Anticipating 2009

Add Comment on December 27, 2008 by Phil Contrino

This week, Fandango released a survey which revealed what blockbusters audiences are looking forward to the most. 2008 was an excellent year for online movie ticket sales. Strong advance ticketing for such films as The Dark Knight and Twilight gave an early indication of how well those films would perform during their opening frames. It comes as no surprise that Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ranks in the top 5 on both lists. The same can be said for X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which, with its May 1 release date, will be the first major release of the summer season.

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The Battle Over 'Watchmen'

Add Comment on December 25, 2008 by Alan Mercer

Warner Brothers says it is not changing the scheduled March 20th release date for Watchmen, but that’s just negotiating. A federal court says that Warners doesn’t have the right to distribute the movie because that right was granted 20 years ago to Twentieth Century Fox. Now Warners and Fox are spending the Christmas weekend at the negotiating table and Warners has a $100 million gun to its head. After Warners spent the estimated $100 million to make the Watchmen movie, Fox went to court and said its original contract gave Fox the right to distribute any film developed from the Watchmen graphic novel.

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Looking Past Kate & Leo

Add Comment on December 24, 2008 by Marco Cerritos

You may not know who Michael Shannon is yet. Don't worry, that will soon change. Over the last few weeks Shannon has been gaining critical acclaim for his chilling supporting turn in Revolutionary Road, a period drama in which his portrayal of a mental patient with a clear pulse on reality practically steals the movie. This is no small feat considering the fact that the film is directed by Sam Mendes and the two leads are Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. All of his scenes in Road are with the Titanic lovers and a lot of his questions from the press seem to gravitate to them as a result.

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Holding Her Own

Add Comment on December 24, 2008 by Marco Cerritos

At this point in the season, actress Viola Davis is the frontrunner to take home the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her brief and commanding performance in Doubt. Sharing the bulk of her screen time with Meryl Streep, Davis plays a working class mother coming to grips with the possibility of her son being molested at a Catholic school. When the subject of a certain golden statue comes up, she jokingly alludes to the hard part being over. “I have to say when I envision winning an Oscar, I envision getting up there and the first words out of my mouth are ‘it’s all downhill from here,’” Davis told B OXOFFICE.

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Best of 2008

Add Comment on December 23, 2008 by BOXOFFICE Staff

Our own Amy Nicholson, B OXOFFICE Magazine's Editor and Film Critic extraordinare, offers up her Ten Best Films of 2008 list: Synecdoche, New York In Bruges Shotgun Stories Standard Operating Procedure

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Directing 'Wire'

Add Comment on December 22, 2008 by Phil Contrino

Man on Wire director James Marsh is afraid of heights. That's ironic, considering that Wire focuses on tightrope walker Philippe Petit's successful quest to perform his death-defying art across the World Trade Center's Twin Towers in 1974. The film, which is now available on DVD, is winning enormous amounts of critical praise. Interestingly enough, Petit didn't even like the film at first. "To be quite blunt, I think he was a bit horrified when he first saw it. He wasn't expecting it to be the way it was," Marsh told B OXOFFICE.

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Disappointing Opening Weekends

Add Comment on December 21, 2008 by Phil Contrino

Both Jim Carrey and Will Smith were hurt by the weather this weekend. Snow storms in the Northeast and the Northwest prevented moviegoers from seeing both Yes Man and Seven Pounds during their opening frames. According to studio estimates, both films failed to cross the $20 million mark at the box office. Considering that Carrey and Smith are two of the strongest box office draws working today, that's a huge disappointment. Yes Man and Seven Pounds needed to make a lot of cash this weekend since Christmas Day is going to be so competitive.

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