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Skyfall soars past £100m to make UK Box Office History

31 December 2012 6:02 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Over the weekend, Skyfall entered that elusive club of films that have grossed over $1bn. around the world, bringing the total number now to a healthy fourteen.

That wasn’t the film’s only achievement, however, with the latest entry in the James Bond franchise taking another milestone at the UK box office.

At the start of December, Sam Mendes’ film became the highest-grossing film of all time at the UK box office, beating out James Cameron’s Avatar which had held the record at £94m.

Fast forward a few weeks, and Skyfall has now broken the nine-figure barrier, making it the first film to ever gross more than £100m. (approx. $160m.) at the UK box office.

Now, $160m. might not sound like much compared to the likes of Us box office figures, but let’s have a little fun with some numbers:

The Us population is currently about 5 times »

- Kenji Lloyd

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'Skyfall' Makes Movie History

30 December 2012 12:24 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Skyfall is not only the highest grossing Bond film of all-time, it has just become the 14th film ever to earn more than one billion dollars at the box office.

Related - 12 Best Movies of 2012

The 23rd Bond film crossed this milestone on December 30, with Sony vice chairman Jeff Blake saying, "To see a film connect with audiences is always gratifying, but the success of this film is nothing short of extraordinary. After 50 years of entertaining audiences all over the world, Skyfall is the most successful James Bond film of all time."

Video - Daniel Craig Talks Skyfall & Showing Skin

Skyfall is the third film released in 2012 to earn more than one billion dollars; The Avengers ($1.51 billion) and The Dark Knight Rises ($1.08 billion) crossed the magic mark earlier this year.

Avatar remains the highest grossing film of all-time, with $2.7 billion, while James Cameron also holds the second spot as well thanks to Titanic's $2.1 billion. The Avengers »

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We Live In A 3-d World – Or Do We?

29 December 2012 7:34 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

“We live in a three-dimensional world,” James Cameron admonished Hollywood a few weeks ago on the opening of Life of Pi. Calling Ang Lee’s film some of the best use of 3-D since his own Avatar (2009), Cameron was trying to push the movie industry – as he has been for some time – toward a more full-bore commitment to 3-D filmmaking. The approximately 40 3-D titles slated for release in 2013, evidently, still represents only a chicken-hearted effort in Cameron’s eyes.

What Cameron has been hoping for with Pi is that the movie shows 3-D to be more than a gimmick for action flicks like The Avengers; that 3-D can be used eloquently in movies that aren’t about pyrotechnics and superheroes sailing through the air, that it isn’t just for making the fanboys chuckle with glee as they duck 3-D ejecta. Pi, in Lee’s more than capable hands, uses »

- Bill Mesce

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Star Trek Into Darkness 'very much about hope, love, romance' - despite the title

29 December 2012 5:47 PM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Jj Abrams has hinted that the Star Trek sequel will have a happy ending, despite its sombre and ominous title.

The director recently joined stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Chris Pine in Tokyo to promote Star Trek Into Darkness.

According to the fansite Trekmovie, he gave a video interview in which he revealed: "I don't like going to the movies to feel bad. I don't like going to the movies to feel depressed and feel diminished. The reason you go to the movies is to feel bigger and stronger and happier.

"So this is a movie where they certainly go 'Into Darkness,' but I would be the wrong director if it was about characters staying there.

"This is very much a movie about hope, about love, about romance, and about facing something that is truly terrifying and finding a way through the connection of your family and surviving and being stronger afterwards. »

- David Bentley

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Kathryn Bigelow: drama queen who captured Osama | Observer profile

29 December 2012 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

As an action woman in a medium ruled by men, the Oscar-winning director has always bucked convention. But does her new film about the hunt for Bin Laden defend the use of torture?

Next month, the new Kathryn Bigelow movie about the hunt for Osama bin Laden opens in British cinemas. It's called Zero Dark Thirty and it arrives in eye-catching style, trailing a great noisy convoy of criticism, praise and controversy.

When production was first announced, several Republican politicians and various rightwing groups accused the film of being a propaganda weapon for the re-election of Barack Obama; the idea was that a film about the apprehension and killing of Bin Laden would reflect well on the president.

The conservative watchdog Judicial Watch claimed that the Obama administration had unfairly and improperly given Bigelow and her writer-co-producer, Mark Boal, access to classified information. And a Republican-directed pressure group, involving former CIA officers, »

- Andrew Anthony

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Matt Damon Still Blue About Turning Down 'Avatar'

27 December 2012 2:07 PM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Now we're trying to picture Jason Bourne all tall and blue and Na'vi-like.

Matt Damon could've starred in "Avatar" and is still kind of upset that he didn't, according to Hollywood.com. The "Promised Land" star was James Cameron's first choice for the lead role of Jake Sully.

"I particularly wanted to work with James Cameron, and still do," Damon said in an interview with Playboy. "He knew he was the star of that movie and that everyone was going to see it anyway. When he said, 'Look, I'm offering it to you, but if you say no, the movie doesn't need you,' I remember thinking, 'Oh God, not only do I have to say no because of scheduling, but he's going to make a star out of some guy who's going to to start taking jobs from me later.'"

That "some guy" ended up being Sam Worthington, »

- Bryan Enk

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Top Ten Worst Movies of 2012 (That I Saw)

27 December 2012 8:39 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I don't go see every movie. I do my best to see as many as I can, but there are some I just don't feel I need to see in order to do my job. Those I tend to skip are films I'm quite certain I will not enjoy because what need is there, really, for me to head into a movie in a foul mood, with little enthusiasm to review a movie? Especially if said movie is the reason my mood is so foul. That said, sometimes the job takes you places you would prefer not to go and sometimes those movies you don't expect to be very good are movies you need to go see. Such films found their way onto this list. Some of the other entries are simply films I wanted to be good, films that piqued my curiosity or just thought would be fun. They weren't. »

- Brad Brevet

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Special Features - The Top Five Directors Who Are Getting Progressively Worse

26 December 2012 1:59 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Anghus Houvouras picks his top five five directors whose output is getting progressively worse, and rates their chances of redemption...

Some filmmakers age like fine wine.  Others ferment.  Every filmmaker has an occasional miscue or a film that doesn't live up to expectations.  But there are others who consistently work and yet seem to be spiraling down a slippery descent into mediocrity... or worse.  Here's a list of the top five filmmakers who have seemed to have lost their way.

5. Francis Ford Coppola

It feels like a lifetime since we've seen a Coppola film that is worth the two hour investment.  At one point he was the riskiest, most daring filmmaker in the business.  He took big risks and reaped big rewards.  But then he started turning out junk that barely qualified as mediocre.  It was right around the time he released the family friendly drama Jack with Robin Williams »

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Evil Eye Pictures contributes to Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away 3D

26 December 2012 1:58 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The cinematic talent responsible for bringing Shrek (2001) and Avatar (2009) to the big screen have decided to collaborate with a fully integrated movie studio/production company and a group of performers known for a dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment.  Written and directed by Andrew Adamson, executive produced by James Cameron, and partnered by Reel FX and Cirque Du Soleil, Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away 3D arrives in select theatres starting on December 21st, 2012.

Tasked by Reel FX to design and produce the sand vortex which transports the main characters into the Cirque universe in 3D was Evil Eye Pictures. "The vortex effect required complex creative design and the simulation of millions and millions of animated sand particles," explained John L. Jack, Evil Eye.s Visual Effects Producer in press release issued by the San Francisco based VFX company.  A number of exterior shots had to be produced to »

- Trevor

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The Hobbit: Where Did It All Go Wrong?

24 December 2012 9:17 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

One enduring memory I have about how myself and my friends reacted to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey came in the shape of one of my best friends. He saw the showing before me and came out as I went in to quickly throw up on me his extreme praise of the film whilst the people he went to see the film with stood behind him shaking their heads, pressing on me the impression I already knew I would have.

The following day we all met up to discuss the film at length, because we’re the students who prioritise an intellectual debate on films above going out, meeting new people and generally living life to any level of fullness; essentially preferring to think of ourselves as the equals to the characters in The Big Bang Theory when in reality we are all just a little sad.

The debate brought »

- Luke Stevenson

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Cirque du Soleil 3D Movie

24 December 2012 | CineMovie | See recent CineMovie news »

This holiday season, James Cameron dips his feet into the world of Cirque du Soleil from a 3D perspective with an all-new family movie, Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away. Watch the high-flying preview.

Directed by Shrek and Chronicle of Narnia director Andrew Adamson, executive producer James Cameron brings the same 3D technology used for Avatar to the big top to shoot the acrobatics of Cirque du Soleil. Cirque du Soleil shows are remarkable in person, but the 3D perspective should place viewers in the middle of the high-flying action.

In Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away, opening December 21st, a young couple who is separated, must journey through the astonishing and dreamlike worlds of Cirque du Soleil to find each other, as audiences experience the immersive 3D technology that will allow them to leap, soar, swim, and dance with the performers.

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'Avatar,' 'Lord of the Rings' and 'The Sound of Music' help TV viewers celebrate this Christmas season

23 December 2012 11:00 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

At this point of the year, month and week, it had better be looking a lot like Christmas.

With the much-anticipated holiday upon us, television is doing its part, presenting attractions that reflect the spirit of the season in a variety of ways ... some funny, some serious and some simply built for all-out yuletide fun. Here's a roundup of much of what's still left for viewers on the virtual Christmas tree otherwise known as a TV screen.

ABC: This year's "Cma Country Christmas" special, with Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland back as host for the third consecutive year, gets a repeat Sunday, Dec. 23 -- and later that day, the Julie Andrews-starring holiday-season perennial "The Sound of Music" also returns. Monday, Dec. 24, sees repeats of the animated specials "Disney's Prep & Landing" and "Shrek the Halls." And Christmas itself is packed with TV tradition Tuesday, Dec. 25; the morning is marked by the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade, »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Exclusive: Paul W.S. Anderson Talks Resident Evil: Retribution 3D Blu-ray

22 December 2012 8:40 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Paul W.S. Anderson Talks Resident Evil Retribution, on 3D Blu-ray and DVD today!

The fifth film in the Resident Evil franchise, Resident Evil: Retribution, arrives on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD today. To celebrate this latest entry in the longstanding series based on the classic video game, we caught up with director Paul W.S. Anderson, who returns for his 3rd time behind the camera and his fifth time as a producer.

Why does he keep coming back? And what does the sixth film have in store for us? Here is our conversation.

What keeps brining you back to this franchise?

Paul W.S. Anderson: I love it!

That's the easy answer, isn't it?

Paul W.S. Anderson: I have always loved it. I loved the video game, from the start. I played the first two before I became involved in the movie. It took me a few weeks to emerge from my apartment, »

- MovieWeb

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Cirque Du Soleil Worlds Away 3D – The Review

20 December 2012 6:22 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Well, it looks like Hollywood’s marketers are pulling a bit of a fast one this holiday season (not quite a lump of coal in your stocking). Many news pieces and commercials are touting this as a new work from James Cameron (with many references to Avatar) with direction by Andrew Adamson (of Shrek and Narnia film fame). The two men are involved (lots of Cameron interviews are used in publicity TV-ready sound bites), but this film is almost a glorified “infomercial”. Cirque Du Soleil Worlds Away 3D is a “best of” the company’s Las Vegas house shows strung together with a fairly flimsy story/plot. As the film opens a wide-eyed young girl walks past the railroad tracks of her small town and enters a low-rent circus that’s setting up in a vacant field. She catches the eye of a handsome young man helping to set up the big top. »

- Jim Batts

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Ten Gets January 2014 Release Date; New Arnold Schwarzenneger Photo

19 December 2012 3:54 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Open Road Films has released a new photo from Ten, featuring star Arnold Schwarzenegger. The studio has also announced the action-thriller, directed by David Ayer, will be released on January 24, 2014. Take a look at the photo, then read the official press release for more details.

Open Road Films will release Ten, an action thriller starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, directed by David Ayer (End of Watch) and financed by Qed International, nationwide on January 24, 2014.

In Ten, Arnold Schwarzenegger leads an elite DEA task force that takes on the world's deadliest drug cartels. When the team successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house, they think their work is done - until, one-by-one, the ten members mysteriously start to be eliminated.

Ten stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Joe Manganiello (HBO's True Blood, Magic Mike), Sam Worthington (Avatar, Terminator Salvation), Harold Perrineau (Zero Dark Thirty, FX's Sons of Anarchy), Terrence Howard (Red Tails, On the Road), Max Martini, »

- MovieWeb

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Thn’s 2012 Rundown – March and April

19 December 2012 3:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Jennifer Lawrence and co might’ve pretended that they had no idea The Hunger Games was going to be such a hit, we all knew it and so did the studios. As learned with Harry Potter and Twilight, teenagers on a mission and semi-attractive actors secure hysteria; the resultant screaming fans proved this to be true.

He lurks in his Lerkim, cold under his roof, where he makes his own clothes out of miff-muffered moof: rhymes like these have made Dr Seuss a remembered and loved writer. His environmentally minded story The Lorax was the latest to get the film treatment in March with the help of Betty White, Zac Efron and Taylor Swift. Forward thinking in the 70s the film floundered in 2012, but thanks to the timing of its release made a lot of money.

Miami Vice disappointed, A-team excited (a bit), but 21 Jumpstreet really impressed. The funny – Jonah Hill »

- Isra Alkassi

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Best backstory wins Best Picture at Oscars

18 December 2012 9:30 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

A movie needs more than mere critical praise or hefty box office to win Best Picture. The whole production must have a compelling backstory. Think of Kathryn Bigelow's vengeance against ex-hubby James Cameron ("Avatar") when "The Hurt Locker" prevailed in 2009. A few years earlier, think of how Cameron kept "Titanic" afloat amidst prophesies of doom and then sailed into Oscar history with a dazzling cargo of box office gold aboard. A film competing for the top award needs to shape the narrative of awards season and frame itself as the hero of the story. It's how “Lord of the Rings” was able to overcome its genre bias, “No Country for Old Men” its violence, and “The Hurt Locker” its dismal box office. Last year “The Artist” used it’s novelty as a black and white silent film in 2012 to position it as a nostalgic call back to Hollywood’s golden years. »

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Scorsese & Tarantino: Whose Streets Are Meaner?

17 December 2012 8:56 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

I’ve got Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino on my mind these days.  It’s a product of the end-of-year hurrahs for Scorsese’s Hugo.  The film goes into the Academy Award ceremonies with 11 Oscar nominations – the most of any film this year – including a Best Director nod for Scorsese.  Win or lose, Marty’s on a roll having already taken a Golden Globe for his work on the film, and selection as Best Director by the National Board of Review (the Board also named Hugo Best Picture).  And that doesn’t include the film’s placing on any number of critic’s Year’s Best lists. 

What does all this have to do with Tarantino?  It brings to mind a statement the younger filmmaker had made about Scorsese some years ago.

They’ve always been linked, these two.  Tarantino had been anointed by more than a few as “the »

- Bill Mesce

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The Hobbit breaks Christmas box-office records in North America

17 December 2012 4:53 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

An Unexpected Journey set to be one of top five movies of 2012 in region after spectacular December opening

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Peter Jackson's return to Middle-earth and the first instalment of a new fantasy trilogy based on Jrr Tolkien's The Hobbit, has broken records for a December opening in North America with a spectacular $84.77m (£52m) haul.

The figure is only the fourth highest Us and Canadian debut this year, but it beat the $77.2m record for a Christmas release held by Will Smith sci-fi vehicle I Am Legend in 2007. Intriguingly, An Unexpected Journey was also ahead of the $77.025m figure taken by James Cameron's box-office megalith Avatar in December 2009. Its worldwide haul of $222.97m (£137.6m) sets it on course to be one of the year's top five films – something of a vindication for Jackson after a difficult pre-release period. »

- Ben Child

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Lesley-Ann Brandt Gets A "Drift"

17 December 2012 12:39 PM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek an Australian trailer supporting the new surfer crime drama "Drift", starring Sam Worthington ("Avatar") and Lesley-Ann Brandt ("Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena").

The film is directed by Morhan O'Neill and Ben Nott.

"...Australia, 1970′s. The 'Kelly' brothers 'Andy' and 'Jimmy' have one great passion: riding big waves. As kids, their mother escaped from Sydney to Margaret River, a sleepy coastal town with some of the world’s most challenging and dangerous waves. For the next 12 years, the boys perfected their surfing skills, always searching for the perfect ride.

"Free-spirited Jimmy, a gifted surfer and innovator starts to slip into a life of crime to help the family out of debt. Then Andy makes a big decision. Quitting a stable job, he bets on Jimmy’s surf inventions and his own business skills and launches a backyard surf gear business. They rethink board design, craft homemade wetsuits and sell merchandise out of their van. »

- M. Stevens

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