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Having hit the $1 billion mark on Friday, Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron has now cracked the top ten list of the highest-grossing movies of all time, climbing to eighth with $1.142 billion and counting.
Despite falling to third in the States behind Pitch Perfect 2 and Mad Max: Fury Road is closing in on $375 million domestically, with a further $770.5 million from international markets, including $156.3 million in China, where it opened on Monday.
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Age of Ultron has knocked Skyfall ($1.109 billion) out of the top ten list, as well as overtaking The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King ($1.119 billion) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon ($1.124 billion). It is closing in fast on Iron Man 3 ($1.215 billion), but still trails the year’s highest grossing movie Fast & Furious 7, which currently sits »
- Gary Collinson
Exclusive: Cornerstone to sell comedy from ParaNorman director.
Smith-McPhee is in final negotiations to star in Croak, which would reunite him with his ParaNorman director. The young actor, seen opposite Michael Fassbender in Sundance title Slow West, was recently cast as Nightcrawler in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse.
Also cast is newcomer Tilda Cobham-Hervey (52 Tuesdays).
Nicole Carmen-Davis, Rebekah Gilbertson and Philippa Campbell are producing the film, written by Lucy Moore, which centres on a world-weary 17-year-old Jenny (Cobham-Hervey) and mysterious, geeky Marcus (Smit-McPhee) - a young grim reaper living somewhere between the land of the living and oblivion.
Anderson is to play the character of the grim “Mistress” who keeps a watchful eye over »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the release of "Crash" (on May 6, 2005), an all-star movie whose controversy came not from its provocative treatment of racial issues but from its Best Picture Oscar victory a few months later, against what many critics felt was a much more deserving movie, "Brokeback Mountain."
The "Crash" vs. "Brokeback" battle is one of those lingering disputes that makes the Academy Awards so fascinating, year after year. Moviegoers and critics who revisit older movies are constantly judging the Academy's judgment. Even decades of hindsight may not always be enough to tell whether the Oscar voters of a particular year got it right or wrong. Whether it's "Birdman" vs. "Boyhood," "The King's Speech" vs. "The Social Network," "Saving Private Ryan" vs. "Shakespeare in Love" or even "An American in Paris" vs. "A Streetcar Named Desire," we're still confirming the Academy's taste or dismissing it as hopelessly off-base years later. »
- Gary Susman
The unexpected death of Australian cinematographer Andrew Lesnie has sparked an outpouring of touching sentiment about his skills behind the camera, his huge contribution to his own and New Zealand cinema and also, from those who knew him, his decency and goodwill.
“After 17 years and eight movies together, the loss of Andrew is very hard to bear,” said Peter Jackson in a Facebook post this evening. He described him as “one of the great cinematographers of our time” and “an irreplaceable part of my family” who “always had my back”.
Jackson sought him out for the fantasy/adventure The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring because of the quality of his work on the Australian fairytale Babe. The New Zealand-based collaboration earned Lesnie the 2002 Academy Award for his cinematography »
- Sandy.George@me.com (Sandy George)
Andrew Lesnie, the Oscar-winning cinematographer of the "Lord of the Rings" and "Hobbit" franchises, has reportedly died of a heart attack. He was 59. Initial reports surfaced late Monday night on Twitter and Ain't It Cool News' Eric Vespe confirmed the reports soon after. Lesnie's family is expected to make an official statement at a later time. Devastating news from home. The master of the light, genius Andrew Lesnie has passed on . — Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) April 28, 2015 Lesnie received his Academy Award for "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" in 2002, a towering achievement that represented a visionary new direction for epic filmmaking, courtesy of director Peter Jackson. He was then inexplicably passed over for nominations for "The Two Towers" and particularly the 11-Oscar sweeper "The Return of the King," each of them no less stunning (and indeed, part of an organic whole). Lesnie was behind the camera on »
- Kristopher Tapley
We film critics have an often infuriating tendency to write as much about ourselves, and the state of our profession, as we do about the movies. This is hardly a new phenomenon, of course, but it may be more prevalent than ever before: Whether we’re seeking out pockets of online validation or trying to provoke those with whom we violently disagree (or both), the rise of social media has made it all too easy to engage directly with our ideological allies and adversaries alike. At the same time, the continual thinning of our professional ranks has fueled endless arguments and think-pieces about whether the Internet has succeeded in decimating or diversifying the field.
All of which makes it particularly important to remember Richard Corliss — not just because the veteran Time critic hailed from that honorable, not-yet-bygone tradition of wordsmiths who composed sharp, beautifully considered reviews for the printed page, »
- Justin Chang
As brash, boisterous box office spectacle, Peter Jackson's Middle-earth movies are unquestionably a triumph. His early 2000s adaptation of The Lord of the Rings captured the sweep and - via that ending that never ended - the introspection of the source material.
While his Hobbit trilogy is less universally beloved, who could argue that the battle scenes pack a wallop or that, in Benedict Cumberbatch's Smaug, Jackson has given us one of the great on-screen dragons?
Whatever your opinion of Jackson's juggernaut, though, there is one indisputable weakness baked into his cinematic interpretation of Middle-earth. He is obsessed with orcs, those stock swords and sorcery nasties with terminally bad skin and the deportment of '80s football hooligans hopped up on Special Brew.
This was made depressingly obvious one third of the way through last year's Battle of the Five Armies as The Necromancer was casually bundled off stage, »
Wamg has your free passes to the advance screening of Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Water Diviner.
Crowe also stars in the film as Australian farmer Joshua Connor, who, in 1919, goes in search of his three missing sons, last known to have fought against the Turks in the bloody Battle of Gallipoli. Arriving in Istanbul, he is thrust into a vastly different world, where he encounters others who have suffered their own losses in the conflict: Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko), a strikingly beautiful but guarded hotelier raising a child alone; her young, spirited son, Orhan (Dylan Georgiades), who finds a friend in Connor; and Major Hasan (Yilmaz Erdoğan), a Turkish officer who fought against Connor’s boys and who may be this father’s only hope. »
- Movie Geeks
Gondor is the greatest realm of men in all of Middle Earth. Home to stories of heroics and legend that would make King Arthur look like C3PO by comparison, it is rightly revered in both Jrr Tolkien and Peter Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings trilogies. It is the key kingdom of the entire story – basically the Kings Landing of Middle Earth. Battles are fought here, tides of war are turned here and even the title of the last film is named after its king.
Scene of the awesome climactic battle in The Return Of The King, host to one of the most epic speeches of the entire Lotr universe, not to mention the hard hitting sibling drama of the Gondor princes Boromir and Faramir, Gondor is up there with the very greatest kingdoms ever committed to celluloid or page.
But what would it really be »
- Lee Gant
Winslet's Insurgent opened this weekend with a respectable $54 million, knocking Blanchett's Cinderella into second. To its credit, Disney's live-action adaptation opened with an impressive $67.8 million the weekend prior and has accumulated a domestic total to $122 million in just two weeks.
But how do the two Oscar winners stack up against one another? That's what Et's Celebrity Showdown is here to discover. Looking at seven unique criteria that weigh box-office earnings, critic's reviews, and award season gold, Celebrity Showdown examines the anatomy of both stars' careers to determine who's really the best.
I don't envy any showrunner who has to write a series finale, especially after observing the very different reactions over the past few days to the final episodes of "Two and a Half Men" and "Parks and Recreation."
Consensus on the former seems to be outrage mixed with bafflement, while response to the latter seems to have been copious tears mixed with warm fuzzies.
Looking at both finales, however, it appears each long-running sitcom ended with an episode that was true to what the series was about. The literally cartoonish "Two and a Half Men" finale, which (spoiler alert) wrapped with pianos being dropped on both the characters and on creator Chuck Lorre, was a fittingly nihilistic send-off for a show that seemed to find all its characters loathsome and had little regard for the humanity of any of them, except insofar as Lorre could use them for punching bags and punchlines. »
- Gary Susman
When "Big Hero 6" won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature over frontrunner "How to Train Your Dragon 2," it was considered a huge upset. But, really, we should have seen this coming. After all, the Oscars hate sequels. -Break- Related: Do Oscars hate women? Indeed, since the Best Animated Feature was created in 2001, only one sequel has claimed victory: "Toy Story 3" (2010). But that was also a Best Picture nominee with a whopping five nominations, so it was clearly beloved by the entire Academy. In other words, "Toy Story 3" was a rare exception to the sequel rule. The Oscars don't just hate animated sequels, they also can't stand rewarding sequels as Best Picture, either. In fact, out of the 87 Best Picture champs, only two have been sequels: "The Godfather Part II" (1974) and "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003). Hmm, what if we were to expand the def. »
We need your help, Derbyites. Now that "Birdman" has won the top trophy at the Oscars, we want to know what's really the Best Picture since 2001? Vote in our poll below. There's a wide selection to choose from over the past 14 years, with blockbusters ("The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"), indies ("The Hurt Locker"), fun films ("The Artist") and violent fare ("No Country for Old Men") all in consideration. -Break- Oscars: Complete list of winners But which one is the best of the best? You can only vote for one film, so choose wisely. Need help remembering the past 14 winners? Then scroll through our Oscars photo gallery below the poll that highlights every Best Picture champ since 2001. What's really the Best Picture since 2001? ' »
When the final envelope is opened on Oscar night, the picture deemed to be the year’s best is likely to be unfamiliar to most of the tens of millions of people watching the awards show.
That’s because “Boyhood” and “Birdman,” the two frontrunners to nab best picture on Sunday night, are box office lightweights when measured against past winners. It’s a sign that Academy Awards voters are more moved by art than commerce when it comes to handing out the top prize.
“It says to me that the Oscars are agnostic when it comes to popularity,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. “Often times the most challenging movies aren’t the ones that generate the most popular attention from audiences.”
“Birdman,” with $37.7 million in receipts, and “Boyhood,” with $25.3 million, rank as arthouse hits and enjoyed a healthy return on their $18 million and $4 million production budgets, »
- Brent Lang
The race for Best Makeup and Hairstyling is yet another tech category that has split our experts. The Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hairstylists Guild went for "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Guardians of the Galaxy," and they've correctly predicted the eventual Oscar winner three times (it should be noted that last year was the first time they had given out awards in a decade): -Break- Wes Anderson talks 'Grand Budapest,' Oscars, Ralph Fiennes, and near-injury on set 2000: Rick Baker, Gail Ryan, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" 2003: Richard Taylor, Peter King, "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" 2013: Robin Mathews, "Dallas Buyers Club" (Oscar shared with Adruitha Lee) "Grand Budapest" and "Guardians of the Galaxy" are joined in this category by "Foxcatcher." Let's take a closer look at their chances of winning: Bill Corso, Denn »
The Oscar for Best Costume Design is sometimes one of the hardest to predict. The Costume Designers Guild offers some assistance, with their awards for Period, Fantasy, and Contemporary films, but since 1999, when the guild first started handing out prizes, they’ve predicted the eventual Oscar winner only seven times (from 1999-2004, the Period and Fantasy Awards were combined; in 2005, the category was split): 2002: Colleen Atwood, “Chicago” (Period/Fantasy) 2003: Ngila Dickson, “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (Period/Fantasy, Oscar shared with Richard Taylor) 2005: Colleen Atwood, “Memoirs of a Geisha” (Period) 2008: Michael O’Connor, “The Duchess” (Period) 2009: Sandy Powell, “The Young Victoria” (Period) 2010: Colleen Atwood, “Alice in Wonderland” (Fantasy) 2012: Jacqueline Durran, “Anna Karenina” -Break- Updated: Experts' Oscars predic...' »
The 87th 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 25 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
The finale in Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy, The Battle of the Five Armies, hit theaters just in time for the holidays and now Warner Bros. has announced it's coming to blu-ray in March so fans can re-live the action as many times as they want. Come inside to see when you can bring the film home, and what special features it's coming with.
If you can't wait for the upcoming Extended Edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (which we all know is coming), then you're in luck, as Warner Bros. has announced you can take home the theatrical blu-ray on March 24th. Check out all the details according to their press release:
The adventures of Bilbo Baggins come to an epic conclusion in “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), arriving onto Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
The adventures of Bilbo Baggins come to an epic conclusion in The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), arriving onto Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on March 24 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
In The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. The international ensemble cast is led by Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Billy Connolly, James Nesbitt, Ken Stott, Aidan Turner, Dean O'Gorman, Graham McTavish, Stephen Fry and Ryan Cage. The film also stars Cate Blanchett, »
By Anjelica Oswald
Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Guardians of the Galaxy all received awards from the Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild during its awards ceremony Feb. 14. Both Guardians and Grand Budapest are nominated for the Oscar for best makeup and hairstyling (along with Foxcatcher).
Guardians’ Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou was awarded for contemporary makeup and David White won for special makeup effects. Grand Budapest’s Frances Hannon and Julie Dartnell won for best period and/or character makeup, as well as best period and/or character hairstyling. Birdman’s Jerry Popolis and Kat Drazen won for contemporary hairstyling.
Aside from feature films, the Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards also recognizes make-up artists and hair stylists for television and new media, as well as television miniseries and made-for-tv movies. The guild first gave out awards in 2000 and continued through 2004 until they stopped for 10 years. The awards were again given out last year. »
- Anjelica Oswald
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