"Resident Evil: Afterlife" Takes Big Box-Office Bite! 


"Resident Evil: Afterlife" led the box office and debuted at No. 1 with $27.7 million. The fourth installment of the videogame adaptation starring Milla Jovovich had the strongest opening ever for the franchise.

Deemed as a slow moviegoing weekend following Labor Day, it was also the lowest grossing weekend of the year so far with an estimated box-office total of $82 million.

"Takers" inched past last weekend's top film, the George Clooney assassin thriller "The American," to land at No. 2 with $6.1 million. "The American" fell to No. 3 with $5.9 million.

In limited release, Casey Affleck's Joaquin Phoenix mockumentary, "I'm Still here" grossed $104,500 in 19 theaters; the wrestling drama "Legendary" sold $135,210 worth of tickets in 177 theaters; "The Romantics" starring Katie Holmes, Anna Paquin, and Josh Duhamel earned an impressive $44,385 with solo runs in New York and L.A.; and the French rom com "Heartbreaker" grossed $54,300 in two New York theaters and one in L.A.

Here's the estimated list of Top 10 box-office films for weekend of Sept. 10th:

1. "Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D," $27.7 million.

2. "Takers," $6.1 million.

3. "The American," $5.9 million.

4. "Machete," $4.2 million.

5. "Going the Distance," $3.8 million.

6. "The Other Guys," $3.6 million.

7. "The Last Exorcism," $3.5 million.

8. "The Expendables," $3.3 million.

9. "Inception," $3 million.

10. "Eat Pray Love," $2.9 million.

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Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere" Wins Golden Lion at 67th Venice International Film Festival 


Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere" took home the Golden Lion prize at the 67th Venice International Film Festival Saturday. Alex de la Iglesia won the Silver Lion prize for Best Director for his Spanish civil war drama "Balada triste de trompeta" (A Sad Trumpet Ballad). Mila Kunis received the Mastroianni Prize for best young actress for her performance opposite Natalie Portman in Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan."

The jury, chaired by Quentin Tarantino and comprised of Guillermo Arriaga, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Arnaud Desplechin, Danny Elfman, Luca Guadagnino, Gabriele Salvatores, compiled the best of the fest after having viewed all twenty-four films in competition.

Here's the complete list of the winners at the 67th annual Venice International Film Festival:

GOLDEN LION for Best Film:
SOMEWHERE by Sofia COPPOLA (USA)

SILVER LION for Best Director to:
Álex de la Iglesia for the film BALADA TRISTE DE TROMPETA
(Spain, France)

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE to:
ESSENTIAL KILLINGby Jerzy SKOLIMOWSKI
(Poland, Norway, Hungary, Ireland)

COPPA VOLPI for Best Actor:
Vincent GALLO in the film ESSENTIAL KILLING by Jerzy SKOLIMOWSKI
(Poland, Norway, Hungary, Ireland)

COPPA VOLPI for Best Actress:
Ariane LABED in the film ATTENBERG by Athina Rachel TSANGARI (Greece)

MARCELLO MASTROIANNI AWARD for Best Young Actor or Actress:
Mila KUNIS in the film BLACK SWAN by Darren ARONOFSKY (USA)

OSELLA for Best Cinematography to:
MIKHAIL KRICHMAN for the film SILENT SOULS (OVSYANKI) by Aleksei FEDORCHENKO (Russia)

OSELLA for Best Screenplay to:
Álex de la Iglesia
for the film BALADA TRISTE DE TROMPETA by Álex de la Iglesia
(Spain, France)

SPECIAL LION FOR AN OVERALL WORK to:
Monte HELLMAN

‘Monte Hellman is a great cinema artist and minimalistic poet.
His work has inspired this jury and it’s our honour to honor him’

LION OF THE FUTURE – “LUIGI DE LAURENTIIS” VENICE AWARD FOR A DEBUT FILM
Lion of the Future – “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film Jury at the 67th Venice Film Festival, comprised of Fatih Akin (President), Nina Lath Gupta, Stanley Kwan, Samuel Maoz, Jasmine Trinca, has unanimously decided to award:

COGUNLUK (MAJORITY) by Seren YÜCE (Turkey) – VENICE DAYS
as well as a prize of 100,000 USD, donated by Filmauro di Aurelio e Luigi De Laurentiis to be divided equally between director and producer

ORIZZONTI PRIZE
The Orizzonti Jury of the 67th Venice Film Festival, chaired by Shirin Neshat and composed of Raja Amari, Lav Diaz, Alexander Howarth and Pietro Marcello after screening the 64 films in competition has decided to award:

the ORIZZONTI PRIZE (FULL-LENGTH FILMS)
to VERANO DE GOLIAT by Nicolás PEREDA (Mexico, Canada)

the SPECIAL ORIZZONTI JURY PRIZE (FULL-LENGTH FILMS)
to THE FORGOTTEN SPACE by Noël BURCH and Allan SEKULA (Netherlands, Austria)

the ORIZZONTI AWARD (SHORT FILMS)
to COMING ATTRACTIONS by Peter TSCHERKASSKY(Austria)

the ORIZZONTI AWARD (MEDIUM-LENGTH FILMS)
to TSE (OUT) by Roee ROSEN (Israel)

a SPECIAL MENTION to JEAN GENTIL by Laura Amelia GUZMÁN and Israel CÁRDENAS (Dominican Republic, Mexico, Germany)

The Jury, after screening the 21 European short films in the Orizzonti competition, has decided to give
the VENICE SHORT FILM NOMINEE FOR THE EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS
to THE EXTERNAL WORLD by David OREILLY (Germany)

CONTROCAMPO ITALIANO PRIZE
The Controcampo Italiano Prize Jury at the 67th Venice Film Festival, comprised of Valerio Mastandrea (President), Susanna Nicchiarelli, Dario Edoardo Viganò, has unanimously decided to award:
20 SIGARETTE by Aureliano AMADEI (Italy)

The jury has also decided to award a Special mention to actor Vinicio MARCHIONI (20 SIGARETTE)

PREMIO L’ORÉAL PARIS PER IL CINEMA
to Vittoria PUCCINI

JAEGER-LECOULTRE GLORY TO THE FILMMAKER
to Mani RATNAM

PERSOL 3-D AWARD FOR THE MOST CREATIVE 3-D FILM OF THE YEAR
The PERSOL 3-D AWARD Jury, comprised of Takashi Shimizu (President), Jim Hoberman, David Zamagni, has decided to award:

AVATAR by James CAMERON (USA, UK)
and DRAGON TRAINER (HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON)
by Chris SANDERS and Dean DEBLOIS (USA)

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Matt Damon Talks to Dead People in Clint Eastwood's "Hereafter." Check Out Brand Spanking New Trailer! 


Clint Eastwood's "Hereafter" screened at the Toronto Film Festival tonight (Sunday), and the audience was feeling the whole supernatural vibe. Peter Morgan ("The Queen," "Frost/Nixon") wrote the script of this existential drama that stars Matt Damon as a psychic who refuses to see and talk to dead people. Until...well, drama ensues, and I'm sure you will be in theaters when the film opens October 22.

For now, check out the new trailer and Damon's comfy sweaters:



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"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Star to Make First English-Language Role with "Sherlock Holmes 2" 


Noomi Rapace, the Swedish star who wowed audiences everywhere with her star-making turn as Lisbeth Salander in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," is set for her first English-language film in Warner Bros. "Sherlock Holmes 2." According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rapace will play the female lead in the sequel which will reunite Robert Downey Jr. as Holmes and Jude Law as Dr. Watson. Guy Ritchie will return as the director while Joel Silver, Susan Downey, Lionel Wigram and Dan Lin will come back as producers.

The plot is a big top secret right now, although we have learned that Holmes will duke it out with Moriarty. Holmes' brother, Mycroft, will make an appearance, and Rapace may star as a French Gypsy. "Sherlock Holmes 2" is set to start production later this year.

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Claude Chabrol, Father of French New Wave, Dies at 80 


Claude Chabrol, known as the founding father of the French New Wave movement and one of the most influential French filmmakers, has died at the age of 80.

Chabrol began his impeccable career as a critic for the notebook of cinema, Les Cahiers du Cinema, then went on to make more than 50 films, helping to launch the New Wave movement in the 50s with his directorial debut, 1958's "Le beau Serge." Some of his notable films are "Les Biches (1968)," and "Le Boucher" (1970). Isabelle Huppert was considered Chabrol's muse and favorite actress. The director and his muse worked in "Merci pur le chocolat," "Violette Noiziere," and "Une affaire de femme." To read more of Chabrol's great achievements, click here.

*** French New Wave was a term coined by critics for a group of French filmmakers of the late 1950s and 1960s who shunned classical cinematic narrative form and invented a new, fresh way of storytelling by combining Italian Neorealism and classical Hollywood cinema. Through creative visual style, editing, and narrative, these filmmakers translated their contemporary social and political problems onto the big screen.

Merci Monsieur Chabrol for bringing French New Wave cinema to popular culture. Au Revoir!

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