Rio De Janeiro Dreams Of (being) Hollywood

Allen hasn’t taken Paes up on his offer, but the mayor continues to lobby hard. Scoring a film by the legendary director would help cement Paes’ vision for the city: to turn Rio into a cinema hub, the Los Angeles of South America. While Hollywood needn’t watch its back just yet, there’s no doubt that Brazil’s film industry is booming. The country is on track to make 100 feature films this year, up from 30 in 2003, and it’s increasingly sought out by foreign productions cashing in on the government’s generous subsidies and incentives. New studio complexes are in the works, and cinemas are mushrooming across Brazil to keep pace with ever-growing numbers of movie-goers, many of them new members of the middle class who were pulled out of poverty by a decade of booming economic growth. “The big shift is that now many more people have disposable income,” said Adrien Muselet, chief operating officer of RioFilme, the city government’s film finance company. “Once you’ve covered your basic necessities, bought your fridge and your washing machine, what do you want next? Fun. And for many people, that means the movies.” The new viewers have helped push Brazil’s box office gross from $327 million in 2008 to $737 million last year, according to the trade publication Filme B. That puts Brazil among the top 10 movie consuming countries in the world, said Muselet, and the industry is taking note. With its population of 204 million, this South American giant is increasingly factoring into the major United States studios’ strategic calculations. “When you take an American blockbuster and you set it here in Brazil, even for just a couple of scenes, it just explodes in the box office here,” said Muselet, pointing to “Breaking Dawn,” part of the “Twilight” series of teen vampire movies, which was filmed partially on location in Rio and the coastal colonial city of Paraty. Brazilians flocked to the movie, and the country ended up being the film’s second biggest market. Other big Hollywood productions such as “Fast Five” of the “Fast and Furious” franchise and the Sylvester Stallone vehicle “The Expendables” were also partially shot here in recent years. “Billy Elliot” director Stephen Daldry’s “Trash” is currently rolling.

Hollywood dumping rom-com’s for raunchier films

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He took over a program that was saddled with NCAA sanctions, including a two-year bowl ban and the loss of multiple scholarships. He was given latitude in the first few seasons, but 2012 was suppose to be the year that USC was back on the map. The Trojans were the preseason No. 1 team and many believed USC would be the program that would end the SECs dominance in the BCS. Instead of a Hollywood blockbuster, however, USC turned into a million-dollar flop. The team finished a disappointing 7-6 and much of the season was like a episode of Twin Peaks, with bizarre off-the-field situations, including deflating game balls to gain a competitive advantage and disputes with the media. He repeatedly received dreaded votes of confidence from Haden during the past few months. That confidence quickly eroded after the Trojans suffered one of the worst losses in the programs history Saturday night. Haden had seen enough. It was time to make a change. Kiffin finished with a 28-15 record at USC, but was 10-8 over the last season and a half.

Hollywood Hunks!

They’re both stuck in their expectations instead of accepting each other for who they are,” he added. “Don Jon,” rated R for its graphic sexual content and strong language, leads a wave of comedies taking the place of conventional romantic-comedies drawing audiences looking for warm feel-good films as the weather gets colder. Movies such as 2001’s “Bridget Jones’s Diary” starring Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant that made $281 million worldwide, and 2006’s “The Holiday” with Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet, which made $205 million at the global box office, demonstrated the power of romantic-comedies to bring in audiences. But in 2013, few traditional romantic comedies follow the traditional formula of boy meets girl in unlikely circumstances, falls in love and eventually lives happily ever after, a model that made films such as 1990’s “Pretty Woman” or 2001’s “The Wedding Planner” into romantic-comedy staples. “Rom-coms are not disappearing altogether, but there is a need for a novel approach … where the story-telling structure is different and doesn’t end with a woman and man just being happy,” said Lucas Shaw, film writer at TheWrap.com. COURTING MALE AUDIENCES Instead of romance, the fall season will see comedies such as “Bad Grandpa”, starring “Jackass” comedian Johnny Knoxville about an 86-year-old man traveling across America with his 8-year-old grandson, and “Last Vegas,” where four aging friends head to Sin City for a weekend of debauchery. The latter echoes the premise of the “Hangover” franchise spawned from four friends on a wild weekend in Las Vegas, with three films making more than $1 billion at the global box office. One romantic comedy vying for audiences this fall is British film “About Time,” about a man who can time travel, written and directed by Richard Curtis, the man behind hit romantic comedies including “Love Actually” and “Notting Hill.” The film starring Rachel McAdams has a 65 percent approval rating on review aggregator RottenTomatoes.com, but will go up against Marvel’s superhero sequel “Thor: The Dark World” and drama “The Wolf of Wall Street,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, and is likely to have low expectations at the box office. “Studios don’t seem to be courting female viewers as much as they should be. Too many of the movies this year are aimed at a younger male audience like (December’s) ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’,” Shaw said. What’s more, even female-led comedies such as 2011’s “Bridesmaids” and this summer’s “The Heat” starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, have shied away from cinematic romance traditions and instead shown women behaving badly, a popular theme at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Shaw said it is reflective of women wanting to tell stories where they’re not always a damsel in distress or the sweet girl next door.

USC fires Lane Kiffin, ending Hollywood story doomed from the beginning

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The thriller tells the story of the search for two young girls who are kidnapped on Thanksgiving Day. Jackman grows frustrated with the legal system and the police investigation and employs his own methods to find out what happens. It’s actually the first film of fall with Oscar aspirations. As he prepared for the film, Jackman thought of his own children going missing. His character in the film struggles with the pace of the police investigation, which is played by Jake Gyllenhaal. The actor who is best known for his role in Wolverine, has been quoted as saying the filming was intense. Which actor is separating from his wife of 11 years? According to published reports, Richard Gere and Carey Lowell, are planning to file for divorce. Page Six, exclusively reveals, Gere, 64, and model/actress, Lowell , 52, haven’t been photographed since the film “Arbitrage,” was screened last year. They seemed to have drifted apart. Gere enjoys privacy, quiet and solitude, where the Mrs. enjoys the limelite. Gere is starting production next month in Philadelphia on the indie movie titled, “Franny,” which he plays a hedonistic philanthropist. He will soon be on the market.