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Weekend Index (January 25-27, 2013)

January 29th, 2013 - Graham Eley

1. Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters (Paramount) PPI $19m (NE)

2. Mama (Universal) UPI $12.9m ($48.6m) (1)

3. Silver Linings Playbook (TWC) TWC International $10m ($69.5m) (3)

4. Zero Dark Thirty (Columbia Pictures) Panorama/Universal ($9.8m) $69.9m (2)

5. Parker (FilmDistrict) Sierra/Affinity $7m (NE)

 

‘Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters’, starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, grossed a reasonable $19m to take the top spot at the North American weekend box office.  Paramount’s fairy tale adaptation finished its opening weekend slightly higher than Friday’s performance had indicated.

 

The Guillermo del Toro executive produced, ‘Mama’, returned a decent $12.9m in second place with a lower than expected fall of 45% from a high starting point.  It has now taken $48.6m after two weekends in play.

 

Oscar nominees, ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ and ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ took $10m and $9.8m respectively in third and fourth place.  Both films have running totals just under $70m after successful limited platform releases.

 

FilmDistrict’s Jason Statham/Jennifer Lopez action thriller, ‘Parker’, under-performed on $7m over the three days.  Another opener, Relativity Media’s comedy ‘Movie 43’, bombed even more spectacularly, finishing the weekend on a awful $5m.yasmin 30 buy yasmin 28buy yasmin online uk how much does generic yasmin costyasmin vs ortho tri cyclen new yasmin genericgeneric for yasmin birth control

 

It was generally a quiet box office with the top twelve dropping by 25% from last weekend.

International box office (January 25-27, 2013)

January 29th, 2013 - Graham Eley

‘Django Unchained’ grossed $43.1m from 64 markets to retain the top spot at the international weekend box office.  Quentin Tarantino’s controversial Western had strong No 1 holds in Germany and France after grossing $7.9m and $6.8m respectively.  It currently stands at $111.6m internationally after two weekends in play.

 

‘Skyfall’ registered again at the top end of the international chart after opening in China over the weekend.  The 23rd James Bond movie grossed an astonishing $36.6m in the territory to take its overall international tally to $776.6m.

 

This weekend’s North American No. 1, ‘Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters’, returned an impressive $25.3m from 20 territories during its second international weekend.  Paramount’s action fantasy currently stands at an early $36.3m.  GE 29 January 2013

Screen Actors Guild Awards 2013

January 28th, 2013 - Graham Eley

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Screen Actors Guild Awards 2013

January 28th, 2013 - Graham Eley

Ben Affleck’s Argo strengthened its position as the Oscar best film frontrunner by winning the top prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.  Although the SAG’s is not one of the strongest indicators of Oscar success in this category – only 52.9% of its winners have gone on to take the Academy Award – the victory adds serious momentum behind Argo’s wins at the Critics’ Choice, Golden Globes and PGA awards.  The SAG’s seemed one major award beyond Argo after it received only one individual acting nomination, and Ben Affleck’s surprise exclusion from the Oscar’s best director nominations remains its only serious setback during the awards season.

 

Two shoo-ins for Oscar wins, Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) and Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables), picked up best actor and best supporting actress respectively, after the pair have dominated their categories throughout the winter.

 

Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) received best actress and seems to be pulling away from Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) in the Oscar race after a close contest.

 

Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln) claimed best supporting actor to edge ahead of the field in the most competitive of the Oscar acting categories, which contains five previous Academy Award winners.  Phillip Seymour Hoffman (The Master), arguably the strongest challenger, has amassed nine wins this winter with the most significant being the Critics Choice.  But Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained), whose six wins include the Golden Globe, could still prove to be a dark horse.  GE 28 January 2013

 

Awards:

 

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

WINNER: “Argo”

» “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

» “Les Misérables”

» “Lincoln”

» “Silver Linings Playbook”

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

WINNER: Daniel Day-Lewis – “Lincoln”

» Bradley Cooper – “Silver Linings Playbook”

» John Hawkes – “The Sessions”

» Hugh Jackman – “Les Misérables”

» Denzel Washington – “Flight”

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

WINNER: Jennifer Lawrence – “Silver Linings Playbook”

» Jessica Chastain – “Zero Dark Thirty”

» Marion Cotillard – “Rust and Bone”

» Helen Mirren – “Hitchcock”

» Naomi Watts – “The Impossible”

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

WINNER: Tommy Lee Jones – “Lincoln”

» Alan Arkin – “Argo” » Javier Bardem – “Skyfall”

» Robert De Niro – “Silver Linings Playbook”

» Philip Seymour Hoffman – “The Master”

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

WINNER: Anne Hathaway – “Les Misérables”

» Sally Field – “Lincoln”

» Helen Hunt – “The Sessions”

» Nicole Kidman – “The Paperboy”

» Maggie Smith – “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
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Daily Index (25 January 2013)

January 27th, 2013 - Graham Eley

‘Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters’, starring Jeremy Renner, grossed a luke warm $6.02m on its Friday opening at the North American box office.  The fairy tale adaptation should finish the weekend in the top spot on approximately $15m.

 

‘Mama’, executive produced by Guillermo del Toro, fell 62 percent to $3.8m from last week’s impressive opening, broadly in line with market expectations.  The PG-13 horror has now grossed $39.6m during its eight days in play.

 

There were similar returns for two Oscar nominees.  David O Russell’s quirky romCom dropped only 22 percent for a strong $2.34m hold, which takes its overall tally to $61.8m.  From a much higher starting point, Kathryn Bigelow’s controversial Osama bin Laden thriller ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ fell 49 percent to $2.33m for a new running total of $62.4m.  Both films have enjoyed successful limited platform strategies.

 

The Jason Statham/Jennifer Lopez action thriller, ‘Parker’, grossed a disappointing $2.13m on its debut and should finish the three days in the $6-7m region.  Doing even worse, ‘Movie 43’ could only muster a spectacularly poor $1.8m on its opening and will struggle to hit the $5m mark over the weekend.yasmin 30 buy yasmin 28buy yasmin online uk how much does generic yasmin costyasmin vs ortho tri cyclen new yasmin genericgeneric for yasmin birth control

Producers Guild of America’s Awards 2013

January 27th, 2013 - Graham Eley

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Producers Guild of America’s Awards 2013

January 27th, 2013 - Graham Eley

Ben Affleck’s ‘Argo’ has emerged as the clear favourite against the odds to win the best film Oscar after taking the top prize at the PGA awards.  The Iranian hostage drama gained momentum during the pre-Christmas critics awards but seemed to fall away after the Academy’s Directors Branch shunned it during the Oscar nominations.  It began a recovery just a few hours later by winning best film at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards and then went on to claim victory at the Golden Globes.

 

Malik Benjelloul’s ‘Searching For Sugar Man’ picked up early festival audience awards at Sundance and Tribeca and the feel good rock-doc’s popularity has grown ever since.  The PGA’s award of best documentary is no surprise and will provide further momentum to its Oscar charge.  Although it is the current Oscar frontrunner, Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi’s powerful ’5 Broken Cameras’, quite rightly, remains a serious challenger.

 

The best animation award went to ‘Wreck-It Ralph’, although its Disney stable mate, ‘Brave’, remains the slight favourite to take the Oscar.

 

Winners:

 

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures

 

Argo (Warner Bros.)

Producers: Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Grant Heslov

 

 

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures

 

Wreck-It Ralph (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Producer: Clark Spencer

 

 

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures

 

Searching For Sugar Man (Sony Pictures Classics)

Producers: Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn
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Joaquin Phoenix and Paul Thomas Anderson continue collaboration

January 26th, 2013 - Graham Eley

Joaquin Phoenix has replaced Robert Downey Jr in the lead role of Paul Thomas Anderson’s next feature, ‘Inherent Vice’, continuing their successful collaboration from ‘The Master’.  Based on Thomas Pynchon’s hard edged novel of the same name, Phoenix will play Larry “Doc” Sportello, the ‘noir’ pot-smoking detective stumbling his way through 60s LA.  No reasons have been disclosed for Downey Jr withdrawing from the production, which starts filming later this year.cost of sildalissildalis without prescription sildalis tabletssildalis cheaptablets sildalis onlinecheap sildalis onlinebuy sildalis canada

Release date for ‘The Counsellor’

January 25th, 2013 - Graham Eley

Ridley Scott’s much discussed next feature, ‘The Counsellor’, will arrive in US cinemas on Nov 15th in time for the next awards season.  The attorney of the film’s title dabbles in the drugs trade but quickly gets out of his depth when failing to understand a new set of laws.  An excellent  ensemble cast includes Michael Fassbender as the attorney, playing alongside Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Cameron Diaz.  The production is notable for being the first film based upon an original screenplay from the Pulitzer prize-winning author, Cormac McCarthy.cost of sildalissildalis without prescription sildalis tabletssildalis cheaptablets sildalis onlinecheap sildalis onlinebuy sildalis canada

International box office (January 18-20, 2013)

January 22nd, 2013 - Graham Eley

Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’, exceeded expectations by grossing $48.1m to claim the top spot at the international weekend box office.  The controversial Western opened in 54 markets, with Germany having the highest return on $9.6m.

Ang Lee’s multi-Oscar nominee, ‘Life Of Pi’, continued its strong performance in second place, adding a further $20.7m over the three days.  The sea adventure now stands at $393.9m internationally and should cross the $400m mark today.

Les Misérables came in third after grossing $19.4m for the weekend, taking its international tally over the $150m milestone.  After factoring in North America, Tom Hooper’s musical adaptation stands at an impressive $280.9m worldwide.cost of sildalissildalis without prescription sildalis tabletssildalis cheaptablets sildalis onlinecheap sildalis onlinebuy sildalis canada

Weekend Index (January 18-20, 2013)

January 22nd, 2013 - Graham Eley

1. Mama (Universal) UPI $28.1m (NE)
2. Zero Dark Thirty (Columbia Pictures) Panorama $17.6m ($55.9m) (1)
3. Silver Linings Playbook (TWC) TWC International $11.4m ($55.3m) (10)
4. Gangster Squad (Warner Bros) WBPI $9.1m ($32.2m) (3)
5. Broken City (Fox) Inferno $9m (NE)

 

Andy Muschietti’s debut feature, ‘Mama’, took control of the North American weekend box office, grossing a huge $28.1m over the three days, far higher than market expectations.  The PG-13 horror had enjoyed a modest marketing campaign notwithstanding Guillermo del Toro’s presence as executive producer.

 

Oscar nominated ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ fell to second spot but still grossed a respectable $17.6m.  Kathryn Bigelow’s controversial Osama bin Laden thriller, which has never been out of the public eye, currently stands at $55.9m overall.

 

Another Oscar nominee, ‘Silver Linings Playbook’, won the third place battle quite comfortably in the end after trailing Fox’s crime thriller, ‘Broken City’, on Friday night.  David O Russell’s quirky comedy returned a strong $11.4m, slightly higher than expectations, but its running total has fallen $0.6m behind ‘Zero Dark Thirty’.

 

‘Broken City’ could not take advantage of solid box office attraction Mark Wahlberg and had to settle for fifth spot after a disappointing $9m return.  But that was nothing compared to another opener, ”The Last Stand’, which could only take a spectacularly bad $6.3m on Arnold Schwarzenegger return to a starring role.cost of sildalissildalis without prescription sildalis tabletssildalis cheaptablets sildalis onlinecheap sildalis onlinebuy sildalis canada

New script from Jeff Nichols

January 22nd, 2013 - Graham Eley

News that the next script from ‘Take Shelter’ filmmaker, Jeff Nichols, was in the mode of John Carpenter’s ‘Starman’ is less a change of direction than would first seem to be the case.  All of Nichols’ existing films have featured unconventional characters sitting outside mainstream society and Carpenter’s alien served as a metaphor for outsiders who unnerve the authorities.  Although viewed from a very different perspective, there is every reason to suppose that Nichols will establish close thematic links with his existing body of work.  Nichols’ latest feature, ‘Mud’, which received its world premiere competing for the Palme d’Or at Cannes, opens in North America on April 26.cost of sildalissildalis without prescription sildalis tabletssildalis cheaptablets sildalis onlinecheap sildalis onlinebuy sildalis canada

Daily Index (18 January 2013)

January 20th, 2013 - Graham Eley

The latest horror movie from the Guillermo del Toro stable, ‘Mama’ massively exceeded expectations at the North American box office when grossing $10m on its Friday launch.  It now has a shot at exceeding $30m over the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. weekend notwithstanding a comparatively light advertising campaign.

 

Last weekend’s No 1, ‘Zero Dark Thirty’, returned a slightly lower than expected $4.5m on Friday but it should still take the second spot. The controversial Osama bin Laden thriller seems set for a four day tally in the high teens.

 

Fox’s crime thriller, ‘Broken City’, starring Mark Wahlberg, could only muster a luke warm $3m  on its opening Friday.  Oscar nominee, ‘Silver Linings Playbook’, was hot its heels with $2.95m and may have more staying power in the battle for third place.

 

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s vehicle, ‘The Last Stand’, bombed with an appalling $2m debut.cost of sildalissildalis without prescription sildalis tabletssildalis cheaptablets sildalis onlinecheap sildalis onlinebuy sildalis canada

Mathieu Amalric reunites with Emmanuelle Seigner

January 17th, 2013 - Graham Eley

Mathieu Amalric has joined the cast of Roman Polanski’s ‘Venus In Fur’ and will reunite with co-star, Emmanuelle Seigner, for the first time since his César winning performance in ‘The Diving Bell And The Butterfly’.  Based on David Ives’ Broadway play of the same name, an audition turns into an erotic power battle between the director and lead actress.  The two-hander is a follow-up to Polanski’s minor work ‘Carnage’ and filming is now under way.cost of sildalissildalis without prescription sildalis tabletssildalis cheaptablets sildalis onlinecheap sildalis onlinebuy sildalis canada

Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Gravity’ receives release date

January 16th, 2013 - Graham Eley

Alfonso Cuaron’s first feature for seven years, ‘Gravity’, will eventually receive a US theatrical release on October 4, 2013 as part of a likely awards campaign. George Clooney and Sandra Bullock star in a pared down character driven sc-fi thriller where two astronauts spiral into space after a shuttle mission goes horribly wrong. The release date indicates a world premiere in competition at Venice – where Cuaron launched ‘Children of Men’ and ‘Y Tu Mamá También’ – followed by a high profile gala screening at Toronto.cost of sildalissildalis without prescription sildalis tabletssildalis cheaptablets sildalis onlinecheap sildalis onlinebuy sildalis canada

International box office (January 11-13, 2013)

January 14th, 2013 - Graham Eley

‘Life Of Pi’ had little competition at the international weekend box office where it comfortably retained the No 1 position.  Ang Lee’s sea epic, boosted by 11 Oscar nominations, added a further $33.2m to its overall tally, which now stands at an impressive $357.4m.  It was active in 67 markets and boasted second weekend No 1 holds in Russia and Australia.

 

‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ continued its strong international performance, holding on to second place during its fifth weekend in play.  Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth adventure passed the $600m milestone after grossing a further $26.1m over the three days.

 

Golden Globe winner of best comedy/musical, ‘Les Misérables’, was hot on its heels, returning $25.5m during the weekend for a new international running total of $115.1m.  It grossed an outstanding $13.4m on its UK debut being Universal’s third most commercially successful opening in the territory.ampicillin rash ampicillin toxicity ampicillin injection ampicillin interactions ampicillin for acne ampicillin usage ampicillin capsules

Weekend Index (January 11-13, 2013)

January 14th, 2013 - Graham Eley

1. Zero Dark Thirty (Columbia Pictures) Panorama $24m ($29.5m) (16)

2. A Haunted House (Open Road) Octane $18.8m (NE)

3. Gangster Squad (Warner Bros) WBPI $16.7m (NE)

4. Django Unchained (TWC) Sony Pictures Releasing International $11.1m ($125.4m) (2)

5. Les Misérables (Universal/Working Title) UPI $10.1m ($119.2m) (4)

 

Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘Zero Dark Thirty’, easily claimed the top spot at the North American weekend box office after expanding from 60 to 2,937 sites ahead of Sunday’s Golden Globes ceremony.  The ongoing controversy surrounding the production seems to have boosted the political thriller’s box office prospects with it grossing a strong $24m over the three days.

 

After being caught in a close battle of the new releases on Friday – with a mere  $0.3m dividing the top two – Open Road Films’  ‘A Haunted House’ pulled away over the weekend.  The ‘Paranormal Activity’ spoof went on to make a solid $18.8m after returning $6.7m on its Friday launch.

 

‘Gangster Squad’ continued to disappointment in third place, finishing the weekend on a lacklustre $16.7m.  Warner Bros’ crime thriller failed to take advantage of a strong cast that includes Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.ampicillin rash ampicillin toxicity ampicillin injection ampicillin interactions ampicillin for acne ampicillin usage ampicillin capsules

Golden Globes’ 2013

January 13th, 2013 - Graham Eley

The Golden Globes hold a unique status in the awards season, enjoying the razzmatazz of a major event but, unlike the industry guilds, their members do not vote for the Oscars.  Unsurprisingly, therefore, they have consistently sent out mixed messages; picking up on some trends from earlier awards whilst managing to retain enough independence for springing surprises.  It is an ambiguous position that has led to the winners of the Globes’ best drama or musical/comedy categories accounting for only 50% of the last twelve best film successes at the Oscars; too low for a reliable indicator and too high to be ignored.

 

The big question emerging from last night’s Globes’ awards ceremony is whether Lincoln’s failure to convert its seven nominations – higher than any other film – into more than Daniel Day-Lewis’ best actor in a drama victory, indicates that the Globes are picking up on a wider trend or establishing their independence.  Lincoln has remained the favourite to take best film at the Oscars throughout the awards season notwithstanding a disappointing performance in the pre-Christmas critics awards, but after missing out on a best director’s nomination at the BAFTA’s last week and the disappointment at the Globes, the race is starting to look more competitive than ever.

 

The position of its main challengers, though, is not looking any clearer.  For the two big winners at the Globes, Argo (best dramatic film and director) and Les Miz (best musical/comedy) or Zero Dark Thirty, which has already claimed ten best film victories this winter, to walk away from the Oscars with the top prize, they will have to break the long established trend of the winner also having a best director nomination.  On the other hand, out of those competing against Lincoln in that category, Life of Pi and Silver Linings Playbook had disappointing nights at the Globes, and Amour and Beasts of the Southern Wild seem to lack the necessary industry support.  In reality, the Producer Guild Awards (Jan. 26) are looking more important than ever as the key indicator in the annual trending game.ampicillin rash ampicillin toxicity ampicillin injection ampicillin interactions ampicillin for acne ampicillin usage ampicillin capsules

Golden Globes’ 2013

January 13th, 2013 - Graham Eley

The Golden Globes hold a unique status in the awards season, enjoying the razzmatazz of a major event but, unlike the industry guilds, their members do not vote for the Oscars.  Unsurprisingly, therefore, they have consistently sent out mixed messages; picking up on some trends from earlier awards whilst managing to retain enough independence for springing surprises.  It is an ambiguous position that has led to the winners of the Globes’ best drama or musical/comedy categories accounting for only 50% of the last twelve best film successes at the Oscars; too low for a reliable indicator and too high to be ignored.

 

The big question emerging from last night’s Globes’ awards ceremony is whether Lincoln’s failure to convert its seven nominations – higher than any other film – into more than Daniel Day-Lewis’ best actor in a drama victory, indicates that the Globes are picking up on a wider trend or establishing their independence.  Lincoln has remained the favourite to take best film at the Oscars throughout the awards season notwithstanding a disappointing performance in the pre-Christmas critics awards, but after missing out on a best director’s nomination at the BAFTA’s last week and the disappointment at the Globes, the race is starting to look more competitive than ever.

 

The position of its main challengers, though, is not looking any clearer.  For the two big winners at the Globes, Argo (best dramatic film and director) and Les Miz (best musical/comedy) or Zero Dark Thirty, which has already claimed ten best film victories this winter, to walk away from the Oscars with the top prize, they will have to break the long established trend of the winner also having a best director nomination.  On the other hand, out of those competing against Lincoln in that category, Life of Pi and Silver Linings Playbook had disappointing nights at the Globes, and Amour and Beasts of the Southern Wild seem to lack the necessary industry support.  In reality, the Producer Guild Awards (Jan. 26) are looking more important than ever as the key indicator in the annual trending game.

 

Winners:

 

Picture, Drama

Argo

 

Picture, Musical or Comedy

Les Miserables

 

Director

Ben Affleck, Argo

 

Actor, Drama

Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

 

Actress, Drama

Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty

 

Actor, Musical or Comedy

Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables

 

Actress, Musical or Comedy

Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

 

Supporting Actor

Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

 

Supporting Actress

Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

 

Screenplay

Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

 

Foreign Language

Amour

 

Animated Film

Brave

 

Original Score

Mychael Danna, Life of Pi

 

Original Song

Skyfall (music and lyrics by Adele and Paul Epworth), “Skyfall.”
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Daily Index (11 January 2013)

January 12th, 2013 - Graham Eley

After expanding to sixty locations last weekend for an excellent $13,750 per-theatre average, Sony went nationwide with ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ on Friday and comfortably took the No 1 spot.  Seemingly always in the headlines, whether it be for the alleged Government leaks to the production team or Kathryn Bigelow’s unexpected failure to land a best director’s nomination at the Oscars, the controversial Osama bin Laden thriller returned a further estimated $9m.  It should gross approximately $25m over the the three days.

 

‘A Haunted House’ won the battle of the new Friday releases in a close contest, grossing a decent but unexceptional estimated $6.7m.  The comedy horror should finish the weekend around $17m.

 

‘Gangster Squad’ was $0.03m behind in third place, but, with the benefit of a more extensive marketing campaign, it may edge passed ‘A Haunted House’ over the three days.  Overall it’s a lukewarm performance though and the crime thriller’s weekend tally looks set to fall below $20m.

 

Last week’s No 1, ‘Texas Chainsaw 3D’, spectacularly nose dived and returned an estimated $1.8m in eighth place.  This represented a shocking 82% fall.ampicillin rash ampicillin toxicity ampicillin injection ampicillin interactions ampicillin for acne ampicillin usage ampicillin capsules

Arthouse films and the VoD dilemma

January 12th, 2013 - Graham Eley

It is never easy to distinguish between cyclical and structural market changes.  As the economic crisis continues to bite, sellers will inevitably face a reducing international market for arthouse films against the backdrop of lower acquisition budgets.  Theoretically, sales should begin to increase alongside any recovery, whenever that may be, but there is a suspicion within many parts of the arthouse sector that this will not materialise.  It derives from a post modern self-fulfilling prophesy and the reduced influence of auteur theory; manifesting itself at a practical level in the younger generations of cinema-goers being less inclined to follow a particular filmmaker.  Gone are the days, perhaps, where buyers can calculate minimum returns based on the filmmaker’s name other than at the elite end of the market.

 

Attention has now turned to simultaneous  theatrical and video-on-demand releasing as a means to counter the downturn.  On the face of it, this is the worst nightmare for cinephiles who, quite rightly, are quick to protest that feature films are, and should be made for the big screen.  It is one thing, they argue, for multi-platforms to off-set the irretrievable damage that piracy has done to DVD sales but we should retain a robust window system for the primary markets.  Great sentiments, but, to be realistic, filmmakers would prefer some kind of release to none at all.  And, for that matter, it remains to be seen how VoD and theatrical releases will interact with each other.  There is a strong belief amongst some industry insiders that the VoD market acts as an invaluable word of mouth for the theatrical release.  In other words, an appetite for arthouse films may remain but we need to find alternative ways of tapping into the market that does not rely on auteur status.

 

Indie specialist, Magnolia Pictures has been a key pioneer of multi-platform strategies since its day and date theatrical / VoD release of Steven Soderbergh’s Bubble five years ago.  It is now a standard model for Magnolia to screen films on cable TV during the first week of its theatrical release.

 

Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have had well documented success with Magnolia’s  ultra VoD model with their domestic release of J.C. Chandor’s financial crisis thriller,  Margin Call.  It grossed $5.8m theatrically and earned a similar amount from a simultaneous VoD release against an original outlay of approximately $1m for US rights.

 

Another possible trend may emerge from independent exhibitors, who should have their fingers on the pulse, acting as distributors collectively to negotiate directly with the sellers.  There is a real danger here, though, as illustrated by the current UK indie exhibition market, that it can vest too much control with too few, resulting in the exclusion of worthy titles on the ground of personal taste/privilege.ampicillin rash ampicillin toxicity ampicillin injection ampicillin interactions ampicillin for acne ampicillin usage ampicillin capsules

New Christopher Nolan feature

January 11th, 2013 - Graham Eley

Christopher Nolan’s next feature will be ‘Interstellar’, another complex sc-fi feature in the mode of ‘Inception’.  Reshaping the film in line with his own vision, Nolan will base it on an earlier script from his brother Jonathan, who wrote the short story that gave rise to ‘Memento’ and collaborated on the screenplays for ‘The Prestige’ and the two ‘Dark Knight’ batman movies.  In a mouth watering prospect, it will be a time travel adventure revolving around new theories that push against the boundaries of existing scientific thought.ampicillin rash ampicillin toxicity ampicillin injection ampicillin interactions ampicillin for acne ampicillin usage ampicillin capsules

Mexican actors in new venture

January 11th, 2013 - Graham Eley

Two of Mexico’s best known actors, Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna, who famously co-starred in Alfonso Cuarón’s outstanding comic drama, ‘Y Tu Mamá También’, are to collaborate again but in a very different way.  Each will direct a short based on an Alonso Ruizpalacios script that stands alone and forms a continuous story with the other at one and the same time.  Both films will focus on companionship in contemporary Mexico.ampicillin rash ampicillin toxicity ampicillin injection ampicillin interactions ampicillin for acne ampicillin usage ampicillin capsules

Oscar Nominations 2013

January 10th, 2013 - Graham Eley

After the usual two months of intense speculation, the Oscar nominations arrived earlier today, giving rise to another six weeks of trending analysis of the industry guilds and Golden Globe awards until virtually all of the Oscars will be a foregone conclusion before the Academy Awards’ ceremony on February 24.  In the meantime, Oscar voters will weigh up the respective critical and commercial benefits of the nominees as part of that culture/industry compromise that benefits those films equally at home in the multiplexes and arthouses.  And as we all know, many films that could claim with validity to be one of the best films of the year, have slipped by the wayside beforehand, lacking the popular appeal amongst those content to watch comfortable fare, who are necessary for keeping Oscar night TV figures on track.

 

Steven Spielberg’s industry favourite ‘Lincoln’ led the Oscar nominations with 12 nods and the historical epic remains the frontrunner overall notwithstanding its below average showing in the pre-Christmas critics awards.  Ang Lee’s ‘Life of Pi’ has been gaining some serious momentum during the awards season but, even so, its nominations haul, just one behind ‘Lincoln’, exceeded expectations.

 

‘Silver Linings Playbook’ received a solid eight nominations but, all the more impressive, David O Russell’s quirky romCom was the only nominee to secure Oscar nods for film, director, all acting categories and one of the screenplay awards.  Although it has always been a strong presence in the awards season, a best directors nomination seemed slightly beyond its grasp and it was by no means certain that Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro would receive best actor and supporting actor nominations.

 

With nine best film Oscar nominations, there was little scope for shock exclusions but it opened the door for two borderline films to make the list beyond ‘Lincoln’ ‘Pi’ ‘Argo’ ‘ZDT’ ‘Django’, ‘Playbook’ and ‘Les Miz’.  Behn Zeitlin’s Sundance winner, ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ proved to be something of a surprise package, not only picking up a best film nomination but grabbing an unexpected best director nod in addition to the more predictable best actress and adapted screenplay recognitions.  There was also best film and director nominations for Michael Haneke’s ‘Amour’, just when it seemed that the Palme dOr winner may miss out on both.  The best director list was also notable for only having ‘Lincoln’ and ‘Pi’ in common with the DGA’s nominations, usually the most reliable indicator of Oscar success throughout the awards season.

 

The Oscar best actor nominations follow the BAFTAs except that Denzel Washington (‘Flight’) comes in for Ben Affleck (‘Argo’).  They are lead by Daniel Day-Lewis (‘Lincoln’), who is the most outright favourite for an Oscar win in any category after already bagging an extraordinary twenty wins this winter.  Hugh Jackman landed a nomination for ‘Les Miz’ even though none of his previous ten nominations have produced a win.

 

There is no such clarity in the battle for best actress where Quvenzhané Wallis (‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’) and Naomi Watts (‘The Impossible’) join best actress nomination shoo-ins, Jessica Chastain (‘Zero Dark Thirty’), Jennifer Lawrence (‘Silver Linings Playbook’) and Emmanuelle Riva (‘Amour’) for the closest Oscar race.  As things stand, there is nothing to separate Lawrence and Chastain.

 

In the end, Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘The Master’, was too unconventional to gain significant industry support, and it had to settle for best actor (Joaquin Phoenix) and best supporting actor (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and actress nods (Amy Adams).

 

Nominations:

 

BEST FILM:

 

Beast of the Southern Wild
Zero Dark Thirty
Amour
Argo
Life of Pi
Les Miserables
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook
Django Unchained

 

BEST DIRECTOR:

Ang Lee – Life of Pi
Amour – Michael Haneke
Lincoln – Steven Spielberg
Silver Linings Playbook – David O Russell
Beasts of the Southern Wild – Behn Zeitlin

 

BEST ACTRESS:

 

Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva – Amour
Quvenzhané Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts – The Impossible

 

BEST ACTOR:

 

Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
Hugh Jackman – Les Misérables
Joaquin Phoenix – The Master
Denzel Washington – Flight

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

 

Sally Field – Lincoln
Anne Hathaway – Les Miserables
Jacki Weaver – Silver Linings Playbook
Helen Hunt – The Sessions
Amy Adams – The Master

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

 

Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master
Robert DeNiro – Silver Linings Playbook
Alan Arkin – Argo
Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln
Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained

 

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

 

Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin – Beasts of the Southern Wild
Chris Terrio – Argo
Tony Kushner – Lincoln
David O’Russell – Silver Linings PLaybook
David Magee – Life of Pi

 

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

 

John Gatins – Flight
Mark Boal – Zero Dark Thirty
Django Unchained – Quentin Tarantino
Moonrise Kingdom – Written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
Amour – Written by Michael Haneke

 

CINEMATOGRAPHY

 

Django Unchained – Robert Richardson
Anna Karenina – Seamus McGarvey
Lincoln – Janusz Kaminski
Life of Pi – Claudio Miranda
Skyfall – Roger Deakins

 

EDITING

 

Argo – William Goldenberg
Life of Pi – Tim Squyres
Lincoln – Michael Kahn
Silver Linings Playbook – Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers
Zero Dark Thirty – Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg

 

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

 

5 Broken Cameras
The Gatekeepers
How to Survive a Plague
The Invisible War
Searching for Sugar Man

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

 

Amour
NO
War Witch
A Royal Affair
Kon Tiki

 

ANIMATED FEATURE

 

Frankenweenie
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Wreck it Ralph
ParaNorman
Brave

 

COSTUME DESIGN

 

Anna Karenina – Jacqueline Durran
Les Misérables – Paco Delgado
Lincoln – Joanna Johnston
Mirror Mirror – Eiko Ishioka
Snow White and the Huntsman – Colleen Atwood
Documentary Feature

 

SOUND EDITING

 

Argo – Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn
Django Unchained – Wylie Stateman
Life of Pi – Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton
Skyfall – Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers
Zero Dark Thirty -Paul N.J. Ottosson

 

SOUND MIXING

 

Argo – John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia
Les Misérables – Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes
Life of Pi -Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew Kunin
Lincoln – Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins
Skyfall – Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and Stuart Wilson

 

VISUAL EFFECTS

 

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher White
Life of Pi -Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott
Marvel’s The Avengers – Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick
Prometheus – Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill
Snow White and the Huntsman – Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson

 

PRODUCTION DESIGN

 

Anna Karenina – Sarah Greenwood (Production Design); Katie Spencer (Set Decoration)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Dan Hennah (Production Design); Ra Vincent and Simon Bright (Set Decoration)
Les Misérables -Eve Stewart (Production Design); Anna Lynch-Robinson (Set Decoration)
Life of Pi – David Gropman (Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration)
Lincoln – Rick Carter (Production Design); Jim Erickson (Set Decoration)

 

MAKE UP

 

Hitchcock – Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane
Les Misérables – Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell

 

ORIGINAL SCORE

 

Anna Karenina – Dario Marianelli
Argo – Alexandre Desplat
Life of Pi – Mychael Danna
Lincoln – John Williams
Skyfall – Thomas Newman

 

ORIGINAL SONG

 

Before My Time – Chasing Ice, Music and Lyric by J. Ralph
Pi’s Lullaby – Life of Pi, Music by Mychael Danna; Lyric by Bombay Jayashri
Suddenly – Les Miserable, Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublils
Everybody Needs a Best Friend – Ted, Music by Walter Murphy; Lyric by Seth MacFarlane
Skyfall – from Skyfall – Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth

 

SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)

 

Asad Bryan Buckley and Mino Jarjoura
Buzkashi Boys – Sam French and Ariel Nasr
Curfew -Shawn Christensen
Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw) – Tom Van Avermaet and Ellen De Waele
Henry – Yan England

SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

Adam and Dog – Minkyu Lee
Fresh Guacamole – PES
Head over Heels – Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly
Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare” David Silverman
Paperman – John Kahrs

 

DOCUMENTARY SHORT

 

Inocente – Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine
Kings Point – Sari Gilman and Jedd Wider
Mondays at Racine – Cynthia Wade and Robin Honan
Open Heart – Kief Davidson and Cori Shepherd Stern
Redemption – Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill

 

Seth Macfarlane will announced the Oscars at a ceremony on February 24
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BAFTA Nominations 2013

January 9th, 2013 - Graham Eley

‘Lincoln’ (Steven Spielberg) received nine BAFTA nominations, including best film, to lead the field but missed out in the best director category.  ‘Argo’ (Ben Affleck), ‘Life of Pi’ (Ang Lee) and ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ (Kathryn Bigelow) all received nominations for both awards and ‘Les Misérables’ completed the best film list.  All five nominees should feature in the best film category in tomorrow’s Oscar nominations with Lincoln being the current favourite to take the award.  Another serious Oscar challenger, ‘Django Unchained’ (Quentin Tarantino) and Palme dOr winner, ‘Amour’ (Michael Haneke), secured the other two best director nods after missing out in the influential Directors Guild of America’s nominations last weekend.

 

‘Amour’ joined fellow Cannes titles, ‘Rust and Bone’ (Jacques Audiard) and ‘The Hunt’ (Thomas Vinterberg), in receiving best foreign language film nominations.  The Palme dOr winner is the clear frontrunner for BAFTA and Oscar success but ‘Rust and Bone’ does have support in the UK where it won best film at the London Film Festival last October.  Mainstream offerings, Headhunters (Morten Tyldum) and Untouchable (Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache), complete the nominations.

 

The best documentary category – one of the hardest to predict – celebrated three features from UK filmmakers with ‘The Imposter’ (Bart Layton), Marley (Kevin Macdonald) and McCullin (David Morris) all receiving nominations.  They are joined by festival hit, ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ and high profile rough justice doc ‘West of Memphsis’ (Amy Berg).

 

The best actress battle will be a precursor to the closest Oscar race with Jennifer Lawrence (‘Silver Linings Playbook’), Jessica Chastain, (‘Zero Dark Thirty’) and Emmanuelle Riva (‘Amour’) all going head to head.  Making things even more competitive, there will be strong UK support for both the other two contenders, Marion Cotillard (‘Rust and Bone’) and local favourite, Helen Mirren (‘Hitchcock’).

 

By contrast, Daniel Day-Lewis has totally dominated the awards season so far in the best actor category and seems on course for Oscar success.  He receives competition in the BAFTA’s from Ben Affleck (‘Argo’), Huge Jackman (‘Les Misérables’), Bradley Cooper (‘Silver Linings Playbook’) and Joaquin Phoenix ‘The Master’).  In line with the current trend, ‘The Master’ missed out on the other major categories where it has failed to make on impression industry guilds notwithstanding some success in the pre-Christmas critics awards.  It did though pick-up nominations for best original screenplay (Paul Thomas Anderson) and best supporting actress (Amy Adams) and (Philip Seymour Hoffman).

 

Nominations:

 

BEST FILM

 

ARGO Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, George Clooney
LES MISÉRABLES Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh
LIFE OF PI Gil Netter, Ang Lee, David Womark
LINCOLN Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy
ZERO DARK THIRTY Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow, Megan Ellison

 

BEST DIRECTOR

 

AMOUR Michael Haneke
ARGO Ben Affleck
DJANGO UNCHAINED Quentin Tarantino
LIFE OF PI Ang Lee
ZERO DARK THIRTY Kathryn Bigelow

 

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

 

AMOUR Michael Haneke, Margaret Ménégoz
HEADHUNTERS Morten Tyldum, Marianne Gray, Asle Vatn
THE HUNT Thomas Vinterberg, Sisse Graum Jørgensen, Morten Kaufmann
RUST AND BONE Jacques Audiard, Pascal Caucheteux
UNTOUCHABLE Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache, Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Yann Zenou, Laurent Zeitoun

 

DOCUMENTARY

 

THE IMPOSTER Bart Layton, Dimitri Doganis
MARLEY Kevin Macdonald, Steve Bing, Charles Steel
McCULLIN David Morris, Jacqui Morris
SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn
WEST OF MEMPHIS Amy Berg

 

LEADING ACTRESS

 

EMMANUELLE RIVA Amour
HELEN MIRREN Hitchcock
JENNIFER LAWRENCE Silver Linings Playbook
JESSICA CHASTAIN Zero Dark Thirty
MARION COTILLARD Rust and Bone

 

LEADING ACTOR

 

BEN AFFLECK Argo
BRADLEY COOPER Silver Linings Playbook
DANIEL DAY-LEWIS Lincoln
HUGH JACKMAN Les Misérables
JOAQUIN PHOENIX The Master

 

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

 

AMY ADAMS The Master
ANNE HATHAWAY Les Misérables
HELEN HUNT The Sessions
JUDI DENCH Skyfall
SALLY FIELD Lincoln

 

SUPPORTING ACTOR

 

ALAN ARKIN Argo
CHRISTOPH WALTZ Django Unchained
JAVIER BARDEM Skyfall
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN The Master
TOMMY LEE JONES Lincoln

 

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

 

AMOUR Michael Haneke
DJANGO UNCHAINED Quentin Tarantino
THE MASTER Paul Thomas Anderson
MOONRISE KINGDOM Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola
ZERO DARK THIRTY Mark Boal

 

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

 

ARGO Chris Terrio
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin
LIFE OF PI David Magee
LINCOLN Tony Kushner
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK David O. Russell

 

ANIMATED FILM

 

BRAVE Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman
FRANKENWEENIE Tim Burton
PARANORMAN Sam Fell, Chris Butler

 

CINEMATOGRAPHY

 

ANNA KARENINA Seamus McGarvey
LES MISÉRABLES Danny Cohen
LIFE OF PI Claudio Miranda
LINCOLN Janusz Kaminski
SKYFALL Roger Deakins

 

EDITING

 

ARGO William Goldenberg
DJANGO UNCHAINED Fred Raskin
LIFE OF PI Tim Squyres
SKYFALL Stuart Baird
ZERO DARK THIRTY Dylan Tichenor, William Goldenberg

 

PRODUCTION DESIGN

 

ANNA KARENINA Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
LES MISÉRABLES Eve Stewart, Anna Lynch-Robinson
LIFE OF PI David Gropman, Anna Pinnock
LINCOLN Rick Carter, Jim Erickson
SKYFALL Dennis Gassner, Anna Pinnock

 

COSTUME DESIGN

 

ANNA KARENINA Jacqueline Durran
GREAT EXPECTATIONS Beatrix Aruna Pasztor
LES MISÉRABLES Paco Delgado
LINCOLN Joanna Johnston
SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN Colleen Atwood

 

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM

 

ANNA KARENINA Joe Wright, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Paul Webster, Tom Stoppard
THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL John Madden, Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin, Ol Parker
LES MISÉRABLES Tom Hooper, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh, William Nicholson, Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg, Herbert Kretzmer
SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS Martin McDonagh, Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin
SKYFALL Sam Mendes, Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, John Logan

 

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER

 

BART LAYTON (Director), DIMITRI DOGANIS (Producer) The Imposter
DAVID MORRIS (Director), JACQUI MORRIS (Director/Producer) McCullin
DEXTER FLETCHER (Director/Writer), DANNY KING (Writer) Wild Bill
JAMES BOBIN (Director) The Muppets
TINA GHARAVI (Director/Writer) I Am Nasrine
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Weekend Index (January 4-6, 2013)

January 7th, 2013 - Graham Eley

1. Texas Chainsaw 3D (Lionsgate) Lionsgate International $23m (NR)

2. Django Unchained (TWC) Sony Pictures Releasing International $20.1m ($106.4m) (2)

3. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Warner Bros/New Line/MGM) WBPI $17.5m ($263.8m) (1)

4. Les Misérables (Universal/Working Title) UPI $16.1m ($103.6m) (3)

5.Parental Guidance (Fox) Fox International $10.1m ($52.8m) (4)

 

‘Texas Chainsaw 3D’ has claimed the No 1 spot from ‘The Hobbit’ at the weekend North American box office after grossing $23m for a $8,785 per site average.  The massacre horror was front loaded, as expected, and fell away slightly over the weekend after taking an excellent $10.6m on a busy opening Friday.  Its three day tally, though, comfortably exceeded expectations.

 

‘Django Unchained’ had a strong hold in second place, adding $20.1m over the weekend.  Quentin Tarantino’s controversial Western has now taken $106.4m since its Christmas Day opening.

 

‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ fell from top spot to third but continued to perform strongly.  Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth adventure grossed an additional $17.5m over the weekend, taking its overall domestic total to $263.8m.

 

‘Les Misérables’ became another Christmas Day opener to cross the $100m mark after returning a high $16.1m for the fourth placed film.  Tom Hooper’s musical adaptation’s overall tally has now fallen $3m behind ‘Django’ after taking an early lead.

 

‘Parental Guidance’ continued to make steady progress in fifth spot, taking a further $10.1m  over the three days.  The Billy Crystal/Bette Midler family comedy now stands at $52.8m.ampicillin rash ampicillin toxicity ampicillin injection ampicillin interactions ampicillin for acne ampicillin usage ampicillin capsules

International box office (January 4-6, 2013)

January 7th, 2013 - Graham Eley

‘Life of Pi’ wrestled the top spot from ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ at the weekend international box office after grossing $60.1m from 65 markets for a new running total of $302m.  Ang Lee’s sea adventure returned an impressive $14.1m in Russia, being  one of seven No 1’s from territories where it opened over the weekend.

 

‘The Hobbit’ was close behind, taking a further $57m over the three days.  After factoring in North America, Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth epic now stands at over $820m worldwide.

 

Overall, the international markets fell by 43% since last week.
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National Society of Film Critics’ poll 2013

January 6th, 2013 - Graham Eley

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Houston Film Critics’ Society Awards 2013

January 6th, 2013 - Graham Eley

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Daily Index (4 January 2013)

January 5th, 2013 - Graham Eley

Lionsgate’s ‘The Texas Chainsaw 3D’ topped the North American box office on its Friday debut after grossing a respectable estimated $10.2m in line with expectations.  The massacre horror was only a tad short of the $10.6m that the first remake returned ten years ago and it outperformed the 2006 prequel by almost $3m.  With the Friday opening likely to generate a disproportionately high interest, takings should fall away during the weekend, leaving a three day tally in the region of $22m.

 

‘Django Unchained’ and  ‘Les Misérables’ will both comfortably cross the $100m mark over the weekend.  The Boxing Day openers grossed an estimated $6.2m and $4.9m respectively in strong holds on Friday, which leaves ‘Django’ a fraction ahead overall.

 

‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ split the two films on Friday after falling from the top spot to third place.  It was down 51% on an estimated $5.23m but it still represents a decent return for its fourth Friday in play.

 

‘Parental Guidance’ continued to perform nicely, adding an estimated $3.13m on Friday, representing a modest fall of 38%.  The Billy Crystal/Bette Midler comedy currently stands at $45.8m.

 

It was ‘Zero Dark Thirty’, though, that grabbed the headlines with an outstanding estimated $13,750 per-theatre average after expanding to sixty locations on Friday.  Kathryn Bigelow’s controversial portrayal of the search for Osama bin Laden could finish the weekend at approximately $2.6m.ampicillin rash ampicillin toxicity ampicillin injection ampicillin interactions ampicillin for acne ampicillin usage ampicillin capsules

Open Road acquires ‘jOBS’

January 3rd, 2013 - Graham Eley

Open Road has acquired US distribution rights to ‘jOBS’ and plans an April release for the former Apple boss biopic, starring Ashton Kutcher.  It is Joshua Michael Stern’s first film since ‘Swing Vote’ and will receive a world premiere at this year’s Sundance where it closes the festival.  Aaron Sorkin is adapting a radical rival version from Walter Isaacson’s biography, which will consist of just three scenes, each taking place before a product launch.ampicillin rash ampicillin toxicity ampicillin injection ampicillin interactions ampicillin for acne ampicillin usage ampicillin capsules

Producers Guild of America’s Nominations 2013

January 2nd, 2013 - Graham Eley

The Master’s chances of Oscar success seem almost at an end after it missed out on a Producers Guild of America’s top feature-film nomination.  The double Venice winner has received a respectable three ‘best film’ wins in critics’ awards this winter but has found it difficult to generate enthusiasm amongst the industry.

 

Two other indie award season hopefuls, Beasts of the Southern Wild and Moonrise Kingdom, both made the cut and are decent outside bets for Oscar nominations.

 

Skyfall’s inclusion will raise some eyebrows but it is unlikely to repeat the success at the Oscars.

 

The other seven nominations were a foregone conclusion.  One of them, David O Russell’s quirky romCom, Silver Linings Playbook, received best film, actor (Brad Cooper) and acting ensemble at the influential Capri, Hollywood Film Festival earlier today.

 

Nominations: 

 

‘Argo’ (Warner Bros.)

Producers: Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Grant Heslov

 

‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Producers: Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey, Josh Penn

 

‘Django Unchained’ (The Weinstein Company)

Producers: Reginald Hudlin, Pilar Savone, Stacey Sher

 

‘Les Misérables’ (Universal Pictures)

Producers: Tim Bevan & Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh

 

‘Life of Pi’ (Fox 2000 Pictures)

Producers: Ang Lee, Gil Netter, David Womark

 

‘Lincoln’ (Touchstone Pictures)

Producers: Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg

 

‘Moonrise Kingdom’ (Focus Features)

Producers: Wes Anderson & Scott Rudin, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales

 

‘Silver Linings Playbook’ (The Weinstein Company)

Producers: Bruce Cohen, Donna Gigliotti, Jonathan Gordon

 

‘Skyfall’ (Columbia Pictures)

Producers: Barbara Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson

 

‘Zero Dark Thirty’ (Columbia Pictures)

Producers: Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Megan Ellison
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Zero Dark Thirty

January 2nd, 2013 - Graham Eley

“When you lie to me, I hurt you” CIA agents warn ‘terrorist’ prisoners in Kathryn Bigelow’s controversial dramatisation of the ten-year search for Osama bin Laden.  The agents repeat the threat time and time again, in the blind hope that the prisoners are holding out.  We know by now what this ‘hurt’ looks like from extensive documentaries and news coverage but, when the moment arrives, the relentless waterboarding, sexual humiliation, dog collars and more waterboarding seem take on a different dimension in the methodical execution of brutality in our name, paring down torture to a cold procedure.  Yet, amazingly, the film has caused a storm in the States, where protesters claim that this portrayal of almost unwatchable vile degradation and pushing the prisoners to the point of death before pulling back at the last second, in some way glamourises torture.

 

But, this is not the only controversy surrounding the film.  Former journalist-turned-screenwriter, Marc Boal, wrote the script based on extensive research, giving rise to allegations that the production had access to top secret files that Obama’s Department of Defense and the CIA leaked for political purposes.  This story will run and run with the alleged leaks now being the subject of a judicial review but, denials notwithstanding, it only serves to enhance the general impression that Bigelow is offering us something very authentic.

 

‘Zero Dark Thirty’ is the follow up to Bigelow’s Oscar winning political thriller, ‘The Hurt Locker’, also scripted by Boal – what a fruitful collaboration this is – and contains the same urgency, immediacy and crucial vitality in its behind-the-scenes coverage of the biggest manhunt in history.  It starts with a soundtrack of World Trade Centre victims, making their final mobile calls before the inevitable and ends with the US special forces’ raid on bin Laden’s compound in central Abbottabad, Pakistan.  In between, a CIA special agent, known simply as Maya, emerges as the dominant figure in finding the metaphorical needle in the haystack; driven by an impulsive obsession – close to a psychotic compulsion – feeding off crumbs of half confessions from torture victims and the occasional fruits of good-old fashioned spadework.

 

A search for bin Laden’s courier, the elusive, almost invisible, Abu Ahmed is compelling and apparently revealing in the agents’ streetwise ‘craft’ in tracking their man.  It leads us to the film’s extraordinary climax, being just as good in its blend of suspense and attention to detail as ‘The Hurt Locker’; something of a speciality for Bigelow.  The film’s title is military speak for thirty minutes past midnight and we see US navy helicopters creeping around like supernatural creatures on the prowl.  This is the dead of night – the dying hour – and we are right in the heart of the action when the SEALs land in the mysterious compound that remains of uncertain status to the attacking forces.  Bigelow ratchets up the tension as the SEALs break through the layers of protection, and the sound of gun fire and controlled explosions attract the attention of local mobs.  We watch with the same fascination as we should documentary footage; it has the undeniable feel of an exact reproduction of the real thing – we are fascinated, totally hooked.  And as we approach the big moment – ten years in the waiting – Bigelow masterfully draws back and it is all over before we barely realise what has happened; just as it would have been at the time.

 

Actress of the moment, Jessica Chastain, gives Maya a ruthless intelligence that overrides other more compassionate instincts, which become apparent through non-verbal communication.  Jason Clarke plays Dan, another conflicted character, who teaches Maya the ropes before withdrawing to a more uncertain political role that exposes his obvious insecurities.  And James Gandolfini makes a brief but telling appearance as the no-messing CIA director weighing up the evidence before making a recommendation to the President.  All three are excellent.

 

Greig Fraser made the whole thing possible with his breathtaking cinematography; particularly during the film’s climax.  Needless to say, the ubiquitous Alexandre Desplat provides a score that is neatly in tune with the action.

 

But one word of caution.  Although, undeniably, it is a remarkable achievement on Bigelow’s part to create such a film within eighteen months of the event itself, the risk remains that future details could emerge that undermine its credibility.  It would be unfortunate if one of its apparent strengths should yet prove to be a weakness.ampicillin rash ampicillin toxicity ampicillin injection ampicillin interactions ampicillin for acne ampicillin usage ampicillin capsules

What Richard Did

January 1st, 2013 - Graham Eley

Lenny Abrahamson’s previous film, ‘Garage’, featured an intellectually challenged gas station attendant living on the breadline in rural Ireland, when much of the country was enjoying unprecedented prosperity.  His follow-up, ‘What Richard Did’, switches to a bunch of rich kids having the time of their lives in South Dublin far removed from the harshness of the Irish government’s brutal austerity measures during the post-Celtic Tiger economy.  Both films go against the grain of the economic cycle to form curious companions, and each one turns on life-changing moments that have consequences way beyond the intentions of the characters.

 

Richard of the film’s title has everything; a promising rugby player, an academic high achiever and a rare blend of Hollywood-teen and regal good looks.  Making the most of that carefree period between finishing school and heading off to uni, he has the run of his parent’s luxury beach house for parties, entertaining local girls and anything else that takes his fancy.  His family and friends afford him a quasi-celeb status, making introductions with a pride not evident with others; something that Richard accepts as the norm almost to the point of being his duty.

 

The first half of the film is a dreamy affair; a long summer where time ceases to have any relevance and the improvised dialogue takes on the air of teen-Mumblecore without the angst.  It draws on the conventions of the High School sub-genre to create the illusion of a cocooned world but, for the audience, of course, one where the black cloud of the film’s title hovers on the horizon.  It creates a unusual suspense, a kind of slow burning dread that becomes more a case of “what will Richard do?”, with plenty of time for speculation.

 

The tone alters when Richard gets it on with the sexy former girlfriend of Connor, one of his rugby buddies.  There is a tension in the group, an underlying anxiety of the kind that enivitably mutates into a more direct confrontation and, after a drunken party, things change forever.

 

What follows is a subtle but devastating portrayal of fear and guilt, the catastrophic consequences of one moment of madness and two very different kinds of parental heartbreak.

 

Newcomer, Jack Reynor, who is pivotal to almost every scene, plays Richard with a maturity beyond his years, effortlessly adapting to the changing demands of the role.  There was a certain inevitability that Hollywood would come knocking, which has happened in the form of Michael Bay’s ‘Transformers 4’.

 

This is a seriously thoughtful film that is all the more engaging for not shying away from morally ambiguous dilemmas.ampicillin rash ampicillin toxicity ampicillin injection ampicillin interactions ampicillin for acne ampicillin usage ampicillin capsules