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Skyfall: 007 standing tall.
The Skyfall juggernaut continues with worldwide grosses topping $1 billion, making this by far the highest grossing 007 flick of all time. Additionally, as the following press release from Sony points out, Skyfall has become the highest grossing movie of all time in the UK, passing the $100 million mark.
London, 31st December, 2012 – Eon Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment are delighted to announce that Skyfall, the UK’s most successful film of all time, continues to smash box office records and has now taken a staggering £100,460,679, the first film in box office history to cross the £100m mark.
Skyfall, the 23rd James Bond adventure, continuing the longest running and most successful franchise in film history opened in 587 cinemas across the UK and Ireland on Friday 26th October 2012, and is still on general release. Additionally, the film has generated more than $1 billion in ticket sales worldwide.
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
From MTV News
A hobbit, 13 dwarves, and a wizard ruled the weekend box office once again, but a secret agent grabbed just as many headlines.
Though "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" topped ticket sales, "Skyfall" made history by becoming the first film in the 007 series to cross the $1 billion mark. The previous record-holder for the franchise, "Casino Royale," earned $600 million, a measly sum by comparison.
Elsewhere, the "Lord of the Rings" prequel continued its hot streak, adding $32.9 million to its current domestic total of $222.7 million.
The two debuts from the holiday, "Les Miserables" and "Django," both performed admirably. The adaptation of the mega-musical sits at $67 million, while Quentin Tarantino's historical revenge fantasy has earned $64 million to date.
Head over to MTV News from your full box office breakdown.
- Kevin P. Sullivan
Back in February, I made my predictions for which films would be entering that elusive club of films who have made $1bn. over the years. Needless to say, The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises were both on there, and both proven to be right. But I readily admit that Skyfall didn’t even really cross my mind.
Yet Skyfall has done just that.
Craig’s third outing as the world-renowned James Bond marks the first film in the franchise to cross the billion-dollar mark, and only the fourteenth film in history »
- Kenji Lloyd
It’s no understatement to say that this year’s James Bond adventure Skyfall had something to prove. Four years had passed since the previous installment, Quantum of Solace, which many consider a lackluster follow-up to Daniel Craig’s 007 debut in Casino Royale. However, with Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition) at the helm, Skyfall scored with both critics and fans, with many claiming it is among the franchise’s best entries.
Now Sony has announced that the film has earned more than $1 billion worldwide. This makes it the first film in the Bond franchise to reach that total and the highest-grossing film in Sony Pictures history. However, even with this hefty box office take, Skyfall is the 14th film to hit this milestone and the third 2012 film to do so, following The Avengers and The ...
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- Robert Yaniz Jr.
Welcome back to our weekly look at the new podcasts available at our “partners in podcast crime” the GeekCast Radio Network. As usual here’s our weekly look at the podcasts from Gcrn, with descriptions and links to each and every one for your audio/visual pleasure!
Gcr – Special Episode – TFG1?s 2012 Trip
This might be the most personal podcast series TFG1Mike has ever done. It is the first ever Gcr spinoff series. Here the adventure of flying back hom to Boston, then driving back to Louisville. TFG1Mike introduces you to his mom Kathy.
Gcr – Special Episode – The Holiday Diary
This was something that TFG1Mike got in an email about twelve years ago. He did not write it, nor does he take credit for it. Enjoy! Read The Story here Happy Holidays from The Gcrn.
Gcr – Special Episode – Rock Sugar’s Don’t Stop The Santa Man »
It’s official — we have reached the era of the billion dollar Bond!
Sony announced today that Skyfall has surpassed the $1 billion mark at the global box office, becoming just the 14th film in history to reach the coveted milestone.
The 23rd entry in the James Bond series has shattered every record in the franchise’s 50-year history. Skyfall, which was produced by MGM, Eon Productions, and Sony for $200 million, has earned $289.6 million in North America alone (including $4.6 million this weekend), clobbering the domestic record set by Quantum of Solace, which earned $168.4 million in 2008.
Internationally, Skyfall has been even more impressive. »
- Grady Smith
To say that none of the 40 + films on our staff-voted list is universally beloved is putting it mildly; but then, that’s the nature of polls like these. Every year we’ve run this poll, there’s been a runaway winner; this year, the top film crossed the three-hundred-point threshold, a first here at Sound On Sight. Not since Inglourious Basterds has a film run away so clearly with the number one spot. Our top choice received unbelievable love and support from everyone, nearly doubling the amount of points of our second place pick.
Nobody will agree on each entry, but keep in mind, Sound On Sight has always been a place that bridges the gap between mainstream and independent cinema. We love foreign films but we also love genre pics and documentaries. In other words, we cover it all, or at least we try.
With more movies in limited »
the Internet has become such a vast land of film criticism that few films completely escape the wrath of critical scrutiny even if the popular consensus happens to lean in the “wrong” direction. Nonetheless, in the end I enjoy writing about the year in film, so far be it for me to cheat myself out of some arbitrary concern for maintaining the proverbial higher ground. So, in alphabetical order as always, let’s dive right in… Brave (review/guest essay): Had this not been Pixar’s first animated feature with a female lead, had this not been marketed within the context that Princess Merida was a kind of sword-wielding/bow-clutching warrior, the the film would have been seen for what it is: a deeply problematic character drama that ignores the icky realities at the center of its tale in order to tell an audience-reassuring mother/daughter story. The film »
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Every time Quentin Tarantino is on the press circuit for one of his films, one big question arises: will the third Kill Bill film happen? This time Tarantino has put the question to rest. Speaking to press on the red carpet at the Django Unchained premiere, he said:
“I don’t know if there’s ever going to be a Kill Bill. Vol 3. We’ll see, probably not though.”
Tarantino also talked about possibly directing a future James Bond film, and it seems that time does not heal wounds in the case of Quentin. It is very well known that he wanted to direct Casino Royale, but that role went to Martin Campbell instead. When asked if he would want to direct a future Bond film, he said:
“No, Casino Royale was the one I wanted to direct, they missed their opportunity.”
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- Lucy Cave
Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb...
It comes as no surprise that, in the wake of the horrendous tragedy in Newtown, there are groups of people who will blame the entertainment industry – and indeed the NRA has waded in with its opinion. A transcript from the NRA Conference reads...
"Through vicious, violent video games with names like Bulletstorm, Grand Theft Auto, Mortal Kombat and Splatterhouse. And here’s one: it’s called Kindergarten Killers. It’s been online for 10 years. How come my research department could find it and all of yours either couldn’t or didn’t want anyone to know you had found it? Then there’s the blood-soaked slasher films like American Psycho and Natural Born Killers that are aired like propaganda loops on "Splatterdays" and every day, and a thousand music videos that portray life as a joke and murder as a way of life. »
There.s a new James Bond film in the works but it isn.t what you think.
The Other Fellow, from first-time Australian feature film director Matthew Bowyer, is a documentary about real people named James Bond.
Filmed during the release of Skyfall, Bowyer has met with real life James Bonds, aged from 8-87, in the UK, Toronto, Texas, Gyana, Denver and Wyoming to talk about what it.s like living in the shadow of 007.
The idea came to Bowyer originally to speak to one James Bond and make it into a YouTube clip.
He hopped on Facebook and tracked down every James Bond he could find . .literally hundreds. . sent them a message and went to bed.
The next morning his inbox was flooded.
.I contacted hundreds of them, and got hundreds of replies,. Bowyer says. .The majority of them had the same story, all of them have problems booking »
- Emily Blatchford
Feature Mark Harrison Dec 26, 2012
Bond's 50th anniversary got the film it deserved with Skyfall. Mark explains why it belongs in our top 10 films of the year...
Our countdown of our writers' film of the year continues, and for our latest entry, we find James Bond in very fine form...
8th place: Skyfall
Daniel Craig's third outing as James Bond made a huge impression on the UK box office this year. It surpassed Avatar as the highest-grossing film of all time in just 40 days, and by the time you're reading this, it will likely have become the first film ever to make over £100 million in UK cinemas. Aside from being the first 007 adventure to hit the screen since 2008's underpowered Quantum Of Solace, the film opened to rave reviews, and was more than good enough to crack our top ten films of the year.
It also happened to fall in »
Speaking to MTV at a press junket for his forthcoming Spaghetti Western homage Django Unchained, acclaimed filmmaker Quentin Tarantino has revealed that early in his career he planned to make a superhero film and toyed with the idea of bringing Marvel's Luke Cage to the screen:
"After Reservoir Dogs, I had considered doing a Luke Cage: Hero for Hire movie. [Producer] Ed Pressman owned the rights at that time and we talked about it. I talked to Larry Fish [Laurence Fishburne] about being Luke Cage, and he really liked that idea. Then I ended up writing Pulp Fiction."
Luke Cage wouldn't be Tarantino's only brush with a superhero movie - prior to directing Inglourious Basterds, the director was offered Green Lantern by Warner Bros., with the adaptation subsequently falling to Casino Royale helmer Martin Campbell after Tarantino passed on the project.
But would he ever be tempted to get behind the camera to direct a comic book adaptation? »
Throughout the week, we'll be presenting the Heroes of the Year, our list of individuals who made a major impact on the comic book movie community in 2012.
Round three is all about celebrating the end of a legend: "Dark Knight" trilogy director Christopher Nolan, who finished his run on Batman this year with "The Dark Knight Rises." Honoring the filmmaker is Bill Ramey, the founder of Batman-On-Film.com.
"Game-changer." That's the moniker that immediately comes to mind when it comes to Christopher Nolan and his influence on the comic book film genre.
With "Batman Begins," the director essentially created the "reboot" for left-for-dead film franchises. Since then, hitting the reset button on a movie series has become practically commonplace — i.e. "Casino Royale," "Man of Steel," and "The Amazing Spider-Man."
With 2008's "The Dark Knight," Nolan showed movie fans and critics alike that superhero films could, and should, be taken seriously. »
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Crafting a Top 10 Movies of the Year list always presents a little bit of a conundrum: Do you include the greatest films created, technically and artistically speaking, or do you go with the ones you simply enjoyed the most? It's the "best" versus "favorite" argument.
I tend to lean toward the latter and highlight the movies that had the most emotional impact on me, be it through laughter, shock, thrills or tears.
Maybe it also helps to give less heralded movies some shine. "Argo" is probably a better film than "Ruby Sparks." But honestly, I enjoyed "Ruby Sparks" more. "Argo" will be on everyone else's list, and you may not have heard of "Ruby Sparks" or "Searching for Sugar Man," movies you'd probably really like.
So here are my 10 favorite movies of the year. And hey, at least I can always cheat with some Honorable Mentions. "Argo" made it there. »
- Kevin Polowy
Vin Diesel (Fast and Furious) is set to develop a love for lollipops as he is gearing up to step into the shoes of Kojak, the lollipop loving NYPD detective in a big screen remake of the hit 70s crime TV show. According to Deadline, Skyfall screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have been drafted in to write to screenplay. Kojak is based on the hit TV show which ran from 1973-78 and starred Telly Savalas as Theo Kojak, who was infamous for his love of lollipops and the catchphrase, "Who loves ya baby?"
This isn’t the first time that Kojak has received a makeover, with Ving Rhames (Mission: Impossible) starring as the tough talking, bald-headed crime fighter in a short lived television reboot in 2005 which only lasted a single season. Riding high from the success of Skyfall, Purvis and Wade will be tasked with updating the classic 70s show for a modern audience. »
Universal Pictures is moving forward with a "Kojak" movie, based on a 1970s television series, and has hired Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (Skyfall, Casino Royale.) to write the script. The series, which ran from 1973 to 1978, focused on a tough-talking New York cop, played by Telly Savalas. In the movie, the character will be played by Vin Diesel, who just finished shooting "Fast and Furious 6." A director has yet to be hired and there's still no word when the film will begin shooting. »
Today is the best day ever for people who have fantasized about Vin Diesel sucking on a lollipop. Deadline reports that Universal is setting the mumbly-mouthed mountain of a man up as the new actor to play Kojak, the ’70s-era NYPD detective best known for his bald head, dapper attire, and always having a lollipop hanging out of his mouth. The character originally appeared in a CBS crime procedural, also called Kojak, which aired from 1973-1978 and starred Greek-American actor Telly Savalas in the title role. The good news doesn’t stop there, though. Every new big screen adaptation of an old TV show needs to start off by having a script, and along with securing Diesel in the title role, this new Kojak has also tapped Skyfall scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade to put pen to page. Skyfall, of course, was one of the most financially successful films of 2012, and largely garnered positive reviews, so »
- Nathan Adams
Add one more to the pile. Quentin Tarantino's "what if?" abandoned projects list is long. Ideas that he once toyed with included more Elmore Leonard adaptations, the James Bond film “Casino Royale,” “The Man from U.N.C.L.E,” an untitled '70s-like airplane/disaster movie and more (you can see a longer list in this old detailed feature we made back in the day). And yet evidently there was one more up his sleeve. Talking to MTV, the "Django Unchained" director revealed he once wanted to make a super hero film. “After Resevoir Dogs, I had considered doing a Luke Cage hero for hire movie," Tarantino said when asked if he had ever considered making a type of blockbuster film that wasn't one of his originally scripted ideas. "Ed Pressman owned it at that time and we talked about it. And I talked with Larry Fishburne about »
- Edward Davis
Looks like another '70s cop show is about to make its way to the big screen some forty years after its heyday. Joining The Rockford Files which is already in development, a Kojak movie is now also in the process of being cooked up over at Universal Pictures. The bald detective famously played by Telly Savalas appeared on CBS for five seasons between 1973 and 78 before being cancelled due to low ratings. Now a new generation will instead get to hear Vin Diesel growl the classic catchphrase, "Who loves ya, baby?". According to Deadline, Universal has hired screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade to pen the script for a Kojak feature film. The duo have a pretty solid reputation in Hollywood right now after writing the script for the last three Bond movies: Skyfall, Quantum of Solace and Casino Royale. However, it's worth noting that they also penned a couple »
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