HollywoodNews.com: Another year, another $60-$70 million Pixar opening weekend. Brave (review) is their thirteenth release, as well as their thirteenth number-one debut and their eighth film to open between $60 and $70 million since 2001. Brave, which attracted headlines due to the fact that it was Pixar’s first film with a female lead (and a female director until Brenda Chapman was replaced by Mark Andrews), opened with an estimated $66.7 million this weekend, putting it (for now) just above Cars 2′s $66.1 million debut and a bit below Up’s $68.1 million opening as the fifth-best debut in Pixar history.
Brave pulled in $24.5 million on Friday, which gives the film a 2.71x weekend multiplier, which is actually pretty low by Pixar standards. Still, it’s close enough to the 2.73x multiplier for Wall-e ($23m/$63m), the 2.68x weekend multiplier for Toy Story 3 ($41m/$110m), and the 2.64x weekend multiplier for Cars 2 ($25m/$66m) to avoid any alarm. »
- Scott Mendelson
Another year, another Dr. Seuss adaptation for the big screen. This time Universal Studios tackled The Lorax, attracting the voices of Danny DeVito, Zac Efron, Rob Riggle and Ed Helms. The film was well-received at the box office and with most critics.
Our very own Billy Tatum had this to say about the film in his review:
The Blu-Ray will be available in two combo packs: a Blu-Ray 3D/Blu-Ray 2D/DVD/Digital Copy combo pack or a Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo pack. Both versions will come with a 1080p video transfer and a 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio track.
The following special features have been confirmed:
Commentary with »
- Jeremy Lebens
Performed by: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Release Date: 2012
Format: Audio CD
Number of Discs: 2 (approx. 1 hour, 56 minutes)
Label: Silva Screen Records
In the top 20 list of the biggest ever grossing films worldwide, six are Harry Potter titles. The music for the film series has featured the work of the cream of film composers including John Williams (who received Academy Award nominations for two films in the series), Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Hooper and Alexandre Desplat. This unique collection of new recordings by The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra brings together the music from all eight films for the very first time.
Let me emphasize what is set forth above, that this is not a collection of tracks from previously released soundtracks, but rather is a new recording, both a digest and expansion of each of the themes. »
- Erin Willard
Last month, we brought you news of the casting of the “three neglectful and superficial pixie fairies” of Walt Disney Pictures’ flipside retelling of the Sleeping Beauty tale titled Maleficent. Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter, Vera Drake), Lesley Manville (Another Year) and Juno Temple (The Dark Knight Rises, Atonement) are to play the characters that take care of Aurora (Elle Fanning) in a cottage in the woods.
Finally, we have our first look from Deadline at the statuesque Angelina Jolie as the title character as filming commences in London this month. Check out the shot of Jolie as the evil fairy, Maleficent, horns and all, and the official press release on the production below:
- Lillian 'zenbitch' Standefer
Another year, another MTV Movie Awards! We're still clicking through all the pictures from the night and talking about the big winners and the evening's best (and worst) moments. Speaking of movies, the first trailer for The Perks of Being a Wallflower dropped, along with new pictures of Emma Watson and more. We haven't stopped ogling these hot pictures of the shirtless Magic Mike cast. We finally got a peek at bad guy Leonardo DiCaprio in the trailer for Django Unchained, while Denzel Washington is a troubled pilot in the tense trailer for Flight. With rumors aswirl, we're speculating on who will be cast as Finnick in Catching Fire. As graduations roll on, we reminisced about memorable onscreen commencements. After a long TV season, we took a look at all the TV proposals on prime time this year. We had an enlightening chat with Nick Offerman about where Ron Swanson »
- Maggie Pehanick
Another year, another chance for "The Twilight Saga" to walk away with Best Movie at the MTV Movie Awards. Or maybe not... This year the seemingly neverending vampire romance franchise is looking like an underdog against hot new behemoth "The Hunger Games." So for the first time in years, there may be some suspense in the Best Movie category. That excitement, along with a promised sneak peek at "The Dark Knight Rises," a special tribute to Emma Stone and the Movie Awards hosting debut of Russell Brand are just a few of the reasons we'll be tuning in to this year's show. »
- Geoff Berkshire
Another year, another headline-grabbing Family Guy Emmy campaign. In 2009, the animated juggernaut tried swaying voters with a threatening overdub of one of its most violent viral moments. In 2010, it cast Peter Griffin as the title character in Precious and told TV Academy members that if they didn’t vote for the show, they were racist. And last year, Seth MacFarlane and co. tried a softer approach, appealing to voters’ sense of fairness and the guilt anyone feels when looking at a sad baby.
But this spring, Family Guy is up to its old, purposefully offensive tricks. Emmy voters received a »
- Hillary Busis
Another year, another Cannes Film Festival in the can comes to an end. But it had a good run! The 65th annual event, which awarded the coveted Palme d'Or to Michael Haneke for his film, "Amour," had its faire share of priceless photo ops. With the films and their red-carpet moments fini, lets take a look back at the bazaar of stars and classic moments from this year's Cannes. From Brad Pitt to K-Stew to Bill Murray, below a gallery of Hollywood's best, posing in the South of France. Photos: »
- Jessie Heyman
(299 minutes, 6 parts)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman
Written by Ingmar Bergman
1973, Sweden, Sk
It should be intuitive knowledge, that one’s ability to love is often captive to one’s ability to love themselves, to be happy with where they are, where they are going and where they might never end up despite every effort. And as much as love is a feeling, it is also an action, expressed through behaviour – at least this is how its existence is often ascertained; which is often where incongruity exists between one person’s feelings of genuine affection for another and the beloved-in-question’s own perception of these feelings as expressed by the lover’s actions. To complicate matters further, how does one’s own personal disappointments and failures and existential disquiet sour and poison these unspoken exchanges of love? In other words, what do you get when you have »
Earlier this month, we brought you casting news on the additions of India Eisley (Underworld: Awakening, The Secret Life of the American Teenager) and Harry Potter veterans Imelda Staunton and Miranda Richardson joining Disney’s Maleficent, a re-telling of the Sleeping Beauty tale from the evil fairy’s point of view.
Now, THR reports that Juno Temple (The Dark Knight Rises, Atonement) rounds out the casting of the “three neglectful and superficial pixie fairies in the classic fairy tale who are tasked with taking care of Aurora in the cottage in the woods.” Temple has been cast as Thistletwit. The other two pixies are played by Staunton and Lesley Manville (Another Year) as Knotgrass and Flittle respectively.
Angelina Jolie will play the titular evil fairy with Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora and Sharlto Copley as Stefan, the half-human and half-fairy bastard son of the human king. Sam Riley (Brighton Rock »
- Lillian 'zenbitch' Standefer
Another year and another young girl faces demonic possession.
The trailer for The Possession is out, giving us a glimpse of one of the horror films scheduled for scary movie season 2012. There are some familiar beats to the story: a young girl unwittingly gets involved in something a little demonic, there are infestations of exotic bugs, doctors are just mystified on how to help, and then the girl's eyeballs turn a weird color and all hell breaks lose.
However, the trailer reveals that The Possession does take a slight turn that's not commonly taken. It looks as if the titled possession is a little literal; there is a special little "someone" growing inside the young girl, and I'm sure it's going to want to get out and see the world around the third act. Does anyone remember the 1978 film The Manitou ?
Familiar beats aside, this might be a fun August film. »
- Tristan Sinns
Another year at Cannes, another polarizing film that splits audiences. Ulrich Seidl's Paradise: Love, the first in his trilogy of "paradise" films (next up is Faith followed by Hope), is a confrontational, often ugly depiction of different forms of desperation and exploitation set against a sex tourism backdrop, and indeed, the audience seemed split between vehement disgust and fervent praise. It's no surprise given the subject matter and the characteristically explicit, unflinching way with which Seidl handles the material. While my own opinion leans toward the fervent praise side of the debate, it's still a decidedly flawed film, to the point where I can't really fault the opposition either. The titular paradise is the beachfront of Kenya, where middle-aged European women have taken to hiring »
Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen at Number 9 Films are delighted to confirm that Cate Blanchett and Mia Wasikowska will star in the new adaptation of Patricia Highsmith.s novel Carol (aka .The Price of Salt.).
Directed by BAFTA winning John Crowley (Intermission, .Boy A.), the acclaimed Phyllis Nagy (Mrs Harris) has written the adaptation based on renowned suspense author Patricia Highsmith.s novella (.Strangers on a Train., .The Talented Mr Ripley.). The film will be produced by Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley from Number 9 Films, and co-developed and co-financed by Film4. Filming starts February 2013 in London and New York.
Carol is a love story about pursuit, betrayal and passion that follows the burgeoning relationship between two very different women in 1950s New York. One, a girl in her twenties working in a department store who dreams of a more fulfilling life, and the other, a wife trapped in a loveless, »
- Michelle McCue
Right now, it's still unclear if the fairy tale movie is really going to end up being a potent force. While "Once Upon A Time" and "Grimm" have found fans on the small screen, in the cinema, "Alice in Wonderland" aside (and that's a film that's only really a fairy tale by the loosest definition of the word), none of the live-action reboots of classic folklore material, from "Red Riding Hood" to "Mirror Mirror," have gotten much traction with audiences. That could (and we suspect will) change in a couple of weeks when "Snow White And The Huntsman" opens, but the uncertainty hasn't stopped studios moving forward with a myriad of fairy tale projects: everything from "Beauty & The Beast" to "Cinderella" is in various stages of development.
And two projects that are close to happening look like they might have found some young British talent to add to their casts: Firstly, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Another year of .Bones. comes to an end! And this year.s finale is a doozy! Here.s this episode.s summary from tv.com: .Christopher Pelant's appeal of his verdict goes to trial, and Booth and Brennan do everything they can to keep him behind bars. But a new murder with ties to Pelant that the team hopes will put him permanently in prison takes a nasty twist that puts Brennan's freedom in jeopardy." While there is one subplot going on regarding Booth and Brennan.s baby being christened, the episode focuses on one thing -- what appears to be Brennan being set up to take the fall for the murder of a consultant she used against computer genius Pelant, who we.ve seen »
- Wayne Hall
Following news last week that Sharlto Copley had been cast to star opposite Angelina Jolie in Disney’s the live-action film from the evil fairy’s point of view of the Sleeping Beauty tale, we’ve got a few more casting announcements for the characters of Maleficent, including who will play the young Angelina Jolie.
According to Variety, India Eisley (Underworld: Awakening, The Secret Life of the American Teenager), pictured at center above, has been cast to play the younger version of Angelina Jolie’s titular character, Maleficent. This telling of the tale will begin with the background of Maleficent’s childhood and how she fits into the hierarchy of the kingdom.
THR also reports the casting of Harry Potter veterans Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake) and Miranda Richardson (Rubicon) aka Delores Umbridge and Rita Skeeter respectively. Staunton along with Lesley Manville (Another Year) will play Knotgrass and Flittle, two of »
- Lillian 'zenbitch' Standefer
Another year, another film promising to rejuvenate martial arts cinema - Gareth Huw Evans's sophomore feature The Raid comes riding a tidal wave of hype to that effect, in fact, promising ass-kicking the likes of which you've never seen. Once again starring Evans's muse, pencak silat fighter Iko Uwais (previously in Merantau), The Raid sees a hand-picked team of elite cops preparing to storm a crime lord's stronghold at the top of a crumbling thirty floor downtown tenement block. But every tenant in the building is there on the kingpin's sufferance, and they're more than happy to help wipe out the intruders. Trapped inside, hopelessly outnumbered, the cops realise the only way out is through.A quick and dirty narrative framework promising no holds barred action, »
That's exactly what India Eisley has done. "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" star is set to play the more youthful version of Jolie's lead character in "Maleficent," a live-action retelling of "Sleeping Beauty."
Eisley joins a bevy of other stars newly signed on, including Sam Riley ("On the Road"), Lesley Manville ("Another Year") and Kenneth Cranham ("Layer Cake") in this Robert Stromberg-directed reboot of the classic fairytale, the Hollywood Wiretap reports.
Jolie is slated to play the titular witch who cursed Princess Aurora into a permanent sleep on her 16th birthday (tough deal, Aurora). This version, however, will be retold from Maleficent's point-of-view. Think "Wicked," but not a musical, and with Angie in the lead.
Elle Fanning will portray the unlucky Aurora, »
- Elizabeth Durand
It didn’t take Robert Stromberg long to assemble his cast for Disney’s live-action fantasy Maleficent with some more, mostly British names. Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake), Miranda Richardson (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), Sam Riley (On the Road), Lesley Manville (Another Year) and Kenneth Cranham (Made In Dagenham) have been added to the Angelina [...]
- Nick Martin
Things are certainly shaping up quite nicely for Angelina Jolie and her starring vehicle Maleficent. Recent talk has revealed Sharlto Copley to be on board as King Stefan, "the half-human, half-fairy bastard son of the human king," while Elle Fanning continues to stay signed on as Princess Aurora. And then there's today's news, which is that Maleficent will be joined by Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix), Leslie Manville (Another Year), Sam Riley (Control, »
- Alejandro Stepenberg
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