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11 items from 2011


Domestic Box Office 2011: Fewest Tickets Sold Since 1995, But Dont Blame It on Sequels

29 December 2011 11:27 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Daniel Radcliffe in the biggest domestic hit of 2011: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 In 2011, Hollywood movies should earn the major studios $10.2 billion at the North American box office. That's down 3.5% from 2010, according to Hollywood.com. An estimated 1.28 billion tickets have been sold this year, which represents a 4.4% decline from 2010 and the lowest figure since 1995, the year of the talking pig Babe and Mel Gibson's Braveheart, when admissions totaled 1.26 billion. Among the suggested reasons for the downturn there are some that make perfect sense and some that are ludicrous. The weak U.S. economy matched with high ticket prices is almost undeniably keeping people away from movie houses. In fact, that has happened in the past, most notably during the height of the Great Depression in the early 1930s, when the majority of the big Hollywood studios posted heavy losses. Indeed, several almost went bankrupt. The »

- Zac Gille

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Prix Lumière Awards 2012: Nominations: House Of Tolerance, The Artist

21 December 2011 12:46 PM, PST | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

House of Tolerance, The Artist, and the other nominations for the 2012 Prix Lumière Awards have been announced. The 17th Annual Prix Lumière Awards are “The Price of Enlightenment international criticism, sometimes also called Enlightenment Trophies” and were “created by leading producer Daniel Toscan du Plantier and U.S. journalist Edward Behr to honor French-language cinema from France and abroad. 200 journalists (international media correspondents in Paris) from around 50 countries vote each year to award their own prizes to members of the French film industry.” This year’s ceremony “will take place on Friday, January 13, 2012.”

The full listing of the 2012 Prix Lumière Awards nominations is below.

Best Film

L’Apollonide, souvenirs de la maison close (House of Tolerance), Bertrand Bonello

The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius

L’exercice de l’Etat (The Minister), Pierre Schoeller

Le Havre, Aki Kaurismäki

Intouchables, Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache

Best Foreign Film in French

Curling, Denis Cote, Canada

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- filmbook

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Breaking Dawn Passes $300 Million Mark Worldwide: Box Office

23 November 2011 5:39 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Michael Sheen, Jamie Campbell Bower, Breaking Dawn As of Tuesday, Nov. 22, Bill Condon's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, has collected $311.87 million at the worldwide box office as per Box Office Mojo. The actual box-office cume for the Breaking Dawn movie is actually higher, as international figures for Monday and Tuesday aren't available. In North America, the film's cume currently stands at $158.97 million, after earning $9.85 million on Monday and $11 million on Tuesday. This past weekend, Breaking Dawn Part 1 opened with an estimated $152.9 million in 54 overseas markets. The top territory for the latest Twilight movie was the United Kingdom, with $21.9 million. (Now, it's debatable whether that's in fact the best opening for an American movie in the UK.) Next in line were Russia ($16.1 million), France ($16.1 million), Italy ($12.16 million), Australia ($12.12 million), Spain ($11.9 million), Brazil ($10.8 million), and Mexico ($8.39 million). In Spain, Breaking Dawn is »

- Zac Gille

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Daily Briefing. "The Problem[s] with Film Criticism"

21 November 2011 2:45 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"The probable death of movies as popular art, and the retreat of serious critics into contemplation cells, points up a larger problem: the falseness of the claims made for the Web as a new beacon of democracy. In many ways, the Web has been a disaster for democracy." Charles Taylor stirs it up in Dissent. The title of the piece, "The Problem with Film Criticism," is a little misleading, as he's actually addressing umpteen interrelated problems all at once. But there's no pussyfooting around on any of them; at least one of his arguments will tick you off. 

"An unlikely 'buddy movie' has struck a nerve in a nation stalked by economic calamity and beset by political divisions and is threatening to break all French box-office records," reports John Lichfield in the Independent. Agnès Poirier in the Guardian: "We are not talking masterpiece or dazzling mise-en-scene — this is not the point. »

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French Comedy "Intouchables" to Close San Sebastian International Film Festival

4 August 2011 7:48 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The world premiere of the French comedy "Intouchables," from directors Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, will close the 59th edition of San Sebastian International Film Festival, it was announced today. The film, which stars François Cluzet and Omar Sy, tracks a friendship between two people with nothing in common: a millionaire left tetraplegic after an accident and an immigrant from the Parisian suburbs recently released from prison, who is hired »

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The Weinstein Company Is Untouchable

8 July 2011 5:19 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that it has acquired from Gaumont all rights to Untouchable, the French language film produced by Quad Films. The deal covers all rights in North America, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, South Africa, China and distribution rights for pan-Asian satellite TV. TWC also has remake rights, to co-finance and co-produce an English language remake with Gaumont and the film's original producers Quad Films. The announcement was made by TWC's Executive Vice President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions Peter Lawson.

Untouchable is directed by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, produced by Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Yann Zenou and Laurent Zeitoun, and written by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache. It stars acclaimed actor Fran&#231ois Cluzet (Tell No One) and Omar Sy (Ast&#233rix & Ob&#233lix: Mission Cl&#233op&#226tre). A 2012 Us theatrical release is expected.

Based on a true story, Untouchable follows the unlikely friendship between »

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The Weinstein Company Get Their Hands On Something 'Untouchable'

8 July 2011 4:30 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

The Weinstein Company is at it again, scooping up the latest and greatest film from anywhere under their distribution wing. The latest one to land in their hands in "Untouchable," produced by Quad Films. Continue reading on to see how totally excited The Weinstein Company is over this deal. The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that it has acquired from Gaumont all rights to Untouchable, the French language film produced by Quad Films. The deal covers all rights in North America, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, South Africa, China and distribution rights for pan-Asian satellite TV.  TWC also has remake rights, to co-finance and co-produce an English language remake with Gaumont and the film’s original producers Quad Films.  The announcement was made by TWC’s Executive Vice President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions Peter Lawson.Untouchable is directed by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, produced by Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, »

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“Untouchable” to be distributed by the Weinstein Co.

8 July 2011 2:00 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

HollywoodNews.com: The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that it has acquired from Gaumont all rights to Untouchable, the French language film produced by Quad Films. The deal covers all rights in North America, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, South Africa, China and distribution rights for pan-Asian satellite TV. TWC also has remake rights, to co-finance and co-produce an English language remake with Gaumont and the film’s original producers Quad Films. The announcement was made by TWC’s Executive Vice President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions Peter Lawson.

Untouchable is directed by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, produced by Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Yann Zenou and Laurent Zeitoun, and written by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache. It stars acclaimed actor François Cluzet (In The Beginning, Tell No One) and Omar Sy (Those Happy Days). A 2012 Us theatrical release is expected.

Based on a true story, Untouchable follows the unlikely »

- Anastasia Alvarado

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Weinsteins Acquire Multiple Territories for French-Language Untouchable

8 July 2011 12:15 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Weinstein Company has acquired from Gaumont all rights to Untouchable, Quad Films' French-language drama starring Francois Cluzet (who won the Cesar for Tell No One) and Omar Sy (Those Happy Days). The film has not yet been released in France. TWC purchased all rights in North America, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, South Africa and China, plus distribution rights for pan-Asian satellite TV and remake rights to co-finance and co-produce an English-language film in partnership with Gaumont and Quad Films. TWC plans a 2012 U.S. theatrical release. Untouchable is directed by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, produced by Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Yann Zenou and Laurent Zeitoun, and written by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache. The official synopsis is below: Based on a true »

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The Weinstein Co. Grabs 'Untouchable'

8 July 2011 12:15 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Weinstein Company has acquired the French language movie "Untouchable" -- and the rights to remake it in English, the studio announced Friday. It's the kind of movie the Weinstein Co. loves: an improbable tale -- based on actual events -- of the friendship between Philippe, a wealthy paraplegic, and Driss, the street tough he hires to help him negotiate life. The deal gives the Weinstein Company rights in North America, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, South Africa and China and distribution rights for pan-Asian satellite television. Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache »

- Joshua L. Weinstein

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The Weinstein Company Takes Untouchable

8 July 2011 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

The Weinstein Company has announced its acquisition of the French film Untouchable and is eyeing both distribution of the original and an English-language remake. Details from the official announcement are as follows: Untouchable is directed by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, produced by Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Yann Zenou and Laurent Zeitoun, and written by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache. It stars acclaimed actor François Cluzet (In The Beginning, Tell No One) and Omar Sy (Those Happy Days). A 2012 Us theatrical release is expected. Based on a true story, Untouchable follows the unlikely friendship between wealthy paraplegic Philippe (Cluzet) and Driss (Sy), a guy from the street. When Philippe appoints Driss as his right-hand aide, he counts on Driss' pitiless, »

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