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April 4, 2012

Hollywood’s biggest grossers don’t make it to the Oscars!

If the latest study in Hollywood is any indication, there are two types of successful films.

There are films that break box office records and others that reign supreme at the Oscars.

According to a study conducted by, some of the biggest blockbusters have been consistently facing disappointment at the Oscars while the ones that have clinched the top honours at Academy Awards only managed to do decent business.

Take, for instance, The Artist, that clinched all the top awards this year including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Film.

Quite interestingly, the film made only $77 million at the box office. Before you gape at us for saying ‘only’ for the seemingly staggering figure, let’s consider the fact that it is one of the most universally acclaimed films in recent times.

The figure also appears modest if you compare it to the earnings of this year’s top grosser Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows 2. The last film in the franchise made a whopping $ 1.33 billion but got three nominations in the Art Direction, Visual Effects and Makeup categories. It lost out on all counts.

Here’s looking at how the trend has shaped up in the last decade.


What you didn’t see on TV during the Oscars

LOS ANGELES –  Even the hundreds of photographers, TV cameras and webcams around the Hollywood & Highland Center can’t capture every starry moment of Sunday’s 84th annual Academy Awards.

Celebrities reunite on the red carpet, mingle during commercial breaks and experience impromptu star-crossings in the wings — and we’ve got our eyes and ears trained on those moments.

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Cops are looking to speak with rapper Rick Ross

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Cops are looking to speak with rapper Rick Ross … after a 40-year-old man was shot to death in front of his Miami Gardens home this morning … TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us … Ross was NOT home at the time of the shooting and at this point in the investigation, he’s not considered a suspect.

We’re told cops found the victim laying inside a gate at the home.

Sources tell us … investigators don’t know if the victim has any connection to Ross, but since he is listed as the owner of the property, cops want to ask him a few questions about the situation.

So far, no comment from Rick’s camp.

What Ever Happened to Ted?

The “Mouth of the South” is no longer as he devotes his time (and $1 billion) to the U.N., jets between 28 homes and four girlfriends, misses Jane Fonda and opens up to THR about Rupert, Jerry and his abuse as a child. Says a friend: “He’s definitely… Read more

Joe Francis has had a major change of heart about Madonna

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Joe Francis has had a major change of heart about Madonna … because 4 months ago … he PROMISED he wouldn’t sue if she used the name “Girls Gone Wild” on her album … and TMZ has the footage to prove it.

Back in November, we asked Francis about the then-rumor that Madge titled one of her songs, “Girls Gone Wild” … and Francis happily replied, “I’m excited about that!”

We asked if he was cool with the situation, legally … to which he explained, “I’m REALLY cool with that actually … I’m not going to sue you Madonna … I love you, I love Madonna.”

Fast forward to last night … when Joe once again made it clear he wasn’t going to back down from his new demand that Madge PAY HIM for using the name … because he owns the rights to everything GGW-related, including Girl Gone Wild

Bianca Romero head of IEEP

Bianca Romero head of Imagine Entertainment Editing has called upon Mahtab Entertainment’s Solmaz Niki-Kermani as a creative producer for an upcoming project from Rede Globo in Brazil. The film is titled Running Star about a young girls adventure the rainforest.

Romero has a strong relationship with Rede Globo and served as a creative producer before she made her move to Hollywood. She was responsible for cross cultural TV development which imported Portuguese documentaries into Brazil.

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Whitney Houston

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It’s still too soon to make Whitney Houston jokes — at least according to the people at Target, who have decided to pull a greeting card from their shelves that mocks the late singing legend.

The card — available long before Whitney died — pokes fun at the singer’s downward spiral in recent years … “Next time you think of dating the bad boy, consider Whitney Houston.”

The card was kinda funny before she died — but now that Whitney’s gone, Target has decided it’s a tad too offensive … at least for now … and is currently in the process of yanking it from its stores.

A rep for the store tells TMZ, “The card was in our stores prior to Ms. Houston’s death. As soon as this was brought to our attention, we began the process of removing the card from all applicable stores.”

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Elephant Theatre Company going on hiatus for 2012‎

Los Angeles Times – 16 minutes ago
The Elephant Theatre Company — one of the most recognizable names in Hollywood’s Theatre Row district — has suspended operations for the 2012 season due

Funny How Sensitive Hollywood Gets When You Threaten To Mess With Its ‘Fundamental’ Structure

from the but-the-internet?-bah… dept

One of the key points in the SOPA/PIPA debate involved Hollywood — and the MPAA’s Chris Dodd and Michael O’Leary in particular — dismissing the worries of folks in the tech industry about the rather fundamental changes that these laws would make to both the technological and legal frameworks of the internet. Anytime such a thing was brought up, it was dismissed out of hand. This was most noticeable during the original SOPA hearings in November, where a number of experts were pointing out their concerns with how SOPA would undermine basic internet security principles… and O’Leary dismissed them with a simple statement about how he just didn’t believe those concerns to be true.

What shocked many folks in the tech community was just how easily the MPAA sought to dismiss some pretty massive fundamental changes to both the internet and the legal framework around the internet. However, apparently if you dare touch the “fundamental” parts of Hollywood’s business, the same MPAA throws a hissy fit. The EU recently had a public consultation on a variety of copyright-related topics, some of which were more interesting than others. One of the topics was on the question of movie release windows, and whether or not they made sense any more. As we’ve noted there have been many, many studies that suggest that these release windows are actually a big part of the problem for Hollywood, and they’re leaving a ton of money on the table by not making movies available in as many convenient ways as possible.

In fact, many of the (non-Hollywood) respondents to the consultation made this point. There’s BEUC (a consumers’ group) that sees (pdf) “both platform and territorial release windows as outdated.” GSMA called for (pdf) support for “flexible and shorter release windows.” And EuroISPA was the most stringent (pdf

Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris made a bombshell announcement to friends … telling them the MJ album released in the wake of the singer’s death did NOT contain MJ’s actual voice … it was an imposter

Michael Jackson‘s daughter Paris made a bombshell announcement to friends … telling them the MJ album released in the wake of the singer’s death did NOT contain MJ’s actual voice … it was an imposter.

TMZ has learned … the announcement was made during an online video chat with several friends in 2010 … just before the “Michael” album was released, which contains several previously unreleased tracks allegedly performed by Michael Jackson.

The video chat was recorded … and Paris joked about the footage eventually “leaking” to the Internet.

Paris had made the announcement in the midst of rumors that MJ’s parts on the “Michael” album were REALLY performed by an MJ sound-alike named Jason Malachi … but both Jason and Sony denied the allegations.

During the video chat, Paris played one of the songs from the album, “Hold My Hand” … and one of her friends asks why the singer doesn’t sound like MJ.

Paris replied, “It’s NOT him … the whole album isn’t even him!! Go online … go on YouTube and look up Jason Malachi. That’s him!!”

She continues, “I should know if it’s him or not because he would sing to me all the time.”

TMZ has learned a recording of Paris’ video message is being shopped to various media outlets … and we’re told “Offers are on the table.”

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