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Guest Article By Vance Brawley
2012 was full of memorable movie moments. Moments that moved us, made us think, inspired laughter & tears and moments that surprised. When was the last time Christopher Walken really moved you? When has a Bond film looked so amazing? Were you also concerned when you heard about the casting of Anne Hathaway in both the new Batman movie and Les MISÉRABLES, one of the most beloved musicals of all time? And when was the last time you knew the outcome of a fact-based film but were on the edge of your seat during the climactic scene nonetheless? And what movie moments charmed you the most from 2012 and which ones will you remember for years to come?
In a countdown to 2013, here are some of my memorable moments and I believe at least a couple of yours:
- Movie Geeks
Hugh Jackman talks with Jeff Probst about his new film “Les Miserables” and his role in the upcoming comic book movie “The Wolverine” by director James Mangold (Walk The Line, 3:10 To Yuma, Identity) from a script by Christopher McQuarrie and starring Hugh Jackman (The Greatest Showman on Earth, Les Miserables, Real Steel, X-Men: First Class), Will Yun Lee (Total Recall, Bangkok Love Story, Red Dawn), Hiroyuki Sanada (47 Ronin, Fallen Moon) and Svetlana Khodchenkova (Suspended Chronicles, The Royal Killer). Synopsis: Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine, the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in [ Read More ]
- Brian Corder
Theatrical Trailer: the official theatrical piece, usually cut from the first (very long) cut of the picture or sometimes (if there is no first cut yet) from dailies (all the shot footage, including all the different takes and angles), maximum length of a trailer is two and a half minutes.
Teaser Trailer: A first, short theatrical preview piece (usually not longer than a minute and a half), cut from a few selected takes and scenes while the picture is still being shot.
For those of you who think it’s okay to show up to a film after the coming attractions – move along. No self-respecting movie geek would dare miss the previews. And don’t get us started on the individuals who arrive during the trailer you’ve been dying to see only to move through your line of sight during the all-important money shot.
In most cases, trailers are »
- Movie Geeks
Despite the arrival of two holiday heavyweights, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey retained the top spot at the box office for the third weekend in a row.
Warner Bros.’ $250 million fantasy prequel was held out of the top spot from Tuesday until Thursday by Les Miserables, but over the traditional weekend frame Hobbit dipped only 11 percent to bring in $32.9 million, and its domestic total now stands tall at $222.7 million. After 17 days, The Hobbit is performing well ahead of 2001′s The Fellowship of the Ring, which had earned $189.3 million at the same point in its run (though that number climbs to »
- Grady Smith
With all the hype surrounding the release of "Les Misérables" on Christmas day, many movie fans expected the Tom Hooper musical to cruise to the top spot at the box office this weekend. But "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" upset the apple cart, earning its third box office title in a row with an estimated $32.9 million according to Film.com.
That's not to say that "Les Misérables" was a disappointment, as Hugh Jackman and company finished with a solid $28 million for the weekend. But that amount still left it behind both "The Hobbit" and Quentin Tarantino's bloodsoaked revenge epic "Django Unchained," which brought in $30.7 million.
- Scott Harris
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" was the unexpected winner at the box office for another weekend, grossing $32.9 domestically, according to the latest estimates.
Although "Les Misérables" was expected to attract the largest audiences this weekend -- its first since opening on Christmas -- the Anne Hathaway musical remains in third place behind "Django Unchained" ($30.6 million) with an estimated $28 million. Its six-day total of $67.4 million, however, is the best ever for a musical.
In the same time period, Quentin Tarantino's controversial "Django" has raked in over $64 million, more than half the total gross of "Inglorious Basterds" -- $120.5 million -- the director's last flick.
In other box-office news, "Skyfall" just surpassed the $1 billion worldwide milestone, making it the 14th-highest-grossing film.
Here are the Top 10 films for the weekend based on the latest estimates:
1. "The Hobbit," $32.9 million
2. "Django Unchained," $30.6 million
3. "Les Misérables," $28 million
4. "Parental Guidance," 14.8 million
5. "Jack Reacher," $14 million
6. "This Is 40, »
Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey stayed at No. 1 in its third weekend with $32.9 million, while Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained easily pulled ahead of Les Miserables to take the No. 2 spot at the domestic box office. The trio of films have dominated the Christmas season. Hobbit, which opened Dec. 14, has now grossed $222.7 million in North America and north of $600 million globally. Django, from The Weinstein Co., took in $30.7 million over the weekend for a six-day total of $64 million. Universal's Les Mis, directed by Tom Hooper, posted weekend...
- Pamela McClintock
In 2011 that film was Oscar winner The King's Speech. Now he is Oscar-tipped again for Les Misérables. Here the 'tough guy' director, who made his first film while still at school, talks about the epic he sees as a timeless 'anthem for the dispossessed'
It was almost two years ago that I first met Tom Hooper. He was with Colin Firth, and their film, The King's Speech – which Hooper directed and in which Firth starred – was weeks away from winning its Oscars. It was a heady occasion. An excitable Hooper did most of the talking (Firth detests interviews) and the film – about the struggle George VI had with his speech impediment when he came to the throne in 1936 – became the unlikely winner that delighted everyone who saw it: an impossible act to follow.
And yet, today, Hooper is attempting to trump it on an epic scale. He has taken on »
- Kate Kellaway
The Hobbit held the top spot at the beginning of the final weekend of 2012, though Django Unchained and Les Miserables weren't far behind. The first in a planned Lord of the Rings prequel trilogy earned an estimated $10.73 million on Friday, which was actually up seven percent from the same day last week. That pushed its total past $200 million, making it the 11th 2012 movie to reach that level. That ties 2007 for most titles with over $200 million. For the three-day weekend, The Hobbit should wind up with over $30 million. After losing to Les Miserables in its first three days, Django Unchained finally inched past the musical on Friday; the Quentin Tarantino revenge western added $9.67 million for a four-day total of $43 million. That's about on par with Inglourious Basterds's grosses through the same point, and that movie's $120.5 million total looks like a nice target for Django. The movie should wind up between $27 and $30 million for the weekend. »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
The Hobbit movie box office: $200m domestic cume Fantasy, violence, or music? On Christmas Day, music (Les Misérables) won. Yesterday, fantasy (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) and violence (Django Unchained) were — slightly — ahead. According to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey led the pack with $10.72m, followed by Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained with $9.67m and Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables with $9.4m. (Photo: Ian McKellen The Hobbit movie.) Of note: the (est.) $150m-budgeted The Hobbit has (finally) passed [...] »
- Zac Gille
Roger Ebert delivers his top ten list with Argo up top. Ebert's always been a fairly mainstream Oscar-Friendly voice so it's no surprise to see three of the (presumed) top six Best Picture nominees at the very top. But it's nice to see lesser discussed titles like End of Watch and Oslo August 31st getting their due.
In Contention details a prestigious win that I didn't know about for the French film Farewell My Queen, one of my favorites
IMDb the most pirated movie of 2012 was... Project X. Huh.
NPR ooh, I missed this interview earlier in the year. Doris Day reflecting on her life and career
/Film Test footage for animation/live action hybrid crimes against my childhood: »
- NATHANIEL R
A giant beautiful flawed mess is the best description I can give for the Tom Hooper-directed big-screen adaptation of Les Misérables, itself a musical theater adaptation of the 1862 Victor Hugo novel. The story is a sweeping epic, and people unfamiliar with the material may find they are swept off their feet by the spectacle. But for longtime fans of the musical, the movie is a bumpy ride more full of downs than ups.
Hugh Jackman takes on the lead role of Jean Valjean, a convict released after 19 years imprisonment for the loaf of bread he stole to feed his sister's starving child. The film opens with a stunning shot of hundreds of prisoners, Valjean among them, struggling with lines to pull a ship into dock. This is one of the strongest images Hooper presents us and a dazzling introduction to Valjean's world. As he is released, Valjean is confronted by Russell Crowe's Javert, »
- Mike Saulters
Directed by: Tom Hooper
Running Time: 2 hr 37 mins
Release Date: December 25, 2012
Plot: A former prisoner (Jackman) in revolution-hungry 1800s France who broke parole tries to elude the determined policeman Javert (Crowe) while caring for a girl (Seyfriend) orphaned by her tragic mother (Hathaway). Adapted from the musical inspired by the novel by Victor Hugo.
Who’S It For? If you’re a fan of the musical, a viewing of this film is a no-brainer, as the magnitude and effort within this movie is bound to make it a top favorite for some. Those who are unfamiliar with musicals will likely enjoy taking the plunge into the big experience of Les Misérables, but all should be aware - the music never stops.
Director Tom Hooper, showing off his visual guns that made his »
- Nick Allen
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
Nicole's Magic Scans from Paris Match -- Nicole Kidman looks great as Grace of Monaco
E! Anjelica Huston is PETA's person of the year
i09 Futuristic predictions that came true this year
The Lost Boys farewell to Peter Knegt's long running blog.
Slate I've been talking a lot recently about people being hideous jerks when it comes to the topic of Les Misérables so here is a negative review from Dana Stevens which I think is completely fairly written and actually pretty clever in some of its digs. I've only ever asked that people be fair about it and state their biases if they have them (Stevens doesn't like the source material).
Unreality looks for gender flipping of Star Wars in the cosplay community. Sadly the gallery has no Prince Leia Lee. »
- NATHANIEL R
A man puts an ad in the local paper seeking a companion for his time-travel mission. Is this a prelude to a sci-fi adventure or an inventive lonelyhearts ad? We're strung along as to whether or not this guy's genuine for so long, there's room to smuggle in a relaxed indie romcom in the interim – Plaza is great company as she forges a connection with the paranoid inventor (Duplass). The sci-fi element isn't quite a red herring, but by the time it flowers, we've already learned plenty about living in the past.
- Steve Rose
I was delighted to finally have the chance to catch Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables last night and despite a few significant missteps (e.g. Russell Crowe as Javert), I found it totally brilliant and engrossing. Nonetheless, I’ve been reading a bunch of criticism on the internet about Hooper’s directorial decisions, most pointedly regarding the look and sound of [...] »
- David Chen
Anne Hathaway knows modest is the hottest. In a recent interview with with the Los Angeles Times, the Les Misérables star rated her final "I Dreamed a Dream" performance as "eh." The 30-year-old actress said the film's director, Tom Hooper, let her perform over a dozen takes of the famed Les Mis song, even after he thought she did it perfectly on Take 4. After 20 takes, Hooper told the Golden Globe nominee she needed to move on. Here more from Anne about her Les Mis success "And I was like, 'Fair enough,'" she recalled. "I never bettered it." And while she felt "eh" about her final rendition, others have certainly lauded her moving »
If the box office was anything to go by, if you saw any movie on Christmas Day with your family/friends/On Your Owwwwn, it was "Les Misérables," Tom Hooper's blockbuster adaptation of the long-running musical stage adaptation of Victor Hugo's epic novel. Complete with an all-star cast of Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham-Carter and Eddie Redmayne, the film might have gotten some mixed responses, but it was overwhelmingly the favorite choice of audiences on the 25th, and looks likely to be a major force when Oscar nominations are announced in a couple of weeks. If you were one of those who've caught the film in the last few days, or if you're eagerly waiting your own showtimes, we've collected together a few key bits of info that Hooper, his cast and producer Cameron Mackintosh revealed at the film's recent press conference in New York. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman stepped out in NYC today, despite the frigid Winter temperatures. Anne accessorized her outfit in a warm furry hat and cute mittens while Adam opted for leather gloves and a traditional beanie. The pair are back at home spending time with their chocolate Lab, Esmeralda, after Anne's whirlwind international press tour. Her latest film, Les Misérables, opened strong at the box office, earning $18.1 million on Christmas Day and taking in close to $40 million over the holiday break. Not only is the musical boding well in theaters, it's also proving to be a true Oscar contender. So far the movie has picked up multiple award season nominations, including Golden Globe and SAG nods for Anne and her talented costar Hugh Jackman. The Academy Award nominees will be announced on Jan. 10, but before then, Anne could take home a People's Choice Award on Jan. 9, as she's nominated »
- Katie Henry
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