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If only Wall Street had bet on Twilight. Or Hannah Montana. Or Kirk Cameron. With a $167.3 million overall domestic take as Sunday, per Box Office Mojo, Twilight made more than four times its reported $37 million production budget—the best rate of return on any film in the 2008 Top 10, including The Dark Knight. The Batman epic was a pretty good investment, too, very nearly tripling its gargantuan $185 million budget with a $530.8 million domestic take, Hollywood's second-biggest ever. Still, The Dark Knight was nothing compared to these off-the-charts performers: High School Musical 3: Senior Year ($89.7 million), which grossed about eight times its $11 million budget; the »
Mario Kart Wii sits atop the Wii charts this Christmas, securing its seventh week at number one. The top three titles remain the same as last week, with Wii Play in second and Wii Fit in third. Mario And Sonic At The Olympic Games climbs two places to capture fourth, with last week's number four, Animal Crossing: Let's Go To The City, dropping five places to ninth. Guinness World Records: The Videogame and Carnival: Funfair Games both make significant gains by climbing to fifth and sixth respectively. High School Musical 3: Senior Year Dance makes a re-appearance in the top ten, moving up one place (more) »
- By Liam Martin
DVD Links: DVD News | Release Dates | New Dvds | Reviews | RSS Feed This is obviously going to be a limited week in terms of news and information and this week's DVD releases continue the trend as the following DVDs release on December 27 and obviously aren't today's releases as the Christmas holiday has thrown a kink in the release dates which is why Death Race, Burn after Reading, Hamlet 2 and American Teen all hit DVD on Sunday the 21st. For my take on those releases click here for last week's rundown. As for this week we have a group of three Paramount releases, which will them be followed by a more traditional week on December 30. Eagle Eye Eagle Eye is one of those films that may play a lot better at home than it did in the theaters, since it has one of the dumbest plots ever conceived. Films like this »
- Brad Brevet
Zac Efron has brought holiday cheer to an La hospital by helping to distribute $$10,000 (£6,690) worth of gifts to sick children. The High School Musical 3: Senior Year star gave away presents including art sets, board games and High School Musical merchandise to critically ill patients at the Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA. "He really spent time bonding with each of the (more) »
- By Lara Martin
The worldwide blockbuster that thrilled kids of all ages is now the entertainment event of 2009 when Disney’s High School Musical 3: Senior Year –Extended Edition, arrives on Blu-ray and DVD from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on February 17th. America’s favorite Wildcats (Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Corbin Bleu, Lucas Grabeel, and Monique Coleman) are back for their exciting final year at East High. Director Kenny Ortega pulls out all the stops with incredible new music and exhilarating dance numbers that will blow away devoted »
As the studios jockey for overseas Christmas-week business, Paramount/DreamWorks' "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" hurdled to the forefront with a weekend blast of $33.5 million from 5,959 screens in 56 territories, ousting Fox's "The Day the Earth Stood Still" ($21 million from 92 markets) from the international command post.
The animated film about zoo animals returning to their jungle home opened in 10 new markets and was welcomed in the No. 1 spot by Italy ($6.5 million from 463 screens), Australia ($4.4 million from 267), Hong Kong ($465,000 from 43) and New Zealand ($415,000 from 76).
The sequel, which grew its international gross to $218.5 million, held strong in holdovers, with Germany delivering $26.8 million to date, France $21.6 million, the U.K. $18.7 million and Mexico $12.1 million.
"Earth," performing on 7,850 screens, reached an international gross of $72.3 million, aided by a No. 1 opening in Japan ($4.9 million from 655 screens). Market cumes include $9.2 million from Russia, $7.2 million from the U.K., $5.6 million from Mexico and $5.5 million from France.
Summit Entertainment's "Twilight, »
- By Hy Hollinger
Hey, girls! Get out your biggest, purplest Magic Marker and circle Feb. 17 on your 2009 Zac Efron calendar! That's the day High School Musical 3: Senior Year will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray, thus satiating the squeal-producing needs of the tween set at least until Twilight comes out.
DVD Active has some of the details on the three different ways you can buy the film. The single-disc DVD, for people who call themselves fans but obviously aren't real fans, will have the movie and a featurette of cast members saying goodbye to the trilogy. I don't know why you'd even want that. You might as well throw your money in the bushes and spit on Corbin Bleu. On the other hand, the 2-disc DVD will have an extended cut of the film, more featurettes, deleted scenes, outtakes, a sing-along feature, and a digital copy of the film that you can »
- Eric D. Snider
KayCee Stroh plans to walk down the aisle in Utah in January, and High School Musical's pop-and-lock girl is sharing her engagement photo exclusively with People. Stroh, 24, who plays Martha Cox in the series of movie-musicals, got engaged to her fiancé Ben Higginson in May when the cast was filming High School Musical 3: Senior Year. "We shot from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m., and Ben was waiting for me in my trailer," Stroh told People at the time. "He was waiting for me with a single red rose. Then he took me up to the H Rock, a »
- Aaron Parsley
Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull has topped Movie Mistakes' annual blunder list - containing a staggering 64 factual and continuity errors. That means that Indy made an amazing 20 more mistakes than its nearest rival Mamma Mia! The top ten runs as follows: 1. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: 64 mistakes 2. Mamma Mia!: 44 mistakes 3. The Dark Knight: 43 mistakes 4. Twilight: 41 mistakes 5. High School Musical 3: Senior Year: 41 mistakes 6. Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008): 31... .
Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull has topped a new poll of this year's most gaffe-prone movies - with a staggering 64 continuity blunders.
Harrison Ford's whip-cracking return to his hit adventurer franchise came first in a new survey by film website moviemistakes.com.
Fans spotted a huge number of mistakes in the Steven Spielberg movie - including the use of a Harley Davidson motorbike from 2000, despite the fact the film is set in 1957.
Jon Sandys, Moviemistakes editor, says, "With the budget of many movies, you'd think they could avoid mistakes like this, or at least use computers to cover them up, but they keep cropping up, and eagle-eyed movie fans keep spotting them."
The full list of 2008's continuity-challenged films is as follows:
1. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - 64 mistakes
2. Mamma Mia! - 44 mistakes
3. The Dark Knight - 43 mistakes
4. Twilight - 41 mistakes
5. High School Musical 3: Senior Year - 41 mistakes
6. Journey to the Center of the Earth - 31 mistakes
7. Quantum of Solace - 23 mistakes
8. Get Smart - 22 mistakes
9. Step Brothers - 22 mistakes
10. Iron Man - 21 mistakes »
Here are two things you never thought you'd find in the same sentence: Repo! The Genetic Opera and Oscar. But the Paris Hilton-featuring stinker could end up being an Academy Award winner come February now that three songs from the Rocky Horror-emulating musical have ended up on the list of Best Original Song contenders. "Chromaggia," "Chase the Morning" and "Zydrate Anatomy" have a lot of competition ahead of them, though, including 11 tunes from High School Musical 3: Senior Year, the Miley Cyrus-sung "I Thought I Lost You" from Bolt (meaning Cyrus might actually have a reason to show up at the Oscars this year), "Rock Me Sexy Jesus" from Hamlet 2 and Jack White and »
49 songs have proven to eligible for inclusion in the 'best original song' category for this year's Academy Awards. The list was made available today from the folks at the Academy. So, who's your favourite to nab the golden statue?
These will soon be whittled down to just five (which make up the nominations). Those five will then be performed at the ceremony in La in February.
The official release:
On Tuesday, January 6, the Academy will screen clips featuring each song, in random order, for voting members of the Music Branch in Los Angeles. Following the screenings, members will vote to determine which three, four or five songs become nominees in the category.
A DVD copy of the song clips will be made available to those branch members who are unable to attend the screening and who request it for home viewing. A mail-in ballot will be provided.
A maximum of »
MPAA ratings: Dec. 17, 2008 The following feature-length motion pictures have been reviewed and rated by the Classification and Rating Administration pursuant to the Motion Picture Classification and Rating program. Each of the designated ratings is defined as follows under the Motion Picture Classification and Rating program.
G -- General Audiences. All ages admitted.
PG -- Parental Guidance Suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.
PG -13 --Parents Strongly Cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
R -- Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
Nc-17 -- No One 17 And Under Admitted.
Film Distributor Reason Rating Dragon Hunters
Peace Arch Entertainment Inc. Rated for some scary images, fantasy action and language.
PG Eleven Minutes
Regent Releasing Llc.
Rated for language.
Worldwide Spe Acquisitions Inc. Rated for some thematic material, an accident scene, mild language, and brief smoking. PG
Genius Products Rated for »
Well, last time it was St. Louis, San Diego, San Francisco and Southeastern Critics weighing in and today I have four more critic award lists to preview for you as critics from Houston, Toronto, Phoenix and Dallas-Fort Worth have all released their winners and for the most part it's a Slumdog Millionaire day with it taking two of the four Best Picture slots while Benjamin Button scores one and the folks in Toronto toss up a surprise win for Mongrel's Wendy and Lucy. Sean Penn (Milk) continues to clean up the Best Actor nods while Toronto was the odd duck again awarding Mickey Rourke for The Wrestler. The Best Actress category saw a pair of wins for Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married) while Michelle Williams (Wendy and Lucy) and Meryl Streep (Doubt) also took home honors. Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight) was named Best Supporting Actor on all four lists »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today the 49 songs that will be competing for the five Original Song nominations at the 2009 Oscars. Of the bunch I have placed in bold lettering the five songs nominated by the Hfpa for the Golden Globes. I have no personal favorite and am not even a big fan of Springsteen's "The Wrestler". I will say I saw Gran Torino last night and Eastwood's song is awfully rough both literally and figuratively. However, since he's The Boss, I am going to have to say I am assuming Springsteen will be taking home some golden hardware this year. On Tuesday, January 6, the Academy will screen clips featuring each song, in random order, for voting members of the Music Branch in Los Angeles. Following the screenings, members will vote to determine which three, four or five songs become nominees in the category. Just so you know, »
- Brad Brevet
And they are: “Another Way to Die” from “Quantum of Solace” “Barking at the Moon” from “Bolt” “The Boys Are Back” from “High School Musical 3: Senior Year” “Broken and Bent” from “Role Models” “By the Boab Tree” from “Australia” “The Call” from “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” “Can I Have This Dance” from “High School Musical 3: Senior Year” “Chase the [...] »
- Sasha Stone
Forty-nine songs have been deemed eligible to compete in the best original song category at the 81st Annual Academy Awards.
"High School Musical 3: Senior Year" led the potential hit list by qualifying 11 tunes. Its nearest competitor is "Repo! The Genetic Opera," which is represented by three songs. A maximum of two songs can be nominated from any one film.
On Jan. 6, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will screen clips featuring each song, in random order, for voting members of the music branch in Los Angeles. Members then will vote to determine which three to five should become nominees in the category. A DVD copy of the song clips will be made available to those branch members who are unable to attend the screening.
The eligible songs are listed on the next page.
"Another Way to Die" from "Quantum of Solace"
"Barking at the Moon" from "Bolt »
- By Gregg Kilday
Photo: Courtesy the Awards Daily For Your Consideration gallery Sony Pictures Classics just emailed information on their updated For Your Consideration website which reveals the films they will be pushing this Oscar season and in what categories, and along with that gives me the change to alert you to four more Oscar contending scripts to read. They include Jenny Lumet's acclaimed script from Rachel Getting Married, Philippe Claudel's script for the fantastic I've Loved You So Long, Charlie Kaufman's script for his directorial debut Synecdoche, New York (maybe the script will make more sense) and Courtney Hunt's script for Frozen River which has been doing quite well lately in terms of late season recognition. All the scripts are linked below along with all previous scripts. By my count we are now up to 20 in total. I will try to continue to maintain this list of scripts »
- Brad Brevet
After this weekend, 20th Century Fox's "The Day the Earth Stood Still" and Paramount/DreamWorks' "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" are the strongly positioned favorites that will draw the most moviegoers to overseas multiplexes during the holidays.
While nowhere near record proportions for a wide 90-territory kickoff, "Earth" grabbed the No. 1 slot in 35 of those markets, tallying a sturdy $39.2 million from 7,715 screens. The U.K., Russia, Spain, Italy, Taiwan, Belgium, Holland and Sweden were among the key countries that welcomed the remake of the 1951 sci-fi classic at the top of the boxoffice charts. Russia was the film's top backer with $5.9 million from 721 screens, followed by the U.K. ($4.1 million from 466), France ($3.3 million from 606) and Spain ($3 million from 464).
"Earth" came in second to "Madagascar 2" in France, Germany ($2.8 million from 804 screens) and Mexico ($2.9 million from 1,121).
"Madagascar," the animated offering about zoo animals returning to their jungle habitat, grossed $32.4 million from 5,028 screens in 38 territories. »
- By Hy Hollinger
Backed by 7,700 screens in 90 territories, 20th Century Fox's "The Day the Earth Stood Still" took command of the overseas market during the weekend with a $39 million gross as the major studios vied for positioning for the upcoming holiday season.
Fox International said it is projecting No. 1 market shares for the day-and-date release in 53 of 90 markets.
Russia, with $5.6 million from 721 screens, was "Earth's" biggest No. 1 supporter, followed by the U.K. ($4.1 million from 466 with previews), Spain ($2.9 million from 468) and Italy ($2.5 million).
France ($3.3 million from 606), Mexico ($2.9 million from 1,121) and Germany ($2.7 from 804) welcomed the remake of the 1951 sci-fi classic in second place.
"The opening of 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' is a great start for Fox International this holiday season," co-chairmen Paul Hanneman and Tomas Jegeus said. "With the key markets of Japan, Korea, Australia and Brazil still to come, we look forward to a terrific run."
"Earth" markets that missed the No. »
- By Hy Hollinger
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