Archive for September 9, 2012
Korean director Kim Ki-duk's divisive and sadistic mother-and-son drama "Pieta" has scored the Golden Lion, the 69th Venice Film Festival's top prize reports The New York Times.
Announced on Saturday night, Paul Thomas Anderson scored Best Director while Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix shared Best Actor awards for "The Master".
In fact trade reports have said the film could well have won the Golden Lion were it not for a rule prohibiting any title from winning more than two major awards.
Hadas Yaron won the best actress prize for the Israeli film "Fill the Void", while Olivier Assayas won best screenplay for his autobiographical coming-of-age drama "Something in the Air".
The special jury prize went to Austrian director Ulrich Seidl’s darkly comic drama "Paradise: Faith" about a self-flagellating Roman Catholic woman married to a paraplegic Muslim.
It’s unbelievable that a shocker like The Possession should hold the box office top spot for two weeks in a row, but that seems to be the case, grossing $9.5 million for a $33.3 million total. That’s a great number for the Sam Raimi produced film, which cost less than $15 million to make, so it’s already in profit.
Lawless stabilized after last weekend’s disappointing debut. It should dip around 40%, grossing $6 million for a $23.5 million total. The Shia LaBeouf /Tom Hardy film should end up with a decent, if unimpressive final gross.
Bradley Cooper’s The Words (read our review) had a lacklustre debut, grossing a measly $5 million. It won’t be around for much longer. It shows that maybe Bradley Cooper doesn’t have as much star-wattage as studios think. Solace should ...
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Bringing a dozen characters from one of fantasy literature’s most beloved tales to life is not a task for the easily intimidated. With The Hobbit – now a trilogy – Peter Jackson and his effects team will not only be introducing a larger cross-section of the Dwarven communities of Middle-Earth, they’ll also need to make each one distinct from the next. From over two dozen recently released images, it looks like they’re on the right track.
Those fans who don’t wish to know which areas of Middle-earth are going to be appearing in the first of three Hobbit films may want to avoid the images, though the only real spoiler is the fact that dwarves and Bag End means one heck of a party. The new production stills accompany closer looks at each of the cast (those who were overlooked in the previous gallery, anyway), so now’s the ...
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Like Brad Bird before him, Finding Nemo director Andrew Stanton was looking to step out from the Pixar “academy” of animated films and into the world of live-action directing. Unfortunately, unlike Bird, Stanton’s first film John Carter was not a success – considered among this year’s colossal box office failures.
Now that he’s gearing up to return to the franchise that made him a household name, Stanton reflects back on his John Carter work, but doesn’t try too hard to figure out where it went wrong. In his mind there were difficult elements to “crack” about the property, and unfortunately the production was unsuccessful in that endeavor.
From the start, signs of trouble reared their head, but fans of the Edgar Rice Burroughs novels and Stanton’s animated films remained steadfast in their hope that the film ...
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One of the more interesting rumors to emerge this weekend is that the lack of announcements surrounding a "Doctor Strange" launch movie could be due to the character popping up onscreen elsewhere first.
The Playlist indicates the character could play a big role in the currently shooting sequel "Thor: The Dark World". Screenrant adds that Viggo Mortensen is the favourite for the role which Joel Edgerton was also wanted for.
The comic follows a New York surgeon who suffers injuries in a car crash, awakening to find himself endowed with great psychic powers.
At last report back in January, Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer had recently completed work on the script. Since then however, no further word had emerged on how progress was going.
Despite the sources, consider this very much a rumour for now.