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Diane Kruger, Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds (François Duhamel / The Weinstein Co.) (top); Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker (Jonathan Olley / Summit Entertainment) (bottom) The Online Film Critics Society has announced its list of nominees for 2009. Avatar may be a huge blockbuster-in-the-making, but Ofcs members apparently weren’t that impressed. James Cameron’s sci-fi adventure epic earned three nominations: best director, best cinematography (Mauro Fiore), and best editing (Steve R. Moore, John Refoua and Stephen Rivkin). Actually, that’s not bad at all, but … The Hurt Locker, with about $12 million in grosses at the domestic box office, received seven nominations, including best picture, best director (Kathryn Bigelow, Cameron’s former wife), best actor (Jeremy Renner), best supporting actor (Anthony Mackie), [...] »
- Anna Robinson
In Defense of Peter Jackson’s Lovely Bones
It has just been announced that Peter Jackson will be granted knighthood for his “services to film.” The timing couldn’t be any better. The man who created the most commercially successful movie trilogy of all time in Lord of the Rings continues to show his presence as a major player. Over the years, a career that began with low-budget, horror camp has richly blossomed into one with an expansive filmography both interesting and diverse. After his long-awaited return to cinema, Sir Jackson has had a terrific year.
He has recruited a virtual unknown in Neil Blomkamp (District 9) and helped make him an international filmmaking contender (perhaps he can do the same for fellow New Zealander Sean Byrne?). Sir Jackson has also made a film of his own.
Say what you want about his most recent achievement, The Lovely Bones. But »
- Charlie Wachtel
2009 was a great year for films in general, particularly if you’re a fan of the sci-fi genre. The year also saw the return of a beloved franchise to the big screen as well as the latest film by one of our best modern directors. And even with the current condition of the country and the economy, audiences still managed to fill theaters and the movies enjoyed record breaking successes that hopefully will continue on into the new year.
Even with all the great movies in 2009, there were also some not so great ones. Sadly, there will always be some real bombs, but that’s to be expected. Fortunately, there were also quite a few standouts that helped keep us entertained, enthralled and excited about going to the movies in 2009.
As usual with lists of this type, I need to disclaim and say this is my list of what I »
- Chris Ullrich
Kaneohe, Hawaii (AP) — President Barack Obama's family is watching the movie "Avatar." The Obamas visited a movie theater near their rented vacation home in Hawaii on Thursday morning for a screening of the sci-fi spectacular. Officials say the first family had the theater to themselves to watch director James Cameron's tech-heavy film. The Obamas, including first daughters Sasha and Malia, left their compound before noon on New Year's Eve. Before the screening, Obama, a self-described movie buff, worked out at the Marine Corps base nearby. The Obamas are set to return to Washington in the new year. [Look for updates »
- AP Staff
Who woulda thunk it? Adding Wednesday's estimated North American gross of $18.4M, Avatar's new domestic cume is now a staggering $268.8M after only 13 days in release. It's been averaging $18M a day. Overall, today's box office should be very good and tomorrow should be huge. Saturday and Sunday will then look normal. With 20th Century Fox conservatively anticipating this weekend's number in the $50M neighborhood, James Cameron's big budget technopic will be the #2 grossing film for 2009. "And there's a whole lot of gross still to come in 2010. This rocket ship still has loads of fuel in its [...] »
- Nikki Finke
I promised earlier this week that I would give you my five favorite films of 2009 before the year was up. So here I am at the end of a very long year that saw a ton of very cool films pass through theaters, as well as a few buckets full of really lame movies, too. Here are my five favorites (in no particular order): 1. Avatar – While you can say that James Cameron’s story was a little too familiar and clichéd, for me this film wasn’t about the story – it was about the experience, and the characters and the amazing new, original world that was painstakingly created over the course of ten years. This film is why movie theaters were invented, and it was easily my favorite moviegoing experience of...
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Talk about going out with a whimper.
No film opens wide this weekend, the final frame of boxoffice year 2009. But most of the big new releases from last weekend -- which turned out to be a record session -- are likely to ring up impressive sums this frame.
Also this weekend, several prestige pics will attempt to maintain good market traction as they platform into ever-broader distribution amid the kudo-season publicity. Paramount intends to hold tight with current playdates on George Clooney starrer "Up in the Air" and expand beyond 2,000 on Jan. 8.
Par exec vp distribution Don Harris observes that the theatrical campaign for "Air" amounts to "a marathon, not a sprint." The dramedy attracted six Golden Globe nominations, and multiple wins when Globes are handed out on Jan. 17 surely could secure the well-reviewed film an even bigger rollout.
Other recent marketplace entrants in the specialty segment include Fox Searchlight's »
- By Carl DiOrio
Avatar earned another $18.29 million on Tuesday, which pushes the film’s domestic total to a whopping $250.4 million after only 12 days at the box office. The $18.29 million is an increase over last Tuesday’s $16.1 million. Both numbers trail The Dark Knight’s $20.9 million on the all-time non-opening Tuesday list.
Overseas, Avatar has reached $476.2 million as of Dec. 29 for a worldwide total of a staggering $726.6 million. Cameron’s Titanic had a worldwide gross of $1.84 billion with $601 million coming from the United States.
James Cameron’s other top grossing films include Terminator 2: Judgment Day, True Lies, Aliens and The Abyss. It’s hard to tell just how successful Avatar really is when inflated ticket costs from IMAX and 3D sales are added in along with the movie playing on more »
- Reel Loop News Staff
Some major well-known celebs dominated this news year. Rihanna, Barack Obama, Tiger Woods, and Charlie Sheen all made the headlines in a Big way! But what about the stars you barely heard of until this year?
Here are 8 celebs who broke out in 2009 in a Big way!
Justin Bieber: If you didn’t know who Justin Bieber was in 2008, you sure know him now! This 15-year-old Candian native won the hearts of teen girls (and even some a bit older!) with the hits off his album “My World.” His mall tour stop at Long Island’s Roosevelt Field Mall in November even had to be cancelled after police were called in to contain 3,000 screaming fans. We haven’t seen a star like this since Paul McCartney!
And so we reach the end of 2009. It's been quite a year for movies, hasn't it? Records were broken, vampires continued to sparkle and the game was presumably changed. James Cameron showed the world that he still knows how to tell a tale. Neill Blomkamp and Oren Peli both proved that there are still fresh, original ways of presenting familiar fare. And folks like Joel and Ethan Coen, Jason Reitman, Quentin Tarantino, J.J. Abrams, Spike Jonze and the entire Pixar team continued to define themselves as some of our favorite storytellers.
Here on the MTV Movies team, everyone has a different idea about what made 2009 a fantastic one for film. I'm here to share some of those highlight moments and favorite movies with you now. The entire team isn't represented here -- busy end-of-year schedules and all that jazz -- but you get a good sampling of what moved us and why. »
- MTV Movies Team
As of this writing Avatar, James Cameron’s tale of a culture clash between human and Na’vi on the fantastical world of Pandora, has made $726,612,776 worldwide in its first twelve days of release according to Box Office Mojo. Domestically the film has grossed $250,419,951, while international audiences have contributed a whopping $476,192,825 to the increasingly impressive box office total. For more admiration on how well Avatar has done so far and speculation on how much higher it could soar, hit the jump.
For all the fretting that was done prior to Avatar’s release about how it could possibly recoup its budget, the box office is large enough quick enough that 20th Century Fox accountants no longer have cause for concern. Only on Christmas Eve has Avatar earned less than $16 million domestically, and the film’s highest earning day ($28.3 million) came more than a week after its release date, a relative rarity for a non-platform release. »
- Brendan Bettinger
Another year, another overseas record.
According to preliminary estimates from the six Hollywood major studios, total 2009 foreign boxoffice -- from all territories outside the U.S. and Canada -- notched a new all-time record of $10.7 billion.
The offshore total represents an increase of 7% from 2008's record boxoffice of $9.942 billion and 11% above the then-record $9.5 billion notched in 2007. The 2009 tally is nearly 20% more than the $8.6 billion grossed three years ago, which was also a record.
Of 2009's top 10 best-grossing domestic titles, only three failed to gross more overseas than in the U.S. and Canada: Warners' "The Hangover" ($277 million domestic vs. $190 million foreign); Paramount's "Star Trek" ($258 million vs. $128 million); and DreamWorks Animation/Paramount's "Monsters vs. Aliens" ($198 million vs. $183 million). Warners' "The Blind Side" has not yet been released overseas.
Foreign boxoffice propelled worldwide gross action for a broad array of titles and genres including "Michael Jackson's This Is It," which rolled »
- By Frank Segers
Last week’s release, Rajkumar Hirani’s ‘3 Idiots’ and James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ have stormed the nation and have full potential to rule the roost in the weeks to come. Both the movies have left an indelible mark on the minds of not just movie-goers but also, those who seldom visit cinema halls. The respective business of both movies has shown a great leap as far as the overall box-office status in recent times is concerned. So, to pull the attention of the audience in. »
News that "Poltergeist" actress Zelda Rubinstein has been taken off of life support didn't go unnoticed by horror movie fans in the Twitter-Wood community this week. The sad revelation caught the attention of both Richard Kelly and Jeff Katz (on his birthday, nonetheless), and I definitely echo those sentiments to her family.
In other posts, attempted underwear bomb from last week is still a trending topic among tweeters. Kevin Nealon was among those contemplating the ongoing investigation yesterday. Catch those thoughts after the jump along with Brian Lynch on Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner, Christina Applegate and Emmy Rossum on James Cameron's work in "Avatar" and more in the Twitter-Wood report for December 30, 2009.
Twitter Pic of the Day:
@pennjillette http://twitpic.com/vwdsh - We posed for a picture with Corey from Slipknot. We had to tell him to put his thumb In for heavy Metal.
-Penn Jillette, »
- Brian Warmoth
I’ll be chiming in with my review of Avatar a little later on, but for now, here’s Adam Mast’s take on James Cameron’s 3-D epic. James Cameron makes big films for mass audiences, and that certainly hasn’t changed with Avatar, his obscenely expensive (which it looks to be making back) sci-fi/fantasy opus about a military operation [...] »
- Paul Heath
These were the top five science-fiction, fantasy and comicbook movies this year that set my pulse racing. Which were yours?
In this season of lists, I thought I'd run down my top 10 science-fiction, fantasy and comicbook movies of the year. Easy peasy, or so I imagined, until I got to flick No 6 and realised there have actually not been that many films this year which I could put hand on heart and say I've absolutely loved. So here without further ado, are Week in Geek's top five movies of the year, followed by the five I've least enjoyed.
Zack Snyder's epic adaptation of the classic graphic novel attracted as many brickbats as it did plaudits from the critics. Those who hated the film pointed out that you couldn't really "get it" without having read the original Alan Moore comic about masked vigilantes living in an alternate 1984. Yet the »
- Ben Child
The film, about blue aliens on a faraway planet, cost a reported Usd 300 million, making it the most expensive film ever made.
However, it has already raked in Usd 700 million worldwide just two weeks after its release.
Cameron said he now he wants to expand on his tale about the inhabitants of Pandora, but insisted that the second movie would have a different locale.
He said, “The planet in Pandora’s sky is called Polyphemus and it’s the primary for a system of moons. Jupiter has 50 some moons and they’re discovering smaller ones all of the time.”
James Cameron's Avatar has pulled in another $18.29 million Tuesday which pushes its domestic total to an whopping $250.4 million after just 12 days in the box office. The $18.29 million is an increase over last Tuesday's $16.1 million and both numbers trail only The Dark Knight's $20.9 million on the all-time non-opening Tuesday list. Internationally, the blockbuster has reached $476.2 million as of the 29th for a combined worldwide total of $726.6 million! Percentage-wise, the domestic take is 34.5% and the international take is 65.6% of that massive total. »
Although The Hurt Locker was eligible for last year’s Spirit Awards, neither the Iraq War drama nor director Kathryn Bigelow (above) were nominated. But a year — and lots of good buzz — can make a hell of a difference. That’s why Bigelow is now considered the front-runner for the best director Oscar even if Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air or (Bigelow’s former husband) James Cameron’s Avatar or Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds take home the best picture Academy Award. As a woman directing a "men’s picture," i.e., a movie about war, violence, bloody mayhem (only fake men like romantic tales), Bigelow has done quite well for herself. She has topped the lists of 14 Us-based critics’ groups [...] »
- Steve Montgomery
Released on Dec 18 in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu in 3D and 2D, ‘Avatar’ has grossed an exceptional collection of Rs 56 crores in India in less than 2 weeks, and has thereby broken Titanic’s record as the highest grosser for 20th Century Fox in India!
Titanic, again a James. »
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