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‘Interstellar’ Prepares Launch at Box Office
Opening day for Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” is about three weeks away, and early ticket sales indicate the potential for a massive box office debut.
Only a few details about the film’s plot are known to the public. Nolan typically shrouds new productions in secrecy; surprising movie goers with creative elements when they interact with films for the first time live in theaters. The story depicts a space adventure and is an original concept.
Analysts predict “Interstellar” may surpass the box office debuts of other popular Nolan works including “The Dark Knight” and “Inception.” According to an early estimate done by Variety, the project may reach more than a $50 million debut, perhaps reaching the extraordinary success of “Gravity’s” 55.8 million.
“I fully expect to be sold out through the weekend,” claimed Tom Stephenson, CEO of Look Cinemas. “I’m a big Chris Nolan fan, so I expected the response would be great, but to have sell outs this early is incredible.”
The movie stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain. The film will be distributed domestically by Paramount and internationally by Warner Bros. “Interstellar”, which was shot on film rather than with digital cameras, will be available in multiple formats: digital projection, both 35mm and 70mm formats, and Imax 70 mm.
Google Acquires Firebase
Google confirmed the acquisition of Firebase, a company specializing in synchronized mobile and web-based apps.
Firebase employees will join Google’s cloud-computing team. They will continue to offer a service for apps running on Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android mobile operating systems.
“Over the past three years, we’ve gone from a crazy idea that ‘just might work’ to a proven product used by 110,000 developers. Today, I couldn’t be happier to announce that we’ve joined Google,” expressed Firebase co-founder and Chief Executive James Tamplin in a blog post.
The acquisition is part of Google’s strategy to promote services to independent developers. Google seeks to maintain the widest selection of programmers for developing apps on its mobile devices.
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Lauren Bacall’s Art Heads to New York Auction
Lauren Bacall’s art, jewelry and furniture will be featured at Bonhams auction house in New York.
Bonhams confirmed two Henry Moore sculptures from the collection will be offered during its Impressionist and modern art sale in November.
Six additional Moore works will be sold in March with about 700 other lots, including: tribal art and paintings by Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Alexander Calder and others.
The theater and film legend became an overnight success with the screen debut of Hawks’ romance adventure “To Have and Have Not,” with Bogart in 1944. The award-winning actress’ credits include many groundbreaking productions on Broadway and the big screen.
New ‘Guardians’ Series Announced
After dominating the summer box office, the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise gets an expansion. Disney XD and Marvel Television announced a new Guardians cartoon series at New York Comic Con on Friday.
“This is a very exciting time for the Marvel Animation Studio as we get to explore the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe by developing the first-ever Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy animated series,” claimed Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel Television. “After starring in the biggest moving of 2014, everyone wants more of Star-Lord and his crew-now they’ll get it.”
The animated series will release before the end of 2015. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is set to debut in theaters in 2017.
Katie Holmes Makes Directorial Debut
Katie Holmes is set to make her directorial debut with the upcoming film adaptation of Annie Weatherwax’s book “All We Had.”
Holmes will also make an acting appearance in the movie as a poverty-stricken mother who starts a new life with her daughter in small town America.
Jane Rosenthal and Berry Welsh (vice president of production and development at Tribeca productions) have signed on as producers for the project. Josh Boone (who recently directed “The Fault in Our Stars”) is the film’s screenwriter.
“Katie has such a clear vision for the book’s irreverent, original mother-daughter relationship,” Rosenthal released in a statement. “Her passion for the material, along with Josh Boone’s ability to tell stories grounded in the comedy and drama of everyday, will truly bring these characters to life.”
Holmes added, “I am very excited and honored to be collaborating with Jane and Josh on this project and look so forward to brining Annie’s incredible characters to the screen.”
Brad Pitt’s ‘Fury’ Tops Weekend Box Office
Fury, the new World War II drama starring Brad Pitt, topped the box office this weekend with $23.5 million.
The film marks the biggest hit for director David Ayer, surpassing the debut of End of Watch, Street Kings and Sabotage. It is also Ayer’s third-biggest opening as a writer behind S.W.A.T. and The Fast and the Furious.
eBay Launches Art Auction Portal
eBay’s art auction service is now live, giving users the ability to bid on fine art and collectibles online at 150 auction houses in North America, including Doyle New York, Freeman’s, Garth’s Auction and Swann Auction Galleries.
“We’re opening up the world of traditional auction houses,” exclaimed Gene Cook, general manager of emerging verticals for eBay Marketplaces.
Visitors can see available items in advance through online lists that are embedded in eBay’s searchable database.
The first auction is scheduled for Thursday with fine art at Swann Auction Galleries in New York.
eBay also has a separate site exclusively for Sotheby’s auction house that will begin by the end of 2014.
‘American Idol’ Fans Send a Contestant to Hollywood
American Idol fans will get the chance to send a contestant to Hollywood in the upcoming season (beginning the week of Oct. 25 and airing in the spring).
Panel judges Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Adam Lambert have already made their selections for the next round. Four hopefuls who have not yet seen the judges will compete for fan votes via an online poll. The contestants are: Emily Clair Shlesinger from Dallas, Kay Leon from Brooklyn, Raven Symone Basden from Miramar, Fla., and Tyler Clark from Ephraim, Utah.
Audition videos and public voting is now available at americanidol.com/poll (through Tuesday, Oct. 21). Fans can also vote using specific hashtags on Twitter and Facebook.
Rock in Rio 2015 Announces Las Vegas Lineup
Metallica, Linkin Park, Taylor Swift, No Doubt, Deftones and John Legend are among performers announced as part of the lineup for Rock in Rio, May 8-9 and 15-16 in Las Vegas.
The announcement came at a press conference in Times Square with a surprise performance from John Mayer and Sepultura with Les Tambours Du Bronx.
Rock in Rio has partnered with MGM Resorts International, Cirque du Soleil and Ron Burkle for the production. The concert venue will be located on the Strip at the corner of Sahara Avenue and have the capacity for 85,000 fans per day. Six stages will be spread across 37 acres, three streets are set to have a Rock theme, and others will display music from U.S., UK and Brazil.
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Google Launches News and Weather App
Google released the Google News & Weather app for Android on Tuesday. Users receive up-to-date weather and news headlines on their mobile home screen and can select content in a variety of topics: World News, Business, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, Health and more.
Tapping the Weather panel presents detail on projected temperatures and weekly forecast. Tapping a news headline opens the full story from the original source in a new window.
The app provides coverage from over 65,000 different publications. Users have the ability to add additional sources of interest by tapping the plus button and simply typing in a subject matter, magazine title or newspaper to import headlines. Users can also add a location to see news closes to specific areas.
The app is now available with 60 different country-specific editions, including Australia, Italy, UK, China and Japan.
Android users can download the app at Google Play.
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