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We’re just a little less than two months away from the 84th Annual Academy Awards, and today the choices in yet another category have been pared down. AMPAS announced today that 10 films remain in contention for the Best Visual Effects award, with films like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Hugo, and The Tree of Life making the cut. The pretty clear frontrunner in this race is Rise of the Planet of the Apes (and rightfully so), but there’s much to admire in the 10 films that have been shortlisted. Though Terrence Malick’s existential drama The Tree of Life is heavy on the naturalistic visuals, the extended “history of the universe” sequence is gloriously enchanting and features some breathtaking visual effects work (dinosaurs!), so I'm happy to see that it hasn't been overlooked. All members of the Academy’s visual effects branch will view 10-minute excerpts from each of the 10 shortlisted films, after which they’ll vote to nominate five pics for the Academy Award. Hit the jump to read the full press release, which includes all 10 singled-out films. The Oscars will be presented on February 26th. Here’s the full press release: Beverly Hills, CA (January 4, 2012) – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 84th Academy Awards®. The films are listed below in alphabetical order: "Captain America: The First Avenger" "Harry Potter and ...
I like to see the guild awards, because the specificity allows for nominees that you won't see on more general lists. The Art Directors Guild is especially interesting because they separate the films into three categories: period, fantasy, and contemporary. The 15 nominees highlight everything from Oscar favorites Hugo and The Artist, to crowd-pleasers Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 and Captain America, to poorly received films like Cowboys & Aliens and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. There's a similar contrast in the TV nominees between the classy HBO programs you'd expect (Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, and Mildred Pierce) and the critical punching bags American Horror Story and The Playboy Club. The full list of nominees is after the break. Not totally sure why "TBD" is listed next to The Adventures of Tintin. The nominations are for "Excellence in Production Design," and there is indeed no specific credit for production design on IMDB. Andrew L. Jones and Jeff Wisniewski are credited with the art direction. The winners for the ADG’s 16th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards will be announced on February 4. FEATURE FILM Period Film THE ARTIST, Production Designer: Laurence Bennett HUGO, Production Designer: Dante Ferretti THE HELP, Production Designer: Mark Ricker ANONYMOUS, Production Designer: Sebastian Krawinkel TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, Production Designer: Maria Djurkovic Fantasy Film HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2, Production Designer: Stuart Craig CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, Production Designer: Rick Heinrichs THE ADVENTURES OF TIN TIN: THE SECRET UNICORN, Production Designer: ...
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In its magical debut, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 has claimed another record: the all-time domestic weekend opening. With an estimated $168.5 million from its 4,375 locations, Harry Potter’s final installment topped the former record of $158.7 million that The Dark Knight set in July 2008. Title Weekend Total 1 Harry Potter 7b $168,550,000 $168.5 2 Transformers 3 $21,250,000 $302.8 3 Horrible Bosses $17,630,000 $$60 4 Zookeeper $12,300,000 $32.3 5 Cars 2 $8,344,000 $165.3 6 Winnie the Pooh $9,000,000 $8 7 Bad Teacher $5,200,000 $88.5 8 Larry Crowne $2,572,000 $31.6 9 Super 8 $1,925,000 $122,2 10 Midnight in Paris $1,891,000 $41.8 Though it was very clear that the weekend record would fall after Deathly Hallows 2 took in an absolutely staggering $43.5 million from its Friday midnight screenings alone, earlier in the week it looked like Harry’s curtain call would leave The Dark Knight’s record intact. With Deathly Hallows 1 taking in $125 million in its first weekend last November (the former franchise high), the accepted wisdom was that Part 2 would top out at $150 million. By Friday night, however, a high end of $180 million seemed more likely. The new projection relied on two factors: higher 3D ticket prices at a record 70% of Potter’s venues and the fact that Part 1’s first weekend gross was roughly double its take from its opening day. Part 2 went on to secure the single-day record with a giant $91.2 million so, if my math is correct, double that and you get a bit more than $180 million. As of this morning’s estimate the actual weekend of Deathly Hallows 2 came in between the two projections. While still enough to give Potter what is probably the most coveted domestic box office title, it ...
In the US, the Fourth of July weekend is traditionally a giant money-maker for Hollywood movies. So, surprise! This year was a giant money maker for Hollywood movies. Make that “movie.” Three movies debuted, but only one – Michael Bay’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon - made an impact. A big, record-breaking impact. Title Weekend Total 1 Transformers 3 $97,400,000 $162.1 2 Cars 2 $25,110,000 $116 3 Bad Teacher $14,100,000 $59.5 4 Larry Crowne $13,000,000 $13 5 Monte Carlo $7,600,000 $7.6 6 Super 8 $7,500,000 $108 7 Green Lantern $6,270,000 $101.9 8 Mr. Popper’s Penguins $5,100,000 $50.1 9 Bridesmaids $3,520,000 $152.8 10 Midnight in Paris $3,438,000 $33.6 Despite trailing its predecessor in grosses and attendance over its first five days here in the US, Transformers: Dark of the Moon is already a huge international hit projected to take in more than $370 million by Monday. Here at home, the film broke the record for the three day Fourth of July frame and is expected, by Monday, to hold the four day record as well. On Tuesday, TF3 opened at 9 pm for 3D and IMAX previews in 2,700 locations and took in $5.5 million. When its opening day started three hours later, the sequel earned another $8 million, or the second highest midnight total of 2011 behind The Hangover Part II’s $10.4 million. For all of Wednesday, TF3 posted $37.3 million. That equals the sixth-highest Wednesday opening ever and the best overall opening day of 2011: besting Pirates of the Caribbean 4’s $34.8 million Friday launch. But, let’s face it, those records are not particularly impressive. Here are the Transformers 3 records that count. Since 2004, Spider-Man 2 has held the record for the biggest Fourth of July weekend (Friday-Sunday) with $88.2 million. Spidey also dominated ...
Here’s a bit of a weird one: despite the fact that Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides got shat on by the critics and boasted the weakest domestic opening weekend at the box office of any Pirates sequel, the movie is still breaking records for Disney. How you ask? Why foreigners, of course! The movie is a hit in North America, but it’s bringing in absolutely absurd amounts of money overseas, so much that the movie currently ranks as the fourth highest grossing film of all time worldwide. That’s right, the movie that made everyone sick of watching Johnny Depp prance around in eyeliner is now officially the most successful entry in the series. Remember how you were hoping that crapfest would officially kill off the franchise? That ain’t happening. If anything, expect Disney to make more Pirates Of The Caribbean sequels than ever before. I guess the movie is only good with subtitles. Hit the jump for further details about this moneymaking juggernaut. So far Pirates 4 has brought in $211 million in North America. That’s not bad for a movie that hasn’t even been out for a month yet. But according to THR, that’s nothing. So far On Stranger Tides has brought in an absolutely insane $695.9 million dollars overseas, bringing the box office total to a ridiculous $907.4 million. It’s officially the highest grossing film internationally in the history of Disney and now ranks fourth on the all time overseas box office charts behind only Avatar ($2 billion), ...
We all know that this hasn’t been the best year for movies at the domestic box office. Only a handful of weekends have come out ahead of 2010 in terms of profit. Luckily, this Memorial Day Weekend was one of them. Traditionally one of the most profitable of Hollywood’s entire year, this year’s holiday more than measured up. First, The Hangover Part II crushed the All-Time opening for a comedy. Then estimates put the combined profits of the domestic box office at nearly 50% above last year’s four-day holiday frame and 10% above 2007’s profits (the year which held the all-time record). Here’s how the top ten looks, including revised estimates for the three-day weekend: Title Weekend Holiday Total 1 The Hangover Part II $86 $105.7 $133.3 2 Kung Fu Panda 2 $47.8 $62.2 $68 3 Pirates of the Caribbean 4 $39.5 $50.3 $163.9 4 Bridesmaids $16.5 $20.9 $89.5 5 Thor $9.4 $12 $162.3 6 Fast Five $6.4 $8.1 $197.5 7 Midnight in Paris $1.93 $2.6 $3.5 8 Rio $1.8 $2.4 $135.4 9 Jumping the Broom $1.8 $2.35 $35.6 10 Something Borrowed $1.8 $2.3 $35.2 With an estimated $86 million in profits over the three day weekend, Warner Brothers’ The Hangover Part II easily claimed the title for the highest grossing comedy debut of all-time. The previous record holder was Fox’s 2007 release The Simpsons Movie with $74 million. Additionally, the reunited Wolf Pack also placed second behind 2003’s The Matrix Reloaded on the list of all-time R-rated openings. The Hangover Part II nearly doubled its predecessor’s first weekend ($45 million) and had the shortest trip past the $100 million mark of any film of 2011 at just four days. Of course, the original Hangover went on to become the highest grossing R-rated comedy ever with $277.3 million thanks to its remarkable holds over its ...