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Filmmakers drawn to new superheroes

27 December 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Pixar Animation Studios' The Incredibles has all the earmarks of a comic book movie: It features superstrong Mr. Incredible, superflexible Elastigirl, superfast Dash and the forcefield-wielding Violet. A family of superheroes, they all face off against supervillains and pal around with superfriends. But The Incredibles, created by animator Brad Bird, is not based on a comic book. It represents a new wave of movies that derive their inspiration from comic book conventions but create universes that have never existed in a comic book imprint. The Incredibles, which has grossed $243 million domestically, is bulldozing the way for the developing subgenre. »

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'Twelve,' 'Incredibles' give tidings of joy at o'seas b.o.

27 December 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

What distributors describe as a "difficult" weekend at the overseas boxoffice livened up on Sunday after many movie houses in Europe, especially in the United Kingdom, were closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in deference to family celebrations. The two year-end hits, Ocean's Twelve and The Incredibles, emerged again as the overall offshore favorites, and a new Chinese-language film, Kung Fu Hustle, set records in Asian bows, while Australia warmly welcomed Meet the Fockers the day after Christmas. The Polar Express and National Treasure were also holiday weekend contenders. A weekend report from Warner Bros. indicated that Ocean's Twelve grossed an estimated $24 million, a 20% drop from the previous weekend, and lifted its foreign cume to an estimated $69 million. The crime caper maintained its No. 1 hold in most markets, including France, Germany, Spain and Holland. New openings included Belgium ($1.1 million) and Mexico ($1.9 million). Key second-weekend holdovers saw France pickup $4.4 million; Spain, $2.4 million; Italy, $3.2 million; Germany, $2.5 million; and Holland, $971,600. »

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'Twelve,' 'Incredibles' give tidings of joy at o'seas b.o.

26 December 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

What distributors describe as a "difficult" weekend at the overseas boxoffice livened up on Sunday after many movie houses in Europe, especially in the United Kingdom, were closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in deference to family celebrations. The two year-end hits, Ocean's Twelve and The Incredibles, emerged again as the overall offshore favorites, and a new Chinese-language film, Kung Fu Hustle, set records in Asian bows, while Australia warmly welcomed Meet the Fockers the day after Christmas. The Polar Express and National Treasure were also holiday weekend contenders. A weekend report from Warner Bros. indicated that Ocean's Twelve grossed an estimated $24 million, a 20% drop from the previous weekend, and lifted its foreign cume to an estimated $69 million. The crime caper maintained its No. 1 hold in most markets, including France, Germany, Spain and Holland. New openings included Belgium ($1.1 million) and Mexico ($1.9 million). Key second-weekend holdovers saw France pickup $4.4 million; Spain, $2.4 million; Italy, $3.2 million; Germany, $2.5 million; and Holland, $971,600. »

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'Ocean's Twelve' burgles pre-Christmas week win

21 December 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The overseas boxoffice perked up as a plethora of films vied to catch a piece of the year-end holiday action. In Italy, six new entries -- local-language holiday specials as well as American blockbusters -- entered the market to become part of the country's lucrative festive season. With 27 new openings, including such key markets as France and Germany, Warner Bros. Pictures' Ocean's Twelve stole the weekend with $28.9 million, although The Incredibles, the offshore champion for three weeks in a row, stayed close with a take of $26.6 million. »

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Vinton draws up director job for Cachuela

21 December 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Vinton Studios has hired Mike Cachuela as director of story for feature films. The appointment reunites Cachuela with longtime collaborator Henry Selick, who is directing the feature film adaptation of Neil Gaiman's children's book Coraline for Bill Mechanic's Pandemonium Films and Vinton Studios. Cachuela most recently was storyboard artist at Pixar Animation Studios on The Incredibles and Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou. "Having someone of Mike's caliber join our feature film division is testimony to our commitment to make Vinton Studios a major producer of full-length animated feature films for the global market," Vinton Studios CEO Jeff Farnath said. »

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Overseas boxoffice welcomes 'Ocean's'

19 December 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Warner Brothers' Ocean's Twelve washed over the weekend international boxoffice, squeezing past Buena Vista International's The Incredibles, which has run at No. 1 for three consecutive weekends. Steven Soderbergh's crime caper lifted an estimated $29 million from 27 countries during the weekend, about 22% higher than the debut of Ocean's Eleven, although The Incredibles was right behind with an estimated total of $27.2 million. The Pixar film also is sitting on cumulative international boxoffice of about $190 million after just four weeks and an overall gross of more than $400 million, making it the ninth animated feature to achieve that result. Ocean's Twelve's cume is estimated at more than $35 million. It opened No. 1 in France with $7.5 million from 719 screens, topped the German boxoffice with $5.3 million from 810 prints, and won over Italy, despite local soccer championships, with an estimated $2.4 million from 382 prints. »

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Overseas boxoffice welcomes 'Ocean's'

19 December 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Warner Brothers' Ocean's Twelve washed over the weekend international boxoffice, squeezing past Buena Vista International's The Incredibles, which has run at No. 1 for three consecutive weekends. Steven Soderbergh's crime caper lifted an estimated $29 million from 27 countries during the weekend, about 22% higher than the debut of Ocean's Eleven, although The Incredibles was right behind with an estimated total of $27.2 million. The Pixar film also is sitting on cumulative international boxoffice of about $190 million after just four weeks and an overall gross of more than $400 million, making it the ninth animated feature to achieve that result. Ocean's Twelve's cume is estimated at more than $35 million. It opened No. 1 in France with $7.5 million from 719 screens, topped the German boxoffice with $5.3 million from 810 prints, and won over Italy, despite local soccer championships, with an estimated $2.4 million from 382 prints. »

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French shutter P2P network

16 December 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

PARIS -- France's Centre Nationale de la Cinematographie on Wednesday lauded the closure of a major French peer-to-peer file-trading network and reaffirmed its commitment to the fight against online piracy of films and audiovisual works. The French site, which used BitTorrent technology to allow alleged illegal downloading of the latest French and Hollywood films, was hosted through a service provider in the Paris region, the CNC said in a statement. It was closed down by French police prosecutors Monday evening with the help of French anti-piracy body the Association de Lutte contre la Piraterie Audiovisuelle (ALPA), which is working in tandem with the MPA. The operator of the site, which attracted more than 160,000 users and offered films including The Incredibles and The Polar Express for downloading on its peer-to-peer network, has been hit with a three-year jail sentence and a fine of €300,000 ($402,852), ALPA said in a statement. The CNC pledged to "double its financial support" to ALPA in its fight against piracy for next year. The amount of the grant has not been made public, ALFA said. »

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'Incredibles' tops int'l charts for third week

13 December 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

SYDNEY -- Buena Vista International was popping champagne corks this weekend as Disney's The Incredibles maintained the top spot internationally ahead of UIP's Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and Warners' The Polar Express. Meanwhile Warners' Oceans Twelve made a splash in its first openings while Sony's Closer stepped out quietly but confidently in Italy, according to estimates. The Incredibles was No. 1 for the third weekend in a row in the lead up to vacations. The Pixar film took over $31 million on 6,000 screens and commanded the top spot in at least 20 of the 36 territories in which it played. The film is off to No. 1 starts in Germany, with $5.3 million on more than 900 screens; Brazil with $1.6 million on 250; Austria with $1 million on 120; and South Africa with $290,000. »

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'Incredibles' tops int'l charts for third week

13 December 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

SYDNEY -- Buena Vista International was popping champagne corks this weekend as Disney's The Incredibles maintained the top spot internationally ahead of UIP's Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and Warners' The Polar Express. Meanwhile Warners' Oceans Twelve made a splash in its first openings while Sony's Closer stepped out quietly but confidently in Italy, according to estimates. The Incredibles was No. 1 for the third weekend in a row in the lead up to vacations. The Pixar film took over $31 million on 6,000 screens and commanded the top spot in at least 20 of the 36 territories in which it played. The film is off to No. 1 starts in Germany, with $5.3 million on more than 900 screens; Brazil with $1.6 million on 250; Austria with $1 million on 120; and South Africa with $290,000. »

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AFI picks best in '04 film, TV

13 December 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Adding its voice to the growing chorus of year-end kudos, the American Film Institute has selected 10 films and 10 television programs to receive its AFI Awards 2004. The choice of films, announced Sunday, is an eclectic group, ranging from critical favorites like Fox Searchlight's Sideways -- which also was chosen as the year's best picture over the weekend by the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. -- to such popular successes as Columbia Pictures' comic book-inspired Spider-Man 2 and Pixar/Buena Vista's animated hit The Incredibles. The AFI Awards, which are chosen by jury and are bestowed upon the creative ensemble behind each project, cited a number of other specialty division offerings: Focus Features' Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Seachlight's Kinsey and Fine Line/HBO Films' Maria Full of Grace. It found room for two studio features released earlier this year: DreamWorks/Paramount's Collateral, director Michael Mann's noirish thriller set in an L.A. taxicab; and Universal Pictures/Imagine Entertainment's Friday Night Lights, director Peter Berg's look at high school football in a small Texas town. Two features that will be released in the coming days complete the list: Miramax Films' The Aviator, Martin Scorsese's look at the life of Howard Hughes; and Warner Bros. Pictures' Million Dollar Baby, Clint Eastwood's boxing drama. »

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L.A. Film Critics Toast Sideways

12 December 2004 | IMDb News

Was it all that wine? Drunk on something, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association toasted Sideways with five awards, including Best Film and Best Director. In addition to those honors, the indie comedy swept the supporting acting awards (for Thomas Haden Church, who picks up his second award this season, and Virginia Madsen) and gave its screenplay award to director Alexander Payne and his longtime co-writer Jim Taylor. The critics group went all serious, however, for its lead acting honors, citing Liam Neeson (Kinsey), who bested Sideways' Paul Giamatti, and Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake) for Best Actor and Actress. Other winners included House of Flying Daggers (Foreign Language Film), Born Into Brothels (Documentary/Nonfiction Film), and The Incredibles (Animated Film and Score). Here's the entire list of winners:

Best Film: Sideways

Best Actor: Liam Neeson, Kinsey

Best Actress: Imelda Staunton, Vera Drake

Best Supporting Actor: Thomas Haden Church, Sideways

Best Supporting Actress: Virginia Madsen, Sideways

Best Director: Alexander Payne, Sideways

Best Screenplay: Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor, Sideways

Best Foreign-Language Film: House of Flying Daggers

Best Documentary/Nonfiction Film: Born into Brothels

Best Production Design: Dante Ferretti, The Aviator

Best Animation: Brad Bird, The Incredibles

Best Cinematography: Dion Beebe and Paul Cameron, Collateral

Career Achievement: Jerry Lewis

New Generation Award: Joshua Marston, writer and director of Maria Full of Grace

Douglas Edwards Experimental/Independent Film/Video: Star-Spangled to Death, Ken Jacobs

Special Citation: Brian Jamieson of Warner Brothers and Richard Schickel for the reconstruction of Samuel Fuller's 1980 The Big Red One

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AFI picks best in '04 film, TV

12 December 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Adding its voice to the growing chorus of year-end kudos, the American Film Institute has selected 10 films and 10 television programs to receive its AFI Awards 2004. The choice of films, announced Sunday, is an eclectic group, ranging from critical favorites like Fox Searchlight's Sideways -- which also was chosen as the year's best picture over the weekend by the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. -- to such popular successes as Columbia Pictures' comic book-inspired Spider-Man 2 and Pixar/Buena Vista's animated hit The Incredibles. The AFI Awards, which are chosen by jury and are bestowed upon the creative ensemble behind each project, cited a number of other specialty division offerings: Focus Features' Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Seachlight's Kinsey and Fine Line/HBO Films' Maria Full of Grace. It found room for two studio features released earlier this year: DreamWorks/Paramount's Collateral, director Michael Mann's noirish thriller set in an L.A. taxicab; and Universal Pictures/Imagine Entertainment's Friday Night Lights, director Peter Berg's look at high school football in a small Texas town. Two features that will be released in the coming days complete the list: Miramax Films' The Aviator, Martin Scorsese's look at the life of Howard Hughes; and Warner Bros. Pictures' Million Dollar Baby, Clint Eastwood's boxing drama. »

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Foxx, Scorsese and 'Sideways' Triumph at New York Critics Awards

12 December 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor Jamie Foxx, director Martin Scorsese and the stars of Sideways were among the winners at this year's New York Film Critics Online awards on Saturday. Road-trip comedy Sideways was named 2004's Best Film, while zast members Thomas Haden Church and Virginia Madsen, won the supporting acting categories. Actor and singer Foxx was honored with the Best Actor accolade for playing Ray Charles in biopic Ray, while Imelda Staunton received Best Actress for her performance in Mike Leigh's 1950s abortion drama Vera Drake. Scorsese triumphed in the directing category for his Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator and Charlie Kaufman picked up recognition for his screenplay for Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. Other winners include The Incredibles as Animated Film of the year, The Motorcycle Diaries in the Foreign Language categories and Topher Grace for Breakthrough Performance in P.S. and In Good Company. Michael Moore's anti-George W Bush documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 tied with Broadway: The Golden Age in the Documentary honors. »

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'Sideways' Triumphs at Los Angeles Ceremony

12 December 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Road trip comedy Sideways triumphed on both of America's coastlines on Saturday, when it was named Best Film by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. The film picked up five awards at the Californian critics' awards, including Best Director for Alexander Payne; Best Supporting Actor for Thomas Haden Church; Best Supporting Actress for Virginia Madsen; and Best Screenplay for Payne and Jim Taylor. Imelda Staunton had a very successful day - besides picking up Best Actress from the Los Angeles critics, she was also honored in the same category in New York and at the European Film Awards for her starring role in Vera Drake. Meanwhile Liam Neeson was named Best Actor for his portrayal of sex researcher Alfred Kinsey in controversial biopic Kinsey. Other winners on the night included House Of Flying Daggers as Best Foreign-language film, The Incredibles for Best Animation and Best Music Score and Collateral for Cinematography. Entertainment veteran Jerry Lewis was recognized for his Career Achievement. »

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New York Film Critics Go 'Sideways' Also

12 December 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

In a move that surprised absolutely no one, the New York Film Critics Circle gave their Best Film award to Sideways, the movie that just this weekend won the Los Angeles Film Critics' top honor and dominated this morning's Golden Globe nominations. The indie comedy, which is cementing its Oscar chances as the days go by, also took home Best Screenplay and Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress honors for Paul Giamatti and Virginia Madsen, respectively. In a bit of a surprise, however, Sideways' Alexander Payne lost the Best Director award to Clint Eastwood for his boxing drama Million Dollar Baby. Most of the other Gotham awards, however, were highly predictable, with Imelda Staunton winning Best Actress for Vera Drake, The Incredibles winning Best Animated Film, Fahrenheit 9/11 nabbing Best Nonfiction Film, and Maria Full of Grace named Best First Feature. In the not-quite-predictable but no-surprise-either category, Clive Owen won Best Supporting Actor for Closer and Bad Education took home the Best Foreign Language Film honor; last but not least, Hero was the winner for Best Cinematography. --Prepared by IMDb staff »

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'Incredibles' powers Annie noms

7 December 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Pixar Animation Studios' The Incredibles topped nominations for the 32nd annual Annie Awards as it tucked 16 noms under its belt. DreamWorks Animation's Shrek 2 and Shark Tale circled close behind, sharing seven noms between them for a total of 14. Rounding out the nominations for top animated feature are DreamWorks Animation and Go Fish Pictures' Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence and Nickelodeon Movies/Paramount Pictures' The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. Pixar's president and co-founder Ed Catmull has been tapped for the Ub Iwerks' Award in acknowledgment of his contributions to "tremendous technical and creative advances and commercial successes for the studio and the industry." DreamWorks Animation's Sivert Glarum will receive a Certificate of Merit for his exceptional contributions to the art of animation. And Disney's On the Front Lines DVD has been tapped for a special achievement award. »

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'Incredibles,' 'Bridget' top $100 mil at overseas boxoffice

7 December 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

As Pixar/the Walt Disney Co.'s The Incredibles continues to chalk up wondrous boxoffice numbers in the overseas market, the Mouse House's foreign distributor, Buena Vista International, matched its own industry record of six $100 million-plus films in a single year, a feat accomplished previously in 1997. Over the weekend, the computer animated powerhouse took in $36.3 million from 4,890 screens in 31 countries to raise its international cume to $104.6 million. The bubbling preholiday market opened its arms to Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, which also joined this year's $100 million club ($108.3 million) after tallying almost $17 million from 3,431 screens in 33 markets. Warner Bros. Pictures' animated The Polar Express grossed an estimated $11.3 million from in 25 territories, Alexander captured an estimated $6.2 million from about 14 markets, National Treasure delivered $5 million from 7 countries, The Forgotten nabbed $4.5 million from 44, and Christmas With the Kranks took in $3.8 million from 15 countries. »

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'Incredibles' contest makes grade

2 December 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A nationwide contest aimed at projectionists and organized by Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney's Buena Vista Distribution and Dolby Production Services helped improve the presentation quality of The Incredibles, according to Ted Costas, Dolby's director of production services. The initiative rewarded projectionists for quality presentation and was spurred by Incredibles director Brad Bird to ensure that audiences nationwide would see the movie played in close-to-perfect conditions. Thanks to an Internet outreach and film can fliers stuffed with Incredibles trading cards, the national initiative upped the overall presentation grade of the movie by 4%, according to Costas. "It's higher than the overall average of the film presentations we've surveyed over the last two years," Costas said. The Dolby group has monitored cinema presentations of 45 studio titles. »

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Scots piracy raids net $19 million in CDs, DVDs

2 December 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

LONDON -- Central Scotland Police said on Wednesday it had seized more than £10 million ($19.3 million) worth of counterfeit CDs, DVDs and computer games in raids in Scottish cities that resulted in 28 arrests. The haul included equipment, pornography and computer discs, fake copies of chart albums by artists including Dido, Keane and Snow Patrol, and DVDs of new films such as The Incredibles and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and anti-piracy body Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) worked with investigators from the Computer Crime Unit of Central Scotland Police to initiate the raids. »

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