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It might have received a mixed reception from fans and critics, but James Bond’s 24 adventure continues to rake in the cash at the box office, with Spectre pushing its global total beyond $750 million this weekend.
In the States, the film has earned $176.1 million and counting, adding $12.8 million this weekend to overtake both Casino Royale ($167 million) and Quantum of Solace ($168 million) and become the second biggest Bond film in that market after Skyfall – a feat it’s already achieved here in the UK, where it is currently the third highest grossing movie of all time behind Avatar and Skyfall.
See Also: Development on Bond 25 to begin in the Spring
Spectre is the sixth movie to surpass $750 million this year, joining the likes of Inside Out ($851.5 million), Minions ($1.157 billion), Avengers: Age of Ultron ($1.405 billion), Furious 7 ($1.515 billion) and Jurassic World ($1.669 billion).
- Gary Collinson
Chiwetel Ejiofor will be this year’s recipient of the British Independent Film Awards’ Richard Harris Award. Introduced in 2002 in honor of the legendary Richard Harris in recognition of an outstanding contribution to British film by an actor, the award will be presented to Ejiofor at this year's ceremony on December 6. Previous winners include John Hurt, David Thewlis, Bob Hoskins, Jim Broadbent, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon… »
Read More: British Independent Film Awards Launch First-Ever Public Screenings Program for Nominated Films The Moët British Independent Film Awards announced this morning that Chiwetel Ejiofor ("12 Years A Slave") will be honored at this year's ceremony with the Richard Harris Award. The award has been chosen based on Ejiofor's major contribution to the UK film industry, in addition to the attention he has brought internationally as an ambassador for British film. The actor is currently shooting Marvel’s "Doctor Strange" with Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton. The Richard Harris Award started in 2002 in honor of the iconic Irish actor who starred in "Camelot," "This Sporting Life," "King Arthur" and "Unforgiven." Previous winners include John Hurt, David Thewlis, Bob Hoskins, Jim Broadbent, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Julie »
- Elle Leonsis
London — Chiwetel Ejiofor will be honored at the British Independent Film Awards on Dec. 6. He will receive the Richard Harris Award, which recognizes an outstanding contribution to British film by an actor.
Jared Harris, Harris’ son, commented: “Although the recipients of this award have all been embraced by the establishment, they all came from outside it, fought their way in on the strength of their talent, claimed their place and changed the status quo: a journey that describes Chiwetel’s career perfectly. His talent is immense, it has brought him deserved worldwide recognition, and he is in his prime.”
- Leo Barraclough
“I am so happy this award is going to Chiwetel,” said Jared Harris, son of Richard Harris. “Although the recipients of this award have all been embraced by the establishment, they all came from outside it, fought their way in on the strength of their talent, claimed their place and changed the status quo. A journey which describes Chiwetel’s career perfectly. His talent is immense, it has brought him deserved worldwide recognition, and he is in his prime! I hope this award inspires British filmmakers to take advantage of him and build films around his talent.”
- Gary Collinson
British star of 12 Years A Slave to receive Richard Harris Award.
The award, introduced in 2002 in honour of actor Richard Harris, recognises outstanding contribution to British film by an actor. Previous winners have included John Hurt, David Thewlis, Bob Hoskins, Jim Broadbent, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Julie Walters and Emma Thompson in 2014.
A statement from the festival said Ejiofor had been selected to receive the honour “in recognition of his exceptional service to the film industry, not just here in the UK but internationally as an ambassador for British film”.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
If you don't know what to get the 007 obsessed person in your life for Christmas, you should go for "Some Kind Of Hero: The Remarkable Story Of The James Bond Films." Written by Matthew Field and Ajay Chowdhury," the book features over one hundred new interviews with the stars, directors, writers, filmmakers, studio executives and all manner of Bond insiders. Quite a few new juicy stories have already been unveiled. We've already learned about the "lost" Bond movie that eventually became "Skyfall," which would've seen the secret agent kill his boss M. The team behind the book has shared a couple of those anecdotes, including Pierce Brosnan's revelation of how coldly he was dropped from the franchise after "Die Another Day." Read More: Sam Mendes' 'Spectre' Starring Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux & Ralph Fiennes “I was in the Bahamas, working on a movie called ' »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Cate Blanchett was honored at New York’s Museum of Modern Art’s 8th annual Film Benefit on Tuesday for her prolific contribution to cinema. While accepting the accolade, the two-time Oscar winning actress addressed the recent attacks in Paris.
“All my efforts and endeavors do feel insignificant given what’s going on in the world at the moment — the horrific events in Europe and the Middle East,” Blanchett told the crowd that included her “Aviator” director Martin Scorsese, “Blue Jasmine” costar Bobby Cannavale, Rose Byrne, Rooney Mara and Diane Kruger. “And the thousands of refugees who travel across the borders, and their plight, their peril has become even more only precarious and difficult.”
She added, “But, this is going to sound like a massive justification, perhaps it is in the face of what’s going on in the world, sometimes you’re presented with the opportunity of working on »
- Paul Chi
It may be raking in the cash at the box office, but James Bond’s 24th adventure Spectre has received a mixed reception from fans and critics. Flickering Myth’s Anghus Houvouras thought it could very well be the worst Bond movie, and it seems that former 007 Pierce Brosnan isn’t much of a fan either.
“I was looking forward to it enormously,” Brosnan tells Yahoo. “I thought it was too long. The story was kind of weak — it could have been condensed. It kind of went on too long. It really did. [Spectre] is neither fish nor fowl. It’s neither Bond nor Bourne. Am I in a Bond movie? Not in a Bond movie? But Daniel Craig, in the fourth go-round, has ownership of it. He had a nice looseness to him. He’s a mighty warrior, and I think he found a great sense of himself in this »
- Gary Collinson
David Heyman, producer of “Harry Potter” and “Gravity,” is forming a joint-venture with NBCUniversal Intl. Studios to create Heyday Television, which will produce premium television and digital content across all platforms, including free-to-air network, cable and subscription VOD.
Heyday Television has already received two series commitments from NBC. No further information about the shows were revealed. NBCUniversal will distribute content produced by the new company.
“David Heyman has created some of the most memorable and successful movies of our time. It is a pleasure to welcome him into the NBCUniversal family. We look forward to helping David bring his passion and creativity to global television audiences for years to come,” NBCUniversal Intl. Studios president, Michael Edelstein said.
Heyman commented: “I look forward to calling on many of the film relationships I’ve developed over the years — but also to working with many of the brilliant voices already working in television. »
- Leo Barraclough
Boasting a muscular slate of crossover prestige pics and high-profile suspense thrillers, Studiocanal made a big splash at the AFM, selling the world on Liam Neeson (pictured above) starrer “The Commuter” and closing most outstanding territories on its untitled James Marsh project.
A suspense thriller, “The Commuter,” which was nabbed by Lionsgate at the Afm, also pre-sold at the Santa-Monica based market to Japan (Gaga), China (Bona), Hong Kong (Golden Scene), Korea (Medialog), Israel (New Guys), Spain (Tripictures), Canada (Vvs), Svensk (Nordics) and Poland (Kino Swiat), among other deals.
“Although the market elsewhere was weak, we found that we had the type of films which distributors are looking for: Either prestige movies with cast or quality entertainment movies with good production values and a clear marketing angle,” said Marsh, adding that »
- Elsa Keslassy
Based on the middle book in J.K. Rowling's series, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" was a pivotal film in many ways. Released 10 years ago this week (on November 18, 2005), "Goblet" marked the first time Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) saw one of his friends die, the first time Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) appeared in the flesh, and the first time we saw the young heroes of Hogwarts as hormonal teenagers.
As often as you've watched "Goblet of Fire," there's a lot you still may not know about it -- from the surprising controversy over the all-star band at the Yule Ball, to the Easter eggs that less-than-sharp-eyed Muggle viewers may have missed. So dip into the Pensieve and learn the secrets of "Goblet of Fire."1. Screenwriter Steve Kloves and the producers initially considered making Rowling's 734-page book into two films. Since they decided instead to condense it into a single 2.5 hour movie, »
- Gary Susman
Rentrak.com revealed the box office results of this past weekend with the winner going to Sony and MGM's "Spectre" as the number one movie worldwide for a third weekend in a row.
The fourth James Bond film starring actor Daniel Craig grossed an impressive $188.0 million internationally and $35.4 million domestically.
20th Century Fox's Bollywood foreign film, "Prem Ratan Dhan Payo", took second place internationally with $33.4 million. "The Peanuts Movie" from Blue Sky Studio and 20th Century Fox nabbed third place internationally with $26.7 million.
As "Spectre" continued its dominance in the Us market coming in first place for a third weekend in a row, "The Peanuts Movie" came in second with $24.2 million. Lionsgate's Christmas Comedy "Love the Coopers" settled for third place with $8.4 million domestically.
The top 12 worldwide weekend box office estimates, »
- J.B. Casas
Steamy sex scenes are nothing new in cinema. We.ve had decades of uninhibited simulated sex on screens by now. From Midnight Cowboy (1969) to Last Tango in Paris (1972), and 9 ½ Weeks (1986) to Unfaithful (2002), the use of sex on screen has done a lot to tantalize and surprise movie goers. Actors are usually sheepish about the experience and will, generally, claim to have no favorites when it comes to such things. But, lucky for us, Ralph Fiennes is not one of those actors. While appearing on Watch What Happens Live recently, host Andy Cohen asked the actor what his favorite love scenes were that he.s performed in. And Ralph Fiennes had an answer ready to go for Cohen. He states that he has a number of favorites and then goes on to say that he "liked making love" to Kristin Scott Thomas in The English Patient (1996), Julianne Moore in The End »
As mentioned yesterday, a few months ago I took a look at contenders in the 2015 Oscar race who have previously been nominated for Academy Awards but yet to take home the gold. It was a fairly speculative couple of pieces, but now that the season is beginning to separate the contenders from the pretenders, I wanted to look again at some of the more realistic names in the running for Oscar gold, this time looking at actors and actress. These are all players who have been nominated previously but yet to win anything, so if they were to emerge victorious this year, it would be their first times on the big stage. As a reminder the 16 names cited (including six honorable mentions) were Joan Allen, Helena Bonham Carter, Jessica Chastain, Glenn Close, Bradley Cooper, Johnny Depp, Bruce Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Fassbender, Ralph Fiennes, Diane Lane, Laura Linney, Carey Mulligan, »
- Joey Magidson
The Producers Guild of America (PGA) will honor David Heyman with the 2016 David O. Selznick AchievementAward for the producer’s work in motion pictures at the Annual PGA awards ceremony on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. The producer of eight "Harry Potter" films, David Heyman discovered J.K. Rowling's unpublished manuscript in 1997; the blockbusters based on her series of global bestsellers grossed $7.7 billion worldwide, a record for any franchise. They amassed a total 12 nominations, but never won. Overlooked for their stellar work on "Potter" were American screenwriter Steve Kloves, who wrote seven of the eight films, Alan Rickman as Snapes, Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort, and composer Alexandre Desplat. Nominated three times was "Harry Potter" production designer Stuart Craig, who over the years expanded beyond his elaborate Hogwarts miniature model into the digital realm, »
- Anne Thompson
Taking place in Erfoud, Morocco, the blast had a total yield of 68.47 tonnes of TNT equivalent and was the result of detonating 8,418 litres of kerosene with 33 kg of powder explosives – and it lasted for over 7.5 seconds.
“It is absolutely tremendous that the Guinness World Records have recognised Chris Corbould’s incredible work in Spectre in which he created the largest explosion ever in film history,” said producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.
“The James Bond movies are synonymous with pushing cinematic boundaries,” said Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday. “The latest film, Spectre, has again captured the imagination of global cinemagoers, and this will certainly be due in part to the phenomenal stunts. The scene featuring the world’s largest film »
- Gary Collinson
In addition to breaking box office records across the globe, Spectre, the 24th James Bond adventure, has been awarded a Guinness World Records title for the Largest Film Stunt Explosion, it was announced today at a press conference in Beijing, China. Spectre, from Albert R. Broccoli's Eon Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment, opens in China this week. To celebrate this momentous occasion, the James Bond YouTube page has released a new featurette that explores this world record explosion.
Producer Barbara Broccoli and stars Daniel Craig and Léa Seydoux - who appear in the scene - accepted the record certificate on behalf of the official title holder, Academy Award winner Chris Corbould, who served as Special Effects and Miniature Effects Supervisor on Spectre. The incredible explosion was filmed for a pivotal scene in the film and took place on June 29, 2015 in Erfoud, Morocco and used 8418 litres of fuel and 33kg of explosives. »
Ricky Church completes his countdown to Spectre…
As with Daniel Craig’s previous James Bond films, Spectre explores the character’s inner darkness, further examining what makes him tick. It also builds off the other installments, connecting all of Craig’s Bond films together in an effective way (even if it does retcon certain elements from this new canon).
When Bond receives a cryptic message, he sets off on a personal mission to discover the origins of Spectre, a secret organization that bends the world to its will. Spectre however is connected to Bond’s past in more ways than he realizes, putting the secret agent in greater danger than he’s ever been in. Without the aid of MI6, it’s all up to him to stop Spectre’s nefarious plan.
After a long legal battle lasting decades, it is absolutely great to see the original, big baddies of »
- Ricky Church
"You, apparently, are all I want for Christmas."
Update: THR is giving a conflicting report, stating that Mariah Carey will actually be playing Gotham's mayor, not Commissioner Gordon. No word yet on which report is correct, but considering how familiar audiences are with the character of Gordon, it would make more sense if they cast a male actor.
Looks like that Lego Batman Movie, the DC-oriented spinoff of The Lego Movie, is going to put an interesting spin on the iconic character of Police Commissioner James Gordon. For this kid-friendly caper, the production has swapped the gender of the good ol' Commish, and we now know who will be voicing the character. It sounds like Gordon's going to have a hell of a set of pipes, because she'll be voiced by Mariah Carey.
The multi-platinum recording artist has apparently signed on to bring Commission Gordon to life. No word yet »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
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