Posts Tagged ‘film’

From ‘Fifty Shades’ to ‘Jupiter Ascending,’ It’s Feast or Famine at the Box Office

February 16, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

For the first month and a half of 2015, it’s been feast or famine at the multiplexes. The hits have been huge, but the flops have been equally gigantic. Last weekend, “Fifty Shades of Grey” became the latest film to trump estimates when it debuted to nearly $100 million over the Presidents Day holiday. That... Read more

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‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Already Pirated: Nearly 300,000 Downloads on Opening Weekend

February 16, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Pirates showed a passion for “Fifty Shades of Grey,” with copies of the erotic thriller downloaded almost 300,000 times worldwide within three days of the film’s U.S. theatrical debut. That’s despite the pirated versions being low-quality recordings apparently made with a handheld camera in theaters. As of 6 p.m. ET Sunday, “Fifty Shades of Grey”... Read more

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Berlin Film Review: ‘Koza’

February 15, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A raw look at a retired Romany boxer who goes back into the ring in the hopes of keeping his family together.

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WGA Prize Gives 11th-Hour Surge to ‘Imitation Game’ Team in Awards Marathon

February 15, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

It takes talent to earn an award nomination. But it takes a separate talent to survive awards season. Awards campaigning is like running a marathon while blindfolded (and being asked to smile the entire time). So Graham Moore’s win at the Writers Guild Saturday night was especially gratifying for the “Imitation Game” team, because it was the first major salute for the film, though... Read more

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Box Office: ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Explodes With Record-Breaking $81.7 Million

February 15, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Fifty Shades of Grey” sizzled at the box office, setting new records for the highest grossing Presidents Day Weekend opener of all time and ranking among the biggest R-rated debuts in history. The erotic drama performed like a comic book movie, albeit one with much naughtier costumes, picking up $81.7 million from 3,646 locations over... Read more

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Berlin Film Review: ‘Big Father, Small Father’

February 15, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

In China, youths reportedly sell their kidneys to buy iPads; in Saigon, listless lads turn to sterilization to pay for mobiles, cameras or electric guitars.

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Berlin Film Review: ‘Nuclear Nation II’

February 15, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A less hard-hitting follow-up to “Nuclear Nation” (2012), Atsushi Funahashi’s latest documentary dwells in the stasis of its dispossessed subjects — residents of Futaba, where the Fukushima meltdown took place on March 12, 2011. Yet while the sense of frustration and impotence weighs heavily on viewers, it doesn’t reduce the significance of “Nuclear Nation II, which forces one to acknowledge that the... Read more

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‘Big Hero 6′ Director Talks Sequel, Key to Film’s Success

February 14, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Oscar nominee “Big Hero 6” is on track this weekend to become the No. 3 all-time domestic earner for Walt Disney Animation Studios, passing the $218.9 million of “Beauty and the Beast” (after “Frozen” and “The Lion King”). One factor in the film’s success is the new approach at Disney Animation, says president Andrew Millstein, “which is about elevating storytelling and putting filmmakers... Read more

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PopPolitics: Rory Kennedy on the Lessons of ‘Last Days in Vietnam’ (Listen)

February 14, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Rory Kennedy, director of the documentary “Last Days in Vietnam,” says that the movie is especially relevant as President Obama asks Congress for authorization to fight ISIS, posing a potential expansion of U.S. involvement in Iraq. “It’s important to really understand what the endgame is, and I think this film is a valuable history lesson... Read more

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Berlin: Pyramide Int. Clinches Further Sales on ‘The Pearl Button’

February 14, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Closing deals across most of Western Europe, the key sales region for art films, Pyramide Intl. has sold a further seven territories on Patricio Guzman’s docu-feature “The Pearl Button,” one of the top five best-reviewed of first-half Berlin competition players, according to one Berlinale critics’ poll. U.S. and Canada are now under negotiation. The latest... Read more

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