Hollywood Highlights

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Brendan Fraser, author Cornelia Funke, and the “Inkheart” trilogy

Actor Brendan Fraser is about to hit the big screen in another fantasy adventure film. Last year, Fraser gave movie fans a wild ride in the remake of “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” and the third installment of the Mummy franchise, “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.” Fraser starred in the two previous Mummy movies as well. All were […]
Friday, January 16, 2009

New screenwriting contest offers money and connections

Breaking into the entertainment business as a screenwriter is tough for most folks. You need luck, connections, and probably some help from a higher power to go along with talent. A new online screenwriting contest is making some attractive offers, which could led to that much needed “foot in the door” for some script writers. Co-Write is asking for writers to submit their best ten pages for possible inclusion in a community-created screenplay. […]
Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Update on John Travolta, Kelly Preston, and their family tragedy

John Travolta, Kelly Preston, and daughter Ella in 2007   Actors John Travolta and Kelly Preston continue to be gracious and thoughtful to others, while dealing with their family tragedy. Yesterday, a letter from the Travolta family was published in the Ocala Star-Banner newspaper and on its website. The Travoltas have a home in Ocala, Florida and that’s where a […]
Monday, January 12, 2009

“Slumdog Millionaire” top dog at the 2009 Golden Globes

Dev Patel and Freida Pinto star in “Slumdog Millionaire.”   “Slumdog Millionaire” has some additional Oscar buzz today after winning several major awards at the 66th Annual Golden Globes ceremony last night in Beverly Hills. “Slumdog Millionaire” picked up Globes for best movie drama, best film director, best film screenplay, and best original film score. The drama is about an orphan who struggles through […]
Sunday, January 11, 2009

“Gran Torino” out runs the competition at the Box Office

Clint Eastwood producer/star/director of “Gran Torino.”   The New Year is off to a great start for 78-year-old mega-star Clint Eastwood. His new film, “Gran Torino,” went into wide release this weekend; and quickly barreled right to the top of the Box Office to park in the number one spot. “Gran Torino” pulled in an estimated $29 million, the best opening ever for […]
Thursday, January 8, 2009

“The Dark Knight” gets a nomination from the Directors Guild of America

Today several films got a boost in the Oscar race with the announcement of the contenders for top feature film director of 2008 by the Directors Guild of America. The five nominees for the DGA Award are Christopher Nolan for “The Dark Knight,” Gus Van Sant “Milk,” David Fincher “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” Ron Howard “Frost/Nixon,” and Danny Boyle for “Slumdog […]
Wednesday, January 7, 2009

40th NAACP Image Awards nominees announced

 Actress/singer Beyonce has plenty to smile about these days. The nominations for the 40th NAACP Image Awards were announced in Beverly Hills today. Beyonce’s name was mentioned five times in connection with her hot new album “I Am…Sasha Fierce.” The entertainer received a sixth nomination for her supporting role in the film “Cadillac Records.” Actress/singer Jennifer Hudson received seven nomination and is competing against Beyonce in a […]
Wednesday, January 7, 2009

WGA reveals its best screenplay nominations for 2008

  Sean Penn stars in “Milk”   Today the Writers Guild of America disclosed the list of its nominees for “outstanding achievement in writing for the screen during the 2008 season.” The writers are being honored for a variety of projects, from major motion pictures to documentary films. In the original screenplay category the nominations went to Joel and Ethan Coen […]
Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Movie deal for a new twist on the “Romeo & Juliet” love story

“Romeo and Juliet”  by Sir Frank Dicksee (1853-1928)   The publishing industry has been buzzing for months about Danish author Anne Fortier’s “Juliet.”  In the  novel a woman discovers she may be related to the star-crossed lovers who inspired the classic, “Romeo & Juliet.” Today, there are a flurry of reports about Universal Pictures picking up the movie rights for “Juliet.” Director/producer James Mangold is attached […]