Mondo Announces Ben Affleck Poster Series with ARGO, THE TOWN, and GONE BABY GONE

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The fantastic folks at Mondo have a knack for putting together some really cool poster series relating to specific genres, film franchises, or holidays, but today they’ve unveiled a series of posters focusing on one filmmaker: Ben Affleck.  Mondo has commissioned some excellent prints for Affleck’s three directorial efforts: Argo, The Town, and Gone Baby Gone, designed by Matthew Woodson, Daniel Danger, and Adam Simpson respectively.  They’re all really great designs, and Affleck had this to say about the series:

“I’ve always loved Mondo and their passion for film, as well as their talented stable of artists. I was initially drawn by their ability to offer a unique perspective on so many beloved films and am thrilled to see my films become the newest additions to their work.”

Hit the jump to take a look at each design.  The posters will be on sale at a random time on Monday, December 9th.  As always, follow @MondoNews on Twitter for the on-sale announcements.

Own 22 Digital Movies for Under $5 Each in HD, $4 Each in SD Including DARK KNIGHT, 300, MATRIX, GOONIES, and More

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Today only, Amazon is offering 22 movies you can download to own for $5 each in HD, and $4 each in SD.  Per Amazon, “Purchased videos will be stored in Your Video Library where you can access them whenever you want; watch on your PC, Kindle Fire, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, or more than 300 HDTVs, Blu-ray players, and set-top devices.”  Hit the jump for the list of films (which includes titles such as The Dark Knight, Casablanca, The Goonies, 300, The Town, The Departed, The Shawshank Redemption, and The Matrix) or click here for the full list on Amazon.

Weekend Box Office: WRECK-IT RALPH Earns High Score with $49.1 Million; FLIGHT Soars in Second

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Though much of the East Coast is still a ruin, Hurricane Sandy did not dampen enthusiasm at the weekend box office. Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph was the easy winner with $49.1 million from 3,752 locations. In half as many venues, Paramount’s Flight beat all pre-release projections with its $25 million launch. And while Argo continued to exhibit amazing staying power in third, Universal’s The Man with the Iron Fists was less impressive. The martial arts debut earned an estimated $8.2 million from 1,868 runs for fourth place.

 Title
Weekend Total
1.  Wreck-It Ralph $49,100,000 $49.1
2.  Flight $25,010,000 $25
3.  Argo $10,245,000 $75.9
4.  The Man with the Iron Fists $8,200,000 $8.2
5.
 Taken 2 $6,000,000 $125.6
6.  Cloud Atlas $5,250,000 $18.2
7.  Hotel Transylvania $4,500,000 $137.5
8.  Paranormal Activity 4 $4,300,000 $49.5
9.  Here Comes the Boom $3,600,000 $35.5
10.  Silent Hill: Revelation 3D $3,300,000 $13.8

Weekend Box Office: ARGO Beats CLOUD ATLAS and SILENT HILL: REVELATION 3D on Painfully Slow Weekend

by     Posted 1 year, 355 days ago

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With Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the East Coast, a perfect storm of indifference hit the domestic box office. Blame it on the weather or on a weak crop of new studio releases, the outcome is the same: a slow weekend that fell behind 2011 by more than 10%. Only Argo found a silver lining in the storm, pulling into first place after two weeks in theatres. As for Cloud Atlas – the most closely watched newcomer of the frame – the forecast is a little, um, cloudy.

Title Weekend Total
1. Argo $12,355,000 $60.7
2. Hotel Transylvania $9,500,000 $130.4
3. Cloud Atlas $9,400,000 $9.4
4. Paranormal Activity 4 $8,675,000 $42.6
5. Silent Hill: Revelation 3D $8,000,000 $8
6. Taken 2 $8,000,000 $117.3
7. Here Comes the Boom $5,500,000 $30.6
8. Sinister $5,070,000 $39.5
9. Alex Cross $5,050,000 $19.3
10. Fun Size $4,060,000 $4

Weekend Box Office: TAKEN 2 Repeats in First; ARGO Claims Second with $20.1 Million; HERE COMES THE BOOM Goes Bust

by     Posted 2 years, 4 days ago

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Even with five new movies competing at this weekend’s box office, Taken 2 had no trouble holding on to first place for a second week in a row. The action movie edged out Ben Affleck’s Argo and Friday’s first-place horror feature Sinister, though each put up strong debut numbers. The picture was not as rosy for the remaining three new releases, including Sony’s comedy Here Comes the Boom with Kevin James.

 Title Weekend Total
1. Taken 2 $22,500,000 $86.7
2. Argo $20,120,000 $20.1
3. Sinister $18,250,000 $18.2
4. Hotel Transylvania $17,300,000 $102.1
5. Here Comes the Boom $12,000,000 $12
6 Pitch Perfect $9,336,000 $36
7. Frankenweenie $7,014,000 $22
8 Looper $6,300,000 $51.4
9. Seven Psychopaths $4,275,000 $4.2
10. Perks of Being a Wallflower
$2,166,000 $6.1

THE TOWN Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review

by     Posted 2 years, 210 days ago

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Few career resurrections/resuscitations have been so pronounced as Ben Affleck’s. Post-Gigli and Surviving Christmas, there was a sense that Affleck was going to live in the shadow of his previous successes and showcase the career path that Matt Damon managed to avoid. But his turn to directing has enlivened his career, leading to better roles (or at least better chosen ones) and an earned respect for his behind-the-scenes talents.

In The Town, Affleck stars as a bank robber looking to get out, but is sucked into one last score. Though The Town isn’t quite as good as Gone Baby Gone, it shows that Affleck can handle action and suspense fairly well even while starring in the film. Co-starring Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Blake Lively and Jeremy Renner, our review of The Town: Ultimate Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray follows after the jump.

Weekend Box Office – THE LION KING 3D Keeps Its Crown; MONEYBALL Slides to Second with $20.6 Million

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Once again, it looks like I was foolish to bet on Moneyball.  Blinded by the strong opening day of this long-time underdog, I completely forgot that last weekend’s champ would have a home field advantage on Saturday.  The final score put The Lion King 3D back on top and added another $22.1 million to the re-release’s lifetime stats.  Moneyball had to settle for second, though the estimates between it and the week’s newest family film, Dolphin Tale, are close enough that the baseball flick could conceivably fall to third by Monday.

Title Weekend Total
1 The Lion King 3D $22,100,000 $61.6
2 Moneyball $20,600,000 $20.6
3 Dolphin Tale $20,300,000 $20.3
4 Abduction $11,200,000 $11.2
5 Killer Elite $9,500,000 $9.5
6 Contagion $8,565,000 $57.1
7 Drive $5,771,000 $21.4
8 The Help $4,400,000 $154.4
9 Straw Dogs $2,100,000 $8.8
10 I Don’t Know How She Does It $2,053,000 $8

Weekend Box Office – CONTAGION Stronger Than Expected at Number One with $23.1 Million

by     Posted 3 years, 38 days ago

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To say the box office has been a bit sleepy of late would be a gross understatement.  Seriously, if I am being bored by the numbers I can only imagine how ordinary movie fans feel.  Four new titles hit theatres this weekend, including Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion. The pandemic thriller, and its A-list cast, drew an impressive three day estimate of $23.1 million: more than enough to end the three-week reign of The Help as the nation’s top draw.

Title Weekend Total
1 Contagion $23,135,000 $23.1
2 The Help $8,691,000 $137
3 Warrior $5,607,000 $5.6
4 The Debt $4,905,000 $21.9
5 Colombiana $4,000,000 $29.7
6 Rise of the Planet of the Apes $3,875,000 $167.8
7 Shark Night 3D $3,533,000 $14.7
8 Apollo 18 $2,913,000 $15
9 Our Idiot Brother $2,761,000 $21.4
10 Spy Kids 4 $2,500,000 $34.2

WGA Announces Screenplay Nominations; Nods for BLACK SWAN, THE SOCIAL NETWORK, and INCEPTION

by     Posted 3 years, 288 days ago

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The Writers Guild of America has announced their nominations for the best screenplays of 2010.  Most of the usual suspects scored noms, including The Social Network and Black Swan. A couple of nice surprise nominations for Please Give and I Love You Philip Morris shake up what’s mostly a list of more of the same. Oscar favorite The Kings Speech failed to meet eligibility requirements to be considered, and was therefore disqualified (as were a number of other high-profile scripts).  Usually a reliable predictor for Oscar gold, the winner of the WGA award has gone on to win the Oscar in the same category 11 of the last 16 years.

Don’t let the lack of a Kings Speech nom fool you, as that film and The Social Network have been racking up awards in the original and adapted screenplay categories respectively over the past month. Hit the jump to check out the full list of nominations in the Best Original Screenplay, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Documentary Screenplay categories.

Producers Guild Award Nominees Announced

by     Posted 3 years, 288 days ago

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The Producers Guild of America have announced their nominees for the 2011 Producers Guild Awards.  The nominees for Best Motion Picture are 127 Hours, Black Swan, Inception, The Fighter, The Kids Are All Right, The King’s Speech, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, The Town, and True Grit. Notably absent from their selections is Winter’s Bone.  With the exception of The Town, I think you’re looking at the ten Oscar nominees for Best Picture (I think Winter’s Bone will ultimately nab the 10th slot).

Hit the jump for the full press release, which also includes nominees for Best Animated Film, Best Documentary (no Exit Through the Gift Shop—boo), and various television categories.  Winners will be announced January 22nd.  Judd Apatow will host the awards ceremony.

Quentin Tarantino’s Top 20 Films of 2010

by     Posted 3 years, 290 days ago

As we enter 2011, Quentin Tarantino has revealed his top ten films of 2010.  The list includes the usual suspects (Toy Story 3, The Social Network) along with some fun surprises like Tangled and, shall we say “peculiar” surprises like Robin Hood.  Tarantino didn’t provide any comment on his choices, but said of his number ten pick, Enter the Void,

“Hands down best credit scene of the year? Maybe best credit scene of the decade. One of the greatest in cinema history.”

Hit the jump for Tarantino’s list along with a look at the opening credits for Enter the Void.

THE TOWN Blu-ray Review

by     Posted 3 years, 295 days ago

Few career resurrections/resuscitations have been so pronounced as Ben Affleck’s. From Gigli and Surviving Christmas, there was a sense that Affleck was going to live in the shadow of his previous successes and showcase the career path that Matt Damon managed to avoid. But his turn to directing has enlivened his career, leading to better roles (or at least more intelligently chosen ones) and a great respect for his behind-the-scenes talents. In The Town, Affleck stars as a bank robber looking to get out, but is sucked into one last score. Though The Town isn’t quite as good as Gone Baby Gone, it shows that Affleck can handle action and suspense fairly well even while starring in the film, and it no surprise it managed to be a success upon release. Co-starring Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Blake Lively and Jeremy Renner, my review of The Town on Blu-ray follows after the jump.

The Society of Camera Operators 2010 Nominations Include SALT, HEREAFTER, and 24

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Around awards season, I’m always interested by the nominations of guilds or other groups with a specific technical focus.  Of course, the Society of Camera Operators found a way to honor The Social Network like everyone else.  But Hereafter and Salt, which won’t contend for many awards as complete works, also earned nominations alongside The Town and The Fighter for feature film camera operator of the year.

The nominees in television are similarly eclectic.  The final season of 24 missed out on a swan song at the Emmys and the Golden Globes, but is recognized here with House, Bones, Sons of Anarchy, and Raising Hope.  Hit the jump for the full list.

Critics Choice Awards Nominations Announced; BLACK SWAN Lands Record 12 Nominations

by     Posted 3 years, 310 days ago

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The Broadcast Film Critics Association have announced their nominees for the 2010 Critics Choice Awards. Leading the pack with a record 12 nominations is Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan.  After David Fincher’s The Social Network racked up wins from the NBR, LAFCA, and BSFCA, the 12 nominations from the BFCA is a nice boost to Black Swan (although Social Network picked up 9 nominations).  The King’s Speech and True Grit each racked up 11 nominations.

Hit the jump for a full list of the nominees.  Winners will be awarded on January 14, 2011.

AFI Announces the Top 10 Movies and TV Programs of 2010

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The American Film Institute have announced their top 10 movies and TV programs of 2010.  As usual, they forgo a ranking system and instead list each winner alphabetically.  On the film side, we have Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, 127 Hours, The Social Network, The Town, Toy Story 3, True Grit, and Winter’s Bone, with special awards for the British (and thus disqualified) The King’s Speech and Waiting For Superman.  A fine list, and I don’t immediately see any egregious snubs.

The AFI only honored three TV programs with more than two seasons: Mad Men, 30 Rock, and Breaking Bad.  The rest were new series (The Big C, Boardwalk Empire, The Walking Dead), one-offs  (The Pacific, Temple Grandin), or standout sophomores (Glee, Modern Family).  Hit the jump to see the full lists.

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