"Skyfall" No. 1 Again, "Playing for Keeps" Flops, "Hyde Park on Hudson" Overperforms 


"Skyfall" reclaimed the top spot with $11 million becoming the highest-grossing Sony release this year with $918 million in worldwide ticket sales according to THR.

Meanwhile, Gerard Butler flopped again. His new romantic comedy, "Playing for Keeps" scored $6 million for the No. 6 box-office spot.

At the specialty box office, "Hyde Park on Hudson" opened strongly with $83,280 in just four theaters for a per location average of $20,820. The film features Bill Murray as President Franklin D. Roosevelt. (Laura Linney interview for "Hyde Park," Olivia Williams interview for "Hyde Park")

Previous weekend's box-office champ, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" dropped to No. 3 after topping the charts for three weeks. But have no fear Twi-hards, the final chapter became the highest grossing title of the franchise with a worldwide total of $751.1 million!

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box-Office films for weekend of Dec. 7:

1. Skyfall, 5/3,401, MGM/Sony, $11 million, $261.2 million.

2. Rise of the Guardians, 3/3,639, DreamWorks Animation/Paramount, $10.5 million, $61.9 million.

3. Twilight: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2, 4/3,646, Summit, $9.2 million, $268.7 million.

4. Lincoln, 5/2,014, DreamWorks/Disney, $9.1 million, $97.3 million.

5. Life of Pi, 3/2,946, Fox, $8.3 million, $60.9 million.

6. Playing for Keeps, 1/2,837, FilmDistrict, $6 million, $6 million.

7. Wreck-It Ralph, 6/2,746, Disney, $4.9 million, $164.4 million.

8. Red Dawn, 3/2,754, FilmDistrict, $4.3 million, $37.3 million.

9. Flight, 6/2,413, Paramount, $3.1 million, $86.2 million.

10. Killing Them Softly, 2/2,424, The Weinstein Co., $2.7 million, $11.8 million.

SOURCE: THR

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Boston Online Film Critics Hail "Zero Dark Thirty," Anne Hathaway 


The Boston Online film Critics Association have revealed their winners for the 2012 year. Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" took home the Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actress honors (Jessica Chastain). Daniel Day-Lewis won Best Actor for "Lincoln" along with Tommy Lee Jones for Best Supporting Actor. Anne Hathaway received the Best Supporting Actress award for "Les Miserables." And that is a yay! I love her performance in that film!

Here's the complete list of the winners of the 1st Annual Boston Online Film Critics Awards:

BEST PICTURE: ZERO DARK THIRTY

BEST DIRECTOR: Kathryn Bigelow, ZERO DARK THIRTY

BEST ACTOR: Daniel Day-Lewis, LINCOLN

BEST ACTRESS: Jessica Chastain, ZERO DARK THIRTY

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Tommy Lee Jones, LINCOLN

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Anne Hathaway, LES MISERABLES

BEST SCREENPLAY: Tony Kushner, LINCOLN

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: OSLO, AUGUST 31ST

BEST DOCUMENTARY: HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE

BEST ANIMATED FILM: PARANORMAN

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Roger Deakins, SKYFALL

BEST EDITING: William Goldenberg & Dylan Tichenor, ZERO DARK THIRTY

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: Jonny Greenwood, THE MASTER

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST: MOONRISE KINGDOM

THE TEN BEST FILMS OF THE YEAR:

ZERO DARK THIRTY
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
LINCOLN
MOONRISE KINGDOM
DJANGO UNCHAINED
OSLO, AUGUST 31ST
HOLY MOTORS
THE MASTER
ARGO
CLOUD ATLAS

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"Searching for Sugar Man" Receives Top Honors at IDA Documentary Awards 


One of my favorite documentaries this year, "Searching for Sugar Man," received top honors at the 2012 IDA Documentary Awards winning the Best Feature prize. The documentary about the search for the elusive musician, Rodriguez, is truly a brilliant film illuminating failed dreams and eventual redemption.

Here's the complete winners list of the 2012 IDA Documentary Awards:

CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

ARNOLD SHAPIRO

JACQUELINE DONNET EMERGING DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER AWARD

DAVID FRANCE

PIONEER AWARD

SUNDANCE INSTITUTE DOCUMENTARY FILM PROGRAM AND FUND

BEST FEATURE AWARD

SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN

Director/Producer/Writer: Malik Bendjelloul

Producer: Simon Chinn

Executive Producer: John Battsek

Red Box Films, Sony Pictures Classics

BEST SHORT AWARD

SAVING FACE

Director: Daniel Junge, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Producers: David Coombe, Daniel Junge, Alison Greenberg, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Sabiha Sumar

Co-Producers: Aaron Kopp, Fazeelat Aslam

Senior Producer: Lisa Heller (HBO)

Executive Producer: Sheila Nevins (HBO)

HBO Documentary Films, Milkhaus, LLC, and JungeFilm, LLC

BEST LIMITED SERIES AWARD

ON DEATH ROW

Director/Writer: Werner Herzog

Producer: Erik Nelson

Coordinating Producer: Robert Erickson

Executive Producers: Dave Harding, Amy Briamonte; Andre Singer and Lucki Stipetic (Spring Films and Werner Herzog Film); Nick Raslan (Skellig Rock); Henry Schleiff and Sara Kozak (Investigation Discovery)

Creative Differences, Investigation Discovery

BEST CONTINUING SERIES AWARD

AMERICAN MASTERS

Executive Producer: Susan Lacy

Series Producer: Prudence Glass

Supervising Producer: Julie Sacks

Coordinating Producer: Junko Tsunashima

THIRTEEN in association with PBS

DAVID L. WOLPER STUDENT DOCUMENTARY AWARD

LA CAMIONETA

Director/Producer/Writer: Mark Kendall

Producer: Rafael González

Writer: Shannon Kennedy

Executive Producer: Esther Robinson

School of Visual Arts

ABCNEWS VIDEOSOURCE AWARD

HARVEST OF EMPIRE

Directors: Peter Getzels, Eduardo López

Producers: Wendy Thompson-Marquez, Eduardo López

Onyx Films, EVS Communications, Loquito Productions

HUMANITAS DOCUMENTARY AWARD

BITTER SEEDS

Director/Producer: Micha X. Peled

Teddy Bear Films

PARE LORENTZ AWARD

THE ISLAND PRESIDENT

Director: Jon Shenk

Producers: Bonni Cohen, Richard Berge

Executive Producers: Jon Else, Sally Jo Fifer, Dan Cogan

Actual Films, Inc., Samuel Goldwyn/Independent Lens

CREATIVE RECOGNITION AWARDS

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY


WOMEN WITH COWS

Cinematography by: Peter Gerdehag

BEST EDITING

ROOM 237

Editing by: Rodney Ascher

BEST MUSIC

SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN

Original Songs by: Sixto Rodriguez

Additional Score by: Malik Bendjelloul

BEST WRITING

ANN RICHARDS’ TEXAS

Screenplay by: Keith Patterson

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Sally Field to be Honored at Palm Springs International Film Festival 


The Palm Springs International Film Festival has announced that Sally Field will receive the Career Achievement Award on January 5 during the awards gala. Field will join previously announced honorees -- the ensemble cast of Ben Affleck's "Argo," Helen Hunt ("The Sessions"), Naomi Watts ("The Impossible"), and Robert Zemeckis ("Flight").

Field, currently starring in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," also won the New York Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actress award for the role.

Here's more on Field's career highlights:

Sally Field is a two-time Academy Award winner for her performances in Places in the Heart, for which she also received a Golden Globe®, and Norma Rae, for which she received a Golden Globe, along with the New York Film Critics Circle prize, the National Board of Review Award, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, the National Society of Film Critics honor and Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival. Field has also received Golden Globe nominations for her work in Steel Magnolias, Murphy’s Romance, Kiss Me Goodbye, Absence of Malice and Smokey and the Bandit. Her many film credits include Forrest Gump, Eye for an Eye, Mrs. Doubtfire, Soapdish, Not Without My Daughter, The End, Hooper, Stay Hungry and Punchline. Most recently, Field appeared as Aunt May in The Amazing Spider-Man, which opened in July of this year.

Field began her career in the television series Gidget and then went on to star in the The Flying Nun. She received Emmy® Awards for her title role in the landmark miniseries Sybil and for her performance on ER. She also received Emmy nominations for her role in Showtime’s A Cooler Climate and the NBC miniseries A Woman of Independent Means, which she co-produced and for which she received a Golden Globe nomination. Field co-starred in the ABC series drama Brothers & Sisters from 2006 to 2011, and for her role as Nora Walker, she received a Screen Actors Guild Award® and an Emmy Award as well as two Golden Globe nominations.


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"Hitchcock" Movie Review 


Good evening! “Hitchcock” goes into wide release this weekend, hoping to be showered with adoration this awards season. Based on the book by Stephen Rebello, (“Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho”) the movie is directed by Sacha Gervasi (“Anvil: The Story of Anvil”) and the script is written by John J. McLaughlin (“Black Swan”).

Anthony Hopkins plays the beloved director while Helen Mirren is Alma Reville, Hitchcock’s longtime collaborator and long-neglected wife. The rest of the cast includes Scarlett Johansson (Janet Leigh), Jessica Biel (Vera Miles), Toni Collette (Peggy Robertson), and James D’Arcy (Anthony Perkins).

Is the movie good enough for the Oscars? Watch my review:



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