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I am interviewing The Artist director Michel Hazanavicius on Monday morning and in preparation I watched his two previous films Oss 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies and Oss 117: Lost in Rio and wow, I had a lot of fun with these... Oss 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies & Lost in Rio
As a director Michel Hazanavicius has four feature films to his name. At the moment all the attention is on his Oscar contending silent film The Artist, which is currently making a strong bid to win Best Picture at this year's Oscars and will likely rack up nominations, if not wins, in several other categories. However, before The Artist, Hazanavicius directed a pair of successful James Bond spy spoofs (which are also satirical continuations of the original Oss 117 films from the 50s and 60s) beginning with Oss 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies, followed by Oss 117: Lost in Rio. »
- Brad Brevet
Lionsgate had this to say on the project:
London, UK (November 9 2011) – Lionsgate UK is venturing into comedy for the first time to produce a new feature film with “Celebrity Juice’s” ever popular host and international ladies’ man Keith Lemon with producing partners Belfast-based Generator Entertainment. Production starts shooting on location in Belfast on November 17, 2011, with funding from Northern Ireland Screen. Verne Troyer is confirmed to star alongside Keith Lemon. »
- Tom Fordy
British comedy star and Celebrity Juice host Keith Lemon is set to follow in the footsteps of Sacha Baron Cohen's Ali G, Borat and Bruno as he makes his feature film debut, with Lionsgate UK announcing that cameras will begin rolling on Keith Lemon: The Film on November 17th in Belfast. Written by Lemon's alter-ego, Leigh Francis (creator of Bo Selecta and Keith Lemon’s World Tour) and Paul Angunawela (Keith Lemon's Fit), the movie will be directed by Angunawela and is to be produced by Mark Huffam (Prometheus, Game of Thrones, Mamma Mia!, Johnny English), Simon Bosanquet (The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, Ripley's Game, Whole Lotta Sole) and Aidan Elliott (Killing Bono, Fairytale of New York). Take a look at the synopsis...
Lionsgate UK is venturing into comedy for the first time to produce a new feature film with Celebrity Juice host and international ladies’ man Keith Lemon and producing partners Belfast-based Generator Entertainment. Production starts shooting on location in Belfast on November 17th 2011, with funding from Northern Ireland Screen. Verne Troyer is confirmed to be starring alongside Keith Lemon.
Keith Lemon: The Film is a comedy about Keith following his dreams of becoming a successful entrepreneur, just like his hero Richard Branson. He comes to London from Leeds, becomes an overnight billionaire then an over day failure before finding the road to redemption.
Written by Leigh Francis and Paul Angunawela, the film will be directed by Angunawela and produced by Mark Huffam (Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, Game of Thrones, Mamma Mia!, Johnny English), Simon Bosanquet (Life and Death of Peter Sellers, Whole Lotta Sole) and Aidan Elliott for Belfast-based Generator Entertainment. »
In this week’s “Now and Then” column, Matt Brennan takes a look at two players in the small-screen spy game, the new Sky 1/Hulu comedy Spy and J.J. Abrams breakout cult hit, Alias. Espionage parody is a tricky thing. On the face of it, spy thrillers are ripe for satire: from the dangerous gadgetry to the cloak-and-dagger routine, there’s something a tad ridiculous about secret agents. Even the James Bond films, for better or worse, have long been in on the joke, from Q’s exasperated bumbling to Bond’s unique brand of blatant sexual puns. Rarely, though, do the laughs fly. A venerable subgenre stretching from Johnny English to Austin Powers, spy parody invites more than its fair share of duds. FThat's because when the humor »
Here is a sneak peek at what's opening in theaters this weekend, including the animated "Puss in Boots," starring Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek; the alcohol-fueled dramedy "The Rum Diary," starring Johnny Depp; the sci-fi thriller "In Time," starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried; and the period Tudor drama, "Anonymous."
In Theaters Now (October)'Puss in Boots' (Oct. 28)
Gillian Anderson has battled alien invaders, faced shadowy conspiracies, and played some of the most memorable women in literature. So, what intimidates her? Watching herself onscreen. "The first time I see something I'm in, it's very hard for me," she admits. "I've got one thing on my mind and one thing only: picking apart my performance." Fortunately, she recently had a second chance to see her new comedy, "Johnny English Reborn," and was able to enjoy it much more this time around. As the single-minded agent brought in to revamp Mi-7, Anderson's character brings the bumbling secret agent Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson) out of retirement to wreak more havoc on the world. "I laughed during the entire thing," she says. "And all I could see were 50 adults in front of me, bending forward. I'm assuming it was laughter, unless there was something wrong with the popcorn."Below, five other things. »
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Box office income up 1.4% year on year in 42 weeks to 20 October, while 3D films are rising in popularity
The runaway success of The Inbetweeners Movie has driven a rise in box office sales and total revenues at movie chain Cineworld.
Cineworld, the UK's second largest cinema chain behind Guy Hands's Odeon and Uci, also announced an increase in the number of people watching 3D versions of films over the course of 2011.
The company on Tuesday reported a 0.9% year-on-year increase in total revenues in an interim management statement covering the 42 weeks to 20 October.
Box office revenues were up 1.4% year on year, a solid performance given the "very strong" film releases in the same period last year.
The biggest release of the »
- Mark Sweney
Low budget horror for the win. Paranormal Activity 3 premiered in First Place at the box office this weekend with $54 Million. Real Steel was Second with $11.3 Million. Footloose was Third with $10.8 Million. The Three Musketeers premiered in Fourth Place with $8.8 Million. The Ides of March was Fifth with $4.9 Million. Dolphin Tale, Moneyball, Johnny English Reborn (which premiered this weekend), The Thing, and 50/50 rounded out the top ten respectively.
Paranormal Activity 3 is a 2011 American supernatural horror film. It is the third film of the Paranormal Activity series and serves as a prequel, set 18 years prior to the events of the first two films.
Paranormal Activity 3 put a smile on everyone's face at Paramount in delivering record-setting numbers in its pre-Halloween debut, ending a lengthy stagnant period for Hollywood that began after Rise of the Planet of the Apes exceeded expectations the first week of August. The horror prequel/sequel sure to become a Halloween mainstay easily trounced not only the rival openings of The Three Musketeers and Johnny English Reborn, but the entire top ten - and most likely twenty - combined. The top ten was up a huge 48% from last weekend, but down an oh-so-slight 0.8% from the same frame a year ago.
In what appears to becoming an annual tradition the way Lionsgate's completed Saw series (remember those?) was, Paramount's Paranormal Activity 3 delivered some early thrills by opening the week before All Hallows Eve. True to the nature of the franchise, the production budget was kept low and marketing effectively »
By Pete Hammond
HollywoodNews.com: It’s rare that a third edition of a horror movie franchise could not only actually outperform its predecesors at the boxoffice but actually get good reviews in the process. Paramount’s latest annual installment of the Paranormal Activity series of creep-you-out genuine spookiness “home movies” did just that earning a way over-performing estimated total of $54 million and 72% positive reviews on the aggregated Rotten Tomatoes site.
Overall the film which only cost around $5 million to make is seemingly already in profit. Of course that $5 million total is gargantuan compared to the original cost of the first Pa film which was reportedly made for $11,000 before Paramount acquired it for release in 2007. Since then they have kept the series going with back to back installments last Fall and now. It’s a tricky concept to keep pushing since the surprise element that made it work so well is by now a formula. »
- Pete Hammond
Paramount's low-budget, low-tech sequel Paranormal Activity 3 delivered a record-setting bow in its pre-Halloween debut, ending a stagnant period for Hollywood that started off in early August. The film easily trounced not only the rival openings of The Three Musketeers and Johnny English Reborn, but the entire top ten -and most likely twenty- combined. The top ten was up a huge 48% from last weekend but down an oh-so slight 0.8% from this time a year ago.
In what appears to becoming an annual tradition the way Lionsgate's Saw series (remember those?) was, Paramount's Paranormal Activity 3 delivered some early thrills by opening the week before All Hallows Eve. True to the nature of the franchise, the production budget was kept low and marketing effectively built its opening-weekend buzz through social media outlets such as Twitter, which offered fans the chance to see the film first if they Tweeted about it. The »
When one sees 250+ films in a given year one tends to remember both the really good ones and the ones that insulted your intelligence or wasted your time. The first Johnny English was neither of those two, and luckily its sequel, Johnny English Reborn, already an international hit, doesn’t require an understanding of its predecessor. Not that we can’t easily understand Johnny English, a super agent and perhaps idiot savant, a fact the film takes great joy in. Consider a chase scene where Johnny hunts down a suspect, Rowan Atkinson is no Jason Statham, so instead of jumping over a fence, he’ll open the gate two inches away.
Johnny English Reborn has a great deal of fun with these paradoxes, in a Hong Kong casino he goes on the hunt for an “Asian man in spectacles” and stumbles across two would-be contacts, choosing the least obvious to talk-up. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
A couple of films crashed and burned this weekend while the film budgeted at a mere $5 million ended up becoming the highest grossing October opening ever. It surely faces a big drop next week, but at this rate I have to assume the wheels are spinning on how to make Paranormal Activity 4... Laremy predicted the #1 movie correctly 3 Weeks In A Row Paranormal Activity 3 After $8 million in midnight ticket sales on Friday, Paranormal Activity 3 steam-rolled through the weekend becoming the best October opener of all-time, the best horror opening of all time and it's the first film to cross the $50 million mark on opening weekend this year since Rise of the Planet of the Apes back at the beginning of August. While the film will probably suffer a large second week dip, much like the second release's nearly 60% dip last year, it bested that second film by nearly $14 million in opening weekend dollars. »
- Brad Brevet
New Johnny English Reborn movie brought good comedy,action,suspense & more. Universal Pictures released their new action/comedy flick "Johnny English Reborn" into theaters this weekend. I just got done checking it out,and I thought it was pretty good. I liked the comedy,coupled with the clever action scenes it delivered,and the plot had a lot going on with it. The movie stars: Rowan Atkinson, Gillian Anderson, Dominic West, Rosamund Pike,and Daniel Kaluuya. In the flick, former Mi-7 agent Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson) is seen mastering his skills in a remote region in Asia,and this unique training session served up some pretty funny moments. Johnny is eventually called back into action when an attempt is made against the Chinese premier's life. Johnny eventually teams up with a sidekick, named Agent Tucker, to hunt down a missing key piece that's apparently one of three parts of a full key. »
Julianne Hough, Footloose Paranormal Activity 3 to Gross $10 Million Above Estimates?: Box Office On Friday (Oct. 21), Craig Brewer's Footloose was ahead of last weekend's top film, Shawn Levy's Real Steel, collecting $3.47 million in second place according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Real Steel, which stars stars Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, and Evangeline Lilly, took in $3.1 million at no. 3. Footloose features Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid, and Andie McDowell. Aside from Paranormal Activity 3, the weekend's new wide releases turned out to be a series of implosive bombs. Distributed by Summit Entertainment — which hasn't had much luck outside the Twilight Saga franchise — Paul W. S. Anderson's 3D version of The Three Musketeers opened with $2.9m in fourth place, and is expected to take in a mere $8-9m by Sunday evening. Initial guesstimates placed the film's weekend take in the low teens. One of its leads, »
- Zac Gille
Plot: After getting a former assignment killed, super agent Johnny English is forced into retirement. While away from work he finds himself at a monastery getting into all sorts of hilarious hi-jinks. Yet the jokes are amped way up when he is requested to return to British Intelligence. Sometimes the humor works but most of the time it drags on too long, or it.s just not as funny as it could be. Will English get his man? Frankly it.s hard to care either way. Review: Rowan Atkinson returns »
The accident-prone spy Johnny English (comic actor Rowan Atkinson) was featured in a series of popular British credit card commercials between 1992 and 1997, before hitting the big screen in 2003. Now, the British MI7 agent is back in Johnny English Reborn, directed by Oliver Parker, and this time the action is even bigger, as English has to stop a group of international assassins before they eliminate a world leader and cause global chaos. At the film’s press day, Oliver Parker talked about how much he enjoyed the mixture of character story and action sequences, how tricky it is to determine when you’ve gotten what you want out of a scene, the process of finding the right actors to fill out the cast around Rowan Atkinson, and how Atkinson’s style of comedy meshes well with his own. Check out what he had to say after the jump: Question: As the director, »
- Christina Radish
After trailing behind Real Steel on the weekend and on Monday, Footloose topped the North American box-office chart for three days in a row. Its box-office rule, however, is already over, as Paranormal Activity 3 opened with an estimated $8 million at Thursday midnight screenings at 2,200 locations, according to Box Office Mojo. [Photo: Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough in Footloose.] As Bom's Ray Subers remarks, that's considerably better than Paranormal Activity 2's $6.3m at 1,800 sites last year. Paranormal Activity 2 went on to gross $84.75 million in the Us/Canada and $177.51 million worldwide. The original Paranormal Activity collected $193.35 million worldwide. Including Thursday midnight's box-office take, Paranormal Activity 3 is expected to take in approximately $40 million this weekend — that would be more than any other movie at the North American box office since Rise of the Planet of the Apes on the first weekend of August. That is also proof that, as pundits everywhere affirm, audiences want original, quality movies and storylines. »
- Zac Gille
Here's a preview of what's opening in theaters this weekend, including the third "Paranormal Activity"; the swashbuckling "The Three Musketeers"; the taut financial drama "Margin Call," starring Demi Moore and Zachary Quinto; and the British comedy "Johnny English Reborn," starring Rowan Atkinson.
In Theaters Now (October)'Paranormal Activity 3' (Oct. 21)
This prequel shows how a young Katie and her sister may have summoned the demon that haunts them for the rest of their lives. »
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