Complete Winners of 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival Awards 


"Mother, I Love You" and "Code Black" were the big winners at the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival awards. "Mother, I Love You" won Best Narrative Feature while "Code Black" took home the Best Documentary Award.

Here's the complete list of winners of the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival awards:

DIRECTV Narrative Award (for Best Narrative Feature)
Mother, I Love You directed by Janis Nords

DIRECTV Documentary Award (for Best Documentary Feature)
Code Black directed by Ryan McGarry

Best Performance in the Narrative Competition
Geetanjali Thapa in Kamar K.M’s I.D.

Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature
Short Term 12, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton

Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature
American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, directed by Grace Lee

Audience Award for Best International Feature
Wadjda, directed by Haifaa Al Mansour

HONOLULU FILM OFFICE AWARD for Best Narrative Short Film
Walker directed by Tsai Ming-Liang

HONOLULU FILM OFFICE AWARD for Best Documentary Short Film
Stone directed by Kevin Jerome Everson

HONOLULU FILM OFFICE AWARD for Best Animated/Experimental Short Film
Oh Willy… directed by Emma De Sweaf, Marc James Roels

Audience Award for Best Short Film
Grandpa and Me and a Helicopter to Heaven directed by Åsa Blanck and Johan Palmgren

Audience Award for Best Music Video
Katachi directed by Kijek/Adamski

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"Monsters University" Tops Box-Office with $82 Million; "Man of Steel" Still Unbeatable Overseas 


Monsters beat zombies and Superman at the domestic box-office. Disney/Pixar's prequel to "Monsters Inc.," "Monsters University" claimed the No. 1 position with $82 million in the U.S. and $54.5 million internationally.

Overseas, "Man of Steel" sold $89 million worth of box-office tickets but must settle to No. 3 domestically with $41.2 million. Starring Henry Cavill as our favorite Man of Steel, the Zack Snyder-directed film has grossed $210 million in the U.S. in just 11 days and a super worldwide total of $398.3 million. Wow!

At No. 2 was the Brad Pitt zombie flick "World War Z" from director Marc Forster. Based on the book by Max Brooks, "World War Z" made $66 million at the domestic box-office and $45.8 million internationally.

The comedy "This is the End" starring Seth Rogen, James Franco, and Jonah Hill finished in fourth place with $13 million while Summit's "Now You See Me" continued its magical box-office performance at No. 5 with $7.87 million. The crime thriller has made $94.4 million at the domestic box-office for a worldwide total of $134.4.

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box-Office films for the weekend of June 21st:

1. "Monsters University," $82 million ($54.5 million international).

2. "World War Z," $66 million ($45.8 million international).

3. "Man of Steel," $41.2 million ($89 million international).

4. "This Is the End," $13 million.

5. "Now You See Me," $7.87 million ($6.6 million international).

6. "Fast & Furious 6," $4.7 million ($11.2 million international).

7. "The Internship," $3.43 million ($3.2 million international).

8. "The Purge," $3.41 million ($1.1 million international).

9. "Star Trek: Into Darkness," $3 million ($4.9 million international).

10. "Iron Man 3," $2.2 million ($400,000 international).

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And here's the international box-office estimates:

1. "Man of Steel," $89 million.

2. "Monsters University," $54.5 million.

3. "World War Z," $45.8 million.

4. "After Earth," $13.4 million.

5. "Fast & Furious 6," $11.2 million.

6. "The Hangover Part III," $8.6 million.

7. "Now You See Me," $6.6 million.

8. "Despicable Me 2," $6.4 million.

9. "The Great Gatsby," $5.5 million.

10. "Star Trek: Into Darkness," $4.9 million.

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Anna Kendrick In Talks to Play Cinderella in "Into the Woods" 


Anna Kendrick may soon join Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, and Chris Pine in the big screen adaptation of the Broadway musical, "Into the Woods." According to the Hollywood Reporter, the actress is in talks to play Cinderella in the Disney production with Rob Marshall ("Chicago," "Nine") attached to direct.

With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine (who also wrote the screenplay), "Into the Woods" is a hodge podge of classic fairy tales that feature a childless couple, Baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt), who must go into the woods to lift a family curse by an evil witch (Meryl Streep). Along the way, the Baker and his wife encounter Rapunzel, Cinderella (Kendrick), and Little Red Riding Hood.

Depp will play the sexy and charismatic Big Bad Wolf, while Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal will play a pair of self-involved princes. Tracy Ullman and Christine Baranski complete the announced cast.

Kendrick, who's currently shooting "The Last 5 Years," Richard LaGravenese's adaptation of the musical, will be perfect as Cinderella. The actress, enjoying Top 40 success with her hit song "Cups," has been acting in Broadway musicals from a young age. And she rocked it at last year's "Pitch Perfect!"

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“Monsters University” & “World War Z” Movie Reviews – Which One is My Pick of the Week? 


It’s monsters versus zombies at the box-office this weekend as “Monsters University” and “World War Z” duke it out for your hard-earned money. In “Monsters University,” Billy Crystal (Mike) and John Goodman (Sullivan) return to embody their beloved characters. This time it’s college, and this is where it all began.

In “World War Z” from director Marc Forster (“Quantum of Solace,” “Monster’s Ball”), Brad Pitt is our accidental hero, Gerry Lane, who must race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic. Is “World War Z’ worthy of its source material – the popular novel by Max Brooks? Take a look at my review below:



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Robert Downey Jr. Will Return for "The Avengers 2" and "The Avengers 3!" What About "Iron Man 4?" 


"The Avengers" fans rejoice! Robert Downey Jr. has officially signed on to star in the next two "Avengers" films according to Variety.

For a while there, it looked like Downey Jr. would be ditching the iron suit in pursuit of other acting interests. But now, it's official -- the actor will don the suit again. But here's the catch -- no agreement was made for "Iron Man 4."

According to Marvel's website:

Under the two-picture agreement, Downey will star as Tony Stark/Iron Man in “Marvel’s The Avengers 2” and “Marvel’s The Avengers 3.” Downey is represented at CAA by Bryan Lourd, Jim Toth and Matt Leaf and by his attorneys Tom Hansen and Stewart Brookman of the firm Hansen Jacobson.

Downey, Jr.’s last two Marvel films, 2012’s “Marvel’s The Avengers” and this year’s “Iron Man 3,” rank as two of the top five grossing films of all time, collectively earning over $2.7 billion worldwide to date.

“Marvel’s The Avengers 2” is being written and directed by Joss Whedon. Featuring favorites from the first Avengers film and new Marvel characters never before seen on the big screen, “Marvel’s The Avengers 2” is slated to begin production in March 2014 and open in theaters May 1, 2015.


And why won't Downey Jr. return for two more "Avengers?" The actor made around $50 million from the first "Avengers" and he will make even more from "Iron Man 3" after backend is paid, Variety has revealed.

But will other "Avengers" actors fight for more money?

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