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MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- AWARDS ACTIVITY -- 2/13/17

Awards activity: Academy members are doing their final voting from Feb. 13-21 and their choices are the ones that will turn up in the sealed envelopes Feb. 26 at the 89th annual Oscars. Other awards givers' choices, of course, have been making news since late last November. The latest winners were announced Sunday at the British Academy's 70th annual BAFTA Awards at London's Royal Albert... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- FEBRUARY FOCUS -- 2/6/17

February focus: The dark cold days of February should turn brighter at this weekend's boxoffice thanks to "Fifty Shades Darker" and "The LEGO Batman Movie." The openings are targeted to adult women and to families, respectively, and should deliver a one-two... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- CONTENDER COMPARISONS -- 1/30/16

Contender comparisons: Now that we finally know who's been Oscar nominated, the next question is -- Who's going to win? With nine films competing for best picture, there's no shortage of reasons for deciding how any one of them might edge out the others... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- SPRING SEASON -- 1/23/16

Spring season: As we muddle through a nasty winter that's spreading snow, ice, rain, twisters and frigid temps around the U.S., it's a good time to start thinking about spring. For Hollywood, spring can't come soon enough since the early winter boxoffice hasn't exactly been sizzling. After two weekends that were down versus 2016, last... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- NEW NOMS -- 1/16/16

New noms: The nice thing about January is that every week brings its own set of new nominations so just about any awards contender can find something to shout about.Last week delivered a triple treat for Hollywood with Tuesday's British Academy BAFTA noms and Producers Guild of America Awards noms and Thursday's Directors Guild of America... More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- BEST BETS -- 1/9/16

Best bets: Hollywood called it a night Sunday after sitting through the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's 74th annual Golden Globes awards. Now it's on to Tuesday's nominations for the British Academy's 70th annual BAFTA awards. More >>

MARTIN GROVE'S HOLLYWOOD REPORT -- JANUARY JOY -- 1/1/16

January joy: Despite setting a domestic boxoffice record for 2016, behind the scenes Hollywood's not jumping for joy as January gets underway. To begin with, the modest increase of about 2.2 percent over 2015 – roughly $11.37 billion... More >>


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LEGENDARY PERFORMER ANGELA LANSBURY JOINS CAST OF “MARY POPPINS RETURNS”

BURBANK, Calif. (February 17, 2017) – Angela Lansbury has joined the cast of “Mary Poppins Returns,” the all-new sequel to Disney’s 1964 film “Mary Poppins” currently filming at Shepperton Studios. She will feature as the Balloon Lady, a treasured character from PL Travers’... More >>

2017 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL TO OPEN WITH WORLD PREMIERE OF CLIVE DAVIS: THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES AT RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19

New York, NY (February 2, 2017) – The Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, will open the 16th edition with the world premiere of the feature length documentary Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives at Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. The premiere will be followed by a special concert featuring performances by Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson, Earth, Wind & Fire, and more, taking opening night beyond the screen to honor the legendary music executive and producer. The Tribeca Film Festival runs April 19 to April 30... More >>

SHORTSHD™TO RELEASE OSCAR® NOMINATED SHORT FILMS 2017 IN THEATRES IN NEW YORK ON WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 8th, NATIONALLY ON FRIDAY FEBRUARY 10

Los Angeles, CA January 31, 2017--- ShortsHD™, the Only Short Film Channel, working with Magnolia Pictures, will open “THE OSCAR®NOMINATED SHORT FILMS 2017 in over 500 screens across the United States, Canada, Europe and Latin America on Friday February 10, 2017. In New York, the film will open for a special preview starting Wednesday, February 8th... More >>

2017 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS: GLOBAL INDEPENDENT CREATIVITY REACHES NEW HEIGHTS

Park City, Utah — After 10 days, 119 feature films and three feet of snow, an evening of humor and humanity marked the 2017 Sundance Film Festival’s Awards Ceremony, with host Jessica Williams emceeing and jurors presenting 27 prizes for feature filmmaking in Park City, Utah. Honorees, named in total below, range from sharp comedies to provocative and timely documentaries... More >>

MARVEL STUDIOS BEGINS PRODUCTION ON “BLACK PANTHER”

BURBANK, CALIF. (January 26, 2017)—Marvel Studios announced today that production has begun on “Black Panther,” starring Chadwick Boseman (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Get on Up”), Michael B. Jordan (“Creed,” “Fruitvale Station”), Academy Award® winner Lupita Nyong’o (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “12 Years a Slave”), Danai Gurira (“The Walking Dead,” upcoming “All Eyez on Me”), Martin Freeman (“Hobbit” trilogy, “Sherlock”), Daniel... More >>


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SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ACQUIRES WORLDWIDE RIGHTS TO BRIGSBY BEAR

NEW YORK (January 26, 2017)?– Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired worldwide rights?to Dave McCary’s BRIGSBY BEAR. The highly anticipated film, written by Kevin... More >>

SONY PICTURES CLASSICS WINS WORLDWIDE RIGHTS TO MAGGIE BETTS’ NOVITIATE

NEW YORK (January 22, 2017) - Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired worldwide rights to Maggie Betts’ NOVITIATE. The highly anticipated film is writer and director Betts’ feature debut. It recently premiered in competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews... More >>

ANNAPURNA PICTURES LAUNCHES NEW FULL SERVICE MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTION OPERATION

Los Angeles, CA (January 20, 2017) – Annapurna Pictures is launching its long planned, full-service distribution and marketing operation with Kathryn Bigelow’s UNTITLED DETROIT PROJECT, it was announced today. More >>

CELINE DION TO PERFORM ORIGINAL SONG “HOW DOES A MOMENT LAST FOREVER” FOR DISNEY’S “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST”

BURBANK, Calif. (Jan. 19, 2017) – Five-time GRAMMY® winning and best-selling recording artist Celine Dion will perform an all-new original song, “How Does A Moment Last Forever,” for Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast.” The song will also be included on the film’s soundtrack. Written by eight-time Oscar®-winning composer Alan Menken (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin”)... More >>