97 Original Scores Up for Oscar; DRIVE and ATTACK THE BLOCK Ruled Ineligible

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As the 84th Academy Awards move closer, we’re starting to get a better sense of how things will pan out. We recently shared the 39 songs that will contend for the Best Original Song category, and now the Academy has announced the 97 original scores eligible for the Best Original Score award. AMPAS is notoriously picky when it comes to eligibility in this category, and as we feared the scores for both Drive and Attack the Block have been deemed ineligible. Also disappointing is the ineligibility of Alexandre Desplat’s mesmerizing score for The Tree of Life.

While it’s upsetting to see some of the year’s best work side-lined, there’s plenty to be happy about. I was a huge fan of Howard Shore’s work in Hugo and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’s score for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, as well as The Chemical Brothers’ brilliant work in the criminally underseen Hanna. Hit the jump for the full list, as well as who I think will make the cut.

39 Songs Contend for Best Original Song Oscar; Nominees Include THE MUPPETS and CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER

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The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced today that 39 eligible songs will contend for the Best Original Song Oscar this year. Important to note is that a relatively recent rule change states that songs must be judged in the capacity that they appear in each film. In early January the voting body will get together and watch clips from each eligible movie in which the 39 songs are featured, after which they will determine the nominees. The list of eligible songs include three tracks from The Muppets, Sigur Ros frontman Jonsi’s song “Gathering Stories” (which director Cameron Crowe co-wrote) from We Bought a Zoo, and composer/songwriter/eight-time Oscar-winner Alan Menken’s “Star Spangled Man” from Captain America: The First Avenger. I’m partial to Jonsi’s work or “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets, but we’ll see how the Academy’s taste stacks up towards the end of January.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of eligible songs. The 84th Academy Award nominations will be announced on January 24th.

2012 Oscar Preview: Best Animated Feature, Best Original Screenplay, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Technical Category Quick Picks

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Continuing on with our look at the 2012 Oscar race, today we delve into Best Animated Feature and the technical categories. As Pixar’s Cars 2 was the studio’s worst-received feature to date (it currently sits at 38% on Rotten Tomatoes), we’ve got ourselves an actual competition in the Animated Feature category. Not only that, but if all 18 films that were submitted to the Academy are deemed eligible, we’ll have a total of five nominated films. This leaves us to debate the merits of Rango and The Adventures of Tintin against the likes of Puss in Boots and Arthur Christmas.

Additionally, we’ve taken a stab at Best Original Screenplay, Best Adapted Screenplay, and the technical categories. As these are incredibly tricky to predict this far out (and my picks would be doomed to haunt me come February), I’ve simply listed a couple of frontrunners in each category instead of going in depth. Though it’s still early, we’ve got an overall picture of how things look like they’ll stack up; so hit the jump to check out the state of the race so far. If you missed our previous preview articles, be sure to take a look at our picks for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress, and Best Actor and Best Actress.

18 Animated Feature Films Submit for 84th Annual Academy Awards

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Under consideration for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature will be 18 contenders, some of which have yet to have their qualifying runs on screen. Major features include The Adventures of Tintin, Rango and Cars 2. Disney/Pixar has won 6 out of 10 years, while winning the last four in a row, but with DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda 2 and Puss in Boots in the running, it could very well be their turn. Though there are some dark horses in the mix.

Submitted films must satisfy the category’s qualifying rules, including their theatrical release, in order to continue the submission process. In order to activate the award category at all, no fewer than 8 animated features must be released in theaters in Los Angeles County within the calendar year. If these films meet requirements for other categories, including Best Picture, they may be eligible for those awards as well. Hit the jump to see the full list.

RIO Blu-ray Review

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I love a good marketing campaign, whether it stems from a truly clever idea or creative cross-promotion.  Too often, however, the film (or other product, if we want to speak generally) does not live up to the work executed to promote it.  So when Rio teamed up with iPhone app uber-hit “Angry Birds”, 20th Century Fox hit marketing gold.  But what about the film itself?  My review after the jump.

Weekend Box Office – FAST FIVE Drives Off with $83.6 Million to Become Highest April Debut of All-Time

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After driving off with $33.2 million on Friday, a record debut for April, Universal’s Fast Five went on to an incredible weekend estimate of $83.6 million from 3,644 locations.  And, as on Friday, that was also good enough to break all kinds of records.

Title Weekend Total
1 Fast Five $83,600,000 $83.6
2 Rio $14,400,000 $103.6
3 Madea’s Big Happy Family $10,050,000 $41
4 Water for Elephants $9,125,000 $32.2
5 Prom $5,000,000 $5
6 Hoodwinked Too! $4,100,000 $4.1
7 Soul Surfer $3,300,000 $33.7
8 Insidious $2,680,000 $43.3
9 Hop $2,550,000 $105.2
10 Source Code $2,530,000 $48.9

Friday Box Office – FAST FIVE 2011′s First Blockbuster with $33.2 Million Debut

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Now we’re talking.  Though April showed signs of life with Hop and Rio, it looks like 2011 has its first real blockbuster on its hands with Fast Five.  And not a moment too soon!  If I had to write one more box office report which parsed out the relative merits of a $15 million opening weekend I was going to have to slap myself.  After earning a reported $3.8 million in its midnight debut, Fast Five went on to take in a Friday total estimated at $33.2 million.  Most projections now have the action sequel earning over $70 million for the weekend.  Not only would that make Fast Five, easily, the highest debut of 2011, it would also pace the $71 million debut of the franchise’s last installment, Fast and Furious, which has held the record for the highest April debut of all-time since 2009.  So for once the trailers were right: summer really did start early this year!  For the rest of the top ten, it appears to be perpetual January, with both Disney’s Prom and TWC’s Hoodwinked Too! underwhelming in their debuts.  Full details tomorrow.

Title Friday Total
1 Fast Five $33,200,000 $33.2
2 Rio $3,600,000 $92.8
3 Madea’s Big Happy Family $3,100,000 $34.1
4 Water for Elephants $2,900,000 $26
5 Prom $1,850,000 $1.85

Weekend Box Office – RIO Takes Top Perch with $26.8 Million; MADEA’S BIG HAPPY FAMILY a Close Second with $25.8 Million

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On Easter weekend the animated hit Rio managed to hold on to its number one perch for a second weekend in a row with an estimated $26.8 million.  The padding between Fox’s birds and the Tyler Perry’s bawd was pretty slim, however.  In second place Madea’s Big Happy Family was right behind Rio with an estimated $25.8 million.

Title Weekend Total
1 Rio $26,800,000 $81.3
2 Madea’s Big Happy Family $25,800,000 $25.8
3 Water for Elephants $17,500,000 $17.5
4 Hop $12,500,000 $100.5
5 Scream 4 $7,100,000 $31.1
6 African Cats $6,400,000 $6.4
7 Soul Surfer $5,600,000 $28.6
8 Insidious $5,380,000 $44.1
9 Hanna $5,275,000 $31.7
10 Soul Surfer $5,060,000 $44.6

Friday Box Office – RIO Still Flying High with $10.7 Million; MADEA’S BIG HAPPY FAMILY a Close Second

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Hollywood is definitely going to have its second ‘up’ weekend in a row come Sunday.  It’s another 2011 milestone!  Credit that success to Fox’s Rio, whose Friday-to-Friday estimate of $10.7 million was slightly higher than its debut one week ago, and to Tyler Perry’s latest, Madea’s Big Happy Family, which was just behind Rio with a Friday estimate of $10.5 million from 2,288 locations. Madea is not expected to match Perry’s past Easter weekend debuts, which means that Rio will most likely see its second weekend at number one.  Fox is back at number three with Water for Elephants.  The adaptation of the bestselling novel debuted with an estimated $7 million from 2,817 locations and should come in line with projections which put it in the mid teens or slightly above for the Easter weekend.  Finally, Disney Nature continued its tradition of Earth Day releases with African Cats.  They didn’t score the huge debut they saw with Earth, but Cats was cunning enough to make it into Friday’s top five with an estimated $3.3 million from just 1,220 locations.

Title Friday Total
1 Rio $10,700,000 $65.2
2 Madea’s Big Happy Family $10,500,000 $10.5
3 Water for Elephants $7,000,000 $7
4 Hop $4,200,000 $92.2
5 African Cats $3,300,000 $3.3

Weekend Box Office – RIO Breaks 2011′s Box Office Losing Streak with $40 Million Debut

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Woo-hoo.  Folks, it looks like 2011 has indeed soared to its first big weekend win in months on the wings of Fox’s Rio.  The 3D animated toon rose from the ashes of a lower than expected Friday figure to earn an estimated $40 million for the three day frame.  Unfortunately, there was not a lot of love left over for Wes Craven’s Scream 4 but, no matter!  The weekend should still end up ahead of last year by approximately 12%.

Title Weekend Total
1 Rio $40,000,000 $40
2 Scream $19,300,000 $19.3
3 Hop $11,160,000 $82.6
4 Soul Surfer $7,400,000 $19.9
5 Hanna $7,327,000 $23.3
6 Arthur $6,940,000 $22.3
7 Insidious $6,857,000 $35.9
8 Source Code $6,300,000 $36.9
9 The Conspirator $3,924,000 $3.9
10 Your Highness $3,895,000 $15.9

Friday Box Office – RIO Flies to Number One with $10.2 Million; SCREAM 4 Second with $8.3 Million

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Remember how box office watchers were counting on this weekend to become 2011’s very first big winner?  A frame whose combined grosses would finally top 2010’s?  With two high profile releases – Rio and Scream 4 – that seemed a reasonable conclusion and it still appears doable.  Unfortunately, Friday’s estimates suggest that it will not be the unqualified rout we expected considering that last April’s strongest contender was Kick-Ass.  Fox is reporting a $10.2 million opening for Rio from 3,826 locations (well over half of those in 3D).  That is not much above the $9.6 million debut of the year’s top opener Rango, which had no 3D price boost in its favor.  Projections originally put Rio above Rango’s weekend total but it now appears that the toon will end up well below that $38.1 figure.  Meanwhile Scream 4, which many believed would win Friday, pulled in an estimated $8.3 million from 3,305 locations.  That puts the sequel on track for a $22 million weekend – well below even the most conservative early projections.  Finally, three films are statistically tied for fourth place with Soul Surfer, Hanna and Arthur all estimated in the $2.1 million range for Friday while The Conspirator debuted at number ten with $1.7 million.  Details and analysis tomorrow.

Title Friday Total
1 Rio $10,200,000 $10.2
2 Scream 4 $8,300,000 $8.3
3 Hop $2,300,00 $73.7
4 Soul Surfer $2,125,000 $14.6
5 Hanna $2,124,000 $18.1

Weekend Box Office – HOP Has 2011′s Best Debut with $38.1 Million

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Universal’s Hop has just earned 2011’s highest debut weekend – if today’s estimate of $38.1 million from 3,579 locations proves accurate. For now the three-day estimate for the live-action/CGI-animated comedy stands less than one million ahead of Rango’s record from five weeks back.

Title Weekend Total
1 Hop $38,100,000 $38.1
2 Source Code $15,000,000 $15
3 Insidious $13,500,000 $13.5
4 Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2 $10,200,000 $38.3
5 Limitless $9,400,000 $55.6
6 The Lincoln Lawyer $7,050,000 $39.6
7 Sucker Punch $6,085,000 $29.8
8 Rango $7,560,000 $113.7
9 Paul $4,335,000 $31.9
10 Battle: Los Angeles $3,500,000 $78.4

International Trailer for RIO Starring the Voices of Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg

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The international trailer for 20th Century Fox’s upcoming animated film Rio has been released. This trailer delves rather deeply into the plot and gives a sense of what the actual movie will be like (two rare birds must mate, but one is super awkward, both get kidnapped, etc.). From the creators of Ice Age, the film features the voice talents of Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Neil Patrick Harris, Jemaine Clement, Tracy Morgan, Leslie Mann, will.i.am, Jamie Foxx and George Lopez. Rio hits theaters in 3D on April 8th. Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

All 15 Movie Related Super Bowl Ads in One Place

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If you skipped Super Bowl XLV but wanted to see all the movie ads, you’re in the right place.  That’s because while we already posted Super 8, Captain America: The First Avenger, Transformers: Dark of The Moon, Cowboys & Aliens, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and Thor, the studios also aired ads for Battle: Los Angeles, Priest, Limitless, Rio, Rango, Fast Five, The Adjustment Bureau, Drive Angry 3D, and Just Go With It.  If you’d like to check them out, hit the jump:

ANGRY BIRDS RIO Super Bowl Ad to Include Embedded Code for Secret Level

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People love the video game Angry Birds and they love Super Bowl ads so Fox is hoping that love spills over to their upcoming animated film Rio.  In an inventive bit of marketing, the 4th quarter of Sunday’s Super Bowl XLV will have an ad for the upcoming Angry Birds Rio game.  The ad will include a code that will unlock a secret level in Angry Birds.  The LA Times reports that the unlockable level will also “take Angry Birds users to a Rio sweepstakes, which features a prize of a trip to the “Rio” movie world premiere in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 22 — the same day the Angry Birds Rio game launches.”  If you miss the ad during the game, it will be posted on YouTube after it airs on TV.

Rio is due out in 3D on April 15th.  The film features the voices of Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, will.i.am, Tracy Morgan, George Lopez, Jane Lynch, Wanda Sykes, Leslie Mann, Jermanine Clement, and Rodrigo Santoro.  Hit the jump for a synopsis of the film.

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