First-day ticket sales for the upcoming young adult film “Divergent” outpace those of the first “Twilight” movie according to Fandango. The sci-fi adventure movie opens March 21 and sold half of the online ticket broker’s sales on Tuesday. In fact, it outsold the next biggest seller by nearly five to one. Based on the bestselling novels by Veronica Roth, it stars Shailene Woodley and Theo James. The Wrap.
A new photo gallery proclaims Angelina Jolie and Anne Hathaway as the best dressed women at Sunday’s Academy Awards. The other favorites are Cate Blanchett, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson, Lupita Nyong’o, Naomi Watts, and Sandra Bullock. USA Today.
At least two anonymous Academy voters now admit they couldn’t bring themselves to watch the violence of “12 Years a Slave” but put it in first place on their Oscar ballots. They said “they voted for it anyway because, given the film’s social relevance, they felt obligated to do so.” During a recent event, publicist Peggy Siegal “said she had spoken to voters who were reluctant to give Steve McQueen‘s film a chance because of its content and subject matter.” In one of the tightest Best Picture races in memory, that film defeated “Gravity” and seven other movies. Huffington Post.
The American Comedy Awards will make their first appearance on NBC May 15. Comedy film nominees announced Wednesday are “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” “Bad Grandpa,” “The Heat,” “Nebraska,” and “This is the End.” TV series nominees are “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Modern Family,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Saturday Night Live,” and “Veep.” TV by the Numbers.
Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres offers a seven-minute behind-the-scenes video of what really went down backstage during Sunday’s ceremony. The segment includes Jennifer Lawrence stopping by before the show begins, what happened when the pizza delivery guy arrived, and Benedict Cumberbatch getting trapped while DeGeneres was in her “Wizard of Oz” costume. Variety.
The newest member of the EGOT club (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) is Robert Lopez, who won his Academy Award on Sunday for “Frozen.” Of the 12 people who have accomplished this career feat, he is joined by several others calling New York home. He and Mel Brooks are both from Brooklyn. Whoopi Goldberg and composer Jonathan Tunick hail from Manhattan. New York Daily News.
Mike Fleming, Jr. says one of the most “sacred a cow movies as you are going to find” might be remade into a new feature film. Director Steven Spielberg is circling the idea of a new “West Side Story” but has not found a writer or formally committed to the project. Fox owns the rights and would most likely not remake the classic without a legend like Spielberg involved. The original Robert Wise film won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1961. Deadline.
Two-time Oscar winner Kevin Costner (“Dances with Wolves”) is set to receive the Cinema Icon Award at the upcoming CinemaCon festival in Las Vegas. Costner’s film career has included other hits such as “The Untouchables,” “Field of Dreams,” and “Bull Durham.” He earned an Emmy Award in 2012 for his TV work in “Hatfields and McCoys.” Last year’s recipient was Morgan Freeman. Hollywood.