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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is already smashing box office records, and with less than a month to go until its release it is being reported that the film has sold a staggering $50 million of advance ticket sales in North America alone. That figure is double the previous record of $25 million, which was set by The Dark Knight Rises back in 2012.
No film has ever opened to more than $100 million in December, with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hitting $85 million on its opening weekend, but The Force Awakens will comfortably reach that milestone, and must surely have a chance of topping Jurassic World’s $208 million to claim the biggest opening of all time.
Star Wars will also have its eye on Jurassic World’s total global haul of $1.67 billion for the title of the biggest movie of the year, which would place it third in list of the all-time highest grossing movies. »
- Gary Collinson
Walking into a film that has a cast as impressive as Joe Anderson (The Grey, Horns, TV’s Hannibal), Luke Evans (Dracula Untold, High Rise), Anna Anissimova (The Whistleblower) and Billy Zane (Demon Knight, Titanic), one can only imagine how interesting the film will be, and judging from the trailer for the now available on VOD thriller Flutter, it looks as if XLrator Media has yet another gem on their hands.
It really gives off that desperate people doing desperate things for money vibe that I dig and that films like Cheap Thrills and Would You Rather have approached very well. Check out the trailer below and give Flutter a watch!
John (Joe Anderson, The Grey) is an out-of-control gambler who will do anything for money. When a mysterious new bookie starts to offer him more unusual, twisted “special” bets with bigger payoffs and greater risks, John’s life spirals »
- Jerry Smith
Movie Week popped its corn and Sunday’s results show brought a double elimination. Who went home and missed their chance to board the tour bus?
“This is not the end of the journey.” Because the X Factor Liveblog will return next week, with Stuart Heritage back, back and indeed back. Guffaws guaranteed. Sweet, sweet commenters - thanks for being gentle with your humble stand-in and for being very funny indeed.
Monica’s a goner! Get your coat, love. Oh, you already have. Put it on then.
Anton’s “extra bit of passion” has saved him. Olly got so confused he nearly sent Monica home. You had one job. One job.
Grimmy’s saving Anton. Rita isn’t. Cheryl isn’t either, so it’s down to Cowell. Send it to deadlock, maaaaate.
Anton’s no Hucknall, but he’s better than Monica. »
- Hannah Verdier
The 33, 2015.
Directed by Patricia Higgen.
Based on the real-life event, when a gold and copper mine collapses, it traps 33 miners underground for 69 days.
As the opening credits are flashed (while we get some gorgeous overhead shots of Chile’s scorchingly hot Atacama Desert), it settles in just how disastrous the San Jose mining incident of 2010 was in scale, as what certainly feels like close to 30 names are rattled off. This also left me a little flaky on what was to come, as after having watched Everest earlier this year (which contains a plethora of characters to keep track of) and coming to the conclusion that no singular persona left a lasting impression, I started to dread the idea of keeping track of 33 miners.
Luckily for The 33, this »
- Robert Kojder
It’s a pretty good bet that if John Williams has an original score in play during a given Oscar season, he’s going to be Oscar-nominated for it. His 44 nods to date (plus five more for songs) don’t exactly lie. So how can you start a discussion of this year’s score contenders anywhere else but with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens?”
How much original music will be in the film, though, and how much will it distinguish itself from the iconic pre-existing themes? That’s the question. While all three original “Star Wars” films were nominated, none of the prequels made it. This will be just one more mystery held close to the vest until Disney decides to let the cat out of the bag next month. But it could yield a 50th Oscar nomination from the cinema legend.
From one legend to another, there’s Ennio Morricone, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Director James Cameron has a distinction that no other filmmaker can claim. His films hold the top two spots on the all-time box office revenue list. Avatar (2009) and Titanic (1997) are the top grossing films worldwide, both films making over $2 billion with Avatar leading all films at $2.7 billion.Worthy of some poor soul’s […]
The post Can The Force Awakens Become The First $3 Billion Movie? appeared first on FilmReview.com. »
- Jeff Bricker
All eyes were on Kate Winslet as she posed on her way into a screening of The Dressmaker in London on Thursday looking absolutely chic - and ageless - in a black A-line dress. How Kate looks younger after celebrating her 40th birthday than she did in her Titanic days, we'll never know. Although her costar/Tiff partner in crime Liam Hemsworth wasn't there to keep her company this time around, the actress, who recently took home the British Icon Award at the Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year Awards, expertly held down the fort. Keep scrolling for more photos of the premiere! »
- Quinn Keaney
The former dreamboat was the stuff of teengirl-worship for a good few years until a man named Martin Scorsesecame into his life and introduced movie audiences to Leo The Serious Actor (who begat Leo The Strutting Actor) who has gone on to wow critics with his impressive work for nigh on a decade and a half now.
Despite those rave performance reviews, the coveted Best Actor Oscar still eludes the consistently stellar thesp -- even after 4 nominations -- much to the amusement of meme-makers around the world. But does that mean it was easy to narrow down his laundry list of roles to just his five best? Heck no. Trust us when we say it was a Tough list to whittle down. And no, Titanic didn't make the cut. »
- Andrea Miller and Emma Badame
When it comes to the movie Titanic, well, we'll never let go. Last year, Titanic's strange alternate ending hit the Internet, prompting all kinds of nostalgia, and now in honor of Leonardo DiCaprio's birthday this week, we're taking a look at some of the most heartwarming, heartbreaking, and can't-even-go-there moments from the 1997 movie. From Jack and Rose's steamy romance to the best one-liners, take a trip down memory lane with 45 Gif-worthy Titanic moments you'll never forget. »
- Laura Marie Meyers
61 years ago today, J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” continued with the release of its second volume, “The Two Towers.” That November release followed that summer’s debut of “The Fellowship of the Ring,” which came nearly two decades after “The Hobbit” hit shelves in 1937. Tolkien’s epic tale of Middle-earth continued in this second volume, introducing readers to Treebeard and his fellow Ents, to the realm of Rohan and to Gríma Wormtongue. The third “Lord of the Rings” volume, “The Return of the King” was released in October 1955, so fans had to wait nearly 12 months to find out what happened after the cliffhanger of “Two Towers,” which ends with Samwise realizing that Frodo had not been killed by Shelob’s venomous sting, as it had appeared, but merely drugged. “Frodo was alive but taken by the Enemy,” the book ends. Rayner Unwin, the books’ publisher, later said, “For »
- Emily Rome
Leonardo DiCaprio is celebrating his 41st birthday on Wednesday, and we're not quite sure how to feel about it. On the one hand, we can't believe that the little guy from Growing Pains has built such an illustrious film career, but on the other, it makes us feel pretty ancient. After all, watching Titanic on VHS and listening to the Romeo + Juliet soundtrack on repeat feels like yesterday. Despite his constant Hollywood presence and multitude of Teen Beat covers, Leo successfully escaped the child star curse. And even though that Oscar statue still eludes him, we can all agree that Leo has become one of the most talented and sought-after actors of our time. In honor of his big day, we've charted Leo's evolution from teenage dream to A-list heartthrob. Keep reading to see the full transformation. »
- Brittney Stephens
Poor Leonardo DiCaprio just can't seem to catch a break at the Oscars. Despite starring in two Best Picture winners ("Titanic," 1997; "The Departed," 2006), he doesn't have an Oscar of his own. He has racked up four losses in the acting races, plus one for producing 2013 Best Picture nominee "The Wolf of Wall Street." Click through our new photo gallery below highlighting all of his losing Oscar bids. Will nomination #6 for "The Revenant" turn out to be DiCaprio's lucky number? -Break- Oscars: Brie Larson ('Room') widens lead over Cate Blanchett ('Carol') for Best Actress Set in the early 1800s, "The Revenant" stars DiCaprio as Hugh Glass, a frontiersman who undertakes an epic journey of revenge after a horrific bear mauling. Triple Oscar winner Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ("Birdman") directs and Tom Hardy, Will Poulter and Domhnall Gleeson also sta...' »
Meet the new dramas joining ABC Family/soon-to-be Freeform‘s slate: the sexy soap Guilt and the supernatural-tinged Beyond, both of which have received series pickups.
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Guilt follows a young American woman (played by The Syndicate‘s Daisy Head) in London who becomes the prime suspect in the savage murder of her roommate/best friend. As the investigation unfolds, viewers and even the girl’s own sister (Arrow‘s Katrina Law) will question whether she’s innocent or a sociopath. The mystery will weave through all levels of London society, »
As part of a new series in which we offer careers advice to people in the movie business, here’s why everyone’s favourite English rose should embrace her inner kook – and watch her choice of franchise
As the country’s favourite English rose for nearly 20 years, you’re still mostly associated with playing politely spunky young British women in nice frocks. But you’ve always been eager to show off your thorns. Whether bludgeoning your best friend’s mother with a brick in Heavenly Creatures, shagging a neighbour on the washing machine to cope with suburban ennui in Little Children or having blue hair in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, you’ve rarely opted for convention. Even your reunion with Leonardo DiCaprio was unexpected, pouring bile over the fire lit by your romance in Titanic with the brutal “you’re not worth the trouble it would take to »
- Benjamin Lee
Constance Cummings in 'Night After Night.' Constance Cummings: Working with Frank Capra and Mae West (See previous post: “Constance Cummings: Actress Went from Harold Lloyd to Eugene O'Neill.”) Back at Columbia, Harry Cohn didn't do a very good job at making Constance Cummings feel important. By the end of 1932, Columbia and its sweet ingenue found themselves in court, fighting bitterly over stipulations in her contract. According to the actress and lawyer's daughter, Columbia had failed to notify her that they were picking up her option. Therefore, she was a free agent, able to offer her services wherever she pleased. Harry Cohn felt otherwise, claiming that his contract player had waived such a notice. The battle would spill over into 1933. On the positive side, in addition to Movie Crazy 1932 provided Cummings with three other notable Hollywood movies: Washington Merry-Go-Round, American Madness, and Night After Night. 'Washington Merry-Go-Round »
- Andre Soares
Twentieth Century Fox has announced a licensing partnership with Al Ahli Holding Group that will result in the construction of a theme park and resort in Dubai. The park will be Fox-branded and will tap into the studio’s entertaiment library. The deal allows for a roll-out of up to three additional Fox-branded resorts in territories outside Dubai.
The Dubai location will open in 2018. It will cost north of $850 million to build and develop, according to sources.
Fox will not own a stake in the parks, but the company believes its properties will benefit from being featured across the resort.
“This will build a tremendous amount of fan engagement with these brands,” said Jeffrey Godsick, president of Fox Consumer Products. “There are »
- Brent Lang
The Titanic actress’s glittering career will be recognised in a BAFTA event this December.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) will honour Kate Winslet with A Life In Pictures career retrospective on December 4 this year.
The event, to be hosted at BAFTA’s headquarters in London, will involve the actress discussing a glittering career in film that began with Heavenly Creatures (1994) and involved star turns in global hits such as James Cameron’s Titanic (1997).
There is another Leonardo DiCaprio walking amongst us. And it's kind of eerie. Last year saw two movies with very similar plot lines. Both Enemy, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, and The Double, starring Jesse Eisenberg, followed men who discover their exact lookalike with disastrous consequences. Now, those movies seem to be playing out in real life as a carbon copy of Leonardo DiCaprio emerges from Sweden. Only this guy is 20 years younger!
Meet Konrad Annerud! He has garnered more than 58,000 Instargram followers for the sheer fact that he is the mirror image of Leonardo DiCaprio...From twenty years ago. Yes, it's as if 90s Leo went back in time to enjoy life as a bartender and musicians. And yes, considering his striking good looks, he also occasionally models. In fact, his resemblance to Leonardo DiCaprio is turning him into a star in his own right.
Making matters even creepier is the »
Remember Leonardo DiCaprio? Like, hot, young, Titanic-era Leo, the one with the warm puppy dog eyes and sexy pushed-back hair? Even though the actor still has the features that made him famous, times have definitely changed, and - sigh - all of us have gotten older. Thankfully, there's a new Leo in town - sort of. Swedish bartender and musician Konrad Annerud has gained fame recently for his startling resemblance to Leo in the '90s, and the 21-year-old's Instagram is a treasure trove of photos that will have you doing a double take. Konrad seems pretty used to the attention; he told Swedish outlet Nyheter24 that he considered shaving off his (and Leo's) signature locks, saying, "When I was in Italy this Summer I almost felt like shaving my hair off. It was very chaotic; people were yelling 'Leo' and wanted to take photos with me all the time. »
- Brittney Stephens
A 21-year-old Swedish guy by the name of Konrad Annerud has some pretty good genes–and millions of women around the world love it. Why? It’s because he’s the spitting image of Leonardo DiCaprio. Not the current 40-year-old version (no shade, Leo), but the young Titanic looking version. It’s the verison Leo’s adoring fans first fell... Read more » »
- Isha Thorpe
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