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article image'That Awkward Moment' may not inspire box office; Oscars nix song

By Tim O'Brien     Jan 30, 2014 in Entertainment
Will the box office come to a screeching halt Sunday as a super day of football arrives? And, will it be awkward for Zac Efron if his movie doesn't outpace the others?
Go ahead and ponder those questions as the weekend box office may still hibernate some. But, Efron and Michael B. Jordan star in "That Awkward Moment," an R-rated romantic comedy. A pre-Valentine's Day romp attempts to get raunchy and romanatic at the same time. Awkward indeed.
1. "That Awkward Moment" - 2,800 theaters
2. "Labor Day" - 2,500 theaters
3. "Tim's Vermeer" - 4 theaters
"Labor Day" opens far from that day and perhaps that is a tell-tale sign of doom. Sure, it is doom for Kate Winslet who is seeking that knight in shining armor, but gets this script instead. "Tim's Vermeer" opens the door on an artful quest. One that takes the audience along for the ride. It stars Tim Jenison as he seeks an answer on how Johannes Vermeer accomplished his work.
Oscar news
Some sad, happy and awkward news came from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently. The sad news came in the passing of Tom Sherak. Sherak joined the Executives Branch of the Academy in 1983. He served three terms on the Board of Governors, from August 2003 through July 2012, the last three as President.
“In the more than 30 years I've known Tom, his passionate support of and excitement about the motion picture business, the Academy, his family and friends never wavered. He was truly larger than life, and he will be missed,” said Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Academy President.
The happy news is that "The Wizard of Oz" will be singled out at this year's Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced. "We are delighted to celebrate the birthday of one of the most beloved movies of all time at this year’s Oscars,” said Zadan and Meron. Awkward here might be that "Gone With the Wind" should also be honored as it came out the same year, 1939. If fact, that year is often regarded as the finest year of best picture nominees.
Another awkward moment is the disqualification of a song. The Academy’s Board of Governors voted to rescind the song nomination “Alone Yet Not Alone” by Bruce Broughton and Dennis Spiegel. "No matter how well-intentioned the communication, using one’s position as a former governor and current executive committee member to personally promote one’s own Oscar submission creates the appearance of an unfair advantage,” said Isaacs. Broughton was a former board member and they indicate he sent emails using that as a bargaining chip.
One last item is that Kristen Bell and Michael B. Jordan will host the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Scientific and Technical Awards on Feb. 15.
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