Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules" Moves to Different Date 


So Dwayne Johnson (or if you prefer, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) is starring in "Hercules" for Paramount and MGM. The studios revealed that the film, initially slated for an August 8, 2014 release has now been moved two weeks earlier to July 25, 2014. Brett Ratner is directing the movie which could turn into a franchise.

Apparently, the idea of the movie came from the comic book world where Hercules appeared in Radical Comics' two limited series called "The Thracian Wars" and "The Knives of Kush." Both were written by Steve Moore with art provided by Cris Bolsin.

I smell "Conan the Barbarian!"

According to Deadline, Paramount and MGM moved "Hercules" because their original date was stolen by Disney/Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy." That time table is action-packed and fanboy friendly. One week before "Hercules," Warner Bros. "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" will be unleashed together with Fox's sequel "X-Men: Days of Future Past."

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Coen Brothers to Write for Director Angelina Jolie 


So Angelina Jolie, fresh from directing "In the Land of Blood and Honey," is attached to helm the Laura Hillenbrand 2010 biography of World War II hero Louis Zamperini called "Unbroken" for Universal Pictures. Jolie replaced Francis Lawrence who left to work on "The Hunger Games" sequel "Catching Fire."

And who's rewriting the screenplay for her? The Coen Brothers! Yup, the Oscar-winning writers/directors of "No Country for Old Men."

Must be nice to be Angelina Jolie huh? She has the Coen Brothers at her beck and call :wink

According to THR, Jolie was incredibly choosy when it comes to writers. Before she came on board, William Nicholson and Richard LaGravenese worked on previous drafts.

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption is a non-fiction book by Hillenbrand, who previously wrote Seabiscuit: An American Legend. Unbroken tells the real-life tale of World War II hero Louis Zamperini, a former Olympic track star who survived a plane crash in the Pacific and spent 47 days drifting on a raft. But wait, there's more! He spent more than two and a half years as a prisoner of war in Japanese internment camps. If this didn't happen in real life, I would say the story is too good to be true!

I see great Oscar potential in the material! So Jolie can afford to be choosy so she and the writers don't mess this one up. But with Coen Brothers writing the adaptation, I highly doubt that this one would suck.

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Death in Marvel's "The Avengers 2?" Joss Whedon Says Yes! 


Much like "Star Trek Into Darkness," writer/director and all around creative god, Joss Whedon, teased us that Marvel's "The Avengers" will be darker, more personal, and more emotional according to our friends at ScreenRant. So far, all we know about the sequel to the hit flick is a reunion of some familiar heroes and a return of Thanos. But that's about it.

During a Q & A for the European premiere of "Much Ado About Nothing" in Dublin at the Carlton Cinema, Whedon said, “When I actually considered doing Avengers 2, my first question was what can I do that’s new? Because I can’t make it bigger [audience laughs], but I can make it better, so that’s where I’m sort of going with that.”

And he added that the sequel will feature, "Death, death and death.”

To listen to the Q & A, click here.

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Backstage at the 85th Academy Awards -- Read Full Transcripts of Best Picture Winner 


See what happened backstage at the Oscars! The Academy Awards sent transcripts to give you a glimpse of what you didn't see at the Oscar telecast!

ONSTAGE SPEECH
CATEGORY: Best Picture
SPEECH BY: Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney, Producers
FILM: "Argo"


Grant Heslov:
I know what you’re thinking: the three sexiest producers alive. I want to thank the Academy, this is truly an honor. There are literally thousands of people to thank, so thankfully I’m not going to thank them now. I’m going to thank everybody personally in the next few weeks, but there are a couple of people I want to acknowledge. I want to acknowledge my partner in crime and my great friend, George Clooney, who everybody should be so lucky to have a partner who is talented and as humorous and who has as much integrity. I want to thank my beautiful wife Lisa. You make everything better. And to our kids, Maya and Olivia. I love you guys. I hope your old man’s not embarrassing you up here. The reason I wanted to speak first, before Ben was Ben is a producer on the film and he is also our director. And I thought it would be awkward for Ben to thank himself, but it’s not awkward for me. So on behalf of George and myself, I want to thank you, Ben. You directed a hell of a film. Couldn’t be more proud of the film. Couldn’t be more proud of Ben. So ladies and gentlemen, our co-producer and the director of Argo: Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck:
Thank you very much. Thank you very, very much. I know eventually that thing is going to start quickly so please forgive me if this is a little bit quick. I want to acknowledge Steven Spielberg, who I feel is a genius and a towering talent among us. I want to acknowledge the other 8 films, there are 8 great films, who have as much a right to be up here as we do. I want to acknowledge them for what they did and thank them and many of them who didn’t even get nominated this year. I want to thank Jack McNiece, Jerry Speck, Marty Brest and my brother and my mom and dad and Patrick Whitesell and Tony Mendez, who let us do his story. Thank you. I thank you everyone in the movie, on the movie, worked on the movie, did anything with this movie gets thanked. I want to thank Canada. I want to thank our friends in Iran living in terrible circumstances right now. I want to thank my wife who I don’t usually associate with Iran. I want to thank you for working on our marriage for 10 Christmases. It’s good. It is work but it’s the best kind of work and there’s no one I’d rather work. And I’d just like to say, I was here 15 years ago or something and I had no idea what I was doing. I stood out here in front of you all and really just a kid. I went out and I never thought I would be back here. And I am, because of so many of you who are here tonight, because of this Academy, because of so many wonderful people who extended themselves to me when they had nothing to benefit from it in Hollywood. You know what I mean, I couldn’t get them a job. I want to thank them and I want to thank what they taught me, which is that you have to work harder than you think you possibly can. You can’t hold grudges. It’s hard but you can’t hold grudges. And it doesn’t matter how you get knocked down in life because that’s going to happen. All that matters is you gotta get up. Violet, Sam and Sera, this is for you.

BACKSTAGE INTERVIEW
CATEGORY: Best Picture
INTERVIEW WITH: Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney, Producers
FILM: "ARGO"


Q.Ben, obviously you put a lot of work in the film as you were making it, but then after it's taken on this life of its own in your story, it's been so tied to your personal journey. Did you think that was something that was going to come out of making this film, this sort of redemptive comeback story that's been part of the narrative here?
A.(Ben Affleck) Grant, you take that question.
A.(Grant Heslov) Yes.
A.(Ben Affleck) I was excited about making the movie. These guys had a script, I really liked it, I called them up, [inaudible] will you put me on the movie? And I wanted to do the movie and I wanted to work with them. That's what I thought would happen. I wanted to work on some quality. I did the movie, we all worked really hard, I hoped that people would like it. I didn't think it had a more meta approach to it than that. I was excited to make it, I was excited to work with these guys and the cast we had, and I was willing to let the chips kind of fall where they may, as long as we thought we did something we were interested in.

Q.Obviously at certain points we thought that other films might win this. Could you describe when exactly you felt a tipping point in your favor?
A.(George Clooney) Michelle Obama.
A.(Grant Heslov) Tonight.
A.(Ben Affleck) When they gave us the trophies I was confident that we would win.
A.(George Clooney) I'm completely confident.
A.(Ben Affleck) I didn't second guess, is this a prank?
A.(George Clooney) He did look at the envelope.
A.(Grant Heslov) Even as I was giving the speech, I didn't think we could win.
A.(Ben Affleck) Once Grant let me talk, I felt good. I didn't get too much into the Oscarology and the pontificating. And the guys who do that stuff and report on it, which is great, and people like it and they're interested in it. And I hope people are interested in the Oscars because it helps our industry and helps make better films, but it doesn't help me to read up on that stuff. So I was thrilled for Billy, I was thrilled for Chris, and when it came along, I was thrilled for these two guys.

Q.Hello. I'm from the American Foreign Service Association in Washington. Your movie and also the comments you've made and all of the awards ceremonies has really raised the image and the profile of the Foreign Service, something that we don't get very often, we don't get much play. But I would like to invite you, all three of you to the plaque ceremony that we have in the Department of State on May 3rd where we honor fallen Foreign Service officers. This year

Q.[MODERATOR] I'm sorry, I have to interrupt. Do you have a question?

Q.Yes. Can you come?
A.(George Clooney) That's really a personal question.
A.(Ben Affleck) Do I call you or just
A.(Grant Heslov) I'm able to, yes.
A.(George Clooney) There's a line. There's Ben.
A.(Ben Affleck) I don't know that we can come, but we do have, all of us, a tremendous respect for what the Foreign Service sacrifices and goes through and that we, I think, gained further appreciation for that as we shot the movie and visited the State Department. I know Secretary Clinton a little bit and Secretary Kerry a little bit better so we were able to shoot in the I'm not sure that that's why, but from my sort of distant acquaintanceship with both of those Secretaries, I've really picked up an appreciation for what the State Department does, what our Foreign Service does, what they sacrifice.
A.(George Clooney) Grant and I will be in Berlin shooting so we won't make it, but maybe Ben might be in town.
A.(Ben Affleck) Thanks, George.

Q.How are you? Congratulations.
A.(Ben Affleck) Hi.

Q.How cool was it to have the First Lady announce that you had just won an Oscar?
A.(Ben Affleck) I was sort of hallucinating when that was happening. In the course of hallucination, it doesn't you know what I mean? It doesn't seem that odd when some other oh, look, a purple elephant, you know, Michelle Obama. But it's natural because the whole thing is so unnatural. Honestly, I was just asking these two guys outside, was that Michelle Obama? The whole thing kind of alarmed me at the time, but in retrospect, the fact that it was the First Lady was an enormous honor and the fact that she surrounded herself by service men and women was special and I thought appropriate. Anyway, it was very cool.
A.(Grant Heslov) And I'm a big fan of the bangs.

Q.Congratulations, gentlemen. Ben, throughout the awards season you've been very humble about what we feel
A.(Ben Affleck) Yeah, forget that. No more humility.

Q.Being left off the Best Director docket and through that, how has that changed with all of the recognition that you've received and where are you with that now?
A.(Grant Heslov) I wasn't aware you were left off. Were you left off?
A.(Ben Affleck) I didn't get nominated as a director. Grant, you didn't...
A.(George Clooney) I wasn't nominated as an actor in a movie.
A.(Ben Affleck) No shit. That's a crime, folks. Honestly, you know how I feel about that? Naturally I was disappointed, and a lot of people said, this is something that's going to happen. But when I look at the directors who were people who weren't nominated as well, Paul Thomas Anderson and Kathryn Bigelow, just amazing, Tom Hooper and Quentin Tarantino, these are all directors who I admire enormously. So, it was a very tough year.
A.(George Clooney) You were in good company not to be nominated.
A.(Ben Affleck) Exactly. I was on the bench.
A.(Grant Heslov) You're glad you weren't nominated.
A.(Ben Affleck) You know what, you're not entitled to anything. I'm honored to be here. I'm honored to be among these extraordinary movies, and I'm really, really honored to win an Academy Award. So this is not [inaudible] I've spent a lot of time second guessing or worried about it.

Q.Hi there, Ben. I wonder if you have any reflection at this point about making films about true life events? In your movies you played a cameo of President Carter and the politics that was involved there, yet the film drew a little bit of flack for some of its treatments of New Zealanders and blending characters and the run down the runway at the end. Do you have any thoughts about how to approach these things now?
A.(Ben Affleck) Let me start by saying I love New Zealand and I love New Zealanders. And I'm tempted to end there. I think that it's tricky, you walk a fine line. You do a historical movie, naturally you have to make some creative choices about how you're going to condense it into a three act structure. It's not an easy thing to do. You try to honor the truth of the essence, the sort of basic truth of the story that you're telling. You know, I'm really proud of the movie, I'm proud of the people that worked on the movie, the story that we were telling was true and that we told was true. It's not an easy thing, but it's, I think, constructed as well as it could possibly be. But the complete credit goes to Chris Terrio rather than me.

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"Argo" Tops 85th Academy Awards! Argo F*&k Yourself! 


And in the end, it was the movie with a snubbed director that took the top prize. Ben Affleck's "Argo" rocked the Academy Awards by winning the Best Picture of the year award. The biggest surprise for me was Ang Lee who went home with the Best Director trophy for "Life of Pi" while Steven Spielberg went home empty handed. His "Lincoln" still won two Academy Awards, one for Best Actor for the great Daniel Day-Lewis' fine performance as our beloved 16th President, and the other for production design.

Just as I predicted to the lovely Anne Hathaway three months ago, she went home with the Best Supporting Actress trophy for her brilliant performance as Fantine in "Les Miserables." This sort of is a blessing from the Academy as well for turning in a memorable Catwoman performance in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises."

Jennifer Lawrence won (and fell, sorry JLaw) the Best Actress trophy for "Silver Linings Playbook." Like Hathaway, she is given blessings by the Academy for being consistent with her acting, yes, even as Katniss in "The Hunger Games."

Many films divided the trophies, even Quentin Tarantino's visceral "Django Unchained" took home trophies -- one, for the fantastic Christoph Waltz for Best Supporting Actor, and Tarantino won the Best Original Screenplay award beating the front runner and Writer's Guild Awards winner, Mark Boal for "Zero Dark Thirty."

"Zero Dark Thirty" tied (yes, the 6th time in Oscar history) with "Skyfall" for Best Sound Editing. That was the only award the film received. The James Bond flick also won Best Original Song performed and co-written by Adele.

Here's the complete list of the 85th Annual Academy Award Nominees/Winners (highlighted):


Best Picture

"Amour"
*** "Argo"
"Beasts Of The Southern Wild"
"Django Unchained"
"Les Miserables"
"Life Of Pi"
"Lincoln"
"Silver Linings Playbook"
"Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Director

Michael Haneke - "Amour"
Benh Zeitlin - "Beasts Of The Southern Wild"
*** Ang Lee - "Life Of Pi"
Steven Spielberg - "Lincoln"
David O. Russell - "Silver Linings Playbook"

Best Actor In A Leading Role

Denzel Washington - "Flight"
Hugh Jackman - "Les Miserables"
*** Daniel Day-Lewis - "Lincoln"
Joaquin Phoenix - "The Master"
Bradley Cooper - "Silver Linings Playbook"

Best Actress In A Leading Role

Emmanuelle Riva - "Amour"
Quvenzhane Wallis - "Beasts Of The Southern Wild"
Naomi Watts - "The Impossible"
*** Jennifer Lawrence - "Silver Linings PLaybook"
Jessica Chastain - "Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Actor In A Supporting Role

Alan Arkin - "Argo"
*** Christoph Waltz - "Django Unchained"
Tommy Lee Jones - "Lincoln"
Philip Seymour Hoffman - "The Master"
Robert De Niro - "Silver Linings Playbook"

Best Actress In A Supporting Role

*** Anne Hathaway - "Les Miserables"
Sally Field - "Lincoln"
Amy Adams "The Master"
Helen Hunt - "The Sessions"
Jacki Weaver - "Silver Linings Playbook"

Best Original Screenplay

Michael Haneke - "Amour"
*** Quentin Tarantino - "Django Unchained"
John Gatins - "Flight"
Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola - "Moonrise Kingdom"
Mark Boal - "Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Adapted Screenplay

*** Chris Terrio - "Argo
Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin - "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
David Magee - "Life Of Pi"
Tony Kushner - "Lincoln"
David O. Russell - "Silver Linings Playbook"

Best Foreign Language Film

*** "Amour"
"Kon-Tiki"
"No"
"A Royal Affair"
"War Witch"

Best Animated Feature Film

*** "Brave"
"Frankenweenie"
"ParaNorman"
"The Pirates"
"Wreck-It Ralph"

Best Original Song

"Chasing Ice"
"Life Of Pi"
"Ted"
"Les Miserables"
*** "Skyfall"

Best Cinematography

Seamus McGarvey - "Anna Karenina"
Robert Richardson - "Django Unchained"
*** Claudio Miranda - "Life Of Pi"
Janusz Kaminski - "Lincoln"
Roger Deakins - "Skyfall"

Best Film Editing

*** William Goldenberg - "Argo"
Tim Squyres - "Life Of Pi"
Michael Kahn - Lincoln
Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers - "Silver Linings Playbook"
William Goldenberg, Dylan Tichenor - Zero Dark Thirty

Best Costume Design

*** Jacqueline Durran - "Anna Karenina"
Paco Delgado - "Les Miserables"
Joanna Johnston - "Lincoln"
Eiko Ishioka - "Mirror Mirror"
Colleen Atwood - "Snow White and the Huntsman"

Best Documentary Feature

"5 Broken Cameras"
"The Gatekeepers"
"How To Survive A Plague"
"The Invisible War"
*** "Searching For Sugar Man"

Best Visual Effects

"The Avengers"
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
*** "Life Of Pi"
"Prometheus"
"Snow White And The Huntsman"

Best Production Design

Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer - "Anna Karenina"
Dan Hennah, Ra Vincent, Simon Bright - "The Hobbit"
Eve Stewart - "Les Miserables"
David Gropman, Anna Pinnock - "Life Of Pi"
*** Rick Carter, Jim Erickson, Peter T Frank - "Lincoln"

Best Original Score

Dario Marianelli - "Anna Karenina"
Alexandre Desplat - "Argo"
*** Mychael Danna - "Life Of Pi"
John Williams - "Lincoln"
Thomas Newman - "Skyfall"

Best Make Up

"Hitchcock"
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
*** "Les Miserables"

Best Sound Editing

"Argo"
"Django Unchained"
"Life Of Pi"
*** "Skyfall"
*** "Zero Dark Thirty"


Best Sound Mixing

"Argo"
*** "Les Miserables"
"Life Of Pi"
"Lincoln"
"Skyfall

Best Documentary Short Film

*** "Inocente"
"Kings Point"
"Mondays At Racine"
"Open Heart"
"Redemption"

Best Animated Short

"Adam And Dog"
"Fresh Guacamole"
"Head Over Heels"
"Maggie Simpson In The Longest Daycare"
*** "Paperman"

Best Live-Action Short Film

"Asad"
"Buzkashi Boys"
*** "Curfew"
"Death Of A Shadow"
"Henry"

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