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"Murdoch Mysteries" premieres in its 6th season on CBC this January 7th. Yannick Bisson has captivated audiences around the world in his role as Det. Murdoch in the Victorian Toronto police drama "Murdoch Mysteries." Bisson.s Murdoch is a highly educated and intuitive investigator whose pioneering methods baffle his superiors, who crosses himself over murder victims and studies human psychology. In series six of the one-hour drama, Detective Murdoch tries to clear the name of a young Winston Churchill after his visit to Canada goes awry; a dangerous madman threatens to unleash a deadly toxic gas attack; and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle makes an appearance when his supposedly fictional creation, Detective Sherlock Holmes, becomes entangled in a »
- Anne Brodie
As one year ends and another begins, it’s always good to have a look back over the past 12 months…and review which films were the most pirated of 2012! Although you may think that some of the big hitters (e.g. The Dark Knight Rises/Avengers Assemble) would top the poll, you would be wrong. Research shows that little known, under-the-radar comedy Project X was the most illegally downloaded film of the year, coming in with 8.72 million torrents.
The out-of-control-party-based film, directed by Nima Nourizadeh, may not have made an impact over here in the UK, but made a worldwide box office total of $100 million. Yes, there were films that made a hell of a lot more, but if a film isn’t widely released, it can become a victim of Internet pirates.
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Winner Of The Week: Bilbo Baggins. You know, most people won't admit to being Tolkien geeks. Yet we spent billions of dollars watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy a decade ago, and now we've made The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey the top movie for three straight weeks. We spent an estimated $32.9 million on Hobbit tickets this weekend, down a negligible 11 percent from last week, for a three-week total of $222.7 million domestic and another $400.0 million from overseas. It can't just be hardcore Middle-earth aficionados. There's a lot of secret Hobbitheads out there. »
Review Jamie-Lee Nardone Dec 30, 2012
Dark, intense and adult, the first episode of BBC One's Ripper Street impresses Jamie-Lee...
This review contains spoilers.
1.8 I Need Light
After the turkey gluttony and epilepsy-inducing fairy light displays of Christmas, the BBC obviously thought that TV audiences would be after something less saccharine upon the approach of the New Year than the best of Downton Abbey or the Eastenders Omnibus. Flicking through the Radio Times, post-watershed telly on BBC One is a Quality Street tin full of TV – ranging from the highly sought after purple-wrapped fantastic period drama Restless starring Charlotte Rampling, Hayley Atwell and Rufus Sewell, followed by a less salubrious sickly strawberry cream Take That highlights tour show, to the bog-standard toffee penny with Mrs Brown’s Boys. The 9pm primetime Sunday spot this week sees the start of brand new eight-part mini-series, Ripper Street. But this is no Nestlé chocolate treat wrapped in shiny foil. »
It’s not even out in the UK and Ireland until January 11th but Les Miserables has recorded a massive Box Office opening across the world, for the film backed by UK film company Working Title.
Based on Victor Hugo’s novel and the long-running, Award-winning musical extravaganza Les Miserables, it has grossed $39.6 million in the Us to take the number two slot at the box office and $32.2 million internationally in its first three days of release to gross $71.6M worldwide since it opened on Wednesday (Dec 26).
The film ratched up huge advance ticket sales in the Us where it opened number 1 Christmas Day on 2,808 theatres making it the second highest Christmas day opening in history behind 2009’s Sherlock Holmes. ($24.6m).
Internationally, the film is playing in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Spain, ranking no.1 in Japan amongst Hollywood films where it is dominating the box office »
- Dan Bullock
BBC series Sherlock was the best show on British TV in 2012, according to an annual year-end survey of TV critics and writers by Radio Times magazine. http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2012-12-28/sherlock-voted-best-show-of-20... The second season of the drama, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, edged out Homeland, shown on Britain's Channel 4, and London Summer Olympics-themed BBC2 mockumentary Twenty Twelve, which came in second and third, respectively. Political satire The Thick of It, now a BBC co-production with Hulu, and Channel 4 student sitcom Fresh Meat rounded out the
- Georg Szalai
Robert Downey Jr refills his pipe and totally smokes it as Arthur Conan Doyle’s Victorian supersleuth in the all-action follow-up to 2008’s smash adventure Sherlock Holmes. Director Guy Ritchie is also back on the case to ensure it’s an equally (if not more) ripping yarn as Holmes reunites with his old pal Dr Watson (Jude Law) to stop his arch-nemesis Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris) from creating global chaos. Bringing an arsenal of new tricks and invention to a pan-European caper, and with Stephen Fry adding to the fun as Holmes’ eccentric brother, A Game Of Shadows is the 107% solution to all your franchise needs. »
A few years ago, Robert Downey Jr said that he would be content just playing Tony Stark and Sherlock Holmes for the rest of his life. He seems to be sticking to this plan, but it still seems like we'll always hear more about the guy, while other character actors in tons of movies get little coverage. Strange how the celebrity culture works like that. Case in point, Marvel is making news headlines just by posting a poorly thrown-together Iron Man holiday greeting card. Check it out after the jump. »
- David Hoffman
"Les Miserables" unspooled Christmas Day to $18 million, setting two records -- highest-ever opening for a musical and highest-non weekend Xmas debut ("Sherlock Holmes" opened on Christmas Day 2009 which was a Friday and grossed $24 million.) -Insertgroups:8- This boffo box office was a welcome gift for Universal, especially after some of the tepid reviews for the picture. Overall, the critics had been grinches, with the film scoring just 64 at MetaCritic. However, among the more positive notices was one from La Times scribe Kenneth Turan. He is likely the most widely read reviewer among academy members. The site rates his review at 80, based on observations such as these: "Despite its pitfalls, this movie musical is a clutch player that delivers an emotional wallop when it counts. You can walk into the theater as an agnostic, but you may just leave singing with the choir." If "Les Miserables" can keep »
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• Cosplay of the Day: "Corpse Bride." This gal's marriage material. [ScreenCrush]
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• Quentin Tarantino Music Moments: His best use of songs in movies. Oh, and TV — his "CSI" episode is in there, too. »
- Bryan Enk
The domestic box office results for Christmas Day have now been calculated, showing that "Les Miserables" grossed $18 million on just Tuesday. The film stars Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway, and has a 73% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. The film set the record for the highest opening day for a musical, and the second highest Christmas Day opening of all time, behind "Sherlock Holmes," which earned $24.6 million back in 2009. Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" took second place at the box office with $15 million, breaking the record for the biggest Christmas Day opening for an R-rated film, easily surpassing the $10 million earned by "Ali" in 2002. The movie, which has a 89% fresh rating, also took the third highest Christmas Day opening, behind "Sherlock Holmes" and "Les Miserables." Both "Les Miserables" and "Django Unchained" are award contenders, and were able to knock "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" from its top spot. Christmas Day »
As expected, the 2012 Holiday movies audiences were really excited for came out on Christmas Day, not the weekend before: Les Miserables and Django Unchained both got off to fantastic starts on the holiday, while Parental Guidance had a very solid debut as well.Les Miserables led all movies with $18.1 million, which is the top opening day ever for a musical ahead of High School Musical 3: Senior Year ($17 million). It also ranks as the second-highest Christmas Day launch behind Sherlock Holmes ($24.6 million), and fourth among all Christmas Day grosses behind Sherlock, Avatar ($23.1 million) and Meet the Fockers ($19.5 million). All three of those movies ultimately went on to earn over $200 million at the domestic box office. Les Miserables's audience skewed a bit female (56 percent), and gave it a great "A" CinemaScore.In second place, Django Unchained debuted to just over $15 million. That's fifth all-time for Christmas Day (third among debuts), and »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Sherlock Holmes vs. Dracula. It sounds like fan fiction, the kind of clumsy mash-up written in overly purple prose and shared on someone’s blog; or, perhaps, like the literary equivalent of comic book fanboy arguments, the ones that start with questions like, “Who is stronger: Superman or the Hulk?”
This re-release from Titan Books (originally published by Doubleday in 1978) is a far cry from fan fiction. Yes, it’s pure pulp, but pulp guided by the steady hand of accomplished mystery author Loren D. Estleman, who makes sure that “The World’s Greatest Detective” (along with his stalwart companion, Watson) meshes seamlessly into the famous vampire tale. The result is a rousing adventure story that does both Bram Stoker and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle proud.
Estleman’s book chronicles Count Dracula’s time in London, beginning at the point where a mysterious schooner arrives in Whitby Harbour in the »
- Blu Gilliand
Big debuts for "Les Miserables" and "Django Unchained" restored the holiday cheer in Hollywood after a weak pre-Christmas weekend.
Both of the Oscar-buzzed films opened on Christmas day. "Les Mis" took the top slot with a very impressive $18.2 million opening day. That's the biggest first day on record for a musical and the #1 Christmas day opening ever on a weekday.
"Django" also wowed, nabbing $15 million to set another record: top Christmas opening for a R-rated movie.
The only film to ever bow bigger on Christmas than "Les Mis" or "Django" is 2009's "Sherlock Holmes," which nabbed a massive $24 million, but also had the advantage of opening on a Friday.
Just for perspective of how bleak things were looking before the holiday: Tom Cruise's "Jack Reacher" was the top weekend newcomer and posted $15.6 million for the three day period, a figure that "Les Mis" easily surpassed and "Django" nearly topped in a single day. »
1.) Making news out of a non-story is the word out of Empire magazine today in which J.J. Abrams confirms he turned down any involvement in Star Wars: Episode VII: There were the very early conversations and I quickly said that because of my loyalty to Star Trek, and also just being a fan, I wouldn't even want to be involved in the next version of those things. I declined any involvement very early on. I'd rather be in the audience not knowing what was coming, rather than being involved in the minutiae of making them. Abrams directed the upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness, which hits theaters in May and I have to ask, does anyone else find it mildly concerning that the level of imagination taken in approaching this new Star Wars trilogy already has the producers looking at a director with his own similar sci-fi franchise already in theaters? »
- Brad Brevet
Wowzer for all three of these box office stories. The first, Les Miserables hits $18 mil for its opening. That makes it the second highest opener on Christmas, behind Sherlock Holmes »
- Sasha Stone
Christmas Day at the box office is always a gift to the film industry, but yesterday, one studio got to unwrap an especially happy present. Universal’s ambitious adaptation of the beloved operetta Les Misèrables started off with a gross that was anything but miserable, earning a tremendous $18.2 million from 2,808 theaters on Christmas Day. That’s the second best Christmas opening ever behind only Sherlock Holmes, which earned $24.6 million on Christmas 2009 (which was a Friday). Overall, Les Mis achieved the fourth best Christmas Day gross ever. Only Sherlock Holmes, Avatar ($23.9 million on a Friday), and Meet the Fockers ($19.5 million on »
- Grady Smith
"Les Miserables," très magnifique. Tom Hooper's adaptation of the famed musical grossed an estimated $18.2 million on Christmas Day, good for the fourth highest Christmas Day gross of all time, and the second highest Christmas debut ever.
Not to be outdone, "Django Unchained," Quentin Tarantino's blood-soaked Spaghetti Western, was also a hit with Christmas Day audiences. The film grossed an estimated $15 million, the fifth highest total on the holiday ever and the third biggest debut. "Sherlock Holmes," "Avatar" and "Meet the Fockers" are the three films in front of "Les Mis" and "Django" on the Christmas Day charts, and only "Sherlock Holmes" actually opened on Christmas.
The early returns for "Les Miserables" and "Django Unchained," two lengthy and high-profile star-packed features with Academy Awards pedigree, put a cap on what was a strong year for Hollywood at the box office. Ticket sales were up for the first time in three years, »
- Christopher Rosen
"Les Miserables" stormed the Christmas Day box office Tuesday, taking in an eye-popping $18.1 million on its first day of release. And Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" wasn't far behind, debuting to $15 million. Universal's star-studded musical and the Weinstein Company's R-rated slave-era Western posted the second- and third-best Christmas openings ever. Also read: 'Django Unchained' vs. 'Les Miserables': Battle of Sexes at the Multiplexes. They trailed only 2009's "Sherlock Holmes," which benefitted from a Friday debut. The "Django" opening is the highest of all time for an R-rated movie on Christmas, easily topping »
- Todd Cunningham
Moviegoers turned out in force on Christmas Day as Tom Hooper's Les Miserables and Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained opened to a sizable $18.2 million and $15 million, respectively. Both movies broke records: Universal's Les Mis scored the highest opening day for a musical and nabbed the top weekday Christmas opening of all time (Sherlock Holmes, opening on a Friday to $24.6 million, remains the record-holder for the biggest Christmas Day opening). Photos: 'Les Miserables': Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman Pose for THR Les Mis -- touting a cast led by Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried --
- Pamela McClintock
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