2013 Golden Globe Awards Nominations Announced; LINCOLN, ARGO, and ZERO DARK THIRTY Get Some Love; SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN Surprises

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The nominations for the 2013 Golden Globes have been announced.  The Golden Globes are a “legitimate” award simply by virtue of A) They’ve been around for so long; B) Stars like attending because it’s a laid-back version of the Oscars where people can get an award, schmooze with other folks in Hollywood, and enjoy a nice meal.  The Golden Globes are doled out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which is a phony organization that can easily be swayed through pandering.

Most of the nominees are the usual suspects (especially in the TV categories), and there weren’t too many surprises among the film categories either.  Movies that have been doing well among critics organizations–Lincoln, Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, Silver Linings Playbook–all received their due.  The only surprise was the love shown towards Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, which racked up nominations in the Comedy/Musical category for Best Actor (Ewan McGregor), Best Actress (Emily Blunt), and Best Comedy/Musical.  With nominations in these categories, I’m surprised it didn’t pick up a nod for Best Supporting Actress for Kristin Scott Thomas, who has the movie’s standout performance.  Hit the jump for the full list of nominees.  The 70th Golden Globe Awards will air on NBC on January 13, 2013 at 8pm EST/5pm PST. [Update: We've updated the article with a promo video for the awards featuring hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.]

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

Weekend Box Office – THE HUNGER GAMES Stays Ahead of WRATH OF THE TITANS and MIRROR, MIRROR

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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

Weekend Box Office – THE LORAX Continues to Soar; JOHN CARTER Falls to Earth

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After its enormous opening last weekend, The Lorax continued to impress – capturing its second number one title with an estimated $39.1 million, or a week-over-week decline of just 44%.  For once, however, people seem more interested in the film that didn’t make it to number one than with the film that did.

Title Weekend Total
1 The Lorax $39,100,000 $121.9
2 John Carter $30,600,000 $30.6
3 Project X $11,550,000 $40.1
4 Silent House $7,010,000 $7
5 Act of Valor $7,000,000 $56.1
6 A Thousand Words $6,350,000 $6.3
7 Safe House $4,950,000 $115.7
8 The Vow $4,000,000 $117.6
9 This Means War $3,750,000 $46.8
19 Journey 2 $3,685,000 $90.7

Ewan McGregor Talks SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN, HBO’s THE CORRECTIONS, Broadway, Danny Boyle, and More

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With director Lasse Hallstrom‘s Salmon Fishing in the Yemen opening today in limited release, earlier this week the cast was in Los Angeles and I was able to land an exclusive interview with Ewan McGregor.   Since I knew we were going to run a roundtable interview with McGregor and Emily Blunt that covered all the usual stuff, when I sat down for my interview I decided to ask a lot of fan questions that were sent to me on Twitter.

During the interview (which McGregor let me film on my flip cam) we talked about HBO’s series The Corrections (he just filmed the pilot and if it gets picked up it’ll be the first TV show he’s ever done), what drew him to Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and how it sets itself apart from average romantic comedy fare, and Twitter (which I think I convinced him to sign up for).  In addition, thanks to my followers on Twitter, I asked him if he will do a Broadway musical in the near future, if he would be willing to play a James Bond villain, if he’ll work with Danny Boyle again, whether or not there’s a comic book character that he would like to play, and what’s up with the release date of Jack the Giant Killer.  Hit the jump to watch.

Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN Interview

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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is an unlikely movie on many accounts. First of all, if you don’t know geography, there are no salmon in Yemen rivers. That’s the point of the movie, a Scottish fisheries administrator (Ewan McGregor) is hired by a Sheikh to transplant fish to his river so he can practice fly fishing. There the government scientist strikes up an unlikely romance with the Sheikh’s representative (Emily Blunt). Director Lasse Hallstrom strikes a balance of comedy, drama and romance.

Blunt and McGregor participated in a press day for the film in Los Angeles, joining together for roundtable interviews. The leading man and leading lady flirted generously and cracked up while discussing the film and some upcoming projects, including the fantasy fairy tale Jack the Giant Killer and the sci-fi action thriller LooperSalmon Fishing in the Yemen opens Friday. Read the interview after the jump.

3 Movie Clips from SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN Starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt

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We’ve got three new clips from Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, the romantic comedy starring Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Amr Waked and Kristin Scott Thomas.  The plot throws together a fishery expert (McGregor) and a PR consultant (Blunt) to help a sheikh (Waked) realize his vision of bringing salmon fishing to the desert.  Facilitating this crazy idea is the British Prime Minister’s Press Secretary (Thomas) who is looking for a “good news” win out of the Middle East.  The clips do a nice job of highlighting the political tension, the budding love story between McGregor and Blunt’s characters and the developing friendship between McGregor’s fishing expert and Waked’s sheikh.  Salmon Fishing in the Yemen opens March 9th.  Hit the jump to check out the clips.

New Trailer for SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN Starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt

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A new trailer for Salmon Fishing the Yemen has gone online. The film centers on a fishing expert (Ewan McGregor) and PR consultant (Emily Blunt) who are thrown together to bring salmon fishing to the Yemen at the behest of a sheik (Amr Waked) and the Prime Minister’s press secretary (Kristin Scott Thomas). I wasn’t bowled over by the first trailer, but I feel this cut is much more effective. The goofiness and emotionality both come on strong, and I feel like I’d enjoy spending two hours with these characters. Matt caught the flick at the Toronto Film Festival and found it surprisingly witty and funny, so I’m looking forward to checking it out once it hits theaters.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen opens March 9th.

SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN Opens 2012 Palm Springs International Film Festival

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When the Palm Springs International Film Festival starts on January 5th, the honor of being the opening film will fall to Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. The film, by Oscar-nominated director Lasse Hallstrom (The Cider House Rules) and Oscar-winning writer Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) is an adaptation of the Paul Torday award-winning novel of the same name. The plot follows a sheik (Amr Waked) who desires to bring salmon fishing to the Yemen, a wild idea that is facilitated by a fishing expert (Ewan McGregor) and a PR consultant (Emily Blunt) with the urgings of the Prime Minister’s press secretary (Kristin Scott Thomas). While Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is set to open the festival, the German comedy Almanya, Welcome to Germany will close it out on January 15th. Hit the jump for more on Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.

New Release Dates for SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN, OUTRUN, SAFE HAVEN, and Tyler Perry’s WE THE PEEPLES and THE MARRIAGE COUNSELOR

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A lot of movement on the release date calendar over the past week:

  • CBS Films pushed Salmon Fishing in the Yemen back one week from March 2 to March 9, 2012.
  • Open Road set Outrun for release on August 24, 2012.
  • Relativity rescheduled Safe Haven from June 1, 2012 to Valentine’s Day 2013.
  • Lionsgate scheduled two Tyler Perry productions: The Marriage Counselor opens on July 27, 2012; We the Peeples follows on March 29, 2013.

Hit the jump for details on each movie.

Trailer for SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN Starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt

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The first trailer for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen has gone online.  The story centers on a fishing expert (Ewan McGregor) and PR consultant (Emily Blunt) who are thrown together to bring salmon fishing to the Yemen at the behest of a sheik (Amr Waked) and the Prime Minister’s press secretary (Kristin Scott Thomas).  I found the film surprisingly witty and funny when I saw it at the Toronto Film Festival, but those qualities are almost non-existent in this trailer beyond Thomas’ scene-stealing performance.  Instead, the trailer plays up the romantic, life-affirming aspects in a heavy-handed, saccharine fashion.  It’s also probably not the best idea to finish up your trailer with a character saying, “I don’t have a sense of humor, as you recall.”

Hit the jump to check out the disappointing trailer.  Salmon Fishing in the Yemen opens March 2, 2012.

TIFF 2011 Award Winners and Film Sales Announced

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The 2011 Toronto International Film Festival has come to a close.  We covered the hell out of it and we’ve got loads of interviews still to post.  Today, TIFF announced the winners in three award categories for Canadian films and the winners of the Cadillac People’s Choice Awards.  Nathan Morlando’s crime drama Edwin Boyd (pictured above) won Best Canadian First Feature Film, Philippe Falardeau’s Monsieur Lazhar picked up the award for Best Canadian Feature Film, and Ian Harnarine’ Doubles With Slight Pepper was awarded Best Canadian Short Film.  As for the Cadillac People’s Choice Awards, Nadine Labaki’s Where Do We Go Now? won the top prize, Jon Shenk’s The Island President won in the documentary category, and Gareth Evans’ The Raid picked up the award for The Cadillac People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award.

Hit the jump for the full press release along with a list of all the films that were sold to distributors.  Keep in mind that just because a film didn’t sell during the festival, that doesn’t mean it won’t be picked up for distribution in the near future.

TIFF 2011: SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN Review

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For the past decade, seeing director Lasse Hallström’s name attached to a film hasn’t inspired much confidence. His work has ranged from middling (The Hoax) to the saccharine (Dear John) and I worried that his latest film, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, would be both. Instead, it’s a peppy, quick-witted British comedy filled with great performances, clever dialogue, and the mature development of a romantic relationship. The film staggers a bit getting to the finish line, but it’s a fun trip most of the way.

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