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Jk Rowling's Harry Potter books are to be published in full-colour editions for the first time.
Bloomsbury Publishing has announced that all seven books will be illustrated by award-winning artist Jim Kay.
Kay will illustrate the novels with new depictions of Rowling's characters, with a drawing of Harry Potter unveiled today (December 6).
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone will be published in its latest edition in September 2015.
Jim Kay will also design the new book jacket images. He said: "From my point of view it is, without doubt, the commission of a lifetime.
"To design the characters, the clothing, the architecture and landscapes to possibly the most expansive fantasy world in children's literature, well let's just say I'm extremely excited about it.
"However, I am also mindful of the huge responsibility this represents. I want to make sure I do the best job I possibly can."
Emma Hopkin »
Update: The two Jungle Book movies in the works are shaping up to be quite different. Jon Favreau, the director behind movies like Iron Man, Elf and Zathura, is directing the Disney live-action version. Now, Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu is in talks to direct the other one from Warner Brothers - he's the guy behind really heavy, artsy movies like Babel. His next movie is called Birdman starring Emma Stone and Michael Keaton. It looks like these dueling live-action Jungle Books will be as similar as 2012's Mirror, Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman.
June 20, 2012 - A second remake of The Jungle Book is now in the works, this one will be in 3D animation. Madagascar screenwriter Billy Frolick will adapt Rudyard Kipling's classic book about a boy adopted by jungle animals. Jun Falkenstein, director of The Tigger Movie, will co-direct with Kevin Johnson, whose credits include Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked »
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Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 5 Dec 2013 - 06:54
Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2001, and a vintage year for lesser-seen gems...
Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C Clarke may have seen 2001 as the year we'd head off to meet alien intelligences in the depths of space, but in reality, its cinematic landscape was dominated by fantasy rather than extra-terrestrials. Rowling and Tolkien dominated the box office, with Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone and The Fellowship Of The Ring earning almost $1bn each, while Monsters, Inc and Shrek thrilled old and young audiences alike.
At the other end of the spectrum of success, 2001 was such a vintage year for movies that we had to whittle our usual selection of 25 films down from an initial selection of more than 40. This is why the decision was made - with heavy heart - to exclude some of our favourite films, »
This was no turkey. Moviegoers couldn't get enough of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire over the five-day Thanksgiving holiday as the Lionsgate sequel gobbled up a whopping $110.1 million during the Wednesday to Sunday period, including a $75 million Friday-Sunday tally to best Frozen. Disney's 3D animated musical hit theaters Wednesday and also did spectacular business, earning an estimated $93 million over the five-day frame, including $66 million according to stats compiled by Box Office Mojo. Catching Fire and Frozen set Thanksgiving records for the three-day weekend and five-day holiday, blowing past the mark set by Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, which brought in a then-boffo $57.5 »
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire broke another Us box office record over the Thanksgiving period.
The second instalment in the Jennifer Lawrence-led series continued its streak atop the chart, earning $110.2m during the extended five-day holiday weekend - smashing last record holder Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, which achieved $82.4m in 2001.
Catching Fire's Friday to Sunday screenings amassed $74.5 million, bringing the sequel's overall total to $296.5m.
The final book in the Suzanne Collins trilogy Mockingjay is set to be split into two films for the big screen, with part one's debut scheduled for November 21, 2014 and part two due a year later on November 20, 2015.
Despite landing one place behind Catching Fire, Disney's latest release Frozen celebrated a record of its own. The Kristen Bell-voiced animation brought in $93m over the long weekend, breaking the Thanksgiving record for highest debut - previously held by Toy Story 2 in 1999 with $80m. »
How well did Catching Fire perform over its second weekend in release? Only three movies in history have had better second weekend domestic box office takes than The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: The Avengers, Avatar and The Dark Knight. BoxOfficeMojo reports the second Hunger Games movie also smashed Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone's five-day Thanksgiving weekend record by ringing up $110 million domestically. Also setting a new record was Disney's animated comedy Frozen which now holds the first place title for the best five-day Thanksgiving weekend opening with an astounding take of $93 million.
However, Oldboy, Black Nativity, and Homefront didn't share in the feast at the Thanksgiving box office. Spike Lee's Oldboy remake was completely ignored and earned a measly $1.25 million over the holidays, not even good enough to register on the Top 10 list for the extended weekend. And Jason Statham's latest action film also was »
The Thanksgiving weekend was big news for a handful of major players while the rest of the field had very little to be thankful for. It was a tale of fire and ice as last weekend's number one The Hunger Games: Catching Fire went up against the highly anticipated Disney animated feature Frozen. Over the regular three day weekend it was Catching Fire that came out on top again, adding $74 million to its nearly $300 million domestic grand total. Frozen banked $66 million for a strong second place, bringing its five day holiday total to $93 million. But Catching Fire's success didn't stop at number one. The movie earned $110 million between Wednesday and the end of the weekend, smashing through the $82 million record that Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone set for the Thanksgiving five day run.back in 2001. Frozen's $93 million total also topped that record, making the weekend an unusual double »
Washington, Dec. 2: Jennifer Lawrence starrer 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' has become the top Thanksgiving title of all time after making a collection of 110.2 million dollars in the second consecutive week at the Us box office.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the record-breaking movie was followed by Disney's animated movie 'Frozen', which has earned 93 million dollars at the box office.
Both films bested the previous Thanksgiving record holder, 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' that grossed 57.5 million dollars in 2001 over a three-day period.
Top 10 box office earners are:
1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - 110.2 million dollars
2. Frozen - 93.0 million dollars
3. Thor:. »
- Lohit Reddy
Just $1.25 million over five days. Yep, that's the dismal take Spike Lee's Oldboy (review here) brought in during the holiday weekend. Sure, it only opened in 583 locations, but still. Read on for details.
Box Office Mojo reported the news that Lee's remake of the Korean classic took in just $1.25 million for the five-day frame ($850,000 three-day). That's well below expectations and really just a fraction of the film's $30 million budget. Oldboy came in 17th in the top 20.
In the number one spot is The Hunger Games: Catching Fire with a weekend gross of $74,500,000 (three-day), bringing it to a whopping $296,500,000 since its release. It also obliterated a Thanksgiving weekend record. With $110.1 million from Wednesday to Sunday, the blockbuster sequel destroyed the five-day Thanksgiving weekend record held for the past 12 years by Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone ($82.4 million).
Could all the negative press and weird goings-on have added to Oldboy's woes? »
- Uncle Creepy
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and 3-D animated musical "Frozen" dished up box office records over the Thanksgiving holiday. Lionsgate's sequel earned a prodigious $75 million in its second weekend, while Disney's frosty fete opened with $67 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. Both films bested the previous Thanksgiving record holder, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," which earned $57.5 million in 2001 over a three-day period. Snowballing its way to the top, "Frozen" became the biggest Thanksgiving opening ever and the largest opening for Walt Disney Animation Studios. "For a company whose foundation was built on animation, to have this »
- Gregory Ellwood
It was feast or famine at the box office over the long Thanksgiving weekend. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen obliterated a handful of records, and combined for over $200 million for the five-day frame. The rest of the market didn't fare so well, though: in particular, new releases Homefront, Black Nativity and Oldboy failed to find an audience.After opening to over $158 million last weekend, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire held well over the Thanksgiving holiday. For the three-day weekend, the movie took first place with $74.2 million; among all second weekends, that ranks fourth behind The Avengers, Avatar and The Dark Knight. With $109.9 million from Wednesday to Sunday, the blockbuster sequel also destroyed the five-day Thanksgiving weekend record held for the past 12 years by Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone ($82.4 million).Through its first 10 days, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has earned a massive $296.3 million. It's now virtually guaranteed to finish with over $400 million, »
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Winners Of The Week: Fire and Ice. "Some say the world will end in fire/Some say in ice," wrote Robert Frost. But at the multiplex, moviegoers found both were nice and would suffice. To no one's surprise, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire remained on top for a second straight week, with an estimated $74.5 million from Friday to Sunday (and a total of $296.5 million in 10 days), but Disney's cartoon Frozen gave it a run for its money. The snowy tale, which showed great promise on just one screen last week, »
Blazing at the box office, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" shot out the other tributes and made a whopping $74.5 million this weekend, part of an even more eye-popping $110.1 million for the five-day Thanksgiving holiday weekend (shattering the $82.4 million record set by "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"). Entering its second week, 'Catching Fire' has a domestic running total of $296.5 million and a worldwide total of $573 million (beating out the domestic $269.3 million and the worldwide $384.3 million of its predecessor "The Hunger Games" in its second week). Whereas last weekend the film topped the ranks of all recent uber-successful Ya series (breaking records set by 'Twilight' and 'Harry Potter' franchises), this weekend it's joined the big boys with its second weekend ranking fourth of all time behind "The Avengers" ($103.1 million), "Avatar" ($75.6 million), and "The Dark Knight" ($74.5 million), displacing "Iron Man 3" ($74.5 million). With little franchise »
- Diana Drumm
The previous five-day record over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone with $82.3 million. The same film also held the record for the highest three day total with $57.4 million. Well, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire saw those records and flew right by, bringing in $74.5 million over the three-day and a massive $110.2 million for the five-day. The film is now up to $296.5 million domestically and over $573 million worldwide. After just ten days the sequel is only $7 million shy of the first film's overseas total. The $74.5 million weekend is the fourth largest second weekend of all-time, behind The Avengers, Avatar and The Dark Knight. The big news doesn't stop there as Disney's Frozen would be able to call itself a multiple record breaker had it not been for Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss stealing the thunder, but one record it can certainly claim is the highest Thanksgiving weekend opening »
- Brad Brevet
Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire topped the box office for a second weekend in a row with an estimated $74.5 million over the standard Friday to Sunday weekend frame. The Francis Lawrence film starring Jennifer Lawrence, averaged $17,826 per theater, and now has over $296.5 million earned domestically, and around $276.5 million overseas, for a worldwide cume of over $573 million coined, from a $130 million production budget. Over the 5 day frame running from Wednesday to Sunday, Catching Fire earned a hefty $110.2 million, becoming the highest 5 day gross over the Thanksgiving window, according to Rentrak. Disney's Frozen now holds the biggest Thanksgiving debut ever in both the 3 day and 5 day weekend with $66.7 million and $93 million. The Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures release is also the second highest 5 day gross holder ever over Thanksgiving. Pic voiced by Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff, turned in $66.7 million grossed from 3,724 theaters, averaging $17,828 per theater from the 3 day frame, »
AP - "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" earned a prodigious $75 million, while 3-D animated musical "Frozen" opened with $67 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Both films bested the previous Thanksgiving record holder, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," which earned $57.5 million in 2001 over a three-day period.
"Frozen" is now the biggest Thanksgiving wide release opener ever.
Lionsgate's sequel and Disney's frosty fete now hold the record for the highest domestic box office grosses for the three-day and five-day holiday weekend, as "Catching Fire" blazed the trail and "Frozen" slid in at No. 2.
From Wednesday to Sunday, "Catching Fire" brought in $110.2 million, bringing the domestic total to $297 million. "Frozen" scored $93 million, topping Disney's previous five-day champ, "Toy Story 2," which earned $80.1 million in 1999.
Top 10 at the Weekend Box Office
1. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" - $74.5 M
2. "Frozen (2013)" - $66.7 M
3. "Thor: The Dark World" - $15.5 M
4. "The Best Man Holiday" - $8.5 M »
- The Associated Press
It's both feast and famine in the Top 10 this weekend, with two films, Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and Disney's animated "Frozen" (Buena Vista) accounting for most of the action yesterday. The $76 million total is impressive but falls short of the same day last year ($79 million) which had a much wider array of top films ("Breaking Dawn - Part 2," "Skyfall," "Lincoln," "Rise of the Guardians" and "Life of Pi" in the top 5). But below these two films was a big drop. "Catching Fire" and "Frozen" both look like they will top the previous record for the 5-day Thanksgiving holiday weekend ($82 million for "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone") by some margin. "Fire" grossed $31,250,000 for the day, down from $70 million for its combined Thursday night-Friday take last week, but still very strong. It is already at $253 million. With the aid of holiday playtime, this is $45 million ahead of what "The Hunger Games »
- Tom Brueggemann
Two movies with female leads are poised to dominate the box office over the Thanksgiving holiday. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire should easily repeat in first place, and could set a new Thanksgiving record. Meanwhile, Disney Animation's Frozen is also looking at a strong start, though it probably won't match similar movie Tangled.Catching Fire is coming off an enormous $158.1 million weekend, and is receiving strong word-of-mouth (an "A" CinemaScore). The current all-time record for the five-day Thanksgiving weekend (Wednesday to Sunday) is $82.4 million, set back in 2001 by Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Based on Catching Fire's mid-week performance so far, it's likely that it sets a new record with at least $85 million.Expanding to 3,742 locations after a successful exclusive run at Disney's El Capitan theater, Frozen is the latest movie from the resurgent Disney Animation Studios. The animation department scored a big hit in 2010 with Tangled ($200.8 million »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Amazon's week long deals for 2013 Black Friday and Cyber Monday continue today, Monday, November 25, with a whole new batch of DVDs, Blu-rays and a few extras on sale as I will continue to update the information below throughout the day and all throughout the week. As of now I have a few deals outside the scheduled events you may be interested in, but other than that pay attention to the deal start times so you don't miss out. Today's deals include great prices on Harry Potter Blu-rays and DVDs, complete seasons of "The Closer", Miracle on 34th Street on Blu-ray, "Glee" and much more. Outside of what's below you can find the current upcoming scheduled deals for the week right here, which I will be updating as more titles and deals are announced. Otherwise, start shopping. Right Now! The Brady Bunch: The Complete Series with Shag Carpet Cover ($42.49) I Love Lucy »
- Brad Brevet
When Jk Rowling sold the film rights to her first four Harry Potter novels in 1999, few could have predicted the lasting impact this would have on both the literary and cinematic worlds. As Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone became a box office smash at the tail end of 2001, Rowling was still midway through writing her seven-novel saga.
This steady stream of films and books kept Potter in the spotlight - by the time Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 premiered in Trafalgar Square in 2011 the hype was deafening, public affection at an all-time high and Potter's status as a pop cultural phenomenon was cemented.
In Hollywood, the success of Potter (and the vacuum it left behind) led to a mad scramble to find 'the next big thing' for teens - audiences with disposable income who hoover up Young Adult literature (or Ya as it's commonly abbreviated) and »
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