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Among new releases, faith-based drama Heaven is for Real destroyed Johnny Depp's Transcendence this weekend. Still, it couldn't match Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which held on to first place for the third weekend in a row.The Marvel sequel added $26.6 million this weekend, which represents a light 36 percent decline. It reached $200 million on Sunday, and should pass Thor: The Dark World in the next few days.Rio 2 repeated in second place with $22.5 million. Its 43 percent drop was much steeper than the first Rio's 33 percent dip on the exact same weekend in 2011. Through 10 days, the animated sequel has grossed $75.4 million.Playing at 2,417 locations, Heaven is for Real earned an excellent $21.5 million this weekend. Add in its Wednesday and Thursday grosses, and the faith-based true story has already grossed $28.5 million.Along with Son of God and God's Not Dead, this is the third faith-based hit in 2014 so far (you could include Noah as well, »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
If Turner Classic Movies had only been endowed with films from the pre-1948 MGM library, it would have been the channel of cinefiles’ dreams. If it had only had the pre-1950 Warner Bros. library, it would have been a 24/7 haven for film buffs. If it had only had the Rko Pictures library, it would have been a great channel.
But thanks to the foresight of Ted Turner, TCM launched on April 14, 1994 with the keys to all three of those vaults. Sure, Turner infuriated cineastes a few years before with his campaign to colorize classic black-and-white pics (shudder), but he more than made up for that misguided effort with the gift of TCM.
Commercial free, uncut, lovingly and smartly presented movies running 24/7, along with fantastic archival material, shorts (“One-Reel Wonders”) and other carefully excavated gems — there’s nothing not to like about TCM or its primary hosts, Robert Osborne (who’s »
- Cynthia Littleton
Walt Disney’s Frozen is officially the ninth most successful film in history, according to data just released. The film, which features the belting track ‘Let It Go’ has overtaken The Dark Knight Rises in the chart with a massive $1.09 billion in receipts, with the DVD and Blu-Ray still selling like hot-cakes. The film, which incidentally is the biggest animated movie of all time, is just behind Skyfall, and is expected to overtake that this week.
Frozen has been a massive movie for The Mouse House, and it signals that there is a huge market for these movies. A sequel is surely on the cards, right? You’d think so, but Disney are very protective over their more traditionally themed movies, with many sequels that do get made going direct-to-dvd.
Here’s how the official worldwide top ten currently stands, Avatar still very much at the top, a film that will take some beating. »
- Paul Heath
A movie about pirates. Based on a theme park ride. Starring the eighth lead from Lord of the Rings and the second fiddle from Bend It Like Beckham. From the director of The Ring remake (which was good) and The Mexican (which was, well, The Mexican.) Yes, expectations were let’s-say-mild for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, a film which looked on paper like a high-concept travesty-in-waiting. (The full title was ten words long.)
But there was a wild card in Disney’s deck. When Pirates arrived in July 2003, Johnny Depp was a well-respected actor »
- Darren Franich
We're about enter the summer season of movies that will test the limits of CGI and spectacle, so perhaps it's a good time to take a moment to remember that there will be movies of substance beyond the explosions. They're the films we spend the last part of the year talking about their Oscar potential, but before we look ahead (oh wait, we already did) let's look back. Miguel Branco has put together a three minute supercut highlighting the Best Picture winners from 2000-2009. It was a wacky decade for the Academy who veered from honoring blockbuster stuff like "The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King" to musical "Chicago" to the tiny Iraq war drama "The Hurt Locker" to the controversial choice "Crash." Backed by the music of The xx and Radiohead, it all swims together mostly seamlessly in a nice tribute to the movies that made history. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Darren Aronofsky has always been a filmmaker based around limited proportions. Nowhere has this been more evident than the very unfortunate public squabbles he endured while trying to get The Fountain to the screen. Originally budgeted at $70 million with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett as the leads, the film eventually fell apart but was salvaged with a slashed budget and decidedly less high profile talent. The film was a commercial failure and its critical merits are still debated to this day, but it is his next two films that truly encapsulate the “Aronofsky Syndrome” as it were. The Wrestler was a modest film with modest success (and according to this writer, probably his best film), but the psychosexual melodrama Black Swan—budgeted at a relatively slight $13 million—grossed nearly $300+ million in its run with Natalie Portman also earning a Best Actress Oscar to boot. What I mean is this—despite »
- Sean Hutchinson
Who wouldn't want to be Kevin Feige for a day?
As the president of Marvel Studios, he's likely the only guy who knows absolutely everything that's going to happen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (or the McU, if you want to sound cool). After a string of hits -- "Iron Man," "Thor," "Captain America: The First Avenger" and, of course, "The Avengers" -- that interconnect like one giant armor-clad, cape-donning soap opera, it's Feige's job to make sure they all make sense -- and make money.
Marvel's latest, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," takes the titular super soldier (played by Chris Evans) and the shady security agency he works for (S.H.I.E.L.D.) and shakes them up in a way that has serious implications for the McU, including next year's "The Avengers: Age of Ultron." But Feige wants to shake things up in other ways, too. In August, »
- Don Kaye
Here’s everything you need to know about Lionsgate Home Entertainment’s release of I, Frankenstein starring Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto and Jai Courtney. I think the most intriguing part of the release is going to be all the from-graphic-novel-to-big-screen featurettes.
From Lionsgate Home Entertainment I, Frankenstein
From the producers of Underworld, Aaron Eckhart stars in the dark fantasy action thriller, I, Frankenstein, arriving on 3D Blu-ray (plus 2D Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD UltraViolet), along with DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Video On Demand and Pay-Per-View, May 13 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The film will also be available earlier on Digital HD May 2
Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight) portrays one of the most iconic horror legends of all time in the gripping adventure I, Frankenstein, available on 3D Blu-ray (plus 2D Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD UltraViolet), along with DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Video On Demand and Pay-Per-View, »
- Jess Orso
Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight) portrays one of the most iconic horror legends of all time in the gripping adventure I, Frankenstein, available on 3D Blu-ray (plus 2D Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD UltraViolet), along with DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Video On Demand and Pay-Per-View, May 13 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. This film will be available on Digital HD May 2. From the producers of Underworld, I, Frankenstein follows Frankenstein's monster (Eckhart) as he becomes involved in a war between two immortal clans. Also starring Bill Nighy (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest), Yvonne Strahovski (TV's Chuck, TV's Dexter), Miranda Otto (The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King, TV's Rake), Jai Courtney (upcoming Divergent, A Good Day to Die Hard) and Kevin Grevioux (Underworld, Underworld 3: The Rise of The Lycans), I, Frankenstein was written for the screen and directed »
Following the I, Frankenstein‘s theatrical release in January, Lionsgate Home Entertainment has announced a Blu-ray, DVD, and digital release this May:
“Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight) portrays one of the most iconic horror legends of all time in the gripping adventure I, Frankenstein, available on 3D Blu-ray (plus 2D Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD UltraViolet), along with DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Video On Demand and Pay-Per-View, May 13 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. This film will be available on Digital HD May 2. From the producers of Underworld, I, Frankenstein follows Frankenstein’s monster (Eckhart) as he becomes involved in a war between two immortal clans. Also starring Bill Nighy (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest), Yvonne Strahovski (TV’s “Chuck,” TV’s “Dexter”), Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, TV’s “Rake”), Jai Courtney (upcoming Divergent, »
- Jonathan James
A few short months after failing to impress the majority of horror fans, the action-packed I, Frankenstein heads home with multiple means of consumption. Read on for full details!
From the Press Release
Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight) portrays one of the most iconic horror legends of all time in the gripping adventure I, Frankenstein, available on 3D Blu-ray (plus 2D Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD UltraViolet), along with DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Video On Demand, and Pay-Per-View, May 13 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. This film will be available on Digital HD May 2.
From the producers of Underworld, I, Frankenstein follows Frankenstein's monster (Eckhart) as he becomes involved in a war between two immortal clans. Also starring Bill Nighy (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest), Yvonne Strahovski (TV's "Chuck," TV's "Dexter"), Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, »
- John Squires
Oscar 2014 TV ratings: 10-year high in overall viewership in U.S. (image: Twitter hit ‘Ellen selfie Oscars,’ featuring Ellen DeGeneres, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, and Oscar 2014 company) Hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, whose "Oscars selfie" became a record-breaking Twitter hit, and featuring the likes of Angelina Jolie, Will Smith, and John Travolta as presenters — in addition to a pizza delivery man as part of an extended DeGeneres joke — the 2014 Oscar ceremony hit a 10-year high in overall viewership. In the coveted 18-49 age bracket, this year’s Oscar show drew a 12.9 rating vs. 13.0 last year; overall, in the United States an estimated 43 million people watched at least some segments of the Oscar telecast held on Sunday, March 2, 2014 — up 6% compared to last year’s show hosted by Seth MacFarlane, and featuring Ben Affleck’s Argo, Jennifer Lawrence, Daniel Day-Lewis, Christoph Waltz, and Anne Hathaway among the winners. »
- Steve Montgomery
Well, Son of God failed to ignite the religious base with the same fervor as something such as Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, but considering it's a film edited down from a television mini-series, which is to say it's essentially the same as printing money, the $26.5 million it brought in for a second place finish this weekend is nothing to dismiss. In fact, it might not be done as it dipped only 2% from Friday to Saturday and it's not quite clear just how well it might end up doing on Sunday. Fox also has to love that "A-" CinemaScore, but what else would you expectc Taking #1, however, is the latest Liam Neeson actioner, Non-Stop, bringing in $30 million and an "A-" CinemaScore. Non-Stop is the second highest opening for one of Neeson's latest actioners, second only to Taken 2 ($49.5 million), but higher than The Grey ($19.6m), Unknown ($21.8m »
- Brad Brevet
The 86th Academy Awards are this Sunday evening, and we're counting down the minutes!
We've already given you our Oscar predictions, and now we're bringing you a few of the best (and craziest) Academy Awards facts. From the first Best Actor winner to the "one dollar" Oscar rule, here are 23 things you (probably) don't know about the Oscars.
1. The youngest Oscar winner was Tatum O'Neal, who won Best Supporting Actress for "Paper Moon" (1973) when she was only 10 years old. Shirley Temple won the short-lived Juvenile Award at 6 years old.
3. After winning Best Actress for "Cabaret" (1972), Liza Minnelli became (and still is) the only Oscar winner whose parents both earned Oscars. Her mother, Judy Garland, received an honorary award in 1939 and her father, Vincente Minnelli, »
- Jonny Black
Peter Debruge: Ok, gentlemen, time to guess who will win the Oscar for best picture. I say “guess” because the word “predict” seems entirely too confident when it comes to the Academy Awards. Despite all the ink and all the effort that people put into anticipating who will win on Sunday night, all the logic and algorithms that factor into their prognostications, I still think it’s a crapshoot — and I say this as someone who once managed to win Variety’s office Oscar pool. That’s no humblebrag, mind you. Quite the opposite. My point is that only once in the last 20 years of the Academy Awards have my preferences aligned with the Academy’s — a group that prefers “Argo” to “Amour” and “The Lord of the Rings” to “Lost in Translation,” while overlooking what I consider to be the best film of 2013: “Inside Llewyn Davis.”
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- Peter Debruge, Scott Foundas and Justin Chang
Unless you're prediction-loving, number-crunching wizard Nate Silver, you probably find statistics pretty boring. But stats concerning the Academy Awards have always been fascinating, mostly because the Oscars are just plain weird, and riddled with anomalies.
The ceremony got its start in the late 1920s, when movies were just making their transition into sound, and early nominees and categories reflected the sheer chaos of those halcyon days of what would eventually become Hollywood's golden age. (Though, of course, any film aficionado worth his/her salt would have a strong opinion about the exact dates that that age entailed.)
As the Oscars tradition continued, the awards became a bit more traditional themselves, settling into a predictable pattern of narratives that have stayed relatively consistent to this day. But there are always idiosyncrasies hiding in the woodwork, and the Academy Awards have them in spades. Here, we've collected some of the most distinctive »
- Katie Roberts
Reader Hank suggests that an article on io9 might be a good basis for a Question of the Week. The article is “Will a superhero movie ever win the Academy Award for Best Picture?” And here is some stuff that Rob Bricken says in it to explain why he thinks it will never happen:
That’s mostly because the Academy is a sham. They stopped actually awarding the Best Picture Oscar to the year’s best movie decades ago. Now it’s purely a popularity contest, based way too much on box office, coupled with the Academy’s egotistical sense of what an “important” movie should be. Hey, do you want to win an Oscar? Make a movie about the power of movies, like The Artist and Argo.
It should probably be noted that when the second Gladiator won Best Picture in 2001, I turned off the Oscars and have never turned them back on again. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Release date: Oct. 4, 2013
DVD release date: Feb. 25
Run time: 1 hour, 31 mins
Box office: Opening weekend: $55.8 million; Total domestic box office: $268.4 million; Worldwide gross to date: $701.0 million
Rotten Tomatoes score: 97 percent
Tweetable description: Two astronauts get lost in space after their shuttle is riddled by high-speed debris. Time is running out. But the view is fantastic.
- Jeff Labrecque
In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool! Back when it was simply named Best Sound (and when its sister award, Best Sound Editing, had only three nominees), Best Sound Mixing was seen as the more prestigious of the two prizes -- though still, many people are unsure as to what the difference between them is. By usually compiling heavily overlapping fields, the Academy rarely helps to establish the distinction, and so it is this year: four of this year's Best Sound Mixing nominees are also up for Best Sound Editing, and in another Academy tradition, they're all action fare of some sort. The fifth is a music-based film, though »
- Guy Lodge
Amazon has two great deals going on right now for a couple of impressive Blu-ray collections. The first is the Bond 50: The Complete 23 Film Collection, which also includes Skyfall along with over 120 hours of extras, including "World of Bond", "Being Bond", "Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style" and "Skyfall Videoblogs" for only $119.99, which is 60% off the $300 list price. This week's deal also includes three HD digital copies of past Bond movies. If you're interested, click here to buy it. Next is the Best of Warner Bros 50 Film Collection, which includes the following 50 titles along with Ultraviolet digital copies of each with the * noting Best Picture winners. Grand Hotel* (1932) Mutiny on the Bounty* (1935) Wizard of Oz (1939) Gone with The Wind* (1939) Maltese Falcon, The (1941) Mrs. Miniver* (1942) Casablanca* (1942) Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The (1948) Streetcar Named Desire, A (1951) American in Paris, An* (1951) Singin' in the Rain (1952) Gigi* (1958) North By Northwest (1959) Ben-Hur »
- Brad Brevet
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