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Hobbit beats Django, Les Mis in crowded holiday field

Hobbit beats Django, Les Mis in crowded holiday field

Box office competition was fierce this holiday season, with eight major releases between Dec. 19 and Dec. 25, including three on Christmas day alone. While many performances exceeded expectations, in the end holdover The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey topped the US and international box offices for t...

Goodbye to Klugman and Durning

Goodbye to Klugman and Durning

Hollywood is mourning two of its favourite actors, who died on Christmas Eve. Jack Klugman, who rose to prominence on the big screen in the 1950s before finding his home on TV, was 90. Charles Durning, a familiar supporting character actor since the 1970s, was 89. It was as Juror Number 5 in Sidney ...

Robert Carlyle and director Marshall Lewy discuss California Solo, their serendipitous collaboration

When indie director Marshall Lewy wrote the script for his new film California Solo, about an ex-Britpop rocker who finds himself struggling with his immigration status after twelve years of living in Los Angeles, he created the lead character with Robert Carlyle in mind. He had no idea that his scr...

Rise of the Guardians won’t leave a holiday film legacy

Rise of the Guardians won’t leave a holiday film legacy

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa,or the Oaxacan Night of the Radishes, it can be agreed that Christmas in film has become a genre all its own. The Christmas scenario is rife with storytelling gold: the spirit of community, the snow-white settings, the impending December 25th deadli...

Hobbit maintains No. 1 in weak pre-Christmas round

Facing competition from five new major US releases, Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey held on to its number one spot on the US charts with $36.7 million for the weekend as well as the international charts with $91 million, bringing its domestic total to $149.9 million and its world...

OSCAR WINNER TURNS HIS CAMERAS ON MARGATE

OSCAR WINNER TURNS HIS CAMERAS ON MARGATE

Oscar-winning documentary maker Arnold Schwartzman is turning his cameras on Margate, the seaside town where he grew up and where he first experienced the lure of Hollywood. Schwartzman, who won his Best Documentary Oscar in 1982 for directing the Holocaust film Genocide, is using old film clips, po...

Leonardo DiCaprio is taking a break from acting to reflect on his life – interview

Leonardo DiCaprio is taking a break from acting to reflect on his life – interview

Leonardo DiCaprio has been very busy this year, playing major roles in three movies back to back: Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby and Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf Of Wall Street. It’s not uncommon for the veteran actor to wrap more than one movie in one ye...

CRUISE AND JACK REACHER? A BIT OF  A DIFFERENCE

CRUISE AND JACK REACHER? A BIT OF A DIFFERENCE

Jack Reacher, according to author Lee Child who created him, is a 6ft. 6in. blonde-haired ex-soldier who is “built like the side of a house….his hands, giant battered mitts that bunch into fists the size of footballs.”    Tom Cruise, who is portraying him in the action thriller J...

GERARD BUTLER: PRAYING FOR A HIT

GERARD BUTLER: PRAYING FOR A HIT

Gerard Butler looks as if he is praying for a hit movie—because he certainly needs one. The Scottish actor, who made his feature film debut in 1997 playing an unnamed seaman in the James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies, has survived a series of flops that would probably have ended the career of...

TARANTINO’S TWO DJANGOS

TARANTINO’S TWO DJANGOS

Quentin Tarantino is well known for paying tribute in his movies to classics of the past that have inspired him and from which he has borrowed. His latest, the outrageous Django Unchained, is no exception.  Franco Nero, 71, who starred in the 1966 spaghetti western Django makes an appearance in Tar...

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