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Batman sequel The Dark Knight has topped the 2008 Best Film list on influential movie news website Moviehole.net's end-of-year review.
Meanwhile, in a related list, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of The Crystal Skull was named Moviehole.net's Worst Film of 2008, ahead of The Day The Earth Stood Still and Mummy sequel The Tomb of The Dragon Emperor. »
Twilight is featured on the Yahoo! homepage...again! Yahoo! Movies has a new article about the winners losers and inbetweeners of the movie world for 2008. One of the winners? Twilight of course! They also talk about how even though Dark Knight was huge Twilight still beat it out in terms of best rate of return.nbspHeres a bit of what they had to sayIf only Wall Street had bet on Twilight. Or Hannah Montana. Or Kirk Cameron.With a 167.3 million overall domestic take as Sunday per Box Office Mojo Twilight made more than four times its reported 37 million production budgetthe best rate of return on any film in the 2008 Top 10 including The Dark Knight.Heres a look of the topgrossing films of 2008 through Sunday based on numbers compiled by Box Office Mojo The Dark Knight 530.8 million Iron Man 318.3 million Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 317 million Hancock »
Hollywood hasn't had to resort to any post-Christmas half-off sales.
Holiday releases -- ranging from warm puppy "Marley & Me" to kid-friendly "Bedtime Stories" to the luxe backward-running romance "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" -- attracted a stampede to the multiplex last weekend.
So the studios will ring out 2008 on the strength of their current year-end lineup as the industry heads toward another record-setting domestic gross.
With the coming New Year's holiday weekend serving as an opportunity for moviegoers to catch up with the film glut, including the awards-hopefuls still in limited release, no new wide openers will flood the already overcrowded theaters.
Instead, Paramount Vantage will launch exclusive runs of its World War II drama "Defiance" while ThinkFilm follows suit with its Nazi-era drama "Good."
- By Gregg Kilday
Okay, so here we are. This article will basically amount to my capstone piece for the end of 2008 as I will now hand out what amounts to the first ever RopeofSilicon Awards. My hope for future RopeofSilicon Awards is that I can figure out some kind of nominating and voting system so you, the users, can award each of these categories by nominating films throughout the year, running mini For Your Consideration campaigns in the comment section and so forth. Unfortunately, such an endeavor is outside of my capacity at the moment so you will have to deal with my opinion on each category for now, but as always I want to hear your opinion on who you would award in the comments below. After all, my opinion is just the start of things in order to get you thinking and talking, it certainly isn't the end-all/be-all of opinions. »
- Brad Brevet
2008 was a year of incredible casts -- just about every film released this year can elicit a "Holy crap, do you know who all is in that? It has to be good!" This was a year that saw Oscar-winning actresses in popcorn flicks like Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Speed Racer, Edward Norton go green and hulking, and Tom Cruise nominated for a prosthetics-heavy cameo. That many of the films didn't live up to the cast's potential (The Women, Deception and Righteous Kill, to name three random examples) is disappointing, expected, and ultimately something to wonder "With a cast like that, how did they blow it?" in years to come.
However, many of the movies did get it right -- and it is really hard to narrow it down to seven. I tried to avoid the obvious picks such as The Dark Knight, decided the »
- Elisabeth Rappe
Shia Labeouf is recovering after undergoing a second piece of surgery on the hand injury he sustained in a car crash five months ago. The Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull star underwent emergency surgery immediately following the accident in July. However, a second surgery was postponed to allow filming on Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen to continue. "For a while there it didn't look too good," an insider told the New York Daily News. "Shia's tendons (more) »
- By Lara Martin
The Screen Actors Guild nominations were revealed today and the Broadway adaptation Doubt lead with five nods.
Many of the names are looking familiar in the categories, especially Meryl Streep among the “Best Actress” picks and Amy Adams for “Best Supporting Actress.” Philip Seymour Hoffman and Viola Davis also picked up noms for supporting and a nomination for ensemble cast rounded out their five.
Meanwhile, the union is sending ballots for strike authorization to its membership on January 2. It would need 75% to vote “Yes” in order to move ahead with a strike and put pressure on the AMPTP. The battle in the boardroom is primarily over new media, a major issue surrounding the 100-day WGA strike this time last year.
- Jeff Leins
Drama movie Doubt is the main contender at the upcoming Screen Actors Guild Awards - garnering five nominations.
The picture's star, Meryl Streep, is competing for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role. She will go up against Angelina Jolie (Changeling), Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married), Melissa Leo (Frozen River) and Kate Winslet (Revolutionary Road).
Streep's Doubt co-stars Amy Adams and Viola Davis will both be battling it out for the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role award, against Penélope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona), Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Kate Winslet (The Reader).
Philip Seymour Hoffman also received a nod for his performance in Doubt - he is nominated in the best supporting actor category. He will face competition from the late Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight), Josh Brolin (Milk), Robert Downey Jr. (Tropic Thunder) and British newcomer Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire).
The stars competing for the Best Actor trophy include Sean Penn (Milk), Brad Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon), Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler) and Richard Jenkins (The Visitor).
The ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on 25 January.
The full list of nominees is as follows:
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role:
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role:
Angelina Jolie - Changeling
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role:
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role:
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture:
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Mini-series:
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series:
Outstanding Performance By a Female Actor in a Drama Series:
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series:
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series:
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series:
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series:
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series:
Screen Actors Guild's 45th Life Achievement Award
Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull has topped Movie Mistakes' annual blunder list - containing a staggering 64 factual and continuity errors. That means that Indy made an amazing 20 more mistakes than its nearest rival Mamma Mia! The top ten runs as follows: 1. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: 64 mistakes 2. Mamma Mia!: 44 mistakes 3. The Dark Knight: 43 mistakes 4. Twilight: 41 mistakes 5. High School Musical 3: Senior Year: 41 mistakes 6. Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008): 31... .
Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull has topped a list of the most mistake-filled movies of the year. Sharp viewers spotted 64 blunders in the Steven Spielberg film, including disappearing people, film equipment in view, and the use of a 2000 Harley Davidson motorbike, despite the film being set in 1957. "With the budget of many movies, you'd think they could avoid mistakes like this, or at least use computers to cover them up," said Moviemistakes editor Jon Sandys, who compiled the list. "But they keep cropping up, and eagle-eyed movie (more) »
- By Lara Martin
Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull has topped a new poll of this year's most gaffe-prone movies - with a staggering 64 continuity blunders.
Harrison Ford's whip-cracking return to his hit adventurer franchise came first in a new survey by film website moviemistakes.com.
Fans spotted a huge number of mistakes in the Steven Spielberg movie - including the use of a Harley Davidson motorbike from 2000, despite the fact the film is set in 1957.
Jon Sandys, Moviemistakes editor, says, "With the budget of many movies, you'd think they could avoid mistakes like this, or at least use computers to cover them up, but they keep cropping up, and eagle-eyed movie fans keep spotting them."
The full list of 2008's continuity-challenged films is as follows:
1. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - 64 mistakes
2. Mamma Mia! - 44 mistakes
3. The Dark Knight - 43 mistakes
4. Twilight - 41 mistakes
5. High School Musical 3: Senior Year - 41 mistakes
6. Journey to the Center of the Earth - 31 mistakes
7. Quantum of Solace - 23 mistakes
8. Get Smart - 22 mistakes
9. Step Brothers - 22 mistakes
10. Iron Man - 21 mistakes »
The drama "Doubt" topped the list of SAG Award nominations, announced Thursday morning.
With five nominations to its name, the film earned noms for Meryl Streep as outstanding female lead in film, Philip Seymour Hoffman as supporting male, and Amy Adams and Viola Davis as supporting female. Its cast also picked up a fifth mention in the motion picture ensemble category.
A complete list follows:
Outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role
Outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role
Angelina Jolie, "Changeling"
Kate Winslet, »
- By Gregg Kilday
Aside form Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, Harrison Ford hasn't exactly been a workaholic these past few years. Either that or he's made a bunch of movies that were so unmemorable, I've already forgotten them. The good doctor / space pirate / curmudgeonly actor is hoping to get some magic back with a new comedy called Morning Glory, from producer Jj Abrams (Alias, Lost, Star Trek). Ford will star with Rachel McAdams in the flick (along with another yet-to-be-named female »
- Dave Davis
I’m sure you can all guess which movie took the top spot (just in case…. it’s The Dark Knight), and yes it’s predictably Twilight and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince that are the second and third most searched.
But the rest of the list may not be as you might have thought. Here it is, in descending order:
25. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
24. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
23. The Godfather (1972)
22. Star Trek (2009)
21. The Departed (2006)
20. Quantum of Solace (2008)
19. Dragonball (2009)
18. Wanted (2008)
17. Terminator Salvation (2009)
16. Cloverfield (2008)
15. Superbad (2008)
14. Into the Wild (2007)
13. Sex and the City (2008)
12. There Will Be Blood (2007)
11. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
10. Transformers (2007)
9. Juno (2007)
8. No Country for Old Men (2007)
6. Iron Man (2008)
5. The Expendables (2010)
4. TR2N (2011)
3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
2. Twilight (2008)
1. The Dark Knight (2008)
A few of the usual suspects are there with the top three spots already mentioned above, and other familiar »
- Ross Miller
Photo: Courtesy the Awards Daily For Your Consideration gallery Sony Pictures Classics just emailed information on their updated For Your Consideration website which reveals the films they will be pushing this Oscar season and in what categories, and along with that gives me the change to alert you to four more Oscar contending scripts to read. They include Jenny Lumet's acclaimed script from Rachel Getting Married, Philippe Claudel's script for the fantastic I've Loved You So Long, Charlie Kaufman's script for his directorial debut Synecdoche, New York (maybe the script will make more sense) and Courtney Hunt's script for Frozen River which has been doing quite well lately in terms of late season recognition. All the scripts are linked below along with all previous scripts. By my count we are now up to 20 in total. I will try to continue to maintain this list of scripts »
- Brad Brevet
We've been counting down the most shocking headlines of 2008, and we'll be revealing more throughout the month of December. We hope you enjoy this look back at some of the posts and stories that created the most buzz throughout the year. Shia Labeouf hit the ground running in 2008, quickly scoring his second Vanity Fair cover and shooting Eagle Eye. He hit a snag when a warrant for his arrest went out after he was a no-show in court for a smoking violation, but all was forgiven and forgotten in the huge success of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Unfortunately, things got crazier for Shia as he headed into the Summer months. In late July, he was involved in a scary car accident and arrested under suspicion of DUI. The charges were eventually dropped, but Shia was left with a very serious hand injury and had to »
The Oscars are shaping up to be a superhero battle for the ages. The Dark Knight, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Hancock and Hellboy II: The Golden Army are among the 15 films making the short list for the Best Visual Effects Oscar unveiled today by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. While comic-book characters typically rule the day when it comes to special effects, the do-gooders will face some stiff competition from another pair of iconic heroes—Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Quantum of Solace also made the semifinal round. Other popcorn flicks in the running include The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Chronicles of »
Photo: Courtesy the Awards Daily For Your Consideration gallery Update: Just added script links to The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Kung Fu Panda thanks to Garrett for sending in the link. There is also a version of the Gran Torino script available here based on the official version from the WB Fyc site that has since been removed. Can you feel it? The Oscar award season is a Ton of work, but it is so much fun it doesn't really matter and the studios are full steam ahead with "For Your Consideration" publicity as I have a bunch of new screenplay links to offer including downloadable scripts for Revolutionary Road, Milk, The Visitor and Burn after Reading. I will try to continue to maintain this list of scripts throughout the entire season and offer updates as soon as they are available. After touring all the Fyc sites this »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy has announced its list of 15 films selected as semifinalists for Achievement in Visual Effects for the 2009 Oscars. Looking over the list there is no immediate way to decide which film will get the nod as so many employ some fantastic visual effects work. I certainly hope, and expect, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button to get a nod, if not for its great visual effects for the snubbing of Zodiac in the same category last year that say The Golden Compass beat out Transformers and Pirates of the Caribbean 3. I would also expect Hellboy II to get a nomination. Even though I don't like the film, the effects are phenomenal. And I will guess the third spot will go to The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor for no other reason than because the Academy loves to throw a mediocre film in the mix. Last year it was Golden Compass, »
- Brad Brevet
More AMPAS news - the Special Effects Finalists “Australia” “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” “Cloverfield” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” “The Dark Knight” “The Day the Earth Stood Still” “Hancock” “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” “The Incredible Hulk” “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” “Iron Man” “Journey to the Center of the Earth” “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor” “Quantum of Solace” “The Spiderwick [...] »
- Sasha Stone
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