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With Star Wars: Episode VII having secured its villain in Girls star Adam Driver, Variety is reporting that several actors are now battling it out for the lead role in the eagerly-anticipated return to a galaxy far, far away. According to the site, Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Ed Speleers (Downton Abbey) and theatre actors Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher head J.J. Abrams' wishlist for the lead.
Apparently, the original draft from Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) would have focussed on the offspring of Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), although those characters are said to have been relegated to supporting roles in Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan's rewrite, with the director wanting a more diversified cast. Instead, the lead role is said to be a Jedi apprentice, who will presumably be training under Jedi Master Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill).
- Gary Collinson
Say what you will about some of the studio’s recent output, but Pixar's operating process has remained steadfastly left-of-center since it broke out big with Toy Story in 1995. Many expected the studio to move to Los Angeles or take on a more traditional method of production following its immense success, but Pixar maintains its central headquarters in Emeryville, California and sticks to its central, creativity-inspiring work philosophies. One of the most curious aspects of the studio is the Pixar Braintrust, a group of Pixar creatives that weighs in on all of the studio’s features on a regular basis with a brutal honesty. In an excerpt from his upcoming book Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration, Pixar President Ed Catmull offers a detailed, behind-the-scenes look at the Braintrust process, offering extensive examples from Toy Story 3 and director Pete Docter’s new film Inside Out. »
- Adam Chitwood
David Sameth has been promoted to executive vice president of marketing at Walt Disney Studios, where he'll continue to head up campaigns for titles from Pixar and Disney Animation Studios, home of global blockbuster Frozen. He reports directly to Disney worldwide marketing chief Ricky Strauss. Story: Disney Partners With The Black List for Residency Program Sameth has been the marketing brand lead for animation since 2009, supervising all aspects of campaigns for Disney and Pixar films, including Toy Story 3, Tangled, Cars 2, The Muppets, Brave, Wreck-It Ralph, Monsters University, Frozen and the upcoming Muppets Most Wanted. Video: Jimmy Fallon, Idina
- Pamela McClintock
Perhaps the only news of note this week is that in a move echoing what they did with Breaking Bad, Netflix has swooped in and gained rights to the TV series of From Dusk Til Dawn made in the states for Robert Rodriguez’s new El Rey network cable channel. Netflix will stream the episodes the day after they air in the states every week, curiously they are still billing this as ‘A Netflix Original’ when this isn’t the case necessarily. I have no idea as to the quality of this, the film From Dusk Til Dawn was one of my favourites when I was a teenager but how you drag that out into a ten part TV show I don’t know, let alone a possible second series. I watched the trailer and it looks solid and well-made as opposed to a cheap cash in and features Don Johnson »
- Chris Holt
Get out a box or two of tissues, friends, because if you’re like Gabe or Josh, you’re probably going to need them as we discuss Toy Story 3 on the new episode of Mousterpiece Cinema. Closing out their trilogy of discussions about what might very well be the best American cinematic trilogy ever, Gabe and Josh invite past guest Scott Renshaw of Salt Lake City Weekly on to discuss this final chapter in the saga of Sheriff Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and the rest of their pals. Is this the greatest of all the Toy Story films? Does the ending hit on the same emotional level now as it did in 2010? Will Gabe drop any more crazy movie-related theories this week? You can only find out if you listen! (Note: There’s a bit of wonky sound issues in this episode, thanks to the ever-fickle Skype. Apologies!)
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- Josh Spiegel
Airplane action thriller takes $30m and the No 1 slot, while Diogo Morgado as Jesus doesn't quite turn water into box-office wine
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Non-Stop leads independent surge
It's always good to see the independents rule the box-office charts, so hats off to StudioCanal. The company fully financed the action thriller Non-Stop, starring Liam Neeson, and the big guy did not disappoint, scoring an estimated $30m (£18m) No 1 debut through domestic distributor Universal, which as you will by now have gathered did not produce this but acted as a distributor for a fee. The debut was even bigger than Jesus. See below.
Son of God opens in second place
There will always be a big market for Christian-themed movies in the Us and so it was little surprise to see Lightworkers Media's Son of God score a solid, if unspectacular, No 2 launch on $26.5m through Fox. »
- Jeremy Kay
Washington, Mar 4: Oscar-winning film 'Frozen' is set to become the highest-grossing animated movie of all time after it crossed the 1-billion-dollar mark during the weekend.
Ticket sales for the Best Animated Feature winner hit 388.8 million dollars in North America alone, with an additional 611.5 million dollars across the rest of the world since its release in November last year, Contactmusic reported.
The picture is still being shown in movie theatres worldwide and with one more opening in Japan set for next week, Frozen is inching ever closer to the record set by 'Toy Story 3', which grossed 1.06 billion dollars upon its release in 2010.
- Abhijeet Sen
The other night Disney’s Frozen was one of the deserved winners of two Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Song. It isn’t often the Academy gets things right these days, but Frozen was a magical return to form for Disney after the over-hyped and rather bland The Princess & The Frog and Tangled. Frozen has now become the 15th highest grossing film of all time and joins the $1 billion club, alongside other Disney films such as Alice In Wonderland, Iron Man 3, The Avengers, and Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’S Chest. It’s also the second highest grossing animated film of all time behind Toy Story 3.
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Frozen has followed its Oscar success by crossing the $1 billion-mark (£598m) at the worldwide box office.
The Disney animation, which won Best Animated Feature and Original Song at Sunday's Academy Awards, has made an estimated $388.8 million in the Us and $611.5 million internationally since its release last November.
The movie is also the second highest-grossing animated film of all time globally and the most profitable non-sequel animated picture ever. It is also yet to release in Japan, where it arrives on March 14.
At the Oscars, it became the studio's first Best Animated Feature win in history.
“Frozen” had several reasons to celebrate last night (excluding the flubbed introduction of star Idina Menzel). Aside from nabbing two Oscars, including Disney’s first best animated feature win in history, the toon also crossed the $1 billion-mark at the worldwide box office.
The movie is the studio’s seventh release to reach the milestone, joining “Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3,” “Toy Story 3,” “Alice in Wonderland,” and the second and fourth “Pirates of the Caribbean” films.
Having earned an estimated $388.8 million Stateside and $611.5 million internationally since its late November release, “Frozen” is the second highest-grossing animated film of all time globally and the most profitable non-sequel animated pic ever.
Even more impressive is the fact that the film joined the billion-dollar B.O. club before debuting in Japan. It will bow in theaters there on March 14 and will be released on DVD in the U.S. four days later. »
- Maane Khatchatourian
On the same day it won two Academy Awards including Best Animated Feature, Frozen, Walt Disney Animation Studios' 53rd feature film, crossed $1 billion at the worldwide box office. The biggest non-sequel animated film ever released and the second biggest animated film of all time globally, Frozen has earned an estimated $388.8 million at the domestic box office and $611.5 million internationally for a global total of $1,000.3 million. It is The Walt Disney Studios' seventh release to reach the $1 billion mark, joining Marvel's The Avengers and Iron Man 3, Disney's second and fourth Pirates of the Caribbean films, Disney•Pixar's Toy Story 3, and Disney's Alice in Wonderland.
Here's what The Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn had to say about Frozen's box office milestone in a statement.
"With Frozen, we knew we had something truly special on our hands, and it has connected with fans and filmgoers around the world in »
Last night, Frozen snagged two Oscars: One for best original song for “Let It Go,” and the other for best animated feature. Oh, and it also crossed the $1 billion mark for worldwide box office.
Six other Walt Disney Studios films have also hit the $1 billion mark, including The Avengers and Toy Story 3. So far, Frozen has earned an estimated $388.8 million domestically and $611.5 million internationally since its November 27, 2013 domestic release — and it still has one more international territory to go, debuting in Japan March 14.
“With Frozen, we knew we had something truly special on our hands, and it has connected »
- Ariana Bacle
If you saw the early trailers for Frozen, which made it look like a generic animated kids movie about a snowman and a reindeer, and predicted that one day it'd be worth over $1 billion at the global box office, then we would like to formally invite you to run our stock portfolio, because you are either a genius or a psychic. This past weekend Frozen crossed that milestone, joining the growing club of films that are dominating on a global scale. It's currently the 18th highest grossing film of all time, though considering it's only $4 million behind The Dark Knight and still has some countries (like Japan) to open in, it won't be long before it leapfrogs Batman. The only other animated film in the billion dollar club is Toy Story 3, which further highlights the...
- Peter Hall
On the same day it won two Academy Awards® including Best Animated Feature, Frozen, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 53rd feature film, crossed $1 billion at the worldwide box office. The biggest non-sequel animated film ever released and the second biggest animated film of all time globally, Frozen has earned an estimated $388.8 million at the domestic box office and $611.5 million internationally for a global total of $1,000.3 million. It is The Walt Disney Studios’ seventh release to reach the $1 billion mark, joining “Marvel’s The Avengers” and “Iron Man 3,” Disney’s second and fourth “Pirates of the Caribbean” films, Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story 3,” and Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland.”
“With ‘Frozen,’ we knew we had something truly special on our hands, and it has connected with fans and filmgoers around the world in a way we only dreamed was possible,” said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. “Animation is the cornerstone of our company, »
- Michelle McCue
Disney's animated fairy tale "Frozen," which picked up two Academy Awards last night (for best Original Song and Animated Feature), now has another feather to stick in its frosty cap: it has just crossed the $1 billion worldwide box office milestone. That should take the sting off of the generally horrible Idina Menzel performance from last night.
Last night's win marked the first time that a Walt Disney Animation Studios film had picked up the Best Animated Feature Oscar in the category's 13-year history, and the new worldwide box office total makes it only the second animated feature to cross that threshold. (The other is Pixar's "Toy Story 3.") In the history of the studio, this is only the seventh film to make over $1 billion worldwide. It's currently just inside the top 20 list of highest grossing movies of all time.
"With 'Frozen,' we knew we had something truly special on our hands, »
- Drew Taylor
[Press Release] Burbank, Calif. – March 3, 2014 – On the same day it won two Academy Awards® including Best Animated Feature, “Frozen,” Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 53rd feature film, crossed $1 billion at the worldwide box office. The biggest non-sequel animated film ever released and the second biggest animated film of all time globally, “Frozen” has earned an estimated $388.8 million at the domestic box office and $611.5 million internationally for a global total of $1,000.3 million. It is The Walt Disney Studios’ seventh release to reach the $1 billion mark, joining “Marvel’s The Avengers” and “Iron Man 3,” Disney’s second and fourth “Pirates of the Caribbean” films, Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story 3,” and Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland.” “With ‘Frozen,’ we knew we had something truly »
- Pietro Filipponi
It's a big weekend for Frozen - not only is the Disney animation up for two Oscars in Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song for 'Let It Go', but it's also crossed the $1 billion mark at the global box office, with Deadline reporting that the film has earned $388.7 million domestically and $611.5 million internationally for a worldwide haul of $1,000,200,000.
Frozen becomes the 18th film to reach a billion in box office receipts, and is now the biggest ever non-sequel animated film of all-time, and the second-highest grossing animated film behind Toy Story 3. It's also Disney's seventh film to reach that milestone, and only the second film of 2013 to cross ten figures after another Disney release in Marvel Studios' Iron Man 3.
- Gary Collinson
Non-Stop and Son of God ruled the box office over Oscar weekend. The Liam Neeson action movie took first place with $28.9 million, while Son of God was an impressive runner-up.Meanwhile, Disney Animation's Frozen became the 18th movie ever to earn over $1 billion worldwide. More importantly, it's only the fifth movie ever to hit that milestone that's not a sequel or prequel. With an opening in Japan on the way, Frozen will likely end its run in the Top 10 all-time.Playing at 3,090 locations, Non-Stop led the way with $28.9 million. That's a significant step up from recent Neeson movies Unknown ($21.9 million) and The Grey ($19.7 million). It's also on par with similar movies like Olympus Has Fallen ($30.4 million) and Inside Man ($29 million). Following Lone Survivor and Ride Along, this is the third movie from Universal Pictures to open in the top spot this year. Even more impressive is the fact that all »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Disney's Frozen will cross the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office on Sunday, becoming only the second animated feature in history to achieve that milestone after fellow Disney/Pixar title Toy Story 3. Also on Sunday, Frozen hopes to walk away with the Oscar for best animated feature at the Academy Awards.
Frozen will finish the weekend with a domestic total of $388.7 million and international haul of $611.5 for a cume of $1 billion. The 3D animated tentpole
- Pamela McClintock
Well, Son of God failed to ignite the religious base with the same fervor as something such as Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, but considering it's a film edited down from a television mini-series, which is to say it's essentially the same as printing money, the $26.5 million it brought in for a second place finish this weekend is nothing to dismiss. In fact, it might not be done as it dipped only 2% from Friday to Saturday and it's not quite clear just how well it might end up doing on Sunday. Fox also has to love that "A-" CinemaScore, but what else would you expectc Taking #1, however, is the latest Liam Neeson actioner, Non-Stop, bringing in $30 million and an "A-" CinemaScore. Non-Stop is the second highest opening for one of Neeson's latest actioners, second only to Taken 2 ($49.5 million), but higher than The Grey ($19.6m), Unknown ($21.8m »
- Brad Brevet
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