guessed Michael Douglas would have wanted to keep what he does in the bedroom private, but you have to give him some credit for talking about the human papillomavirus and its implications.

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Will Smith’s ‘After Earth’ Grounded at Box Office as ‘Fast & Furious 6′ Keeps No. 1 Spot

Will Smith's 'After Earth' Grounded at Box Office as 'Fast & Furious 6' Keeps No. 1 Spot

Will Smith’s ‘After Earth’ Grounded at Box Office as ‘Fast & Furious 6′ Keeps No. 1 Spot

Will Smith’s “After Earth” was grounded at the weekend box office by “Fast & Furious 6” that retained it’s No. 1 spot.  Smith’s sci-fi dud, which also stars his son, Jaden Smith, came in well below expectations, taking third place with $27 million, $10 million below estimates. Director M. Night Shyamalan should be ashamed of himself to direct such a horrible movie.

After Earth” has been excoriated by critics, which was beaten by Liongate/Summit Entertainment’s bank robbing caper “Now You See Me,” starring Morgan Freeman, with a haul of $28.1 million.

Sony Pictures/Columbia’s “After Earth” marks a stunning fall from box office grace for Will Smith, who was riding a wave of movie success 10 years ago. Only 12 percent of critics recommended the film, while only 54 percent of fans liked it, RottenTomatoes.com reports.  In other words, “After Earth” was a humongous flop. Possibly the worst movie of 2013.

As of Friday, Deadline Hollywood reports, “After Earth” grossed “2.5 times worse than Jaden Smith’s “Karate Kid” reboot and half of Oblivion‘s opening” with Tom Cruise. In other words, Jaden Smith’s body of work is the result of Hollywood nepotism.

Rounding out the top five were animated fantasy ‘Epic,’ which starred Beyonce and Colin Farrell, in fourth place with $16.4 million, followed by “The Hangover Part III,” with $15.9 million.

 

James Bond Studio to Open 1st U.S. Movie Production Facility in Georgia as Pinewood Atlanta

James Bond studio, Pinewood Shepperton PLC, coming to Atlanta as Pinewood Atlanta

James Bond Studio to Open 1st U.S. Movie Production Facility in Georgia as Pinewood Atlanta

James Bond is coming to Georgia! Pinewood Shepperton PLC, the film studio home to the James Bond franchise, will open its first U.S. movie production facility, Pinewood Atlanta, on the city’s south side.

Pinewood Atlanta will occupy 288 acres and at least five sound stages, as well as production offices. Pinewood Shepperton PLC’s CEO Ivan Dunleavy made the announcement Monday, saying the “agreement is another step forward for the Pinewood brand internationally.”

 

Marvel Releases Trailer for “Thor: The Dark World,” Starring Chris Hemsworth, Idris Elba

Marvel Releases Trailer for "Thor: The Dark World," Starring Chris Hemsworth, Idris Elba

Marvel Releases Trailer for “Thor: The Dark World,” Starring Chris Hemsworth, Idris Elba

The trailer for Marvel Entertainment’s ‘Thor: The Dark World‘ was released. Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Idris Elba, Tim Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Rene Russo, Anthony Hopkins and Christopher Eccleston star in the sequel to Kenneth Branagh-directed “Thor.”

Alan Taylor, star of “Game of Thrones,” leads the cast as he fights to save the Earth and the Nine Realms from an enemy led by Malekeith.

Thor: The Dark World,’  is set for its international roll-out on October 30, ahead of its November 8th open in the U.S.

Watch the trailer for “Thor: The Dark World:”

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Summit Entertainment Acquires Screen Rights to Runaway Bestseller “The Shack”

Cover of "The Shack"

Summit Entertainment Acquires Screen Rights to Runaway Bestseller “The Shack”

Summit Entertainment acquired screen rights to bestseller “The Shack,” written by William Paul Young. The script will be written by John Fusco and the film will be produced by Gill Netter and Brad Cummings. Good luck with the adaptation, since the book wasn’t the easiest to read.

The logline: In the aftermath of a devastating personal tragedy, Mackenzie Allen Philips receives a mysterious note in his mailbox inviting him to The Shack. The letter is signed Papa, his wife’s nickname for God. Mack responds and finds himself in the presence of God, and a life-transforming journey of truth, forgiveness, and ultimately acceptance. The book was originally published in 2007 out of a garage by Cummings and Wayne Jacobsen, caught on and has become a global bestseller that has sold over 18 million copies in 39 languages, with 10 million in the U.S. It has ben on The New York Times Bestseller List for more than 180 straight weeks. Source

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Viola Davis in Talks for Starring Role in Upcoming Michael Mann Cyber Crime Flick

English: Viola Davis at the film premiere of H...

Viola Davis in Talks for Starring Role in Upcoming Michael Mann Cyber Crime Flick. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Deadline Hollywood reportsThe Help” actress Viola Davis is in talks to play a starring role as an FBI agent in the untitled Michael Mann-directed flick that will star Chris Hemsworth. “Legendary Pictures is producing the pic, a thriller about cyber crime, which is set to begin shooting in China next month. Davis, repped by CAA and Principal Entertainment, just wrapped production on Prisoners and Ender’s Game, both set for fall releases.”

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Warner Bros. Release Trailer for “The Hangover Part III” (VIDEO)

English: Bradley Cooper at the 2009 Tribeca Fi...

Warner Bros. Release Trailer for “The Hangover Part III” (VIDEO). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Movie Trailer News:  If you liked both installments of “The Hangover,” you should be happy to know Warner Bros. has released the trailer for “The Hangover Part III.” Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis star in the third and final film in the film franchise. “The Hangover Part III” opens May 24th. Watch the trailer:

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Cedric The Entertainer Joins Jason Statham’s ‘Heat’ Along With Stanley Tucci

Cedric the Entertainer at the Johnson Family V...

Cedric The Entertainer Joins Jason Statham’s ‘Heat’ Along With Stanley Tucci. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cedric the Entertainer is joining Jason Statham, Stanley Tucci, Anne Heche and Hope Davis in “Heat,” the action thriller based on William Goldman’s novel.

Deadline Hollywood reports, Statham is set to play Nick, a gambling addict and ex-mercenary working for hire in Las Vegas.

Other ‘Heat’ cast members are Sophia Vergara, Michael Angarano and Dominik Garcia-Lorido.  

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