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Oscar 2014 Presenters: From Jennifer Lawrence to Hitchcock Heroine

Oscar 2014 presenters range from Alfred Hitchcock heroine to ’12 Years a Slave’ producer (photo: Oscar 2014 presenter Jennifer Lawrence) Expect at least a couple of standing ovations at the 2014 Academy Awards ceremony to be held on Oscar Sunday, March 2, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles. Oscar 2014 producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced earlier today the complete list of movie celebrities — all actors, including a handful of actor-directors / actor-producers — who will be presenters at the ceremony, to be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, and which will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide — even in the United States, via the ABC network. (See the full list below.) Among…



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Oscar 2014 Presenters: From Jennifer Lawrence to Hitchcock Heroine




12 YEARS A SLAVE Italian Posters Racist?

12-years-a-slave-italian-posters’12 Years a Slave’: Italian posters racist? (Brad Pitt in ’12 Anni Schiavo’ poster) As 2013 comes to a close, 12 Years a Slave has become embroiled in some healthy, Oscar-friendly controversy. A couple of Italian posters for the film have focused on its white supporting players, Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender, instead of on black protagonist Chiwetel Ejiofor. Since then, Italian distributor BIM has issued contrite apologies; Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment, the film’s international sales agent, has demanded a recall of the “unauthorized” posters (it’s unclear if no character posters featuring Chiwetel Ejiofor were ever created, or if they were just not on display); the U.S. media and their cohorts elsewhere have played their usual role in pushing hot buttons and creating controversy — much…



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12 YEARS A SLAVE Italian Posters Racist?




WORLD WAR Z 2 in the Works?

WORLD WAR ZWorld War Z sequel planned? (Photo: Brad Pitt turns into a zombie-targeting axe-murderer in World War Z) Following the early success of Marc Forster and Brad Pitt’s zombie movie World War Z, Paramount Pictures "actively will turn to developing a sequel," claims The Hollywood Reporter, citing studio vice chairman Rob Moore. However, the Reporter article features no Moore quotes explicitly stating that Paramount has actually given the go-ahead to World War Z 2 — or whatever a World War Z sequel would be called. Co-produced by Paramount and Skydance Productions, the $220-$230 million-budgeted zombie movie (minus rebates and tax breaks, its official budget goes down to $190-$200 million) debuted this past weekend in North America and 25 international territories, collecting an estimated worldwide total of…



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WORLD WAR Z 2 in the Works?




WORLD WAR Z Weekend Box Office: Brad Pitt Horror Movie Surprises

WORLD WAR ZWorld War Z weekend box office: Monsters rule, but zombies are the big surprise hit (photo: Brad Pitt in World War Z) World War Z, Brad Pitt, and his living-dead pals have turned out to be the big (happy) surprise at the North American box office this weekend, June 21-23, 2013. In case Friday’s estimates are on target, the $190-$200 million-budgeted World War Z should collect $57-$60 million by Sunday evening, or about $10-$15 million more than many pundits had been expecting. Yesterday, World War Z opened with $25 million — about $5 million above early estimates — from 3,607 locations according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. That figure includes $3.6 million from Thursday evening screenings. In case there’s a Saturday surge…



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WORLD WAR Z Weekend Box Office: Brad Pitt Horror Movie Surprises




WORLD WAR Z Box Office vs. MONSTERS UNIVERSITY, MAN OF STEEL

WORLD WAR ZWorld War Z box office vs. Monsters University vs. Man of Steel (photo: Brad Pitt in World War Z) The North American box office will be huge this weekend, June 21-23, 2013. You’ve surely read that elsewhere, and it’s no exaggeration. The combined gross of the top three movies alone — Monsters University, World War Z, Man of Steel — should hover around $180 million. Now, what remains to be seen is if there’ll be any dollars (whether Canadian or American) left for the dozens of other movies on North American screens. It’s like having huge supermarkets making little neighborhood stores disappear from view. But hey, that seems to be exactly what the moviegoing public wants. According to early, rough estimates found at Deadline.com, Disney…



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WORLD WAR Z Box Office vs. MONSTERS UNIVERSITY, MAN OF STEEL




Brazil Protests: Brad Pitt Cancels WORLD WAR Z Promo Trip

brazil-prostestsBrazil protests lead Brad Pitt to cancel World War Z promo trip in Rio Brad Pitt has canceled plans to come to Brazil to promote World War Z, which opens in that country on June 28, 2013. Pitt was expected to arrive later tonight, June 21, with daughters Shiloh and Zahara, according to the Rio de Janeiro daily O Globo. The reason for Pitt’s cancellation are the “Brazil Protests,” a wave of demonstrations that last night brought approximately one million Brazilians to the streets, protesting against police brutality, government and corporate corruption, dismal public services, and billions of public money being spent on state-of-the-art facilities for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games while the country’s health and education infrastructure is crumbling. World…



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Brazil Protests: Brad Pitt Cancels WORLD WAR Z Promo Trip




WORLD WAR Z: Movie Zombies ‘Breathtaking’

WORLD WAR ZWorld War Z: Zombies movie offers ’Breathtaking’ overhead shots [See previous post: "World War Z Review: Saved by Zombies."] These early scenes establish the speed and sheer number of undead and also unveil some visual go-to’s developed by Marc Forster (of the dreadful Quantum of Solace) and DPs Robert Richardson (who started the project) and Ben Seresin (who finished it and received sole credit). The most breathtaking are the overhead shots, oftentimes from a helicopter’s POV, showing thousands of zombies filling the streets like floodwater. They figure prominently in the movie’s best section, when Gerry travels to Israel to investigate why the Israelis sensed the coming zombie invasion early enough to build a wall around Jerusalem. (Photo: World War Z zombies try to climb Jerusalem…



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WORLD WAR Z: Movie Zombies ‘Breathtaking’




WORLD WAR Z Review: Saved by Zombies

WORLD WAR ZWorld War Z review: ’Grandest zombie enterprise ever’ lacks dramatic cohesion — but zombies come to the film’s rescue (photo: Brad Pitt in World War Z) If there’s one thing harder to kill than a horde of zombies, it’s the unceasing horde of zombie movies, TV shows, books, and videogames. As recently reported by the U.S. Department of the Obvious, the undead continue enjoying their extended cultural moment. Unlike the mercifully fading vampire phenomenon, audiences keep responding to the tattered, groaning, living dead for reasons that go beyond any visual parallels to 9/11. Aside from just being cool, zombies are an unsettling reminder of our mortality and the lack of control we have over whether we live or die. They’re also a handy allegorical device…



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