Top Film Scores of 2010

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Top 10 lists are a dime a dozen in the Hollywood circle, but while most writers are busy compiling their “Best of” in terms of films, directors and performances I’m always more curious to explore the less-appreciated categories – particularly Best Motion Picture Score. And so without further ado, here are my picks for the Best Scores of 2010. Hit the jump to see the list.

Weekend Box Office – VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER Leads Soft Weekend with $24.5 Million; THE TOURIST Second with $17 Million

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When all of the good box office news is coming from the specialty market, you know that Hollywood is having a rough December.  Both Black Swan and The Fighter posted big numbers in limited release while few fans felt the urge to “Return to Narnia” with Fox’s The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.  The Narnia franchise’s third installment does at least get to claim the “Number One Movie in America” tag for its TV spots over the next few days, however.  Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie got The Tourist to second place this weekend, as expected… it is only that number in the total column that could have been bigger.

Title Weekend Total
1 Voyage of the Dawn Treader $24,500,000 $24.5
2 The Tourist $17,000,000 $17
3 Tangled $14,559,000 $115.6
4 Harry Potter 7A $8,500,000 $257.6
5 Unstoppable $3,750,000 $74.2
6 Black Swan $3,300,000 $5.6
7 Burlesque $3,200,000 $32.5
8 Love & Other Drugs $3,000,000 $27.6
9 Due Date $2,545,000 $94.8
10 Megamind $2,510,000 $140.2

6 Movie Clips from THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER

by     Posted 3 years, 138 days ago

20th Century Fox has released 6 movie clips from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the third entry in the Narnia series.  The Michael Apted-directed sequel sees the return of Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, along with their cousin Eustace, as they join King Caspian on “a perilous journey to find seven banished lords.”  Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley, and Will Poulter star.  Hit the jump to check out the clips, a bunch of images, and the full synopsis:

New Trailer for THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER

by     Posted 3 years, 164 days ago

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20th Century Fox has released a new trailer for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the third entry in the Narnia series.  The Michael Apted-directed sequel sees the return of Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, along with their cousin Eustace, as they join King Caspian on “a perilous journey to find seven banished lords.”  Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley, and Will Poulter star.  Hit the jump to check out the trailer.

A Recap of All Our AFM Coverage; Tons of Synopses, Posters, and Images for Upcoming Films

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With the American Film Market (AFM) starting today in Los Angeles, we’ve been posting an enormous amount of promo posters and first synopses from a wide assortment of movies. Due to the amount that we’ve been posting, we think there is a good chance you might have missed some of the posters and info over the course of the day. So to make sure you’re all caught up, here’s links to all our AFM coverage. Look for more tomorrow:

Posters for THE KING’S SPEECH, THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER, and THE ILLUSIONIST

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This afternoon, we have posters for The King’s Speech, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and The Illusionist.  The poster for the The King’s Speech is awful, which is a shame as the film has an insane amount of positive buzz and looks like a lock for an Oscar nomination.  The poster for Narnia is much better even though they’ve already done one where they got up into Aslan’s grill.  Finally, The Illusionist is trying to win people over with blurb-power.  It’s not a bad strategy, but it short-changes the art of the film, which looks stunning.

Hit the jump to check out the posters along with a synopsis for each film.  The King’s Speech opens November 26th.  The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader opens December 10th.  The Illusionist opens December 25th.

International Trailer and Poster for THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER

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20th Century Fox has released the international trailer and French poster for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.  I think this is the best trailer they’ve released so far and it still doesn’t personally do anything for me since these movies have never really captured my imagination.  However, maybe the third time is the charm for the Narnia franchise.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster.  The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader stars Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley, and Will Poulter.  It opens in 3D on December 10th.

New Images from HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, THE TOURIST, 127 HOURS, GULLIVER’S TRAVELS, FASTER and More

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With the fall movie season upon us, plenty of new images from upcoming movies have arrived online.  MTV has premiered new shots from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I (release date: Nov. 19th), The Tourist (Dec. 10th), 127 Hours (Nov. 5th), Black Swan (Dec. 1st), Burlesque (Nov. 24th), The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Dec. 10th), Faster (Nov. 24th), Gulliver’s Travels (Dec. 22nd), My Soul to Take (Oct. 8th), and Skyline (Nov. 12th).

Hit the jump to check out all of the images.

New Trailer for THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER

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A new trailer for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader has gone online.  Combined with last week’s new poster, I’m slowly starting to remember that this film is coming out in the near future.  But my forgetfulness regarding the franchise mostly stems from the fact that I just don’t care about the property.  I see this new trailer and I don’t know why I should come back to Narnia for a third time.  You need to give me more than “It’s magical.”  And being asked to return hammers home my biggest problem with the Narnia movies thus far: I don’t feel like the characters are part of the world as much as they’re simply tourists.  They participate in the events of the world, but they’re not part of it.

Maybe Dawn Treader is the movie that can turn me around on this franchise, but so far it’s just looking like more of the same.  Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader will open in 3D on December 10th.

Posters for RED and THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER

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We have two posters for you this afternoon.  First up is the final poster for the action-comedy Red starring (and each with their own poster) Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, Karl Urban, and John Malkovich.  I’ve dug this poster series and I’ve been encouraged by what I saw of the film at Comic-Con and the movie’s teaser and theatrical trailers.

We also have the poster for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.  I keep forgetting that this film exists.

Hit the jump to check out both posters.  Red opens on October 15thThe Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader opens in 3D on December 10th.

Mpower Joins Adaptation of THE GREAT DIVORCE from CHRONICLES OF NARNIA Author C.S. Lewis

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Now that The Chronicles of Narnia is a bona fide billion-dollar cinematic franchise, producers are exploring the rest of author C.S. Lewis’ bibliography for adaptable works.  Variety reports that Mpower Pictures will team up with Beloved Pictures to bring Lewis’ 1945 religious allegory The Great Divorce to the big screen.  The rights have been secured at Beloved for awhile, but fresh off The Stoning of Soraya M., Mpower is new to the project.  Children’s book author N.D. Wilson (the 100 Cupboards trilogy) is attached to write the screenplay.

The fantasy novel revolves around a resident of Hell who boards a bus en route to Heaven.  Hit the jump for a full synopsis.

First Trailer for THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER 3D

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Though Disney decided not to move forward with The Chronicles of Narnia franchise, Fox picked up the ball and slated the third entry The Voyage of the Dawn Treader for a 3D release on December 10, 2010.

Based on the C.S. Lewis novel, Voyage follows the continuing adventures of Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, along with obnoxious cousin Eustace, as they sail the Narnian seas.  Check out the trailer after the jump.

Posters for GULLIVER’S TRAVELS, KANE & LYNCH, and VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER from the 2010 Cannes Film Festival

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Empire is snapping and tweeting photos of promo posters they’re seeing at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.  They’ve already uploaded posters for Gulliver’s Travels (starring Jack Black, Jason Segel, and Emily Blunt), Kane & Lynch (starring Bruce Willis and Jamie Foxx), and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.  Hopefully, Empire will be grabbing more images throughout the festival.

Check out all three images after the jump.  The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader hits theaters on December 10th, Gulliver’s Travels hits on December 22nd, and Kane & Lynch hits sometime in 2011.

Fox’s NARNIA 3 and GULLIVER’S TRAVELS Being Released in 3D

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It’s not incredibly shocking that 20th Century Fox is now planning on releasing two of their biggest holiday films, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and Gulliver’s Travels, in 3D. ComingSoon is reporting that the studio will be adapting both films into 3D, with Narnia coming out December 10th, and Gulliver’s Travels coming out December 22nd.

The real question lies in how long theaters will be able to keep these movies on their 3D screens. The holiday season is going to be big for 3D movies, with heavy hitters like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (November 19), Tron Legacy (December 17), DreamWorks Animation’s Megamind (November 5), and Disney’s Tangled (November 12), all competing for theaters in November and December.

Columbia Pictures is Searching for THE LOST SYMBOL; Hires Steven Knight to Write the Third DA VINCI CODE Movie

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In a surprise to no one, Columbia Pictures has announced they’re moving forward on a film adaptation of Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol and Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things, Shutter Island, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader) will write the script.  The third book in the Da Vinci Code franchise was released last September and sold more than a million copies on its first day of release.  Like the previous two books in the franchise, The Lost Symbol finds Robert Langdon having to solve a problem in very little time. This time it’s in Washington, D.C. and it involves the Freemasons.

While reviews have not been kind on either The Da Vinci Code or Angels and Demons, the two films have grossed over a billion dollars at the worldwide box office (Da Vinci Code $758 million, Angels and Demons $486 million), so it makes a lot of business sense to make the movie.  According to Variety, Tom Hanks has not yet signed on to reprise the role, but I’d imagine if the script is good and the paycheck is large, we’ll see him as Robert Langdon next year.  Also, no word if Ron Howard will direct again.

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