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7 cookin' in effects bake-off

21 December 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The 2003 visual effects Oscar race began Friday with the announcement of seven films that made the first cut. New Line Cinema's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Universal Studios' The Hulk and Peter Pan, 20th Century Fox's Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World and X2, Buena Vista Pictures' Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, and Warner Bros. Pictures' Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines will compete Jan. 21. The seven will go head-to-head at a "bake-off" Jan. 21 when 15-minute clip reels will be shown and each film's respective supervisors will make their case before an audience of their peers at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The final three nominations will be announced Jan. 29. Most noteworthy in this year's race is the range of effects -- from one of the most massive CG battles in movie history to more than an hour of unidentifiable visual effects on the open sea. "Visual effects nominations don't have to go to the big, so-called 'visual-effects movies'," said Richard Edlund, visual effects branch governor. "Master and Commander is a very mature decision by the committee. It could not have been done without extensive and sophisticated visual effects work." The bigger surprise, however, is that Warners' The Matrix Revolutions is missing from the 2003 race. The original Matrix won the visual effects Oscar for 1999. »

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'Pirates' tops list for hair, makeup

17 December 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A pirate, a samurai and the heroic little people from the shire lead the nominations for the fifth annual Hollywood Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Guild Awards. Walt Disney Studios' Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl plundered four noms, while New Line Cinema's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King captured three. Warner Bros. Pictures' The Last Samurai and Universal Pictures' Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat are neck and neck with two noms apiece. The guild gave best contemporary makeup recognition to Miramax Films' The Human Stain, 20th Century Fox's Daredevil and Columbia Pictures' Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. Universal's Seabiscuit will race against Samurai and Pirates in the best period makeup heat. »

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'Nemo' dominates again as market awaits 'King'

16 December 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Clear the decks. The Hobbits are returning in the final segment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. As the world market awaits the opening this coming weekend of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, the entrenched Walt Disney Co./Pixar film Finding Nemo dominated the international scene for a fifth consecutive weekend, hauling in $31.5 million from 5,192 screens in 26 countries. Nemo's weekend performance, which lifted the cume to $330.2 million, was hailed as the fourth Disney title to cross the $300 million mark at the overseas boxoffice, joining The Lion King, Armageddon and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Other titles making a little hay before the arrival of King were Love Actually, S.W.A.T. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World and Elf. No new significant titles are being scheduled this coming weekend in markets where King is booked, the exception being Peter Pan in Australia, where the finale of the Peter Jackson-directed saga moves in the following week. »

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Keira Knightley Voted the Year's Top Breakout Movie Star

8 December 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

British actress Keira Knightley has topped a magazine poll as this year's top breakout movie star. The 18-year-old beauty first came to the attention of international audiences in the sleeper hit Bend It Like Beckham and continued to wow her fans with roles in summer blockbuster Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl and Love Actually. She has now just finished playing warrior Guinevere in the upcoming movie King Arthur, which is expected to expand her fan base even more. Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who chose Knightley for both Pirates of the Caribbean and King Arthur, says, "She can act. With Keira, you don't see the wheels turning." Bruckheimer's sentiments have been echoed by Entertainment Weekly, which has named Knightley the top breakout star of 2003. Others named in the poll include Shia LaBeouf, Naomie Harris and Peter Dinklage. »

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Disney 1st studio to $3 billion

4 December 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Walt Disney Studios said Wednesday that it surpassed the $3 billion global boxoffice mark during Thanksgiving weekend, making it the first studio to ever reach the milestone -- beating previous record holder Sony Pictures, whose domestic and international tally reached $2.8 billion last year. Buoyed by the stellar performances of Finding Nemo and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, which each took in $300 million in domestic ticket sales, Disney's Buena Vista Film Distribution Group has earned $1.48 billion in domestic grosses and $1.6 billion in international receipts. The figures do not include any domestic grosses from the company's Miramax subsidiary but do add in a few territories for the New York-based company on the international side. »

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Exhausted Bloom Takes a Timeout

4 December 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Lord Of The Rings hunk Orlando Bloom is taking some time out from his busy filming schedule to allow himself to reflect on his incredible rise to fame. The hunky British actor has become an international sex symbol and a hot property in Hollywood following his performances in the Peter Jackson- directed trilogy and swashbuckling adventure Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl. But Orlando, 26, is finding it hard to cope with the persistent press attention that has accompanied his movie success and wants to escape the media furor in order to keep his feet on the ground. He says, "I've bought a place in London and I'm having my first break in a long time. I'm going to furnish it, get back to watching some movies and get myself sorted out. At one point, I was tempted to squeeze in another film. But it would have been crazy to keep up that pace, so I'm going to try to relax and find the resources to come back. I'm not complaining, but there hasn't been a moment to pause and take stock. I feel as if I've been in a time warp from the age of 22 to 26." »

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'Nemo' breaks BV records in Spain

1 December 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

MADRID -- Disney's Finding Nemo broke all-time opening weekend records for Buena Vista Spain, raking in €4.6 million ($5.5 million) since its opening on Friday, the distributor said Monday. Just over 1 million tickets were sold to see the 383 prints dispersed around Spain. The figure tops Buena Vista's opening of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, which grossed €3.8 million ($4.6 million) in its first weekend. But it sits behind zany Spanish comic book turned feature film Mortadelo & Filemon: The Big Adventure. The comedy, distributed by Warner Sogefilms, earned €5.1 million ($6.1 million) on 325 copies when it opened earlier this year. »

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Depp Is the Sexiest Man Alive

21 November 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Once Upon a Time in Mexico star Johnny Depp has topped People magazine's coveted Sexiest Man Alive list. The title was claimed by Ben Affleck a year ago. Others in the new People hot hunks list include Nelly, LL Cool J, Justin Timberlake, Brad Pitt, Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, George Clooney, Nick Lachey and tennis ace Andy Roddick. »

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ABC 'Doing' drama with Bloomberg

12 November 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Stu Bloomberg is Doing It for ABC and Touchstone TV. The network has picked up a drama project from the former ABC entertainment president, now a producer, and Touchstone TV-based nonwriting producer Francie Calfo, with a script commitment. Based on a British book, Doing It is a coming-of-age drama told from the point of view of three teenagers. Jeff Judah and Gabe Sachs (Freaks and Geeks) are attached to pen the script as well as executive produce the project with Bloomberg and Calfo. Doing It is one of several ABC/Touchstone TV projects on Bloomberg's development slate, which includes two other dramas he is executive producing with Calfo -- a mob drama from writer Stuart Beattie (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl) and a suburb police drama from Robert and Michelle King. Additionally, Bloomberg is executive producing a comedy about two families in which the mom of one of them works as a nanny for the other, from Barry Kemp (Fox's A Minute With Stan Hooper) and Mike and Linda Teverbaugh. »

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Director Witt to take 'Shelter' with Petersen

30 October 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Alexander Witt is warming up to direct Cold Shelter for Wolfgang Petersen's Radiant Prods. Written by Wes Clark, the film is a character-based action thriller that tells the story of an American special forces operative who is sent to 1983 Cold War East Germany to infiltrate a terrorist ring. Once there, he begins to question the values he has always fought to uphold. Production is slated to begin next year. "What attracted me to the project was the moral complexity of the main character unfolding within a sophisticated international thriller, where who you can trust is tested time and again," said Witt, who is currently directing his first feature, the sci-fi actioner Resident Evil 2, in Toronto. Witt is well-known as a second unit director/cinematographer, with credits including The Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, XXX, The Bourne Identity and Black Hawk Down. He is represented by his manager Nikki Allyn Grosso of Managemint. »

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'Calendar,' 'Pirates' give U.K. b.o. slight bump

24 October 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

LONDON -- U.K. boxoffice admission figures for September totaled 10.7 million, marginally better than the same period last year, according to figures released Thursday by the Cinema Advertising Assn. Averaging 2.5 million admissions per week, the figures were up 0.9% year-on-year thanks to the success of the Buena Vista International releases Calendar Girls and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, which ranked first and second, respectively, for the month. »

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Hollywood fest hails 'Pirates'

22 October 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was chosen as the movie of the year at the closing night of the seventh annual Hollywood International Film Festival. Pirates had more to roar "Arr!" about as the film's Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush were picked as best actor and best supporting actor of the year, respectively. Diane Lane and Alison Lohman were chosen as actress and supporting actress of the year respectively. The winners were chosen via an online Yahoo! Movies and Entertainment Tonight poll. The gala, held Monday night in the ballroom of the Beverly Hilton, was packed with stars and honors. Tribute was paid to Hollywood moviemakers, including awards for outstanding achievement in leadership to Columbia Pictures chairman Amy Pascal, in directing to Ron Howard, and in acting to Anthony Hopkins and Goldie Hawn. »

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McGregor Snubbed by Wife for Film Role

15 October 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Ewan McGregor may be lusted after by film fans, but his wife preferred to cast another actor in the lead role for her first film. French designer-turned-screenwriter Eve Mavrakis told her disappointed Down With Love star husband she wanted Pirates Of The Caribbean hunk Johnny Depp for her movie For Love Of Art. Ewan moans, "After it was finished, she said, 'Do you know who I'd really like to play the lead role? Johnny Depp' So I said, 'Thank you very much - that's nice.'" However, Moulin Rouge star McGregor believes the thriller won't ever make it to mainstream cinemas if it ever gets made. He adds, "It's a dark story about snuff art, in which people are actually killed for the sake of art. The lead role of the detective is a drinking, womanizing, despicable character and it's hard to get films made about characters who are not likeable." »

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Good news for 'Bad Boys'; 'Nemo' dives past $100 mil

14 October 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The overseas boxoffice perked up over the weekend as a number of lively titles made their way to Europe after playing mostly in Asia and Latin America. Bad Boys II emerged as the market leader, closely followed by Finding Nemo and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. And on the basis of a single-theater opening in the United Kingdom, Kill Bill-Vol. 1 showed signs of becoming a potent contender as it readies to hit 500 sites Friday. Highlighted by a $5.8 million opening from 895 screens in Germany, Bad Boys II went on to capture $16.1 million from 3,500 screens in 41 territories, lifting its overseas gross to $64.3 million. Other top markets included Austria ($873,000 from 104), Belgium ($785,000 from 74), Denmark ($574,000 from 74), Holland ($900,000 from 107) and Switzerland ($725,000 from 75). In some of these markets, the Michael Bay-directed action comedy beat the opening figures of such stalwarts as Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Catch Me If You Can, according to Columbia TriStar. »

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'Gentlemen' takes bow as new overseas champ

7 October 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A new overseas champion emerged over the weekend as The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen halted the bid of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl to overwhelm the international boxoffice for an eighth consecutive week. Backed by openings in a number of key countries, the Sean Connery starrer from 20th Century Fox rang up $14.6 million from 3,327 screens in 24 markets, lifting its offshore cume to $51.5 million. But Pirates remained a potent force as it gave up the No. 1 position it held for seven weeks in a row, hurdling the $300 million mark with $11.1 million from 3,289 screens in 45 markets for an international gross to date of $310.1 million. With a combined foreign and domestic gross of $600 million, the Disney entry became the 17th film in industry history to reach that goal. And it is the third best all-time performer for Buena Vista International, the Disney overseas distribution arm, tracking behind The Lion King and Armageddon. »

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September to remember at b.o.

30 September 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Action-adventure and horror films provided much of the octane that helped fuel the record gross at the national boxoffice this month. The total boxoffice for September neared the $500 million mark for the first time, while estimated admissions proved to be the second-highest on record. Not bad for what's typically a rather sleepy month at the boxoffice. Sony's Once Upon a Time in Mexico was the top-grossing film, and another Johnny Depp starrer, Buena Vista's Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, finished in the third spot. Two films from the horror genre made a strong presence in the upper strata as well. United Artists' Jeepers Creepers 2 posted the second-largest tally for the period, while Screen Gems' Underworld staked out the fourth slot after only seven days. The two films were from specialty labels at MGM and Sony, respectively. »

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H'wood fest award noms set

24 September 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Seabiscuit and Lost in Translation are among the films scoring multiple nominations for this year's Hollywood Movie of the Year Awards. The nominations were announced Tuesday by the Hollywood Film Festival's board of advisers, with winners to be chosen by film fans at voting polls at the Yahoo! Movies Web site (movies.yahoo.com/movieawards) and at Entertainment Tonight's Web site (etonline.com). In the Hollywood Movie of the Year category, Pirates, Seabiscuit and Lost will compete with Dirty Pretty Things and Finding Nemo. »

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O'seas b.o. in downswing, but 'Pirates' holds tight

23 September 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The usual slowdown of the overseas boxoffice at this time of the year -- as it awaits the deluge of year-end blockbusters -- did not stop Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl from notching its sixth straight weekend as the No. 1 title in the market. Absent new openings, the Jerry Bruckheimer production nevertheless pulled in $20 million over the weekend from strong holdovers at about 5,000 screens in 46 markets, providing an international cume to date of $270.5 million. Pirates, which beat the five-week, top-of-the-market stand this year of The Matrix Reloaded (cume to date: $453.4 million), appears likely to exceed $300 million by the end of its run. »

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Johnny Depp Signs for 'Fear and Loathing' Follow-Up

18 September 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Movie hunk Johnny Depp has signed to star in a follow-up to hit film Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas. Depp will join Fear and Loathing co-star Benicio Del Toro, Josh Hartnett and Nick Nolte in The Rum Diary - based on another of cult writer Hunter S. Thompson's hit novels. The film, which will reunite Johnny and Benicio on screen for the first time since the 1997 comedy, will also be directed by Puerto Rican-born Del Toro. Depp currently has two box office hits in release, Pirates of the Caribbean and Once Upon a Time in Mexico. »

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'Pirates' matches 'Matrix' for year's holdover power

16 September 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

No one would believe that the word "pirates," the bane of the industry since new technology brought about widespread copying, would be as welcome as Jerry Bruckheimer's Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. For a fifth consecutive weekend, the Johnny Depp buccaneers dominated the overseas boxoffice, looting a hot $29.7 million from 5,139 screens in 43 territories and raising the international flag for the Buena Vista International release to $238.5 million. Pirates follows The Matrix Reloaded as the second film this year to dominate the market for five weeks in a row, with indications that the Depp gang is ready to capture a sixth. In new record-setting raids, Pirates snatched the b.o. crown in Australia with a four-day opening of $3.4 million from 245 screens, took an eye-opening $1.1 million from 95 in Greece, $518,000 from 68 in New Zealand and $670,000 from 50 in Denmark. It was the biggest or second-biggest accomplishment for BVI in specific markets. »

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