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0:00 - Intro 9:30 - Review: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 1:05:50 - Headlines: Pacific Rim Trailer, Man of Steel Trailer, Star Trek Into Darkness Trailer 1:22:35 - Other Stuff We Watched: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Uncle Buck, Killer Joe, Finding Nemo, The Dark Knight Rises, Prometheus, Hugo, Bernie, Mirror Mirror, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Die Nibelungen: Siegfried, Die Nibelungen: Kriemhilds Rache, Die Hard, Dick Tracy, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 2:02:05 - Junk Mail: Film Junk Rating Ratios, Foreign Actors Speaking their Native Tongue in Hollywood Movies, Movies We'd Like to See Receive Oscar Nominations, Worst Trilogy Cred and Frank's Top 5 Animals, Movies with Bleak Endings, Getting Performances Out of Documentary Subjects, Wilhelm Scream 2:35:45 - This Week on DVD and Blu-ray 2:37:33 - Outro 2:40:10 - Spoiler Discussion: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey »
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is such a huge release that no other movie even dares to open wide against it, meaning that no matter how big a hit it is, the weekend belongs to Bilbo Baggins. But based on the early results from last night's midnight screenings, The Hobbit will be having one of the biggest weekends ever for a December release. According to the reports at Coming Soon, The Hobbit made $12.4 million in midnight screenings last night, putting it on track for a strong weekend. That's not enough to crack the top 10 of the biggest-ever midnight openings-- the record is held by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2's $43.5 million-- but it's a solid $4 million more than Return of the King brought in when it first opened in 2003 (according to Time). Of course, 10 years ago midnight screenings weren't the same phenomenon they are now, and when »
This weekend sees the opening of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which is great news for Lord of the Rings who will get to see plenty returning characters such as the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) aids a young Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and an assembly of dwarves in their quest to unseat the dragon Smaug from the treasure he's guarding. It's only the first of a three-part adaptation, which means there will be plenty more Gandalf to go around for the next few years, even if he will still be one appearance behind another literary-turned-cinematic wizard, Harry Potter's Dumbledore.
Speaking of Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore (first played by the late Richard Harris and then by Michael Gambon), this week's arrival of Gandalf got us thinking about our two favorite, long-bearded wizards and which of the two would survive the cybernetic cage that is our Character Cage Match! No doubt, »
- Ryan Gowland
Martin Freeman starrer The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey preps for $100 million weekend debut with $13 million earned from midnight shows Warner Bros. Pictures' fantasy adventure helmed by Lord of the Rings' Peter Jackson, showed at 3,100 midnight venues, 326 of which were IMAX, and looks set for a huge weekend bow as it opens into 4,045 theaters today. That's a huge amount for a midnight screening at this time of the year as according to Box Office Mojo, James Cameron's gargantuan player Avatar only managed $3.5 million from midnight showings. Don't even try compare that total to Warner Bros.' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and its massive $43.5 million, or The Dark Knight Rises $27 million. Those are summer tentpoles. At this time, I Am Legend is the largest opener ever with $77.2 million, a total Hobbit Part 1 will easily do away with. The question is, what total coin will An Unexpected Journey »
Martin Freeman starrer The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey preps for $100 million weekend debut with $13 million earned from midnight shows Warner Bros. Pictures' fantasy adventure helmed by Lord of the Rings' Peter Jackson, showed at 3,100 midnight venues, 326 of which were IMAX, and looks set for a huge weekend bow as it opens into 4,045 theaters today. That's a huge amount for a midnight screening at this time of the year as according to Box Office Mojo, James Cameron's gargantuan player Avatar only managed $3.5 million from midnight showings. Don't even try compare that total to Warner Bros.' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and its massive $43.5 million, or The Dark Knight Rises $27 million. Those are summer tentpoles. At this time, I Am Legend is the largest opener ever with $77.2 million, a total Hobbit Part 1 will easily do away with. The question is, what total coin will An Unexpected »
If you thought Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 was going to be the last time you saw Harry Potter and friends on the big screen, you were mistaken. Well, sort of. Entertainment Weekly is reporting that there is a mini-Harry Potter movie filming at the British studios where much of the series was made. Their report says film cast are involved with the new movie including Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange. Seeing as her character did not make out of the final movie »
- Alex Maidy
Twilight fans, get your clicking fingers ready for something new! The Twilight Saga has now been nominated in what is, per Summit Entertainment, the Critic's Choice Awards' first ever fan-voted category, "Favorite Film Franchise." Yep, The Twilight Saga is one of ten total film franchises up for the award, alongside the following others: View slideshow: 'The Twilight Saga' Batman (latest, The Dark Knight Rises) Harry Potter (Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2) Indiana Jones (Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull) James Bond (Skyfall) Lord Of The Rings (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) Spider-Man (The Amazing Spider-Man) Star Trek (Star Trek) Star Wars (Star Wars 7 underway) Toy Story (Toy Story 3) 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2' Photo credit: Summit Ent. The Twilight Saga's latest and final installment, of course, is The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 . »
It has been announced that Michael Gambon (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2) and Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) will be honoured at this year's British Independent Film Awards.
Gambon will receive the Richard Harris Award for his outstanding contribution to British film. He took over Harris' role as Professor Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter film series following Harris' death in 2002. Previous recipients of this award, which was introduced 10 years ago, include Ralph Fiennes (Skyfall), John Hurt (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and Helena Bonham Carter (Dark Shadows).
Law will be presented with the Variety Award, for helping to bring international attention to the UK. Previous recipients of this award include Kenneth Branagh (My Week With Marilyn), Helen Mirren (Red) and Michael Caine (The Dark Knight Rises). The British Independent Film Awards ceremony will be held in London on December 9th.
Gambon can next be »
In Ted, John and Lori are happily nearing their 4th anniversary as a couple. Completely in love and with marriage on the cards, the pair has only one problem – John’s crude live-in childhood bear and best friend, Ted. Magically brought to life when John made a wish as a child, the once cute and innocent bear has now grown up to be a lager-swilling, foul-mouthed layabout with a fondness for prostitutes. After he constantly gets in the way of their relationship and fearing that he is a bad influence, Lori suggests that Ted moves out so that she and John can move forward with their lives. As the only obstacle standing between the couple and lifelong happiness, Ted is the ultimate 3rd Wheel.
To celebrate the release of Ted on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Download on November 26th, we take a look at some other film characters that prove »
- Paul Heath
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 16th - Sunday 18th November 2012...
After three fantastic weeks atop the UK box office, it was inevitable that Skyfall's reign would come to an end this past weekend as The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (read our reviews here and here) arrived in cinemas, bringing the curtain down on the lucrative vampire romance series with a franchise high of £15,850,825. This was also the second-biggest opening weekend of 2012 behind 007's latest adventure (£20.2m), besting the likes of The Avengers (£15.8m), The Dark Knight Rises (£14.3m) and The Amazing Spider-Man (£11m).
Despite slipping to second, Skyfall pulled in another £5.57m (a record fourth weekend figure) to take its current gross to £82.8m, overtaking Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (£73.1m), Toy Story 3 (£73.9m) and Titanic (80.1m) to become the second-biggest film of all-time here in »
The final Twilight movie debuted with a whopping £15.85m, but the latest James Bond is still on course for a UK record
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It was always going to take a big movie to knock Skyfall off the UK box-office summit, and they don't come much bigger than The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2. The series finale debuted with a whopping £15.85m from three days, the biggest of the franchise. Breaking Dawn – Part 1 previously held the franchise record, with £13.91m. Each successive Twilight film has improved on the opening of the previous instalment. The original movie debuted in December 2008 with £2.51m; New Moon followed 11 months later with an £11.68m opening; and Eclipse in July 2010 with £13.76m, although this figure included significant previews.
Twilight movies do traditionally experience rapid burnout, such is the enthusiasm of the franchise's fans to see the film on opening weekend. Assuming a rate of decline similar »
- Charles Gant
Kristen Stewart Breaking Dawn Part 2: Brazil box-office record Breaking Dawn Part 2, featuring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, broke the single-day box-office record in Brazil, where the final installment in the Twilight movies sold a reported 980,000 tickets (possibly to reach over 1 million tickets when final numbers are in) — far surpassing the previous single-day record held by David Yates / Daniel Radcliffe’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. (Photo: Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan vampire Breaking Dawn Part [...] »
- Andre Soares
Breaking Dawn Part 2 grossed an estimated $30.4 million from both Thursday night and midnight Friday shows, Summit Entertainment reported this morning. As was expected, it's a big start, and a fast start for the final Twilight. It doesn't look, however, as if it was a record start. Last year, Breaking Dawn Part 1 grossed a franchise-best $30.3 million strictly from 12:01 a.m. screenings. And still alone at the top: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which maintains its mark as the all-time midnight opener, with a $43.5 million take. There is much good news, however, from the new Twilight movie's performance. For one thing, Breaking Dawn Part 2 roughly »
Breaking Dawn Part 2: Can final Twilight movie break 2D midnight box-office record? Breaking Dawn Part 2, starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, opens tonight at 10 p.m. in a number North American locations, before expanding to hundreds of theaters at midnight. Is a midnight record within reach? (Photo: Breaking Dawn Part 2 Bella Swan-Cullen and Edward Cullen / Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.) Well, at this stage Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2‘s $43.5m midnight take in July 2011 seems [...] »
- Zac Gille
Current Streak: 2 Straight Weekends #1 Predicted Correctly Threat Level to Streak Being Broken: None. Reason: The biggest question for this weekend is just how how the Twilight finale will soar. Can it possibly reach the level of May's The Avengers ($207 million)? How do you feel about the safety of silver medalist Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2? The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 would only need $170 million to claim that spot. So what's the call? Let's break it down! A prediction on Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 requires some historical perspective. Here are the openings for all previous saga films: Breaking Dawn: Part 1 $138 million ($34,012 per theater) New Moon $143 million ($35,497 per theater) Twilight $70 million ($20,368 per theater) Eclipse: $65 million ($14,510 per theater) So where does the staggering $42,000 per theater I'm predicting come from? The finale effect. It will frontload the film (even more than they are already frontloaded, which »
- Laremy Legel
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 9th to Sunday 11th November 2012...
James Bond's latest adventure continues to take the UK box office by storm in its third week, with Skyfall pulling in £10.45m to shatter the third-record record previously held by Avatar with £5.94m. As of Sunday, the Bond flick had amassed a mighty £72m to sit in fifth place in the all-time UK chart; by this time next week, it will likely have overtaken Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (£73.1m), Toy Story 3 (£73.8m) and Avatar (£80.1m) to lie in second, and providing the arrival of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 doesn't have too much of an adverse effect on Skyfall's takings over the coming weeks (which in fairness, it probably won't), then 007 should go on to surpass the £94m of James Cameron's Avatar to become »
Skyfall has continued its box office dominance, earning £10 million on its third weekend to become the fifth biggest movie of all time in the UK. Daniel Craig's latest James Bond outing, released to mark the spy franchise's 50th anniversary, has now grossed a huge £72m from UK cinemas alone.
The 23rd 007 movie sits behind Avatar (£94m), Titanic (£80m), Toy Story 3 (£73.8m) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (£73.1m) in the list of top-grossing films in the UK. Madagascar 3 retains its place at number two in the chart, while new releases Argo and Here Comes the Boom debut at numbers three and four respectively. Liam Neeson's Taken 2 completes (more) »
- By Simon Reynolds
In recent years films such as The Dark Knight and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 seem to have generated the hopeful buzz from movie fans when it comes to the Oscars and both films ended without Best Picture nominations, which is always the one Oscar nom those fans want to see. You won't find many of them sitting around sulking because the final Potter film didn't get a Best Pic nom only to have one happy-go-lucky person jump in with, "But come on, those Best Art Direction, Makeup and Visual Effects noms made up for it!" Nope, that's not how it works and while films like Inception and Avatar have been nominated for Best Picture, I would hardly call them longshots. So the question this year is... what about Skyfall? Well, sorry to burst your bubble, but I don't think it has a chance... at least not for Best Picture. »
- Brad Brevet
As 007's latest outing goes from strength to strength, the arrival of the final Twilight film will do nothing to help the chasing pack
A week ago, Skyfall was already the 13th biggest hit of all time at the UK box-office, with £53.4m earned in just 10 days. Seven days later, and it's jumped to the fifth biggest film of all time, overtaking big hitters including Mamma Mia!, all three entries in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the first two Harry Potter flicks. After 17 days, it's earned an astonishing £72m, and in the all-time rankings is beaten only by Avatar (£94m), Titanic (£80.1m, including this year's 3D rerelease), Toy Story 3 (£73.8m), and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (£73.1m). It should overtake the last two on that list in a couple of days.
With £10.45m over the 9-11 November period, Skyfall has comfortably achieved »
- Charles Gant
‘Skyfall’ Brings Windfall To UK’s Odeon Circuit On Thursday, Skyfall became the UK’s all-time highest grossing 007 movie, taking £57M ($91.2)in just 12 days. Odeon, Britain’s largest cinema chain, is reaping the benefits of the breakout Bond movie scoring the largest 7-day opening ever for a single film with £11.3M ($18.1M) in takings at its theaters. Its flagship cinema, Odeon Leicester Square, also set a new record with more than £530K ($848K) in Skyfall’s first week to overtake Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which took £495K ($792K at current exchange rate) in 2011. Odeon had a 30.5% market share of Skyfall’s UK box office in its first week. Big Talk Backs ‘The Job Lot’ The UK’s Big Talk Productions, the company with a hand in such films like Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz and Paul, is producing a new sitcom for ITV. The Job »
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