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article imagePitt in pits and Oscar host adds twist; Miss Golden Globes, too

By Tim O'Brien     Dec 2, 2012 in Entertainment
So many phrases could be turned for the dismal showing of the latest Brad Pitt movie, "Killing Them Softly." So, let's do just that.
Here are a few: 'Killing Them Softly' is DOA. Brad in the pits. They did kill them softly. Soft debut for 'Softly.' Now, the studio will be regrouping and asking why such a bad outing and then they will offer up the reasons, or excuses. Not only was Pitt the star, but this film also had Ray Liotta and James Gandolfini. But it is Pitt's picture and his star power that was the key here.
But, it must be noted that the weekend after Thanksgiving is always soft, so have that in the title fit perfectly. For the third week in a row, vampires stay on top of he box office while "Skyfall" stays strong at No. 2.
Weekend
1. "Breaking Dawn 2" - $17.4 million
2. "Skyfall" - $17 million
3. "Lincoln" - $13.5 million
4. "Rise Of The Guardians" - $13.4 million
5. "Life Of Pi" - $12.2 million
The Pitt film finished in seventh with a paltry $7 million. "Lincoln" is still logging good numbers as it does have a long running time.
Award notes
Oscar host Seth MacFarlane has added a twist to the show already. As part of mtvU, he announced that "college students who are interested in pursuing careers in film – writing, directing, producing, acting and more – are encouraged to vie for an opportunity to appear live onstage to deliver Oscar statuettes to telecast presenters."
They will replace the models who usually parade around and hand out the Oscars to the winners. "For a film student to go to the Oscars and be a part of presenting is a huge break," said MacFarlane.
Meanwhile, MacFarlane’s "Stand In" will premiere on mtvU to more than 750 college campuses nationwide and on-demand at mtvU.com beginning Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. ET/PT.
Miss Golden Globes
On the another award front Clint Eastwood's daughter has been named Miss Golden Globes by rhe Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) for the presentation in January. Francesca Eastwood said. "I have watched the Golden Globes ceremonies since I was a little girl, and it means so much to me to be a part of one of Hollywood's most illustrious events."
By the way, here's a family tidbit: Francesca is the second Eastwood to become a Miss Golden Globe – her half sister Kathryn Eastwood, daughter Clint Eastwood and Jacelyn Reeves, received the title in 2005.
“Francesca comes from a very talented family and we are delighted to have her be our Miss Golden Globe,” said HFPA President Takla-O’Reilly. “She is a budding actress and is a great addition as we celebrate the show’s 70th anniversary!”
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