Moviegoers put "Shutter Island" on top in its second week! The Martin Scorsese-Leonardo DiCaprio thriller made $22.2 million, raising its 10-day total to $75.1 million domestically.
Meanwhile, "Cop Out" starring Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan from director Kevin Smith debuted at No. 2 with $18.6 million. Warner Bros. was said to be happy with the revenue expectations considering the snow storm in the East Coast that left many folks stranded at home.
Debuting at No. 3 is "The Crazies!" The update of George Romero's 1970 scary classic sold $16.5 million worth of box-office tickets.
Here are some highlighted good news:
*** "Avatar" has now surpassed $700 million domestically
*** "Valentine's Day" is the first 2010 released movie to top the $100 million mark
*** Some Oscar contenders are doing well at the box-office including "Crazy Heart"
Here's the Top 10 list of box-office films for weekend of Feb. 26th:
1. "Shutter Island," $22.2 million.
2. "Cop Out," $18.6 million.
3. "The Crazies," $16.5 million.
4. "Avatar," $14 million.
5. "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief," $9.8 million.
6. "Valentine's Day," $9.5 million.
7. "Dear John," $5 million.
8. "The Wolfman," $4.1 million.
9. "The Tooth Fairy," $3.5 million.
10. "Crazy Heart," $2.5 million.
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"The Hurt Locker" won top honors at the Cinema Audio Society's 46th Annual CAS Awards. The fantastic Iraq-war drama took home the outstanding achievement in sound mixing award beating "Avatar," "District 9," "Star Trek," and "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen."
Uh-oh, will "The Hurt Locker" beat "Avatar" at the Oscars for best sound editing and best sound mixing? Stay tuned...
To see the complete list of nominees and winners at the 46th Annual CAS Awards, click here.
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The beautiful black and white cinematography by Austrian Christian Berger for "The White Ribbon" won the American Society of Cinematographers' feature competition at the 24th Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards.
"The White Ribbon's" Berger beat tough competitors such as Barry Ackroyd for "The Hurt Locker," Mauro Fiore for "Avatar," Robert Richardson for "Inglourious Basterds," and Dion Beebe for "Nine."
"The White Ribbon," also nominated for foreign language film at this year's Oscars, is the second black-and-white film to win the ASC award. In 2002, Roger Deakins won the trophy for "The Man Who Wasn't There."
But I have a sneaky feeling that "The White Ribbon" will not win best cinematography at the Academy Awards. Why? Because when Deakins won the ASC award in 2002, "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings," shot by Andrew Lesnie, won the Oscar for cinematography that year.
So "Avatar" still has a strong chance of winning the Oscar trophy.
For more on the ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards, click here.
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"A Prophet" from director Jacques Audiard won nine awards at the 35th annual Cesar Awards. The Oscar nominated film for best foreign language took home best French film of the year, director, screenplay, editing, cinematography, production design, best actor, and most promising actor (best male newcomer) for Tahar Rahim. Niels Arestrup won best supporting actor also for "A Prophet."
Clint Eastwood's "Gran Torino" was named best foreign film of the year, beating out last year's Oscar winner "Slumdog Millionaire" and this year's blue contender, "Avatar."
Meanwhile, "Avatar's" Sigourney Weaver presented Harrison Ford with a Cesar of Honor award. Aw...
Here's the list of nominees and winners of the 35th annual Cesar Awards (winners are highlighted):
A l’Origine, Xavier Giannoli
Le Concert, Radu Mihaileanu
Les Herbes Folles, Alain Resnais
La Journee de la Jupe, Jean-Paul Lilienfeld
Rapt, Lucas Belvaux
Un Prophete, Jacques Audiard
Welcome, Philippe Lioret
Jacques Audiard for Un Prophete
Lucas Belvaux for Rapt
Xavier Giannoli for A l’Origine
Philippe Lioret for Welcome
Radu Mihaileanu for Le Concert
Best First Film
Les Beaux Gosses, Riad Sattouf
Le Dernier pour la Route, Philippe Godeau
Espion(s), Nicolas Saada
La Premiere Etiole, Lucien Jean-Baptiste
Qu’un Seul Tienne et les Autres Suivront, Lea Fehner
Isabelle Adjani in La Journee de la Jupe
Domique Blanc in L’Autre
Sandrine Kiberlain in Mademoiselle Chambon
Kristin Scott Thomas in Partir
Audrey Tautou in Coco Avant Chanel
Best Supporting Actress
Aure Atika in Mademoiselle Cambon
Anne Consigny in Rapt
Audrey Dana in Welcome
Emmanuelle Devos in A l’Origine
Noemie Lvosvsky in Les Beaux Gosses
Best Female Newcomer
Pauline Etienne in Qu’un seul tiene et les autres suivront
Florence Loiret-Caille in Je l’amais
Soko dans A l’Origine
Christa Theret in LOL
Melanie Thierry in Le dernier pour la route
Yvan Attal in Rapt
Francois Cluzet in A l’Origine
Francois Cluzet in Le Dernier pour la Route
Vincent Lindon in Welcome
Tahar Rahim in Un Prophete
Best Supporting Actor
Jean-Hugues Anglade in Persecution
Niels Arestrup in Un Prophete
Joeystarr in Le Bal des Actrices
Benoit Poelvoorde in Coco Avant Chanel
Michel Vuillermoz in Le Dernier pour la Route
Best Male Newcomer
Firat Ayverdi in Welcome
Adel Bencherif in Un Prophete
Vincent Lacostein Les Beaux Gosses
Tahar Rahim in Un Prophete
Vincent Rottiers in Je suis hereux que ma mere soit vivante
Best Foreign Film
Avatar, James Cameron, USA
Gran Torino, Clint Eastwood, USA
Milk, Gus Van Sant, USA
J’ai Tue Ma Mere, Xavier Dolan, Canada
Panique au Village, Stepahne Aubier and Vicent Patar, Belgium, Luxembourg and France
The White Ribbon, Michael Haneke
Slumdog Millionaire, Danny Boyle
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I took part in the "Greenberg" press junket in NY, and I spoke with Greta Gerwig (the heart of the film), Rhys Ifans (the brain of the film), and Ben Stiller (the glue that keeps on ungluing himself -- brilliant performance by Stiller!). You have to watch "Greenberg" when it opens on March 26 -- Writer/Director Noah Baumbach ("The Squid and the Whale") is a keen observer of everyday life, plus the movie is a love letter to Los Angeles minus its obvious Hollywood trappings.
I will post the video of my interviews soon, but Stiller was stoic in person with a dry wit, but I made him laugh, you'll see. Towards the end of our interview, I managed to sneak in the all-important question -- "Is it true you're working on the script for 'Zoolander 2' now and why?" To which he said, "Yes, it's confirmed, Justin Theroux from 'Tropic Thunder' is collaborating on the script with me."
And while he's telling me these words, you could see a glimmer in his eye deep inside that Derek Zoolander is trying to get out...brilliant, alive!
And I said, great, he and I can sashay together! Laughter ensued...
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