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Oscars and casting: Hollywood insiders discuss diversity

Diversity is an emotion-packed word more nuanced than one article or one year. But it should always be an ongoing topic of conversation in Hollywood until it stops being an issue, which it hasn’t.

EW recently talked to a range of insiders — from Beasts of the Southern Wild producer Michael Gottwald and Oscar winner Mo’Nique, who won the best supporting actress trophy in 2010 for urban drama Precious, to Precious casting director Billy Hopkins, and casting director Avy Kaufman, who headed casting for Ang Lee’s Life of Pi and Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln – about Oscars, diversity, and casting in Tinseltown.

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Robert Zemeckis to receive Palm Springs directing award for 'Flight'

Robert Zemeckis has given us Marty McFly, Forrest Gump, Roger Rabbit, and Wilson the volleyball.

The addiction plagued airline pilot Captain Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) in his latest film, Flight,  is giving the director his best shot at awards recognition in a decade.

Zemeckis’ return to live action filmmaking has a stalwart contingent of supporters among Hollywood’s award season voters, and the film gets a nice boost from news that the Palm Springs International Film Festival will give him the Director of the Year award for Flight, where he’ll join the ranks of previous honorees and current awards contenders Ang Lee and David O. Russell.

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Budweiser seeks removal of its logo from 'Flight'

Denzel Washington’s character in Flight drinks a lot throughout the film, but his portrayal of a highly functioning alcoholic pilot isn’t going down well with brewing company Anheuser-Busch or the distributor of Stolichnaya vodka.

Anheuser-Busch said Monday that it has asked Paramount Pictures Corp. to obscure or remove the Budweiser logo from the film, which at one point shows Washington’s character drinking the beer while behind the wheel.

Budweiser is hardly the only alcoholic beverage shown in Flight” which earned $25 million in its debut weekend and is likely to remain popular with audiences. Washington’s character frequently drinks vodka throughout the film, with several different brands represented. William Grant & Sons, which distributes Stolichnaya in the United States, also said it didn’t license its brand for inclusion in the film and wouldn’t have given permission if asked. READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Wreck-It Ralph' wins with $49.1M; 'Flight' takes off at No. 2; 'Skyfall' scores $156M overseas

Doom may have flopped, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World may have been all buzz and no buck, but Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph proved that there is a place for videogame-themed movies at the box office this weekend.

The $165 million animated film topped the chart with $49.1 million out of 3,752 theaters — the strongest debut ever for a Walt Disney Animation production (i.e. not including Pixar titles). Disney’s Tangled opened with a whopping $48.8 million over the more lucrative Thanksgiving weekend in 2010, so Wreck-It Ralph‘s slightly larger bow (and its hefty $13,086 per theater average) should be viewed as a major victory for the Mouse House.

Now the studio is looking ahead not only to Thanksgiving, but Christmas as well, both huge moviegoing seasons since kids are out of school and parents off of work. “There really are few things for families in the time between now and then,” says Dave Hollis, Disney’s Executive Vice President of Theatrical Distribution (global), who cites DreamWorks’ Rise of the Guardians and Disney’s own 3D re-release of Monsters, Inc. as the only animated competition for the rest of 2012. “[We] have great word-of-mouth and a story that resonates,” Hollis says, “we feel really good about where we’re headed for the rest of this run.”

Disney has every right to feel good. Wreck-It Ralph earned an “A” CinemaScore grade from polled audiences, and very positive reactions will help the film hold up even better than a typical family film would anyway. READ FULL STORY

New 'Flight' trailer: Denzel Washington gets good air

A lean new trailer for Robert Zemeckis’s Flight covers the same ground as this first trailer, but it also gives us a slightly longer look at the terrifying, “is this plane going to crash?” sequence that catalyzes the rest of the action. Even though pilot Denzel Washington manages to land his aircraft without killing anyone — phew! — his troubles are just beginning, thanks to the chemicals lingering in his system. John Goodman and Don Cheadle costar. Watch the trailer below, and be thankful that you can do so while firmly on the ground:

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Casting Net: Berenice Bejo replaces Marion Cotillard in new film from 'A Separation' director. Plus: Brad Pitt, and a new baddie for 'Thor' 2

• Brad Pitt and Denzel Washington are entering into introductory negotiations to star in Candy Store, which Stephen Gaghan (Syriana) is set direct from his own screenplay. The crime thriller follows a one-time government spook whose attempt to reboot his life as a New York City cop is derailed when he realizes the same bad guys he had been fighting in his old job are alive and well in his new one. [THR]

• Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (LostG.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) has joined Thor: The Dark World as Algrim the Strong, one of the evil Dark Elves of Svartalfheim (gesundheit!). Christopher Eccleston plays their leader, Malekith. [THR]

• The Killing‘s Mireille Enos has joined the ensemble cast of the thriller Ten, about a DEA team that starts dying one by one after they use an official operation to abscond with an illicit fortune. She’ll play the wife of Sam Worthington‘s character, as well as a member of the team, which also includes Arnold SchwarzeneggerTerrence Howard, Malin Akerman, Joe Manganiello and Dawn Olivieri (House of Lies). David Ayer is directing from a screenplay by Skip Woods (Swordfish). [Deadline]

• Alexander Ludwig is trading in the arena of The Hunger Games for the battlefield of Afghanistan in Lone Survivor, writer-director Peter Berg‘s film based on the true story of  Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell. Mark WahlbergTaylor KitschBen FosterEmile Hirsch, and Eric Bana costar. [Deadline]

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'Flight' to close New York Film Festival

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Robert Zemeckis’ return to live-action filmmaking will bring the 50th New York Film Festival in for a landing. Festival officials announced Thursday that Flight, starring Denzel Washington as an airline pilot whose miraculous emergency landing only opens up a deeper mystery, will be the closing film of the festival, on Oct. 14 at Alice Tully Hall.

It’s the first major announcement for the festival, which will run from Sept. 28 through Oct. 14 at Lincoln Center.

Flight, costarring John Goodman, Don Cheadle, Melissa Leo, Bruce Greenwood, and Kelly Reilly (Sherlock Holmes), opens nationwide on Nov. 2.

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‘Flight’ trailer: Denzel Washington lands in trouble — VIDEO

'Flight' trailer: Denzel Washington lands in trouble -- VIDEO

What if before “Miracle on the Hudson” pilot Sully Sullenberger had pulled off his heroic splashdown, he’d knocked back a few at the airport bar? That’s the entry point for Flight, Robert Zemeckis’ first pure live-action film since 2000’s Cast Away. Denzel Washington plays a pilot whose cool under fire and wizardry in the cockpit saved at last 100 lives when their plane broke apart mid-flight. But did the booze in his system play any role in the plane’s mishap in the first place? Watch the trailer below. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Vera Farmiga and Andy Garcia to romance in 'Admissions.' Plus: Denzel Washington, Will Smith, Emile Hirsch

• Rooney Mara, who just yesterday signed on for Spike Jonze’s next film, is now also attached to star in the adaptation of Colm Toibin’s 2009 novel Brooklyn. Adapted by writer Nick Hornby, the story follows an Irish woman in the 1950s who falls for an American. [THR]

• In other Nick Hornby news, Emile Hirsch has joined Pierce Brosnan and Toni Collette in the big screen adaptation of the author’s 2005 novel A Long Way Down, about a suicidal foursome who support each other after meeting on New Year’s Eve. [THR]

• Willem Dafoe has signed onto Out of the Furnace, a thriller about two brothers (Christian Bale, Casey Affleck), one who goes to prison, one who ends up embroiled in crime. Director Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) is currently shooting the film in Pennsylvania. [Deadline]

• And finally, a story from the Dept. of Projects We Really Hope Actually Happen: Anchorman director Adam McKay is in talks to develop a remake of the 1974 Sidney Poitier/Bill Cosby comedy Uptown Saturday Night for Warner Bros, with the studio reportedly keen on Denzel Washington and Will Smith to star. With no script even written yet, there will be a lot of hurdles to clear before Washington and Smith formally attach themselves to the project, let alone that it gets a greenlight. But here’s hoping. [Deadline]

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Box office report: 'The Vow' tops record-breaking weekend with $41.7 mil

Holy moly, America. For the first time since Christmas weekend in 2008, four movies debuted to more than $20 million each this weekend: The Vow, Safe House, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, and Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace 3D.

The first three of those four films far exceeded industry expectations, helping to make this the biggest non-holiday February weekend ever. The box office was also up around 30 percent compared to the same weekend last year.

The Vow, starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum, led the way with a hearty $41.7 million — the strongest opening so far this year. That also marks the best debut ever for the Sony-owned label Screen Gems (beating Dear John‘s $30.5 million), which produced the film with Spyglass Entertainment. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, audiences were clearly in the mood for love, especially considering that The Vow was the first major romantic drama to hit theaters since November’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1. According to Sony, 72 percent of The Vow‘s audience was female. The PG-13 movie, which cost $30 million to produce, received an okay “B” rating from CinemaScore graders. READ FULL STORY

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