2013 Oscar Nominations Announced; LINCOLN Leads with 12 Nominations, Kathryn Bigelow and Ben Affleck Snubbed for Best Director

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The nominations for the 85th Academy Awards have been announced, and it’s quite a whirlwind of nominees.  As expected, Lincoln landed the most nominations with 12, followed with Ang Lee’s Life of Pi which nabbed 11.  The big story here, though, is the Best Director category.  Shockingly, only two (two!) of the DGA nominees for Best Director made the Oscar cut: Ang Lee and Steven Spielberg.  The rest of the category was filled out by Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern WildDavid O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook, and Michael Haneke for Amour.  It was almost guaranteed that Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow would be landing nominations for Argo and Zero Dark Thirtyrespectively, but shockingly neither made the cut.  Apparently those films just directed themselves.  Based off today’s nominations, it now looks like it’s (surprisingly) down to Lincoln vs. Silver Linings Playbook for the big win.

Hit the jump to check out the list of nominees, and click here to check them against my predictions (somehow I predicted the Best Picture and Supporting Actor categories perfectly).  The 85th Academy Awards will take place on February 24th.

2013 Oscar Preview: Best Animated Feature, Best Adapted and Original Screenplay, and Technical Category Quick Picks

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We’re continuing on with our weeklong preview of the upcoming 85th Academy Awards, and after running down both acting categories it’s time to take look at some of the other races.  Today we’ll be looking at the Best Animated Feature, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Screenplay categories in depth, and I’ll also make some way-too-early quick picks in the technical categories.  The fun begins after the jump.

MIRROR MIRROR Blu-ray Review

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With 2012’s Battle of Snow White more or less over, the time has come to argue about who won (he says without a trace of irony). Opinions vary – and no one over at the Walt Disney Company has lost any sleep – but I’m backing the one that didn’t have Kristen Stewart mumbling her way through a half-assed version of the Crispian’s Day Speech. Mirror, Mirror benefits from a riotous sense of fun – something Snow White and the Huntsman utterly disregarded – and from playing with our expectations instead of simply ignoring them. Hit the jump for my full review of Mirror, Mirror on Blu-ray.

Weekend Box Office: HUNGER GAMES Tops Again for Fourth Weekend in a Row with $21.5 Million

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The Hunger Games cannot be stopped.  Director Gary Ross’s adaptation of the popular Suzanne Collins book took the top spot at the box office for the fourth weekend in a row with $21.5 million, bringing its domestic total to $337 million with a worldwide haul over $479 million.  Though Lionsgate is presumably extremely happy with The Hunger Games’ performance, they’re currently on the lookout for a director replacement for the sequel Catching Fire after Ross declined to return due to the tight schedule.  They have to start filming the follow-up this August in order for star Jennifer Lawrence to be wrapped in time to move on to the X-Men: First Class sequel in January, and to make Catching Fire’s November 2013 release date.  Hit the jump for details and analysis of the full top 10.

Title Weekend Total
1 The Hunger Games $21,500,000 $337,070,000
2 The Three Stooges $17,100,000 $17,100,000
3 The Cabin in the Woods $14,850,000 $14,850,000
4 Titanic 3D $11,625,000 $44,419,000
5 American Reunion $10,700,000 $39,900,000
6 Mirror Mirror $7,000,000 $49,468,000
7 Wrath of the Titans $6,905,000 $71,251,000
8 21 Jump Street $6,800,000 $120,565,000
9 Lockout $6,250,000 $6,250,000
10 Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax $3,020,000 $204,483,000

Weekend Box Office – THE HUNGER GAMES Remains Victorious While Nostalgia-Fueled AMERICAN REUNION and TITANIC 3D Follow

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May the box office be ever in your favor! The Hunger Games outlasted competition from newcomers American Reunion and not-so-new Titanic 3D to top the box office for the third weekend in a row.  Hunger Games pulled in an estimated $33.5 million, a drop of about 43% from last week’s numbers, but still managed to cross a $400 million worldwide mark.   Second-week showings of Wrath of the Titans and Mirror Mirror rounded out the top five respectively. Hit the jump for the analysis, including a big mover who almost cracked the top ten.

Title Weekend Total
1 The Hunger Games $33,500,000 $302M
2 American Reunion $21,500,000 $21.5M
3 Titanic (3D) $17,350,000 $25.7M
4 Wrath of the Titans $15,010,000 $58.9M
5 Mirror Mirror $11,000,000 $36.4M
6 21 Jump Street $10,200,000 $110M
7 Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax $5,000,000 $198M
8 Salmon Fishing in the Yemen $975,000 $4.64M
9 John Carter $820,000 $67.9M
10 Safe House $581,000 $125M

Friday Box Office – THE HUNGER GAMES Tops Again with $12.9 Million, Crosses $400 Million Worldwide

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It looks like The Hunger Games will be named the victor yet again on this fine Easter weekend, as the film brought in an estimated $12.9 million on Friday for a potential weekend haul of around $40 million.  The film has now crossed the $400 million mark worldwide against a budget of around $80 million, solidifying its status as a bona fide hit.  Lionsgate is working fast to get the sequel, Catching Fire, before cameras this fall (which Gary Ross may or may not be directing).  Elsewhere in the box office landscape, American Reunion opened to $9.2 million for a weekend total around $22 million, and Paramount’s Titanic 3D took in $7.1 million on Friday.  The re-release opened on Wednesday, so its cumulative is at $15.5 million and should fall short of the projected $30 million weekend, though James Cameron‘s original had famously strong legs in its initial run, so don’t count the disaster love story out just yet.  Additionally, 21 Jump Street has reason to celebrate as the ridiculously funny film has now hit $100 million cumulatively.  Check back tomorrow for details and analysis.

Title Friday Total
1 The Hunger Games $12,900,000 $282,239,000
2 American Reunion $9,200,000 $9,200,000
3 Titanic 3D $7,140,000 $15,500,000
4 Wrath of the Titans $5,425,000 $49,314,000
5 Mirror Mirror $4,580,000 $30,053,000


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Surprising no one, The Hunger Games stayed in first place for a second week in a row with an estimated $61.1 million, or a decline of 60%.  Meanwhile this weekend’s new releases – Wrath of the Titans and Mirror, Mirror – had to settle for second and third, respectively. And, again, we’re back to being really, really not surprised.

Title Weekend Total
1 The Hunger Games $61,100,000 $251
2 Wrath of the Titans $34,200,000 $34.2
3 Mirror, Mirror $19,000,000 $19
4 21 Jump Street $15,000,000 $93
5 The Lorax $9,010,000 $189.5
6 John Carter $2,005,000 $66.2
7 Salmon Fishing in the Yemen $1,274,000 $3.1
8 Act of Valor $1,006,000 $67.7
9 A Thousand Words $915,000 $16.5
10 Journey 2 $835,000 $98.4

Friday Box Office – THE HUNGER GAMES Passes $200 Million On Second Friday; WRATH OF THE TITANS Takes Second; MIRROR, MIRROR a Distant Third

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After The Hunger Games surprised us all by claiming the third highest opening in box office history last weekend, there was little doubt that it would stay on top for a second frame. The runaway hit earned another $18.9 million on Friday, bringing its domestic total up to an amazing $208.8 million in eight days and promising a $250 million domestic gross by Sunday. The Hunger Games kept all of its 4,137 locations this weekend, but lost most of its IMAX screens to Wrath of the Titans. The sequel to 2010’s Clash of the Titans remake (you remember: “Release the Kraken!”) took in $12.4 million on Friday – less than half of the $26 million its predecessor earned on its first full day in theatres. Wrath should top $33 million by Sunday; not quite the $61.2 million of Clash but about what Warner Brothers was expecting. Finally, Mirror, Mirror opened in 3,603 locations to $5.9 million on Friday. The first of 2012’s ‘Snow White’ movies, the family-oriented film is expected to claim $20 million by the end of its debut weekend.   Details and analysis tomorrow.

Title Friday Total
1 The Hunger Games $18,900,000 $208.8
2 Wrath of the Titans $12,400,000 $12.4
3 Mirror, Mirror $5,900,000 $5.9
4 21 Jump Street $4,700,000 $82.7
5 The Lorax $2,000,000 $183.5


Tarsem Singh Talks MIRROR MIRROR, Why He Made It a Family Film, EYE IN THE SKY, THE KILLING ON CARNIVAL ROW, and More

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Mirror Mirror is a fresh and funny retelling of one of the most beloved stories of all time, brought to life in the visually exciting way that only director Tarsem Singh can. After a beloved King (Sean Bean) vanishes, his ruthless wife, the Evil Queen (Julia Roberts), seizes control of the kingdom and keeps her beautiful 18-year-old stepdaughter, Snow White (Lily Collins), hidden away in the palace. But, when the princess attracts the attention of a charming and wealthy visiting prince (Armie Hammer), the jealous Queen banishes the girl to a nearby forest, where she is taken in by a band of rebellious but kind-hearted dwarfs who inspire her to become a brave young woman determined to save her country.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Tarsem Singh (Immortals, The Cell) talked about what attracted him to this project, why he wanted to make it into a family film, the changes he wanted to make to the script, his feelings about actors ad-libbing on set, what made Lily Collins the perfect Snow White, the biggest challenge for him when it came to editing, and how he has no idea what special features might be on the DVD, but that he really only has maybe one deleted scene. He also talked about his desire to Eye in the Sky, a non-visual story about a drone attack, for his next film, that he hopes to still be able to make The Killing on Carnival Row after that, and why he loves getting to create and construct alternate realities for a living. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

4 New Clips and 8 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage from MIRROR MIRROR

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We’ve been provided with four clips and some behind-the-scenes footage from Tarsem Singh’s Snow White film Mirror Mirror. The tone is still incredibly light, but it’s a bit less “farce” than what we saw in the trailers.  The best way I can describe Mirror Mirror (based on these clips) is that it’s like a classic Disney animated film has been magically transformed into live-action; the actors and environments are real, but it retains all the dialogue, costumes, and action/movements from its previously animated iteration.  I would imagine the film wouldn’t appear near as ridiculous if everything was animated, but when you have actors wearing goofy hats and spouting corny line after corny line, it all seems bizarre.  That said, I do think Mirror Mirror comes off quite a bit better in these clips than it did in that atrocious first trailer.

Hit the jump to check out the clips for yourself, along with some behind-the-scenes footage. The film stars Lily Collins, Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer, and Nathan Lane. Mirror Mirror opens on March 30th.

New Images from Tarsem Singh’s Snow White Movie MIRROR MIRROR

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A few new images from director Tarsem Singh’s take on Snow White Mirror Mirror, have gone online. The film still looks really, really bad and unendingly silly, as we see Nathan Lane wearing some sort of antennae hat in this batch of photos. I’m not exactly sure what Singh was going for, but the movie just looks beyond ridiculous. Those worried about the fact that we have two Snow White movies coming out this year can rest easy; Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman couldn’t be more different.

Hit the jump to check out the new images. Mirror Mirror opens on March 30th.

Lily Collins and Armie Hammer Talk about Their Snow White Movie, MIRROR MIRROR

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After last year’s Race of the Snow White Movies, Tarsem Singh‘s Mirror Mirror will be the first to hit theaters with Snow White and the Huntsman opening two months later.  Mirror Mirror doesn’t look any good, but it will be first and that’s what’s important, at least to audiences who will think, “Didn’t we just see a Snow White movie?” when Snow White and the Huntsman rolls around.  In an interview on the set of Mirror Mirror, actor Armie Hammer (who plays Prince Charming) says he’s glad his movie is coming out first, so hooray for release schedules, I guess.  But more than a comparing their movie to Huntsman, Hammer and co-star Lily Collins (Snow White) say how much they enjoyed working together.  I continue to wait for the day when an actor does a promotional interview and says of his or her co-star “I hate that person so much.  Just thinking about him/her makes me vomit in my mouth.”  I’m going to be waiting for a while.

Hit the jump to check out the interview. The film also stars Julia Roberts and Nathan LaneMirror Mirror opens March 30th.

New Posters for LOCKOUT, MIRROR MIRROR, and Kevin Macdonald’s Documentary MARLEY

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We’ve got a few new posters to share with you today. First up is the debut one-sheet for the sci-fi action pic Lockout. The first couple of international trailers for this film had me surprisingly excited, as they showcased a wise-cracking Guy Pearce and a strangely goofy execution. Then the domestic marketing kicked in. This poster echoes the US trailers that scream “This is a big action movie with explosions that’s like Taken but not!” I’m still hoping that the actual tone skews more on the strange side, and the US marketing materials are simply the studio trying to sell the movie to teenage boys eager for more eye violations courtesy of Michael Bay.

Additionally, we’ve got a new international poster for the very light and fluffy Snow White pic Mirror Mirror, as well as a first poster for Kevin Macdonald’s (The Last King of Scotland) documentary Marley. Mirror Mirror continues to look like a farce, and this poster plays up the cutesy aspect of the pic, but Macdonald’s Marley poster is spot on. Hit the jump to check out the posters. Both Lockout and Marley open April 20th, while Mirror Mirror opens March 16th.


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Seeing as it’s already February and that little furry rodent has predicted six more weeks of winter, we thought we’d take a look ahead to some March movie releases. Coincidentally, three big March movies have recently released new posters. First up is Disney’s March 9th release, John Carter, starring Taylor Kitsch as a Civil War vet transplanted onto Mars, in an Andrew Stanton-directed picture. Next is the Phil Lord and Chris Miller-directed 21 Jump Street, a March 16th release starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as two screw-up cops who infiltrate a local high school drug ring. Finally, we have a new poster from the Tarsem Singh project, Mirror Mirror, a Snow White adaptation featuring Lily Collins and Julia Roberts which opens March 30th. Hit the jump to see the new posters.

MIRROR MIRROR International Trailer

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After we reported that Relativity Media was pushing its Snow White project Mirror Mirror back until March 30th, the studio decided to release a new international trailer. While it’s still nowhere near as mature or action-filled as the Universal counterpart Snow White and the Huntsman starring Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth, it’s heads above the horrendous first trailer. This is more along the lines of what I was expecting from director Tarsem Singh as I can at least pick up on his presence here.

Mirror Mirror stars Lily Collins, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane and Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen. Hit the jump to check out the new trailer.

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