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'Hobbit' Huge Again, Bond Becomes Billionaire

31 December 2012 11:14 AM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Overseas business was booming on the final weekend of 2012: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey remained in first place by a large margin, though Life of Pi and Les Miserables also put up strong numbers. Meanwhile, Skyfall became the 14th movie ever to reach $1 billion worldwide, and that's before it even opens in China. The Hobbit grossed an estimated $106.5 million from 62 territories this weekend. Its biggest market was Australia, where it debuted to a massive $18.6 million. That's ahead of all three Lord of the Rings movies by a significant margin. Thanks to a holiday boost, The Hobbit's holdover territories dropped just 12 percent on average (about on par with its domestic dip). It remained in first place in Germany (up 16 percent to $16.7 million), the U.K. (up 12 percent to $10.9 million) and France (up 23 percent to $8.6 million). So far, The Hobbit has earned $464 million overseas and $686.7 million worldwide; while it would seem »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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BuzzFocus: Best of Movies 2012 Nominations

31 December 2012 10:31 AM, PST | BuzzFocus.com | See recent BuzzFocus.com news »

Best Film Hero

Antonio Mendez – Argo (Warner Bros) – Ben Affleck

Batman / Bruce Wayne – The Dark Knight Rises (Warner Bros) – Christian Bale

Hulk / Bruce Banner – The Avengers (Marvel Studios) – Mark Ruffalo

Iron Man / Tony Stark – The Avengers (Marvel Studios) – Robert Downey Jr.

James Bond – Skyfall (Columbia Pictures) – Daniel Craig

Katniss Everdeen – The Hunger Games (Lionsgate) – Jennifer Lawrence

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Best Comic Book Adapted or Superhero Feature Film

The Amazing Spider-Man (Columbia Pictures)

The Avengers (Marvel Studios)

Chronicle (Twentieth Century Fox)

The Dark Knight Rises (Warner Bros)

Dredd (Lionsgate)

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Best Villain

Bane – The Dark Knight Rises (Warner Bros) – Tom Hardy

Charlie – Seven Psychopaths (CBS Films) – Woody Harrelson

Loki – The Avengers (Marvel Studios) – Tom Hiddleston »

- Editorials

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Disney Infinity Teaser Art and Details Revealed

30 December 2012 1:00 PM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

The first teaser photos and details for the upcoming Disney/Pixar video game, Disney Infinity, have arrived online. Polygon shared the images and details that are set to officially be announced on January 15th at El Capitan Theatre. 

Disney Infinity will be released on all of the major platforms including iOS and Android. Players "will assume the roles of characters from major Disney and Pixar franchises, including Toy Story, Cars, The Incredibles, and Wreck-it Ralph, and explore a variety of open-world environments. The game will include standard modes like capture the flag and an Angry Birds-esque castle-destroying game, but players will be encouraged to come up with their own objectives."

Rumors are circulating that gamer's can unlock content by purchasing real-life figurines and scanning them through a Nfc device. Stay tuned for the official announcement on January 15, which will be presented by PIxar's John Lasseter and Disney Interactive’s John Pleasants. »

- Jim Napier

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'Hobbit' Holds Off 'Django' on Final Weekend of 2012

30 December 2012 10:38 AM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

On the last weekend of 2012, audiences crowded in to theaters to see three <i>very</i> different movies: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey managed to take the top spot for the third weekend in a row, though Django Unchained and Les Miserables also tallied impressive numbers. The Top 12 wound up earning an estimated $167.8 million, which helped push overall 2012 domestic box office to just under $10.8 billion (a new record). The Hobbit dipped 11 percent to an estimated $32.9 million. The movie has been holding well over the past week (noticeably better than I Am Legend over the same period in 2007), and $300 million seems like it could be in play again. Through 17 days, the first of three Lord of the Rings prequels has grossed $222.7 million, which is in between Fellowship of the Ring ($189.3 million) and The Two Towers ($243.6 million). In second place, Django Unchained earned an estimated $30.7 million from 3,010 locations in its first weekend. Including its Tuesday-to-Thursday revenues, »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Staff List: The Best Films of 2012 (#30-21)

28 December 2012 4:59 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

#30: Cloud Atlas

Directed by Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski

Written by Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski

Cloud Atlas is essentially a patchwork of narratives thematically linked with minor coincidences and recurring symbolism. With six stories spanning several centuries, Cloud Atlas explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. As a parable of how we are all connected, each protagonist in Cloud Atlas wrestles with some form of oppression, based on either gender, age, race, sexual orientation, genetics and so on. In 1850, a young American lawyer sailing on a ship through the South Pacific is slowly being poisoned by a doctor who wants the treasure of gold he is hiding. In the 1930s, an inspiring composer follows his dreams while recounting his journey via love letters to his gay lover. A journalistic potboiler set »

- Ricky

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Podcast: Best and Worst Movies of 2012 and Guests Galore in the Holiday Podcast Spectacular!

27 December 2012 10:10 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I hope you have some time off from work because we have gone and recorded the longest podcast in RopeofSilicon history for our 2012 Holiday Spectacular. Clocking in at two hours, 30 minutes and 30 seconds Laremy and I take a look back at 2012 and bring along a few guests to help us out. The guest line-up includes RopeofSilicon contributor Kevin Blumeyer, Kevin Jagernauth from The Playlist, Emma and Aurelien (aka The French Connection) from CinemaTeaser.com and finally Vince Mancini from FilmDrunk.com. It's a diverse group and a wide range of opinions and titles are discussed. This is the final podcast of 2012 and so we did our best to go out with a bang. We hope you enjoy and thank you so much for listening! We are looking forward to the new year and hope you are too. As always, I have broken down this episode on a minute-by-minute basis if »

- Brad Brevet

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The year in nostalgia: Reboots, sequels, comebacks, and callbacks to a simpler time

27 December 2012 8:16 AM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

There’s nothing new under the sun — which is just the way Millennials like it.

We’re a generation obsessed with our own recent past, as befits the children of Boomers. Our influence on the entertainment industry is also increasing as we grow older. That’s probably why 2012 was the year that a collective nostalgia for pop culture from the ’90s and even the early ’00s hit in full force. Sure, the year also featured its share of projects inspired by/cribbing from the ’80s or even earlier — we learned it by watching you, Generation X! — but generally speaking, a »

- Hillary Busis

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"Argo," "Lincoln," "Zero Dark Thirty" Lead Alliance of Women Film Journalists Nominations

26 December 2012 12:48 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists have chosen the nominees of their annual movie awards. "Argo," "Lincoln," and "Zero Dark Thirty" led the pack with all three films vying for the Best Film award.

Here's the full list of nominees; for winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, click here:

Best Film



"Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Director

Ben Affleck, "Argo"

Steven Spielberg, "Lincoln"

Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Actor

Daniel Day Lewis, "Lincoln"

John Hawkes, "The Sessions"

Joaquin Phoenix, "The Master"

Best Actress

Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty"

Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook"

Emmanuelle Riva, "Amour"

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Alan Arkin, "Argo"

Phillip Seymour Hoffman, "The Master"

Tommy Lee Jones, "Lincoln"

Christoph Waltz, "Django Unchained"

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Amy Adams, "The Master"

Sally Field, "Lincoln"

Anne Hathaway, "Les Misérables"

Best Adapted Screenplay



"Silver Linings Playbook"

Best Original Screenplay


"Moonrise Kingdom »

- Manny

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The Top 10 Trailers Of 2012

26 December 2012 10:20 AM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

First of all, I want to say that I’m really sorry that trailers for The Great Gatsby, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Iron Man 3, Life of Pie, Evil Dead, Wreck-It Ralph, Gangster Squad, Zero Dark Thirty, The Master, and so forth, failed to make the cut on the list.

This list of films is based on the YouTube’s popular feature trailers of the year that received the most hits. According to Think With Google, the winner is The Dark Knight Rises – specifically the third theatrical trailer, followed by the first trailer for Skyfall (17.5 million), Seth MacFarlane’s Ted (15.4 million) and The Hunger Games (12.5 million).

Even though the biggest blockbuster of the year, Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, is nowhere to be found on the list, I took the liberty of adding it to the list as well as Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, »

- Nick Martin

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Top Ten Movies of 2012

26 December 2012 8:30 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Deciding on the "best" films of any particular year is never an easy task, especially depending on how seriously you take that task. On the final page of this list of my top ten films of 2012 I've included links to my previous top ten lists from the years 2003-2011 and while the majority of the films on those lists remain favorites of mine, it's quite evident how much more seriously I take this process from one year to the next, not to mention how many more films I actually see each year. Going through the list of films I saw in 2012, I was pleased to see how much easier I found it to come up with movies I considered candidates for my top ten. Two thousand and eleven offered several good films, but I had a hard time making a list of ten I considered "great". This year, from numbers »

- Brad Brevet

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"The Master," "Holy Motors" Top Online Film Critics Nominations

24 December 2012 12:20 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

The Online Film Critics Association has revealed the nominees of its annual awards and Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" led the list with Best Film, Director, and Actor (Joaquin Phoenix). Leos Carax's "Holy Motors" also led the pack with Best Film, Director, and Actor (Denis Lavant), as well as a nod for Best Film Not in the English Language category.

Here's the complete list of nominees; for winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, click here:

Best Picture


Holy Motors

The Master

Moonrise Kingdom

Zero Dark Thirty

Best Animated Feature




The Secret World of Arrietty

Wreck-It Ralph

Best Film Not in the English Language


Holy Motors

Rust and Bone

This Is Not a Film

The Turin Horse

Best Documentary

The Imposter

The Invisible War

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

The Queen of Versailles

This Is Not a Film

Best Director

Ben Affleck . Argo

Paul Thomas Anderson »

- Manny

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"Zero Dark Thirty" Tops Utah Film Critics Association

24 December 2012 12:03 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" won the top prize at the Utah Film Critics Association awards. The hunt for Osama bin Laden took the Best Movie of 2012 award but Bigelow was just a runner-up. Wes Anderson won the Best Director award for his fantastic "Moonrise Kingdom."

Here's the complete list of winners; for nominees/winners of other award-giving bodies, click here:

Best Picture . "Zero Dark Thirty" (runner-up: "Looper")

Directing . Wes Anderson, "Moonrise Kingdom" (runner-up: Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty")

Lead Actor . Joaquin Phoenix, "The Master" (runners-up: Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln," and John Hawkes, "The Sessions")

Lead actress . Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook," and Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty" (tie)

Supporting Actor . Dwight Henry, "Beasts of the Southern Wild" (runner-up: Philip Seymour Hoffman, "The Master")

Supporting Actress . Anne Hathaway, "Les Misérables" (runner-up: Ann Dowd, "Compliance")

Original Screenplay . Rian Johnson, "Looper" (runner-up: Joss Whedon & Drew Goddard, "The Cabin in the Woods")

Adapted Screenplay . Stephen Chbosky, »

- Manny

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"Argo" Wins Best Picture Again! Oklahoma Film Critics Choose Ben Affleck Movie for Best Picture

24 December 2012 11:56 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Ben Affleck is on a roll. The actor/director wins big with the Oklahoma Film Critics where his latest film, "Argo," took the top prize. Affleck also won Best Director.

Here's the complete list of winners; for winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, click here:

Oklahoma Film Critics

Best Film


Best Director

Ben Affleck (Argo)

Best Actor

Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)

Best Actress

Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)

Best Supporting Actor

Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)

Best Supporting Actress

Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables)

Best Original Screenplay

Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom)

Best Adapted Screenplay

Chris Terrio (Argo)

Best Animated Film

Wreck-It Ralph

Best Documentary

Searching for Sugar Man

Best Foreign Language Film


Best First Feature

Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild)

Best Guilty Pleasure

21 Jump Street

Best Body of Work

Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises / Lincoln / Looper)

Obviously Worst Movie

That.s My Boy

Not-So-Obviously »

- Manny

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'Guardians' Star Lord Search Down to Two and K-Stew Back for 'Snow White' Sequel

24 December 2012 8:00 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

1.) Marvel has narrowed their search for the lead role of Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy down to Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas), Zachary Levi ("Chuck") and a third mystery contender. Interestingly enough, Levi wasn't one of the five names to appear on a short list for the role last month. He is, however, already filming his role as Fandral in Thor: The Dark World, replacing Joshua Dallas, who played the character in the first Thor film. Seems like it could lead to confusion if Levi winds up playing both Quill and Fandral, but this thing is likely far from over. Marvel is targeting an August 1, 2014 release for Guardians of the Galaxy with James Gunn (Super) at the helm. Variety 2.) Box-office phenom Chad Michael Murray is negotiating to join the ever-selective Nicolas Cage in a remake of the Christian-themed film Left Behind. It would appear the "One Tree Hill" star »

- Kevin Blumeyer

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Online Film Critics Society Nominations

24 December 2012 7:37 AM, PST | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

Thanks Tiago. Best Picture Argo Holy Motors The Master Moonrise Kingdom Zero Dark Thirty Best Animated Feature Brave Frankenweenie ParaNorman The Secret World of Arrietty Wreck-It Ralph Best Film Not »

- Sasha Stone

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Around-the-World Roundup: 'Hobbit' Adds $96 Million Overseas

23 December 2012 10:35 AM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey once again dominated the overseas box office this weekend, though its noticeable drop suggests it doesn't have any chance of it matching Return of the King in the long run. The first of a planned Lord of the Rings prequel trilogy added an estimated $96 million from 59 markets. The movie's top territory was Russia, where it debuted to a very strong $17.8 million. That's over three times as much as The Return of the King's debut, though a bump like that is pretty standard given Russia's rapid theatrical expansion in the last decade.Holdovers fell 39 percent on average, which is better than the domestic performance (off 56 percent) but still not great around this time of year. Germany eased six percent to $14.2 million, while the U.K. was off 37 percent to $9.8 million. Other major markets include France ($7 million), Spain ($4.8 million), Italy ($3.1 million), and Mexico ($2.4 million). Japan remains »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Weekend Box Office: December 21-23, 2012

23 December 2012 10:14 AM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Rentrak Corporation, today announced the official weekend theatrical box office numbers for the weekend period of December 21st, 2012 through December 23rd, 2012 according to the company’s Box Office Essentials theatrical box office data collection and analytical service.

Rank Title Distributor Name Weekend Revenue Cume Revenue Revenue # of Locations* 1 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Warner Bros. $36,705,000 4,100 $149,858,000 2 Jack Reacher Paramount $15,600,000 3,352 $15,600,000 3 This Is 40 Universal $12,030,690 2,913 $12,030,690 4 Rise Of The Guardians Paramount $5,900,000 3,031 $79,694,230 5 Lincoln Disney $5,633,000 2,293 $116,781,000 6 Guilt Trip, The Paramount $5,390,000 2,431 $7,420,614 7 Monsters, Inc. Disney $5,040,000 2,618 $6,525,000 8 Skyfall Sony $4,700,000 2,365 $279,792,000 9 Life Of Pi 20th Century Fox $3,800,000 1,750 $76,156,244 10 Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 Lionsgate $2,600,000 2,000 $281,605,734 11 Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away Paramount $2,135,000 840 $2,135,000 12 Wreck-It Ralph Disney $2,003,000 1,444 $171,926,000

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- Allan Ford

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Triggerfish’s Debut ‘Zambezia’ Nominated In Coveted Animation Awards

23 December 2012 9:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

We’re excited to report that Triggerfish Animation’s debut feature ‘Adventures In Zambezia’ has been nominated for two coveted ‘Annie’ awards - it’s the animation industry’s version of the Oscars and the team are, quite rightfully, thrilled to be up against the likes of Wreck-it Ralph, Brave, Frankenweenie and more!

It’s the first time a studio in Africa has made the prestigious shortlist – and follows the earlier accolade of ‘Zambezia’ making it onto the official Oscar nomination shortlist, for the animation that includes Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Abigail Breslin and Leonard Nimoy all voicing characters.  Executive Producer and head of the South African-based studio, Stuart Forrest, is particularly proud to be nominated in both categories alongside animation giants like Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks, Sony, Blue Sky and Illumination and had this to say:

”It’s a huge honour for Triggerfish to be nominated  alongside the greatest »

- Dan Bullock

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Thn’s 2012 Rundown – November And December

23 December 2012 3:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

So, here it is, the end of the year is upon us and with it the supposed end of mankind, as prophesied by those hypochondriac Mayans – or was it Noel Edmonds? Either way, they got it wrong and we’re still standing, so what better way to celebrate then to read our informative film finalisation of the last two months of 2012. We’ve had the great, the good and the Keith Lemon… here is Thn’s final countdown…Cue some classic 80s Europe!


Musician RZA made his writing and directorial debut with kung-fu inspired The Man With The Iron Fists. Gathering an impressive cast including phone-throwing Oscar-winner Russell Crowe, and Lucy Liu, the film still failed to make a dent in the box-office, which can’t be said for Robert ZemeckisFlight. The iconic director left the dead-eyed animation behind to lead Denzel Washington to another possible Oscar with the story of a hard-drinking, »

- Craig Hunter

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Disney Casts Jonathan Groff in Frozen

22 December 2012 5:30 PM, PST | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

Concept art for Frozen.

Walt Disney Animation Studios has announced the signing of Jonathan Groff to play the role of Kristoff in its upcoming comedy adventure Frozen.

Groff, a Tony Award nominee, has appeared on Broadway in the musical Spring Awakening. His other stage credits include the Public Theater’s revival of Hair, Ira Levin’s Deathtrap in the West End, the off-Broadway plays Prayer for My Enemy and The Submission, and 2010 Tony Award-winner Red.

On TV Groff has had roles in Glee, the Starz series Boss and The Good Wife. He made his big-screen debut in Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock and went on to appear in the independent drama Twelve-Thirty, The Conspirator as well as the upcoming Sundance entry C.O.G..

Frozen is directed by Chris Buck (Tarzan, Surf’s Up) and Jennifer Lee (screenwriter for Wreck-It Ralph), and produced by Peter Del Vecho (Winnie the Pooh, »

- Michael Simpson

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