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Teenagers and young adults flocked to the latest Spider-Man adventure while females sparked to a comedy about women seeking retribution against their cheating husband/lover during the Easter break.
The Grand Budapest Hotel was the No.1 choice for mature cinemagoers, proving tough competition for a raft of limited new releases.
Australian B.O. takings rose by 13% to $20.6 million through Sunday and lucrative trading on Easter Monday boosted the 5-day total to just shy of $26 million, according to Rentrak.s estimates.
Sony.s The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro. raked in $5.3 million in its first four days, an impressive figure but trailing the predecessor which opened with $5.45 million in 2012 and wound up earning $17.4 million. With previews, the sequel nabbed $6.6 million..
- Don Groves
The last directors to really leave their stamp on William Shakespeare's work and get away with it were Sir Kenneth Brannagh and Baz Luhrman. (An argument could be made for Ralph Fiennes.s Coriolanus, but alas not enough people have seen it yet to really discuss it in full.) If the new photos from Justin Kurtzel.s adaptation of Macbeth are any indication, we might be seeing another name added to that luminary list. The works of Shakespeare are adapted about as often and as frequently as directors have picked up young adult franchises in the past decade or so. Before Edward Cullen was the cover boy for teenage angst, young prince Hamlet wore the crown for several decades prior. In fact, the only real difference besides Shakespeare and Ya adaptations (besides the quality of the source material) is that it.s even more disastrous if someone manages to »
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Composed by Alexandre Desplat
I have no clue which country, if any, “Zubrowka” is meant to represent in The Grand Budapest Hotel. I can, however, point it out on a map. Er, at least I can point out where it should be. Wes Anderson’s fictional European nation doesn’t exist outside his eighth feature but from its intricate period design to the hotel concierge’s (Ralph Fiennes) well-rounded zest for life, Zubrowka feels real.
Partial credit also goes to Alexandre Desplat, who teams with Anderson for a third time and crafts a rich, ambiguously European score both in sound and in name. Honestly, what could the title of the opening track “s’Rothe-Zauerli” possibly translate to? Apart from providing names for third-rate Star Wars villains, Zubrowkan (?) rings like a cross between Swiss and Spanish, and the track’s barbershop quartet of yodels put a point in the former. »
- David Klein
Ready for another year of the podcast? The gang is back: Nathaniel R, (The Film Experience), Joe Reid (The Wire), Katey Rich (Vanity Fair) and Nick Davis (Nick's Flick Picks) reunite to discuss this unusually robust auteur spring at the movies.
This week's topics: Darren Aronofsky's peculiar muddy vision for Noah starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly & Emma Watson; Jonathan Glazer (Birth) and Scarlett Johansson's Under the Skin; and Wes Anderson's biggest hit The Grand Budapest Hotel. Did we want to check in and stay?
Under Noah's Skin at the Budapest Hotel
00:00 Noah (story diversion, auteur vision, character work)
18:45 Under the Skin (visual storytelling, interpretation, Scarlett)
36:30 The Grand Budapest Hotel (inside & outside friction, accepting Wes, art direction)
44:30 Ralph Fiennes and the movies Oscar buzz
49:00 Other movie recommendations: Le Week-end and Blue Ruin. »
- NATHANIEL R
Oscar 2015 dates (Meryl Streep in ‘Into the Woods’) The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and ABC announced yesterday, April 17, 2014, the Oscar 2015 dates. The Academy Awards ceremony will air live on ABC on February 22, 2015 — or about ten days earlier than the Oscar 2014 ceremony. Key Oscar 2015 dates are as follows: Saturday, November 8, 2014 The Governors Awards (where Honorary awards are handed out). Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Official Screen Credits and music submissions due to the Academy. Monday, December 29, 2014 Oscar 2015 nominations voting begins 8 a.m. Pt. Thursday, January 8, 2015 Oscar 2015 nominations voting ends 5 p.m. Pt. Thursday, January 15, 2015 Oscar 2015 nominations announced. Monday, February 2, 2015 Oscar 2015 Nominees Luncheon. Friday, February 6, 2015 Final voting for the Oscar 2015 winners begins 8 a.m. Pt. Saturday, February 7, 2015 Scientific and Technical Awards. Tuesday, February 17, 2015 Final voting for the Oscar 2015 winners ends 5 p.m. Pt. Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015 87th Academy Awards begins 7 p.m. Et/ 4 p.m. Pt. As in previous years, the Oscar »
- Steve Montgomery
guest review by Darwyn Carson With a solid reputation for superior dramas, PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre has undoubtedly been a hard act to follow. Now its close cousin, Masterpiece Contemporary raises the bar tonight with the tightly woven political thriller, Page Eight. Writer-director David Hare (the playwright perhaps best known in the States for his screenplays The Hours and The Reader) has culled together a terrific cast of players led by Bill Nighy that includes Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Judy Davis, Felicity Jones, and Rachel Weisz. A traditional spy drama, taut with suspense, Page Eight almost feels sophisticated in its darkness, with undercurrents of danger lurking in the shadows and veiled threats being made from unexpected quarters, wholly reminiscent of— —Noir when it was king. Long-time military intelligence analyst Johnny Worricker (Nighy) is a passionate man, about his art collection, jazz records and the many women he has wooed—some of whom he’s. »
- Darwyn Carson
guest review by Darwyn Carson With a solid reputation for superior dramas, PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre has undoubtedly been a hard act to follow. Now its close cousin, Masterpiece Contemporary raises the bar tonight with the tightly woven political thriller, Page Eight. Writer-director David Hare (the playwright perhaps best known in the States for his screenplays The Hours and The Reader) has culled together a terrific cast of players led by Bill Nighy that includes Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Judy Davis, Felicity Jones, and Rachel Weisz. A traditional spy drama, taut with suspense, Page Eight almost feels sophisticated in its darkness, with undercurrents of danger lurking in...
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- Darwyn Carson
Wes Anderson interviewed: "The Grand Budapest Hotel is pretty straightforward storytelling"
With a global box office taking of $104m and rising, The Grand Budapest Hotel has become Wes Anderson's highest-grossing film. It's the first to take over $100m, beating The Royal Tenenbaums' haul of $71m in 2001 and Moonrise Kingdom's $68m in 2012.
The film, inspired by Austrian writer Stefan Zweig, stars Ralph Fiennes as the proprietor of the titular hotel,who becomes embroiled in a madcap caper after one of his aged guests who he has slept with the previous night is found dead in suspicious circumstances. A panoply of Hollywood stars including Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel and Bill Murray crop up in cameo roles throughout. Guardian and Observer critics were united in their praise, »
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods The Nut Job (animated family comedy; voices: Will Arnett, Liam Neeson; also available in 3D; rated PG) Philomena (Oscar-nominated drama; Judi Dench, Steve Coogan; premieres 4/15; rated PG-13) The Bachelor Weekend (comedy; Andrew Scott, Amy Huberman; pretheatrical release premieres day and date with the Tribeca Film Festival; not rated) The Invisible Woman (drama; Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Kristin Scott Thomas; rated R) Patrick...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Judi Dench stars as an Irish woman who wants to find the son she gave birth to as a teen sent to live in a convent; Steve Coogan co-stars as the posh journalist who wants to write a story about her journey.
Why We're In: Based on a true story about Philomena Lee's travels to find her long-lost son, this is a sweet drama with moments of levity, thanks to the chemistry between Coogan and Dench.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
What's It About? Ah, yes. Another tale by Lars von Trier about tormented love, sex, and religion! Stellan Skarsgård and Emily Watson play newlyweds who are forced into some rather extreme circumstances after he's paralyzed while working on an oil rig.
Why We're In: This tragic tale gets the full Criterion treatment, including select »
- Jenni Miller
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” has reached yet another milestone.
The quirky dramedy has passed the $100 million mark at the worldwide box office to become director Wes Anderson’s highest-grossing movie to date. Although it took over a month to meet the lofty goal, the film has only been in wide release since March 28. “Budapest Hotel” has now expanded to 1,467 locations, making it Anderson’s second widest release behind “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” which showed in 2,300 theaters.
Even though the film has earned more than any other Anderson pic ($103.8 million), it’s a distant third behind “Moonrise Kingdom” and “The Royal Tenenbaums” in terms of domestic gross. “Budapest Hotel” has made a whopping 62% of its gross overseas, only behind “The Darjeeling Limited’s” 66% share.
“Royal Tenenbaums” is the auteur’s second most successful film with a $71 million worldwide gross.
“Budapest Hotel” also broke the record for the highest-grossing limited live action debut of all time. »
- Maane Khatchatourian
All told it was a buoyant frame as nationwide takings improved by 6% to $18.25 million and six titles each earned more than $1 million.
Animated comedy The Lego Movie eased by 10% to $5.1 million in its second weekend, propelling its haul to $14.4 million, according to Rentrak.s estimates. The Village Roadshow Pictures/Warner Bros. co-production looks set to reach $28 million, if not $30 million, and the worldwide cume hit $US425 million.
Superhero adventure Captain America: The Winter Soldier grabbed $3.6 million despite falling by 40%, to elevate its 11-day total to $12.2 million. However the Marvel franchise isn.t tracking as strongly here as in the Us, where the film starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel J. Jackson has rung up $US159 million in 10 days.
- Don Groves
Apparently, last summer there was talk about Penelope Cruz taking a role in Sam Mendes’ follow up to Skyfall. This week in things we hope are true, a French magazine has found proof(?) that the actress will be in the movie. Sony put her name alongside Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, and Naomie Harris on a release update that included Bond 24. It’s possible that it was an administrative error, but if it wasn’t, how mother-effing great is that news?
Given the franchise’s grittier, more character-driven take since Casino Royale and its ability to attract a well-respected director like Mendes, it’s no surprise that they are finding higher caliber actresses willing to play Bond girls. And no offense, Denise Richards, but Academy Award winner Cruz is a major upgrade. She has done her best work in smaller films, working with directors like Ridley Scott, Woody Allen, and her old friend Pedro Almodovar. »
- Mily Dunbar
The first big box office battle of the pre-Summer Movie Season will take place this weekend when family favorite Rio 2 takes on Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Consider it the opening salvo in the war for box office supremacy that will unfold every weekend from here on out. Studios are putting out tantalizing TV spots for upcoming movies and touting the favorable reviews of critics in spots for movies already in theaters in an effort to attract your attention (and dollars). We know you don't have the time to watch enough TV to catch all of the spots and make an informed decision about what to watch, so we've gathered the latest spots here for your viewing pleasure. Pass the popcorn!
Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of »
- BJSprecher Sprecher
Remember back in June when Penelope Cruz was rumored for Bond 24? A production source later said the rumor was totally false, however, the French site Premiere recently spotted her name on a Sony release update, and it's for Bond 24. Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes and Naomi Harris are also listed on the update (no surprise there), however it's odd Cruz's name is on it, and not Chiwetel Ejiofor, who we recently found out is being considered for the villain in the latest »
- Jesse Giroux
News Simon Brew 11 Apr 2014 - 07:24
Rumours started swirling that Penelope Cruz may be a candidate for a role in James Bond 24 last summer, but at that time, nothing really seemed to come from them. However, there's now fresh evidence that Cruz may indeed by boarding the new 007 adventure.
It came via Premiere magazine in France, who spotted her name in a new release update from Sony. In it, Cruz was listed alongside Daniel Craig, Naomie Harris and Ralph Fiennes in the movie. It's posted a picture of said update on its website, here.
Back in the summer of last year there was some talk of Penelope Cruz securing a role in Sam Mendes' developing follow-up to Skyfall. While no more was heard in the immediate weeks and months following, Cruz has now once again been linked to Bond 24, via what seems to be a credible source. The French Premiere magazine has spotted her name next to Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes and Naomie Harris on a Sony release update.If that's accurate, and not just an admin cock-up within Sony's PR, it marks a pleasing casting symmetry with Skyfall, which starred Cruz' husband Javier Bardem as the villainous Silva.As a Bond-girl - whatever that now means in these slightly more enlightened Bond days - Cruz would be an unusually high-profile choice, and the first Oscar-winner to take such a role (Halle Berry won her Academy Award post-Bond). But she's picking her roles carefully lately, »
Back in June, Yahoo reported that actress Penélope Cruz was rumored to play the next Bond Girl in Bond 24, although that report was debunked just a few weeks later. As it turns out, that initial report may have been true after all, with Premiere France spotting the actress' name on Sony's recent release schedule update, where she was listed next to confirmed stars Daniel Craig (007/James Bond), Ralph Fiennes (M) and Naomie Harris (Moneypenny).
If it turns out to be true, Penélope Cruz, who turns 40 later this month, will be the oldest Bond girl in franchise history. Her husband Javier Bardem portrayed 007's nemesis Silva in 2012's Skyfall. Back in October, we reported that Kate Upton and Helen Flanagan were in contention for the coveted role, but we haven't heard anything else regarding their involvement since then. There is also a new report from Aftonbladet.se that »
This isn't the first time we've heard Penelope Cruz's name associated with Bond 24. Back in June of last year, a source for Yahoo! Movies informed the site that producers were in negotiations with the Spanish actress for a role in the next Bond installment. A few weeks later, a source for Us Weekly shot down those rumors. Now it appears as though Yahoo! Movies was actually right. "The eagle-eyed folks at France's Premiere magazine noticed that in a recent release schedule update from Sony, Penelope Cruz was listed in the cast alongside Daniel Craig , Ralph Fiennes and Naomie Harris." - blogs.indiewire.com If true, this would be rather interesting from the standpoint, Cruz is married to Javier Bardem. He played Skyfall's antagonist, Raoul Silva. Bond 24 will be directed by Sam Mendes ("Skyfall"), from a screenplay written by John Logan. The cast will include: Daniel Craig »
Sometimes it pays not to follow the recipe. Marketing brainstorms have helped Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” grow impressive box office, with different strategies building on each other like the layers of a Dobos torte. Fox Searchlight co-toppers Steve Gilula and Nancy Utley credit the filmmaker’s unique visual style and meticulous attention to detail. “ ‘Budapest’ allows you to immerse yourself in a completely different world,” Utley tells Variety, noting five elements that have made the film a hit.
1) Anderson’s World
The director’s eye for detail is a merchandiser’s dream. “Budapest” features a collection on eBay, a partnership initiated by actor and frequent Anderson collaborator Waris Ahluwalia (whose own fashion label is House of Waris). Auction items range from bow ties and moustache wax to promotional materials from the pic. Some are selling out, including copies of “The Society of the Crossed Keys,” Anderson’s »
- Andrew Stewart
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