Screenplays for two films depicting graft and greed in America - "American Hustle" and "The Wolf of Wall Street" - were among the nominees on Friday for the Writers Guild Awards, a prognosticator for the film industry's top prizes, the Oscars. The film from British director Steve McQueen is considered a front-runner for a best picture Oscar. Also in that category, the Writers Guild nominated the screenplay of Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street," the story of the 1990s swindle by brash financier Jordan Belfort. Rounding out the category are: "August: Osage County," a tale of family dysfunction adapted from the prize-winning play by Tracy Letts;
(Reuters) - Walt Disney's film "Iron Man 3" was the hottest film of 2013, with ticket sales of $409 million in the North American market, one of four Disney films among the year's top-selling movies, according to Rentrak. "Iron Man 3," which stars Robert Downey Jr. as industrialist Tony Stark and his alter ego inside the super-charged metal suit, finished just ahead of Lions Gate Entertainment's dystopian action film "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," which had ticket sales of $398.4 million, the entertainment research service said.
No drugs or alcohol were found in the bodies of "Fast & Furious" actor Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas after the fiery car crash that killed them in November, a coroner's report released on Friday said. Both Walker, 40, and Rodas, 38, tested negative for alcohol, and drugs including cocaine, opiates and marijuana were not detected, said the report from the Los Angeles County coroner's office. The report included an early account of the accident from the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, dated December 1 - the day after the crash, saying the Porsche Carrera GT driven by Rodas was traveling at "an unsafe speed, approximately 100+ mph." But a sheriff's spokeswoman said the investigation into the accident has not been completed and there was no definitive finding on the car's speed.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It would be a wild exaggeration to suggest that "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" breathes new life into the increasingly fumes-fueled found-footage horror subgenre, but it certainly represents a shot in the arm for this series after 2012's poorly regarded "Paranormal Activity 4."
(Reuters) - The gift of a house brought a whole new meaning to the song "I'll Be Home for Christmas" for actress and singer Jennifer Hudson's long-time friend and assistant, Walter Williams. A video posted on the Oscar-winning star's Instagram account on Tuesday, showed Williams screaming with joy and enthusiastically hugging Hudson after she handed him what appeared to be the deed to a house. "My assistant Walter's reaction when he found out I was buying him a house for Christmas!" Hudson wrote as a caption to the video, which had 17,300 likes on Friday.
Almost 40 years after one of Bollywood's most famous films broke box office records, "Sholay" (Embers) has been restored for release Friday in 3D to a new generation of moviegoers. The iconic Indian film, which stars Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Amjad Khan and other Bollywood greats, is an action adventure about two petty thieves hired by a police officer to exact revenge on a ruthless bandit. The movie, which borrowed heavily from the Westerns of the time, proved so popular after its release in 1975 that it screened for five years at a landmark Mumbai theatre, the longest ever run in India at the time. Producers Shaan Uttam Singh and Sascha Sippy said they wanted to restore the original film for new generations of movie watchers, while also giving it a 3D boost.
This year, the competition is particularly fierce for the top feature film award from the Producers Guild of America (PGA), which announced its nominees this week. The PGA announced the ten films in the running for the Darryl F. Zanuck Award, launched in 1989 to honor the best production of each year. The stars of this award season so far, "12 Years a Slave" and "American Hustle" are of course listed, alongside "Captain Phillips," "Dallas Buyers Club," "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "Nebraska." There are no upsets in the list of nominees, aside perhaps from the absence of the "Inside Llewyn Davis." Though praised by many critics, the Coen brothers' film did not make it into the PGA's top ten -- a sign of the sheer abundance of remarkable films in 2013.
Warner Bros has released the first trailer for the film adaptation of the hit TV show "Veronica Mars." Fans' hopes for a "Veronica Mars" movie became a reality last April thanks to the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, where over 91,600 donors contributed to the project, which raised a total of $5.7 million in one month. The movie, arriving in US theaters on March 14, picks up several years after the end of the TV show. The former teenage gumshoe, played by Kristen Bell, is getting ready to start practicing law in New York.
By Mary Milliken LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hollywood producers nominated slavery drama '12 Years a Slave,' 1970s con-men caper 'American Hustle' and space thriller 'Gravity' along with seven other films on Thursday for the top Producers Guild Award, a key indicator of sentiment in the race for the best picture Oscar. ...