"Wreck-It-Ralph" Box-Office Hero 


"Wreck-It-Ralph" became the box-office hero and triumphed over Superstorm Sandy.

The Walt Disney Pictures' flick debuted strongly with $49.1 million, claiming the No. 1 spot! Featuring the voices of John C. Reilly and Jane Lynch, the 3-D animated family film provided enough distraction from Superstorm Sandy. ("Wreck-It-Ralph" movie review)

At No. 2 was Robert Zemeckis' "Flight" featuring a strong performance from Denzel Washington. The drama about an excellent pilot battling alcohol and drug abuse soared to a $25 million debut. ("Flight" movie review)

Previous weekend's box-office champ, Ben Affleck's "Argo," fell to No. 3 with $10.2 million. The surefire Oscar contender has sold a total of $75.9 million worth of tickets since it opened four weeks ago.

Another box-office newcomer, "The Man with the Iron Fists," opened with a debut of $8.2 million. Directed by RZA from the hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan, "The Man with the Iron Fists" debuted at No. 4.

Overseas, the fantastic James Bond movie "Skyfall" continued to annihilate box-office competition. The Sam Mendes-directed flick sold $156 million worth of box-office tickets for a cumulative international total of $287 million, and it hasn't even reached the U.S. shores yet! "Skyfall" is set to make its debut this Friday.

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box-Office films for weekend of Nov. 2nd:

1. "Wreck-It Ralph," $49.1 million.

2. "Flight," $25 million.


3. "Argo," $10.2 million.

4. "The Man With the Iron Fists," $10.2 million.

5. "Taken 2," $6 million.

6. "Cloud Atlas," $5.3 million.

7. "Hotel Transylvania," $4.5 million.

8. "Paranormal Activity 4," $4.3 million.

9. "Here Comes the Boom," $3.6 million.

10. "Silent Hill: Revelation," $3.3 million.

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21 Animated Films Fight for Oscar Glory! 


The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has announced that twenty-one animated features have been submitted for Oscar consideration. And because there are more than 16 movies submitted, five films may be nominated. We'll find out when the nominees are announced January 10th.

And the twenty-one animated flicks vying for Oscar glory are:

Adventures in Zambezia
Brave
Delhi Safari
Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
Frankenweenie
From Up on Poppy Hill
Hey Krishna
Hotel Transylvania
Ice Age Continental Drift
A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
The Mystical Laws
The Painting
ParaNorman
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
The Rabbi's Cat
Rise of the Guardians
Secret of the Wings
Walter & Tandoori's Christmas
Wreck-It Ralph
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“Wreck-It-Ralph” and “Flight” Movie Reviews 
Two big films are opening this weekend, we have “Wreck-It-Ralph” for the whole family and “Flight” for drama lovers. In “Wreck-It-Ralph,” John C. Reilly voices Ralph, a videogame villain who aspires to be a hero. In his journey, he discovers that being a hero means finding himself.

In “Flight,” Denzel Washington returns with an Oscar caliber performance as Whip Whitaker, an excellent pilot with drugs and alcohol dependency issues. When he saves a flight from crashing, he is initially called a hero, until further investigation reveals something far more catastrophic. Robert Zemeckis returns to directing a live-action feature after 12 years! That’s one great cause for celebration.

So which one is my pick of the week? Let’s take a look:



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Katie Speaks Again! My Fun Interview with Katie Featherston for “Paranormal Activity 4," She Teases Us with "Paranormal Activity 5" 


Happy Halloween!

Katie Featherston is now officially a horror icon in the vein of Freddy Krueger or Jason Vorhees. She was the main actress in the first “Paranormal Activity” and since then, she pops in once in a while to give a lending hand to the sequels.

Featherston is back to wreak havoc in “Paranormal Activity 4” from directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. The fourth one may have a “been there done that” mentality, but at least, Featherston is on the screen once again.

In this interview, we talked about:

*** When she first heard that she’s going to be a part of the fourth film, what did she think?

*** Does she still find “Paranormal Activity” scary?

*** How did she keep the closely-guarded plot a secret from her family and friends?

*** How was it making “Paranormal Activity 4” and working with directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman?

*** By the fourth film, I’m sure fans come up to her and share with her their own paranormal activities

*** Now that she’s a certified horror icon, is she going to dress up as Katie for Halloween?

*** Give us a little hint on what’s to come in “Paranormal Activity 5?”



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Disney Buys Lucasfilm, "Star Wars Episode 7" Set for 2015! 


Darth Vader is now friends with the Disney Princesses.

The Walt Disney Company has acquired Lucasfilm and announced that "Star Wars Episode 7" will be coming to theaters in 2015! According to Disney, there will be a new "Star Wars" trilogy with the first movie to come out in 2015, and then a new film being released every other year.

So what about "Indiana Jones?" Disney seemed to want to concentrate on "Star Wars" for now. Here's the full press release from comingsoon.net:

Continuing its strategy of delivering exceptional creative content to audiences around the world, The Walt Disney Company has agreed to acquire Lucasfilm Ltd. in a stock and cash transaction. Lucasfilm is 100% owned by Lucasfilm Chairman and Founder, George Lucas.

Under the terms of the agreement and based on the closing price of Disney stock on October 26, 2012, the transaction value is $4.05 billion, with Disney paying approximately half of the consideration in cash and issuing approximately 40 million shares at closing. The final consideration will be subject to customary post-closing balance sheet adjustments.

"Lucasfilm reflects the extraordinary passion, vision, and storytelling of its founder, George Lucas," said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company. "This transaction combines a world-class portfolio of content including Star Wars, one of the greatest family entertainment franchises of all time, with Disney's unique and unparalleled creativity across multiple platforms, businesses, and markets to generate sustained growth and drive significant long-term value."

"For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next," said George Lucas, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lucasfilm. "It's now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I've always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime. I'm confident that with Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, and having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come. Disney's reach and experience give Lucasfilm the opportunity to blaze new trails in film, television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment, and consumer products."

Under the deal, Disney will acquire ownership of Lucasfilm, a leader in entertainment, innovation and technology, including its massively popular and "evergreen" Star Wars franchise and its operating businesses in live action film production, consumer products, animation, visual effects, and audio post production. Disney will also acquire the substantial portfolio of cutting-edge entertainment technologies that have kept audiences enthralled for many years. Lucasfilm, headquartered in San Francisco, operates under the names Lucasfilm Ltd., LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound, and the present intent is for Lucasfilm employees to remain in their current locations.

Kathleen Kennedy, current Co-Chairman of Lucasfilm, will become President of Lucasfilm, reporting to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn. Additionally she will serve as the brand manager for Star Wars, working directly with Disney's global lines of business to build, further integrate, and maximize the value of this global franchise. Ms. Kennedy will serve as executive producer on new Star Wars feature films, with George Lucas serving as creative consultant. Star Wars Episode 7 is targeted for release in 2015, with more feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga and grow the franchise well into the future.

The acquisition combines two highly compatible family entertainment brands, and strengthens the long-standing beneficial relationship between them that already includes successful integration of Star Wars content into Disney theme parks in Anaheim, Orlando, Paris and Tokyo.

Driven by a tremendously talented creative team, Lucasfilm's legendary Star Wars franchise has flourished for more than 35 years, and offers a virtually limitless universe of characters and stories to drive continued feature film releases and franchise growth over the long term. Star Wars resonates with consumers around the world and creates extensive opportunities for Disney to deliver the content across its diverse portfolio of businesses including movies, television, consumer products, games and theme parks. Star Wars feature films have earned a total of $4.4 billion in global box to date, and continued global demand has made Star Wars one of the world's top product brands, and Lucasfilm a leading product licensor in the United States in 2011. The franchise provides a sustainable source of high quality, branded content with global appeal and is well suited for new business models including digital platforms, putting the acquisition in strong alignment with Disney's strategic priorities for continued long-term growth.

The Lucasfilm acquisition follows Disney's very successful acquisitions of Pixar and Marvel, which demonstrated the company's unique ability to fully develop and expand the financial potential of high quality creative content with compelling characters and storytelling through the application of innovative technology and multiplatform distribution on a truly global basis to create maximum value. Adding Lucasfilm to Disney's portfolio of world class brands significantly enhances the company's ability to serve consumers with a broad variety of the world's highest-quality content and to create additional long-term value for our shareholders.

The Boards of Directors of Disney and Lucasfilm have approved the transaction, which is subject to clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, certain non-United States merger control regulations, and other customary closing conditions. The agreement has been approved by the sole shareholder of Lucasfilm.


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