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OSCARS: ‘American Hustle,’ ‘Dallas Buyers Club,’ ‘Hansel & Gretel’ & ‘Bad Grandpa’ Make Makeup & Hair Shortlist

Oscars 2014BEVERLY HILLS, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that seven films remain in competition in the Makeup and Hairstyling category for the 86th Academy Awards®.

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

American Hustle
Dallas Buyers Club
The Great Gatsby
Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
The Lone Ranger

On Saturday, January 11, 2014, all members of the Academy’s Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films. Following the screenings, members will vote to nominate three films for final Oscar consideration.

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Box Office Top 10: ‘Ender’s Game’ Wins #1, ‘Last Vegas’ Shuffles Into 3rd (UPDATED)

By | Sunday November 3, 2013 @ 10:15am PST
Mike Fleming

UPDATED: We expect to have analysis from Nikki but want to give you some numbers to chew on. Updated numbers are below.

PREVIOUS, SATURDAY PM: Lionsgate’s Ender’s Game topped Friday with $9.9M on track to a projected $29.4M cume. But for a film designed to start a franchise it’d better giddyap, especially with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire bound to hoover up all that young demo box office cash. Paramount’s Bad Grandpa slid into second with $18M and should land at a $59.7M 2-week take, followed by CBS‘s older-skewing Last Vegas heading for a $15.5M weekend. Relativity’s animated Free Birds snagged 4th with $15.1M and is slow-cooking its way to the Thanksgiving holiday. Meanwhile Disney Int’l raked in $45.2M with Wednesday overseas opener Thor: The Dark World before it hammers its way stateside next week. Read More »

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‘Bad Grandpa’s Jeff Tremaine On Directing Motley Crue Movie, Growing Up ‘Jackass’ And Axing A Spike Jonze Drag Performance

By | Friday November 1, 2013 @ 10:33am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: After knocking Gravity back to earth and capturing the top box office spot last weekend with Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, director Jeff Tremaine will next helm Dirt, a feature film that tells the decadent coming-of-age story of 1980s rock band Motley Crue. The film is based on the band’s bestselling autobiography The Dirt: Confessions Of The World’s Most Notorious Rock Band. The members of the band — Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars — wrote the book with Neil Strauss. The logline? Big hair, big sound, big money, big brawls, scandals and debauchery, and the inevitable big problems caused by drugs, drink, and living and breathing the rock-and-roll lifestyle as the quartet rose from playing local clubs on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip to touring the world as global rock stars.

The film will be produced by LBI Entertainment’s Rick Yorn and Julie Yorn, along with 10th Street Entertainment and Erik Olsen. Amanda Adelson is co-producing. Californication scribe Tom Kapinos is polishing the script, and the film is being set up independently by CAA to shoot early next year, with the agency repping domestic distribution rights.

I guess it is not surprising that Tremaine would feel a kinship to Motley Crue. He has spent most of his career as the behind-the-scenes ringleader of the Jackass crew. The guys who’ve sacrificed their bodies and dignity for raucous comedy on the MTV series, and in three films that have been cheap to produce, and have been massively profitable both at the domestic box office and on video. Like Motley Crue, the Jackass success just kind of happened. Tremaine was running the skateboard magazine Big Brother back in the ’90s when Johnny Knoxville had the idea to write a first-person story of how it felt to get tasered, and, among other things, to be shot with a small caliber handgun while wearing a bulletproof vest. Tremaine wouldn’t attend what could have been Knoxville’s snuff reel, but he gave the future star a camera to preserve the experience. Back at Variety, I got hold of that tape when it was circulating around Hollywood. I was the first to write about Knoxville and this meld of extreme sports and humor. Much like South Park took root from the circulation of the bootleg tape The Spirit Of Christmas (which Trey Parker and Matt Stone did as a video holiday card), Knoxville’s crude reel became the basis for the Jackass TV series. Tremaine learned how to direct through that show. Read More »

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Oscar-Buzzed ‘12 Years A Slave’ In Top Ten, ‘Jackass: Bad Grandpa’ Opens #1 For $32M, All-Star ‘The Counselor’ Bombs With $8M

SUNDAY AM, 4TH UPDATE: The most interesting news of the weekend, at least to me, is that New Regency’s financed and produced Best Picture Oscar frontrunner 12 Years A Slave marketed and distributed by Fox Searchlight is only playing in 123 theaters (up from 19 last weekend) yet jumped into the Top Ten. Propelled by critical raves, Jackass Bad Grandpa Box Officeit’s in 8th place despite Steve McQueen’s unvarnished depiction of mankind’s brutality from John Ridley’s screenplay based on the book by Solomon Northup. The per screen average is $17,400 for a new cume of $3.4M. There still is tremendous curiosity in Hollywood as to this pre-Civil War drama’s box office potential after it opened last weekend with an ‘A’ CinemaScore and an impressive $50,000 per screen averager. Studio says it’s playing well in art houses, African American theaters, as well as in mainstream multiplexes in markets LA, NY, Atlanta, Wash DC, Chicago, Toronto, Dallas, Houston, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston and Detroit. Next week it adds 45 new cities and will increase theater count to over 400 locations across North America. Stellar cast includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Sarah Paulson, Alfre Woodward, and of course Brad Pitt who’s also starring in one of this month’s worst box office bombs. (See below).

Are there really going to be 86-year-old Irving Zismans (aka Johnny Knoxville in 8 hours worth of industrial-strength makeup) at Halloween parties this weekend? This fourth moronic Jackass movie was outselling R-rated comedies like We’re The Millers and This Is The End at the same point in their online pre-sales cycles. So it was no surprise that Thursday 9 PM late shows and Friday midnight screenings grossed a gigantic $1.4 million and then went into Friday’s $12.6M opening total for Paramount/MTV Films’ Jackass: Bad Grandpa (3,336 theaters). Saturday’s take was down only -5% for $11.5M and a $32M weekend from 3,336 theaters. Hollywood knows never to underestimate the taste of American moviegoers which gave the comedy a ‘B’ CinemaScore. So this crapfest came in an easy #1. “Not bad for a film that cost $15M,” a studio exec tells me. It’s apparently now the 3rd best R-rated comedy opener of the year demonstrating this 2000 MTV-origin franchise isn’t played out. But this gross is far less than 2010′s Jackass 3-D opening weekend of $50.4M.

But internationally Bad Grandpa opened as the highest-grossing release in the Jackass franchise. It was let loose day and date this weekend in the UK and Germany and a number of smaller markets and grossed a healthy $8.1M from 1,014 locations in 16 territories. That’s 3X bigger than the second Jackass opening for the same group of markets and on a par with Jackass 3D despite the fact that Bad Grandpa is a 2D release and a spin-off rather than a straight sequel. In terms of admissions, there were +20% more than for Jackass 3D. The UK delivered $3.2M from 371 sites for the biggest opening for the Jackass franchise. And Knoxville’s geezer scored a big $3.1M from 285 cinemas for the #1 launch as the biggest opening for the Jackass franchise in the market. Other releasing territories: Netherlands $474K at 63 locations, Austria $410K in 50 cinemas, Finland $164K from 69 locations. Australia releases on November 14th.

Zisman’s character previously only perturbed passerbys in brief hidden-camera punk’ds. Here director Jeff Tremaine ages up Knoxville who travels with his grandson to some pretty decent reviews. (Hey, not my problem if critics want to lose more brain matter.) The marketplace was ripe for a raw comedy and Paramount marketed to frat houses around the country. The trailer launched in August on We’re The Millers and TV ads had heavy play on sports channels. At MTV’s VMAs, Knoxville as Zisman and his grandson did shtick then custom vignettes for Spike TV and Comedy Central showed the geezer screening the film at the Playboy mansion with bunnies.

Warner Bros’ Gravity fell from atop the domestic box office for 3 straight weeks to #2 and a still amazing $20.3M weekend and nearly $200M domestic cume through Sunday. In #3 is the Paul Greengrass/Tom Hanks adult drama Captain Phillips entering its 4rd weekend for Sony Pictures with an $11.8M weekend for a new cume of $70M through Sunday.

Twentieth Century Fox’s Ridley Scott vanity project The Counselor (3,044 theaters) only opened #4 to a meager $8M weekend. Studio claims the cost was only $25M. Good thing because audiences gave the derivative drug thriller a dreaded ‘D’ CinemaScore despite a standout cast of Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz in No Country For Old Men author Cormac McCarthy’s first screenplay. Not much reason to talk about the film’s marketing or creative plan since Fox ran off the top execs running both departments in recent days. So why did this turkey get made? “Tom Rothman did it for Ridley because he’d made so much money for the studio with Prometheus,” an insider tells me. “But even people who’ve seen it can’t figure out what it’s about.” Ouch! Exit polling showed that the audience was 49%/51% male-female, with 85% aged 25+ and 15% aged 25 or under. “Some good grosses in the big city, core runs where audiences are more likely to be receptive to challenging, provocative filmmaking,” a Fox exec Sunday. “We’re extremely proud of our filmmaker Ridley Scott as well as our phenomenal cast who all came together to make this film for a very reasonable price. We opened in a few international territories this weekend so the end result for our modestly budgeted film is far from being known at this time. But suspect we will be in good shape financially at the end of the day.”

Overall the weekend is $100M, or +15% from last year. Here’s the Top Ten list:
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Hot Redband Trailer: Johnny Knoxville In ‘Bad Grandpa’

By | Monday October 21, 2013 @ 7:00pm PDT

Here’s a redband peek at Paramount‘s Bad Grandpa that gives a better sense of the R-rated shenanigans Johnny Knoxville perpetrates on unwitting Americans in his October 25 Jackass spin-off. Jeff Tremaine directs the Borat-esque road trip comedy with Fun Size‘s Jackson Nicoll as Knoxville’s pint-sized prankster-in-arms:

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Hot Clip: ‘Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa’

By | Wednesday October 2, 2013 @ 1:00pm PDT

Here’s the first clip from Paramount’s Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, in which Johnny Knoxville punks strangers while in character as senior citizen Irving Zisman. The previous three Jackass films grossed $79M, $84M, and $170M worldwide for Paramount – but they also kept to the show’s signature disconnected shocks and pranks vs. a Borat-esque hidden camera narrative. Bad Grandpa is scripted by Knoxville, director Jeff Tremaine, and Spike Jonze, and opens wide on October 25 against Fox and Ridley Scott’s The Counselor with no other major competition:

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Hot Trailer: ‘Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa’

Jackass jackanape Johnny Knoxville returns to shock doc comedy in Paramount‘s Bad Grandpa, pranking real life strangers in character as his recurring Jackass character Irving Zisman. The Borat-style faux setup has Zisman shepherding his 8-year-old grandson (Fun Size‘s Jackson Nicoll) on a cross-country road trip, awkwardly offending and surprising male strippers, bikers, funeral mourners, and child beauty queens and stage moms. The studio slotted Bad Grandpa into the October 25 slot vacated by Paranormal Activity 5, which moved to a January 2014 debut earlier this month. Here’s the first trailer:

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UPDATE: ‘Paranormal Activity’ Latino Spinoff Gets January 4 Date

UPDATED: Paramount’s as-yet-untitled spinoff of its Paranormal Activity franchise aimed at PA‘s sizeable Latino audience is the film that the studio today marked out for January 4, 2014. It was that pic — and not Paranormal Activity 5, which is still in the works — that had originally been set for October 25; the fifth film in the franchise still doesn’t have a date. Paramount said that it will fill its October 25 spot with Paramount and MTV Films’ Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa. The distributor is being mum about pretty much everything about the PA spinoff, but we understand it will include the demon from the franchise, star mostly Latino actors and film partly in Spanish. Screenwriter Christopher Landon, who wrote PA 2, PA 3 and PA 4 and spec-scripted 2007′s big hit Disturbia, is helming. “This will be an off-shoot aimed at the groups who have been the biggest supporters of the property — Latinos and folks in Latin America — Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina,” a Paramount insider told our Nikki Finke at the time. The studio had placed a teaser clip at the end of Paranormal Activity 4 for the spinoff. Paranormal Activity 4 was released October 19 and grossed $30 million on its opening weekend — overall it grossed $53.9M domestically. The three previous installments have earned over $576 million worldwide on a combined budget of a little over $8M.

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