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Amanda Peet (born January 11, 1972; age: 45) is an American actress and writer. Her role in the 2000 comedy film The Whole Nine Yards brought her wide recognition. She then went on to play secondary roles in the films Saving Silverman (2001), Something’s Gotta Give (2003), Identity (2003), Syriana (2005), The Ex (2006), The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008) and 2012 (2009). Peet has also appeared in the 1999 […]

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Roland Emmerich Returns to Alien Invasion Films with 'The Zone'

Roland Emmerich Returns to Alien Invasion Films with 'The Zone'
It's unfair to say that Roland Emmerich destroys the world in all of his movies ... he just destroys it in most of them.

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that the German maestro of blockbuster destruction, the man who blew up every national monument in 'Independence Day,' froze over the northern hemisphere in 'The Day After Tomorrow' and killed just about every human being on the face of the planet in '2012,' will be making himself another alien invasion movie. But what makes 'The Zone,' the name of this top-secret new project, so special?

Maybe it has something to with the fact that 'The Zone' will be a "found footage" film in the vein of 'Cloverfield' and cost less than $5 million. Maybe. Just maybe.

A small-budgeted science fiction movie is nothing new (the upcoming 'Skyline' was made for similar
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'2012' debuts atop three video charts

'2012' debuts atop three video charts
The end-of-the-world drama "2012," from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, debuted at the top of all three home video charts the week ending March 7, the first release in nearly a month with a boxoffice pedigree of more than $100 million.

The disaster flick, which earned $166.1 million in theaters, trounced fellow newcomer "Where the Wild Things Are," from Warner -- not surprising, given the family fantasy's lower boxoffice gross of $73.4 million.

On the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert Sales chart, "Wild Things" finished at No. 2, although it sold just 44.4% as many discs as "2012." On the Nielsen VideoScan Blu-ray Disc charts, the two new releases finished in the same order, although "Wild Things" sold just 30% as many Blu-ray Discs as "2012."

"2012" generated 41% of its first-week sales from the Blu-ray Disc version, while for the "Wild Things," the Blu-ray share was just 28%.

On Home Media Magazine's rental chart for the week, "Where the Wild Things Are" debuted at No.
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ABC passes on '2012' TV show

ABC passes on '2012' TV show
Well, it sounded like an intriguing idea at the time: ABC decided to pass on developing a small screen version of the apocalyptic film 2012, a drama series that would have depicted the disaster's aftermath. Future production costs may have been a factor in ABC's decision, though the status of the network's other high-concept genre shows (FlashForward, V) could have played a role, too. Both shows struggled in the ratings last fall and have yet to receive a second season pickup. A spokeswoman for ABC declined to comment. Last November, 2012 executive producer Mark Gordon, who was on board to produce the TV show,
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Avatar up for 11 at Visual Effect Awards

Avatar up for 11 at Visual Effect Awards
  The Visual Effect Society have annouced their nominations for this year's best special effects in film, tv, animation, commercials and video games. On the film front, Avatar is leading the pack with eleven nods. In the Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Feature Motion Picture category, Avatar is up against blockbuster behemoths 2012, Star Trek and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, with the plucky underdog nomination going to District 9. Avatar is up for two awards in the Best Single Visual Effect category, for...

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'Avatar,' 'Star Trek' and 'Transformers 2' still in running for Visual Effects Oscar

'Avatar,' 'Star Trek' and 'Transformers 2' still in running for Visual Effects Oscar
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that seven films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 82nd Academy Awards®. In all seriousness, this competition is really only to determine who the other two nominees will be as "Avatar" is the understandable favorite. The films are listed below in alphabetical order: “Avatar” “District 9” “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” “Star Trek” “Terminator Salvation” “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” “2012” On Thursday, January 21, all members of the Academy’s Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view 15-minute...
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Academy pares down visual effects shortlist

Academy pares down visual effects shortlist
The race for the visual effects Oscar just got a little tighter.

The Academy's visual effects branch announced on Wednesday that the shortlist of 15 movies, released in mid-December, has been whittled down to seven films that remain in the running.

 

"Avatar" heads the alphabetic list, followed by "District 9," "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," "Star Trek," "Terminator Salvation," "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" and "2012."

The movies that have fallen out of contention since December are "Angels & Demons," "Coraline," "Disney's A Christmas Carol," "G-Force," "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," "Sherlock Holmes," "Watchmen" and "Where the Wild Things Are."

All members of the visual effects branch will be invited to view 15-minute excerpts from each of the seven films on the new shortlist. Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate three films for final Oscar consideration.

The 82nd Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Feb. 2.
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Asia going global by getting local

Asia going global by getting local
Hong Kong -- Foreign-language Oscar winner "Departures" is a perfect example of how Asian cinema quickly is becoming more local and more successful at the same time.

The region's film institutions still fret about overseas perception of their industries and hold endless think-tanks about how to break into the U.S. market. But in many ways, the film world is turning to Asia anyway, as those economies have emerged from recession faster than the West and Hollywood studios and indies from the rest of the world have scrambled to join in.

With a few days left of 2009 and final numbers still to crystallize, boxoffice in East Asia looks strong. China in particular appears to have delivered a growth number -- 25% to 30% -- typical of a developing economy, but on a scale that now puts it in the global top 10 territories. South Korea
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'Star Trek,' 'Transformers 2' and 'Avatar' battling for Visual Effects Oscar

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 15 semi-finalists for the Achievement in Visual Effects for the 82nd Academy Awards today. The contenders are as follows: “Angels & Demons” “Avatar” “Coraline” “Disney’s A Christmas Carol” “District 9” “G-Force” “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” “Sherlock Holmes” “Star Trek” “Terminator Salvation” “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” “2012” “Watchmen” “Where the Wild Things Are” According to the Academy, the members of the Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee, who selected the semifinalists, will narrow the list to seven early next monty. At that point,...
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2012 Breaks Records In Russia

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2012 Breaks Records In Russia
End-of-the-world movie 2012 has broken box office records for a foreign release in Russia.

Director Roland Emmerich’s disaster movie has taken $30 million (GBP18.75 million) in just two weeks. The film took $12 million (GBP7.5 million) on its first weekend on release, according to Sony figures.

Daily Variety reports only Timur Bekmambetov’s Night Watch sequel, Day Watch, has scored similar box office success in its first two weeks on release - the homegrown Russian film made almost $32 million (GBP20 million) at the Russian box office in the same time frame in 2006.

"2012" Shatters Russian Records...

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Director Roland Emmerich’s Vancouver-lensed disaster film "2012"” recently broke all Russian box-office records for a foreign feature, taking $30 million in two weeks, according to Sony Pictures Russia.

Released on 840 prints, "2012" earned a print average of $36,000, taking in $12 million in its first weekend.

Credits in the film cite the non-fiction book "Fingerprints of the Gods" by author Graham Hancock as inspiration for the movie, referencing Mayanism, the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar and the portrayal of cataclysmic events unfolding in the year 2012.

In "2012", due to solar flare bombardment, the Earth's core begins heating up at an unprecedented rate, eventually causing crustal displacement, resulting in an onslaught of Doomsday event scenarios. The world is plunged into chaos, ranging from California falling into the Pacific Ocean, the eruption of the Yellowstone National Park caldera, massive earthquakes and Megatsunami impacts along every continental coast line.

"2012" also ran a marketing campaign in
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FX nabs rights to 'Twilight' films

FX nabs rights to 'Twilight' films
The "Twilight Saga" franchise is headed to FX.

FX has acquired the ad-supported TV rights to the four "Twilight" movies in a package deal with producer Summit Entertainment that also includes the indie studio's Oscar hopeful "The Hurt Locker," the Nicolas Cage thriller "Knowing" and actioner "Push."

Under the pact, FX will start running last year's "Twilight," the first movie in the franchise, beginning in late 2011. "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," which shattered projections to open at $142.8 million domestically this past weekend, will be available in late 2012. "Eclipse," which is slated for a June 30 release, will have its premiere on FX in early 2013. Summit has yet to greenlight production on "Breaking Dawn," an adaptation of the fourth book in Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" series.

"Locker," "Knowing" and "Push" will debut on FX in mid-2012.

All seven films are set to go to FX after completing their pay cable window on Showtime,
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'New Moon' tops foreign boxoffice

'New Moon' tops foreign boxoffice
While not quite matching its blazing opening pace domestically, "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" nonetheless topped the foreign circuit on the weekend, finishing at No. 1 with an estimated $118.1 million from 6,681 screens in a relatively contained opening break comprising 25 territories.

The girl-meets-vampire sequel notched an astronomical $17,677 per-screen average overall.

Ranking No. 2 was the prior weekend's No. 1 title, director Roland Emmerich's disaster epic "2012," which dropped nearly 40% from its mighty $165.2 million opening frame to finish with $100.5 million from 13,487 screens in 107 markets. Its 12-day overseas gross totals $341.1 million.

"New Moon," the second film version of Stephenie Meyer's teen-favorite novels starring Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, set opening records in Australia ($13.3 million from 268 sites or a nearly $50,000 average per screen) and in New Zealand ($1.9 million from 90 sites), according to distributor Summit International.

"New Moon" dominated the U.K. ($18.7 million from 499 locations, or nearly $37,500 per screen), Italy ($13 million from 770 sites), France ($17 million from 751 situations
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'2012' destroys UK box office competition

'2012' destroys UK box office competition
Apocalyptic drama 2012 has dominated the UK box office on its first weekend on release. The John Cusack film's £6.4 million three-day haul takes it to the chart summit ahead of last week's number one A Christmas Carol. Harry Brown, a vigilante thriller starring Sir Michael Caine, is a new entry at number three, while Up and The Men Who Stare At Goats round out the top five. Elsewhere, Michael Jackson music documentary This Is It falls sharply on its second week of release, (more)
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"2012" Wreaks Havoc at Box-Office, Opened at No. 1 with $65 Million!

It was hardly doom and gloom for Columbia Pictures' "2012." The disaster flick opened at No. 1 with $65 million domestically, and $225 million worldwide.

With the film's price tag at a reported budget of $260 million, this is a good news for the studio.

The Roland Emmerich-directed flick knocked down Scrooge from its No. 1 position. "Disney's A Christmas Carol" fell down to No. 2 with $22.3 million, but it's only down 26% percent. The Jim Carrey Christmas flick raised its 10-day total to $63.3 million.

The George Clooney farcical film, "The Men Who Stare at Goats," held its No. 3 position with a $6.2 million box-office take.

"Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" entered the Top 10. The Oprah Winfrey-Tyler Perry executive produced film took in $6.1 million in just 174 theaters.

I Love This Movie! It Will Pull You Down, To Pick You Up! Go Watch "Precious."

Meanwhile, Michael Jackson beat Miley Cyrus! "This Is It
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'2012' Shakes North American Box Office

Apocalyptic movie "2012 (2009)" has conquered North American box office. Released worldwide on Friday, November 13 with $23.7 million in ticket sales, the Roland Emmerich-directed film has raked in an estimated $65 million stateside and an additional $160 million overseas in its opening weekend.

Despite the total $225 million that has brought in more than its $200 million budget, the domestic amount was still lower than the $68.7 million opening weekend for another doomsday movie, "The Day After Tomorrow". However, Sony claimed its global total was the best ever for an original movie not based on an established franchise, brand or best-selling novel.

Commenting on the John Cusack-starred film, head of distribution for Sony, Rory Bruer, said, "Roland is that type of filmmaker that casts his net really wide." He then added, "The story is something people could really relate to. It's a story of the survival of humanity."

Meanwhile, last week champion "A Christmas Carol (2009)" slipped
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2012 Flattens the Weekend Box Office with $65 Million

2012 Flattens the Weekend Box Office with $65 Million
Sony Pictures took a big risk with Roland Emmerich and 2012, investing a reported $200 million in its production budget and many million more in marketing costs. After just three days the latest cinematic means to destroy our planet has made Emmerich's 10,000 B.C. blunder a distant memory and given Emmerich the boost he needs to move closer towards pushing an Independence Day sequel or two forward.

2012 burst onto the scene this past weekend by grossing an estimated $65 million domestically. It tacked on another $160 million internationally for a fat three-day worldwide take of $225 million and second straight winning gamble for Sony after Michael Jackson's This Is It.

The other new wide release, Pirate Radio, failed to crack the top 10 as it encountered rough seas stewed up by 2012 with $2.9 million in ticket sales. Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire soared past Pirate Radio into fourth place with $6.1 million despite playing on only 174 versus 882 screens.
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Box Office Beat Down: 2012 Destroys the Weekend with $65 Million!

Box Office Beat Down: 2012 Destroys the Weekend with $65 Million!
Weekend Box Office

1) 2012 - $65 million

2) Disney's a Christmas Carol - $22.3 million

3) The Men Who Stare at Goats - $6.2 million

4) Precious - $6.09 million

5) Michael Jackson's This Is It - $5.1 million

6) The Fourth Kind - $4.7 million

7) Couples Retreat - $4.25 million

8) Paranormal Activity - $4.2 million

9) Law Abiding Citizen - $3.9 million

10) The Box- $3.1 million

The latest Roland Emerich disaster flick, 2012, destroyed everything in it's way this weekend to earn the number one spot in the box office making an estimated $65 million. The film about the end of the world, which had a reported budget of somewhere around $260 million, was released on a little over 3,000 screens and made an estimated $19,095 per screen. Last week's number one film, Disney's a Christmas Carol starring Jim Carrey as Scrooge fell 25.7% only making $22.3 million in it's second week. The movie, which was released on around 3,404 screens, earned only $6,062 per screen.

The Men Who Stare at Goats starring Oscar Winners
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'2012' Plagues the Box Office

Detonating atop the weekend box office, 2012 swept in with an estimated $65 million on approximately 6,500 screens at 3,404 sites, ranking as the seventh highest grossing November debut ever. Among fellow disaster movies, it had the second-highest grossing start, behind only director Roland Emmerich's previous disaster, The Day After Tomorrow, which opened to $68.7 million. In terms of initial attendance, though, it trailed Day After Tomorrow by a wide margin, and Emmerich's Independence Day tops all disaster movies. 2012's marketing campaign successfully mimicked its predecessors in story and spectacle, replete with the destruction of the White House and other famous structures. Distributor Sony Pictures' research indicated that 52 percent of 2012's audience was male and 55 percent was 25 years and older.

While the other new nationwide release, Pirate Radio, made less than a ripple, Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire had a robust expansion, grossing an estimated $6.1 million at 174 sites. That's the second-highest
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Emmerich's '2012' dominates global box office

Roland Emmerich's apocalyptic action epic "2012" blew up the worldwide box office this weekend, scoring a stunning $160 million opening on the international circuit, according to the latest estimates.

"2012," which follows a group of people trying to survive numerous cataclysms as the world is coming to an end, took the No. 1 spot in all 105 markets this weekend. Domestically, the film bagged $65 million.

Far away at No. 2, Disney's 3D motion-capture adventure "A Christmas Carol" generated $16 million from ticket sales in 21 markets. The Robert Zemeckis-directed film reached an overseas total of $33.6 million.
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