Monday, November 18, 2013

‘Thor’ Wins Weekend Box Office

Vanity Fair Profile: Nicole Kidman On Grace of Monaco, Marriage To Cruise, Life Today

Vanity Fair’s cover story on Nicole Kidman is here in its entirety. (VF)

‘Thor’ Wins but ‘Best Man Holiday’ Is Surprise of the Season

Weekend box-office numbers have Thor: The Dark World at No.1 with $38.4M, bringing its global gross to $480M, out-earning the original Thor in just three weeks. Universal’s Best Man Holiday out-performed projections with $30.5M for second place, followed by Last Vegas, Free Birds, and Bad Grandpa. (SSN)

‘Independent filmmakers can now be their own movie studios’: How Social Media Is Changing The Indie Film Game

Producer-author Britt Michaelian’s piece for HuffPo takes a look at the ways that indie filmmakers are using social media to vie for big studios returns. (HUFF)

‘I Will Do As My Mother Asked’: Angelina Jolie’s Governors Award Acceptance Speech

Vulture has the video clip of Angelina Jolie’s emotional speech this weekend as she honored her late mother’s influence and wisdom while accepting the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. (VUL)

Screenwriting Legend Syd Field Dies At 77

Syd Field, author of eight books, including the industry classic Screenplay: The Foundations of Film Writing, died yesterday, his family confirmed. Judd Apatow and Tina Fey were among the writers who remembered him in the family-issued obituary. (BF)

‘Homeland’s Alex Gansa Talks ‘Homeland’ Backlash, Final Four Episodes of Season

THR’s Live Feed Q&A with the hit series showrunner on its  third season. (LF)

Genius Brands, A Squared Entertainment Merge For Multi-Platform Content Experience For Kids

Variety has the details on the two companies merging to create children’s entertainment on a multi-platform level – TV, Web, and mobile –  for global audiences. (VAR)

Viral Buzz: ‘Breaking Bad’ Alternate Ending: It Was All A Dream, Walter White Wakes Up As ‘Malcolm In The Middle’s Hal

The Week has the alternate ending, to be included in the Breaking Bad series box set, with Bryan Cranston waking up to sitcom wife Jane Kaczmarek. (TW)

Ron Meyer, Oliver Stone, Bill Paxton, & More On Where They Were When JFK Was Killed

Deadline’s collection of fresh remembrances by Hollywood notables as the 50th anniversary of the late president’s assassination approaches. (DH)

Screenwriters: Why The First Images In Your Screenplay Are Vital

Script on great movie openings, what to keep in mind as you write your own, and why “if your opening is weak, what happens on page 8, 9 and 10 won’t help you.” (SCRIPT)

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