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Stone Stuns Comedy Audience with Serial Killer Joke

15 December 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood director Oliver Stone shocked the audience at last night's British Comedy Awards in London by joking about the recent murders of five prostitutes. The Suffolk killings, thought to be the work of a serial killer, have dominated British headlines this week and Platoon movie-maker Stone's bad-taste gag was met with horror by the celebrity audience including Sacha Baron Cohen and Charlotte Church. On presenting the Best Comedy Film prize to Wallace And Gromit creator Nick Park, the American quipped, "It's great to be back in England. I feel like Jack The Ripper (prolific 19th century serial killer) days are back. Nothing ever changes here." Realizing the gag had bombed, Stone jeered, "You're a lovely crowd." »

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'Clause' will have greatest effect

3 November 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Sacha Baron Cohen's Kazakh reporter Borat may well receive the most media attention when his mockumentary Borat bows at the North American boxoffice this weekend. But the winner of the frame will be the third installment in Buena Vista Pictures' successful Santa Clause franchise, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, even though DreamWorks Animation will be competing for some of the family boxoffice with Flushed Away, Aardman Animations' entree into CGI.

Opening in 3,458 theaters, Clause 3, starring Tim Allen and Martin Short, is sure to dominate. The movie comes from the same producers who delivered The Santa Clause 2 in November 2002, including Robert Newmyer, who passed away in December.

Clause 3 features Allen revisiting his role as Saint Nick, this time battling Jack Frost (Short) while also trying to keep his new family happy. Directed by Michael Lembeck (Clause 2), Clause 3 co-stars Ann-Margret and Judge Reinhold. The G-rated film is unlikely to open in the range of its predecessor, which bowed to $29 million, considering the competition from Flushed, opening via Paramount Pictures.

British-based Aardman, which usually works in stop-motion animation, is venturing into CGI for the first time, though it is unclear how that will affect Flushed's grosses. According to those following the film, it is looking to open in the same range as Aardman's last venture, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. That movie had a loyal following because of the innovative "Wallace & Gromit" shorts that preceded it, but it opened to a disappointing $16 million and went on to earn $56 million.

Similar numbers are expected for the PG-rated Flushed. Featuring the voices of Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Ian McKellen and Bill Nighy, the movie centers on an uptown rat who is flushed down the toilet of his penthouse apartment and forced to live in the sewers of London. David Bowers and Sam Fell direct in their feature film debut.

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Time Warner pics finish 1-2

8 October 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

After a bleak summer for Time Warner's movie studios at the North American boxoffice, the Columbus Day weekend brought a turnaround. The company's two film divisions, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema, scored the top two spots for the frame, grossing a combined $46 million with their new titles. The one-two punch of director Martin Scorsese and the horror film villain Leatherface proved to be just what audiences wanted. Scorsese's The Departed grossed an estimated $27 million for the three-day frame, dominating the boxoffice with its performances from Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson. Meanwhile, New Line's "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning" drew upon horror fans for an estimated gross of $19.2 million. The frame also marked the first time since the March 24-26 weekend that two R-rated films took the top two spots. (In March, the top two titles were Inside Man and V for Vendetta.) The combination, along with the other films in the top 10, helped the boxoffice to a 15% gain compared with last year at this time, when Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit led the rankings with $16 million. »

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Time Warner pics finish 1-2 at b.o.

8 October 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

After a bleak summer for Time Warner's movie studios at the North American boxoffice, the Columbus Day weekend brought a turnaround. The company's two film divisions, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema, scored the top two spots for the frame, grossing a combined $46 million with their new titles. The one-two punch of director Martin Scorsese and the horror film villain Leatherface proved to be just what audiences wanted. Scorsese's The Departed grossed an estimated $27 million for the three-day frame, dominating the boxoffice with its performances from Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson. Meanwhile, New Line's "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning" drew upon horror fans for an estimated gross of $19.2 million. The frame also marked the first time since the March 24-26 weekend that two R-rated films took the top two spots. (In March, the top two titles were Inside Man and V for Vendetta.) The combination, along with the other films in the top 10, helped the boxoffice to a 15% gain compared with last year at this time, when Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit led the rankings with $16 million. »

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'Departed' arriving with a bang

7 October 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This weekend will see one of the most admired directors in Hollywood return to gangster turf, while one of the screen's most enduring monsters will treat moviegoers to his back story. Martin Scorsese is looking to break personal boxoffice records with The Departed, while New Line Cinema is offering up a prequel to its 2003 remake The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Meanwhile, Lionsgate is taking a different tack, banking that young girls will be interested in comedian Dane Cook and his Employee of the Month. The industry is counting on all three films to do some serious business, confident that the weekend will surpass the comparable frame last year, when DreamWorks' animated Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit was the No. 1 film with a modest $16 million bow. The frame's new releases should enjoy a bump because of the Columbus Day holiday. »

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'Departed' arriving with a bang

5 October 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This weekend will see one of the most admired directors in Hollywood return to gangster turf, while one of the screen's most enduring monsters will treat moviegoers to his back story. Martin Scorsese is looking to break personal boxoffice records with The Departed, while New Line Cinema is offering up a prequel to its 2003 remake The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Meanwhile, Lionsgate is taking a different tack, banking that young girls will be interested in comedian Dane Cook and his Employee of the Month. The industry is counting on all three films to do some serious business, confident that the weekend will surpass the comparable frame last year, when DreamWorks' animated Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit was the No. 1 film with a modest $16 million bow. The frame's new releases should enjoy a bump because of the Columbus Day holiday. »

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'Volver,' 'March,' 'Gromit' on Euro film prize roster<BR clear="none"/>

4 September 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

COLOGNE, Germany -- Twelve films, including Pedro Almodovar's Volver, Luc Jacquet's Oscar-winning documentary March of the Penguins, and claymation feature Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit have made the shortlist for this year's European Film Prize people's choice award. The European Film Academy announced the shortlist on Friday, which also includes the black comedy Adam's Apples from Danish director Anders Thomas Jensen; Oskar Roehler's adaptation of Michel Houellebecq's Elementary Particles; 2005 Palme d'Or winner L'enfant from Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne; Christian Carion's Oscar-nominated World War I film Merry Christmas and Roman Polanski's adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic Oliver Twist. Joe Wright's adaptation of another 19th century English classic, Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice made the EFA cut, along with Michele Placido's mafia drama Crime Novel and last year's San Sebastian winner Something Like Happiness from Czech director Bohdan Slama. »

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BT inks VOD film deal with D'Works

18 May 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

LONDON -- British Telecom's soon-to-launch digital television service BT Vision has struck a video-on-demand deal with DreamWorks that will see such movies as Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Munich, Madagascar and Just Like Heaven air on the service, which is due to launch this fall. The pay-per-view deal will include current and future DreamWorks titles. The studio is committed to making four to six movies per year under the terms of its acquisition by Viacom at the start of the year. It's library of past titles, including Gladiator, was sold to a group headed by financier George Soros in March. BT Vision has an existing content deal with Paramount for library titles. »

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D'Works Ani shares rise on upgrade

24 March 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Shares of DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. climbed 7.9% on Thursday on an upgrade from Harris Nesbitt analyst Jeffrey Logsdon. The analyst said investors might be overlooking the potential success of Over the Hedge, which will be released May 19. Logsdon, who upgraded the company from "neutral" to "outperform," added that Hedge and Flushed Away likely will outperform their 2005 counterparts, Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit and Madagascar. In Friday trading, shares rose 1 cent to $26.96. »

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Mixed reviews for DWA's quarter

10 March 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

After writing off an underperforming Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, DreamWorks Animation on Thursday posted a better quarterly profit than Wall Street expected even as revenue slid 67%. The company also said it benefited from a tax benefit related from the discontinued projects Tusker and The Tortoise and the Hare. Fourth-quarter revenue dropped from $495.7 million a year ago to $172.9 million, as the performance of Madagascar on DVD proved no match for last year's Shrek 2 DVD. Net profit fell from $192 million to $63.2 million. »

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'Corpse' top toon at British Animation Awards

10 March 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

LONDON -- Tim Burton's Corpse Bride beat out Oscar-winning Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit to win the best European animated feature prize at this year's British Animation Awards. Aardman's BBC3 Angry Kid: Who Do You Think You Are? walked off with the best TV special award on Thursday, and Hat Trick and Decode's Bromwell High: Baby Boom won the best comedy award. Gorillaz single Feel Good Inc won as best music video in a category voted on by the public. »

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Crash Nabs Best Picture at the Oscars

6 March 2006 | IMDb News

Crash was the surprise winner of the Best Picture Oscar, taking home three Academy Awards, including Best Original Screenplay and Editing. The expected favorite, Brokeback Mountain, also won three awards, including Best Director for Ang Lee, Best Adapted Screenplay, and an unexpected win for Best Score, though failed in its bid for the top honor. Two other films also nabbed three Oscars each, in technical categories: King Kong, which won Best Sound, Sound Editing, and Visual Effects; and Memoirs of a Geisha, which won Best Cinematography, Art Direction and Costume Design. Acting honors went to Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote), Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line), George Clooney (Syriana), and Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener), all expected winners, as were Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (Animated Feature) and March of the Penguins (Documentary Feature). One of the night's other unexpected victors was Hustle & Flow, which nabbed the Best Song Oscar for "It's Hard Out There For a Pimp." The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Make-Up) and Tsotsi (Foreign Language Film) each won a single Academy Award.

Get all the Academy Award winners and photos from the awards in our Road to the Oscars section. »

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Crash Nabs Best Picture at the Oscars

5 March 2006 | IMDb News

Crash was the surprise winner of the Best Picture Oscar, taking home three Academy Awards, including Best Original Screenplay and Editing. The expected favorite, Brokeback Mountain, also won three awards, including Best Director for Ang Lee, Best Adapted Screenplay, and an unexpected win for Best Score, though failed in its bid for the top honor. Two other films also nabbed three Oscars each, in technical categories: King Kong, which won Best Sound, Sound Editing, and Visual Effects; and Memoirs of a Geisha, which won Best Cinematography, Art Direction and Costume Design. Acting honors went to Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote), Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line), George Clooney (Syriana), and Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener), all expected winners, as were Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (Animated Feature) and March of the Penguins (Documentary Feature). One of the night's other unexpected victors was Hustle & Flow, which nabbed the Best Song Oscar for "It's Hard Out There For a Pimp." The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Make-Up) and Tsotsi (Foreign Language Film) each won a single Academy Award.

Get all the Academy Award winners and photos from the awards in our Road to the Oscars section. »

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Reels like sound of 'Geisha'

5 March 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The sound editing in films as various as Memoirs of a Geisha, War of the Worlds and Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit took home awards at the 2006 Golden Reel Awards, handed out by the Motion Picture Sound Editors on Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton. Else Blangsted was awarded the MPSE Career Achievement Award. Among the film categories, Wallace prevailed in the category of best sound editing in an animated feature film. In the category of best sound editing in a foreign feature film, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, produced in Great Britain, was named the winner. »

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Burton's spec comes to Fox from 'Upstairs'

3 March 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

20th Century Fox has pre-emptively bought Mark Burton's spec They Came From Upstairs. Sources peg the sale at $1.75 million against $2.25 million. The high-concept adventure tale is described as Home Alone meets Gremlins. Upstairs originally went out as a pitch, drawing interest from several studios. But Burton, whose credits include Madagascar and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, pulled the project off the market, opting to write the screenplay himself. Barry Josephson is producing through his Fox-based shingle. Creative executive Bridget Humphrey championed the material and was instrumental in bringing it into Josephson Entertainment. Fox's Lisa Ellzey is shepherding Upstairs for the studio. Burton, who hails from the U.K., recently won BAFTA and Annie Awards for Wallace & Gromit. He is repped by WMA, Berlin & Associates in London and attorney Joel McKuin. »

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'Kong' Dominates Empire Awards

3 March 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Peter Jackson's Academy Award-shunned remake of King Kong is leading the nominations for Empire Magazine's 2006 film awards. The New Zealand-shot epic has been named in five categories including Best Film. Pride & Prejudice, Crash, and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit, follow closely behind with four nominations each. The awards are the only film accolades to be voted for solely by the British public. Jackson, who is nominated for Best Director, will go head-to-head with Hollywood heavyweights Steven Spielberg (War Of The Worlds), Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice), Ron Howard (Cinderella Man), Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins) and Nick Park and Steve Box (Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit). Stars Matt Dillon, Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Andy Serkis and Viggo Mortensen are all vying for Best Actor, while Naomi Watts, Keira Knightley, Thandie Newton, Renee Zellweger and Hilary Swank have all been nominated as Best Actress. The ceremony will be held in the Hilton London Metropole on March 13, with British comedian Bill Bailey hosting. »

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'Brokeback' Scores BAFTAs Quadruple

20 February 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Brokeback Mountain was the big winner at last night's Orange British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs), scooping Best Film, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor honors. Taiwanese film-maker Ang Lee was presented with the David Lean Award For Achievement In Direction, while Jake Gyllenhaal was honored for his performance - beating off competition from George Clooney, who left empty-handed despite being nominated in four categories. Gyllenhaal's co-star Heath Ledger was beaten to the Best Actor Award by Capote actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Golden Globe-winner Reese Witherspoon was named Best Actress for her performance in Walk The Line. Zambian-born star Thandie Newton won the Best Supporting Actress Award for her powerful portrayal of a racially abused woman in Crash, and writer/director Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco won the Best Original Screenplay Award. The Constant Gardener scooped a staggering ten nominations last month, but was widely snubbed by the British Academy, winning only the Best Editing Award. The adaptation of John Le Carre's political thriller was also bested for the Alexander Korda Award For The Outstanding British Film Of The Year by Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit. Memoirs Of A Geisha picked up three awards: Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, and composer John Williams was honored with The Anthony Asquith Award For Achievement In Film Music for his score for the period epic. »

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'Gromit,' 'Life' to be honored with Genesis

17 February 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

DreamWorks' Academy Award-nominated Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Miramax Films' An Unfinished Life and Warner Bros. Pictures' Duma are among the entertainment titles to be honored at the 20th anniversary Genesis Awards, set for March 18 at the Beverly Hilton. Presented by the Hollywood Office of the Humane Society of the United States, the Genesis Awards recognize positive treatment of animal issues in the news and entertainment media. »

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'Bambi II' DVD sells 2.5 mil copies in 1st week

15 February 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Buena Vista Home Entertainment's direct-to-video sequel Bambi II, sold more than 2.5 million DVDs and videocassettes its first week in stores, the studio reported Tuesday. That comes after first-day sales of 800,000 units, more than twice the first-day tally for Wallace & Gromit, a theatrically released animated feature also aimed at the kidvid market. Bambi II is the latest in a series of sequels to animated Disney classics the studio has produced specifically for the home video market, beginning with 1994's Return of Jafar, a sequel to Aladdin that sold 9 million copies. "'Bambi II' continues the legacy that Walt [Disney] began many decades ago and we are thrilled that consumers across the country have become enamored by 'Bambi II' in such a wonderful way," said Bob Chapek, president of Buena Vista Home Entertainment. Chapek said sales surpassed initial projections and more DVDs are being manufactured to meet demand. "Our research indicated that consumers were very excited about this film," he said. "But no amount of research could have ever predicted this type of overwhelming response. As a result, we are working diligently to keep retail stores in stock." »

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'Wallace & Gromit' Sweep the Annies

6 February 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Claymation hit Wallace & Gromit: Curse Of The Were-Rabbit was the big winner at the Annie Awards on Saturday, picking up 10 trophies at the annual animation ceremony. British animator Nick Park and co-director Steve Box picked up a collection of accolades, including Best Animated Feature, Character Design in an Animated Feature Production, Directing in an Animated Feature Production and Writing in an Animated Feature Production, while Peter Sallis was honored for Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production for providing the voice to barmy inventor Wallace. TV cartoon Family Guy picked up two awards, including Directing in an Animated Television Production for the "North by North Quahog" episode for Peter Shin and Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production for Seth MacFarlane, who voiced tormented tot Stewie. Other winners chosen by the International Animated Film Society at the Glendale, California ceremony, included Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has A Glitch for Best Home Entertainment Program; Star Wars: Clone Wars, Chapters 21-2 for Best Animated Television Production and Ultimate Spider-Man for Best Animated Video Game. »

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