12 items from 2008
But the teen heart-throb has now hit back - and is adamant he was never unfaithful to the country singer.
He writes on the band's official blog, "I never cheated on a girlfriend. It might make someone feel better to assume or imply I have been unfaithful but it is simply not true. Maybe there were reasons for a breakup. Maybe the heart moved on. Perhaps feelings changed."
And Camp Rock star Jonas insists that the reason their break-up conversation took place in less than 30 seconds is because Swift slammed the phone down on him.
He adds: " I called to discuss feelings with the other person. Those feelings were obviously not well received. I did not end the conversation. Someone else did. Phone calls can only last as long as the person on the other end of the line is willing to talk. A phone call can be pretty short when someone else ends the call. There were later attempts at communication that had no response.
"I wish the best for the other person but could not sit back any longer and leave our fans with a wrong impression of the truth." »
The 19-year-old is rumoured to have been quietly romancing Belle, 22, following her appearance in the video to his band's latest single, Lovebug.
A source tells People.com, "They met on the set of his music video. All the guys always had thought she was really pretty and that's why they asked her to be in it. It was only after doing the video that they began to date. They are not public about it but they've just been hanging out with their friends and Joe's brothers. They are very private about it.
"She's a really good girl and it seems they share a lot of the same characteristics and morals."
Jonas' ex-girlfriend, Swift, publicly admitted feeling heartbroken after being dumped by the star last month - reportedly during a "25 second phone call". »
2012 centers on a global cataclysm and tells the heroic struggle of the survivors.
Glover is in talks to play the president, with Newton in discussions to play his daughter. Platt is in negotiations to play the president's chief of staff.
John Cusack and Chiwetel Ejiofor already are on board.
Kloser is producing with Mark Gordon and Larry Franco. Columbia's Matt Tolmach and Rachel O'Connor are overseeing for the studio.
2012 was shopped around with a $200 million budget, but Columbia said it will be made for less than that.
The studio is planning a July 10, 2009, release, with filming set to begin in July -- unless there is an actors strike. »
John Cusack is eyeing a big budget production disaster flick as his next project.
Cusack is in talks to play divorced dad Jackson Curtis, who's a writer and limo driver, the studio said.
The script blends the idea of a Mayan calendar, which predicts the end of the world in 2012, with natural disasters, such as volcanic eruptions, typhoons and glaciers plaguing the planet and a large cast of characters dealing with the mayhem.
2012 was the first big spec to hit the market after the writers strike. Though the project was shopped around with a $200 million budget, Columbia says it will be made for less than that. »
Camilla Belle, one of the stars of the international hit 10,000 BC, is returning to her Brazilian roots to shoot the Portuguese-language drama Adrift, which Heitor Dhalia is directing for Fernando Meirelles' O2 Films. Universal International is financing and distributing.
Set in the 1980s, the movie, written by Dhalia, centers on a 14-year-old girl who struggles with her life when she learns of the infidelities of her father (Vincent Cassel) while undergoing her own sexual awakening.
Belle will play a young woman having an affair with the father.
The movie will be released in Brazil in 2009.
Belle, who speaks Portuguese and Spanish, was born in the U.S. Her mother is from Brazil.
Although 10,000 BC has made $85 million domestically, the prehistoric epic has grossed close to $145 million internationally.
With spring school holidays still in force in scattered foreign markets, the animated Horton Hears a Who! moved to the forefront with a weekend take of $13 million from 5,875 playdates in 52 territories.
At the same time, the prehistoric epic 10,000 BC, the international market's top draw for the past three weeks, came in a strong second with $12.5 million from 6,000 prints in 62 markets. Also making a play was the French stunner, "Bienvenue Chez Les Ch'tis," which placed third at its fifth weekend with an estimated $12.2 million from about 1,000 screens in France and in neighboring French-speaking Belgium and Switzerland.
There were signs, however, of the beginning of a boxoffice downswing -- the traditional lull before the summer outbreak on May 1, which this year will witness a week-after-week blockbuster blitz of Paramount's Iron Man, Warner Bros.' Speed Racer, Disney's "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" and Paramount's "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull."
In the meanwhile, a batch of entries slowly making its way around the globe had a chance to grab the limelight in strewed foreign markets. 27 Dresses grabbed the No. 1 spot in U.K. with $3.5 million from 426 screens, highlighting its weekend performance of $5.8 million from 1,451 screens in 21 countries, lifting its international gross to $58.9 million.
Jumper, with a $5.7 million weekend from 1,778 screens, hit No. 1 in about nine countries, with Germany delivering $2.3 million from 205 screens; Mexico, $2 million from 591; and Brazil, $1.2 million from 213. The international cume has reached $118.6 million.
The Kite Runner made it to the top in Italy with almost $3 million from 404 screens, raising its overseas cume to about $35.9 million. »
As in the U.S., school holidays drove international markets during the weekend, with 10,000 BC maintaining its No. 1 overseas spot for the third consecutive stanza, grossing an estimated $28.2 million from about 7,400 screens in 62 territories.
The Roland Emmerich prehistoric epic finished strongly in the U.K., Russia, Spain, Italy, Mexico and Korea. Warner Bros. International is expecting a No. 1 debut in China to provide an estimated $5.6 million from 537 digital and 463 conventional situations, which the distributor says is the widest market opening to date. The film's worldwide cume stands at $194.2 million with most of that ($118.1 million) coming from overseas.
Placing a close No. 2 was 20th Century Fox International's "Dr. Suess' Horton Hears A Who!" The Blue Sky Studios animation title drew an estimated $25.2 million from 6,600 screens in 49 territories, and at least 10 of those were new, including the U.K. (with $6.1 million including previews from 508 screens) and Australia ($2.5 million from about 350 sites). The overseas cume is $50 million, with $136.5 million worldwide.
Capitalizing on the holiday season, Paramount opened The Spiderwick Chronicles in 29 markets, nabbing an estimated $15.6 million on the weekend overall from 3,642 screens in 51 territories and grabbing the No. 3 spot. The film's overseas cume stands at $30.1 million. The biggest of the fresh markets was the U.K., where the family fantasy-drama drew an estimated $5.4 million (including previews) from 468 locations.
Tied for fourth position were Sony's Vantage Point and Universal's release of Summit Entertainment/Touchstone Pictures' Step Up 2 the Streets, each grossing an estimated $8 million. Vantage Point, a drama about an attempted presidential assassination, played on 2,825 screens in 38 territories and hoisted its cume to $52.2 million. Step Up played 594 sites across the U.K., France, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand, with the U.K. »
Mythical odyssey 10,000 Bc has left its cinematic counterparts back in the dark ages after topping the U.K. box office chart in its first week of release.
The Game Plan beat off the competition to stay at number three, while Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman's historical drama The Other Boleyn Girl drops two places to number four and The Bank Job completes the top five at five. »
10,000 BC, director Roland Emmerich's excursion into prehistory, matched its No. 1 domestic bow with a first-place opening internationally over the weekend, grossing an estimated $25.3 million from 3,600 screens for a worldwide gross of $61 million.
Warner Bros. International said that 10,000 BC finished first in 19 of the 20 foreign markets it played. Spain led the pack by providing an estimated $4.5 million from 472 sites -- for a solid per-screen average of $9,534 -- which was 51% of the top five films' market share.
Especially robust bows were recorded in Mexico ($3.8 million from 500 sites), Germany ($2.6 million from 749 situations), Australia ($1.9 million from 221 screens) and Brazil ($1.6 million from 300 playdates). 10,000 BC opens this weekend in the U.K., France, Italy, Korea and Holland.
20th Century Fox International's Jumper, which had been No. 1 overseas for the last three frames, finished in second place this stanza with an estimated $12.2 million from 4,002 screens in 49 markets, raising its international total to $96.2 million. The film's Japan opening produced a No. 2 market ranking and an estimated $5.2 million from 554 screens.
Finishing No. 3 on the weekend was Sony's Vantage Point, which racked up an estimated $10.5 million from 2,870 locations in 31 markets, raising its overseas gross to $28.1 million and $79.8 million worldwide. Sony said the political thriller opened No. 1 in the all-important U.K. market with an estimated $2.8 million from 350 situations.
Finishing fourth and leading the Oscar-winning pack was Paramount Pictures International's release of No Country for Old Men, which collected an estimated $6.7 million from 1,863 playdates in 51 territories, hoisting its overseas total to $60.1 million. The Coen brothers crime drama finished No. 2 in Italy with an estimated $1.3 million from 278 screens for a market cume of $6.5 million. »
The movie's title is 10,000 B.C., but its characters and story line hark back to the first two decades of the last century, the era of D.W. Griffith. You have an outcast and an orphan, a boy who needs to become a man, a girl who needs rescuing, evil slave traders, noble savages and a revolt of the suffering masses.
What is new here, of course, is a state-of-the-art production in three countries plus CGI and other visual effects that place everything in a fictitious prehistoric world. Director Roland Emmerich and his cohorts pretty much make this up since 10,000 B.C. extends far beyond any archeological discoveries.
As one might expect, there are campy moments and far too much reliance on God-like interventions in the affairs of Early Man. Less expected is that 10,000 BC works just fine as an action Western with handsome actors in striking costumes and a few CG predators, which are giddy fun.
With strong marketing and high awareness, Warner Bros. should enjoy a strong opening weekend. The film might reach the $100 million mark domestically, but international box-office should be strong.
The story begins among a remote mountain tribe, who are white, speak English and hunt mammoths. Except that those woolly beasts are descending into their snowy valley with greater infrequency because of, yes, climate change.
A prophecy by its spiritual leader, Old Mother (Mona Hammond), lays out all three acts: Four-legged demons -- slave traders on horses -- will raid the village and capture many young people, including the beautiful orphan girl Evolet (Camilla Belle), who caught the eye of young hunter D'Leh (Steven Strait) when she was a child.
His pursuit of her and her captors along with his mentor Tic Tic (Cliff Curtis) and the very young Baku (Nathanael Baring) will turn him into a warrior and galvanize other tribes to join in the quest to overthrow an evil civilization and religion that has enslaved so many people.
Getting to the riverside home of this Aztec-like civilization, intent on building pyramids through slavery and human sacrifice, is half the fun. En route, D'Leh -- pronounced Delay -- and his gang encounter fierce beasts such as a thing that looks like a giant turkey buzzard and another one that looks like a giant saber-toothed tiger.
Then the motley crew hits a primordial jungle, where they encounter a black tribe. Its leader, Nakudu (Joel Virgel), whose ability to speak English is reasonably explained, sees D'Ley as the answer to his tribe's own prophecy, so the invasion force gets that much bigger. Next comes a vast desert, where more tribes join the rebellion.
Strait makes a convincing hero as his youth, athleticism and earnestness stand in him in good stead. Belle does manage to suggest a bit more depth to her character as she is anything but a poor girl quietly acquiescing to her captivity. Curtis and Virgel are solid as aging tribal leaders looking to pass on their dearly purchased wisdom.
Of course, the imaginative creation of everything from the handmade wardrobes and crude weapons to makeshift housing and huge animals, all lensed in classic movie style by Ueli Steiger, makes the film a continual visual entertainment. Clearly, Emmerich's crew borrows from everywhere -- be it from old movies, various cultures or ancient cave paintings.
Omar Sharif intones an overly grave narration.
Warner Bros. presents in association with Legendary Pictures a Centropolis production
Director: Roland Emmerich
Screenwriters: Roland Emmerich, Harald Kloser
Director of photography: Ueli Steiger
Production designer: Jean-Vincentn Puzos
Music: Harald Kloser, Thomas Wander
Co-producer: Ossie Von Richthofen
Costume designers: Odile Dicks-Mireaux, Renee April
Editor: Alexander Berner
Evolet: Camilla Belle
D'Leh: Steven Strait
Tic Tic: Cliff Curtis
Nakudu: Joel Virgel
Warlord: Ben Badra
Ka'ren: Mo Zinal
Baku: Nathanael Baring
Old Mother: Mona Hammond
Narrator: Omar Sharif
Running time -- 108 minutes
MPAA rating: PG-13
New Line Cinema, which got word last week that it is being absorbed into Warner Bros., would like to have gone out with a slam-dunk. But its new Will Ferrell comedy Semi-Pro, though it claimed the top spot, scored just an estimated $15.3 million.
The newly crowned best picture Oscar winner No Country for Old Men enjoyed a bounce, taking in $4 million, a 67% increase over its previous weekend. The cume for the Miramax release climbed to $69.6 million.
But with the weekend's two other new wide releases -- Sony's costume drama The Other Boleyn Girl and Summit's modern-day fairy tale Penelope -- picking up $8.3 million and $4 million respectively, overall boxoffice was down for the fourth weekend in a row compared with the same weekend last year.
According to Nielsen EDI, the weekend estimate of $101 million represented an 18% drop from the comparable weekend in 2007, when Disney's Wild Hogs took in $39.7 million in its first weekend. Nonetheless, for the year to date, at nearly $1.6 billion, domestic boxoffice is running 8% ahead of last year's total and should get an added infusion of cash when Warners' 10,000 B.C. opens this Friday.
Given the ease with which Ferrell's sports comedies have racked up points in recent outings -- 2006's Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby bowed to $47 million, while last year's Blades of Glory skated off with a $33 million opening -- his newest film hardly proved itself a contender, even if it did cinch the top spot in a low-scoring weekend.
Directed by Kent Alterman and also starring Woody Harrelson and Andre Benjamin, Semi-Pro offered up Ferrell as the owner-coach-player of the Flint Michigan Tropics in 3,121 theaters. But it may have been hampered by its R rating, as the ball bounced out of bounds.
New Line, which is loosing company co-founders Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne as Warners' downsizes the film unit, released Ferrell's top-grossing movie "Elf" ($174 million) in 2003, but in this case, the versatile comic wasn't able to repay New Line with a lovely parting gift. »
2012 was the first big spec to hit the market since the end of the writers strike. Emmerich and his CAA agents went out with it Tuesday, with the script hitting only the studios' top brass. Emmerich then followed up with meetings Wednesday.
While a deal almost was assured, many studios bowed out quickly. Some didn't like the story, describing it as a "Roland Emmerich greatest-hits package." The script blends the idea of the Mayan calendar, which predicts the world ending in 2012, with natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions, typhoons and glaciers plaguing the planet and a large cast of characters dealing with the mayhem.
Others balked at the price tag. »
12 items from 2008