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Last week the James Bond movie franchise celebrated its 50th anniversary in style when Skyfall surpassed James Cameron's Avatar to become the highest-grossing film of all-time on home soil, and having returned to the top of both the UK and Us box office charts at the expense of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, 007's 23rd screen adventure has now claimed another record with the film overtaking Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3 to become Sony's biggest ever release.
As of today (Sunday), Skyfall is currently sitting on a world-wide haul of $918 million, making it the third-biggest hit of 2012 behind The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises. With the film still going strong in most markets - not to mention the fact its yet to open in China, which is becoming an increasingly lucrative market for Western releases - there seems to be every chance that the acclaimed »
In the box-office lull before the arrival The Hobbit next weekend, Skyfall returned to the number-one spot at the box office, becoming the first film since Avatar to lead the chart in its fifth week. It also became the highest grossing Sony release of all time. Not too shabby, Mr. Bond.
Skyfall topped the domestic rankings with an estimated $11.0 million (down a slim 34 percent from last weekend), which brings its North American total to a stunning $261.1 million. It’s difficult to adequately express how incredible — and somewhat inexplicable — Skyfall’s run has been. The former franchise high-point for the Bond series was Quantum of Solace, »
- Grady Smith
Having toppled The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 to climb back to the top of the UK box office chart this past weekend, the James Bond franchise has celebrated its 50th anniversary in style with 007's 23rd official screen adventure Skyfall surpassing the £94 million haul of James Cameron's Avatar today to become the UK's highest-grossing film of all time.
Directed by Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty), Skyfall sees Daniel Craig reprising the role of 007 for a third time after Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, and features a supporting cast that includes Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Wishaw, Albert Finney, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe and Ola Rapace.
After just 40 days on release, Skyfall has banked £94,277,162 and looks set to become the first film to crack £100 million in the UK. Globally, the film has amassed $870 million to date to shatter the previous franchise high of »
Directed by: Sam Mendes
Running Time: 2 hrs 23 mins
Release Date: November 9, 2012
Plot: James Bond (Craig) must protect MI6 boss “M” (Dench) from a rogue agent (Bardem) with a personal vendetta.
Who’S It For? This movie goes way beyond the appeal of just Bond fans. If you like great movies, experience the extraordinary cinematic wonder of Skyfall. Don’t miss it, and don’t wait for it.
Expectations: Previous Bond movie Quantum of Solace was a humbling sequel for anyone who thought that Casino Royale in 2006 was going to permanently change things for the famous character. Was American Beauty director Sam Mendes going to be able to raise this character? What new tricks could a new Bond movie have, 23 movies later?
Daniel Craig as James Bond: If his previous »
- Nick Allen
The latest James Bond film, Skyfall, is on course to be the series' highest-grossing film so far after breaking the UK seven-day box-office record and posting $287m (£180m) in its first 10 days across the globe.
The figures are all the more remarkable for Sam Mendes's film because the 23rd Bond adventure has not yet opened in the Us, the world's largest market, where it is due to arrive on 8 November. Nevertheless, Daniel Craig's third turn as 007 is already almost halfway to the $594m total posted by the British actor's debut, Casino Royale, in 2006 – the previous highest Bond gross.
- Ben Child
Eon Productions, MGM and Sony Pictures have announced that 007's 23rd screen adventure Skyfall has marked the 50th anniversary of the James Bond movie franchise in style by overtaking Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 to claim the biggest seven day gross of all time at the UK box office with £37.2m in its opening week.
Skyfall had already recorded the highest opening weekend of the year, pulling in £20.2m from Friday to Sunday to shatter the year's previous best three-day debut, The Dark Knight Rises (£14.3m). After just seven days in play, Skyfall has already made more than The Hunger Games (£23.7m), Prometheus (£24.7m), Ice Age 4: Continental Drift (£29.1m) and Ted (£29.8m) and it looks all but assured that the film will go on to surpass The Avengers (£51.6m) and The Dark Knight Rises (£55.8m) to become the highest grossing release of 2012.
Directed by Academy Award-winner »
After "Iron Man," Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, "The Avengers" and oh, you know, every other title that arrives every six months, comic-book movies are obviously still all the rage. But it wasn't always like that. In the early aughts there were plenty of misfires, with many of them coming from 20th Century Fox: "Daredevil," "Elektra," "Fantastic Four," "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer," and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" were all mostly moneymakers, but were all generally reviled. The same applied to lesser-known titles adapted from comics like "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen," which was also a Fox property based off a comic book series written by Alan Moore that was such a bad film it practically sent him to an early grave and hastened Sean Connery's retirement (of course, we're not even counting dreck like Warner Bros.' "Catwoman"). »
- Edward Davis
As is always the case with our Tuesday edition of the RopeofSilicon podcast, today we'll take a look at the latest DVD and Blu-ray releases as well as discuss the early reactions to Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, talk a little Oscar predictions as a result and we'll do our damndest to get to the bottom of why Laremy refuses to watch horror films as it is certainly something you refuse to accept. Poor guy. Laremy reads a little from the E.T. screenplay, I read a few choice lines from "Fifty Shades of Grey" and we finally discuss the Fall Box-Office Draft a little closer as four movies that were drafted are finally in theaters. Beyond that we answer several of your questions, giveaway David Fincher's The Game on Blu-ray, play a little Over/Under, Buy or Sell and Watch This or Watch That and generally just take part in 86 minutes of merriment. »
- Brad Brevet
Skyfall is the next really big blockbuster coming your way now that summer is over. Following the exploits of little known spy James Bond, Skyfall seems to be a more serious take on the characters of Austin Powers and Johnny English. We have a new Us poster to get you all excited, and a couple of character banners that highlight two members of the supporting cast.
Daniel Craig is already signed up for two sequels, and with an Academy Award winning director, Sam Mendes, taking charge of the project, this will hopefully be a real winner. Hopefully this will be a bit more successful than Ralph Fiennes’ other attempt at a spy franchise in The Avengers.
Source: First Showing
- Luke Ryan Baldock
The summer is over and we're heading back to school. I'm trading in my Mojito Mix for a protractors as we speak.
Time will put summer 2012 in its historical context but, by and large, I'd call it a successful one. We may have lost a TomKat but we gained a Kimye. If that isn't a grand metaphor for this funny little thing we call life, I don't know what is.
As far as Fanboy movies are concerned, rarely have we been so well-serviced. Between "Avengers," "The Dark Knight Rises" and "The Amazing Spider-Man," I can't think of a time when so many major ticket comic book heroes were in the spotlight. As autumn comes and we don our pea coats and khakis -- yes, we attend Dartmouth in 1962 -- it's time to look back at the standouts of Fanboy movies Summer 2012.
Summer 2012 can best be described as "' »
- Jordan Hoffman
Following on from the awesome first full-length trailers that debuted at the start of the week for Skyfall, we’ve now got another brilliant new image of Daniel Craig and Javier Bardem in the upcoming twenty-third James Bond film.
Craig has been looking his usual brilliant self in all we’ve seen from him so far, and we got our first good look at Bardem with the release of the trailer, looking rather menacing with his new blond hair.
“In Skyfall, Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.”
- Kenji Lloyd
Fitting: After five or so years of “early” development, Ant-Man gets the go-ahead from Marvel Studios and, yet, is still nothing more than a series of questions. Who’s shrinking down? How will it fit with Edgar Wright‘s style? Most importantly, when does it come out?
The lattermost question may have been given its answer — well, sort of may have. Marvel’s co-president, Louis D’Esposito, told Collider (via /Film) that a wrap on The World’s End could, in theory, let Wright get… right down to shooting Ant-Man and, thus, let it be their “third film” in 2014. (Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy being the other two.)
Here was his exact quote on the matter:
“That might be an opportunity where we do a third film, depending on his schedule when he finishes World’s End. But he’s such a competent filmmaker; the script is in great shape. »
- email@example.com (thefilmstage.com)
Seeing as film is, without question, the superior medium, anytime a TV actor gets a big-screen role should be seen as their own success. A couple of these very instances have occurred today, with Deadline first reporting that Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) has snagged the headline role in Sex and Sunsets, a romantic picture that Jeremiah S. Chechik (that other film called The Avengers) will direct.
In writing the film, Megan Martin has adapted Tim Sandlin‘s novel of divided love and bizarre sights, which follows a dishwasher, Kelly Palamino, whose visual and aural hallucinations don’t get in the way of falling for Collette, a woman getting married that very day. Soon enough, he starts pursuing the newlywed, trying to prove that his bad reputation is nothing more than falsehood.
That sounds like an unsavory protagonist, but Chechik feels that Kwanten has “a balance of humor and edge” that »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
The Girl on Fire and the Boy Who Lived are destined for Golden Popcorn greatness, while big things are in store for 'Dark Knight Rises' and 'Magic Mike' fans as well.
By Josh Wigler
Universal City, California — Happy MTV Movie Awards day, and may the odds be ever in your favor!
You have no shortage of films and stars to root for when tuning into the big show tonight (June 3) at 9 p.m. Et, and that only makes the decisions harder. How can you possibly choose between supporting the Boy Who Lived's last night at the Movie Awards and Katniss Everdeen's first time in the arena? Too much pressure!
Still, as in every competition, there will be winners and losers at this year's show, with plenty of cause for triumph and heartbreak. And while we're still hours away from knowing exactly who those victors are, »
MGM has unveiled a September 24, 2012 release date for Bond 50 on Blu-ray, the most comprehensive collection of Bond films ever released in a single package and what will be one of the most sought after Blu-ray releases this holiday season alongside the Indiana Jones Collection and The Avengers.
Bond 50 will include all 22 James Bond 007 films in a 23-disc set. Each film will reside on its own disc with between 1 and 8 hours of bonus features from the previously released Blu-ray and/or DVD editions.
The final disc is where Bond fans should gravitate toward first as it includes three all-new bonus features. First is 'The World of Bond' which highlights the best moments in the long-running franchise with pop-up trivia that will test even the most knowledgeable 007 fans' limits.
'Being Bond' looks at the six actors who have brought 007 to life since his first introduction 50 years ago via interviews and clips: Sean Connery, »
Wow. We did not see that coming. Yes, Warner Bros. has decided to make all of our Christmases come at once and announced a sequel to The Avengers! More Ralph Fiennes as John Steed! More Sean Conn…. Sorry, what? Oh, it’s the other one. The one that has “Assemble” stapled to its name in the UK. That has now made more than $702 million worldwide. That one. Put your giant teddy bear costume back in the wardrobe. Also, why did you have a giant teddy bear costume in the wardrobe?As of right now, it’s all at a very early stage, and Disney boss Bob Iger has only said that an Avengers follow-up is “in the works.” But with the film Hulk-smashing box office records and generating more positive buzz than a swarm of bees given happy pills, a sequel is all but a done deal. Pretty much only »
Robert Pattinson photo: Bel Ami Bel Ami Film Box Office Pt.1 In the United Kingdom, the home country of Robert Pattinson and much of the Bel Ami cast and behind-the-scenes talent, Pattinson’s movie scored $1.14m. It’s no. 50 on the UK box-office chart. Relatively speaking, Bel Ami was a more modest performer in the UK, especially compared to Hollywood movies, e.g., War Horse grossed $29.57m, the Fox-distributed The Iron Lady $15.71m, Mirror Mirror $10.78m, and The Phantom Menace $8.23m as per Box Office Mojo. A handful of independent releases fared much better as well, particularly the aforementioned Daniel Radcliffe movie The Woman in Black, which took in a whopping $34.55m. Having said that, one must take into account that Bel Ami, unlike the vast majority of the more successful movies at the UK box office, has an “adult” theme. In fact, the Robert Pattinson film earned a “15″ certificate »
- Zac Gille
Your parents probably don’t want to go to The Avengers this weekend (and that’s okay!) but audiences can do far worse for themselves than to take a quick cinematic trip to John Madden‘s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. While a film about a pack of retired Brits heading off to live in a swank retirement resort in India that, surprise!, turns out to be a rundown old hotel might sound like the most boring and narrowly appealing film of the year, Madden’s film is actually consistently delightful and charming, with enough characters and plot points to engage just about any viewer. Running just over two hours, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is able to tackle issues big (homophobia, arranged marriage) and small (there are too many flies in my rundown retirement hotel room!), and despite a few moments that feel far too obvious, Madden and his cast have crafted a lovely film with »
- Kate Erbland
This Friday, American movie theaters will be blessed by two ensemble movies boasting a dream cast of top-tier actors in their field. It’s fair to say that the vast majority of audiences will only see one of them: The superhero opus The Avengers.
But some lucky, adventurous moviegoers will treat themselves to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which has arguably assembled the most accomplished company of British acting talent since the final Harry Potter movie: Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey), and Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire), as well as two actors just as adept, »
- Adam B. Vary
Honestly, if I was forced to judge Summer 2012 at first glance, I would say it was pretty weak. Compared to 2011 and 2010, there's just not as many movies to look forward to. While it seems easy to write off this Summer as a dud, I have three reasons why it might actually be awesome; The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers, and Prometheus. Honestly, that's all Summer 2012 needs in order to be one for the history books. Even then, there's still more than enough films to warrant your attention this summer. To help you sort through them all, we've once again compiled all the most interesting films of the season into four easy to read, informative guides. For the next four days, we'll take you on a journey through the best cinema has to offer in Summer 2012. Welcome to our Summer 2012 Movie Guide! Today's guide will focus on the month of July, »
- email@example.com (Matthew Legarreta)
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