Finally, "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" Gets New Distributor, Release Date 


"Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" is finally seeing the light at the end of its bleak journey.

Produced by Guillermo del Toro and starring Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes gets a new distributor according to the LA Times. Once upon a time, the film was set to open Jan. 21 until Disney sold Miramax to Colony Capital in a $660-million deal.

Now, FilmDistrict swooped in and acquired all U.S. rights to the film and has set the date for the movie's release. We'll all see Holmes' terrified heroine on Aug. 12. It will be released with its original R rating.

For now, let's check out the trailer which actually makes the film look interesting!



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"Inception's" Wally Pfister Tops American Society of Cinematographers Awards! 


Wally Pfister, the brilliant cinematographer of Christopher Nolan's "Inception" won big at the 25th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Outstanding Achievement Award in the feature film competition.

Pfister, receiving his first ASC Award, beat Matthew Libatique ("Black Swan"), Danny Cohen ("The King's Speech"), Jeff Cronenweth ("The Social Network"), and Roger Deakins ("True Grit"). All of the nominees are also Oscar-nominated this year.

Jonathan Freeman took home the Outstanding Achievement Award in the Television Episodic Series/Pilot Category for his work on the "Boardwalk Empire" episode entitled "Home."

Steven Windon claimed the top honor in the Television Movie/Miniseries for the "Okinawa" episode of "The Pacific."

Here's the rest of the press release from the ASC:

Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks presented the Board of Governors Award to the Julia Roberts in recognition of her tremendous body of work and contributions to the art of filmmaking. Roberts earned an Academy Award® in 2001 for her powerful role in ERIN BROCKOVICH, and Oscar® nominations for her heartfelt character portrayals in STEEL MAGNOLIAS and PRETTY WOMAN. Her films have grossed more than $2.5 billion worldwide. Hanks and Roberts star together in CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR and the upcoming LARRY CROWNE.

The presentation of the ASC Lifetime Achievement Award to 10-time ASC Award nominee Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC by Joel Coen was a highlight of the memorable evening. Deakins has also earned nine Oscar® nominations. Five of those films were written and directed by Joel and his brother Ethan Coen (TRUE GRIT; NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN; THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE; O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?; FARGO). He won ASC Awards for THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE in 2002 and THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION in 1995.

The ASC International Award was presented to John Seale, ASC, ACS by acclaimed director Michael Apted. They collaborated on the Oscar®-nominated film GORILLAS IN THE MIST. Seale’s credits include THE ENGLISH PATIENT, for which he won an Oscar®, as well as COLD MOUNTAIN, RAIN MAN, and WITNESS, among others.

The Career Achievement in Television Award was presented to Emmy®-winner Michael O’Shea, ASC (CSI: MIAMI) by John C. Flinn III, ASC. The ASC Presidents Award was given to renowned photographer Douglas Kirkland by Ellen Kuras, ASC.

ASC also recognized the next generation of cinematographers with the presentation of the ASC William. A. Fraker Student Heritage Award to undergraduate student Boyd Hobbs of Full Sail University and graduate student Dagmar Weaver-Madsen of UCLA.

“The 25th anniversary of the ASC Awards is a celebration of the best that we can be, and an inspiration for those who will tell memorable visual stories in the future,” said ASC President Michael Goi. “It is a milestone in our ongoing celebration of the power an indelible photographic image has to move an audience, influence social change, and communicate who we are within a snapshot in time.”

Last year, Christian Berger, AAC won the ASC feature award for THE WHITE RIBBON.


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New Spidey Movie Gets Title, And It Will Be Called... 


"THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN!"

How Quaint!

We'll see if the reboot is truly amazing when Sony unspools the Marc Webb film on July 3, 2012. Andrew Garfield stars as Peter Parker, an ordinary youth who gains extraordinary powers after being bitten by a mutant spider.

Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, Martin Sheen and Sally Field co-star.

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Triumphant "King's Speech" Tops BAFTA Awards! Check Out Full List of Winners! 


As expected, Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech" dominated the Orange British Film Awards winning seven BAFTAs including Best Film, Leading Actor for Colin Firth, Supporting Actor for Geoffrey Rush and Supporting Actress for Helena Bonham Carter.

Natalie Portman took home the Leading Actress trophy for "Black Swan." Early awards season favorite, "The Social Network" won three BAFTAs including Best Director for David Finchers, Best Adapted Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin, and Best Editing for Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter.

"Inception" also took home three trophies including Best Production Design, Sound, and Visual Effects.

Christopher Lee received the ighest accolade which the Academy can bestow, the Fellowship, while the award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema was given to JK Rowling and David Heyman for the "Harry Potter" films.

Here's the complete list of the winners (highlighted) and nominees of the 2011 Orange British Film Awards. Check out Awards Avenue for winners of all film award-giving bodies leading to the Oscars. It's nifty!

ACADEMY FELLOWSHIP
CHRISTOPHER LEE

OUTSTANDING BRITISH CONTRIBUTION TO CINEMA
THE HARRY POTTER FILMS

BEST FILM
BLACK SWAN Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver, Scott Franklin
INCEPTION Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan
*** THE KING’S SPEECH Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin
THE SOCIAL NETWORK Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Céan Chaffin
TRUE GRIT Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
127 HOURS Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy, Christian Colson, John Smithson
ANOTHER YEAR Mike Leigh, Georgina Lowe
FOUR LIONS Chris Morris, Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain, Mark Herbert, Derrin Schlesinger
*** THE KING’S SPEECH Tom Hooper, David Seidler, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin
MADE IN DAGENHAM Nigel Cole, William Ivory, Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
THE ARBOR Clio Barnard (Director), Tracy O’Riordan (Producer)
EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP Banksy (Director), Jaimie D’Cruz (Producer)
*** FOUR LIONS Chris Morris (Director/Writer)
MONSTERS Gareth Edwards (Director/Writer)
SKELETONS Nick Whitfield (Director/Writer)

DIRECTOR
127 HOURS Danny Boyle
BLACK SWAN Darren Aronofsky
INCEPTION Christopher Nolan
*** THE KING’S SPEECH Tom Hooper
THE SOCIAL NETWORK David Fincher

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
BLACK SWAN Mark Heyman, Andrés Heinz, John McLaughlin
THE FIGHTER Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson
INCEPTION Christopher Nolan
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg
*** THE KING’S SPEECH David Seidler

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
127 HOURS Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Rasmus Heisterberg, Nikolaj Arcel
*** THE SOCIAL NETWORK Aaron Sorkin
TOY STORY 3 Michael Arndt
TRUE GRIT Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
BIUTIFUL Alejandro González Iñárritu, Jon Kilik, Fernando Bovaira
*** THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Søren Stærmose, Niels Arden Oplev
I AM LOVE Luca Guadagnino, Francesco Melzi D’Eril, Marco Morabito, Massimiliano Violante
OF GODS AND MEN Xavier Beauvois, Pascal Caucheteux, Etienne Comar
THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES Mariela Besuievsky, Juan José Campanella

ANIMATED FILM
DESPICABLE ME Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois
*** TOY STORY 3 Lee Unkrich

LEADING ACTOR
JAVIER BARDEM Biutiful
JEFF BRIDGES True Grit
JESSE EISENBERG The Social Network
*** COLIN FIRTH The King’s Speech
JAMES FRANCO 127 Hours

LEADING ACTRESS
ANNETTE BENING The Kids Are All Right
JULIANNE MOORE The Kids Are All Right
*** NATALIE PORTMAN Black Swan
NOOMI RAPACE The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
HAILEE STEINFELD True Grit

SUPPORTING ACTOR
CHRISTIAN BALE The Fighter
ANDREW GARFIELD The Social Network
PETE POSTLETHWAITE The Town
MARK RUFFALO The Kids Are All Right
*** GEOFFREY RUSH The King’s Speech

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
AMY ADAMS The Fighter
*** HELENA BONHAM CARTER The King’s Speech
BARBARA HERSHEY Black Swan
LESLEY MANVILLE Another Year
MIRANDA RICHARDSON Made in Dagenham

ORIGINAL MUSIC
127 HOURS AR Rahman
ALICE IN WONDERLAND Danny Elfman
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON John Powell
INCEPTION Hans Zimmer
*** THE KING’S SPEECH Alexandre Desplat

CINEMATOGRAPHY
127 HOURS Anthony Dod Mantle, Enrique Chediak
BLACK SWAN Matthew Libatique
INCEPTION Wally Pfister
THE KING’S SPEECH Danny Cohen
*** TRUE GRIT Roger Deakins

EDITING
127 HOURS Jon Harris
BLACK SWAN Andrew Weisblum
INCEPTION Lee Smith
THE KING’S SPEECH Tariq Anwar
*** THE SOCIAL NETWORK Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter

PRODUCTION DESIGN
ALICE IN WONDERLAND Robert Stromberg, Karen O’Hara
BLACK SWAN Thérèse DePrez, Tora Peterson
*** INCEPTION Guy Hendrix Dyas, Larry Dias, Doug Mowat
THE KING’S SPEECH Eve Stewart, Judy Farr
TRUE GRIT Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh

COSTUME DESIGN
*** ALICE IN WONDERLAND Colleen Atwood
BLACK SWAN Amy Westcott
THE KING’S SPEECH Jenny Beavan
MADE IN DAGENHAM Louise Stjernsward
TRUE GRIT Mary Zophres

SOUND
127 HOURS Glenn Freemantle, Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke, Steven C Laneri, Douglas Cameron
BLACK SWAN Ken Ishii, Craig Henighan, Dominick Tavella
*** INCEPTION Richard King, Lora Hirschberg, Gary A Rizzo, Ed Novick
THE KING’S SPEECH John Midgley, Lee Walpole, Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen
TRUE GRIT Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff, Peter F Kurland, Douglas Axtell

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
ALICE IN WONDERLAND Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Sean Phillips, Carey Villegas
BLACK SWAN Dan Schrecker, Henrik Fett, Michael Capton, William ‘Brad’ Kalinoski
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 1 Tim Burke, John Richardson, Nicolas Aithadi, Christian Manz
*** INCEPTION Chris Corbould, Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Peter Bebb
TOY STORY 3 Guido Quaroni, Michael Fong, David Ryu

MAKE UP & HAIR
*** ALICE IN WONDERLAND Valli O’Reilly, Paul Gooch

BLACK SWAN Judy Chin, Geordie Sheffer
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 1 Amanda Knight, Lisa Tomblin, Nick Dudman
THE KING’S SPEECH Frances Hannon
MADE IN DAGENHAM Lizzie Yianni Georgiou

SHORT ANIMATION
*** THE EAGLEMAN STAG Michael Please

MATTER FISHER David Prosser
THURSDAY Matthias Hoegg

SHORT FILM
CONNECT Samuel Abrahams, Beau Gordon
LIN Piers Thompson, Simon Hessel
RITE Michael Pearce, Ross McKenzie, Paul Welsh
TURNING Karni Arieli, Saul Freed, Alison Sterling, Kat Armour-Brown
*** UNTIL THE RIVER RUNS RED Paul Wright, Poss Kondeatis

THE ORANGE WEDNESDAYS RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public)
GEMMA ARTERTON
ANDREW GARFIELD
*** TOM HARDY
AARON JOHNSON
EMMA STON

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Sorry Justin Bieber, Adam Sandler Has More Box-Office Power Than You! "Just Go With It" Opened at No. 1 with $31M 


Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston narrowly beat Justin Bieber but in the end, "Just Go With It" debuted at the top spot with $31 million compared to "Never Say Never" which opened at No. 2 with a very close $30.3 million box-office take.

My quick take on "Just Go With It?" Predictable but it's fun to see Aniston in her Rachel mode again! The Sony comedy opened during Aniston's birthday so this should make the actress happy, no?

And Biever, as much as tweens worldwide love him, failed to match Miley Cyrus' "Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert." That is still the record-holder for music-documentary debuts and it opened with $31.1 million in 2008.

But you know what? I actually enjoyed "Never Say Never." Yes, I know, but I like the way the film focused on the marketing of a star, how advertising can make anyone be a Bieber-like phenomenon!

Entering at No. 3 is Disney's remimagining of the popular Shakespeare tale now known as "Gnomeo & Juliet." Featuring the voices of James McAvoy and Emily Blunt, this garden gnomes tale debuted with $25.5 million.

Another new movie opening this weekend, "The Eagle" starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell, debuted at No. 4 with $8.6 million. Apparently, this was what Focus Features was expecting so way to go Channing! (Check out my review of "The Eagle" right here, and my one-on-one interviews with Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, and director Kevin Macdonald)

Previous weekend's box-office champ, Sony's "The Roomate" fell waaay below to No. 5 with $8.4 million.

Here's the Top 10 box-office films this Valentine's weekend!

1. "Just Go With It," $31 million.

2. "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never," $30.3 million.

3. "Gnomeo & Juliet," $25.5 million.

4. "The Eagle," $8.6 million.

5. "The Roommate," $8.4 million.

6. "The King's Speech," $7.4 million.

7. "No Strings Attached," $5.6 million.

8. "Sanctum," $5.1 million.

9. "True Grit," $3.8 million.

10. "The Green Hornet," $3.6 million.

SOURCE: http://www.hollywood.com/boxoffice

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