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It might not have matched the success of Iron Man 3, but Marvel's latest Phase Two offering Thor: The Dark World has certainly proven to be another big hit for Disney and Marvel Studios, with the film having officially crossed the $600 million mark at the global box office.
Thor: The Dark World is the third Disney movie of the year to reach that figure after Iron Man 3 ($1.215 billion) and Monsters University ($743.5 million), and the Chris Hemsworth-headlined solo sequel has now become the fourth highest-grossing instalment of the McU, having overtaken Iron Man's haul of $585.2 million from 2008. With the film still on general release and a Japanese opening set for February 1st, you'd have to expect the film to go on to surpass the $623.9 million take of Iron Man 2, leaving the God of Thunder sitting comfortably behind The Avengers and Iron Man 3 as the third-biggest chapter of the blockbuster superhero franchise. »
- Gary Collinson
I still have at least three films competing for Best Animated Feature to watch, including Ernest & Celestine (which is made by the wonderful talents behind A Town Called Panic), A Letter to Momo and O Ap?stolo from director Fernando Cortizo, which I only just received a couple days ago. Films that made the shortlist that I have not received screeners for include The Fake, Khumba, The Legend of Sarila, Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie - Rebellion and Rio: 2096 A Story of Love and Fury. So no telling what will come of those, or who has actually seen them to comment intelligently. That said, I've just updated my Best Animated Feature predictions and Frozen remains my #1 even though Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises seems to be the critical darling of the season. We'll see how that shakes out over the coming months. Here are my current predictions. Frozen »
- Brad Brevet
Marvel's Phase Two sequel Thor: The Dark World has passed the $600 million milestone at the worldwide box office.
The follow-up, which stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Tom Hiddleston, has surpassed Marvel blockbusters such as Iron Man ($585 million), the original Thor ($449 million) and Captain America: The First Avenger ($379 million).
Thor: The Dark World has earned $188.9 million from its domestic release and $411.8 million, making it the third Disney movie this year to pass $600 million, following Iron Man 3 ($1.2 billion) and Monsters University ($743 million).
The superhero adventure helped Disney break their own global box office record of $3.791 billion. While it has opened in most territories around the world, Thor: The Dark World opens in Japan February 1. Do you think Thor: The Dark World can cross $700 million before ending its theatrical run? Let us know what you think below.
Disney and Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World has thundered past the $600 million mark at the global box office, Disney announced Friday. The Chris Hemsworth-starring sequel is the third Disney release (following Marvel’s Iron Man 3 and Disney and Pixar's Monsters University) to hit the milestone in 2013. The superhero sequel was instrumental in helping Disney break its previous global box-office record of $3.791 billion (set in 2010) in November. Holiday Box Office: The Battle for the Over-35s Thor: The Dark World has already passed the total global box office grosses for other Marvel pics
- Rebecca Ford
Disney has just released the latest numbers for Marvel Studios' Thor: The Dark World which show that it has officially crossed the $600 million mark at the global box office (Domestic - $188.9 million, International - $411.8 million). This makes it the third Disney release (and second Marvel Studios film) to do so this year, following Marvel.s Iron Man 3 and Disney.Pixar.s Monsters University . The film has already outgrossed the first Thor movie by over $150 million and has also passed the global box office totals for both Iron Man ($585 million) and Captain America: The First Avenger ($371 million). The film is still playing in wide release and will open in Japan on February 1. How much do you think Thor: The Dark World will have made when »
Away from the controversy over whether the International Press Society members actually saw Wolf Of Wall Street before voting (hello tick box theory…), this year’s Satellite Award noms read as little more than the Ips’ Oscar predictions – give or take an extra three or four names in each category for comfort. Naturally resulting in a very uninteresting list, 12 Years A Slave leads the pack with ten nominations, followed narrowly by Gravity and American Hustle’s eight.
With strong turnouts in the acting categories, it’s surprising to see Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Dallas Buyers Club and Nebraska not contending for the big prize, and the Ips will surely find themselves in the minority for omitting Will Forte for his turn in the latter, even if it is rewarded for Best Ensemble. Though not appearing in the acting, directing or Best Picture categories, Fruitvale Station is still very much a focal point, »
- Emma Thrower
Finally we are now over 20 Oscar contending screenplays as Focus Features has made available the screenplays for Dallas Buyers Club and The Place Beyond the Pines and Fox Searchlight has added Nicole Holofcener's screenplay for Enough Said. The complete list of screenplays includes scripts for 12 Years a Slave, The Bling Ring, The Spectacular Now, Spring Breakers, Before Midnight, The Croods, Despicable Me 2, Kill Your Darlings, Monsters University, The Past, Rush, Wadjda, Mud and Lone Survivor along with the three new ones I added yesterday for Fruitvale Station, Lee Daniels' The Butler and One Chance. I've included all the download links directly below, just right click on any of them and select to save them to your hard drive. I'll continue to post updates as more come available throughout the season and you can stay up to date on my latest Oscar Screenplay posts by bookmarking this page. Focus Features »
- Brad Brevet
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is poised to enter the top 10 biggest sellers of 2013, with The Hobbit: The Desolation posing its greatest end-of-year threat
• More on the UK box office
• Hunger Games: Catching Fire – review
Following its sensational debut the previous weekend, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire had no problem hanging on to the top spot, with a gross (£5.53m) more than triple its nearest rival, Gravity, with £1.74m. The drop for Catching Fire – down 46% – will be considered respectable, given the huge anticipation for the film, which saw fans rush to see it on opening weekend. The original Hunger Games fell only 33% in its second frame, but declining revenue curves for sequels are invariably steeper. Last November, the final Twilight dropped 66% in its second session.
- Charles Gant
Disney’s Frozen and Pixar’s Monsters University are both leading the way in the Annie Awards with ten nominations each, including best animated feature. Universal Studio’s Despicable Me 2 isn’t far behind with nine (it actually got eleven mentions but two of these are for TV and shorts material).
Other features in the running are DreamWorks’ The Croods, Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises, A Letter To Momo and French film Ernest And Celestine.
Frozen, a loose adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale The Snow Queen, is up for awards in character animation, writing and music. It’s hopefully a good sign for its upcoming UK release and for Disney generally (they scored 31 nominations in total). Perhaps they’ll win two years in a row (Wreck-it Ralph was last year’s winner for best feature).
It’s also good news for the upcoming Oscars. The »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
Nominations for the 41st Annual Annie Awards were announced and "Frozen" and "Monsters University" led the pack with 10 nominations each. "Despicable Me 2" and "The Croods" followed closely with 9 noms each.
I am rooting for "Frozen" to win! It's a return to form to what Disney does best -- affecting fairy tale with memorable musical numbers. "Monsters University," on the other hand, was bland. The film bored me on second viewing.
Steven Spielberg will receive the Winsor McCay Award for career achievement at the awards ceremony happening on Saturday, Feb. 1, at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus. Patrick Warburton will serve as host.
2013 Annie Award Nominations
1 . Best Animated Feature
A Letter to Momo . Gkids
Ernest & Celestine . Gkids
Frozen . Walt Disney Animation Studios
The Wind Rises . The Walt Disney Studios
2 . Annie Award for Best Animated »
Victory for Coens' poignant feature at independent film awards, while best actor gong went to Matthew McConaughey
• Cannes 2013: Inside Llewyn Davis - first look review
• Dallas Buyers Club: Toronto 2013 - first look review
The Coen brothers' Cannes Grand Prix-winning Inside Llewyn Davis picked up another award ahead of the coming Oscars season with victory in the best feature category at the Gotham independent film awards.
The Coens' poignant and elliptical vision of New York's 1960s folk scene, which stars Carey Mulligan, Oscar Isaac and John Goodman, was a fitting winner for a festival that began life as a celebration of indie film-making in America's north east. The Coens will be hoping the film helps add to their collection of four Oscars next March.
- Ben Child
The thing to remember about critics groups handing out movie awards this time of year is it’s all about advocacy.
The beneficiary today: American Hustle.
The grifter dramedy collected Best Picture from the New York Film Critics Circle today, and most people will be looking at the prizes as a gauge of what’s likely to end up in the Oscar race this year. Intended or not, that’s what the annual onslaught of awards have evolved into: Academy Award straw polls.
Every major city has a collection of critics who get together and weigh in on their favorite works of the year. »
- Anthony Breznican
This holiday season, you (or someone you know) are in a great position to kick off, or expand your Blu-Ray collection. The market is heating up, there are some amazing releases out there, and there are bound to be tons of great deals. To help get the ball rolling, I have a great giveaway for you.
First off, check out the Blu-Ray #MovieMagic App below and get a taste of the Blu-Ray possibilities. Then enter to win a randomly selected Blu-Ray title from among those listed below. They’re all new releases, and you’re going to get something that will be a great addition to your collection, or will make a great a gift.
You Haven’t Seen Your Favorite Movie Until You’ve Seen the Special Features!
This Holiday rediscover the #MovieMagic behind your favorite films. Blu-ray offers exclusive special features that put you in the filmmaker’s chair, »
- Marc Eastman
Statistics paint grim portrait of UK movie production. Plus: the rest of the day in film
- Only 7% of UK films turn a profit, with the percentage even lower for low-budget productions.
- Rita Ora to play Christian Grey's sister in Fifty Shades movie.
- Police deny "second car theory" in Paul Walker crash.
- Monsters University battles Frozen at Annie nominations.
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- Supercali-fag-on-the-set-ious! Behind the scenes at the making of Mary Poppins.
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- Ryan Adams
Tim here, with a quick bit of news: the International Animated Film Society has announced the nominees for the 41st Annie Awards. Unsurprisingly, it's heavily tilted towards big studio fare, with Despicable Me 2 dominating the list with eleven nominations, Monsters University and Frozen with ten nominations apiece, and The Croods just a breath behind with nine.
In the short categories (Best Animated Special Production, Best Animated Short), three of the films on the Oscar bake-off list made the Annies' cut: British TV special "Room on the Broom", the Canadian "Gloria Victoria", and Disney's tech-heavy new Mickey short, "Get a Horse!"
The full list of nominees is here. For now, I'll leave you with the nominations for Voice Acting, entirely men aside from Wiig. (The corresponding TV category is 100% male)
- Tim Brayton
The International Animated Film Society, Asifa-Hollywood, announced nominations today for its 41st Annual Annie Awards recognizing the year’s best in the field of animation. The Annie Awards cover 30 categories and include Best Animated Feature, Best Animated Special Production, Commercials, Short and Outstanding Individual Achievements.
The slate of nominations for Best Animated Features this year include: A Letter to Momo (Gkids), Despicable Me 2 (Universal Pictures), Ernest & Celestine (Gkids), Frozen (Walt Disney Animation Studios), Monsters University (Pixar Animation Studios), The Croods (DreamWorks Animations), and The Wind Rises (Studio Ghibli and The Walt Disney Studios).
Juried awards, honoring career achievement and exceptional contributions to animation, will also be presented. Three Winsor McCay recipients have been selected by the Asifa-Hollywood Board of Directors – Katsuhiro Otomo, Steven Spielberg and Phil Tippett for their career contributions to the art of animation; June Foray Award – Alice Davis for her significant and benevolent or »
- Michelle McCue
The Annie Award nominations have been announced celebrating the year's best in animated features. Winners will be announced during the 41st annual ceremony on February 1st.
Those competing for the top honor of Best Animated Feature include "A Letter to Momo," "Despicable Me 2," "Ernest & Celestine," "Frozen, "Monsters University," "The Croods" and "The Wind Rises". [Source: Deadline]
Based on Jonathan Tropper’s 2009 book, the story follows the »
- Garth Franklin
It was Universal's "Despicable Me 2" leading the way today with 11 nominations for the 41st annual Annie Awards. But Disney's "Frozen" — not far behind with 10 mentions — received nominations for Best Animated Feature, Best Direction and Best Writing. It's sure to dominate the scene this season en route to a likely Best Animated Feature Film Oscar win. (Worth noting: two of those "Despicable Me 2" nods were for TV and shorts material, but nevertheless, the brand got the most notices.) Pixar's "Monsters University" also received 10 nods, while DreamWorks' "The Croods" landed nine. Hayao Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises" picked up three. »
- Kristopher Tapley
What's the best animated movie of the year, according to the people who make animated movies? The Annie Awards have just announced their nominees: The Croods, Despicable Me 2, Frozen, Monsters University, A Letter to Momo, Ernest & Celestine and The Wind Rises.
Also announced, the nominees for voice acting:
4. Paul Giammatti, "Chet," Turbo
6. Kristin Wiig, "Lucy," Despicable Me 2
If you saw Frozen this weekend, the short film that opened the film, Get a Horse, was nominated for Best Animated Short.
The 41st Annual Annie Awards will be held on Feb. »
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