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Nominees react to Oscar noms

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Reactions are still coming in to today’s Oscar nominations. Here are a few: 
 
“Humbled, thankful and more than anything, grateful.  So, so happy that Alejandro and the cast and crew are getting recognized. I am proud to be a part of such a bold, gutsy and daring experiment that is Birdman. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I am going to try as best I can and see if I can wipe this smile off my face. Wish me luck.”
Michael Keaton, best actor nominee for “Birdman.”
 
TheJudge2-1“Playing a challenging role like Joseph Palmer was a reward in itself, but getting recognition for the work from the Academy is a real honor.
"And we all know that we don’t work alone—my performance is really just part of a very collaborative process, so I have to thank everyone I worked with on ‘The Judge,’ especially David Dobkin and Robert Downey Jr., for giving me the chance, and the freedom, to bring the character to life.” 
Robert Duvall, supporting actor nominee for “The Judge.” 
 
AmericanSniper2“This is a tribute to Chris Kyle, his family and all of the service men and women who sacrifice their lives for their countries and their families. It is a privilege and an honor to play Chris and I share this with Sienna, Clint, Jason Hall, the rest of SEAL team three and everyone involved with the film.”
Bradley Cooper, best actor nominee and a producer of  “American Sniper.” 
 
“I am so honored to be nominated and working with Clint Eastwood was just a dream come true. I wrote this film for Taya Kyle and all the military families out there and my great hope is that by shining a light on what they go through, it can inspire us to do more for those who served, and sacrificed so much.” 
Jason Hall, nominated screenwriter of “American Sniper.”
 
 
 

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Bolton song in Crowe movie?

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20140414fatherDaughters2 Michael Bolton told a Florida newspaper that he wrote the title song for the Russell Crowe film, “Fathers & Daughters," which filmed in Pittsburgh a year ago.  No word on when it will be released.

The Broward/Palm Beach New Times has an interview with Bolton by David Rolland and this is what he said:

“I’m always working on ideas for new songs and albums. I recently wrote the title song for a forthcoming Russell Crowe film called ‘Fathers & Daughters.’ What inspired that song was the theme of the story, which is a father-daughter relationship. I have three daughters and was very moved watching the powerful performances between Russell and Amanda Seyfried. It struck me on a deep level, and the song is written as a letter from a father to a daughter.”

Full Bolton piece: 

http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/countygrind/2015/01/michael_bolton_interview.php

 

 Photo of Amanda Seyfried and director Gabriel Muccino by Justin M. Lubin.

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"The Interview" DVD due Feb. 17

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dvdtheinterviewreleaseWhat is being called the “Freedom Edition” of “The Interview” will be released on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 17.
 
As most of the world knows, it stars James Franco as a celebrity talk-show host and Seth Rogen as his producer longing to gain respectability with some serious news. They hope that will happen with an interview with North Korean’s Kim Jong Un
 
The Blu-ray disc comes with 90 minutes of bonus feature content, including 14 deleted scenes, multiple behind-the-scenes featurettes, a seven-minute blooper reel along with three “line-o-ramas” (where the cast shot several alternate takes of jokes during filming). Also included on both Blu-ray and DVD are The Discovery Channel TV special “Naked and Afraid,” starring Franco and Rogen, as well as commentary by co-directors Rogen and Evan Goldberg
 
“The Interview” has a run time of approximately 112 minutes and is rated R for pervasive language, crude and sexual humor, nudity, some drug use and bloody violence.
 

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Michael Keaton a SAG presenter; Indie Spirit Awards name co-hosts

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Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, Kevin Costner, Ethan Hawke, SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard, Rashida Jones, Michael Keaton, Lorelei Linklater, Matthew McConaughey, Matt McGorry, Edward Norton, Julia Roberts and Emma Stone will be presenters at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, executive producer Kathy Connell announced today.
 
The SAG Awards ceremony will include the presentation of the Life Achievement Award to Debbie Reynolds by Carrie Fisher.
 
The show will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 at 8 p.m. (ET) 
 
In other awards news, Fred Armisen and Kristen Bell will co-host the Indie Spirit Awards. 
 
“The only thing better than having a great host for the Spirit Awards is having two great hosts,” said Josh Welsh, Film Independent president. The ceremony celebrating the best in independent film will air live on IFC Saturday, Feb. 21, at 5 p.m. Eastern time.
 
Check your cable listings to see if you have IFC. 
 
 
 

 

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Next Avatar postponed to 2017

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James Cameron says the next “Avatar” movie is being bumped by a year to late 2017. 
 
The reason, he told the Associated Press, is that writing three sequels proved to be “very involved” and the 2016 target for the first time was too ambitious. Cameron plans to film the highly-anticipated sequels at one time and then release the three films over consecutive years.
 
“There’s a layer of complexity in getting the story to work as a saga across three films that you don’t get when you’re making a stand-alone film,” he said in Wellington, New Zealand, where he was helping promote the local film industry with other directors including Peter Jackson.
 
Cameron said the goal was to have the three scripts completed this month. He’s leading the writing team.
 
“We’re writing three simultaneously. And we’ve done that so that everything tracks throughout the three films. We’re not just going to do one and then make up another one and another one after that,” he said in an AP story by Nick Perry. “And parallel with that, we’re doing all the design. So we’ve designed all the creatures and the environments.”
 
Cameron said he thought it was important that each film linked forward to the next one in a satisfying way but also came to a resolution so that the audience wasn’t left hanging. The sequels, like the original, will be shot in New Zealand. 
 

 

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