"Gnomeo & Juliet" Tramples "Hall Pass" on Oscar Weekend 


Walt Disney's G-rated "Gnomeo & Juliet" beat the Farrelly brothers' R-rated "Hall Pass" at the box-office on Oscar weekend. The animated tale with a Shakespearean twist held strongly on its third week of release taking the No. 1 spot with $14.2 million.

Meanwhile, the raunchy but sweet "Hall Pass" from the creators of "There's Something About Mary" starring Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Jenna Fischer, and Christina Applegate debuted at No. 2 with $13.4 million. (Check out my interviews with the cast and the Farrelly brothers for "Hall Pass" right here)

But the sad flop story of the weekend belonged to Nicolas Cage and Summit Entertainment. Their "Drive Angry 3D" sold just $5.1 million worth of box-office tickets landing at No. 9. OUCH!

Meanwhile, Liam Neeson's "Unknown" continued to perform rather well in its second week of release. So far, the mystery thriller has accumulated $42.8 million for Warner Bros.

As Hollywood gathers for the Academy Awards tonight, Oscar favorites such as "The King's Speech" (No. 7 with $7.6 million) and "True Grit (No. 10 with $1.9 million) continue to make box-office dough.

Here's the estimated list of the Top 10 box-office movies for Oscar weekend (final tally will be released Tuesday):

1. "Gnomeo & Juliet," $14.2 million.

2. "Hall Pass," $13.4 million.

3. "Unknown," $12.4 million.

4. "Just Go With It," $11.1 million.

5. "I Am Number Four," $11 million.

6. "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never," $9.2 million.

7. "The King's Speech," $7.6 million.

8. "Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son," $7.6 million.

9. "Drive Angry," $5.1 million.

10. "True Grit," $1.9 million.

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Is "The Last Airbender" the Worst Movie of 2010? The M. Night Shyamalan Masterpiece Dominates Razzie Awards! 


This would hurt M. Night Shyamalan's supposed big ego. The director has been given the not-quite dubious achievement of having helmed a film that's considered the worst of 2010. Shyamalan's "The Last Airbender" dominated the 31st annual Razzie Awards winning (or is it losing?) Worst Picture, Worst Director for Shyamalan, Worst Screenplay, Worst Supporting Actor for Jackson Rathbone, and Worst Eye-Gouging Mis-Use of 3-D!

And then the ladies of "Sex and the City 2" must console each other for their sequel (which I thought was actually better than the first) also won multiple "Worsts" such as Worst Actress (all four of them!), Worst Screen Couple/Ensemble, and Worst Sequel.

"Twilight Saga: Eclipse" and "Jonah Hex" remain unscathed by the Razzies. But is "The Last Airbender" really worse than "Vampires Suck" which also remain largely unharmed? Really?

Here's the complete list of winners (highlighted) and nominees of the 31st annual Razzie Awards:

WORST PICTURE
THE BOUNTY HUNTER (Columbia Pictures/Relativity Media)
*** THE LAST AIRBENDER (Paramount/Nickelodeon Movies)
SEX & THE CITY #2 (Warner Bros/New Line/HBO Pictures)
TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE (Summit Entertainment)
VAMPIRES SUCK (20th Century-Fox/Regency Enterprises)

WORST ACTOR
Jack Black / GULLIVER’S TRAVELS
Gerard Butler / THE BOUNTY HUNTER
*** Ashton Kutcher / KILLERS and VALENTINE’S DAY
Taylor Lautner / TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE and VALENTINE’S DAY
Robert Pattinson / REMEMBER ME and TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE

WORST ACTRESS
Jennifer Aniston / THE BOUNTY HUNTER and THE SWITCH
Mylie Cyrus / THE LAST SONG
*** Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis & Cynthia Nixon / SEX & THE CITY 2
Megan Fox / JONAH HEX
Kristen Stewart / TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE

WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
*** Jessica Alba / THE KILLER INSIDE ME, LITTLE FOCKERS, MACHETE and VALENTINE’S DAY
Cher / BURLESQUE
Liza Minnelli / SEX & THE CITY 2
Nicola Peltz / THE LAST AIRBENDER
Barbra Streisand / LITTLE FOCKERS

WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Billy Ray Cyrus / THE SPY NEXT DOOR
George Lopez / MARMADUKE, THE SPY NEXT DOOR and VALENTINE’S DAY
Dev Patel / THE LAST AIRBENDER
*** Jackson Rathbone / THE LAST AIRBENDER and TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE
Rob Schneider / GROWN UPS

WORST EYE-GOUGING MIS-USE Of 3-D
CATS & DOGS 2: REVENGE OF KITTY GALORE
CLASH OF THE TITANS
*** THE LAST AIRBENDER
NUTCRACKER 3-D
SAW 3-D (aka SAW VII)

WORST SCREEN COUPLE / WORST SCREEN ENSEMBLE
Jennifer Aniston & Gerard Butler / THE BOUNTY HUNTER
Josh Brolin’s Face & Megan Fox’s Accent / JONAH HEX
The Entire Cast of THE LAST AIRBENDER
*** The Entire Cast of SEX & THE CITY 2
The Entire Cast of TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE

WORST DIRECTOR
Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer / VAMPIRES SUCK
Michael Patrick King / SEX & THE CITY 2
*** M. Night Shyamalan / THE LAST AIRBENDER
David Slade / TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE
Sylvester Stallone / THE EXPENDABLES

WORST SCREENPLAY
*** LAST AIRBENDER Written by M. Night Shyamalan, based on the TV series created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Brian Konietzko
LITTLE FOCKERS, Written by John Hamburg and Larry Stuckey, based on Characters Created by Greg Glenna & Mary Roth Clarke
SEX & THE CITY #2, Written by Michael Patrick King, Based on the TV Series Created by Darren Star
TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE, Screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg, Based on the Novel by Stephenie Meyer
VAMPIRES SUCK, Written by Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer

WORST PREQUEL, REMAKE, RIP-OFF or SEQUEL
CLASH OF THE TITANS
THE LAST AIRBENDER
*** SEX & THE CITY #2
TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE
VAMPIRES SUCK!

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"Black Swan" Dominates 2011 Independent Spirit Awards, But Where's the Love for "Winter's Bone?" 


With all the "Black Swan" hoopla, am I the only one who thinks that the film, while well-made, is not deserving of all these hyper-crazed adulations? Portman was good, but I prefer Annette Bening's understated performance in "The Kids Are All Right." Or heck, Jennifer Lawrence's "Winter's Bone" performance could easily outdance Portman's delusional ballerina portrayal any day.

And "Winter's Bone," celebrating its true independent spirit, was virtually snubbed at last night's Independent Spirit Awards. Sure, the excellent supporting cast was honored with Dale Dickey winning Best Supporting Female and John Hawkes for Best Supporting Male, but the engaging and deeply haunting Debra Granik movie (with the most nominations totaling to seven nods) lost out to...you guessed it, Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan." (Check out my "Winter's Bone" movie review right here)

And yes, I do admire Aronofsky, I thought "The Wrestler" was one of his personal best and not "Black Swan" -- a heavily stylized movie that will make you feel cheated after the curtains are down. (Check out my interview with Aronofsky for "The Wrestler" right here)

But "Black Swan" has great cinematography, and kudos to my fellow Filipino peep, Matthew Libatique for winning the Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography. Now, I don't salute Libatique for we're both Filipinos y'all, I truly admired his camerawork in "Black Swan" -- each frame told a story! (Check out my "Black Swan" movie review right here)

So there, I'm done ranting. My point is Roadside's "Winter's Bone" is more aligned with the Independent Spirit Awards' independent spirit rather than "Black Swan" -- a film made by the bigger Fox Searchlight. That's all!

Here's the complete list of the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards winners (highlighted) and nominees:

BEST FEATURE (Award given to the Producer, Executive Producers are not listed)

127 Hours -- Producers: Danny Boyle, Christian Colson, John Smithson

*** Black Swan -- Producers: Scott Franklin, Mike Medavoy, Arnold W. Messer, Brian Oliver

Greenberg -- Producers: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Scott Rudin

The Kids Are All Right -- Producers: Gary Gilbert, Philippe Hellmann, Jordan Horowitz, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Celine Rattray, Daniela Taplin Lundberg

Winter’s Bone -- Producers: Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Anne Rosellini

BEST DIRECTOR

*** Darren Aronofsky
Black Swan


Danny Boyle
127 Hours

Lisa Cholodenko
The Kids Are All Right

Debra Granik
Winter’s Bone

John Cameron Mitchell
Rabbit Hole

BEST SCREENPLAY

*** Stuart Blumberg, Lisa Cholodenko
The Kids Are All Right


Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini
Winter’s Bone

Nicole Holofcener
Please Give

David Lindsay-Abaire
Rabbit Hole

Todd Solondz
Life During Wartime

BEST FIRST FEATURE (Award given to the director and producer)

Everything Strange and New
Director: Frazer Bradshaw

Producers: A.D. Liano, Laura Techera Francia

*** Get Low
Director: Aaron Schneider
Producers: David Gundlach, Dean Zanuck


Night Catches Us
Director: Tanya Hamilton
Producers: Sean Costello, Jason Orans, Ronald Simons

The Last Exorcism
Director: Daniel Stamm
Producers: Marc Abraham, Tom Bliss, Eric Newman, Eli Roth

Tiny Furniture
Director: Lena Dunham
Producers: Kyle Martin, Alicia Van Couvering

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY

Diane Bell
Obselidia

*** Lena Dunham
Tiny Furniture


Nik Fackler
Lovely, Still

Bob Glaudini
Jack Goes Boating

Dana Adam Shapiro, Evan M. Wiener
Monogamy

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD - Given to the best feature made for under $500,000. Award given to the writer, director, and producer. Executive Producers are not listed

*** Daddy Longlegs -- Writer/Directors: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie
Producers: Casey Neistat, Tom Scott


Lbs. -- Director: Matthew Bonifacio
Writer/Producers: Matthew Bonifacio, Carmine Famiglietti

Lovers of Hate -- Writer/Director: Bryan Poyser
Producer: Megan Gilbride

Obselidia -- Writer/Director: Diane Bell
Producers: Chris Byrne, Mathew Medlin

The Exploding Girl -- Writer/Director: Bradley Rust Gray
Producers: Karin Chien, Ben Howe, So Yong Kim

BEST FEMALE LEAD

Annette Bening
The Kids Are All Right

Greta Gerwig
Greenberg

Nicole Kidman
Rabbit Hole

Jennifer Lawrence
Winter’s Bone

*** Natalie Portman
Black Swan


Michelle Williams
Blue Valentine

BEST MALE LEAD

Ronald Bronstein
Daddy Longlegs

Aaron Eckhart
Rabbit Hole

*** James Franco
127 Hours


John C. Reilly
Cyrus

Ben Stiller
Greenberg

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE

Ashley Bell
The Last Exorcism

*** Dale Dickey
Winter’s Bone


Allison Janney
Life During Wartime

Daphne Rubin-Vega
Jack Goes Boating

Naomi Watts
Mother and Child

BEST SUPPORTING MALE

*** John Hawkes
Winter’s Bone


Samuel L. Jackson
Mother and Child

Bill Murray
Get Low

John Ortiz
Jack Goes Boating

Mark Ruffalo
The Kids Are All Right

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Adam Kimmel
Never Let Me Go

*** Matthew Libatique
Black Swan


Jody Lee Lipes
Tiny Furniture

Michael McDonough
Winter’s Bone

Harris Savides
Greenberg

BEST DOCUMENTARY (Award given to the director)

*** Exit Through the Gift Shop
Director: Banksy


Marwencol
Director: Jeff Malmberg

Restrepo
Directors: Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger

Sweetgrass
Directors: Ilisa Barbash, Lucien Castaing-Taylor

Thunder Soul
Director: Mark Landsman

BEST FOREIGN FILM (Award given to the director)

Kisses
(Ireland)
Director: Lance Daly

Mademoiselle Chambon
(France)
Director: Stéphane Brizé

Of Gods and Men
(Morocco)
Director: Xavier Beauvois

*** The King’s Speech
(United Kingdom)
Director: Tom Hooper


Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
(Thailand)
Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

ACURA SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD – The 17th annual Acura Someone to Watch Award recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Acura.

Hossein Keshavarz
Dog Sweat

Laurel Nakadate
The Wolf Knife

*** Mike Ott
Littlerock


PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD – The 14th annual Piaget Producers Award honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources demonstrate the creativity, tenacity, and vision required to produce quality, independent films. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Piaget.

In-Ah Lee
Au Revoir Taipei

Adele Romanski
The Myth of the American Sleepover

*** Anish Savjani
Meek’s Cutoff


AVEENO® TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD – The 16th annual AVEENO® Truer Than Fiction Award is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by AVEENO®.

Ilisa Barbash, Lucien Castaing-Taylor
Sweetgrass

*** Jeff Malmberg
Marwencol


Lynn True, Nelson Walker
Summer Pasture

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD - (Given to one film’s director, casting director, and its ensemble cast)

Please Give
Director: Nicole Holofcener

Casting Director: Jeanne McCarthy

Ensemble Cast: Ann Guilbert, Rebecca Hall, Catherine Keener, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Lois Smith, Sarah Steele


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I Think It's Perfect! Viggo Mortensen to Play "Superman" Villan Zod? 


We all debated the casting of British hunk Henry Cavill as Man of Steel, but now, I think we can all come to an agreement that Viggo Mortensen will be perfect to play the villain General Zod in the Warner Bros. reboot of "Superman" from producer Christopher Nolan and director Zack Snyder.

Played by Terrence Stamp in my favorite Christopher Reeve "Superman" movies (Stamp was featured in both "Superman 1 and 2" but had more of a prominent role in the sequel), Zod is a megalomaniac Kryptonian who was in charge of the military forces on Krypton until he was sentenced to exile in the Phantom Zone for his crimes.

Can you picture Mortensen in that role? I can! I think the actor can fill in Stamp's memorable shoes, oh, and his fierce, black leather getup! (Check out my interview with Mortensen for his criminally-underseen movie "The Road" right here)

Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that no talks have commenced yet between Mortensen and Warner Bros. but you know another interesting "Superman" casting rumor? Kevin Costner may play big poppa Jonathan Kent! I agree with that casting choice too!

We'll see if Warner Bros, Nolan, and Snyder pick Mortensen and Costner for their respective roles. Every actor known to man is willing to fly faster than a speeding bullet to land any role in this hot property given the Nolan pedigree!

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Locking and Popping "G.I. Joe?" "Justin Bieber" Director Set for Sequel! 


Paramount has announced that "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" director, Jon Chu, is ditching his dancing shoes for combat in the studio's sequel to "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra." We all hated that film when it came out, so do we really need another one? (Check out my ruminations on "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" right here)

Currently known as "G.I. Joe 2," Chu was duking it out with F. Gary Gray for the chance to direct the sequel. But according to The Hollywood Reporter, Chu won because of his Paramount hit, the "Justin Bieber" documentary, which was made for $13 million and has grossed over $53 million. Plus, Chu was obedient enough to quickly recut the movie for a director's "fan cut."

I adore Chu, I think he's a sweet man, but almost all of his films are more visually pleasing rather than thought-provoking. He's the guy who, after all, gave us the last two "Step Up" movies -- fun films to watch but will leave you feeling empty inside (But I did enjoy interviewing Chu for both movies, click here for "Step Up 2 The Streets," and here for "Step Up 3D").

So will the new "G.I. Joe 2" continue its craptacular tradition of great visuals but poor content? What we know is Channing Tatum (also a "Step Up" alum) is expected to return as Duke, but Sienna Miller is unlikely to come back as Baroness. It's also unclear if Joseph Gordon-Levitt will return as one of the villains.

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