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Jennifer Lopez, Drake join cast of upcoming ‘Ice Age 4′

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez and Drake, two of the hottest stars in music, are heading to the “Ice Age.” The two performers have joined the voice cast of Fox’s upcoming third “Ice Age” sequel. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Lopez will voice Shira, a sabre toothed tiger who becomes a love interest for original character Diego, voiced by Denis Leary. Drake’s part has not yet been revealed.

Also joining the cast are Oscar winner Jeremy Renner (“The Hurt Locker”), Wanda Sykes, “Parks & Recreation” star Aziz Ansari, and “True Jackson” star Keke Palmer.

Returning along with Leary are Ray Romano who voices Manny, Queen Latifah as Ellie, and John Leguizamo as Sid. Josh Peck and Sean William Scott are also said to be returning.

In the film, Manny, Diego, and Sid embark on another adventure after a natural event causes an entire continent to drift, which sees them hitting the seas on an iceberg as they battle pirates and encounter new foes.

“Ice Age: Continental Drift,” the second “Ice Age” film to screen in 3D, is set to hit theaters on July 13, 2012.

Meanwhile, Fox and Blue Sky studios scored another worldwide hit with the new film “Rio,” which has already grossed over $300 million worldwide.

“The King’s Speech,” “Glee” Lead Golden Globe Award Nominations.

"The King's Speech," "Glee" Lead Golden Globe Award Nominations.

"The King's Speech," "Glee" Lead Golden Globe Award Nominations.

“The King’s Speech,” “Glee” Lead Golden Globe Award Nominations. The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards nominations are in and there are some surprises. While “The King’s Speech” earned the most nods with 7, including Best Picture, recent critically-panned fare like “Burlesque” and “The Tourist” also earned Best Picture nominations. “The King’s Speech,” the latest award-baiting Colin Firth drama, earned nods for Best Picture – Drama, Best Actor – Drama for Firth, Best Supporting Actor for Geoffrey Rush, Best Supporting Actress for Helena Bonham Carter, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Original Score. The David Fincher-directed Facebook drama “The Social Network” and the Mark Wahlberg-starring “The Fighter” trailed with six nods each. “The Social Network” also included nods for stars Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield, while “The Fighter” picked up acting nominations Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Melissa Leo. The surprises come in the varied Best Picture – Musical or Comedy category, which honored the polarizing “Alice in Wonderland” remake, the acclaimed “The Kids Are All Right,” the Bruce Willis-starring “Red,” and the recently panned “Burlesque” and “The Tourist.” Is this a clever way to ensure “The Kids Are All Right” the win? Johnny Depp is also a double-nominee this year in the Best Actor – Musical or Comedy category, where he’s being honored for his turn as the Mad Hatter in “Alice in Wonderland,” and for “The Tourist.” Angelina Jolie picked up a nomination is the Best Actress – Musical or Comedy category, as did Emma Stone for “Easy A.” On the television front, “Glee” was the front-runner, earning five nominations, including Best TV Series – Musical or Comedy, and acting nods for Matthew Morrison, Lea Michele, Jane Lynch, and Chris Colfer.   Eight other shows, including “Modern Family,” “30 Rock,” “Mad Men,” “Boardwalk Empire,” and “Dexter,” all scored three nominations each.
68th Annual Golden Globes Nominees:

Best Picture — Drama

Black Swan

The Fighter


The King’s Speech

The Social Network

Best Picture — Musical or Comedy

Alice in Wonderland


The Kids Are All Right


The Tourist

Best Actor — Drama

Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network

Colin Firth, The King’s Speech

James Franco, 127 Hours

Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine

Mark Wahlberg, The Fighter

Best Actress — Drama

Halle Berry, Frankie and Alice

Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole

Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone

Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

Best Actor — Musical or Comedy

Johnny Depp, Alice in Wonderland

Johnny Depp, The Tourist

Paul Giamatti, Barney’s Version

Jake Gyllenhaal, Love and Other Drugs

Kevin Spacey, Casino Jack

Best Actress — Musical or Comedy

Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right

Anne Hathaway, Love and Other Drugs

Angelina Jolie, The Tourist

Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right

Emma Stone, Easy A

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale, The Fighter

Michael Douglas, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Andrew Garfield, The Social Network

Jeremy Renner, The Town

Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech

Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams, The Fighter

Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech

Mila Kunis, Black Swan

Melissa Leo, The Fighter

Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

Best Director

Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan

David Fincher, The Social Network

Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech

Christopher Nolan, Inception

David O. Russell, The Fighter

Best Screenplay

127 Hours, Simon Beaufoy and Danny Boyle

Inception, Christopher Nolan

The Kids Are All Right, Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg

The King’s Speech, David Seidler

The Social Network, Aaron Sorkin

Best Original Song

“Bound to You,” Burlesque (performed by Christina Aguilera; written by Samuel Dixon, Christina Aguilera and Sia Furler)

“Coming Home,” Country Strong (performed by Gwyneth Paltrow; written by Bob PiPiero, Tom Douglas, Hillary Lindsey, Troy Verges)

“I See the Light,” Tangled (performed by Mandy Moore & Zachary Levi; written by Alan Menken & Glenn Slater)

“There’s a Place For Us,” The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (performed by Carrie Underwood; written by Carrie Underwood, David Hodges, Hillary Lindsey)

“You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me Yet,” Burlesque (performed by Cher; written by Diane Warren)

Best Original Score

Inception, Hans Zimmer

The King’s Speech, Alexandre Desplat

The Social Network, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Alice in Wonderland, Danny Elfman

127 Hours, A.R. Rahman

Best Foreign Language Film


The Concert

The Edge

I Am Love

In a Better World

Best Animated Feature

Despicable Me

How to Train Your Dragon

The Illusionist


Toy Story 3


Best TV Series — Drama

Boardwalk Empire


The Good Wife

Mad Men

The Walking Dead

Best TV Series — Musical or Comedy

30 Rock

The Big Bang Theory

The Big C


Modern Family

Nurse Jackie

Best Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie


The Pacific

The Pillars of the Earth

Temple Grandin

You Don’t Know Jack

Best Actor — Drama

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Michael C. Hall, Dexter

Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Hugh Laurie, House M.D.

Best Actress — Drama

Elizabeth Moss, Mad Men

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Piper Perabo, Covert Affairs

Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy

Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

Best Actor — Musical or Comedy

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

Steve Carell, The Office

Thomas Jane, Hung

Matthew Morrison, Glee

Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Thoery

Best Actress — Musical or Comedy

Toni Collette, United States of Tara

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie

Tina Fey, 30 Rock

Laura Linney, The Big C

Lea Michele, Glee

Best Actor — Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie

Idris Elba, Luther

Ian McShane, Pillars of the Earth

Al Pacino, You Don’t Know Jack

Dennis Quaid, The Special Relationship

Edgar Ramirez, Carlos

Best Actress — Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie

Hayley Atwell, Pillars of the Earth

Claire Danes, Temple Grandin

Judi Dench, Return to Cranford

Romola Garai, Emma

Jennifer Love Hewitt, The Client List

Best Supporting Actor in TV Series, Mini-Series, or Made-for-TV Movie

Scott Caan, Hawaii Five-0

Chris Colfer, Glee

Chris Noth, The Good Wife

David Strathairn, Temple Grandin

Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Best Supporting Actress in TV Series, Mini-Series, or Made-for-TV Movie

Hope Davis, The Special Relationship

Jane Lynch, Glee

Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire

Julia Stiles, Dexter

Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Ben Affleck Apologizes To Boston With “The Town”

Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck Apologizes To Boston With “The Town”.   Ben Affleck’s “The Town” is a “long apology” to the residents of the North End, the actor/director said. After shutting down several blocks of the city for the film’s shoot, Affleck said that it was their way of saying sorry to the residents. Affleck, who co-wrote and directed the heist thriller based on the Chuck Hogan novel “Prince of Thieves,” said at the film’s gala screening in Toronto that shooting in Boston was very difficult. He said, “This movie is nothing if not a long apology to the people of the North End. When you’re blocking up traffic, where we parked, how much we smashed, how much we burned the cars – it just got very, very hard to do.” “Then to make matters worse – it rained. So we kept postponing and postponing. We’d close all the streets and then we wouldn’t be shooting. Now the North End is a great tourist destination and they’re making a lot of money, so we’re taking money out of people’s wallet.” “Anyway, I’m sorry. I hope that they like it.” The film also stars Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Hall, Blake Lively, Pete Postlewaite, and Chris Cooper. “The Town” isn’t the first film Affleck made in his hometown. He also shot the Oscar-winning “Good Will Hunting” in 1997, “Gone Baby Gone” in 2007, and the forthcoming “The Company Men.”

Oscar Opens a Pandora’s Box

Oscar Opens a Pandora's Box

Oscar Opens a Pandora's Box

The last time Oscar presenters had to rattle off 10 names in the Best Picture category was in 1943, when “Casablanca” sealed its beautiful friendship with moviegoers.  History has proven the Academy Award voters correct in choosing “Casablanca” from a formidable group of contenders that included “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and “Heaven Can Wait.”  On Sunday, we’ll again be treated to scenes from 10 Best Picture hopefuls – a move spurred by last year’s outrage over the snubbing of “The Dark Knight,” a fan and critic favorite that didn’t even make the longtime standard list of five nominees.  But with this year’s mix ranging from box office behemoths like “Avatar” to more subtle fare like “An Education,” we’re in for a game of Oscar roulette. There’s a chance that a split vote could yield a top flick that will please just about no one – save, of course, for the winner. While “Casablanca” has done well with posterity, not every pre-1943 winner from fields that raged from five to 12 stands up to subjective scrutiny all these years later. “The Great Ziegfeld” topped nine competitors in 1936, beating the more enduring “Mr. Deeds Goes to Town” and “A Tale of Two Cities.” The next year, “The Life of Emile Zola” somehow bested “Captains Courageous,” “The Awful Truth,” “Lost Horizon,” “A Star is Born” and five others.  Perhaps the biggest upset of the long-list nominee era came in 1941 when the very good “How Green Was My Valley” won out over nine films that included “The Maltese Falcon” and “Citizen Kane.”  The visually innovative and psychologically aware “Citizen Kane” was an industry game-changer – much like “Avatar,” whose enveloping 3-D performance-capture technology already is exercising an influence. “Avatar,” not incidentally, also is the biggest moneymaker of all-time (though when you adjust for inflation 1939 Best Picture winner “Gone With the Wind” is still the champ).  More than just the denizens of Pandora will be blue if “Avatar” loses the top prize. But “The Hurt Locker” and “Precious” are strong contenders, both with themes and backstories that appeal to Oscar voters. If “The Hurt Locker” wins, it would become the first Oscar winner directed by a woman (Kathryn Bigelow). If “Precious” wins, it would be the first Best Picture directed by an African-American (Lee Daniels).  There’s also added drama here, the kind Academy voters love: “Avatar” director James Cameron and Bigelow used to be married, also raising the tension for the Best Director contest, which includes Daniels. mWhile those three movies have gotten the most pre-Oscar buzz, it’s possible that this year’s revised ballot – in which Academy voters ranked their favorites in order – could yield a surprise winner.  We could live with a victory by the excellent “Up,” “Inglourious Basterds” or “District 9.” The Hollywood honchos are just hoping to avoid a situation like last year when the worthy, but below-the-radar “Slumdog Millionaire” took the Oscar home.  The truth is that many viewers probably will shut off the TV in disgust if “Avatar” doesn’t win.  So here’s some advice to “Avatar” fans: focus on the years Oscar got it right, such as in 1943 with “Casablanca.”  And remember, no matter what happens, we’ll always have Pandora.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

transformersrevengeofthefallen Alien robots have transformed into box-office superstars with $200 million in domestic ticket sales in just five days.”Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” took in $112 million in the sequel’s first weekend and $201.2 million since opening Wednesday, according to Sunday estimates from Paramount, which is distributing the DreamWorks movie.It was well on the way to becoming the year’s top-grossing movie. That was a few million dollars higher than other studios were expecting for the movie, and the figures could change a bit when final numbers are released Monday.Still, it was a colossal start for the “Transformers” sequel, whose opening five days amounted to nearly two-thirds of the $319 million domestic total the franchise’s first movie did over its entire run in 2007.  Now playing in almost every other country except India, the movie added $185.8 million overseas, for a worldwide total of $387 million. That’s well over half the $708 million global total for the first “Transformers.”  That first movie began with a $70.5 million weekend. Based on how well the sequel has done, “Revenge of the Fallen” could join the handful of movies that have topped the $400 million mark domestically. “I’d say given the momentum it has, it’s got a real shot,” said Rob Moore, vice chairman at Paramount.  For the first five days, the “Transformers” sequel was second only to last summer’s “The Dark Knight” with $203.8 million.  This was the biggest opening weekend of this year, surpassing the $85.1 million debut of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” in early May.  The sequel began with $60.6 million on its opening day Wednesday. That also was second only to “The Dark Knight,” which had the biggest box-office day ever with $67.2 million on opening day.  With $14.4 million at 169 IMAX theaters, “Transformers” set a record for a five-day opening in the giant-screen format, nearly doubling the previous best of $7.3 million set by “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.”  “Transformers” overcame harsh reviews from critics, who called it a visual-effects extravaganza without much story or human heart. Director Michael Bay has a history of bad reviews and big box office with “Armageddon” and “Pearl Harbor.”  “Michael Bay knows how to build the perfect summer box-office beast,” said Paul Dergarabedian, box-office analyst for “He squarely aimed right at the demographic, right at what summer movie-goers want, and he put it on the screen. And audiences can’t seem to get enough of it.”  The sequel broadened the franchise’s fan base. Females accounted for just 40 percent of the audience for the first “Transformers” but 46 percent for the sequel, Moore said.  Much of that was due to the on-screen romance for the characters played by Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox, who were relative unknowns when the first movie came out. With a $13 million weekend, Disney and Pixar Animation’s “Up” became the year’s top-grossing film domestically at $250.2 million. It surpassed Paramount’s “Star Trek,” which did $3.6 million over the weekend to hit a $246.2 million total.The reign of “Up” at the top of the year’s box-office chart will be short-lived, though. The “Transformers” sequel should shoot past it in a matter of days. The Warner Bros. melodrama “My Sister’s Keeper,” with Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin, had a so-so debut, coming in at No. 5 with $12 million. Breslin plays a daughter conceived as a donor for her older sister, who has leukemia.  Summit Entertainment’s Iraq War drama “The Hurt Locker” had a strong start in limited release, taking in $144,000 in four theaters for an average of $36,000 a cinema. That compares to an average of $26,453 in 4,234 theaters for “Transformers.” Starring Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie as members of a U.S. bomb squad in Baghdad, “The Hurt Locker” has a chance to become the first real commercial success among recent war-on-terror movies, which audiences generally have avoided.  “The Hurt Locker” has earned stellar reviews since debuting at film festivals last year. It rolls out to more theaters on July 10.  Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Final figures will be released Monday.

1. “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” $112 million.

2. “The Proposal,” $18.5 million.

3. “The Hangover,” $17.2 million.

4. “Up,” $13 million.

5. “My Sister’s Keeper,” $12 million.

6. “Year One,” $5.8 million.

7. “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3,” $5.4 million.

8. “Star Trek,” $3.6 million.

9. “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian,” $3.5 million.

10. “Away We Go,” $1.7 million. 

Revenge of the Fallen
Michael Bay returns to helm the sequel to the highly successful big-screen adaptation of the Transformers toy line for DreamWorks and Paramount Pictures. Much of the original cast returns for the second installment, including Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, and John Turturro, with Rainn Wilson joining in the fun as a college professor.

Actors                          Character -  Born
Shia LaBeouf             Sam Witwicky  – Jun 11, 1986 in Los Angeles, CA
Megan Fox                 Mikaela Banes  – May 16, 1986 in Tennessee
Josh Duhamel          Sergeant Lennox – Nov 14, 1972 in Minot, ND
Tyrese Gibson          USAF Tech Sergeant Epps – Dec 30, 1978 in Watts, Los Angeles, CA
Kevin Dunn               Ron Witwicky 
Julie White                Judy Witwicky 
Ramon Rodríguez  Leo 
Isabel Lucas             Alice 
John Turturro         Agent Simmons – Feb 28, 1957 in Brooklyn, New York City, NY
John Benjamin       Hickey NSA Advisor Theodore Galloway 
Rainn Wilson            Jan 26, 1966 in Seattle, WA

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