Paramount Pictures Acquires Worldwide Rights for "Like Crazy" at Sundance 


Another day, another Sundance deal, this one's for "Like Crazy" starring Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones, and Jennifer Lawrence. Paramount Pictures and Indian Paintbrush announced the worldwide acquisition of the film set for release this year.

The Super Crispy Entertainment production from co-writer and director Drake Doremus (“Douchebag”), producers Jonathan Schwartz (“The Way Back,” “Douchebag,” “Funny Games”) and Andrea Sperling (“Kaboom,” “Sympathy For Delicious”) of Super Crispy Entertainment, and executive producers Audrey and Zygi Wilf had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday.

Here's the rest of the press release:

Starring Anton Yelchin (“Star Trek,” and “Terminator Salvation”), Felicity Jones (“The Tempest”) and Jennifer Lawrence (“Winters Bone”), LIKE CRAZY was written by Doremus and Ben York Jones (“Douchebag”). The story follows a British college student who falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she's banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa. Entertainment Weekly’s Lisa Schwarzbaum said of the movie “Young love has rarely been so palpable or looked so real,” while Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times said “Like Crazy" brings a compelling intimacy and heart-stopping delicacy to showing the push and pull of love, longing and regret.”

Adam Goodman, President of Paramount’s Film Group and Matt Brodlie, Senior VP of Productions and Acquisitions for Paramount, along with Indian Paintbrush’s President of Production Mark Roybal negotiated for the rights with the film’s reps Rich Klubeck and David Flynn from UTA, along with Schwartz and Doremus' attorney Lawrence Kopeikin from Morris Yorn.

Said Goodman, “Along with our partners at Indian Paintbrush, we are extremely pleased to be a part of such a great movie, and look forward to working with Drake, Jonathan, Andrea and a tremendous cast of actors.”

A spokesperson for Indian Paintbrush added, "Drake is a brilliant filmmaker, who has crafted a fresh, iconic film. With Paramount's unrivaled production and marketing teams, Drake, Jonathan, Andrea and their amazing cast are in great hands to share this jewel of a film with the world."

"Paramount and Indian Paintbrush’s passion and commitment towards the film is incredibly exciting," said Super Crispy Entertainment President and producer Jonathan Schwartz.


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Elizabeth Olsen's Sundance Darling Gets Distributor 


Elizabeth Olsen, the younger sister of Mary Kate and Ashley is cementing her status as the ingenue of the year! Her film, "Martha Marcy May Marlene," written and directed by Sean Durkin is making waves at the Sundance Fest and has just been acquired by Fox Searchlight Pictures, home of "Slumdog Millionaire" and "Black Swan."

Co-starring Sarah Paulson, John Hawkes, and Hugh Dancy, "Martha Marcy May Marlene" follows Olsen's Martha, a damaged woman haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, who struggles to reassimilate with her family after fleeing a cult.

Fox Searchlight is planning to release the film sometime this year.

According to Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula, “We were all captivated by the compelling performances and the expert craftsmanship of Sean Durkin."

Meanwhile, Durkin said, "We are excited to be working with Searchlight, a company that has consistently embraced new voices and unique storytelling.”

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Worst Film Achievement! "The Last Airbender," "Twilight Saga: Eclipse" Dominate Razzie Awards Nominations! 


As Hollywood prepares for the Oscar nominations tomorrow, the film industry braces for another big award event, only this time, it's for the worst of the worst!

The Razzie Award nominations are out, and the nods are full of the usual suspects. M. Night Shyamalan's "The Last Airbender" and "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" received the most nominations, nine nods apiece including Worst Picture of the year!

These films are easy targets and I thought David Slade's "Eclipse" was the best film of the franchise. I guess I was wrong.

Both "Airbender" and "Eclipse" will compete against "The Bounty Hunter," "Sex & The City 2," and "Vampires Suck" for worst achievement in film.

The winners, or should we say losers, will be revealed on February 26, the night before the Academy Awards! Remember Sandra Bullock last year? She was the Worst Actress for "All About Steve," and then, swept Hollywood off its feet with her Best Actress Oscar win for "The Blind Side" the following evening.

So never fear nominees, you too can follow Bullock's footsteps!

Here's the complete list of nominations for the 31st annual Razzie Awards:

WORST PICTURE
THE BOUNTY HUNTER (Columbia Pictures/Relativity Media)
THE LAST AIRBENDER (Paramount/Nickelodeon Movies)
SEX & THE CITY #2 (Warner Bros/New Line/HBO Pictures)
TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE (Summit Entertainment)
VAMPIRES SUCK (20th Century-Fox/Regency Enterprises)

WORST ACTOR
Jack Black / GULLIVER’S TRAVELS
Gerard Butler / THE BOUNTY HUNTER
Ashton Kutcher / KILLERS and VALENTINE’S DAY
Taylor Lautner / TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE and VALENTINE’S DAY
Robert Pattinson / REMEMBER ME and TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE

WORST ACTRESS
Jennifer Aniston / THE BOUNTY HUNTER and THE SWITCH
Mylie Cyrus / THE LAST SONG
Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis & Cynthia Nixon / SEX & THE CITY 2
Megan Fox / JONAH HEX
Kristen Stewart / TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE

WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jessica Alba / THE KILLER INSIDE ME, LITTLE FOCKERS, MACHETE and VALENTINE’S DAY
Cher / BURLESQUE
Liza Minnelli / SEX & THE CITY 2
Nicola Peltz / THE LAST AIRBENDER
Barbra Streisand / LITTLE FOCKERS

WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Billy Ray Cyrus / THE SPY NEXT DOOR
George Lopez / MARMADUKE, THE SPY NEXT DOOR and VALENTINE’S DAY
Dev Patel / THE LAST AIRBENDER
Jackson Rathbone / THE LAST AIRBENDER and TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE
Rob Schneider / GROWN UPS

WORST EYE-GOUGING MIS-USE Of 3-D
CATS & DOGS 2: REVENGE OF KITTY GALORE
CLASH OF THE TITANS
THE LAST AIRBENDER
NUTCRACKER 3-D
SAW 3-D (aka SAW VII)

WORST SCREEN COUPLE / WORST SCREEN ENSEMBLE
Jennifer Aniston & Gerard Butler / THE BOUNTY HUNTER
Josh Brolin’s Face & Megan Fox’s Accent / JONAH HEX
The Entire Cast of THE LAST AIRBENDER
The Entire Cast of SEX & THE CITY 2
The Entire Cast of TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE

WORST DIRECTOR
Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer / VAMPIRES SUCK
Michael Patrick King / SEX & THE CITY 2
M. Night Shyamalan / THE LAST AIRBENDER
David Slade / TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE
Sylvester Stallone / THE EXPENDABLES

WORST SCREENPLAY
LAST AIRBENDER Written by M. Night Shyamalan, based on the TV series created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Brian Konietzko
LITTLE FOCKERS, Written by John Hamburg and Larry Stuckey, based on Characters Created by Greg Glenna & Mary Roth Clarke
SEX & THE CITY #2, Written by Michael Patrick King, Based on the TV Series Created by Darren Star
TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE, Screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg, Based on the Novel by Stephenie Meyer
VAMPIRES SUCK, Written by Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer

WORST PREQUEL, REMAKE, RIP-OFF or SEQUEL
CLASH OF THE TITANS
THE LAST AIRBENDER
SEX & THE CITY #2
TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE
VAMPIRES SUCK!

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My Fierce & Fearless Oscar Nominations Predictions! Who Will Get Oscar Nods Tuesday? 


Oscar nominations will be announced Tuesday, January 25, at 5:30 in the morning, but before then, I took a stab at who and what the Academy will pick as nominees for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards aka the Oscars!

Without further adieu, here are my predictions for the 2011 Oscar nominations! If I'm wrong come Tuesday, blame my pesky crystal ball :happy

My 83rd Oscar Nominations Predictions

BEST PICTURE

127 Hours
Black Swan
Inception
The Fighther
The Kids Are All Right
The King's Speech
The Social Network
The Town
Toy Story 3
True Grit

BEST DIRECTOR
Darren Aronofsky -- "Black Swan"
David Fincher " -- The Social Network"
Tom Hooper " -- The King's Speech"
Christopher Nolan -- "Inception "
David O. Russell -- "The Fighter"

BEST ACTOR
Jeff Bridges -- "True Grit"
Robert Duvall -- "Get Low"
Jesse Eisenberg -- "The Social Network"
Colin Firth -- "The King's Speech"
James Franco -- "127 Hours"

BEST ACTRESS
Annette Bening -- "The Kids Are All Right"
Nicole Kidman -- "Rabbit Hole"
Jennifer Lawrence -- "Winter's Bone"
Natalie Portman -- "Black Swan"
Michelle Williams -- "Blue Valentine"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christian Bale -- "The Fighter"
John Hawkes -- "Winter's Bone"
Jeremy Renner -- "The Town"
Mark Ruffalo -- "The Kids Are All Right"
Geoffrey Rush -- "The King's Speech"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams -- "The Fighter"
Helena Bonham Carter -- "The King's Speech"
Melissa Leo -- "The Fighter"
Hailee Steinfeld -- "True Grit"
Jacki Weaver -- "Animal Kingdom"

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
127 Hours, Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy; Based on the book Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston; Fox Searchlight

I Love You Phillip Morris, Written by John Requa & Glenn Ficarra; Based on the book by Steven McVicker; Roadside Attractions

The Social Network, Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin; Based on the book The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich; Sony Pictures

The Town, Screenplay by Peter Craig and Ben Affleck & Aaron Stockard; Based on the novel Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan; Warner Bros.

True Grit, Screenplay by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen; Based on the novel by Charles Portis; Paramount Pictures

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Black Swan, Screenplay by Mark Heyman and Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin; Story by Andres Heinz; Fox Searchlight

The Fighter, Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; Paramount Pictures

Inception, Written by Christopher Nolan; Warner Bros.

The Kids Are All Right, Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg; Focus Features

Please Give, Written by Nicole Holofcener; Sony Pictures Classics

BEST ANIMATED FILM
Despicable Me
How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Tangled
Toy Story 3

BEST ART DIRECTION
Alice in Wonderland
Black Swan
Inception
The King's Speech
True Grit

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
"Black Swan" -- Matthew Libatique
"Inception" -- Wally Pfister
"The King's Spech" -- Danny Cohen
"The Social Network" -- Jeff Cronenweth
"True Grit" -- Roger Deakins

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Alice in Wonderland – Colleen Atwood
Black Swan – Amy Westcott
Burlesque – Michael Kaplan
The King’s Speech – Jenny Beavan
True Grit – Mary Zophres

BEST DOCUMENTARY
"Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer"
"Earth Made of Glass"
"Inside Job"
"The Tillman Story"
"Waiting for Superman"

BEST DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)
"Born Sweet"
"Killing in the Name"
"One Thousand Pictures: RFK's Last Journey"
"Sun Come Up"
"The Warriors of Oiugang"

BEST FILM EDITING
"Black Swan" -- Andrew Weisblum
"The Fighter" -- Pamela Martin
"Inception" -- Lee Smith
"The King's Speech" -- Tariq Anwar
"The Social Network" -- Angus Wall & Kirk Baxter

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
"Biutiful," Mexico
"Incendies," Canada
"In a Better World," Denmark
"Tambien la Lluvia," Spain
"Simple Simon," Sweden

BEST MAKE-UP
"Alice in Wonderland"
"Jonah Hex"
"The Wolfman"

BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)
Alexandre Desplot, The King's Speech
Danny Elfman, Alice in Wonderland
A.R. Rahmin, 127 Hours
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, The Social Network
Hans Zimmer, Inception

BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)
* "I See the Light" - performed by Mandy Moore & Zachary Levi/written by Alan Menken & Glenn Slater - Tangled
* "If I Rise" - performed by Dido and A.R. Rahman/music by A.R. Rahman/lyrics by Dido Armstrong and Rollo Armstrong - 127 Hours
* "Shine" - performed and written by John Legend - Waiting for Superman
* "We Belong Together" - performed and written by Randy Newman - Toy Story 3
* "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me Yet" - performed by Cher/written by Diane Warren - Burlesque

BEST SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)
“The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger,” Bill Plympton, director (Bill Plympton Studio)
“The Gruffalo,” Jakob Schuh and Max Lang, directors (Magic Light Pictures)
“The Lost Thing,” Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann, directors (Passion Pictures Australia)
“Sensology,” Michel Gagne, director-producer (GAGNE International LLC)
“Urs,” Moritz Mayerhofer, director (Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg)

BEST SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)
“Ana’s Playground,” Eric D. Howell, director (StoryForge, LLC)
“Na Wewe,” Ivan Goldschmidt, director-producer (CUT!)
“The Six Dollar Fifty Man,” Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland, directors (Sticky Pictures Ltd.)
“Sma Barn, Stora Ord (Little Children, Big Words),” Lisa James Larsson, director and Andreas Emanuelsson, producer (Bob Film Sweden AB)
“Wish 143,” Ian Barnes, director, and Samantha Waite, producer (Swing and Shift Films/Union Pictures)

BEST SOUND EDITING
"Black Swan"
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1"
"Inception"
"Tron: Legacy"
"True Grit"

BEST SOUND MIXING
"127 Hours"
"Black Swan"
"Inception"
"Iron Man 2"
"Tron: Legacy"

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
"Alice in Wonderland"
"Inception"
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1"
"Iron Man 2"
"Tron: Legacy"

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Moviegoers Attached to "No Strings Attached!" Romantic Comedy Debuts at Top Spot with $20.3 Million 


America was in the mood to laugh and fall in love making the romantic comedy "No Strings Attached" the country's No. 1 film! Starring Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman, the Paramount movie captured $20.3 million worth of box-office coins dethroning last week's champ, "The Green Hornet." ("No Strings Attached" movie review)

The action superhero comedy starring Seth Rogen fell to No. 2 in its second week of release. Columbia Pictures' "The Green Hornet" earned $18.1 million, and so far has collected $63.4 million box-office total. ("The Green Hornet" movie review)

At No. 3 is Universal Pictures' "The Dilemma" starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James from director Ron Howard with $9.7 million.

Here's the estimated Top 10 box-office list for weekend of January 21:

1. "No Strings Attached," $20.3 million.

2. "The Green Hornet," $18.1 million.

3. "The Dilemma," $9.7 million.

4. "The King's Speech," $9.2 million.

5. "True Grit," $8 million.

6. "Black Swan," $6.2 million.

7. "The Fighter," $4.5 million.

8. "Little Fockers," $4.4 million.

9. "Yogi Bear," $4.1 million.

10. "Tron: Legacy," $3.7 million.

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