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'Goblet of Fire' Is UK Film of 2005

23 December 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire is Britain's most successful movie of 2005 - beating off competition from Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. The fourth installment in the magical series creating by JK Rowling has grossed $77.4 million at the UK box office since its release last month - $7.2 million more than Revenge Of The Sith with $70.2 million. Tim Burton's remake of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory took $67.1 million to claim third spot. Wallace And Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit and Steven Spielberg's War Of The Worlds round off the top five with end of year grosses of $57.2 million and $54.9 million respectively. »

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L.A. Film Critics Pick Brokeback Mountain

11 December 2005 | IMDb News

Heralding the opening of this year's awards season, the Los Angeles Film Critics bestowed their honors this weekend, naming Brokeback Mountain as Best Picture. The western, about two cowboys who fall in love, also won the Best Director award for Ang Lee, and star Heath Ledger was the runner-up for Best Actor. Besting Ledger was Philip Seymour Hoffman, whose portrayal of Truman Capote in Capote was voted Best Actor, and Hoffman's co-star, Catherine Keener, was named Best Supporting Actress for that film and three others in which she appeared this year: The Ballad of Jack and Rose, The 40 Year Old Virgin, and The Interpreter. For Best Actress, the critics group went far against the grain, choosing Vera Farmiga for the indie film Down to the Bone. Best Supporting Actor went to William Hurt for A History of Violence, and Screenplay honors were shared by Capote and The Squid and the Whale. The official awards ceremony is scheduled for January 17. Here's the entire list of winners: Picture: Brokeback Mountain Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote Actress: Vera Farmiga, Down to the Bone Supporting Actor: William Hurt, A History of Violence Supporting Actress: Catherine Keener, Capote, The Ballad of Jack and Rose, The 40 Year Old Virgin, and The Interpreter Director: Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain Screenplay: Capote & The Squid and the Whale (tie) Foreign Language Film: Cache Documentary/Nonfiction Film: Grizzly Man Animation: Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Music/Score: Howl's Moving Castle Cinematography: Good Night, And Good Luck Production Design: 2046 New Generation: Terrence Howard, Hustle & Flow Career Achievement: Richard Widmark Independent/experimental: La Commune (Paris, 1871) »

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'Wallace' tops Annie noms

5 December 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit swept ASIFA-Hollywood's 33rd annual Annie Awards nominations. The British clay animation comedy from Aardman Features was recognized by its stateside peers with 15 noms, including for best animated picture. The International Animated Film Society announced the nominations Friday for the awards, which recognize the year's finest animation across film, television, short subjects and gaming. Winners will be announced Feb. 4 during a ceremony at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. Wallace, which also swept the voice acting in an animation feature category with all four noms, was trailed in nominations by DreamWorks Animation's digitally rendered Madagascar, which earned nine total, including a best feature nom. »

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Academy draws up list of toons

18 November 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Ten toons are on the eligibility list for best animated feature film in this year's Academy Awards race, and stop-motion animation is represented for the first time in the history of the category, created in 2001. In fact, two stop-motion films -- Aardman Animation's Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit and Warner Bros. Pictures' Tim Burton's Corpse Bride -- are in the running for an Oscar nom. Many of the animated features reflect the industrywide turn away from traditional animation techniques toward 3-D computer animation. The 10 films ultimately will be whittled down to three when the 78th Annual Academy Award nominees are announced Jan. 31. »

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10 picked to compete for ani Oscar consideration

17 November 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced Thursday that 10 films are eligible to vie in the best animated feature film category in the 2005 Oscar competition. The 10 are Chicken Little, Gulliver's Travel, Hoodwinked, Howl's Moving Castle, Madagascar, Robots, Steamboy, Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, Valiant and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Under Academy rules, since there are more than seven films qualifying but fewer than 16, a maximum of three films can be nominated this year. »

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DreamWorks Ani swings to third-quarter loss

11 November 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Bitten by uninspiring domestic boxoffice returns for Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, DreamWorks Animation SKG on Thursday posted a slight loss in its third quarter. Although the Aardman Animations co-production has earned an impressive $162 million worldwide, audiences in the U.S. weren't as smitten by the claymation duo as DWA execs hoped they would be, potentially hurting the film's TV prospects. "Television and pay television output deals, for the most part, are keyed off your domestic boxoffice number," DWA chief executive Jeffrey Katzenberg said. "If a movie underperforms, there's a little bit of a waterfall that goes down the chain." »

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Aardman mobile deals have Wallace on the go

31 October 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

LONDON -- Aardman Animations, creator of the hit feature film Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, said Monday it has signed several international mobile phone deals to distribute its library of content to mobile phone users. Aardman has signed a deal with Orange U.K., for an exclusive deal to promote Curse, which includes movie downloads, wallpapers, voice tones and screensavers. Aardman is also leveraging its extensive archive, including Wallace and Gromit classic The Wrong Trousers, as well as Chicken Run and Creature Comforts, to create a range of video clips, wallpapers, screensavers and ringtones across U.K. mobile telephone platforms Orange UK, Vodafone, O2 and Three UK. Additionally, it has put into place mobile content licensing deals with agents across a global distribution network, including mobile partner Minick for Latin America and Northern and Eastern European territories, Starcut for SE Asia, Player X for Scandinavia, and Buongiorno for France, Italy, Brazil, Greece, Morocco, Portugal, Australia and New Zealand. »

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Family pics lift o'seas b.o. at midterm school holidays

24 October 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A usually slow period at the overseas boxoffice perked up over the weekend as school holidays kicked off in several European markets, bringing about key new family film openings and expanded dates for a number of crowd-pleasers. The trend will likely carry over to this coming weekend when Sony's The Legend of Zorro takes off with a day-and-date blast with North America at more than 5,700 screens in 50 international markets. The weekend charge was led again by the Aardman Animations-DreamWorks Animation's Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, followed by Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, Jodie Foster starrer Flightplan, the U.K. bow of Working Title-Universal's family comedy Nanny McPhee, and the long-running Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. »

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Family pics lift o'seas b.o. at midterm school holidays

24 October 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A usually slow period at the overseas boxoffice perked up over the weekend as school holidays kicked off in several European markets, bringing about key new family film openings and expanded dates for a number of crowd-pleasers. The trend will likely carry over to this coming weekend when Sony's The Legend of Zorro takes off with a day-and-date blast with North America at more than 5,700 screens in 50 international markets. The weekend charge was led again by the Aardman Animations-DreamWorks Animation's Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, followed by Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, Jodie Foster starrer Flightplan, the U.K. bow of Working Title-Universal's family comedy Nanny McPhee, and the long-running Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. »

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'Wallace' hopping at overseas b.o.

23 October 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

SYDNEY -- United International Pictures' Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit held on to the top spot at the international boxoffice during the weekend but faced rising competition from strong openings in various territories from Warner Bros. Pictures' Tim Burton's Corpse Bride and Buena Vista International's Flightplan. The weekend also saw international debuts of Nanny McPhee and Doom. Wallace & Gromit grossed an estimated $15.7 million from 3,782 locations across 32 markets and saw seven openings during the period, including Belgium and Taiwan. It remained No. 1 in the U.K., grossing $8 million alone from 502 sites. Its estimated international cumulative total is now $29 million. »

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'Wallace' hopping at overseas b.o.

23 October 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

SYDNEY -- United International Pictures' Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit held on to the top spot at the international boxoffice during the weekend but faced rising competition from strong openings in various territories from Warner Bros. Pictures' Tim Burton's Corpse Bride and Buena Vista International's Flightplan. The weekend also saw international debuts of Nanny McPhee and Doom. Wallace & Gromit grossed an estimated $15.7 million from 3,782 locations across 32 markets and saw seven openings during the period, including Belgium and Taiwan. It remained No. 1 in the U.K., grossing $8 million alone from 502 sites. Its estimated international cumulative total is now $29 million. »

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'Gromit' keeps leash on int'l boxoffice

17 October 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

SYDNEY -- Cracking result, Gromit. United International Pictures' Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit continued to dominate the international boxoffice over the weekend, which was otherwise sprinkled with holdovers and a few strong openings. Nick Park's latest installment of the Wallace & Gromit franchise took in an estimated $26.4 million internationally (including non-UIP territories), giving a cumulative total of more than $40 million. The DreamWorks Animation/Aardman Animations production opened at No. 1 in the U.K. with an estimated $11.3 million from 502 locations -- almost 100% more than Park's earlier effort, Chicken Run -- to garner a national cume, including previews, of $16.2 million. It also opened at the top spots in Germany, with an estimated $2.3 million from 680 screens, and Austria, with $225,000 from 94 sites, while holding on to its top place in France. With school holidays about to start in many European countries, UIP is expecting to see excellent returns over coming weeks. »

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Boxoffice lost in $11.8 mil 'Fog' machine

17 October 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Sony's The Fog led the tepid charge at the boxoffice during a lackluster weekend, debuting in the top spot with $11.8 million while conjuring up a stronger-than-anticipated bump from Friday to Saturday. Tom Welling, Maggie Grace and Selma Blair star in the Revolution Studios production, a remake of John Carpenter's 1980 classic horror film, which carries a PG-13 rating and is directed by Rupert Wainwright. DreamWorks' Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit held up exceptionally well on its sophomore frame, moving into the second spot with $11.5 million -- down just 38% from its debut a week earlier. The G-rated claymation comedy from Aardman Animation and DreamWorks Animation has generated $33.1 million so far. Paramount's Elizabethtown was the front-runner heading into the weekend, but the Cameron Crowe-directed romantic comedy/drama finished third with $10.6 million. Hoping to capitalize on a potentially available female audience while males were being drawn to the Major League Baseball playoffs, the Orlando Bloom-Kirsten Dunst starrer opened near the low end of expectations but had the highest per-theater average of the top-ranked films this weekend. »

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'Fog' is clear winner atop weekend's boxoffice heap

17 October 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Three new wide releases hit theaters this past weekend, but altogether they failed to make much of a dent at the boxoffice, barely mustering a combined $27 million among them. Sony's The Fog, a Revolution Studios production and a remake of John Carpenter's 1980 horror film, debuted in the top spot with a murky $11.8 million. The opening for The Fog will be noted as the lowest gross for a No. 1 film at the boxoffice since Labor Day weekend 2004. DreamWorks' Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit proved to be one of the few bright spots this past weekend. The G-rated claymation comedy placed second on its sophomore frame, digging up $11.5 million, down a scant 28% from the first three days of the four-day holiday weekend. The cheese-loving inventor and his faithful dog have collected $33.1 million so far. Paramount's Elizabethtown took up residence in the third spot on its debut with an opening salvo of $10.6 million. But while the opening was soft, the picture had the highest per-theater average among the top-ranked films this past weekend. The romantic comedy-drama from director Cameron Crowe stars Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst. »

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'Gromit' keeps leash on int'l boxoffice

17 October 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

SYDNEY -- Cracking result, Gromit. United International Pictures' Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit continued to dominate the international boxoffice over the weekend, which was otherwise sprinkled with holdovers and a few strong openings. Nick Park's latest installment of the Wallace & Gromit franchise took in an estimated $26.4 million internationally (including non-UIP territories), giving a cumulative total of more than $40 million. The DreamWorks Animation/Aardman Animations production opened at No. 1 in the U.K. with an estimated $11.3 million from 502 locations -- almost 100% more than Park's earlier effort, Chicken Run -- to garner a national cume, including previews, of $16.2 million. It also opened at the top spots in Germany, with an estimated $2.3 million from 680 screens, and Austria, with $225,000 from 94 sites, while holding on to its top place in France. With school holidays about to start in many European countries, UIP is expecting to see excellent returns over coming weeks. »

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'Wallace' wallops o'seas market with hot $25.8 mil

17 October 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Bolstered by 12 new openings -- including such key markets as the U.K., France and Germany -- British animator Nick Park's Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit soared to the forefront in the overseas market with an estimated $25.8 million weekend at the overseas market that brought its international cume close to $40 million. At the same time, Roberto Benigni's local-language The Tiger and the Snow -- entering the market before the year-end onslaught of American blockbusters -- dominated Italy with $3.7 million from a record 754 screens. Positioned to take advantage of school holidays, the family film Wallace & Gromit extracted $16.5 million (including $4.9 million from a preview kickoff) from 501 screens in the U.K., $2.9 million from 539 in France, $2.1 million from 692 in Germany, and $279,249 from 154 in the Netherlands. The Aardman Animations-DreamWorks Animation entry released by United International Pictures picked up $2.8 million (from 335 screens) in 10 days in Mexico, representing just a 21% decline from opening weekend. »

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Boxoffice lost in $12.2 mil 'Fog' machine

17 October 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Sony's The Fog led the tepid charge at the boxoffice during a lackluster weekend, debuting in the top spot with an estimated $12.2 million while conjuring up a stronger-than-anticipated bump from Friday to Saturday. Tom Welling, Maggie Grace and Selma Blair star in the Revolution Studios production, a remake of John Carpenter's 1980 classic horror film, which carries a PG-13 rating and is directed by Rupert Wainwright. DreamWorks' Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit held up exceptionally well on its sophomore frame, moving into the second spot with an estimated $11.7 million -- down just 27% from its debut a week earlier. The G-rated claymation comedy from Aardman Animation and DreamWorks Animation has generated an estimated $33.3 million so far. Paramount's Elizabethtown was the front-runner heading into the weekend, but the Cameron Crowe-directed romantic comedy/drama finished third with an estimated $11 million. Hoping to capitalize on a potentially available female audience while males were being drawn to the Major League Baseball playoffs, the Orlando Bloom-Kirsten Dunst starrer opened near the low end of expectations but had the highest per-theater average of the top-ranked films this weekend. »

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Park Unfazed by Wallace & Gromit Fire

13 October 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Oscar-winning animator Nick Park is unfazed by the fire which destroyed many of his past creations on Monday, because he is determined to concentrate on future projects. Park's discovered his latest movie Wallace And Gromit And The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit is currently at the top the US box office moments before hearing his Aardman Animations site in Bristol, England, had been gutted by flames. But he is taking the disaster as a sign to build on his ever-growing success, rather than lament the loss of past creations including the cast of hit movie Chicken Run. Park says, "We have to look forward and keep filming new films and not get stuck in the past. I am always thinking up new Wallace and Gromit ideas and I always want to keep doing them." »

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Big cheese for D'Works: 'Wallace & Gromit' No. 1

12 October 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

DreamWorks' Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit was top dog at the boxoffice this weekend, taking in a four-day Columbus Day holiday gross of $18.7 million. The stop-motion-animated comedy, from Aardman Animation and DreamWorks Animation, carried a family-friendly G rating and arrived in the area expected. With Wallace & Gromit taking first place, it marked the second consecutive year that DreamWorks had an animated title in the top spot during the Columbus Day holiday. The distributor's CG-animated Shark Tale held first place during the Columbus Day frame last year. Overall, the boxoffice in North America was down 3% from last year's frame. The total for the 123 films tracked by The Hollywood Reporter was $118.7 million, marking the fourth-biggest Columbus Day weekend on record. »

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'Wallace' walks tall at int'l boxoffice

11 October 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The overseas boxoffice was somewhat subdued this autumn weekend as the international market noted a smattering of new openings and garnered respectable to moderate performances from holdovers. Leading the boxoffice pack was United International Pictures' Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, which opened in 11 new markets and had a solid gross of an estimated $9.2 million from 1,895 locations and 13 total territories. The comedy had its strongest opening in Mexico, with $1.3 million from 353 engagements, followed by Spain with $900,000 and Brazil with $361,000. But the biggest contribution to the boxoffice of the stop-motion animated Wallace & Gromit came from the U.K. The DreamWorks and Aardman Animations production had paid previews totaling a sterling $5 million from 487 sites. Wallace & Gromit opens Friday in the territory. Warner Bros. Pictures' Charlie and the Chocolate Factory continued to play strongly on the international stage, collecting an estimated $7.7 million while taking the cume for the Johnny Depp starrer to a stellar $233.3 million. »

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