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On a weekend in which most of the country was facing unusually frigid temperatures, Disney Animation's Frozen held well enough to take first place away from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Meanwhile, the lone newcomer Out of the Furnace was a major disappointment.Frozen fell 53 percent to $31.6 million, which is the highest post-Thanksgiving gross ever ahead of Toy Story 2 ($27.8 million). In comparison, Tangled fell 56 percent to $21.6 million on the same weekend in 2010. Frozen has now earned $134.3 million, and it remains on track for a total around $250 million.After hanging on well through the Thanksgiving holiday, Catching Fire plummeted 64 percent to $27 million this weekend. That's not a particularly good hold; for example, the last two Twilight movies held a bit better coming off Thanksgiving weekend. To date, Catching Fire has earned $336.7 million, and is still on pace to wind up north of $400 million.At 2,101 locations, Out of the Furnace opened »
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The boy who overcame his stammer on Educating Yorkshire, impressing viewers, Twitter, and a lot of teenage girls
• See the Observer's faces of 2013 in full here
Did anyone stay dry-eyed watching the final episode of Educating Yorkshire, the fly-on-the-wall show about Thornhill Community Academy, a comprehensive in Dewsbury? It made a star of one Year 11 lad, Musharaf "Mushy" Asghar, whose debilitating stutter threatened his entire future.
Mushy needed a C in English to go to college. But there was a problem: the compulsory oral exam, worth 20% of his overall marks. Though articulate on paper, a week before the exam he had become a non-elective mute.
That's when his favourite teacher, Matthew Burton, decided to try a trick from The King's Speech. Burton remembered that music was the key to George VI finding his voice, so handed Mushy his iPhone and some headphones and asked him to read aloud from a poem picked at random. »
- Helen Pidd
"12 Years a Slave" leads with the most nominations (10) for Satellite Awards bestowed by the International Press Academy. "American Hustle" and "Gravity" follow with 8 nominations. Often the Satellites do not agree with the Oscars. In recent years they opted for "Silver Linings Playbook" (2012), "The Descendants" (2011) and "The Social Network" for Best Picture when the Academy Awards hailed "Argo," "The Artist" and "The King's Speech," but their nominations list often tattle on Oscar leanings. Surprising omissions from their Best Picture list: "The Butler," "Dallas Buyers' Club" and "Nebraska." Curious omissions in the acting races: Joaquin Phoenix ("Her") and Jonah Hill ("The Wolf of Wall Street"). See our readers' reactions in our forums. For a full list of TV nominations, click here. Best Picture "12 Years »
"12 Years a Slave" leads with the most nominations (10) for Satellite Awards bestowed by the International Press Academy, a group of foreign journalists who broke off from the Golden Globes two decades ago. "American Hustle" and "Gravity" follow with 8 nominations. Often the Satellites do not agree with the Oscars. In recent years they opted for "Silver Linings Playbook" (2012), "The Descendants" (2011) and "The Social Network" for Best Picture when the Academy Awards hailed "Argo," "The Artist" and "The King's Speech," but their nominations list often tattle on Oscar leanings. Surprising omissions from their Best Picture list: "The Butler," "Dallas Buyers' Club," "Nebraska" and "Philomena." Curious omissions in the acting races: Joaquin Phoenix ("Her") and Jonah Hill ("The Wolf of Wall Street"). Best Pictu »
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"I've heard I that nearly wept or that I had to process it," he told Sky News. "I'm afraid I tend to find the demise of a fictional character doesn't run very deep."
Firth stated that he would be interested in reprising the role for a new film, following Fielding's hints that she may bring Darcy back from the dead.
"I'm always happy to be reincarnated, rejuvenated - a pair of electrodes - I would happily walk," he said.
Helen Fielding recently revealed »
Yesterday we got a look at the official poster for Devil's Knot, and today we have the first trailer to share. Image is releasing the film in the Us sometime in 2014; stay tuned for an exact date.
From Academy Award nominated director Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter) and starring Academy Award winner Colin Firth (The King's Speech) and Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line), comes the true story of a crime that would grip a nation for almost two decades and that continues to be one of the most high-profile trials of all time.
Based on the bestseller by Mara Leveritt, Devil's Knot recounts the trial and conviction of teenagers Damien Echols; Jessie Misskelley, Jr.; and Jason Baldwin in the savage murder of three 8-year-old boys in the small town of West Memphis, Arkansas, in 1993.
Dubbed the so-called "West Memphis Three," the defendants, each of them a social outsider, »
- Debi Moore
Image Entertainment is bringing The Devil's Knot to us in 2014, and while we wait they've gone ahead and supplied us with a poster to help keep the movie in our consciousness for just a little while longer.
Although I have to wonder how many more West Memphis Three stories we need, I have to admit I am interested in seeing this - if only because of the great talent involved in front of and behind the camera.
From Academy Award nominated director Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter) and starring Academy Award winner Colin Firth (The King's Speech) and Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line), comes the true story of a crime that would grip a nation for almost two decades and that continues to be one of the most high-profile trials of all time. Based on the bestseller by Mara Leveritt, Devil's Knot recounts the trial and »
- Matt Serafini
A few years ago director Scott Cooper ambushed the Oscar derby late in the year with a gritty film that didn't seem like typical academy fare. "Crazy Heart" featured no stuttering monarchs ("The King's Speech") or Hollywood superstars dancing in tuxedoes and gowns ("The Artist"). Instead, "Crazy Heart" showcased a grizzled hillbilly crooner with a drinking problem and a bad attitude – not the kind of guy who gets invited to academy parties at the Chateau Marmont. But "Crazy Heart" pulled off miracles at the derby, sweeping up kudos from the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn., Critics' Choice, Golden Globes, SAG and Indie Spirits before landing at the Oscars where it won Best Actor (Jeff Bridges) and song ("The Weary Kind"). Now Cooper is back in consideration with another dark film about people you won't find lounging around the pool at the Beverly Hilton – "Out of the Furnace." They »
A CGI/live-action hybrid movie inspired from the Paddington Bear book series , which were first published in 1958 and have sold over 35 million copies world-wide, will be released in the United States on December 12th, 2014, two weeks after its UK release on November 28th.
The movie is produced by David Heyman (Gravity, Harry Potter) and stars Nicole Kidman (Stoker), Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), Jim Broadbent (Filth), Peter Capaldi (The Thick of It) and Julie Walters (Harry Potter), with Colin Firth (The King's Speech) voicing the titular bear. Here's the official synopsis...
Paddington follows the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British, who travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to realise that city life is not all he had imagined - until he meets the kindly Brown family, who »
- Gary Collinson
Some countries hate an f-word; in others, politics will kill your box office with a high age certificate. We look at the movies that proved censors didn't know their Rs from their elbows
Harvey Weinstein enlisted Dame Judi Dench to revive her role as M in Bond this week in a spoof video that convinced the Motion Picture Association of America to downgrade Philomena's R rating to the less restrictive PG-13. The MPAA turned a blind eye to one "fuck", as two would normally make Stephen Frears's film unfit for teen viewing. Film ratings, as can be seen from the following, are often strange and unaccountable creatures...
1) The King's Speech (2010)
Harvey Weinstein is no stranger to lobbying film boards for classification downgrades. He and director Tom Hooper did much the same thing in relation to The King's Speech when the British Board of Film Classification certified it a »
Update: Paddington will be in theaters next Christmas, the release date is set for Dec. 12, 2014.
Sept. 13, 2013 - Paddington Bear, the polite and proper stuffed animal from Peru, will get his chance at movie stardom thanks to David Heyman, the producer of the Harry Potter movies. Colin Firth, who won an Academy Award for playing King George VI in The King's Speech, will be the voice of Paddington in this CGI/live-action movie (like Alvin and the Chipmunks). Nicole Kidman will play a taxidermist (the people who preserve the bodies of formerly alive animals) bent on revenge. The rest of the cast is lpretty Potterish: Jim Broadbent (Prof. Horace Slughorn in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince); Julie Walters (Molly Weasley in the Harry Potter movies); Sally Hawkins (the upcoming Great Expectations, incidentally helmed by the director of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire); and Hugh Bonneville ("Downton Abbey"...I'm »
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Cinema takes liberties with the lives, work and reputations of real people – because that's what audiences ask for
We're being hit by a wave of films supposedly based on real life. Some are provoking complaints that they misrepresent what they claim to depict. The real Captain Phillips was anything but an all-American hero, according to some of his crewmen. The nuns vilified in Philomena say they neither sold babies nor burned adoption records. The Butler purports to be based on the life of a real manservant; however, the latter's mother wasn't raped, racists didn't murder his father and his son didn't die in Vietnam. Even Oscar frontrunner 12 Years a Slave has had its accuracy questioned.
Saving Mr Banks (out in a fortnight) presents another potentially painful case. The film shows Walt Disney prising the rights to the Mary Poppins books from their author, Pl Travers. In this version, her reluctance »
- David Cox
• Reel history: Philomena's facts are nun too sloppy
• Philomena: watch the trailer
Philomena has won its appeal to the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) to reduce its rating in the Us from R ("restricted") to PG-13, which means under 17s will be able to see it without a parent or guardian.
The film's Us distributor, the Weinstein Company, had launched the appeal after it transpired the higher rating had been imposed for two uses of the word "fuck" in the film, a comedy-drama about a mother's search for her son after a forced adoption in 1950s Ireland. (The convention is that only one "fuck" is allowed before the tougher restriction is put in place.)
The company's co-chairman, Harvey Weinstein, had mounted a high profile »
- Andrew Pulver
A second video in which the star of Philomena resurrects her James Bond character to fight the MPAA's restrictive rating of the Oscar contender has been released – and this time, she's joined by Steve Coogan
Last month the Weinstein Company issued a brief missive in which Judi Dench's M returns from the dead in an effort to persuade the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) to drop its current R rating for the film. Now 007's spymaster appears to have recruited Steve Coogan, aka "Agent 002" to her cause.
The latter is charged with travelling to America in the hope of convincing MPAA chiefs to allow Philomena to carry a PG-13 rating instead. After initially confusing the body with "the little orange guys who »
- Ben Child
Look, we're all well aware of Harvey Weinstein's history with Oscar campaigning. It's known, it's out there, they've even written books about it. So let's not pretend we're all delicate petals who are shocked by the man's efforts at drumming up heat for his annual roster of year-end awards contenders. Every studio does, most just don't do it on quite the same scale. And let's face it, sometimes his schemes are for the greater good to allow films to be discovered by more audiences. Having said that, however, I think we can all agree that he has well and truly outdone himself this time.
The story is still developing - we'll be sure to share the entire video when it surfaces on Funny or Die - but Harvey Weinstein appeared on CBS This Morning yesterday to launch a campaign against Philomena's R rating from the MPAA due its »
- Glenn Dunks
Dench has appeared in brief video message spoofing her M character from the Bond films (and specifically referring to spoiler events in "Skyfall"), as Weinstein prepares his appeal which is due to be heard next week.
Though given a 12A rating in the UK, "Philomena" has been slapped with an R rating by the MPAA in the United States. The reason? Two uses of the word 'f--k' instead of the one allowed by the board. Unfortunately neither word can be cut around or out either, so Weinstein can't get the PG-13 he hoped for.
Weinstein says: "This is like The King's Speech. The movie is the gentlest, wonderful true story, filled with humor and joy. They should just put PG-13 strong language on this and make an exception. »
- Garth Franklin
Actor appears in character as James Bond's boss to publicise Harvey Weinstein's campaign to reduce new film's R rating
Dench has appeared in specially-made video message as Weinstein prepares his appeal to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) which is due to be heard next week. A brief taster of the video aired on CBS's Good Morning TV show yesterday, as Weinstein set out his case.
In the clip, Dench first appears with her back to camera, sitting behind a desk, then swivels round as the camera tracks in, saying: "Just when you thought I was dead" – a reference to M's fate at the end of Skyfall. »
- Andrew Pulver
While we all wait patiently here in the States for Image Entertainment to release The Devil's Knot, the flick is currently at Afm looking for foreign sales to sweep it up. As a result a new synopsis is here that sheds a bit more light on the proceedings.
Don't ever say we're not thorough.
From Academy Award nominated director Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter) and starring Academy Award winner Colin Firth (The King's Speech) and Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line), comes the true story of a crime that would grip a nation for almost two decades and that continues to be one of the most high-profile trials of all time. Based on the bestseller by Mara Leveritt, Devil's Knot recounts the trial and conviction of teenagers Damien Echols; Jessie Misskelley, Jr.; and Jason Baldwin in the savage murder of three 8-year-old boys in the small town of West Memphis, »
- Uncle Creepy
Whether you look at the three-day weekend takings for Thor: The Dark World or its previews-boosted five-day tally,it's the same good news for cinema-owners and Disney-owned Marvel: the film has posted the biggest opening at UK cinemas since the arrival of Despicable Me 2 in late June. With £5.57m for the three days, and £8.67m over the five, the superhero flick has also delivered a big improvement on the original Thor film, which debuted with £3.11m (£5.45m including previews) in April 2011.
The incredible success of 2012's The Avengers created a rising tide that has lifted all of the constituent parts in this particular universe. Earlier this summer, Iron Man 3 opened significantly bigger than any previous Iron Man »
- Charles Gant
Harvey Weinstein has risked his money releasing more Australian films than any other Us distributor so it is fitting that he.ll receive two awards from Aussie organisations this month.
The maverick producer-distributor will receive the inaugural Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts International Fellowship on November 23 at the Canberra International Film Festival.
At the same event he.s being honoured with the festival.s first Body of Work award, recognising his achievements in helping to elevate independent filmmaking from art house to mainstream.
Harvey and his brother Bob founded Miramax Films in 1979 and rapidly became champions of Australian cinema, distributing films such as Jane Campion.s The Piano and Holy Smoke!, John Duigan.s Sirens, Peter Duncan.s Children of the Revolution, P.J. Hogan.s Muriel's Wedding, Mark Joffe.s Cosi, Baz Luhrmann.s Strictly Ballroom and Phil Noyce.s Rabbit-Proof Fence.
Victoria Treole set up the Miramax »
- Don Groves
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