'Bolt'-ing Into Action

Add Comment on November 19, 2008 by Amy Nicholson

In 1995, director John Lasseter revolutionized animation with Pixar Animation Studio's Toy Story. This weekend, he plans to do it again with the release of Bolt, the first Disney cartoon to be conceived in 3D. Now the Chief Creative Officer of both Pixar and Disney, Lasseter has the momentum to move the industry in the direction he thinks is smartest and he's firmly thrown his weight behind 3D technology, announcing that from Bolt onward, all of Disney's computer-animated films will be in 3D. "I love 3D," says Lasseter. He's not kidding: Even the photos from his 1988 wedding to wife Nancy were in 3D.

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Gibney Goes 'Gonzo'

Add Comment on November 18, 2008 by Phil Contrino

Even though Dr. Hunter S. Thompson committed suicide on February 20, 2005, his impact is still felt today. Thompson's life has been chronicled on film before thanks to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Where the Buffalo Roam and in documentary form via Breakfast with Hunter and Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride: Hunter S. Thompson on Film. With Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, director Alex Gibney's used some never-before-seen footage in order to show Thompson's life in the context of the often turbulent times that surrounded it.

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Broomfield Talks 'Ghosts'

Add Comment on November 18, 2008 by Marco Cerritos

Documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield has become accustomed to the controversy his films seem to attract. Whether it’s his feud with Courtney Love over her involvement with Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain in Kurt and Courtney or the questions he raises regarding the LAPD in Biggie and Tupac, Broomfield is used to stirring things up. Still, the director sees controversy as a handicap at times. He feels that bad publicity can equal the death of a film, especially when it’s a small, independent project looking to be sold to a distributor. People get scared by bad press and don’t want to buy the film, resulting in zero offers.

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2008 vs. 2007

Add Comment on November 16, 2008 by Phil Contrino

As 2008 nears an end, it looks as though the year as a whole has a decent shot at topping 2007's record-setting box office haul of $9.62 billion. As long as this weekend's estimates don't fluctuate too much, 2008's box office haul of $8.154 billion is currently around 1% higher than 2007's haul at the same point in the year. 2008 achieved early success in January with films like Cloverfield ($80 million domestically) and 27 Dresses ($76.8 million). February boasted strong grosses from Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: The Best of Both Worlds ($65.3 million) and Fool's Gold ($70.2 million). In addition, March featured 10,000 B.C.

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Weekends with Bond

Add Comment on November 16, 2008 by Phil Contrino

According to weekend estimates, Quantum of Solace easily represents the #1 Bond opening weekend of all time. No other Bond film has even come close to what Solace delivered this weekend, which means that the decision to take the series in a new, darker direction is paying off big time. Top 10 James Bond Opening Weekends: 1. Quantum of Solace (2008): $70.4 million (estimated) 2. Die Another Day (2002): $47 million 3. Casino Royale (2006): $40.8 million

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Boyle Talks 'Slumdog'

Add Comment on November 11, 2008 by Marco Cerritos

Visionary filmmaker Danny Boyle recently continued his reputation as one of the most gracious and down- to-earth directors during a San Francisco visit to promote his latest endeavor, Slumdog Millionaire. Boyle continues to challenge himself and his audience by experimenting with different genres and techniques, never pigeonholing himself for too long. Whether it’s his first two British hits, Shallow Grave and Trainspotting, or his last three radically different films, 28 Days Later, Millions and Sunshine, Boyle never seems to repeat himself.

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Bond in the U.S.A.

Add Comment on November 10, 2008 by Phil Contrino

Now that it's already playing very well overseas, everybody in the film industry will be watching closely to see how Quantum of Solace performs when it opens in the United States this coming weekend. If foreign grosses are any indication, it looks as though Solace has a shot at being the strongest Bond yet. "We would be thrilled if we could top Die Another Day, which opened to $47 million in November of 2002 and is the best opening ever for a Bond film to date," Steve Elzer, Senior Vice President, Media Relations for Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group told B OXOFFICE via email.

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