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‘Interstellar’, ‘Mockingjay’ Sky High At International Box Office: Update

5 hours ago | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

3Rd Update 12:57 Pm Pt: Sony has now chimed in with Fury‘s $12.4M weekend, a big jump on the previous frame thanks to the Brad Pitt World War II pic’s debut in China (see below).

2Nd Update, 12:17 Pm Pt: Warner Bros has come in with Interstellar numbers which up the international cume to $329M after three frames. Playing on about 17,560 screens in 64 territories, Christopher Nolan’s space epic is tracking 13% ahead of the studio’s Gravity and 10% ahead of the director’s own 2010 Inception at the same point in release. IMAX screens have provided $38.7M of the total offshore cume. After a couple of clear weekends, Interstellar was edged out by The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I in many of its debut markets — save, notably, Korea, where Interstellar is a clear phenomenon. Below is the rundown on Interstellar‘s weekend, followed by earlier posts on Mockingjay »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Podcast: Reviewing 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay', Mike Nichols, Bill Cosby and More

21 November 2014 7:01 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

We're covering a lot of ground today with the centerpiece being our review of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1. We also dig into the Bill Cosby controversy for a second, the death of Mike Nichols, Universal's plans for at least three more Fast & Furious movies, Prometheus 2, Zoolander 2, a few of your questions, some games and a few knicks and knacks along the way. Hope you enjoy! If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. »

- Brad Brevet

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Assessing Seven Animated Feature Oscar Contenders

20 November 2014 9:42 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

With Pixar sitting this year out, the animation Oscar race is not only totally wide open but there's still no clear frontrunner among the big studio three (Disney's "Big Hero 6," DreamWorks' "How to Train Your Dragon 2," and Warner Bros.' "The Lego Movie"). That leaves "The Boxtrolls" from stop-motion powerhouse Laika and Focus Features, Fox/Reel FX's "The Book of Life," and two Gkids indies -- "Song of the Sea" from the Irish Cartoon Saloon and "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya" from Studio Ghibli -- as the other likely contenders also vying for the five nominations.  Since the Academy's animation committee adores hand-drawn animation, you can bet there'll be a place open for one or both of the Gkids. Then again, the committee also likes stop-motion, and how can you deny Jorge Gutierrez's imaginative and heart-warming "Day of the Dead" tribute (nurtured by producer Guillermo del. »

- Bill Desowitz

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Interstellar fends off The Imitation Game at the UK box office

19 November 2014 4:39 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 14th to Sunday 16th November 2014…

Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar fought off competition from The Imitation Game and Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey?! to retain top spot at the UK box office in its second weekend, pulling in £3.78 million to take its total gross to £12.13 million.

The Benedict Cumberbatch-headlined Imitation Game took second place with £2,742,725, while festive family comedy Nativity 3 claimed third with £1,800,419. Meanwhile crime thriller The Drop also managed to crack the top ten, debuting in fifth with £637,867.

Number one this time last year: Gravity

1. Interstellar, £3,777,804 weekend; £12,131,990 total (2 weeks)

2. The Imitation Game, £2,742,725 weekend (New)

3. Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey?!, £1,800,419 weekend (New)

4. Mr Turner, £741,748 from 383 sites. Total: £4,357,230 total (3 weeks)

5. The Drop, £637,867 weekend (New)

6. Gone Girl, £454,488 from 354 sites. Total: £21,545,587 total (7 weeks)

7. The Book of Life, £442,863 from 492 sites. Total: £5,376,374 total (4 weeks)

8. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, £437,437 from 452 sites. »

- Gary Collinson

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Podcast: Reviewing 'Whiplash', New DVDs & Blu-rays, 'Female Stuff', Your Questions and More

18 November 2014 8:30 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Look at that, it's Tuesday and we have a review for you as Laremy finally saw Whiplash and to go with that we answer a few of your questions, play some games and talk new DVD and Blu-ray releases. Laremy also has a #GoodComment, or at least what he believes to be a #GoodComment, we do a little bitching and moaning (per usual) and look over this past weekend's box office results. Hope you enjoy. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll »

- Brad Brevet

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Interstellar retains UK box office top spot, beats The Imitation Game

18 November 2014 6:56 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Interstellar has held on to the number one spot at the UK box office for a second week.

Christopher Nolan's sci-fi adventure earned £3.7 million, holding off The Imitation Game which debuts at number two with £2.7 million.

Christmas feel-good Nativity 3: Dude, Where's My Donkey? takes £1.8 million in its debut week at the third spot, while Mr Turner claims number four.

Tom Hardy's The Drop debuts at number five with £637,867, as Gone Girl slips to six with £454,488.

Horror Ouija rounds off this week's box office top ten with £308,516.

The UK box office top ten in full:

1. (1) Interstellar - £3,777,804

2. (-) The Imitation Game - £2,742,725

3. (-) Nativity 3: Dude, Where's My Donkey? - £1,800,419

4. (2) Mr Turner - £741,748

5. (-) The Drop - £637,867

6. (4) Gone Girl - £454,488

7. (6) The Book of Life - £442,863

8. (3) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - £437,437

9. (5) Fury - £359,822

10. (7) Ouija - £308,516

Source: Rentrak »

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‘Interstellar’ At $226M Overseas As China, Korea Show Endurance: Intl’ Box Office Final

18 November 2014 4:02 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Update, Tuesday, 4:02 Am Pt: A couple of things have happened in the world of international box office since late Sunday night. We now know that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I will not be bowing in China in the 2014 calendar year, and we have a little more insight into why Korea is like the proverbial black hole for Interstellar (in the good sense). Exerting an incredible gravitational pull, Korea has advanced itself as a massive $35.9M play (so far) for Christopher Nolan’s intergalactic epic. Here’s why: There is a very strong and vocal Nolan fanbase in Korea, which has generated astronomical word of mouth in the market. I’m told there were a few midnight screenings the night before the opening on November 6, and online buzz began building immediately. The not-so-spacey elements have also played very well, with the emotional and family sub-plots broadening appeal. Worth »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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9 Children’s Films That Broke The Mould

17 November 2014 7:49 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Are you sitting comfortably? Then we shall begin. Making films for children requires a very specific skill-set. To be effective and successful, the story must be told in a way that engages the young mind, without condescending. It must contain enough action to hold the attention, without being too violent or frightening. It must involve characters that are relatable, as well as those that capture the imagination. Crucially, it must also appeal to grown-ups, since they are ones paying for the theatre tickets. This is a very fine line to walk, and many fall by the wayside. On the other hand, walking this fine line can lead to stagnation. As with any movie genre, it is easy to fall into the trap of predictability and worn-out narrative tropes. Rare is the children’s film that achieves the necessary balance, while offering something fresh and original. Rarer still are the children »

- Sarah Myles

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Podcast: Reviewing 'Dumb and Dumber To', a Classic Clip, Waltz for 'Bond 24' and More

14 November 2014 8:00 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

On today's episode the lone review is for Dumb and Dumber To, but we also get into the latest news such as Christoph Waltz being cast in Bond 24, Quentin Tarantino talking retirement and film vs. digital and we also have an old classic clip from the past thanks to alert listener Mitch. Otherwise it's also games and other nonsense... nonsense we hope you enjoy. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative »

- Brad Brevet

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Jessabelle Blu-ray / DVD Release Details & Cover Art

13 November 2014 2:46 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Jessabelle just wants to heal, but she’ll get hell for her efforts. Wheelchair-bound as she recovers from a car accident that killed her boyfriend, Jessabelle returns home to be near her father, but ends up getting too close to a malevolent spirit in Saw VI director Kevin Greutert’s Jessabelle, a Southern gothic film with a supernatural streak that Lionsgate is releasing to home media this winter:

Press Release – “From the mastermind producer behind Insidious and The Purge comes the ghostly tale of Jessabelle. The haunting, supernatural thriller, directed by Kevin Greutert (Saw VI, Saw 3D: The Final Chapter), written by Robert Ben Garant (Hell Baby, Night at the Museum) and starring Sarah Snook, Mark Webber and Joelle Carter, will arrive on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD on January 13, 2015 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The Jessabelle Blu-ray and DVD, including audio commentary with the filmmakers, »

- Derek Anderson

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Threads: Summer garb from "Atonement"

12 November 2014 6:02 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Andrew here, taking up the mantle for newish series “Threads” while Nathaniel's in La. Each Wednesday we’ll fixate on one specific costume.

This week, to distract from the flurry of snow that some parts of the U.S. might be experiencing let's go summer. To be honest, I'm mostly using this as an excuse to talk about Keira Knightley since 2014 has been a great year for her and she may well hog the red carpet soon. She's probably the best of the cinematic clothes-horses  right now. It helps that three of her most significant characters were dressed by the excellent Jacqueline Durran. Durran does not work as much as Sandy Powell or Colleen Atwood, but when she does she's simply oustanding.

I’m sure when you hear Atonement  and costume design your mind immediately goes that lush green dress. Why wouldn’t it? I remember the majority of the »

- Andrew Kendall

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Interstellar tops the UK box office in its opening weekend

12 November 2014 1:30 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 7th to Sunday 2nd November 2014…

Interstellar may have failed to top the U.S. box office chart, losing out to Disney’s Big Hero 6, but it had no such competition here in the U.K., with the sci-fi epic debuting in first place with £5,378,220 and giving director Christopher Nolan his fourth-biggest opening on these shores after The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight and Inception.

Interstellar was the only newcomer to crack the top ten this past weekend, but Mike Leigh’s latest Mr Turner enjoyed a solid second weekend, climbing up to second place from its seventh-placed opening last week and pushing its total gross to £2.6 million, overtaking Vera Drake to give Leigh his highest-grossing film to date.

Number one this time last year: Gravity

1. Interstellar – £5,378,220 weekend (New)

2. Mr Turner – £1,014,433 weekend (2 weeks)

3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles »

- Gary Collinson

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Podcast: Seattle Bike Riders, 'Interstellar's Box Office, Complex Blockbusters and More

11 November 2014 8:30 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

If only the podcast was our only job. I'm convinced we could bring you a full three hours every day of movie news and nonsense, but instead we only have time for a couple hours a week as today's episode kicks off with a Seattle bike riders rant preceded by a look through the Magnolia Pictures award season screeners and followed by a look at Interstellar's box office performance and the nature of complex blockbusters in general and then some games in what felt like a very short episode, but still ended up being 52 minutes long. Hope you enjoy! If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave »

- Brad Brevet

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Interstellar tops UK box office ahead of Mr Turner, Ninja Turtles

11 November 2014 4:24 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Interstellar has topped the UK box office on its debut weekend on release.

The Christopher Nolan-directed sci-fi epic earned £5.3 million to secure first place ahead of Mike Leigh's Mr Turner, which pulled in an impressive £1 million on its second weekend on release.

Ranking all 9 of Christopher Nolan's movies from best to worst

Interstellar's haul is the fourth-highest UK opening in Nolan's career, behind The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight and Inception.

The second placed Mr Turner has now earned £2.6 million from UK cinemas, beating Vera Drake to become the most successful film of acclaimed director Leigh's career.

Last week's number one movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles slips to number three, while Gone Girl and Fury complete the top five.

The UK box office top ten in full:

1. (-) Interstellar - £5,378,220

2. (7) Mr Turner - £1,014,433

3. (1) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - £738,766

4. (4) Gone Girl - £696,874

5. (3) Fury - £674,430

6. (5) The Book of Life »

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‘Big Hero 6′ Wins B.O. As ‘Interstellar’ Takes Second; Monday Returns

10 November 2014 1:25 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Final Update Monday, 1:08Pm: As expected, Big Hero 6 cruised to the top of the box office weekend. Not so expected: Chris Nolan’s saga Interstellar fell short of $50M. Distrib Paramount insisted that the sci-fi genre and film’s record IMAX run would keep Sunday drops to a minimum and help the weekend become one of only four ever feature two moviesing open north of $50M. But it fell short.

Not an issue for BH6, which landed right within estimates and, given the dearth of family fare and its strong exits, should have a solid run into Thanksgiving. It’s exits are terrific, it’s got an A CinemaScore, and kids are notorious repeat viewers,.

But a standard Sunday fall for Interstellar kept the film from the $50M mark, or even Paramount’s Sunday estimates. Still, for a nearly three-hour film that’s scored solid exits and is »

- Scott Bowles and Anita Busch

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Box Office Report: 'Big Hero 6' Tops 'Interstellar' in Battle of the Sci-fi Movies

10 November 2014 12:01 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Here are your estimated three-day box office returns (new releases bolded): 1.  Big Hero 6 - $56.2 million ($56.2 million total) 2.  Interstellar - $50.0 million ($52.1 million total) 3. Gone Girl - $6.1 million ($145.0 million total) 4. Ouija - $6.0 million ($43.4 million total) 5. St. Vincent - $5.7 million ($27.3 million total) 6. Nightcrawler - $5.5 million ($19.7 million total) 7. Fury - $5.4 million ($69.2 million total) 8. John Wick - $4.0 million ($34.7 million total) 9. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day - $3.4 million ($59.2 million total) 10. The Book of Life - $2.8 million ($45.2 million total)   The Big Stories The holiday storm is upon us. As if clicked into activation on the first weekend of November...

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- Erik Childress

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The Boxtrolls Blu-Ray Dated

10 November 2014 6:35 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Though it has already been overshadowed by The Lego MovieBig Hero 6 and The Book of Life when it comes to Oscar buzz, Laika’s The Boxtrolls was one of the most weirdly entertaining moviegoing experiences of this fall. Impeccably animated and energetically executed, it suffered from a messy story but succeeded partly because its big, beating heart was undoubtedly in the right place.

And now, fans of the family adventure will be able to look forward to bringing it home – Universal and Focus Features have announced that they will be streeting the film via 2D and 3D Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD combo packs on January 20th, 2015.

No special features have been detailed as of yet, but the releases will be presented in 1080p with DTS-hd Master Audio 5.1 surround sound.

Check out the official plot summary below and let us know if you’ll be picking up The Boxtrolls next year. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Box Office Weekend: Big Hero 6 Is the Big Hero at the Box Office

10 November 2014 6:12 AM, PST | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Two new releases gave a dipping box office just the push it needed as two critically acclaimed films, Big Hero 6 and Interstellar, came up with the numbers to pick up a lousy October (though not enough to make them domestically successful). Big Hero 6 made a splash with an estimated $56.2 million and Interstellar gained an estimated $50 million, though amazingly both were budgeted the same at a massive $165 million apiece, meaning they have a lot of ground to make up (though worldwide earnings are looking good for Interstellar, at least, with $132.2 million). Still, these two mega-hits did the heavy lifting this weekend as no other film broke the $10 million mark; even the highest earning film in the current top ten, Gone Girl, only earned an estimated $6.1 million.

Ouija continued to be a strong draw compared to its low budget, an estimated $6 million weekend still bringing in more than it cost to make, »

- Seth Paul

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Us Box Office Report – Big Hero 6 beats Interstellar with $56 million

10 November 2014 2:14 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Your Us box office report for 7th – 9th November 2014…

Last weekend, the entire release of movies managed to do around $94 million. This week, that number was eclipsed by the top two with both Big Hero 6 and Interstellar taking over $50 million each.

It was rumoured earlier in the week that Disney’s latest animated movie Big Hero 6 would top the Us box office, despite claims to the contrary from fans of Christopher Nolan. But not only did Big Hero 6 win the weekend, it won so defiantly. Based on a Marvel comic, Big Hero 6 took a whopping $56 .2 million over the weekend domestically and an extra $23 million worldwide. But even with this big of a weekend opening, it falls behind live action counterparts Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor, Thor: The Dark World, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3 and The Avengers. »

- Luke Owen

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Big Hero 6 rules Us on $56.2m

9 November 2014 6:19 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ latest family feature overcame Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar to rule the North American charts as box office for the top 12 gained 87% on last weekend.

Meanwhile Focus Features opened hot awards contender The Theory Of Everything on $207,000 from five sites for a spectacular $41,400 average.

Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones star for director James Marsh in the Stephen and Jane Hawking story.

Big Hero 6 came in top on an estimated $56.2m, while Interstellar came in second on $52.2m over five days, including the first two from a limited special format run.

Imax accounted for $20.6m of the film’s $132m worldwide haul and a remarkable $13.4m from 368 sites in the Us for its biggest portion of box office for a first-run release. This was also a November high and a record for an original, non-franchise film.

Fox’s Gone Girl climbed one place to number three to reach $145.4m in its sixth weekend, while »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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