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'Twilight' tops Aussie box office

16 December 2008 2:22 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Vampire romance Twilight has climbed to the top of the Australian box office chart. Catherine Hardwicke's movie moves up nine places and knocks Baz Lurhmann's Australia into second. DreamWorks' Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa enters at three, while musical romance Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi charts at seven. Other new entries include Gil Kenan's adventure City Of Ember at nine and Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona at ten. The (more) »

- By Alex Fletcher

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Monopoly Movie Finally Passes Go

12 November 2008 12:32 AM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

It’s been over a year since we last heard anything about the proposed movie version of Monopoly – yes, the classic board game – with Sir Ridley Scott down to direct. No, you read that right.So, naturally, we presumed that the project had gone to jail, gone directly to jail, did not pass Go, and did not collect $200. But today comes news that this utterly, wonderfully demented movie, from Hasbro-Universal is going ahead, with Sir Ridley officially attached as director, and Pamela Pettler brought on board as screenwriter.Pettler wrote the scripts for Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride and Gil Kenan’s Monster House, so she has the kind of vivid, morbid imagination needed to bring a board game about property acquisition to life. For the life of us, we have no idea where she’s even going to begin, but when Scott spoke about it last year, he said »

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'Monopoly' has electric company

11 November 2008 6:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Hasbro-Universal collaboration "Monopoly" is jumping a large number of spaces up the board.

The feature project has brought on Pamela Pettler to write the screenplay; She penned Tim Burton's "Corpse Bride," Gil Kenan's "Monster House" and the upcoming animated adventure "9," produced by Burton and Timur Bekmambetov.

And Ridley Scott, who has been attached as a producer on "Monopoly" and has been mentioned as a possible director, is now officially attached to helm the project, with an eye toward giving it a futuristic sheen along the lines of his iconic "Blade Runner."

In addition to Scott, Giannina Facio and Hasbro's Brian Goldner are also producing the movie, which will shape a narrative out of the iconic real-estate game. Lawrence Grey will oversee for Universal and Bennett Schneir will oversee for Hasbro.

"Monopoly" marks the latest Hasbro property to look to pass go and head to the big screen. »

- By Steven Zeitchik

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Weekend Box Office: 'Chihuahua' Chomps on Ridley Scott

13 October 2008 7:32 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

There have been a number of moderate- to high-profile box office fizzles in the past few weeks -- 'tis the season, I suppose, though the flop ratio seems higher than average this year -- and this week adds a couple more to the list. First and most surprising is the tepid performance of Body of Lies, which couldn't leverage the presence of Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, or Ridley Scott to open to more than $13 million. I don't really get it: the marketing was action-packed and fairly ubiquitous (though a bit confusing -- people apparently had trouble deciphering the trailer), and I thought the star wattage would do more for the film. (On the other hand, Scott's A Good Year, which also starred Crowe, died an even harder death.) Is anything involving Iraq or the Middle East really that much of a turn-off right now? Or maybe anything perceived as serious? »

- Eugene Novikov

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"Dogs" keep barking. "Body" lies in third

12 October 2008 1:22 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

"Beverly Hills Chihuahua" topped the box office for a second weekend running for Disney with an estimated $17.5 million grossed. Film showed a 40% change in comparison to its opening tally and has pushed in over $52 million for the studio. The death of the veteran super star continues? We're starting to see this more frequently of late; top actors who have been around for a long time; whose names would leave one in awe, now struggling to top the box office charts. Now, a thriller with small names and in smaller venues chalks up bigger numbers than a film frontlined by Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe. Screen Gems’ “Quarantine” bested Warner Bros. PicturesRidley Scott Helmed “Body of Lies” when debuting with $14.2 million vs. $13.1 million. Paramount’s “Eagle Eye” success showed a 38% change in its third weekend at play. Starring Shia Labeouf, Michelle Monaghan and Billy Bob Thornton, the actioner has accumulated over $70.5 million. »

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Weekend Box Office Report: October 10 to 12: Little Dogs, Big Business

12 October 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Weekend Top 10 # Title Gross % Chg. Theaters Weeks Avg Total Distributor 1 Beverly Hills Chihuahua $17.5M -40.2 3,218 2 5,442 $52.5M Buena Vista 2 Quarantine $14.2M  New 2,461 1 5,770 $14.2M Screen Gems 3 Body of Lies $13.1M New 2,710 1 4,841 $13.1M Warner Bros. 4 Eagle Eye $11.M -37.8 3,614 3 3,048 $70.6M Dreamworks 5 Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist $6.5M -42.5 2,421 2 2,685 $20.8M Sony 6 The Express $4.7M New 2,808 1 1,685 $4.7M Universal 7 Nights in Rodanthe $4.6M -37.4 2,575 3 1,790 $32.4M Warner Bros. 8 Appaloosa $3.3M -33.9 1,290 4 2,589 $10.9M New Line 9 The Duchess $3.3M +271.6 1,207 4 2,752 $5.6M Paramount Vantage 10 City of Ember $3.2M New 2,022 1 1,583 $3.2M Fox Last week, I was shocked.  Well, not so much shocked as disappointed.  This week, I’m not the least bit surprised.  There it is.  Beverly Hills Chihuahua still sitting pretty on top of the box office chart.  I guess we’ll be seeing litters of little kids dressed like fashionable dogs this Halloween.  Their parents can carry them around in little purses while they wear giant sunglasses.   This week »

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City of Ember - A Wonderfully Entertaining Adventure!

11 October 2008 7:59 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

I want to take this moment today to talk about one of my new favorite movies. It's very rare that I find a children's movie, or even a PG movie, that isn't pointlessly fast-paced and annoyingly over-the-top. But today I discovered a movie that not only entertained me to the fullest extent, but was a PG-rated kids adventure movie. City of Ember is easily one of the best family adventure films I've seen in a few years that is as thoroughly entertaining as it is an immense achievement for director Gil Kenan. I'm utterly surprised that more people aren't heading out in droves this weekend to see this magnificent film! Based on Jeanne Duprau's book, City of Ember takes place in a subterranean city built to protect people from the chaos above and house a new generation of human beings. In 200 years time, they were supposed to emerge, but »

- Alex Billington

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Interview: 'City of Ember' Director Gil Kenan

10 October 2008 7:33 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

City of Ember was the surprise closing-night film at Fantastic Fest, but I found out about the surprise a little early (which is always fun). I was able to see the film earlier in the week so I could interview director Gil Kenan, who showed up in Austin with surprise guest (to me, too!) Bill Murray for the closing-night festivities. Kenan has directed a pair of entertaining and visually stunning family-friendly features, the Oscar-nominated animated film Monster House and now the City of Ember adaptation, which opens in theaters on Friday. Not only that, but Kenan landed both of these projects right after he graduated from UCLA, where his short film The Lark won him a lot of attention. We talked about what he's done to make City of Ember as beautiful a film as it is, and how he found such compelling lead actors. He's currently linked to a new Robert Zemeckis production, »

- Jette Kernion

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Review: City of Ember

10 October 2008 8:35 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Having never read the book "The City of Ember" by Jeanne Duprau, I was able to enter into a screening of the film version, simply titled City of Ember, with almost no expectations whatsoever. Besides the fact that I had enjoyed the previous work by director Gil Kenan, who did »

- Neil Miller

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Movie Review: City of Ember

10 October 2008 4:16 AM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Oct 10, 2008  


Gil Kenan's Monster House was a pleasantly surprising shout-out to the kind of kids’ adventure movies they don't make that often any more. The film was clearly the product of a man raised on movies like The Goonies, Explorers, and Monster Squad. Kenan's highly anticipated follow-up, City of Ember, also reminds me of some '80s movies, but this time it's Hudson Hawk and Howard the Duck. City of Ember is a design nightmare, a movie that should transport the ...Read more at »

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City of Ember

9 October 2008 10:00 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

City of Ember Directed by: Gil Kenan Cast: Harry Treadaway, Saoirse Ronan, Bill Murray, Tim Robbins, Martin Landau Time: 1 hr 35 mins Rating: PG Plot: The people of Ember have been in a wondrous underground city of years, but now it is starting to fall apart and it's city lights are beginning to flicker. It's up to two kids to try and figure out a way to solve the problem and find a way out of Ember. Based on the novel by Jeanne Duprau. Who’s It For? The whole family. I know I sound like a billboard, but this genuinely is a film that will keep both kids and parents interested. The violence is minimal, mainly coming from a giant mole, and even if your little one is afraid of the dark, this film won't traumatize them for life. Expectations: I am always hopeful that a kids/family movie will »

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Opening This Week: A Wong Kar-wai redux, more mumblecore and shaky-cam horror

6 October 2008 7:06 AM, PDT | | See recent IFC news »

By Neil Pedley

With the fall season's heavy hitters already starting to make an appearance, this week's feast of indie offers some calm before the big studio storm. Enjoy it while it lasts.

"Ashes of Time Redux"

Celebrated Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-wai gathered together lost and damaged footage to painstakingly rework his only martial arts epic, first released in 1994, into a fresh, definitive edition (complete with an all new score from Yo-Yo Ma). With a blindingly colorful palette, Wong paints a looping, stylized portrait of an embittered agent Ouyang Feng (the late Leslie Cheung) who channels the unbearable pain of a broken heart into commissioning bounty hunters to commit acts of vengeance. Tony Leung Ka Fai, Maggie Cheung, Carina Lau and Jacky Cheung round out the still-impressive cast.

Opens in New York and Los Angeles.

"Body of Lies"

In terms of the global espionage thriller, orange is the new »

- Neil Pedley

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Int: Gil Kenan

6 October 2008 2:07 AM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

Gil Kenan caught the attention of Hollywood heavy-hitters when he wrote and directed his first short thesis film The Lark, while finishing his Masters at UCLA.s film school.  Consequently, a nod of approval from Bob Zemeckis. and Steven Spielberg, earned him a director.s chair for their animated film Monster House in 2006.  Kenan became an overnight star as he walked away with an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature for his first Hollywood film. The spotlight continues to »

- Jenny Karakaya

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Bill Murray Talks Ghostbusters 3!

28 September 2008 10:17 AM, PDT | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

This news is a couple of days old but worth mentioning regardless - At the screening of Gil Kenan's new film City Of Ember at Fantastic Fest, Bill Murray was the surprise guest and fielded some  questions from the audience after the movie. The subject of the recently announced Ghostbusters 3 came up and here's what Bill had to say:

"Well, I think the wounds from Ghostbusters 2 have healed. And supposedly they've got 2 guys from The Office to write a script? That could work, I think that's a good idea to get a fresh look at it. I've always liked the characters, the characters were fun. And we did have a lot of fun making the movie, the first one was really a lot of fun to make. I think the first 45 minutes of Ghostbusters is about as funny as a movie gets. We didn't have a lot of special effect in it, »

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Photos of the City of Ember Cave Party

28 September 2008 8:54 AM, PDT | | See recent FantasticFest news »

Photographers Eugene Hsu and David Hill have posted their collections of City of Ember Cave Party photos. Following the closing night film, Gil Keenan's City Of Ember, the audience boarded buses to head out to Longhorn Caverns for a late-night subterranean cave party.

In Fox Walden’s October 10 release of City Of Ember, Bill Murray plays the Mayor of Ember, an underground city where the generations have lived for over 200 years to escape a ravaged surface. But on September 25, 2008, this legendary performer, along with City Of Ember director Gil Kenan, traveled a mile and a half underground to announce his “candidacy” for Mayor of Ember and to kick off Get Lit: The Subterranean Dance Party, the closing night event of Fantastic Fest 2008.

David Hill's photos.

Eugene Hsu's photos.

City of Ember opens in theaters on October 10. »

- (Tim League)

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City of Ember movie poster 3

28 September 2008 7:38 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Walden Media released another brand new movie poster from the upcoming fantasy film “City of Ember” by director Gil Kenan (Monster House) and starring Bill Murray, Tim Robbins and Saoirse Ronan. Plot: For generations, the people of the City of Ember have flourished in an amazing world of glittering lights. But Ember’s once powerful generator is failing … and the great lamps that illuminate the city are starting to flicker. Now, two teenagers in a race against time, must search Ember for clues that will unlock the ancient mystery of the city’s existence, and help the citizens escape before the lights go out forever. Stay tuned to Toxic Shock TV for the latest City of Ember news and movie posters. »

- Brian Corder

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Bill Murray for Mayor of 'Ember'

27 September 2008 12:35 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

While the Presidential Debate may have caused me to get the trailer for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button up a little late, it did allow me the chance to see a new TV spot for City of Ember using the political advertisements playing now as inspiration for a "Vote Bill the Mayor of Ember" campaign ad. The film centers on an underground city built to last 200 years in an attempt to save the human race from some kind of disaster. We enter the story at a point where the generator for the city is failing and a way out must be found. The pic stars Atonement star Saorise Ronin along Tim Robbins, Bill Murray, Toby Jones and Martin Landau and is directed by Monster House helmer Gil Kenan. You can check out the new ad below and the full trailer for the flick right here and I have also »

- Brad Brevet

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Zemeckis producing, Kenan directing 'Airman'

18 September 2008 12:22 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Gil Kenan and Robert Zemeckis (MONSTER HOUSE) are teaming up once again to bring AIRMAN to the big-screen. The film will b e based on the children's adventure book by "Artemis Fowl" author Eoin Colfer.

The film will employ performance-capture technology with Kenan directing and  Zemeckis and his ImageMovers partners Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey producing.

The Hollywood Reports says that the 'swashbuckling scientific story centers on Conor Broekhart, a young man born in a hot air balloon to a family close to the king who has a penchant for looking to the skies for inspiration. After his tutor and king are murdered, Broekhart spends two years in prison, escapes and must decide whether to should turn his back on those who abandoned him or fight those who plot to overthrow the government.'

A writer is yet to be hired to pen the screenplay. »

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Zemeckis Flies Through The Air

18 September 2008 7:15 AM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Despite what everyone said about Tom Hanks' dead eyes, Robert Zemeckis' foray into motion-capture animation with The Polar Express wound up being a huge financial success. Then, of course, came Beowulf, which convinced the world that Ray Winstone is a hunk and that Angelina Jolie is made of gold. Now he's giving the technology yet another go, with Monster House director Gil Kenan set to helm Airman, which Zemeckis will produce. Airman, a children's book released in January, is described by The Hollywood Reporter as a "swashbuckling scientific story" that also involves a land where there is a king, and a young boy born in a hot air balloon. There's a lot going on there, and, to be honest, a lot that could look really great in motion-capture animation. Just look what happens next: "After his tutor and king are murdered, Broekhart [the boy] spends two years in prison, escapes »

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'Airman' flies to big screen

17 September 2008 7:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Gil Kenan and Robert Zemeckis, who teamed for the ani Oscar-nominated "Monster House," are partnering again for a big-screen version of "Airman," a children's adventure book by "Artemis Fowl" author Eoin Colfer.

Kenan will direct the adaptation, which will be done using performance-capture technology. Zemeckis will produce with his ImageMovers partners Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey.

The swashbuckling scientific story centers on Conor Broekhart, a young man born in a hot air balloon to a family close to the king who has a penchant for looking to the skies for inspiration. After his tutor and king are murdered, Broekhart spends two years in prison, escapes and must decide whether to should turn his back on those who abandoned him or fight those who plot to overthrow the government.

The book was released in January.

No writer is on board.

Kenan, repped by Icm, directed 2006's "Monster House," which Zemeckis exec produced along with Steven Spielberg. »

- By Borys Kit

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