Rapunzel Whips Her Hair Back and Forth at Harry Potter! "Tangled" Topples Boy Wizard for Box-Office Crown! 


In a rare occurrence, the No. 2 movie last week became the No. 1 champion this week, and it's all about hair.

"Tangled," starring Mandy Moore as the voice of Rapunzel, unseated "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1" from the No. 1 spot with $21.5 million. So far, the sweet and charming Walt Disney Pictures release has raised its domestic total to $96.5 million ("Tangled" movie review)

But don't feel sorry for our favorite young wizard. Even though the film slipped to No. 2 with $16.7 million, part one of the last "Harry Potter" chapter has earned $244.2 million domestically, and is still the reigning king overseas.

The seventh title in the "Harry Potter" franchise grossed $54.4 million last weekend, and has raised its overseas box-office total to $469.1 million. Not too shabby for an unfinished film right? ("Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1" movie review)

Sharing the No. 3 spot were the musical "Burlesque" starring Christina Aguilera and Cher, and the action-packed "Unstoppable" featuring Denzel Washington and Chris Pine. ("Burlesque" interview with Kristen Bell)

According to Hollywood.com, it was a bad weekend for the movie industry. Well duh, there was no other major release other than the underperforming "The Warrior's Way" which earned $3.1 million showing at 1,622 theaters.

Making big debuts were films shown in limited release. Darren Aronofsky's ballet thriller starring Natalie Portman as a delusional ballerina earned $1.4 million in just 18 theaters, while the gay romance "I Love You Phillip Morris" starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor sold $113,200 tickets in just six theaters! ("Black Swan" and "I Love You Phillip Morris" movie reviews)

"Black Swan" expands into nationwide release through Christmas week, while "Phillip Morris" through early January.

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box Office films for weekend of Dec. 3:

1. "Tangled," $21.5 million.

2. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1," $16.7 million.

3 (tie). "Burlesque," $6.1 million.

3 (tie). "Unstoppable," $6.1 million.

5. "Love & Other Drugs," $5.7 million.

6. "Megamind," $5 million.

7. "Due Date," $4.2 million.

8. "Faster," $3.8 million.

9. "The Warrior's Way," $3.1 million.

10. "The Next Three Days," $2.7 million.

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Roman Polanski's "The Ghost Writer" Tops 23rd European Film Awards 


Roman Polanski's "The Ghost Writer" dominated the 23rd European Film Awards winning six trophies including best film, best director for Polanski, best actor for Ewan McGregor, best screenwriter for Polanski and Robert Harris, best production designer for Albrecht Konrad, and best composer for Alexandre Desplat. ("The Ghost Writer" movie review)

Polanski accepted his awards live via Skype from his home in Paris since he can't travel outside France, Switzerland, or Poland because there's still a U.S. warrant out for his arrest on sex charges from the 1970s. ("The Ghost Writer" interviews with Pierce Brosnan and Olivia Williams)

Winners of the 23rd European Film Awards:

European Film
The Ghost Writer

European Director
Roman Polanski, TheGhostWriter

European Actress
Sylvie Testud, Lourdes

European Actor
Ewan McGregor, The Ghost Writer

European Screenwriter
Roman Polanski, Robert Harris, The Ghost Writer

People's Choice Award
Mr. Nobody

Carlo Di Palma European Cinematographer Award
Giora Bejach, Lebanon

European Editor
Luc Barnier, Marion Monnier, Carlos

European Production Designer
Albrecht Konrad, The Ghost Writer

European Composer
Alexandre Desplat, The Ghost Writer

European Discovery - Prix Fipresci
Lebanon

European Film Academy Documentary - Prix Arte
Nostalgia for the Light

European Film Academy Animated Feature Film
TheIllusionist

Lifetime Achievement Award
Bruno Ganz

Co-production Award
Zeynep Ozbatur Atakan

European Achievement in World Cinema
Composer Gabriel Yared

European Film Academy Short Film
Hanoi- Warsaw

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"Winter's Bone" Victorious at Torino Film Festival! First U.S. Production to Win Since 2000 


Debra Granik's backwoods drama, "Winter's Bone," continues its winning streak taking home two trophies at the 28th Torino Film Festival including Best Film and Best Actress for Jennifer Lawrence who tied with Anahi Berneri for "Port u Culpa." ("Winter's Bone" Movie Review)

The last U.S. production that won best film at Torino was David Gordon Green's "George Washington" in 2000. Besides the prestigious trophy, "Winter's Bone" also took home a cash prize of €25,000 which is about $32,500.

Winners of the 28th Torino Film Festival


Best Film (25,000€) to:

WINTER’S BONE by Debra Granik (US, 2010, 35mm, 100’)

Special Jury Award ex-aequo (Total of 10,000€) to :

LES SIGNES VITAUX by Sophie Deraspe (Canada, 2009, 35mm, 87’)

&

LAS MARIMBAS DEL INFIERNO by Julio Hernández Cordón

(Guatemala/France/Mexico, 2010, HDCam, 73’)

Best Actress Award, in collaboration with Max, ex-aequo to:

JENNIFER LAWRENCE for WINTER’S BONE by Debra Granik (US, 2010, 35mm, 100’)

&

ERICA RIVAS for POR TU CULPA by Anahí Berneri (Argentina/France, 2010, 35mm, 87’)

Best Actor Award, in collaboration with Max, to:

OMID DJALILI for THE INFIDEL by Josh Appignanesi (UK, 2010, 35mm, 105’)

Audience Award, in collaboration with Digima, to:

HENRY by Alessandro Piva (Italy, 2010, HDcam, 94’)

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Producers Guild Announces Best Documentary Nominees 

The Producers Guild of America has announced the Documentary Theatrical Motion Picture nominees for the 22nd Annual Producers Guild Awards. And the nominees are (in alphabetical order):

* CLIENT 9: THE RISE AND FALL OF ELIOT SPITZER
* EARTH MADE OF GLASS
* INSIDE JOB
* SMASH HIS CAMERA
* THE TILLMAN STORY
* WAITING FOR ‘SUPERMAN’

"Client 9," "Inside Job," "The Tillman Story," and "Waiting for Superman" are also among the 15 documentaries being considered for Academy Awards Best Feature Documentary. (See Academy Unleashes Best Documentary Short List)

Nominations for the other Producers Guild Award categories will be announced January 4, 2011. The 2011 Producers Guild Awards ceremony will be held on January 22, 2011 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

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"Waste Land" Wins Best Documentary at 2010 IDA Awards! See Complete List of Winners 


"Waste Land," from director Lucy Walker, won best feature documentary at the International Documentary Association's 2010 IDA Awards held Friday night and hosted by Morgan Spurlock.

"Waste Land" is also among the 15 documentaries being considered by the Academy for Best Feature Documentary category. (See Academy Unleashes Best Documentary Short List)

2010 IDA Documentary Awards Winners

FEATURE DOCUMENTARY AWARD
Waste Land

SHORT DOCUMENTARY AWARD
Woman Rebel

CONTINUING SERIES AWARD
30 for 30

LIMTED SERIES AWARD
Have You Heard From Johannesburg

IDA PARE LORENTZ AWARD
Waste Land

HONORABLE MENTION
Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?

IDA MUSIC DOCUMENTARY AWARD
For Once In My Life

ABCNEWS VIDEOSOURCE AWARD
Bhutto

IDA HUMANITAS AWARD (TIE)
Presumed Guilty
The Oath

IDA DAVID L. WOLPER STUDENT DOCUMENTARY AWARD
Waiting for a Train: The Toshio Hirano Story

CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Barbara Kopple

PIONEER AWARD
Alan Raymond & Susan Raymond

PRESERVATION AND SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
Mark Jonathan Harris

HONORABLE MENTION
The Stinking Ship

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