NEW YEAR’S EVE Blu-ray Review

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Emboldened by the success of Valentine’s Day, Garry Marshall took another crack at the holiday-based all-star anthology in 2011, with similarly repulsive results. This time, though, movie-goers commendably ignored him (and hopefully quashed plans for Columbus Day or whatever the hell was coming next). Of course, it’s never a good idea to interpret the commercial failure of a terrible movie as anything more than an aberration. But in this case, there was an encouraging sense that the world had finally revolted against a sub-genre populated by cynical, bald-faced cash-grabs.

And indeed, New Year’s Eve is the romantic comedy distilled to its basest form; a film that trots out a dizzying array of A-listers and expects applause, while abandoning time-consuming chores like character, story and dialogue. Hit the jump for the full review.

Adam Sandler Lands a Record 11 Razzie Nominations for JACK & JILL, JUST GO WITH IT, and BUCKY LARSON

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Critically speaking, 2011 may have been Adam Sandler‘s worst year ever.  His two main vehicles, Just Go With It and Jack & Jill, were panned.  As a producer, his name is also on Zookeeper and (most damningly) Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star.  The Razzies recognized his efforts with a record 11 nominations.  For those keeping track, this shatters the record set by Eddie Murphy and his 5 nominations for Norbit in 2007.  New Year’s Eve, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 join Jack & Jill and Bucky Larson as the 5 contenders for Worst Picture.  Hit the jump for the full list.

Weekend Box Office – THE GREY the Clear Winner with $20 Million; ONE FOR THE MONEY in Third

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Newbie distributor Open Road Films has claimed its first number one opening with the wolf vs. man thriller The Grey.  From 3,185 locations, The Grey took in an estimated $20 million, or well above the mid-teens that was projected.  Second place was claimed by Underworld Awakening, pushing the adaptation of Janet Evanovich’s bestselling novel, One For the Money, into third.

Title Weekend Total
1 The Grey $20,000,000 $20
2 Underworld Awakening $12,500,000 $45.1
3 One For the Money $11,750,000 $11.7
4 Red Tails $10,400,000 $33.7
5 Man on a Ledge $8,250,000 $8.2
6 Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close $7,145,000 $21.1
7 The Descendants $6,550,000 $58.8
8 Contraband $6,532,200 $56.4
9 Beauty & the Beast 3D $5,345,000 $41.1
10 Haywire $4,000,000 $15.2

PSA New Years Eve: Champagne Cork of Death

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“You’ll shoot your eye out!” is a phrase normally reserved for Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) and his Red Ryder BB gun from A Christmas Story, however, we’re repurposing it for your New Year’s celebration. Let’s face it, normal concerns regarding New Year’s Eve include: crowds, drinking and driving, bad weather and creepy Uncle Rick hitting on your girlfriend. With all of those distractions it’s no wonder that people forget about eye injuries until POP goes the champagne cork and now you can look forward to spending the rest of your holidays wearing an eye patch.

“A cork can fly up to 50 miles per hour as it leaves the bottle,” said Tamara Fountain, M.D., a clinical correspondent for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. “Warm bottles of champagne and poor technique in removing the cork can result in serious, blinding eye injuries. Anything that travels with such momentum can have a devastating effect if it strikes your eye.”

That’s what she said. Hit the jump to learn how to save your eyes this holiday season.

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.

Weekend Box Office – SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS Leads with $40 Million; ALVIN 3 Gets CHIPWRECKED; MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 4 Starts Strong

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Looks like holiday cheer was not enough to pull the box office out of its recent slump.  Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows came out on top with $40 million from 3,703 locations while Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked claimed second with $23.5 million from 3,723.  Needless to say, neither sequel was able to meet the expectations their predecessors set on Christmas weekend back in 2009.  Meanwhile, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, took in $13 million from just 425 locations – making Tom Cruise the big winner of this weekend’s box office derby.  It’s like a little Christmas miracle.

Title Weekend Total
1 Sherlock Holmes 2 $40,020,000 $40
2 Alvin & the Chipmunks 3 $23,500,000 $23.5
3 Mission: Impossible 4 $13,000,000 $13
4 New Year’s Eve $7,420,000 $24.8
5 The Sitter $4,400,000 $17.7
6 Breaking Dawn Part 1 $4,300,000 $266.4
7 Young Adult $3,650,000 $4
8 Hugo $3,625,000 $39
9 Arthur Christmas $3,600,000 $38.5
10 The Muppets $3,454,000 $70.9

Weekend Box Office – NEW YEAR’S EVE Underwhelms with $13.7 Million Debut

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New Year’s Eve is the new number one movie in America; but with one of the lowest first-place debuts of the year, Warner Brothers may not feel like toasting their success.  The studio’s follow-up to last year’s Valentine’s Day estimated just $13.7 million from 3,505 locations, or 76% lower than its predecessor’s first weekend total.

Title Weekend Total
1 New Year’s Eve $13,705,000 $13.7
2 The Sitter $10,000,000 $10
3 Breaking Dawn Part 1 $7,900,000 $259.4
4 The Muppets $7,070,000 $65.8
5 Arthur Christmas $6,600,000 $33.4
6 Hugo $6,125,000 $33.4
7 The Descendants $4,385,000 $23.6
8 Happy Feet Two $3,750,000 $56.8
9 Jack and Jill $3,200,000 $68.6
10 Immortals $2,442,000 $79.8

Friday Box Office – NEW YEAR’S EVE Number One with a Disappointing $5.1 Million

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It’s no surprise that New Year’s Eve was the number one movie in America on Friday: after all, the holiday-themed anthology pic was the rightful heir-apparent after The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn’s impressive three week reign at the top.  What is surprising is how dismal the estimates for the new romantic ensemble are looking.  Far from the robust start that Valentine’s Day saw last February, New Year’s Eve posted just $5.1 million from 3,505 locations.  That means that the star-stuffed confection can now expect a three-day total of $14.5 million – equivalent to Valentine’s Day first Friday and only half of what the studio was hoping for.  Expectations for the weekend’s other new release, The Sitter, were more modest, but even those are proving hard to meet.  The R-rated comedy made an estimated $3.7 million on Friday from 2,750 locations for what should be a weekend total of just over $10 million.  So it looks like last weekend’s record-setting low grosses have decided to stick around: Happy Holidays Hollywood!

Title Friday Total
1 New Year’s Eve $5,080,000 $5.1
2 The Sitter $3,725,000 $3.7
3 Breaking Dawn Part 1 $2,500,000 $254.1
4 The Muppets $1,700,000 $60.4
5 Hugo $1,600,000 $28.9

Michelle Pfeiffer, Zac Efron, Hilary Swank, Josh Duhamel and Lea Michele NEW YEAR’S EVE Interview

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In Garry Marshall’s ensemble romantic comedy New Year’s Eve, an all-star cast celebrates love, hope, forgiveness and second chances, on a night in New York City that many see as the most magical of the year. While only some of the characters actually cross paths with each other, each individual seems to ultimately be searching for the connections that make their lives memorable and meaningful.

At a press conference to promote the film’s December 9th theatrical release, co-stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Zac Efron, Hilary Swank, Josh Duhamel and Lea Michele talked about what attracted them to their roles, not putting so much pressure on that one day out of the year, their own New Year’s Eve plans, and what they drew on from their own lives, in bringing their characters to life. Check out what they had to say after the jump:

12 Clips from NEW YEAR’S EVE

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We’ve been provided with 12 clips from Garry Marshall’s upcoming romantic comedy New Year’s Eve to share with our readers. The film features a ginormous ensemble and tells a number of intertwining stories that all take place on New Year’s Eve in New York City. The cast includes Robert De Niro, Ashton Kutcher, Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sarah Jessica Parker, Hilary Swank, Zac Efron, Sienna Miller, Lea Michele, Sofia Vergara, Abigail Breslin, Til Schweiger, Seth Meyers, Jon Bon Jovi, Josh Duhamel, and Carla Gugino.

Hit the jump to watch the clips. New Year’s Eve opens December 9th.

42 Images from NEW YEAR’S EVE

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Warner Bros. has released 42 images from New Year’s Eve, one for every star in the film.  The cast includes Robert De Niro, Ashton Kutcher, Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sarah Jessica Parker, Hilary Swank, Zac Efron, Sienna Miller, Lea Michele, Sofia Vergara, Abigail Breslin, Til Schweiger, Seth Meyers, Jon Bon Jovi, Josh Duhamel, and Carla GuginoGarry Marshall directed the film in an attempt to recreate the box office success of his last ensemble holiday romantic comedy, Valentine’s DayNew Year’s Eve opens on December 9.  Hit the jump to see the images.

New Images from SHAME, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN, and Many More

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With the holiday movie season upon us, a few new images from some of the upcoming Oscar contenders have been unveiled. We’ve got a new look at Michael Fassbender in the extremely well-received drama Shame. Fassbender plays a sex-addict opposite Carey Mulligan, and our own Matt Goldberg loved the flick. There’s also a new image of Rooney Mara from David Fincher’s highly anticipated adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, another look at Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, and an ominous image of Gary Oldman from the spy thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Additionally, we’ve got another look at Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn, and an image of Sandra Bullock and Thomas Horn in the adaptation of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

But that’s not all! We’ve also got new images from We Bought a Zoo, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Haywire, Underworld: Awakening, In the Land of Blood and Honey, New Year’s Eve, and One for the Money. Hit the jump to check them out.

Abigail Breslin Talks JANIE JONES, NEW YEAR’S EVE, Animated ZAMBEZIA, and Other Upcoming Projects

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Inspired by the true story of director/writer David M. Rosenthal, Janie Jones follows rocker Ethan Brand (Alessandro Nivola), whose former flame (Elisabeth Shue) drops a 13-year-old (Abigail Breslin) in his lap, with the surprise news that she is his daughter. Far from knowing how to be a father, Ethan takes Janie on the road, but his self-destructive spiral threatens both the group’s future and any chance at a relationship with his own child. Desperate to revive his failing career, Ethan learns of Janie’s own musical talent, and their bond over that slowly leads him down the path to redemption.

At the film’s press day, actress Abigail Breslin spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about wanting to play this character because of how different she was, the challenge of playing someone so vulnerable who still remains so optimistic, how awesome it was to work with co-star Alessandro Nivola, the real-life uses of being able to cry on cue, and how the musical aspect of the film inspired her to start her own band with her best friend. She also talked about voicing a bird for the animated feature Zambezia, working with Sarah Jessica Parker in New Year’s Eve, recently finishing the dark true story The Class Project about sisters who murder their mother, and that she hopes to get started on Virgin Mary soon. Check out what she had to say after the jump:

Another Great Poster for WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN and another Terrible Poster for NEW YEAR’S EVE

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Oscilloscope has released another great poster for Lynne Ramsay‘s unnerving drama We Need to Talk about Kevin, while New Line Cinema continues to throw out unimaginative posters for New Year’s Eve.  While I wasn’t enamored of the UK quad for Kevin, the past two have been terrific, and this is the best one yet.  It’s the first poster to show young Kevin (Jasper Newell), who is even creepier than the teenage version (Ezra Miller).  I’m not sure where Newell came from, but the movie wouldn’t work as well without him.  Of course, the real gem is Tilda Swinton who gives the one of the best performances I’ve seen this year.  And then there’s New Year’s Eve, which should just change its title to Famous People Paid for a Few Days Work.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.  We Need to Talk about Kevin and New Year’s Eve both open on December 9th.

New Posters for THE RUM DIARY and NEW YEAR’S EVE

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New posters have been released for The Rum Diary and New Year’s Eve.  The former is kind of cute and almost makes the film look like a light comic spin on Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which is appropriate considering that Hunter S. Thompson was the author of both novels.  As for the New Year’s Eve poster, it perfectly encapsulates the cynical, greedy reason for the movie’s existence.  The point isn’t to convey a plot, but to jam as many stars into the film as possible in the hopes that you’ll like one or two of them enough to see the movie.  However, the stars you like will most likely be in the film for probably less than ten minutes total.  If you think watching a star you like play a poorly defined character is worth a dollar a minute, then you like wasting money.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.  The Rum Diary opens October 28th.  New Year’s Eve opens December 9th.

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