I think we’re about to exceed the cuteness-to-movie length ratio. Amy Adams is in end-stage negotiations to star in Disney’s upcoming Muppets movie. Adams will star along Jason Segel, who will portray her love interest.
Maybe it’s not the most serious role an actress could hope to snag, but Adams owes a lot to Disney. Amy got her first big break in 2007 with Enchanted, Disney’s live-action take on the classic fairy tale. Adams nailed the role and became an overnight sensation - so what’s the occasional puppet movie, every few years or so?
Production on the new Muppets movie is scheduled to begin next month. The Muppets will be released next Christmas.
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The Muppets: If you enjoyed Jim Henson’s characters in their popular “Bohemian Rhapsody” video, you’ll probably love them in their new Muppet movie. James Bobin, a co-creator of Flight of the Conchords, has been tasked with helming the family-friendly project written by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller.
Leap Year star Amy Adams tries to detach herself from her character in Enchanted.
The 35-year-old actress, who played fairytale character Giselle in the film, says parents often try to get her to speak to their children, who end up disappointed.
“Most of the time it’s the parents who recognize me. They try to tell their kids, ‘Look, it’s Giselle,’ and I say, ‘No, no, no, don’t ruin this for them,’ because I’m usually standing there with my hair sideways and no make-up on. And the kid is saying, ‘That is not Giselle. No way. That is some worn-out girl who really needs a bath.’”
Amy also claimed that the actress that plays Giselle in Disneyland is better than her: “She is creepy good. I met her at the première and said, ‘Wow, you’re better at being me than I am.’”
Discussing her movie career, she added that she tries to learn about a character when she gets a role but often changes her outlook when filming. She told the Daily Telegraph, “I research every part thoroughly. I talk it out with my actor friends, but then I throw it all away when I get to the set. You have to be spontaneous.”
If you’ve ever felt yourself wondering, “How many songs could Beyonce possibly sing during this awards show?” - this news is for you.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has made a change that will go into effect before next year’s Oscars ceremony. From this point forward, no one movie will be able to dominate the Academy Awards’ Best Song category. While producers can submit as many tunes as they like, only two songs per film will be allowed for nomination.
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Last night’s Best Actor categories were as predictable as the Best Actress races were surprising. Yesterday’s ceremony was also as disappointing as it was routine.
For months now, we’d been hearing about several plans being orchestrated for the Academy Awards. If the writers’ strike was still in effect, the producers swore the telecast would continue with packages that celebrated Oscar’s 80-year history. Interestingly enough, even with the scribes back at work, the show was still horribly written and crammed with unnecessary fillers. (Even I could have penned ‘the always Fantastic…Jessica Alba’.)
As it was, the winners appeared to have been given less time last night to accept their awards than ever. (Which may or may not have been a good thing.) But did Javier Bardem really need to rush his lovely speech to his mother? Did the organizers have to reshow the previous awards presentations? Did the AMPAS President really need to waste time explaining how the selection process is done??
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Since 1995, Vanity Fair has been churning out legendary covers tipping its hat to Hollywood. And year after year, photographer Annie Leibovitz has been counted on to produce those stunning and memorable images. Remember the one with Tom Ford and the two nude ladies (Scarlett Johannson and Keira Knightley)? How about the cover with Uma, Kate and Cate?
This season, the magazine will honor the ‘Fresh Faces of 2008’:
Those pictured include: Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada), Amy Adams (Enchanted), Jessica Biel (The Illusionist), Anne Hathaway (The Devil Wears Prada), Alice Braga (I Am Legend), Ellen Page (Juno), Zoë Saldana (Vantage Point), Elizabeth Banks (Fred Claus), Ginnifer Goodwin (Big Love), and America Ferrera (Ugly Betty).
To see a slideshow of all fourteen Annie Leibovitz covers, click here.
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Come Wednesday morning, the box office chart saw very few changes at the top. That’s not to say the five-day holiday weekend didn’t have any notable moments at all:
- Strong word of mouth helped boost last week’s #10, Juno, up five whole spaces. The movie - already in it’s 4th week - continues to soar despite its fairly limited release. It’s $15,788 per screen average even topped National Treasure’s $14,232.
- Golden Globes buzz also contributed to the success of seven-time nominee Atonement. Although it only placed 14th overall, the romantic weeper scored a $15,764 average.
- Alvin and the Chipmunks outmuscled last week’s #2, I Am Legend. The family-friendly flick traded spots with the Will Smith blockbuster thanks to its $2.5 million edge.
- The Debaters narrowly missed a place in the Top Ten despite its connection to both Denzel Washington and Oprah. You heard it right - the talk show host’s touch does not always mean gold.
- Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story followed up its disappointing debut with another out of tune performance. The musical satire plummeted five spots all the way down to #13.
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This holiday weekend introduced a slew of big-ticket features in our cineplexes. It also brought us a wide cast of former Oscar-winners competing for our theater dollars. By Monday, Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Johnny Depp, Hilary Swank and Oscar-nominee John C. Reilly had all made entries into the Top Ten - but it was Nicolas Cage who wound up striking gold.
National Treasure: Book of Secrets earned $45 million, an increase of $10 million over the 2004 original. This was the second hit for Cage this year, following the critically-panned Ghost Rider. In addition to having the weekend’s best gross, Secrets also had the best average of any movie over those three days. Although Charlie Wilson’s War‘s fourth place was respectable (especially for a politically-based film these days), its $3760 per screen take clearly set it apart from this week’s champ. In contrast, Juno earned an $11,184 average for an impressive 10th place finish.
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Though I have to admit I was personally shocked, the Disney flick Enchanted, which offered a meld of cartoon melodrama and live-action sequences which were amazingly even more over-the-top, became one of the biggest stars of the early holiday movie season. Amy Adams, who played the princess, even snagged a jaw-dropping (on my end) Golden Globe nomination. But now Adams isn’t sure where to take her career.
The thirty-three year old film star pondered the definition of success in a recent Newsweek interview, in which she said she has neither children nor a wedding ring. Adams now has two pictures in the works which couldn’t be more different from cartoonish Disney. Doubt will show the story of two nuns who grapple with the heady issue of sexual abuse, while Sunshine Clearing features two crime scene cleanup sisters.
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You have to wonder whether Tom Cruise is just a wee bit jealous of his friend’s success…
This weekend, Will Smith not only smashed the box office debut of Cruise’s Lions for Lambs, he pounded everything in his path. I Am Legend - the third adaptation of the 1954 Richard Matheson novel - nearly doubled the take of its nearest competitor while breaking the record for a December release. Legend’s $77 million debut surpassed the bar set by Oscar-winner The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. The final installment in the Lords trilogy brought in $72.6 million back in 2003.
Although Alvin and the Chipmunks was far behind in second place, its $44 million weekend was nothing to sneeze at. The movie not only exceeded most expectations, it downright embarrassed third place finisher, The Golden Compass. How could anyone possibly explain freaky-looking chipmunks taking down a large polar bear? The latter film only added another $8.8 million to its total, putting it a smidge closer to its $180 million budget. (Granted, it has done better overseas.)
But let’s not be fooled by the large numbers at the top of the charts, the weekend’s most notable turnout was made by #11: Juno. The comedic charmer earned an impressive $35,686 per screen. Meanwhile, Legend (which opened in 3566 more theaters) averaged only $21,411. Take that, Fresh Prince!
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