Hollywood’s biggest stars will descend on the red carpet at the 83rd annual Academy Awards, with box-office films like western remake “True Grit,” sexually-charged ballet thriller “Black Swan” and British drama “The King’s Speech” vying for top Oscars victory. The ceremony, which honors filmmakers and performers with the most prestigious award in the movie industry, will be presented Sunday night at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. According to ABC News, frantic final preparations are underway and workers have already sealed off the stretch of Hollywood Boulevard outside the venue. Actors Anne Hathaway and James Franco, who is the first nominee to host the ceremony in 24 years, will be the youngest ever to host movie’s biggest night. “Young and hip seemed to be the buzzwords that keep getting thrown around,” Hathaway told ABC News. “I’m trying to figure out which one I am. “ The presenters for Oscars include Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock, Tom Hanks, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Jude Law, Oprah Winfrey amongst others. Even the list of performers is impressive. Mandy Moore, Indian composer and singer A. R. Rahman, Gwyneth Paltrow, actor/singer Zachary Levi and others will be performing live. “The King’s Speech,” which tells the friendship of King George VI and speech therapist Lionel Logue hired to help overcome the king’s stutter, is nominated in 12 categories, including Best Picture, Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design. Following close behind is “True Grit” with 10 nominations and eight nods each for “The Social Network” and the hi-tech blockbuster “Inception.” Colin Firth, who has already won British Academy Film, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Awards for his portrayal of King George VI in “The King’s Speech,” will be battling for best actor with Spanish actor Javier Bardem in “Biutiful,” veteran Jeff Bridges in “True Grit,” Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network” and Franco in “127 Hours.” Newly-engaged Natalie Portman, who is expecting her first child with “Black Swan” choreographer Benjamin Millepied, is one of the hopefuls to take home an Oscar. Like Firth, Portman recently won a string of awards for her portrayal of Nina Sayers, a ballerina in the psychological thriller. She will be fighting for the best actress spot with Annette Bening in ‘The Kids Are All Right,” Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole,” Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine” and Hollywood’s newest “it-girl” Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter’s Bone.” ABC, which just announced that it has extended a broadcast deal with Oscar organizers for another six years on the current contract, will kick off its coverage of the 83rd Academy Awards at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT. “Project Runway” mentor Tim Gunn, Vanity Fair editor Krista Smith, and journalists Maria Menounos and Robin Roberts will be interviewing celebrities and comment on red carpet fashions during the Oscar pre-show.
Johnny Depp Voted The #1 Money-Making Star Of 2010. After starring in one of the biggest box-office hits of the year, Johnny Depp was voted the #1 Money-Making Star of 2010. Voted on by motion picture exhibitors, this was the third year Depp was considered the star responsible for bring the most people into theaters. Depp starred in this year’s “Alice in Wonderland,” which earned over $1 billion at the global box office, while “The Tourist” with Angelina Jolie has pulled in about $77 million at the box-office world-wide. It’s the third year Depp has come in at #1 on the poll, which has been conducted each year since 1932. Depp also topped the list in 2006 and 2007, when “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” were among the biggest box-office hits of the year. Next year, he’ll voice the animated comedy “Rango” and star in the fourth installment in the “Pirates” series, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” affording him the chance to come in at #1 yet again. His “Tourist” co-star Angelina Jolie comes in at #2 on the list. Along with “The Tourist,” she also led “Salt” to a gross of $293 million worldwide. Robert Downey, Jr. is at #3, thanks to his work in “Iron Man 2” and “Due Date,” while Matt Damon scores the #4 spot for “Green Zone,” “Hereafter,” and “True Grit.” At #5 on the list is Steve Carell, who starred in “Date Night,” “Dinner for Schmucks,” and voice Gru in the Universal hit “Despicable Me,” while Tom Hanks scored #6 for his voice work in “Toy Story 3” alone.
Top Ten Money-Making Stars of 2010:
1. Johnny Depp
2. Angelina Jolie
3. Robert Downey, Jr.
4. Matt Damon
5. Steve Carell
6. Tom Hanks
7. Denzel Washington
8. Leonardo DiCaprio
9. George Clooney
10. Anne Hathaway
Conan O’Brien’s Long-Awaited Return to Late-Night Television Attracts Younger Viewers. Conan O’Brien’s new TBS talk show was a hit with young viewers Monday night, and it’s reported that the audience had a median age of 30 years old. This late night TV talk show is definitely not “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno.
“Conan,” which featured guests Seth Rogen, Lea Michele and Jack White, was watched by 2,451,000 adults ages 18 to 34; 3,285,000 adults 18-49; and 4,155,000 viewers. O’Brien has a strong following among younger viewers, and social media has proven to be a key way for him to connect with his fans. “Conan’s audience has been very vocal online, and he clearly made a smooth transition from Twitter to TBS,” said Steve Koonin, president of Turner Entertainment Networks, in a statement. “Conan delivered an extraordinary audience and stands out as the youngest late-night talk show on television.” Tonight, “Conan’s” second episode will feature Tom Hanks, Jack McBrayer and Soundgarden as guests. Upcoming guests include Jon Hamm of “Mad Men,” Fistful of Mercy and “Paper Heart” actress Charlyne Yi on Wednesday; and actor Michael Cera, “Modern Family’s” Julie Bowen and Canadian comedian Jon Dore on Thursday.
“Knight And Day” Performance Could Cost Tom Cruise “Mission: Impossible 4″ Tom Cruise could return as Ethan Hunt on the big screen in the fourth installment of “Mission: Impossible.” But before he’s given the go-ahead, Paramount is looking at box-office receipts for his recent “Knight and Day” very closely. According to the our source, Paramount is looking to make another “Mission: Impossible” film. But whether they want to have Cruise on board again will depend on the current state of his foreign bankability. “Knight and Day,” which cost an estimated $117 million, has only pulled $62 million since its June 23rd release (or roughly less than what “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse made its first day). It’s also made another $38 million overseas in territories where it has already been released, including South Korea, Russia, and Hong Kong. “Knight and Day,” which also stars Cameron Diaz, is opening this weekend in Australia, the Netherlands, Norway, and Spain, and opening in France, Germany, Austria, and Denmark through the end of the month. A September release date is set for Italy and October for Japan. According to our source, the magic number Paramount is looking for in foreign gross is $200 million. “We absolutely are excited about having Tom Cruise star in this movie,” Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore said Tuesday. But if the box-office pull of “Knight and Day” is too bleak for studio execs, the role of Ethan Hunt could be recast as Paramount plans to have a “Mission: Impossible 4” in theaters with or without Cruise. The last “Mission: Impossible” film, 2006’s “Mission: Impossible 3,” grossed $397 million worldwide.
Tom Cruise To Reprise Les Grossman Role In Planned Film. All those Les Grossman dance moves that Tom Cruise has been showing off at the MTV Movie Awards is because of a new film. Paramount and MTV Films have confirmed that a film based on the star’s irascible “Tropic Thunder” character is being developed. Cruise will star in and produce the movie along with “Tropic” star Ben Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld. Michael Bacall will write the script. Cruise recently showed up as the mega-producer at the awards show on Sunday, where he busted moves with Jennifer Lopez. The actor, as Les Grossman, also mentored “Twilight” talents Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner for the show. Stiller said, “Les Grossman’s life story is an inspiring tale of the classic human struggle to achieve greatness against all odds. He has assured me he has plans to quote, ‘F****** kill the s*** out of this movie and make Citizen f****** Kane look like a piece of crap home movie by the time we are done.’” “I am honored to be working with him.” When asked what the screenplay was about, Cruise, as Les, responded, “To quote my great friend Kirk Lazarus, ‘I don’t read the script, the script reads me.’” Paramount Film Group President Adam Goodman said, “Everything I learned in this business, I’ve learned from Les. I started out as his assistant, and from the first day he threw his desk at me when I got his lunch order wrong, I have loved him like a father. I am forever grateful to Ben and Stuart Cornfeld and their ability to secure his highly-coveted life rights.”
At RTV we are Sick Of internet Rumors like Is Tom Cruise dead? This Newest rumor hits the web. The newest hoax circulating the Internet is that Tom Cruise is dead. In fact, the search has made it to the hot list of Google trends and trending topics. If Tom Cruise was dead, every television station would have an emergency breaking news update to let you know that Tom had died. Every month or so (and sometimes more frequently), these rumors circulate. If a celebrity really passes away, you’ll will hear about it in more places than the Internet.
Michael Jackson alive? Video was a hoax
When Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett died on the same day, the rumor mill went crazy. For several weeks afterwards, the Internet was a buzz with headlines such as ‘Miley Cyrus dead’ ‘ Louie Anderson dead.’ If a celebrity really passes away, you’ll will hear about it in more places than the Internet. If you were to look to the Internet for confirmation that someone had died, a good place to start would be that person’s official website: Tom Cruise.com There is no message on Tom’s website from his wife, Katie Holmes. Why Do People Make Up Sick Rumors About People Being Killed….Its Sick!!!?
George Clooney’s “Hope For Haiti Now” Telethon Collects $57 Million. George Clooney’s “Hope for Haiti Now” telethon has garnered a record-breaking over $57 million for the victims of the Haitian earthquake. The charity event was flocked by loads of stars, including pal Brad Pitt, Ellen DeGeneres, Madonna, Rihanna, and Wyclef Jean.
The Friday’s broadcast of the charity featured hundreds of stars performing and manning the phones. Clooney led the show from Los Angeles, while Jean led the event from New York. Celebrities at the event included Olivia Wilde, David Archuleta, Reese Witherspoon, Julia Roberts, Drew Barrymore, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, Penelope Cruz, Vanessa Hudgens, Madonna, Christian Slater, Robert Pattinson, Nicole Scherzinger, Rose McGowan, Clint Eastwood, Denzel Washington, Chris Rock, Jon Stewart, Ben Stiller, Coldplay, Jay-Z, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Tom Hanks. Madonna performed “Like a Prayer” via satellite from New York. Justin Timberlake sang “Hallelujah” with Matt Morris. He was seen making nice with ex-girlfriend Cameron Diaz off camera. Jennifer Aniston was also on board, but People magazine sources said she did not cross paths with ex-husband Pitt. The telethon, featuring performances from the evening, also became the biggest one-day album pre-order in iTunes. The money raised will be divided various charities benefitting the Haiti relief fund, including Oxfam America, Partners in Health, UNICEF, Red Cross, Clinton Bush Haiti Foundation, U.N. World Food Program, and Yele Haiti Foundation. “Hope for Haiti Now” will continue to accept donations for the next six months through HopeForHaitiNow.org
This can only happen in the US.
Now it’s official. Conan O’Brien has signed aridiculous high amount $45 million deal with NBC to leave the “Tonight Show.” Jay Leno will be taking over the show again as O’Brien and his staff exit the peacock network. The new deal sees Coco getting hold of a cool $33 million for himself and an additional $12 million for his crew. It’s a lot more than the first reported $32.5 million for the redhead funnyman and only $7.5 million for the nearly 200 employees, who relocated from New York to California for “Tonight.” Our source added that unlike the previous draft, O’Brien would get the severance pay in whole regardless of whether he gets another hosting gig or not. The catch: the contract includes a non-disparagement clause, meaning he may not bash NBC anymore. He will also not be able to host another show with a competing network until this fall. His last “Tonight” gig will be on Friday, with Robin Williams and Barry Manilow scheduled for guesting on Thursday and Tom Hanks and Will Ferrell slated for Friday’s appearance. Leno will be taking over “Tonight” again starting March 1 after the peacock network wraps up its Winter Olympics coverage.
”Miss Congeniality” Sandra Bullock is the Top Money-Making Star of 2009, according to Quigley Publishing Company’s 78th Annual Poll of Exhibitors. The 45-year-old Golden Globe-nominated actress appeared in three films this past year: “The Blind Side,” “The Proposal,” and “All About Steve.” The Quigley Poll is an annual survey of motion picture theater owners and film buyers, which asks them to vote for the ten stars they think generated the most revenue for their theaters. Bullock is the eighth woman to top the survey, some of whom were voted multiple times. The women voted as Top Money Makers in the poll’s 78-year history were: Marie Dressler (1932, 1933), Shirley Temple (1935,1936, 1937, 1938), Betty Grable (1943), Elizabeth Taylor (1961), Doris Day (1960,1962, 1963, 1954), Julie Andrews (1966, 1967), and Julia Roberts (1999). Johnny Depp, who was at first place in 2006 and 2007, is at second place with his films “Public Enemies” and “The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus,” while “Invictus” and “The Informant!” star Matt Damon is at third. Another female money-maker who made the top 10 is the iconic Meryl Streep, who places at seventh with “Julie and Julia,” “It’s Complicated,” and “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” Also in the list are Brad Pitt, Tom Hanks, and Robert Downey Jr. The Exhibitors were also asked to name one actor and one actress they think will be included in the list in the years to come. Carey Mulligan, who starred in “An Education,” “Brothers,” and “Public Enemies,” and “New Moon” star Taylor Lautner are named the Stars of Tomorrow for 2009.
Top Ten Money-Making Stars of 2009:
5.Robert Downey Jr.
By all indications, ‘The Da Vinci Code’ was a box office smash. While top critics almost universally panned the film, the controversy surrounding the film’s fictitious subject matter (and its subsequent validation through opposition) helped generate over $750M in worldwide box office revenue. After such amazing commercial success, a sequel was inevitable, and both director Ron Howard and actor Tom Hanks returned for ‘Angels & Demons’, which is being released on Blu-ray today. Staff reviewer Martin Liebman commented in the Angels & Demons Blu-ray review, “Superior to The Da Vinci Code in every regard, Angels & Demons still isn’t great cinema, but it does make for passable entertainment that has on its side a decent if not Continue reading →