3-Way Tie Leads to Seven Nominations from Cinematographers Society; Costume Designer Guild Nominates Braless Wonder AMERICAN HUSTLE

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The major guilds have all chimed in with their nominees, and as Adam has pointed out in his Oscar Beat column, this gives us a clearer picture of who might be getting Oscar nominations when they’re announced next week.  But it’s important to remember that guilds usually share members with the Academy, and now the American Society of Cinematographers and the Costume Designers Guild have chimed in with their nominees.

If you need proof that 2013 featured some beautifully shot pictures, the ASC ended up nominating seven films instead of five because there was a three-way tie.  As for the costume designers, the plunging necklines of American Hustle earned a nomination as did the also-glamorous The Great Gatsby.  I’m also pleased with the nomination for Her.  One of the things I noticed on my third viewing was the subtle way that designer Casey Storm provided a “futuristic” fashion by having the men wear high wool pants and button the top button of collared shirts.  It’s just another nice touch to a great movie.  Hit the jump for a full list of the nominees from both guilds.

VFX Supervisor Scott Stokdyk Talks OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, Collaborating with Sam Raimi, Technical Challenges, and more

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With director Sam Raimi’s fantastic prequel to The Wizard of OzOz The Great and Powerful, now on DVD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray 3D, I recently landed an exclusive video interview with VFX Supervisor Scott Stokdyk.  As most of you know, the film centers on a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics (James Franco) who finds himself transported to Oz, and drawn into a battle between the three witches Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams).  Loaded with incredible visuals, amazing 3D, and a beautiful world created by production designer Robert Stromberg (Alice in Wonderland, Avatar), Oz is the type of movie I believe families will watch together for years to come.

During the interview, Stokdyk talked about his early work on Starship Troopers and The Fifth Element, collaborating with Sam Raimi, what he learned on Oz that he can apply to future work, the technical challenges, what made him nervous when he first read the script, the Easter Eggs, future projects, and the next big advance in technology that will help all movies.  Hit the jump to watch.

OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL Blu-ray Review

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Although Walt Disney never got a chance to see his own version of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz stories brought to the screen before his death in 1966, director Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful makes a valiant attempt at recreating Disney’s vision.  The big-budget, 3D reimagining of Baum’s collection of stories introduces small-time magician turned prophecy-fulfilling wizard, Oscar Diggs (James Franco) as he’s swept up into the magical world of Oz where must sort out the intentions of three very attractive witches (Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz).  Accompanied by a flying monkey and a china doll (voiced by Zach Braff and Joey King respectively), Diggs must discover the goodness within him if he’s to save the people of Oz from the tyranny of the wicked witch.

Now available on Blu-ray, Oz the Great and Powerful is a visually dazzling addition to the Oz films that acts as a prequel to 1939′s The Wizard of Oz.  While it comes nowhere near the caliber of that classic tale, this new imagining is a welcome journey back into the Emerald City and the unique lands that surround it.  Hit the jump for my Blu-ray review.

New to Blu-ray: OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS, HOUSE OF CARDS, and More

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Joey King Talks OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, Working with Sam Raimi, THE CONURING, WHITE HOUSE DOWN, and More

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With director Sam Raimi’s fantastic prequel to The Wizard of OzOz The Great and Powerful, hitting DVD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray 3D on June 11th, I recently landed an exclusive video interview with Joey King (who plays China Girl).  As most of you know, the film centers on a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics (James Franco) who finds himself transported to Oz and drawn into a battle between the three witches Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams).  Loaded with incredible visuals, amazing 3D, and a beautiful world created by production designer Robert Stromberg (Alice in Wonderland, Avatar), Oz is the type of movie I can see families watching together for years to come.

During the interview, King talked about her reaction to seeing the finished film for the first time,  collaborating with Sam Raimi, what it was like walking on the yellow brick road for the first time, the complicated nature of shooting the movie, and much more.  In addition, she also talked about what it’s been like working on such high profile projects over the past year, her reaction to watching The Conjuring and White House Down, what it was like working with Channing Tatum, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Weekend Box Office: EVIL DEAD Rises to $26 Million; JURASSIC PARK 3D Falls to Fourth

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Evil Dead was the clear box office champ this weekend. The horror remake earned an estimated $26 million from 3,025 locations, or about $5 million more than originally projected. The weekend’s only other ‘new’ release was Jurassic Park 3D. With $18.2 million from 2,771 runs, the converted-classic fell to fourth behind the more-current 3D hit, The Croods.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Evil Dead $26,000,000 $26
2.  G.I. Joe Retaliation $21,100,000 $86.6
3.  The Croods $21,100,000 $125.8
4.  Jurassic Park 3D $18,247,000 $18.2
5.  Olympus Has Fallen $10,042,000 $71.1
6.  Tyler Perry’s Temptation $10,000,000 $38.3
7.  Oz the Great & Powerful $8,171,000 $212.7
8.  The Host $5,239,000 $19.6
9.  The Call $3,500,000 $45.5
10.  Admission $2,054,000 $15.3

Weekend Box Office: THE CROODS and OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN Excel while ADMISSION Struggles

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For those who overlooked the record-breaking success of The Hunger Games one year ago, it was a great weekend at the US box office. Two of the three new releases exceeded expectations, with Olympus Has Fallen nearly doubling studio projections. Only the Tina Fey comedy Admission stumbled – barely topping what Spring Breakers brought in from half as many locations.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  The Croods $44,700,000 $44.7
2.  Olympus Has Fallen $30,500,000 $30.5
3.  Oz the Great and Powerful $22,031,700 $177.5
4.  The Call $8,700,000 $30.9
5.  Admission $6,445,000 $6.4
6.  Spring Breakers $5,000,000 $5.4
7.  The Incredible Burt Wonderstone $4,275,000 $17.3
8.  Jack the Giant Slayer $2,965,000 $59
9.  Identity Thief $2,500,000 $127.6
10.  Snitch $1,930,000 $40.3

Watch the Full Opening Credits Sequence for OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL

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As director Sam Raimi’s fantasy-adventure Oz the Great and Powerful is currently dominating the box office, Disney has decided to release the film’s great opening credits sequence online for our viewing pleasure.  As with The Wizard of Oz, the beginning of Raimi’s film plays out in black-and-white and in Academy ratio.  The opening credits are a great introduction to the world of the film, and they’re quite fun to take in when presented in 3D.

Hit the jump to take a look at the full opening credits sequence, and click here to read Matt’s review of the film.  Oz the Great and Powerful is now playing in theaters everywhere.

Weekend Box Office: OZ Stays on top; THE CALL Connects, BURT WONDERSTONE Bombs

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For a second week in a row, Oz the Great and Powerful reigned at the domestic box office. The Disney hit earned an estimated $42.2 million, down 47% off from last weekend’s debut. But the big news this week is the film that took second place. With an estimated $17.1 million from 2,507 locations, The Call wound up stealing the spotlight from the comedy debut of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.

 Title  Weekend Total
1.  Oz the Great and Powerful  $42,222,000 $145
2.  The Call  $17,100,000 $17.1
3.  The Incredible Burt Wonderstone    $10,305,000 $10.3
4.  Jack the Giant Slayer  $6,220,000 $53.9
5.  Identity Thief  $4,500,000 $123.6
6.  Snitch  $3,500,000 $37.2
7.  21 and Over  $2,619,000 $21.8
8.  Silver Linings Playbook  $2,587,000 $124.6
9.  Safe Haven  $2,495,000 $66.9
10.  Escape from Planet Earth  $2,327,000 $53.1

Friday Box Office: OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL Reigns; THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE Shamed by Surpise Strength of THE CALL

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It looks like another decent weekend at the box office, thanks to Oz the Great and Powerful. The Disney hit earned an estimated $11.4 million on its second Friday, and brought its domestic total up to an impressive $114.2 million. That Oz remained in first place was entirely expected; what was not so expected was the film that followed it. The Call, the thriller starring Halle Berry, opened with a modest weekend projection of around $10 million. Instead, the Sony/Tristar release earned an estimated $6.2 million from 2,507 locations on its first day alone – putting it on track for over $17 million and a second-place finish through Sunday. The relative success of The Call drew attention to the relative failure of Friday’s higher-profile debut: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. From 3,160 locations, the Steve Carell-Jim Carrey comedy earned just $3.72 million: a total that included Thursday pm previews. The Warner Brothers release was expected to earn $18 million this weekend; but after its disappointing start, $11 million may be the limit of Wonderstone’s box office magic.  We’ll have full details tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Oz the Great and Powerful $11,410,000 $114.2
2.  The Call $6,200,000 $6.2
3.  The Incredible Burt Wonderstone $3,720,000 $3.7
4.  Jack the Giant Slayer $1,750,000 $49.4
5.  Identity Thief $1,400,000 $120.5

Director Sam Raimi Talks OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, 3D, Deleted Scenes, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director Sam Raimi’s fantastic prequel to The Wizard of OzOz The Great and Powerful.  The film centers on a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics (James Franco) who finds himself transported to Oz and drawn into a battle between the three witches Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams).  Loaded with incredible visuals, amazing 3D, and a beautiful world created by production designer Robert Stromberg (Alice in Wonderland, Avatar), Oz is the type of movie that definitely should be seen on a movie screen and it’s absolutely worth the extra charge to see it in 3D.  Oz The Great and Powerful also stars Zach Braff and Joey King.

Recently, I got to speak with Raimi.  After exchanging gifts, we talked about why he wanted to make Oz in 3D, deleted scenes, how he’s been waiting to hear what people think about the film, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Weekend Box Office: OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL Claims Third Highest March Debut of All Time

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The fact that we all saw it coming doesn’t make it less sweet. Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful opened big this weekend, earning an estimated $80.2 million from 3,912 locations. Not only does that more than double 2013’s highest debut, it also stands as the third-best March opening of all time, behind Alice in Wonderland and The Hunger Games.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Oz the Great and Powerful $80,200,000 $80.2
2.  Jack the Giant Slayer $10,020,000 $43.8
3.  Identity Thief $6,300,000 $116.5
4.  Dead Man Down $5,350,000 $5.35
5.  Snitch $5,100,000 $31.8
6.  21 & Over $5,056,000 $16.8
7.  Safe Haven $3,800,000 $62.8
8.  Silver Linings Playbook $3,745,000 $120.7
9.  Escape from Planet Earth $3,270,000 $47.8
10.  The Last Exorcism Part II $3,120,000 $12

TOP 5: IRON MAN 3, OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL Interviews, First Trailer for THE HANGOVER PART III, Giant-Sized JUSTICE LEAGUE Rumor, AFTER EARTH

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collider-top-5-sliceI realize that it’s a little too March to be discussing my favorite holiday gifts, but I only recently had the opportunity to dive into one of mine and, as a result, I feel the need to share it’s greatness with our readers. The ESPN 30 for 30 Collector’s Set Blu-ray is an outstanding collection of sports documentaries that is rife with social commentary and almost sure to have something for sports and/or documentary fans alike. Before I get accused of paid programming, I’ll disclaim that all thirty of its films aren’t home runs (that’s right, a sports pun). Moreover, I’m fairly sure that all of the series’ entries are available to watch instantly on Netflix right now making the physical collection redundant for some. Regardless of how you partake, I encourage you to sift through the series, find a topic that interests you, and give it a shot.

All recommendations aside, this week’s Top 5 features a healthy portion of Iron Man 3 coverage (including the new trailer), Oz the Great and Powerful interviews with Sam Raimi, James Franco, Mila Kunis, and more, the first trailer for The Hangover Part III, a sizable Justice League movie rumor, and the new trailer and poster for Will Smith and Jaden Smith‘s After Earth. As you may be expecting, a brief recap and link for each of the above waits after the jump.

Michelle Williams Talks OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, Walking on the Yellow Brick Road, 3D, and More

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Opening this weekend is Disney and director Sam Raimi’s fantastic prequel to The Wizard of OzOz The Great and Powerful.  The film centers on a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics (James Franco) who finds himself transported to Oz and drawn into a battle between the three witches Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams).  Loaded with incredible visuals, amazing 3D, and a beautiful world created by production designer Robert Stromberg (Alice in Wonderland, Avatar), Oz is the type of movie that definitely should be seen on a movie screen and it’s absolutely worth the extra charge to see it in 3D.  Oz The Great and Powerful also stars Zach Braff and Joey King.

Recently, I got to speak with Williams.  We talked about what it was like to walk on the yellow brick road for the first time, her reaction to the finished film, 3D, doing so much press, and does she get to visit Disneyland for free after being in a huge Disney movie.   Hit the jump to watch.

Friday Box Office: OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL Conjures $24.1 Million Opening

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Ding-dong the slump is dead! After weeks of disappointing returns, the domestic box office is receiving a much-needed boost from Oz the Great and Powerful. The Disney feature opened in 3,912 locations on Friday with an estimated $24.1 million – including $2 million from Thursday and midnight previews. Oz is now projected to earn almost $80 million through Sunday, dwarfing the $34.5 million of Identity Thief, 2013’s previous best-opener.  Though any relief from the mediocrity of recent frames is welcome, the Technicolor success of Oz the Great and Powerful should not come as a surprise. Inspired by one of cinema’s most beloved properties and heavily marketed to the family audiences that this year has so badly neglected, Oz the Great and Powerful was all but guaranteed an impressive debut. FilmDistrict’s Dead Man Down also opened on Friday but, as another in 2013’s long-line of unremarkable R-rated releases, the thriller’s prospects for success were never very strong. We’ll have full details tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Oz the Great and Powerful $24,113,000 $24.1
2.  Jack the Giant Slayer $2,520,000 $36.3
3.  Dead Man Down $1,830,000 $1.8
4.  Identity Thief $1,800,000 $112
5.  21 & Over $1,640,000 $13.4
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