"Twilight," "Skyfall," "Lincoln" Continue to Dominate Box-Office; Brad Pitt's "KIlling Them Softly" Stumbles 


"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2" and "Skyfall" almost tied for box-office supremacy according to studio estimates. The "Twilight" finale made $17.4 million while the James Bond film scored $17 million. Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" sat comfortably at No. 3 with $13.51 million.

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Meanwhile, new contender "Killing Them Softly" starring Brad Pitt faltered with a meager debut of $7 million for the No. 7 position. Sorry Brad!

Here's the Top 10 Box-Office Films for weekend of Nov. 30th:

1. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2," $17.4 million ($48.4 million international)

2. "Skyfall," $17 million.

3. "Lincoln," $13.51 million.

4. "Rise of the Guardians," $13.5 million ($40 million international).

5. "Life of Pi," $12 million ($21.5 million international).

6. "Wreck-It Ralph," $7.02 million ($1.5 million international).

7. "Killing Them Softly," $7 million.

8. "Red Dawn," $6.6 million.

9. "Flight," $4.5 million.

10. "The Collection," $3.4 million.

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"Amour" Tops 25th European Film Awards 


Michael Haneke's "Amour" topped the 25th European Film Awards taking home the Best Film, Director, Actor (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and actress (Emmanuelle Riva). Check out the complete list of winners below:

EUROPEAN FILM 2012:
AMOUR
France / Germany / Austria, 127 min
Written & directed by Michael Haneke
produced by Margaret Menegoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka & Michael Katz

EUROPEAN DIRECTOR 2012:
Michael Haneke for AMOUR

EUROPEAN ACTRESS 2012:
Emmanuelle Riva in AMOUR

EUROPEAN ACTOR 2012:
Jean-Louis Trintignant in AMOUR

EUROPEAN SCREENWRITER 2012:
Tobias Lindholm & Thomas Vinterberg for JAGTEN (The Hunt)

CARLO DI PALMA EUROPEAN CINEMATOGRAPHER AWARD 2012:
Sean Bobbitt for SHAME

EUROPEAN EDITOR 2012:
Joe Walker for SHAME

EUROPEAN PRODUCTION DESIGNER 2012:
Maria Djurkovic for TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY

EUROPEAN COMPOSER 2012:
Alberto Iglesias for TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY

EUROPEAN DISCOVERY 2012 – Prix FIPRESCI:
KAUWBOY by Boudewijn Koole (The Netherlands)

EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY DOCUMENTARY 2012:
HIVER NOMADE (Winter Nomads) by Manuel von Stürler (Switzerland)

EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY ANIMATED FEATURE FILM 2012:
ALOIS NEBEL by Tomáš Luňák (Czech Republic / Germany / Slovakia)

EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY SHORT FILM 2012:
SUPERMAN, SPIDERMAN OR BATMAN by Tudor Giurgiu, Romania

EUROPEAN CO-PRODUCTION AWARD 2012 - Prix EURIMAGES:
Helena Danielsson, Sweden

EUROPEAN ACHIEVEMENT IN WORLD CINEMA 2012:
Dame Helen Mirren, UK

EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:
Bernardo Bertolucci, Italy

THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD 2012:
HASTA LA VISTA (Come As You Are)
directed by da Geoffrey Enthoven

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Bryce Dallas Howard's Movie Among Live Action Short Film Oscar Shortlist 


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the shortlist for the Best Live Action Short Films category. From 125 pictures down to 11! And they are:

“A Fábrica (The Factory),” Aly Muritiba, director (Grafo Audiovisual)
“Asad,” Bryan Buckley, director, and Mino Jarjoura, producer (Hungry Man)
“Buzkashi Boys,” Sam French, director, and Ariel Nasr, producer (Afghan Film Project)
“Curfew,” Shawn Christensen, director (Fuzzy Logic Pictures)
“Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw),” Tom Van Avermaet, director, and Ellen De Waele, producer
(Serendipity Films)
“Henry,” Yan England, director (Yan England)
“Kiruna-Kigali,” Goran Kapetanovic, director (Hepp Film AB)
“The Night Shift Belongs to the Stars,” Silvia Bizio and Paola Porrini Bisson, producers (Oh! Pen LLC)
“9meter,” Anders Walther, director, and Tivi Magnusson, producer (M & M Productions A/S)
“Salar,” Nicholas Greene, director, and Julie Buck, producer (Nicholas Greene)
“when you find me,” Ron Howard, executive producer, and Bryce Dallas Howard, director
(Freestyle Picture Company)


We'll see which ones will remain when the Oscar nominations are revealed on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 5:30 a.m. Pacific.

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"Searching for Sugar Man" Among Producers Guild Documentary Nominees 


The Producers Guild of America (PGA) has announced the nominees for the Documentary Motion Picture category for the 24th Annual Producers Guild Awards. I'm bummed that "The Imposter" and "Queen of Versailles" were not included :sad

All the other nominations for the Producers Guild Awards will be announced on January 3, 2013. Winners will be revealed on January 26 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

And the nominees are:

A PEOPLE UNCOUNTED

THE GATEKEEPERS

THE ISLAND PRESIDENT

THE OTHER DREAM TEAM

SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN


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"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" Among Visual Effects Oscar Shortlist 


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released the shortlist for the Visual Effects Oscar race. It has now been narrowed down to 10 contenders. Sorry "Looper," "The Hunger Games," "Men in Black III," "The Impossible," and "Flight."

Members of the Visual Effects Branch will be asked to see 10-minute excerpts of each of the 10 shortlisted films below on Thursday, January 3. Then, they will vote to nominate five films for the final Oscar consideration. The nominees for the 85th Academy Awards will be announced live on Thursday, January 10 at 5:30 a.m.

And the chosen 10 movies for Visual Effects are:

“The Amazing Spider-Man”
“Cloud Atlas”
“The Dark Knight Rises”
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
“John Carter”
“Life of Pi”
“Marvel’s The Avengers”
“Prometheus”
“Skyfall”
“Snow White and the Huntsman”

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