Paramount Pictures has filed a lawsuit against the heirs of the writer Mario Puzo. Studio says that the family's "Godfather" is not authorized to write any continuations of the famous novel.
This week in District Court in Manhattan entered a lawsuit against Paramount Pictures. Its essence is this: in 2006, relatives of the Mario Puzo have published a novel of Mike Winegardner "Revenge of the Godfather," and gave the go-ahead to publish the book by Edward Falco, "Corleone family", which should be on the shelves of American stores on May 8, 2012, all of which was allegedly done without the consent of the studio, which owns all rights to the book of Puzo.
Paramount believes that the heirs of the writer thus disgracing an existing brand and introduce customers to confusion with respect to original works of Mario Puzo.
"The agreement signed in 1969 between Paramount and Puzo, transfers all rights to the original novel" The Godfather "(except for the publishing rights) studio Paramount, - said in the lawsuit. - Puzo is not left behind him no rights to publish the sequel to "The Godfather." Thus, Puzo's relatives do not have the right to publish any novels associated with the "Godfather", in addition to reprints of the original books. "
It is worth noting that in 2002 Paramount and relatives of the writer failed to agree on the publication of "Revenge of the Godfather," released in 2004. However, the studio believes that Mario Puzo's son, Anthony Puzo, managing his late father deals, didn’t understand that he had to negotiate with Paramount Publishing any other novels about the family Corleone.
"The Godfather" from director Francis Ford Coppola has been released in 1972 and was awarded three "Oscar" awards: for Best Actor (Marlon Brando), for Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture. Painting with a budget of 6 million earned in the U.S. box about 133 million dollars. "Godfather 2", released in 1974, received six "Oscars", while the third part has limited just with nominations.
Nominees for the Academy Award - Viola Davis, Glenn Close, Rooney Mara, Gary Oldman, Christopher Plummer, Martin Scorsese - tell us how to react to received news.
"This second nomination for "Oscar" will affect my life more than the first one. Believe me, I can not wait to once again be able to do what I love: playing. February 27, when all will be left behind, I'll get back to my old life. I love the rewards that are earned, I am so proud of them, but I do not take them with me when I go to bed. What I'm staying and at the end of the day, it's an actress. I'm incredibly happy to be "prohibitively loud and terrible to close" was nominated in the category "Best Film". It was the last, which is announced, and I just shook with fear, I really was ... We salute movies often technically perfect, but not necessarily coming from the heart. I've always liked underdogs and dark horses that appear out of nowhere. It proves that you can not predict what will hurt people. "
Glenn Close (Best Actress in "Albert Nobbs")
"Rejoice, rejoice, and rejoice once again. My role was stunning and technically and emotionally. Image of Alberta is a contemplative nature, you need time to feel like this character come to life. And then comes the crucial moment when you are no longer you are. I am happy that Marshall Kornevil, Lynn Johnson and Matthew B. Mangla are nominated for best makeup and will compete for the award with their colleagues, working on the "Deathly Hallows: Part 2" and "Iron Lady." In their work they were minimalists. Their work - the very grace and beauty. Without them, my Albert would not have turned out. "
"I was asleep, and suddenly my phone began to rip off the hooks. I know that I have a small chance, but, honestly, though it was unexpected. I do not know what the principles of the nomination of the nominees, but I think our film later came into the game, and that many films that have won awards, were released much earlier. I feel incredibly flattered and embarrassed, being on the list. I wouldn’t coupe without David Fincher and he should be aware of the contribution and responsibility for the nomination. "
Gary Oldman (Best Actor, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy")
"I'm in Berlin, we've got premiere of the movie "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy". I gave an interview to German newspaper, when it became clear that I was nominated for an award. My manager came up to me with tears in his eyes. Personally, I did not expect anything. It was an ordinary working day, and a final interview to the press about the "Spy." The irony, is not it? "
Christopher Plummer (Best Supporting Actor, "Beginners")
"Our film is a charming, warm and touching. Story is so beautifully built and so beautifully designed. I am also very pleased that my colleague in the film" The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo "Rooney Mara was nominated in the category "Best Actress".
Martin Scorsese (Best Director, "Hugo")
"Hugo" received 11 nominations - for crying out loud, but we can not allow hopes to increase for this. I'm trying to control myself. "
Laureate of "Oscar" award for the movie "Black Swan" Natalie Portman has appeared in the cast of two paintings by the great director Terrence Malick.
The star will play at his "Outlaw" and "Knight of Cups." The director will be engaged in projects at once, and in both films are also involved Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett.
Shooting of "Outlaw" will start in the autumn, but in 2011 the director and the actor was spotted at the festival Austin City Limits, which were engaged in preliminary preparation for the coming production. Rather, the subject pictures will be linked with the music, but plot details are not yet known.
A similar situation from the boot in the summer, "Knight of Cups," which clearly is that the name is taken from tapes of the future tarot cards and clairvoyance means the culmination of feelings. In addition, Malik has already finished filming his painting "The Burial".
Originality of such news about the director that the author of "The Wasteland" from 1973 to 2005 took only four paintings, famous for his reticence, and sluggishness. Moreover, since the late 1970th to the second half of the 1990th, he had not engaged in staging activities.
In 2011 he published his fifth work "The Tree of Life," received the "Golden Palm" at the Cannes review. And now just over two years Malik started three projects, one of which is on the way to completion, while others - the preparatory phase. However, given that the mounting tape "Harvest Days" once took a year and a half of the master, it is unclear how much can take modification of the new pictures.
Year after year, repeated the same thing: among the candidates for the winners "Oscar" in nomination "Best foreign film" is bound to be missing some decent pictures. This year, the Finnish cheated "Le Havre" and Hungarian "Turin Horse," but included the Iranian "Divorce Nader and Simin," and the German documentary "Pina". In total, the short list includes nine paintings.
Long-list consisted of 63 films. They are all members of the Academy Awards show up in mid-October to 13 January. Chose six pictures, then a special committee, elected recently added three more films.
The shortlist is as follows:
"Rundskop" - Belgium, directed by Michael R. Roskam;
"Mr. Lazar" - Canada, directed by Philip Falardo;
"Omar killed me" - Morocco, directed by Roshdy Zem;
"Pina" - Germany, directed by Wim Wenders;
"Note" - Israel, directed by Joseph Cedar;
"Divorce of Nader and Simin" - Iran, Asghar Farhadi, director;
"SuperClasico" - Denmark, directed by Ole Christian Madsen;
"The tragedy of Sediq" - Taiwan, Wei Te-director Shen;
"Shelter" - Poland, directed by Agnieszka Holland.
The shortlist will be reduced to five candidates, which will be nominated for "Oscar".
Four years ago the Film Academy changed the rules of selection of foreign films in the "Oscar". Criticism intensified Americans every year: more and more cinema academics missed the pictures, marked by big European prizes and include unknown claimants.
The system have been tried to upgrade a few years, but eventually the issues still cannot avoid. Memorable event in 2007, when the Romanian film "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" flew past nine, formed by a committee of 30 cinema academics. One would think that 30 is easier to reach an agreement, rather than hundreds, of which not all watching foreign movies, and vote for the only known picture.
As a result, now we have a system, adopted in 2008.
Still, "foreign" "Oscar" this year will raise questions. How at the list came almost five-hour tape from Taiwan "Tragedy Sediq" extremely cool accepted in Venice, where it was displayed in the competition? Why ignored "Flowers War" Zhang Yimou? Where did "The Turin Horse," deserved the Grand Prix at Berlinale 2011? Why can not the Turkish drama "Once in Anatolia", received in the past year, the Grand Jury Prize in Cannes?
As always, there are no answers to these questions. Already we can assume that the "Oscar" will get an Iranian drama "Nader and Simin Divorce", which received the "Golden Bear" at Berlin Film Festival. However, a complete list of nominees will be known at ceremony on February 26.
The influence of the Guild of American producers at the awards season the last two years is very large. Suffice it to recall, as leaders in the Oscar race suddenly ripped out, "Hurt Locker" and "The King’s speech", ahead of "Avatar" and "Social network". One of the ten films nominated PGA will receive accurately "Oscar" as the best.
In 2009, the PGA has presented its award to action drama "The Hurt Locker," which critics have noted, but didn’t predict the victory in "Oscars". Will it again the Guild choose the right movies, and most importantly, will we see their favorite winner of "Oscars"? We will get to know about this soon in January 21, when Los Angeles will announce the winners. In the meantime, a list of major nominees is as follows:
Prize. Darryl F. Zanuck for producing feature film
"Artist" (Thomas Langmann)
"War Horse" (Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg)
"Bridesmaids" (Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel, Clayton Townsend)
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (Scott Rudin, Chan Chaffin)
"The Ides of March" (George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Brian Oliver)
"Midnight in Paris" (Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum)
"Descendants" (Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor)
"The Help" (Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan, Brunson Green)
"Hugo" (Graham King, Martin Scorsese)
"Moneyball" (Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz, Brad Pitt);
Award for producing anime movie
"Puss in Boots"
"Kung Fu Panda 2"
"The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn"
Award for producing a documentary film
"Bill Cunningham New York"
"Bits, rhymes and life: Travels of A Tribe Called Quest"
Prize of Danny Thomas for comedy TV series
"Parks and recreation"
"The Big Bang Theory"
Prize of Norman Felton for dramatic television series
"Game of Thrones"
"The Boardwalk Empire"
"The good wife"
Prize of David L. Uolpera for TV movie or miniseries
"Too Big to fail"
How among dramatic serials was "Mad Men", which were absent on the air in 2011, and where is the sensational series "Homeland"? Very simply: by the rules of PGA in the television categories are series that have passed on the air June 1, 2010, the May 31, 2011.
Winners of PGA will be announced on January 21
If in 2010 the top position in the list of most downloaded pictures kept "Avatar", then in 2011, the first place has taken the thriller "Fast and Furious 5." However, the number of downloads compared to last year was substantially reduced.
Like last year, the information has been provided by Torrentreactor resource. "Fast and Furious 5” has been illegally downloaded from torrent sites 9.3 million times. Compared with the "Avatar" is somehow not serious: James Cameron's epic downloaded over 16.5 million times.
Torrentreactor notes that the number of illegal downloads has decreased due to tougher action taken against network piracy. In particular, last week the 49-year-old New Yorker Gilberto Sanchez, placing in net working copy of "Wolverine", received a year in prison.
However, the number of users actively using torrents, not shrinking. Given the figures in the report of Torrentreactor, we can assume that the audience simply prefers variety of films.
Top ten most downloaded movies in 2011 is as follows:
1. "Fast and Furious 5" - 9.26 million downloads;
2. "Hangover 2: From Vegas to Bangkok" - 8.84 million;
3. "Thor" - 8.33 million;
4. "Source code" - 7.91 million;
5. "I - Fourth" - 7.67 million;
6. "Sucker Punch" - 7.2 million;
7. "127 hours" - 6.91 million;
8. "Rango" - 6.48 million;
9. "The King’s speech” - 6.25 million;
10. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" - 6.03 million.
Interestingly, the number of downloads this year did not correlate with the box office. Thus, the profit-making film in the top ten was in last place, and "Pirates of the Caribbean 4" and "Transformers 3" have not been included, in contrast to the modest nominated for "Oscar", "The King’s speech" and "127 hours" .
On December 4 in London has been awarded BIFA - Prize for the best independent films of Great Britain. Individual prizes will be awarded Ralph Fiennes and Kenneth Bran. Both were shot in the movie, both working filmmakers, both have brought a lot to the national movies.
Fiennes and Bran are great admirers of Shakespeare, both made their debut in the director's adaptation of the play of the Great Bard. Kenneth Bran in 1989, staged "King Henry V", where he played a major role, and Ralph Fiennes, presented at a film festival in Berlin this year's drama "Coriolanus," where he also plays the title role.
For his directorial debut Kenneth Bran received two nominations for "Oscar" - for best director and men's roles. The actor already has a BAFTA award for his contribution to British film, obtained in 1993. Also Bran has nomination for "Oscar" for the adaptation of "Hamlet."
Ralph Fiennes, in turn, also boasts two nominations for "Oscar", but they relate only to his acting work - in "Schindler's List" and "The English Patient."
And finally, Ralph and Kenneth combines involvement in the Harry Potter franchise: Bran starred in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," where he played an eccentric and conceited professor Lockhart, well and Fiennes has greatly played the evil wizard Volandemort.
The award ceremony will be held on December 4. Kenneth Bran receives reward Variety, awarded to the British, whose work helps to draw world attention to the UK. Ralph Fiennes will be awarded after Richard Harris award for his contribution to acting. This award will also join John Hurt, David Thewlis, Daniel Day-Lewis and Helena Bonham Carter.
If last year among the nominees for the British Independent Film Award the ball has ruled "The King’s speech”, eventually grabbed five awards BIFA, but this year the main candidates are the drama "Shame" Steve McQueen, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” by Thomas Alfredson and directorial debut of actor Paddy Considine "Tyrannosaurus." Each of these films has 7 nominations.
Lionsgate studio is courting a screenwriter Simon Bofoya, the laureate of "Oscar" for the adaptation of the book Wicasa Swarup "Q & A" in the film "Slumdog Millionaire", to bring him to the script of the sequel "The Hunger Games." The second novel of trilogy from Suzanne Collins is called "Catching fire".
Those, who have read the book know that the main theme in it is a jubilee, the 75th games played on the Capitol, the capital of Panem. "Hunger Games" is nothing but an attempt to intimidate the existing 12 districts for the edification of the rebellion, arranged many years ago in the 13th District. Capitol wiped out all its inhabitants, and now every year, selects from each district boys and girls to participate in a deadly game of survival.
The heroine Jennifer Lawrence will have again to go through a nightmare in the arena where the games held, since every 25 years the Capitol is the surviving winners of the previous games and pushes them together.
On the script for "Hunger Games" worked Billy Ray and director Gary Ross, but Ross is now working on the first film, and he is not engaged in a script to the sequel. "Catching fire" can be adapted for film Englishman Simon Bofoy, who worked with Danny Boyle on "Slumdog Millionaire" and "127 hours".
From Swarup's novel in the film was only a Boyle story - writer masterfully reworked the text, turning it into a somewhat different story. The book, which has appeared at the heart of "Millionaire," is much darker and literally littered with corpses, in contrast to the bright light of Boyle film.
According to insiders, Gary Ross stays on the director's office of "The Hunger Games." Formal negotiations with Simon Bofoe not yet begun, but Lionsgate said, "Catching fire" is priority project, so in the near future we will be determined by a screenwriter.
"Hunger Games" is rolling out in March 23, 2012.
This is the third time the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) appoints leading the ceremony of its prize "Golden Globe" to British comedian Ricky Gervais. This is quite a bold decision, considering how in January this year, Ricky has paced by association.
Award HFPA is often criticized because of scandals involving bribery, graft and too close relations with members of the studios. It is not hidden from the eyes and Gervais. The actor went around HFPA painful subject right from the stage. "It was a very important year for 3D, but the heroes of "Tourist". However, I am too hasty. I did not see "Tourist". And what I saw? Probably a good movie, once it was nominated, so shut up! "
The last word belonged to the hall, through which rolled barracking. "I would also like to put an end to rumors that the" Tourist "was nominated to the Hollywood Association of Interpress hang out with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. This is complete nonsense. There is another reason. HFPA also takes bribes. "
Due to severe language Rick’s ratings have increased dramatically. Earlier, the audience did not pay much attention to "Golden Globe". Gervais had time to add fuel to the fire this year, leaving in his Twitter post: "Just recommend Billy Crystal did not take my jokes about the Holocaust and pedophiles on" Oscar ". He agreed (true). "
The decision of HFPA to invite Ricky Gervais to the ceremony was a surprise to Hollywood. Still, 17 million viewers - a 5% increase over last year - did the trick. Insiders say that some big stars had threatened to refuse to participate in the ceremony, if it will lead Gervais. Remember also that the HFPA representatives after the January ceremony, said that Ricky had gone too far. Now the organization is divided: half was for Ricky, half - against. Still, ratings have become a decisive argument.
Earlier in the ceremony was not the leading - Gervais appearance last year was the change in regulations.
"Golden Globe" will be shown in January 15, 2012.
Critics predict the name of Elizabeth Olsen an Oscar nomination for her role in the drama "Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene." Olsen, along with Glenn Close will star in a drama based on the novel by Emile Zola's "Therese Raken."
By the will of his aunt Madame Raken Teresa married a cousin of Camilla, the weak-willed and painful haberdasher. A girl dreams of a great love and not about a boring marriage, which she has to eke out her existence. Everything changes with the arrival of Laurent, a friend of Camilla. Laurent and Therese fell in love. Their love is so rampant that ends in tragedy.
"Teresa Raken" has repeatedly drawn the attention of filmmakers. One of the first screenings is dated 1928. The film based on the novel by Zola, Marcel Carné filmed in 1953 received the "Silver Lion" Venice Film Festival. Starring Simone Signoret. In the British mini-series in 1980 have been starring Brian Cox and Alan Rickman.
The new version will shoot actor Charles Stratton. With "Teresa Raken" he will make his debut in cinema. He also adapted the novel for the screen by Zola. Elizabeth Olsen, approved for the role of Teresa, but her domineering aunt plays Glenn Close. The star of "Dangerous Liaisons" is designated another nomination for "Oscar" for her role in the drama "Mysterious Albert Nobbs."
Close for several years has been attributed to this version of the novel by Zola. Shooting will begin in the near future. Now being sought major performers of male roles.