In the U.S, 3D’s contribution to the overall box office income this year was about 45 per cent, down five per cent from last year, while overseas the format accounts for about 60 to 70 per cent of a film’s international take, Variety reports, adding: ” To some degree the divergence can be chalked up to a matter of preference–some cultures just like 3D more than others for reasons that can’t be quantified…but there are also some subtle differences in local pricing.”
Variety goes on to list some notable factors: “Many international markets temper 3D upcharges with discount play periods. China has half-price Tuesday. In Germany, “Cinema Day” brings a steep midweek price drop to matinees. And some territories even charge less for 3D pics that have shorter running times. In many countries premium ticket prices for 3D are further mitigated because moviegoers are encouraged to buy their own reusable glasses.”
The 3D format is proving a big hit in Japan, where the total 2010 box office ranked second only to the U.S while this year’s highest-grossing titles, Harry Potter and Transformers, delivered some of their highest 3D results in Japan and Russia.
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Congratulations to HFPA member Gabrielle Donnelly, whose acclaimed novel, THE LITTLE WOMEN LETTERS, a modern take on Louisa May Alcott’s beloved LITTLE WOMEN, which was published in America last June by the Touchstone division of Simon & Schuster, is now available in Italian.
LETTERE SEGRETE DI JO, translated by Stefania de Franco, was published by Giunti on July 27 and has been garnering favorable reviews on a variety of Italian book blogs. Diario Di Pensieri Persi said: “Over the whole story, Jo March’s letters are scattered like so many little stars to be admired on a dark night…. The letters seem really to have been written by Jo March; Gabrielle Donnelly is excellent at re-creating the literary style of Alcott’s heroine, and for the parts of the story that take place in the twenty-first century, she uses a natural evolution of the same style, just as crisp and lively, but more appropriate to the modern world.”
Another blogger has added, more simply, “I want this book soooo bad!”
Gabrielle Donnelly was born in London and has been a member of the HFPA since 1985. When not writing novels she is a freelance journalist contributing to British publications Hello!, The Daily Mail, Woman’s Weekly, Candis, and Saga.Read More »
It’s a huge jump from the Princess Diaries, but Anne Hathaway has revealed to the HFPA that she is fulfilling a long-held dream by portraying Catwoman in the upcoming Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises.
“Everybody used to ask me if I always dreamed about being a princess but I wish I’d said the truth which was, ‘No, I wanted to be Catwoman,’” Anne told members in New York. “The first time I put the catsuit on it was a dream come true. I felt fierce, I felt fun, really really lucky and sexy, too. You feel pretty sexy in a catsuit.”
In the first official photograph, released by Warner Bros., the 28-year-old actress wears a black leather catsuit, a pair of black goggles and lashings of red lipstick.Read More »
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s lawsuit against Dick Clark Productions will go to trial this month.
The HFPA sued DCP last November, claiming that the production company improperly negotiated a new contract with NBC to air the awards.
A contract between the HFPA and Dick Clark Productions expires after the 2011 telecast. But Dick Clark Productions—-owned by Red Zone Capital, a private equity firm headed by Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder –signed a new contract with NBC to air the Globes for seven more years. DCP contends that because of the NBC deal, the contract with HFPA is automatically renewed.
In a written statement HFPA President Aida Takla-O’Reilly said, “We look forward to proceeding to trial and vindicating our rights.”
The donations were handed out at the star-studded Grants and Installation Lunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel on August 4.
Leonardo DiCaprio accepted a check for $350,000 on behalf of the Film Foundation, which was founded by Martin Scorsese for the preservation and restoration of classic films. Other A-listers who were there accepting donations included Mark Wahlberg, Gerard Butler, Hugh Dancy, Jessica Chastain, Kevin Bacon, Lea Michele, Taylor Lautner, Elizabeth Olsen, Yoshiki and Jim Sturgess.
HFPA President Dr Aida Takla- O’ Reilly informed the audience about the work HFPA has done over the past year: “Thanks to many of you sitting in this room today, the Association has been able to give back over 1.5 million dollars to the most deserving entertainment-related charities, foundations, and scholarship programs. After today’s festivities, we can proudly say our organization has donated more than 13.5 million dollars over the past 17 years through our grants program.”
She went on to say that, “This year, the HFPA membership also made it a priority to lend a helping hand in the wake of devastating international disasters. Over $250,000 was donated to those affected by the Haitian and Chilean earthquakes and the Japanese tsunami.”
Dr. O’Reilly also introduced the new HFPA officers: Jorge Camara (Vice President), Ali Sar (Treasurer), Serge Rakhlin (Executive Secretary). The new Board of Directors is comprised of Philip Berk (Chairman), Yoram Kahana, Yukiko Nakajima, Ruben Nepales, Meher Tatna, and Theo Kingma (Alternate).
Founded in the 1940s during World War II, the HFPA was originally comprised of a handful of LA based overseas journalists who sought to bridge the international community with Hollywood, and to provide distraction from the hardships of war through film. Sixty-eight years later, members of the HFPA represent 55 countries with a combined readership of 250 million in some of the world’s most respected publications. Each year, the organization holds the third most watched awards show on television, the Golden Globe Awards, which have enabled the organization to donate more than $12 million to entertainment related charities and scholarship programs. For more information, please visit www.goldenglobes.org, and follow us on Twitter (@goldenglobes) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/goldenglobes) for exclusive celebrity videos and up to the minute Golden Globes news!
HFPA 2011 GRANTS:
HIGHER EDUCATION FELLOWHISP & INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT
· American Film Institute- $30,000.00 Fellowships
· Asuza Pacific University- $7,500.00 Senior capstone projects
· California Institute for the Arts (CalArts)- $60,000.00 Fellowships
· Cal State Fullerton Philanthropic Foundation- $10,000.00 Capstone film project
· Cal State Long Beach- $50,000.00 Film production costs for student films
· Cal State Los Angeles- $50,000.00 Fellowships
· Cal State Northridge- $50,000.00 Fellowships
· Chapman University/Dodge College- $7,500.00 Fellowships
· Columbia University- $50,000.00 Fellowships
· Los Angeles City College- $15,000.00 Fellowships
· Loyola Marymount University- $15,000.00 Fellowships
· New York University- $36,000.00 Fellowships
· University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)- $80,000.00 Fellowships
· University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)- $30,000.00 Festival of New Creative Work
· University of North Carolina- $20,000.00 Fellowships
PROFESSIONAL TRAINING & MENTORING
· Coalition of Asian Pacific’s in Entertainment (CAPE)- $11,000.00 General support for New Writers Awards competition
· Film Independent, Project Involve- $35,000.00 General support
· Independent Feature Project- $15,000.00 General support for Independent Filmmaker Labs
· International Documentary Association- $10,000.00 General support for Doc U
· National Association of Latino Independent Producers- $20,000.00 Expenses for Latino Producers Academy mentors
· New York Stage & Film Company- $7,500.00 Expenses for mentors for Powerhouse Filmmakers Lab
· Streetlights- $7,500.00 General funding for career advancement program
· Sundance Institute- $100,000.00 For general support for screenwriter labs & Creative Producing Summit
· Tribeca Film Festival- $10,000.00 General funding for Tribeca All Access mentoring program
PRE-PROFESSIONAL TRAINING & EDUCATION
· California State Summer School Arts Foundation- $20,000.00 Scholarships
· Ghetto Film School- $20,000.00 General support
· Inner-City Arts- $25,000.00 General support
· Inner City Filmmakers- $25,000.00 General support for job placement program
· Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Foundation- $20,000.00 Screenwriting classes & equipment repair
· The Talented Youth- $10,000.00 General support for Youth Filmmaking Excellence project
PRESERVE THE CULTURE & HISTORY OF FILM
· The Film Foundation, Inc- $350,000.00 Preservation of two films
· Los Angeles Conservancy- $35,000.00 General support for Last Remaining Seats
· Museum of Modern Art – $20,000.00 General support for film archive
· Outfest- $30,000.00 General support for expansion of Legacy Project
· University of California, Berkeley, Pacific Film Archive- $15,000.00 Support for guest filmmaker travel
PROMOTE CULTURAL EXCHANGE THROUGH FILM
· American Cinematheque- $45,000.00 Screenings of Golden Globe foreign language nominees
· FilmAid International- $50,000.00 Screenings & filmmaker training in Kenyan refugee camps
· Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles- $10,000.00 Commemoration of Festival’s 10th Anniversary
· Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles- $10,000.00 Screenings at various festivals
· Levantine Cultural Center- $17,500.00 General support of monthly Middle Eastern film series
· Ensemble Studio Theatre- $15,000.00 General support for new play development
· Lollipop Theater Network- $15,000.00 Bedside film screenings for children in So Cal hospitals
· Los Angeles County Museum of Art- $75,000.00 General support for Film Program
· Young Musicians Foundation- $10,000.00 General support for Guest Conductor Series
· Pablove Foundation- $5,000.00 General support for photo project for sick children
GRAND TOTAL: $1,579,500Read More »
“There’s a guy on my table who’s better looking than you and in better shape than me,” he said. “Taylor Lautner. We’re screwed, man Titanic and Boogie Nights were a long time ago.”
The three stars were at the luncheon to accept checks from the HFPA on behalf of film-related organizations and charities.Read More »
“Movies touch our hearts and awaken our vision, and change the way we see things. They take us to other places, they open doors and minds. Movies are the memories of our life time, we need to keep them alive.”
With a donation of $350,000 to the Film Foundation, which was accepted at the HFPA’s Installation and Grants lunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel by Leonardo DiCaprio, the Association continues its mission to help restore some of the greatest cinema classics of our time.
When you consider that half the American films made before 1950 and 90% of films made before 1929 have been lost forever, film preservation has never had a more urgent need.
The Film Foundation, which director Martin Scorsese founded in 1990, has been at the forefront of film preservation. The nonprofit organization provides substantial annual support for restoration and preservation at the nation’s leading film archives. Instrumental in raising awareness of the urgent need to preserve films it has helped, with generous donors such as the Hollywood Foreign Press, to save more than 545 films. This “hands-on” preservation ensures that these great films which are not only works of art but historical records and essential representations of our culture will survive for future generations.
Since first contributing to The Film Foundation fifteen years ago, the Hollywood Foreign Press has become a major supporter, donating more than 3 million dollars which have contributed to the preservation of more than 75 motion pictures by such noted directors as Stanley Kubrick, John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock, Jean Renoir and John Cassavetes.
“It means a great deal to us,” says Jennifer Ahn, the Managing Director of The Film Foundation. “The HFPA is so instrumental in preservation of film history. They put an enormous amount of effort and funds to this mission and it is a huge part of what The Film Foundation does. We highly value and praise the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for this invaluable public service”.
Donations from the HFPA in 2004 helped restore one of 1939’s Best Picture nominees, Lewis Milestone’s “Of Mice and Men”, as well as Jean Renoir’s 1951 classic, “The River.” HFPA grants also contributed to the restoration of Orson Welles brooding 1948 version of “Macbeth”, the 1948 classic The Red Shoes, Nicholas Ray’s “Born to be Bad” from 1950, Otto Preminger’s 1955 searing indictment of drug addiction in his 1955 film, “The Man with the Golden Arm,” Melvin van Peebles controversial blaxploitation 70’s film ,”Sweet Sweetback’s Baad Asssss Song,” and Robert Altman‘s Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean.
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On the day of the HFPA Grants and Installation luncheon Daily Variety published the following comprehensive round-up of how the association’s donations are put to good use by the recipients.
Five that thrive with org coin
HFPA supports many industry causes and orgs. Here’s a sampling of five that benefit from its generosity:
American Film Institute
“All the HFPA funds donated to the American Film Institute go to offset the cost of filmmaker’s tuition and expenses for studying at the conservatory,” says AFI senior VP Tom West. “We’re asking people to take two years out of their lives to work with master filmmakers and make movies. They’ll come out of our program with a minimum of four projects, three shorts and a thesis film.”
Students have to raise money to make their movies so every bit of financial help makes a big difference.
The Film Foundation
Restoring “The Red Shoes,” helmers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 1948 classic took three years, cost a whopping $625,000 and enlisted an army of 35 specialists.
“It was one of most complicated restorations we’ve ever done. But it was also one of our greatest achievements,” says Jennifer Ahn, the Film Foundation’s managing director. “It was a digital restoration and took years to complete because the original camera negative had deteriorated so badly.”
Over the past 15 years, HFPA has given $3.3 million to the Film Foundation, assisting in the restoration of over 75 titles. This year’s $350,000 donation will be used to restore Italo helmer-scribe Elio Petri’s “Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion” (1970), Powell and Pressburger’s “The Tales of Hoffman” (!951) and Laslo Benedek’s film version of Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” (1951).
Los Angeles-based Film Independent encourages minority filmmakers through its free nine-month training and mentorships with such industry players as Spike Jonze, Alexander Payne and Rodrigo Garcia.
“Each year 30 to 40 African-Americans, Asians, Native Americans and Latinos sign up for the free programs for writers producers and directors,” says the org’s director of diversity, Michael Lopez.
Recent grads include filmmaker Javier Fuentes-Leon whose 2009 “Undertow” premiered at Sundance then went on to be Peru’s submission in the foreign-language film category at the Academy Awards.
Refugees in African camps love Looney Toons, “The Wizard of Oz” and Charlie Chaplin.
“We initially started just driving a truck into the camps and projecting films onto its side,” says FilmAid Intl.’s executive director, Liz Manne. Now the org offers filmmaking training programs in two refugee camps in Kenya, one bordering Somalia, and one bordering South Sudan.
“The current number is over 410,000 refugees in these camps,” explains Manne. “We run screening programs where we show some Hollywood fare and films of inspiration that offer hope, diversion and healing to people who are psychologically traumatized.
“Movies offer us a universal experience. Even if you’re a 5-year-old Somali refugee looking at Tweety Bird under stars, your experience is going to be the same as a kid in a mall theater in the Valley.”
Scoring jobs for disadvantaged kids with heavyweights James Cameron and Francis Ford Coppola are just a couple of the many success stories of Inner-City Filmmakers.
“Jon Turteltaub hired our kids for almost every film he’s made in the last five years,” says Inner-City founder Fred Heinrich. “What’s most notable is that not only did he give the kids a chance at entry level jobs but that they have risen up through the ranks, have become union members and are constantly employed.”
Created in 1993, the org offers free year-round hands-on training and job placement for urban kids with no financial wherewithal. To date the program boasts 493 alumni.
Most actors who go through an intensive training regimen to build muscles and sculpt their bodies for a role are proud of the end result; they happily pose shirtless to show off their newly-defined abs and boast of the hard work that went into achieving them.
Not Ryan Gosling. Instead, the unassuming Golden Globe-nominated actor views his bulked-up body with embarrassment.
“Muscles are pointless,” he told HFPA members when he met them in New York. “They don’t do anything, they just help you lift something heavy. They’re not practical and they’re a bit like pets because you have to feed them and pet them and think about them and when you don’t pay attention to them, they just go away. They’re just these weird things that sit under your skin that don’t do anything. What’s the point in having them?’
Ryan, 30, is even dismissive of the work that went into building them. “It was just a lot of exercising—anybody could do it. It’s easy when you’re an actor because you have the time and they give you a team of people to help you.”
The actor, who was Golden Globe-nominated for Blue Valentine, developed the muscles for his role as a slick womanizer who teaches Steve Carell’s character how to pick up women in the romantic comedy Crazy Stupid Love. He also has two other movies due out soon—- Drive, about a Hollywood stunt man who moonlights as a getaway car driver, and The Ides of March, in which he plays a rising politician’s communications director in the political drama directed and produced by George Clooney.Read More »