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‘Eclipse’ ahead of ‘New Moon’

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jul 1st, 2010
Jul 1


‘Eclipse’ opens ahead of ‘New Moon’ in major foreign countries




Ben Fritz
Los Angeles Times
July 1, 2010


Foreshadowing a potentially huge overseas box-office performance for the latest installment in the fan favorite vampire romance series, “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” had a bigger opening day Thursday than its predecessor “New Moon” had last November in 13 major and mid-sized foreign markets.


The most successful opening was in Russia, where “Eclipse” sold $3.9 million worth of tickets on its first day. Other strong showings for the third “Twilight” movie included Italy, where it collected $3.2 million, Brazil with $2.4 million, and Spain with $2 million.


In Belgium, “Eclipse” beat “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” to record the biggest opening day of all time with $735,000.


“Eclipse” grossed an estimated $16.2 million in total from 21 international markets on its first day, according to distributor Summit Entertainment. By this weekend, it will be playing in a total of 42 foreign countries.


“New Moon” grossed a total of $413 million overseas, $117 million more than in the U.S. and Canada.


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Recording artists at former Chaplin Studios for Haiti relief

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Feb 1st, 2010
Feb 1


Stars gather for ‘We Are the World’ recording


The former Charlie Chaplin Studios (now Jim Henson Studios) in Hollywood where recording stars are gathering tonight to re-record, “We are the World” (Photo: Allan Ellenberger)


By Alan Duke, CNN

Los Angeles, California (CNN) — Dozens of recording stars began converging on a Hollywood studio Monday to add their voices to a song they hope will raise millions of dollars for Haitian earthquake relief.


The lyrics and music are an updated version of “We Are the World,” a song that raised at least $30 millions for African humanitarian programs 25 years ago.


Lionel Richie, who co-wrote the first song with Michael Jackson, is organizing the effort. The original producer, Quincy Jones, is using the same studio he used in 1985.


Paparazzi and security surrounded Henson Studios [former Charlie Chaplin Studios], just off Hollywood’s Sunset Boulevard, anticipating the arrival of limousines delivering the stars Monday afternoon for what is expected to be a marathon recording session.


Smokey Robinson, who sang on the original, said the roster of 100 singers asked to take part does not include any of the 45 stars from the previous version.


While the list has not been made public, CNN has confirmed it includes Usher, Carrie Underwood, Fergie, Jason Mraz, Rob Thomas, Anthony Hamilton, Trey Songz, Sugarland, Julianne Hough, India.Arie and Musiq Soulchild. [also seen entering the studios were Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Lady Gaga]


Many of the stars were already in Los Angeles to attend Sunday’s Grammy awards show.


One tool Jones used in 1985 to keep the massive recording session from getting out of control was a sign above the studio door that read: “Check your egos at the door.” It is expected it will be there again, one organizer said.


Organizers have not said when the song might be ready for the world to hear.



Clark Gable’s Grandson Stabbed

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Sep 8th, 2009
Sep 8


Clark Gable’s grandson stabbed


Clark Gable



Sept. 8, 2009


Clark Gable III (above), the grandson and namesake of the late Hollywood screen star, was stabbed in the rib cage during a fight at a party in Calabasas, Calif.

TMZ reported Tuesday Gable was hospitalized for a week and treated for a lung injury sustained in the brawl last month. His age, occupation and release date from the hospital were not mentioned in the report.


One suspect has been arrested and police are looking for a second in connection with stabbing, the entertainment news Web site said.


The fight reportedly involved several party guests and started after Gable allegedly insulted someone.


His grandfather starred in film classics such as “It Happened One Night,” “Gone with the Wind” and “The Misfits.” He died of a heart attack in 1960 at the age of 59.



The Directors and the Closet

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jul 30th, 2009
Jul 30


Todd Holland, Don Roos, gay actors, and the closet


Todd Holland


Blogger and entertainment writer, Andre Soares of the Alternative Film Guide, writes about the recent Outfest statements by directors Todd Holland and Don Roos, on whether gay actors should stay “in the closet.” A brief snippet is included here. To read the entire article, please click on the link below.


“First, openly gay film director Todd Holland (right) is accused of telling non-100% hetero performers to keep their sexuality hidden in the closet. Several days later, another openly gay film director, Don Roos, was reportedly even more blatant about the idea of keeping actors hanging in the closet. Adding insult to injury, those statements were made at a film festival named Outfest, Los Angeles’ annual gay & lesbian cinema smorgasbord.”


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Prop Shop Calls it a Wrap

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jun 18th, 2009
Jun 18


Dress the Set With Tears: It’s a Wrap


Prop shop


By Brooks Barnes
New York Times


NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — The rattan sofa from “The Golden Girls” awaits its next role from a shelf deep inside the 20th Century Props warehouse here. Nearby is the futuristic shower Tom Cruise used in “Minority Report” and an armchair that starred with Marilyn Monroe in multiple films. Overhead: Art Deco chandeliers from “The Aviator.”


On Tuesday, Harvey Schwartz stood amid it all, in tears, wondering how his prop shop, which offers a vast inventory of items to be used in film and television productions, became the latest victim of a rapidly changing Hollywood.


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Glenn Close Wants an Oscar…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Feb 27th, 2009
Feb 27


 Glenn Close: ‘I still want an Oscar’


Glenn Close


When Hollywood wants a bitch, they call Glenn Close, 62, thanks to films such as Fatal Attraction. She has won numerous awards but never an Oscar despite five nominations.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for me)


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Warner Bros. Layoffs…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jan 20th, 2009
Jan 20


Warner Bros. to cut 800 jobs




By Claudia Eller
Los Angeles Times
January 20, 2009


Warner Bros. Entertainment is eliminating 800 jobs, or about 10% of its global workforce, becoming the latest media company to take drastic cost-cutting measures amid a deepening recession.   (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)


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