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Oscar nominees meet for luncheon, class photo today

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This is the first photo released from the Oscar nominees luncheon being held this afternoon in Beverly Hills. From left:  Best actress nominees Marion Cotillard, Reese Witherspoon, Julianne Moore, Rosamund Pike and Felicity Jones.

Photos by Greg Harbaugh and Todd Wawrychuk / A.M.P.A.S.

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Neil Patrick Harris arrives, Michael Keaton chats with fellow best actor nominee Bradley Cooper, "Selma" producer Oprah Winfrey and actor-nominated songwriter Common reunite, Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne from "The Theory of Everything" pose, supporting actress contenders Emma Stone and Patricia Arquette share a moment and "Nebraska" nominee Bruce Dern and his supporting actress nominated daughter, Laura Dern, get together. 

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American Sniper now highest grossing war movie

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20040728HOprivate 230“American Sniper” shows little sign of slowing down, pulling in another nearly $32 million at the box office and boosting its North American gross to almost $250 million. It stars Bradley Cooper, pictured above, as the title character of Chris Kyle.
 
“It is now the highest-grossing war film ever (unadjusted for inflation) as it surpasses the $216.2 million earned by ‘Saving Private Ryan’ back in 1998. ‘American Sniper’ now ranks as the fifth or sixth highest-grossing film released in 2014,” Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Rentrak, said on Sunday. 
 
The IMAX release of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” found favor with fans. In just 205 locations, it earned $1.5 million and a per-location average of $7,323.
 
Here are the early weekend estimates from Rentrak: 
 
1.”American Sniper” — $31,850,000.
2. “Paddington” — $8,505,000.
3. “Project Almanac” — $8,500,000
4. “Black or White” — $6,456,000.
5. “The Boy Next Door” — $6,092,950
6. “The Wedding Ringer” — $5,670,000.
7. “The Imitation Game” — $5,173,000.
8. “Taken 3” — $3,650,000.
9. “Strange Magic” — $3,441,000.
10. “The Loft” — $2,879,455.
 
 

 

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How to Train Your Dragon 2 big winner at Annie Awards

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More love for “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” this time at the Annie Awards honoring the best in animation. 
 
The sequel took the honor for best animated feature from the International Animated Film Society-Hollywood which held its awards ceremony Saturday night. It emerged from a field that also included “The Lego Movie,” “Big Hero 6,”  “The Boxtrolls,” “Cheatin,” ” Song of the Sea,” “The Book of Life” and “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.” 
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The Oscar-nominated “The Feast” won for best animated short subject.
 
The long list of awards also included: 
 
Outstanding Achievement, Directing in an Animated Feature Production: Dean DeBlois for “How to Train Your Dragon 2.”
 
Outstanding Achievement, Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production: Sir Ben Kingsley as the voice of Archibald Snatcher in “The Boxtrolls.”
 
Outstanding Achievement, Writing in an Animated Feature Production: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller for “The Lego Movie.”
 
Outstanding Achievement, Animated Effects in an Animated Production: Michael Kaschalk, Peter DeMund, David Hutchins, Henrik Falt and John Kosnik for “Big Hero 6.” 
 
Outstanding Achievement, Animated Effects in a Live Action Production: Steve Avoujageli, Atsushi Ikarashi, Pawel Grochola, Paul Waggoner, Viktor Lundqvist for “Edge of Tomorrow.” 
 
Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in a Feature Production: Fabio Lignini  for “How to Train Your Dragon 2.” 
 
Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in a Live Action Production:   Daniel Barrett, Paul Story, Eteuati Tema, Alessandro Bonora and  Dejan Momcilovic for “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”
 
Outstanding Achievement, Character Design in an Animated Feature Production: Paul Sullivan, Sandra Equihua and Jorge R. Gutierrez  for “The Book of Life."
 
Outstanding Achievement, Music in an Animated Feature Production: John Powell and Jonsi for “How to Train Your Dragon 2.”
 
Outstanding Achievement, Production Design in an Animated Feature Production: Paul Lasaine, Tom McClure and August Hall, “The Boxtrolls.”
 
Outstanding Achievement, Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production: Truong “Tron” Son Mai  for “How to Train Your Dragon 2.”
 
Juried Awards 
 
Winsor McCay Award:  Didier Brunner, Don Lusk and Lee Mendelson for their career contributions to the art of animation.
 
June Foray Award: Charles Solomon for his significant and benevolent or charitable impact on the art and industry of animation.
 
Ub Iwerks:  DreamWorks Animation’s Apollo Software for technical advancement that has made a significant impact on the art or industry of animation.
 
Special Achievement Award:  The Walt Disney Family Museum recognizing the unique and significant impact on the art and industry of animation.

 

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Tim McGraw to perform at Oscars

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glencampbellmovposterTim McGraw will perform the Oscar-nominated song “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” for Glen Campbell at the 87th Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, Feb. 22, live on ABC.
 
“We couldn’t think of anyone better than Tim McGraw to properly celebrate  Oscar nominee, Glen Campbell.  Tim is the consummate country artist and will bring a bit of Nashville to the Oscars stage,” says Zadan and Meron
 
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” written by Campbell and Julian Raymond for the documentary feature “Glen Campbell...I’ll Be Me,” is nominated for Original Song. The four other nominated songs are “Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie,” “Glory” from “Selma,” “Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights” and “Lost Stars” from “Begin Again.”
 
“I’m honored to be asked to sing this powerful song from one of the true legends of the music industry,” said McGraw.  
 
Earlier, the producers announced that Common and John Legend will perform their song, “Glory,” during the show and Adam Levine will sing “Lost Stars.” Rita Ora will perform “Grateful.”
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In other musical Oscar news, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (above, the Oscar-winning songwriting team from “Frozen”) are writing an original multimedia musical sequence, “Moving Pictures,” which host Neil Patrick Harris will perform. 
 
The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, Feb. 22  at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET with the show itself starting at 8:30 p.m. 
 
Photo by Richard Harbaugh/A.M.P.A.S. of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez after winning the Oscar for original song. “Let It Go,” of course, from “Frozen.”
 

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Let It Snow movie looking to cast 5-year-old boy, details here

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Donna Belajac Casting is looking for a 5-year-old boy for a speaking role in “Let It Snow,” now shooting with a cast that includes Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Diane Keaton, Anthony Mackie, Amanda Seyfried, June Squibb, Marisa Tomei and Olivia Wilde.  
 
Here are the details from Belajac: 
 
“Would like him to have a ‘character’ face -- chubby, quirky, freckles, glasses. Something a little delightful or special about his look or voice. Pays SAG scale ($880) for the day. Parents should submit name of the boy, close-up photo of his face and a full-length shot (if possible) and contact information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please also include his date of birth and height. 
 
In the subject line please write “5-year-old boy." No phone calls.
 
And remember to email the address above, not the Post-Gazette. 

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