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Academy of Motion Picture Artsand Sciences: NOMINATIONS BY CATEGORY - 81ST AWARDS

 

Performance by an actor in a leading role

  • Richard Jenkins in "The Visitor" (Overture Films)
  • Frank Langella in "Frost/Nixon" (Universal)
  • Sean Penn in "Milk" (Focus Features)
  • Brad Pitt in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (Paramount and Warner Bros.)
  • Mickey Rourke in "The Wrestler" (Fox Searchlight)

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

  • Josh Brolin in "Milk" (Focus Features)
  • Robert Downey Jr. in "Tropic Thunder" (DreamWorks, Distributed by DreamWorks/Paramount)
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman in "Doubt" (Miramax)
  • Heath Ledger in "The Dark Knight" (Warner Bros.)
  • Michael Shannon in "Revolutionary Road" (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount Vantage)

Performance by an actress in a leading role

  • Anne Hathaway in "Rachel Getting Married" (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Angelina Jolie in "Changeling" (Universal)
  • Melissa Leo in "Frozen River" (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Meryl Streep in "Doubt" (Miramax)
  • Kate Winslet in "The Reader" (The Weinstein Company)

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

  • Amy Adams in "Doubt" (Miramax)
  • Penélope Cruz in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" (The Weinstein Company)
  • Viola Davis in "Doubt" (Miramax)
  • Taraji P. Henson in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (Paramount and Warner Bros.)
  • Marisa Tomei in "The Wrestler" (Fox Searchlight)

Best animated feature film of the year

  • "Bolt" (Walt Disney) Chris Williams and Byron Howard
  • "Kung Fu Panda" (DreamWorks Animation, Distributed by Paramount) John Stevenson and Mark Osborne
    "WALL-E" (Walt Disney) Andrew Stanton

Achievement in art direction

  • "Changeling" (Universal) Art Direction: James J. Murakami
    Set Decoration: Gary Fettis
  • "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (Paramount and Warner Bros.) Art Direction: Donald Graham Burt
    Set Decoration: Victor J. Zolfo
  • "The Dark Knight" (Warner Bros.) Art Direction: Nathan Crowley
    Set Decoration: Peter Lando
  • "The Duchess" (Paramount Vantage, Pathé and BBC Films) Art Direction: Michael Carlin
    Set Decoration: Rebecca Alleway
  • "Revolutionary Road" (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount Vantage) Art Direction: Kristi Zea
    Set Decoration: Debra Schutt

Achievement in cinematography

  • "Changeling" (Universal) Tom Stern
  • "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (Paramount and Warner Bros.) Claudio Miranda
  • "The Dark Knight" (Warner Bros.) Wally Pfister
  • "The Reader" (The Weinstein Company) Chris Menges and Roger Deakins
  • "Slumdog Millionaire" (Fox Searchlight) Anthony Dod Mantle

Achievement in costume design

  • "Australia" (20th Century Fox) Catherine Martin
  • "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (Paramount and Warner Bros.) Jacqueline West
  • "The Duchess" (Paramount Vantage, Pathé and BBC Films) Michael O'Connor
  • "Milk" (Focus Features) Danny Glicker
  • "Revolutionary Road" (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount Vantage) Albert Wolsky

Achievement in directing

  • "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (Paramount and Warner Bros.) David Fincher
  • "Frost/Nixon" (Universal) Ron Howard
  • "Milk" (Focus Features) Gus Van Sant
  • "The Reader" (The Weinstein Company) Stephen Daldry
  • "Slumdog Millionaire" (Fox Searchlight) Danny Boyle

Best documentary feature

  • "The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)" (Cinema Guild)
    A Pandinlao Films Production
    Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath
  • "Encounters at the End of the World" (THINKFilm and Image Entertainment)
    A Creative Differences Production
    Werner Herzog and Henry Kaiser
  • "The Garden"
    A Black Valley Films Production
    Scott Hamilton Kennedy
  • "Man on Wire" (Magnolia Pictures)
    A Wall to Wall Production
    James Marsh and Simon Chinn
  • "Trouble the Water" (Zeitgeist Films)
    An Elsewhere Films Production
    Tia Lessin and Carl Deal

Best documentary short subject

  • "The Conscience of Nhem En"
    A Farallon Films Production
    Steven Okazaki
  • "The Final Inch"
    A Vermilion Films Production
    Irene Taylor Brodsky and Tom Grant
  • "Smile Pinki"
    A Principe Production
    Megan Mylan
  • "The Witness - From the Balcony of Room 306"
    A Rock Paper Scissors Production
    Adam Pertofsky and Margaret Hyde

Achievement in film editing

  • "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (Paramount and Warner Bros.) Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
  • "The Dark Knight" (Warner Bros.) Lee Smith
  • "Frost/Nixon" (Universal) Mike Hill and Dan Hanley
  • "Milk" (Focus Features) Elliot Graham
  • "Slumdog Millionaire" (Fox Searchlight) Chris Dickens

Best foreign language film of the year

  • "The Baader Meinhof Complex" A Constantin Film Production - Germany
  • "The Class" (Sony Pictures Classics) A Haut et Court Production - France
  • "Departures" (Regent Releasing) A Departures Film Partners Production - Japan
  • "Revanche" (Janus Films) A Prisma Film/Fernseh Production - Austria
  • "Waltz with Bashir" (Sony Pictures Classics) A Bridgit Folman Film Gang Production - Israel

Achievement in makeup

  • "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (Paramount and Warner Bros.) Greg Cannom
  • "The Dark Knight" (Warner Bros.) John Caglione, Jr. and Conor O'Sullivan
  • "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" (Universal) Mike Elizalde and Thom Floutz

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

  • "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (Paramount and Warner Bros.) Alexandre Desplat
  • "Defiance" (Paramount Vantage) James Newton Howard
  • "Milk" (Focus Features) Danny Elfman
  • "Slumdog Millionaire" (Fox Searchlight) A.R. Rahman
  • "WALL-E" (Walt Disney) Thomas Newman

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

  • "Down to Earth" from "WALL-E" (Walt Disney) Music by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman
    Lyric by Peter Gabriel
  • "Jai Ho" from "Slumdog Millionaire" (Fox Searchlight) Music by A.R. Rahman
    Lyric by Gulzar
  • "O Saya" from "Slumdog Millionaire" (Fox Searchlight) Music and Lyric by A.R. Rahman and Maya Arulpragasam

Best motion picture of the year

  • "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (Paramount and Warner Bros.)
    A Kennedy/Marshall Production
    Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Ceán Chaffin, Producers
  • "Frost/Nixon" (Universal)
    A Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment and Working Title Production
    Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Eric Fellner, Producers
  • "Milk" (Focus Features)
    A Groundswell and Jinks/Cohen Company Production
    Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen, Producers
  • "The Reader" (The Weinstein Company)
    A Mirage Enterprises and Neunte Babelsberg Film GmbH Production
    Nominees to be determined
  • "Slumdog Millionaire" (Fox Searchlight)
    A Celador Films Production
    Christian Colson, Producer

Best animated short film

  • "La Maison en Petits Cubes"
    A Robot Communications Production
    Kunio Kato
  • "Lavatory - Lovestory"
    A Melnitsa Animation Studio and CTB Film Company Production
    Konstantin Bronzit
  • "Oktapodi" (Talantis Films)
    A Gobelins, L'école de l'image Production
    Emud Mokhberi and Thierry Marchand
  • "Presto" (Walt Disney)
    A Pixar Animation Studios Production
    Doug Sweetland
  • "This Way Up"
    A Nexus Production
    Alan Smith and Adam Foulkes

Best live action short film

  • "Auf der Strecke (On the Line)" (Hamburg Shortfilmagency)
    An Academy of Media Arts Cologne Production
    Reto Caffi
  • "Manon on the Asphalt" (La Luna Productions)
    A La Luna Production
    Elizabeth Marre and Olivier Pont
  • "New Boy" (Network Ireland Television)
    A Zanzibar Films Production
    Steph Green and Tamara Anghie
  • "The Pig"
    An M & M Production
    Tivi Magnusson and Dorte Høgh
  • "Spielzeugland (Toyland)"
    A Mephisto Film Production
    Jochen Alexander Freydank

Achievement in sound editing

  • "The Dark Knight" (Warner Bros.) Richard King
  • "Iron Man" (Paramount and Marvel Entertainment) Frank Eulner and Christopher Boyes
  • "Slumdog Millionaire" (Fox Searchlight) Tom Sayers
  • "WALL-E" (Walt Disney) Ben Burtt and Matthew Wood
  • "Wanted" (Universal) Wylie Stateman

Achievement in sound mixing

  • "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (Paramount and Warner Bros.) David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Mark Weingarten
  • "The Dark Knight" (Warner Bros.) Lora Hirschberg, Gary Rizzo and Ed Novick
  • "Slumdog Millionaire" (Fox Searchlight) Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty
  • "WALL-E" (Walt Disney) Tom Myers, Michael Semanick and Ben Burtt
  • "Wanted" (Universal) Chris Jenkins, Frank A. Montaño and Petr Forejt

Achievement in visual effects

  • "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (Paramount and Warner Bros.) Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton and Craig Barron
  • "The Dark Knight" (Warner Bros.) Nick Davis, Chris Corbould, Tim Webber and Paul Franklin
  • "Iron Man" (Paramount and Marvel Entertainment) John Nelson, Ben Snow, Dan Sudick and Shane Mahan

Adapted screenplay

  • "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (Paramount and Warner Bros.) Screenplay by Eric Roth
    Screen story by Eric Roth and Robin Swicord
  • "Doubt" (Miramax) Written by John Patrick Shanley
  • "Frost/Nixon" (Universal) Screenplay by Peter Morgan
  • "The Reader" (The Weinstein Company) Screenplay by David Hare
  • "Slumdog Millionaire" (Fox Searchlight) Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy

Original screenplay

  • "Frozen River" (Sony Pictures Classics) Written by Courtney Hunt
  • "Happy-Go-Lucky" (Miramax) Written by Mike Leigh
  • "In Bruges" (Focus Features) Written by Martin McDonagh
  • "Milk" (Focus Features) Written by Dustin Lance Black
  • "WALL-E" (Walt Disney) Screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon
    Original story by Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter



Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

- MOTION PICTURE NOMINATIONS - 81ST AWARDS

- NOMINATIONS BY PICTURE -

(This list does not include Short Films or Documentary Short Subjects)

"Australia," a 20th Century Fox/Bazmark Film 2 Pty Ltd Production (20th Century Fox) (1 nomination)

Costume design

"The Baader Meinhof Complex," a Constantin Film Production (1 nomination)

Best foreign language film (Germany)

"The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)," a Pandinlao Films Production (Cinema Guild) (1 nomination)

Documentary feature

"Bolt," a Walt Disney Pictures Production (Walt Disney) (1 nomination)

Best animated feature film

"Changeling," a Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment Production (Universal) (3 nominations)

Angelina Jolie - Performance by an actress in a leading role
Art direction
Cinematography

"The Class," a Haut et Court Production (Sony Pictures Classics) (1 nomination)

Best foreign language film (France)

"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," a Kennedy/Marshall Production (Paramount and Warner Bros.) (13 nominations)

Brad Pitt - Performance by an actor in a leading role
Taraji P. Henson - Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Art direction
Cinematography
Costume design
Directing
Film editing
Makeup
Original score
Best picture
Sound mixing
Visual effects
Adapted screenplay

"The Dark Knight," a Cape Road Limited Production (Warner Bros.) (8 nominations)

Heath Ledger - Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Art direction
Cinematography
Film editing
Makeup
Sound editing
Sound mixing
Visual effects

"Defiance," a Grosvenor Park/Bedford Falls Production (Paramount Vantage) (1 nomination)

Original score

"Departures," a Departures Film Partners Production (Regent Releasing) (1 nomination)

Best foreign language film (Japan)

"Doubt," a Scott Rudin Production (Miramax) (5 nominations)

Philip Seymour Hoffman - Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Meryl Streep - Performance by an actress in a leading role
Amy Adams - Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Viola Davis - Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Adapted screenplay

"The Duchess," a Qwerty Films/Magnolia Mae Films in association with Pathé Renn and BIM Distribuzione Production (Paramount Vantage, Pathé and BBC Films) (2 nominations)

Art direction
Costume design

"Encounters at the End of the World," a Creative Differences Production (THINKFilm and Image Entertainment) (1 nomination)

Documentary feature

"Frost/Nixon," a Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment and Working Title Production (Universal) (5 nominations)

Frank Langella - Performance by an actor in a leading role
Directing
Film editing
Best picture
Adapted screenplay

"Frozen River," a Harwood Hunt Production (Sony Pictures Classics) (2 nominations)

Melissa Leo - Performance by an actress in a leading role
Original screenplay

"The Garden," a Black Valley Films Production (1 nomination)

Documentary feature

"Happy-Go-Lucky," a Thin Man Films/Simon Channing Williams Production (Miramax) (1 nomination)

Original screenplay

"Hellboy II: The Golden Army," a Universal Pictures Production (Universal) (1 nomination)

Makeup

"In Bruges," a Blueprint Pictures Production (Focus Features) (1 nomination)

Original screenplay

"Iron Man," a Marvel Studios Production (Paramount and Marvel Entertainment) (2 nominations)

Sound editing
Visual effects

"Kung Fu Panda," a DreamWorks Animation LLC Production (DreamWorks Animation, Distributed by Paramount) (1 nomination)

Best animated feature film

"Man on Wire," a Wall to Wall Production (Magnolia Pictures) (1 nomination)

Documentary feature

"Milk," a Groundswell and Jinks/Cohen Company Production (Focus Features) (8 nominations)

Sean Penn - Performance by an actor in a leading role
Josh Brolin - Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Costume design
Directing
Film editing
Original score
Best picture
Original screenplay

"Rachel Getting Married," a Clinica Estetico Production (Sony Pictures Classics) (1 nomination)

Anne Hathaway - Performance by an actress in a leading role

"The Reader," a Mirage Enterprises and Neunte Babelsberg Film GmbH Production (The Weinstein Company) (5 nominations)

Kate Winslet - Performance by an actress in a leading role
Cinematography
Directing
Best picture
Adapted screenplay

"Revanche," a Prisma Film/Fernseh Production (Janus Films) (1 nomination)

Best foreign language film (Austria)

"Revolutionary Road," an Evamere Entertainment, BBC Films and Neal Street Production (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount Vantage) (3 nominations)

Michael Shannon - Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Art direction
Costume design

"Slumdog Millionaire," a Celador Films Production (Fox Searchlight) (10 nominations)

Cinematography
Directing
Film editing
Original score
Original song - "Jai Ho"
Original song - "O Saya"
Best picture
Sound editing
Sound mixing
Adapted screenplay

"Tropic Thunder," a Red Hour Production (DreamWorks, Distributed by DreamWorks/ Paramount) (1 nomination)

Robert Downey Jr. - Performance by an actor in a supporting role

"Trouble the Water," an Elsewhere Films Production (Zeitgeist Films) (1 nomination)

Documentary feature

"Vicky Cristina Barcelona," a Weinstein Company Production (The Weinstein Company) (1 nomination)

Penélope Cruz - Performance by an actress in a supporting role

"The Visitor," a Groundswell, Participant, Next Wednesday Production (Overture Films) (1 nomination)

Richard Jenkins - Performance by an actor in a leading role

"WALL-E," a Pixar Animation Studios Production (Walt Disney) (6 nominations)

Best animated feature film
Original score
Original song - "Down to Earth"
Sound editing
Sound mixing
Original screenplay

"Waltz with Bashir," a Bridgit Folman Film Gang Production (Sony Pictures Classics) (1 nomination)

Best foreign language film (Israel)

"Wanted," a Universal Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment Production (Universal) (2 nominations)

Sound editing
Sound mixing

"The Wrestler," a Protozoa Pictures/Wild Bunch Production (Fox Searchlight) (2 nominations)

Mickey Rourke - Performance by an actor in a leading role
Marisa Tomei - Performance by an actress in a supporting role




Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

- MOTION PICTURE NOMINATIONS - 81ST AWARDS -

- FEATURE FILMS WITH TWO OR MORE NOMINATIONS -

(This list does not include Short Films or Documentary Short Subjects.)

Picture Distribution Company Nominations
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" Paramount and Warner Bros. 13
"Slumdog Millionaire" Fox Searchlight 10
"The Dark Knight" Warner Bros. 8
"Milk" Focus Features 8
"WALL-E" Walt Disney 6
"Doubt" Miramax 5
"Frost/Nixon" Universal 5
"The Reader" The Weinstein Company 5
"Changeling" Universal 3
"Revolutionary Road" DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount Vantage 3
"The Duchess" Paramount Vantage, Pathé and BBC Films 2
"Frozen River" Sony Pictures Classics 2
"Iron Man" Paramount and Marvel Entertainment 2
"Wanted" Universal 2
"The Wrestler" Fox Searchlight 2

+ نوشته شده در  2009/1/23ساعت 13:42  توسط پویان  | 

Prestige' Rises to the Top, 'Flags' Lags



who pedigreed and high profile period pieces garnered inauspicious debuts, though the tougher sell, The Prestige, handily trumped the industry-favored Flags of Our Fathers to claim the weekend title. Overall business levitated 18 percent above the same frame last year when Doom was on top.

The Prestige, featuring Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale as dueling magicians, drew $14.8 million from 2,500 screens at 2,281 venues. Aside from the other magician movie in the market, the unexpected hit The Illusionist, Buena Vista's reportedly $40 million thriller best compares to period thriller, From Hell, which sold somewhat fewer tickets on the same weekend in October 2001.


"I think going into the weekend we were the dark horse," said Chuck Viane, Disney's president of distribution. "We played across a number of demos. 20 percent of the audience was teens, 49 percent was 18 to 49 [years old] and we still had 30 percent above and beyond that. And I think that kind of balance allowed our movie to play all day."

Buena Vista mounted an aggressive marketing campaign for The Prestige. Though light on story and character, advertisements emphasized the mystery and the thrills, promising twists and turns and a question of who lives and dies, and that the picture was from the director of Batman Begins and Memento, Christopher Nolan.

Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers unfurled at half-mast, grossing $10.2 million from 2,500 screens at 1,876 theaters. Distributed by Paramount Pictures but produced by DreamWorks and Warner Bros., the $90 million World War 2 drama's start was well below average for a war picture, landing between The Alamo and The Thin Red Line in initial audience firepower. Paramount claimed that Flags' audience was 80 percent over 30 and 55 percent male.

A scene from Flags of our Fathers


"We looked at Clint Eastwood's last movies Mystic River and Million Dollar Baby," said Don Harris, Paramount's executive vice president and general sales manager. "Flags of Our Fathers was consistent with how those two movies opened [in wide release]. His movies tend to open at a decent number and hang around for a long time." Million Dollar Baby made $12.3 million at 2,010 theaters on course to $100.5 million, and Mystic River took in $10.4 million at 1,467 theaters on its way to $90.1 million, but both were different genres and both gained traction through Academy Awards nominations (and it remains to be seen whether Flags will follow suit).

Marketing for Flags of Our Fathers was less consistent than The Prestige, with vague ads attempting sentiment and patriotism while other spots pitched a generic action movie about the battle of Iwo Jima. The campaign assumed importance based on the subject matter, critics' quotes and the pedigree of Mr. Eastwood, but did not build characters to get behind, something the marketing of past ensemble war movie successes accomplished, including Saving Private Ryan and Black Hawk Down.

Also opening, 20th Century Fox's $15 million horse drama Flicka rustled up $7.7 million at 2,877 locations, which was less than the $9.2 million that horse movie Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story mustered on the same weekend last year.

Sony's $40 million costume drama Marie Antoinette managed $5.4 million at 859 theaters, which was better than recent corseted pictures like Casanova and Vanity Fair.

The Departed and Open Season were the strongest holdovers again. That's expected of a family movie like Open Season, but The Departed has displayed greater staying power than similar hits of the past like Collateral and Training Day. Director Martin Scorsese's crime drama eased 29 percent to $13.5 million for $76.9 million in 17 days.

A scene from The Nightmare Before Christmas in 3-D


However, the highlight of the weekend came from a 13-year-old movie. Buena Vista re-released Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas in 3-D and snared $3.3 million from 168 locations, averaging $19,505 per site. Viane sees the macabre stop-motion animated feature as a perennial and plans another re-issue for next October. "This year we had 168 theaters," said Viane. "Next year, I would expect we'll have somewhere between 700 and 1000 theaters that can play 3-D. This is the Disney version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show."
+ نوشته شده در  2006/10/25ساعت 17:34  توسط پویان  | 

Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning------- First One You Read This Hear

Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
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Suspense/Horror and Sequel
October 6th, 2006 wide
MPAA Rating: R
for strong horror violence/gore, language and some sexual content.
Starring:
Jordana Brewster, Matthew Bomer, Taylor Handley, Diora Baird, R. Lee Ermey, Andrew Bryniarski
Directed By:
Jonathan Liebesman
 

Synopsis:
Two brothers (Matthew Bomer, Taylor Handley) and their girlfriends (Jordana Brewster, Diora Baird) head out for a Texas roadtrip before being shipped off to the Vietnam War. Forced off the road by a biker, it seems like they're saved by the arrival of Sheriff Hoyt (R. Lee Ermey). But the Sheriff takes them to his family's home, where his brother Leatherface (Andrew Bryniarski) awaits.
+ نوشته شده در  2006/9/23ساعت 15:21  توسط پویان  | 

'Gridiron Gang' Tops Flabby Weekend

The Rock in Gridiron Gang

Though improving on last weekend's dreariness, the box office continued on its pallid way. Gridiron Gang didn't break out, and The Black Dahlia failed to meet industry expectations, while Everyone's Hero and The Last Kiss were predictably anemic. As inconsequential as the new releases were, they all landed in the top five for the weekend, which was down nine percent from the same frame last year.

Leading the pack, Gridiron Gang banged out $14.4 million at 3,504 venues, marking distributor Sony's 10th No. 1 debut of the year. That's a record, although the studio has released more movies than any other≈18 wide releases compared to 12 through the same point last year. Sony's exit polling indicated that 52 percent of Gang's audience was male and 55 percent was under 25 years old.

Coach Carter it wasn't, but Gridiron Gang was on par with Sony's last football drama, Radio, though below average for the sub-genre. The inspirational sports movie is in relatively high supply, including the recent Invincible, and, in its marketing, Gridiron Gang looked like a Remember the Titans or Friday Night Lights copy, only with less distinction and lower stakes.

The $30 million Gridiron Gang was star The Rock's third vehicle in a row to open in the $14 million to $16 million range, after Walking Tall and Doom. The Rock is consistent out of the gate, but he has yet to headline a big hit and his appeal has not grown

The Black Dahlia, the second Hollywood murder mystery in two weeks after Hollywoodland, dug up $10 million at 2,226 locations. Universal Pictures acquired distribution rights to director Brian De Palma's $50 million noir-ish thriller for $11 million and reported an audience breakdown of 57 percent female and 59 percent over 30..

+ نوشته شده در  2006/9/20ساعت 18:23  توسط پویان  | 

'Covenant' Hovers Over Weak Weekend



Steven Straight in The Covenant


 

The weekend after Labor Day is traditionally one of, if not the weakest of the year. A lull occurs as the industry and the public transition into the fall season, and the new movies frequently have little appeal. With the release of The Covenant, Hollywoodland and The Protector, this weekend was no exception, but the overall result was off 20 percent from the same frame last year, making this the weakest weekend in years.

Not since Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star opened to $6.7 million on the comparable weekend three years ago has there been a lower-grossing weekend as a whole. What's more, to find a weekend where fewer actual tickets were sold, one has to go back five years, when the box office was diminished in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 Islamic terrorist attack on America

From: www.boxofficemojo.com.

+ نوشته شده در  2006/9/11ساعت 21:35  توسط پویان  | 

Ellen Makes a Date with Oscar


The Academy is once again looking to the small screen to lead the silver screen into the spotlight.

Ellen DeGeneres has been tapped to host the 79th Academy Awards next year, marking the third year in a row that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has gone with a celebrity whose contribution to the tube has so far outweighed his or her impact on celluloid. The ceremony will be held Feb. 25, at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.

"When [telecast producer] Laura Ziskin called, I was thrilled," DeGeneres said in a statement. "There's two things I've always wanted to do in my life. One is to host the Oscars. The second is to get a call from Laura Ziskin. You can imagine that day's diary entry."

+ نوشته شده در  2006/9/9ساعت 15:30  توسط پویان  | 

Crank

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Action/Adventure, Comedy and Thriller
September 1st, 2006 (wide)
MPAA Rating: R
for strong violence, pervasive language, sexuality, nudity and drug use.
Starring:
Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Efren Ramirez, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Jay Xcala
Directed By:
Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor
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Synopsis:

Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) wakes to find he has been poisoned in his sleep and only has an hour to live. A freelance hitman, Chev let his target slip away in an effort to quit killing and start a new life with his girlfriend Eve (Amy Smart). Now, Chev must keep moving to stay alive: the only way to prolong the poison from stopping his heart is to keep his adrenaline flowing. He must rescue Eve from danger, stay two steps ahead of his nemeses and search for an antidote to save his own life.

+ نوشته شده در  2006/8/31ساعت 12:7  توسط پویان  | 

(Movie information(Wicker man

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Suspense/Horror, Thriller and Remake
September 1st, 2006 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
for disturbing images and violence, language and thematic issues.
Starring:
Nicolas Cage, Leelee Sobieski, Ellen Burstyn, Kate Beahan, Christa Campbell, Frances Conroy, Molly Parker
Directed By:
Neil LaBute
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Synopsis:
After experiencing a tragedy, former police officer Edward Malus (Nicolas Cage) is contacted by his former fiancee with news that their daughter is missing. He travels to the secluded island of Summersisle to track down the girl. There, Edward is drawn into a web of ancient traditions and murderous deceit, and every move he makes to find his daughter brings him one step closer to the unspeakable; one step closer to The Wicker Man.
+ نوشته شده در  2006/8/30ساعت 12:34  توسط پویان  | 

THE ILLUSIONIST

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THE ILLUSIONIST
U.S. Release Date: August 18, 2006
Distributor: Yari Film Group Releasing
Director: Neil Burger
Writer: Neil Burger
Producer: Brian Koppelman, David Levien, Michael London, Cathy Schulman, Bob Yari
Composer: Philip Glass
Cast: Edward Norton, Jessica Biel, Paul Giamatti, Rufus Sewell
Running Time: 1 hour and 49 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (some sexuality and violence)


Edward Norton’s Merlin is Magnificent

Buy the popcorn, sit back and enjoy the Yari Film Group's lyrical mystery, The Illusionist. This well-crafted story, presented in mesmerizing pictures and elevated by Edward Norton's mastermind act, is the best picture in eight months of middling movies.

Romantic intrigue provides the motive power for this intelligent puzzler, which rewards those who think. Following the clues is an enjoyable exercise, though one tends to get lost in The Illusionist's Viennese beauty, enhanced by a melodic Philip Glass score. Editing and photography afford a soft-focus, genuinely elegant sense of motion and style, with graceful transitions. The whole reel flickers like a silent movie.

With smart, economical words and inviting music, The Illusionist sounds as rich as it looks, and, while much has been made of its visual appeal, credit goes to writer and director Neil Burger for his meticulous selectivity. The sumptuousness benefits from an uninterrupted story progression, the soul of which lies in the eyes, Burger's delicate tool of choice for eliciting one's emotional response

From:WWW.boxofficemojo.com.

+ نوشته شده در  2006/8/29ساعت 13:41  توسط پویان  | 

صندوقچه مرد مرده پنجمین فیلم پرفروش تاریخ سینما شد/Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest is 5TH

به گزارش WWW.simple.blogfa.com، این اثر که در 51 کشور جهان روی پرده رفته، در هفته ای که گذشت بالغ بر 26 میلیون دلار فروخت و رکورد جدیدی را برای تهیه کننده اش جری بروکهایمر رقم زد.

فیلم "نفرین مروارید سیاه"، اولین اثر از مجموعه "دزدان دریای کارائیب" در سال 2003 به نمایش درآمد و به فروش چشمگیری دست یافت، اما موفقیت 523 میلیون دلاری "صندوقچه مرد مرده" در خارج از مرزهای ایالات متحده و کانادا باعث شد مجموع فروش این اثر به 924 میلیون دلار برسد و عنوان ششمین فیلم پرفروش تاریخ سینما را از آن خود کند.

آثاری چون "جنگ های ستاره ای: اپیزود یک" با فروش 924 مییلون دلار و "ارباب حلقه ها: دو برج" با فروش 926 میلیون دلار از دیگر فیلم های پرفروش دوران هستند.

کارشناسان گیشه پیش بینی می کنند فیلم "صندوقچه مرد مرده" به زودی فیلم "هری پاتر و سنگ جادو" را به مبارزه دعوت کرده و با شکستن رکورد 969 میلیون دلاری این اثر، جایگاه سوم جدول را از آن خود کند. نمایش این فیلم در کشورهای یونان و ایتالیا در فروش بیشتر آن تاثیرگذار است.

فیلم های "تایتانیک" با فروش یک میلیارد و 800 میلیون دلار و "ارباب حلقه ها: بازگشت پادشاه" با فروش یک میلیارد و 100 میلیون دلار پرفروشترین فیلم های تاریخ سینما هستند

جدول فروش به شرح زیر است.

Rank/رتبه Title/نام Studio /فروش جهانیWorldwide Domestic / % Overseas / % Yearسال/
1 Titanic Par. $1,845.0 $600.8 32.6% $1,244.2 67.4% 1997
2 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King NL $1,118.9 $377.0 33.7% $741.9 66.3% 2003
3 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone WB $976.5 $317.6 32.5% $658.9 67.5% 2001
4 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers NL $926.3 $341.8 36.9% $584.5 63.1% 2002
5 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest BV $926.1 $404.6 43.7% $521.5 56.3% 2006
6 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Fox $924.3 $431.1 46.6% $493.2 53.4% 1999
7 Shrek 2 DW $920.7 $441.2 47.9% $479.4 52.1% 2004
8 Jurassic Park Uni. $914.7 $357.1 39.0% $557.6 61.0% 1993
9 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire WB $892.2 $290.0 32.5% $602.2 67.5% 2005
10 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets WB $876.7 $262.0 29.9% $614.7 70.1% 2002

+ نوشته شده در  2006/8/27ساعت 18:1  توسط پویان  | 

Top Story Movies

Luke Benward in How to Eat Fried Worms

Burbank, California Whatever was charming about the popular children's book upon which New Line Cinema's How to Eat Fried Worms is based was wriggled right out of this latest stinker from Walden Media. Twentieth Century Fox's new creative partner is also responsible for the overwrought The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and the vapid Around the World in 80 Days.

Having produced the environmentalist-themed Hoot and Disney's overrated Holes, Walden's prospects are looking dubious, both in terms of quality and commercial success. Their remake of Charlotte's Web is slated for Christmas release and Narnia sequels are on the way. Fox recently announced a development deal with Walden for family-oriented movies.

How to Eat Fried Worms, seen at a recent screening, is sorely lacking the popular 1973 book's apparent wit, rhyme and humor. As with previous Walden efforts, the adaptation is forced; under-edited, overproduced and unable to express a theme. The movie removes what's at stake in the bet at the center of the story, a wager over whether the protagonist can eat 15 worms in 15 days that is placed among a band of ten year-old boys. The kid in Thomas Rockwell's story bets fifty dollars because he wants a minibike. There is no trace of the boy wanting to buy, own and enjoy any material good in the movie.

Instead, it's one meaningless, repulsive display after another, with no particular point. The messageùand it is mixed at bestùis shoveled over as an afterthought. If this is what Fox considers family friendly, expect its roster to be full of low-grade mediocrities. "We make movies that are inherently educational," Walden's corporate Web site declares. With How to Eat Fried Worms as the latest example, it's beginning to look like Walden Media makes movies that aren't inherently anything but awful.

Tom Cruise in
Mission: Impossible III

Star Notes

This week's break between Tom Cruise and Paramount strikes me as win-win for both parties. Sumner Redstone is to be commended for letting loose a star whose pricey contract Paramount apparently regarded as disadvantageous and studios are definitely limited by having a pipeline dependent on celebrity contracts. Better movies may result. Mr. Cruise's War of the Worlds and Mission: Impossible III were some of his worst motion pictures.

On the other hand, pundits picking on the star's comments about a range of topics from drugs to religion are missing the point; Tom Cruise is losing his luster because his formulaic approach is stale and his big-budget movies stink, not necessarily because moviegoers are put off by his opinions, some of which actually make sense. His box office appeal will be restored the moment he starts making better movies, which he may feel rejuvenated to do with unnamed hedge funds footing the bill. Maybe Tom Cruise will make good, thought-provoking stories like Shattered Glass, the smart drama about modern journalism he produced a few years ago.

It doesn't matter whether Mr. Cruise quit or was fired and both parties stand to lose in the back-and-forth feeding frenzy. By most accounts, the relationship expired by mutual consent and new opportunities abound. Paramount is a studio with a great, rich history. Tom Cruise is a movie star with potential. Both ought to move along and focus on making better movies and more money

From :Boxofficemojo.com.

+ نوشته شده در  2006/8/27ساعت 17:32  توسط پویان  | 

((RELEASE SCHEDULE (Snakes on a Plane (2006

(Snakes on a Plane (2006

When a young man witnesses a brutal mob murder, it falls to FBI agent Neville Flynn to escort his charge safely from Hawaii to Los Angeles to testify. But in an act of self-preservation, the crime boss facing prison smuggles hundreds of poisonous snakes onto the commercial aircraft in a crate timed to release its deadly cargo halfway over the Pacific. Flynn, along with a frightened flight crew and... See Full Description

+ نوشته شده در  2006/8/20ساعت 17:50  توسط پویان  | 

(RELEASE SCHEDULE ( Accepted 2006

 

                                   Movie  information    

  Accepted           

Domestic Total as of Aug. 18, 2006: $3,605,000 (Estimate)
Distributor: Universal Release Date: August 18, 2006
Genre: Comedy Running Time: 1 hrs. 30 min.
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Production Budget: N/A
Synopsis:

High school senior Bartleby "B" Gaines (Justin Long) is on his way to scoring eight out of eight rejection letters from colleges. So how does a guy facing a bleak career please his parents and get noticed by dream girl Monica (Blake Lively)? Simple. Open his own university. B and his band of misfit freshmen take "liberal" arts literally when they fool their parents and peers and create the South Harmon Institute of Technology

+ نوشته شده در  2006/8/20ساعت 17:39  توسط پویان  | 

FEATURE - No Longer a Feature Film VIRGIN

From:movies.yahoo

Although co-star Paul Rudd describes his new film as "Shoah with laughs, writer-director Judd Apatow will be satisfied if it turns out to be as funny as his 2005 smash comedy hit.

By Brett Buckalew, FilmStew.com

Any filmmaker embarking on a sophomore effort following an out-of-left field hit debut has some awfully intimidating expectations to live up to.

But there seems to be no similar precedent for the challenge writer-director Judd Apatow is currently facing, unless you can think of another helmer whose first film was a gleefully lowbrow comedy that won the hearts of not just the masses but also the Writers Guild of America (who rewarded it with an Original Screenplay nomination) and the American Film Institute (who put it on their "Movies of the Year" ten-best list).

There's something inherently amusing about a film bearing the title The 40-Year-Old Virgin winning such accolades, but the many fans of Apatow's first feature - Including this writer, who placed Virgin as a close runner-up to his own 2005 ten-best list - recognize that its genuine heart and the genius of its improv-happy cast (led by co-writer Steve Carell) mark it as fully deserving of its laurels.

Anticipation thus runs high for Apatow's follow-up Knocked Up, which charts the rocky progression of a relationship between a childish slacker (Seth Rogen, who was hilarious as outspoken stoner Cal in Virgin) and an ambitious entertainment journalist (Katherine Heigl, of TV's Grey's Anatomy) who decide to try the whole dating thing after an alcohol-soaked one-night stand results in unexpected pregnancy

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+ نوشته شده در  2006/8/19ساعت 20:31  توسط پویان  |