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Brad Pitt has been named the Top Money-Making Star of 2011, according to an annual survey of movie theatre owners.
Bosses at Quigley Publishing Company have asked theatre owners and film buyers to vote for their top 10 box office generators and this year exhibitors credited Pitt with bringing in more traffic than any other celebrity due to his acting and/or vocal appearances in Moneyball, The Tree of Life, and Happy Feet Two.
Coming in at number two was Pitt's pal George Clooney for both The Ides of March and The Descendants, and last year's winner, Johnny Depp, fell to third with The Rum Diary, Rango and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
The results of our comprehensive battery of year end polls are in and with nearly a million votes cast (!) the message couldn't be more clear, as "Harry Potter" and "The Hunger Games" battled it out with "Twilight" and "Thor" for fan supremacy in nearly every category.
How lopsided were the final results? Well, in the voting for Best Movie of 2011, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2" edged out "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" by a margin of 51.55% to 47.99%, with the other four candidates — "Bridesmaids," "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," "The Help" and "The Muppets" — combining for only .46% of the vote.
This just in: People really love "Harry Potter" and "Twilight."
Of course, the heated rivalry between fans of "Harry Potter" and "Twilight" has been raging for years, but with "Harry Potter" coming to an end this year and "Twilight" entering its own twilight, it »
- Scott Harris
Sucker Punch, Green Lantern, and the other 15 Biggest Box Office Flops have been announced. The Hollywood Reporter’s 15 Biggest Box Office flops list (part of their “Year in Review”) of movie disappointments contains films that are not surprising, especially Green Lantern and Conan the Barbarian. In addition, industry “analysts have revealed that this year has seen a 4% drop in domestic revenue at the box office, and as the site points out, even if a studio makes back its production budget it still splits grosses with theater owners and marketing costs. Here are their top 15 movies which failed to make an impact after being released in 2011.”
The full list of the 15 Biggest Box Office Flops of 2011 is below:
Mars Needs Moms – Budget: $150M; Global Gross: $39M
Sucker Punch – Budget: $82M; Global Gross: $89.8M
Arthur – Budget: $40M; Global Gross: $45.7M
Green Lantern – Budget: $200M; Global Gross: $219.9M
Cowboys & Aliens – Budget: $163M; Global »
The boys at THR has a list of 2011′s biggest box office flops. Some are pretty obvious (“Mars Needs Mom”, “Sucker Punch”), but others look like they broke even, but when you factor in all the costs associated with marketing a studio tentpole film (“Green Lantern”, “Cowboys and Aliens”), the production budget is just part of the equation. Here’s the list (featuring films of interest, so no “Glee” concert movie), brought to you be a ghastly slow news day: “Mars Needs Mom”: Budget: $150 million Worldwide Gross: $39 million “Sucker Punch”: Budget: $82 million Worldwide gross: $89.8 million “Green Lantern”: Budget: $200 million Worldwide Gross: $219.9 million “Cowboys and Aliens”: Budget: $163 million Worldwide Gross: $178.8 “Conan”: Budget: $90 million Wordwide Gross: $48.8 million “The Thing”: Budget: $38 million Worldwide Gross: $27.4 million “The Rum Diary”: Budget: $45 million Worldwide Gross: $21.6 million “Anonymous”: Budget: $30 million Worldwide Gross: $14.8 million “Tower Heist”: Budget: $75 million Worldwide »
Of the 265 films eligible  for Oscars at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in February, 97 of them have been deemed worthy to be nominated for Best Original Score. Thomas Newman (The Adjustment Bureau, The Debt, The Help, The Iron Lady) and Michael Giacchino (Cars 2, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Monte Carlo, Super 8) lead all eligible composers with four films this year while Alexandre Desplat (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, The Ides of March), Tyler Bates (Conan the Barbarian, The Darkest Hour, The Way), Mark Isham (The Conspirator, Dolphin Tale, Warrior) and Henry Jackman (Puss in Boots, Winnie the Pooh, X-Men First Class) all have three. Other familiar names are on the list too such as John Williams (The Adventures of Tintin, War Horse), James Newton Howard (Green Lantern, Water for Elephants) and Danny Elfman (Real Steel, Restless) who along with Alberto Iglesias (The Skin I Live In, »
- Germain Lussier
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that ninety-seven scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 84th Academy Awards®.
The eligible scores along with the composer are listed below in alphabetical order by film title:
“Answers to Nothing,” Craig Richey, composer
“@urFRENZ,” Lisbeth Scott, composer
“Atlas Shrugged Part 1,” Elia Cmiral, composer
“Cedar Rapids, »
- Michelle McCue
I was actually beginning to believe Cliff Martinez's score for Drive may actually have a shot with all the love it has received in the precursor awards, but last night the Academy announced the list of 97 scores eligible for Best Original Score at the 2012 Oscars and, oops, what do you know, both Drive and Attack the Block didn't make the cut. The only other score I had on my current list of predictions for the category to not make the cut was Howard Shore's music for David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method. Why? Well, I would assume somewhere inside there the rules for requirement weren't met. As per the Academy, "To be eligible, the original score must be a substantial body of music that serves as original dramatic underscoring, and must be written specifically for the motion picture by the submitting composer. Scores diluted by the use of »
- Brad Brevet
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 14, 2012; Digital Download Release Date: Feb. 7, 2012
Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $35.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
In the comedy film, set in the 1950s, Depp plays New York journalist Paul Kemp, who travels to Puerto Rico for a freelance job with a local newspaper run by down-trodden editor Lotterman (Richard Jenkins, Let Me In). Depp quickly finds himself caught between a beautiful woman (Amber Heard, Drive Angry) and her fiance (Aaron Eckhart, Love Happens), a shady American businessman who wants to turn the island into a capitalist paradise for the wealthy. While partaking in several bottles of booze, Depp is assigned to write favorably about the scheme and must decide whether to go along with »
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Midnight in Paris Coincidentally, I watched Midnight in Paris again just last night. It was my third time seeing it so I think you already know I'm going to suggest you buy it and I'm pretty sure it will be landing inside my year-end top ten, but I'm not quite sure at what spot.
I have grown to love this film since seeing it in Cannes as I absolutely adore its sense of magic. It creates a story I believe so many of us wish we could easily fall into and on top of that it is really, really funny. Michael Sheen as the "pedantic" Paul and Corey Stoll as Ernest Hemingway are both so perfect it's beyond words.
Margin Call Also a great movie, though I'm not sure it's one I would necessarily buy. I'm just not sure »
- Brad Brevet
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release The Rum Diary on Blu-ray and DVD February 14. The standard DVD will be priced at $30.99 Srp, while the Blu-ray will cost $35.99 Srp. You can take a look at the cover art and special features details below.
Based on the novel by Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary, follows itinerant journalist Paul Kemp (Johnny Depp) on an alcohol-fueled journey across the pristine island of Puerto Rico. Adopting the rum-soaked life of the island, Paul soon becomes obsessed with Chenault (Amber Heard) the wildly attractive fiancée of Sanderson (Aaron Eckhart), an American businessman involved in shady development deals. When Kemp is recruited by Sanderson to write favorably about his latest unsavory scheme, the journalist is presented with a choice: to use his words for the corrupt businessman's financial benefit or use them to take him down.
A Voice Made of Ink and Rage: »
If you fancy seeing some classic Christmas Movies in unique surroundings then look no further than Triskel Arts Theatre, the lovely folks over there are screening White Christmas Tues 20 Dec - 4.30pm and A Nightmare Before Christmas Wed 21 Dec - 4.30pm to see the full timetable click here. You’ll have to be quick though as viewings are limited for the holiday season We’ll keep you posted throughout the new year about special events and all things Arthouse. in addition they are showing The Rum Diary and My Week with Marilyn in January. Check out www.triskelartscentre.ie
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Members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. turned their backs on many old favorites with this year's Golden Globe film nominations. And they also snubbed performances that had been endorsed by other precursor prizes. View Gallery Globe voters denied Johnny Depp ("The Rum Diary") his tenth Best Comedy/Musical Actor bid. While that film didn't win over the critics, it was not reviled as was "The Tourist" last year. Yet Depp did contend at the Globes for that one. Four-time nominee Cameron Diaz couldn't entice Globe voters with her saucy, sexy role in "Bad Teacher." And two-time contender Keira Knightley was left out of the supporting race for her risky role in "A Dangerous Method." While none of those three figured at other awards, pity poor Melissa McCarthy ("Bridesmaids") and Armie Hammer ("J. Edgar"). They both reaped SAG bids but were snubbed by the Globes for thei »
The Help, Bridesmaids, Hugo: Golden Globes 2012 Top Contenders Best Film Drama/Comedy
Best Actor – Drama likely nominees: Leonardo DiCaprio for the title role in Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar, Brad Pitt for Moneyball, Brad Pitt again for The Tree of Life, Michael Fassbender for Shame, and Ryan Gosling for Drive.
Demián Bichir was a SAG Awards surprise nominee for his performance as an undocumented immigrant in Chris Weitz's A Better Life, but we don't really expect Bichir will be as lucky with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association members. Maybe if A Better Life had co-starred Robert Pattinson or Kristen Stewart, two of the leads in Weitz's The Twilight Saga: New Moon. As a starless small movie »
- Steve Montgomery
How will the Golden Globes entertain us this year? And by entertain, of course, we mean stupefy. Nominations are out Thursday morning. Here are some guesses as to what'll get folks scratching their heads—and recalling Tourist nods past: • Johnny Depp: No, not for The Tourist, but for either the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie (he's been nominated twice before for playing Capt. Jack Sparrow), or The Rum Diary. If you haven't seen Depp's name in the Oscar mix, it's because the Oscars doesn't have a Musical or Comedy category. Remember: All Globe weirdness stems from the Hollywood Foreign Press having to fill out its Musical or Comedy fields. (Well, almost all Globe »
By Kara Warner
Photo: Columbia TriStar
Although there have been a slew of award nominations announced in recent weeks, things kicked into high gear Wednesday (December 14) with the Screen Actors Guild nods and go into overdrive Thursday when the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announces the Golden Globe nominees.
We've gathered our thoughts about whose names will be read bright and early Thursday morning — the shoo-ins and the should-bes.
Best Motion Picture - Drama
The HFPA loves A-list stars, and what better way to guarantee their attendance at your ceremony than with a nomination? "The Help" is a clear fave, "Descendants" means George Clooney and "Hugo" and "War Horse" mean big-time directors. »
The Golden Globes have not correctly predicted Oscar's Best Picture in seven years, but have two chances to do so this year with presumed frontrunners "The Descendants," "The Help," and "War Horse" nominated for Best Drama Picture and "The Artist" and "Midnight in Paris" competing for Best Comedy/Musical Picture. (See full list of nominations here.) But the Golden Globes were not without their own shocking omissions. Among the snubs: "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," after being shut out at the SAG Awards, failed to receive any Globe bids; "The Tree of Life" was also ignored; Steven Spielberg was snubbed for Best Director despite "War Horse's" nomination for Best Drama Picture; Steve Carell was left out for "Crazy Stupid Love" in favor of his co-star Ryan Gosling; Johnny Depp ("The Rum Diary"), usually a favorite at the Golden Globes; and Melissa McCarthy (" »
The Golden Globes have not correctly predicted Oscar's Best Picture in years, but this year, they have two more chances to do so with presumed frontrunners "The Descendants," "The Help," and "War Horse" nominated for Best Drama Picture and "The Artists" and "Midnight in Paris" competing for Best Musical/Comedy Picture. But the Golden Globes were not without their own shocking omissions. Among the snubs: "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," after being shut out at the SAG Awards, failed to receive any Globe bids; "The Tree of Life" was also ignored; Steven Spielberg was snubbed for Best Director despite "War Horse's" nomination for Best Drama Picture; Steve Carell was left out for "Crazy Stupid Love" in favor of his co-star Ryan Gosling; Johnny Depp ("The Rum Diary"), usually a favorite at the Golden Globes; and Melissa McCarthy ("Bridesmaids"). Not Bes »
I haven’t been a very good Johnny Depp fan this year. Not only did I skip out on “Pirates of the Caribbean 4″ — turns out I didn’t miss much — I also passed on “The Rum Diary” during its short trip to the box office back in October. Shame on me. Thankfully, I won’t have to wait too long before the latter shows up on home video, as the flick is already scheduled to hit retail shelves on February 14th, 2012. The $45 million flick didn’t make a whole lot of money for FilmDistrict, so I’m sure they’re eager to recoup their loses on home video. Good luck with that. An extended synopsis is in order, I think: Tiring of the noise and madness of New York and the crushing conventions of late Eisenhower-era America, Paul Kemp (Johnny Depp) travels to the pristine island of Puerto Rico to write for a local newspaper, »
- Todd Rigney
For many filmgoers, the knowledge of which studio is releasing what film they are seeing isn’t necessary to the experience, likely a minuscule effect of their decision. But it could mean the difference of where, when, how and even if you see a film. With that, we bring you the news that FilmDistrict is shifting their distribution plans for their upcoming 2012 slate.
We got word that their executive Bob Berney would be leaving the company (coming after his shingle Apparition folded), and now their CEO Peter Schlessel has finalized a 3-picture distribution deal with the newly launched Open Road to handle some of their films, Deadline reports. The first of the titles will be the Luc Besson-produced sci-fi thriller Escape From M.S. One, which was titled Lockout up to about yesterday, when the trailer hit. Starring Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace the film will arrive on April »
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The festive battle
Despite experiencing the first dip in takings in its run so far, Arthur Christmas nabs the top spot for the first time in its four weeks of release, knocking off The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1. Shrugging off the challenge of two major new releases targeting the same family audience – Happy Feet Two and Hugo – the festive Aardman animation fell a mild 25%. Its cumulative total of £11.48m is already more than five times its opening weekend gross (£2.11m), with plenty of life in it yet.
Arthur Christmas is following a very similar pattern to Disney's A Christmas Carol, which likewise released in early November, and stood at £11.33m after its fourth weekend, on its way to a total of more than £20m. »
- Charles Gant
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