December 2012 Archive


CNN’s Piers Morgan Hits Back At Critics, Threatens To Leave US Over Lax Gun Laws

Defiant CNN host Piers Morgan added more fire to his public fight with gun supporters in a column published in the Daily Mail. Morgan has been at odds with gun advocates since the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook massacre, which prompted the British journalist to launch an aggressive pro-gun control campaign on his show, clashing with gun lobbyists, including his verbal spat with Gun Owners of America head Larry Pratt whom Morgan told on the air, “You are an unbelievably stupid man.”… Read

Box Office

Specialty B.O.: ‘Zero Dark Thirty’, ‘Amour’ Stellar In 2nd Weekend; ‘West Of Memphis’ OK In Debut, ‘Promised Land’ Soft

Brian Brooks is Managing Editor of MovieLine. Sony/Columbia Pictures' limited-run engagement of Zero Dark Thirty showed impressive stamina, and the studio's specialty market distributor Sony Pictures Classics also had great news for Amour but not so great news for newcommer West Of Memphis in three-day estimates for the pre-New Year's weekend, while Focus Features debut Promised Land bowed modestly. Columbia Pictures' Zero Dark Thirty averaged a muscular $65K per location… Read


R.I.P. Irving Saraf

Academy award winning filmmaker Irving Saraf died December 26 at his home in San Francisco. Saraf, 80, succumbed to ALS, which he battled for the last three years. He is the father of Peter Saraf, producer of such films as Little Miss Sunshine and partner with Marc Turtletaub in the film financier/production company Big Beach. Irving Saraf was a long time fixture in the Bay Area film community. After helping to start the Special Projects department at San Francisco public… Read

Box Office

Weekend Box Office: ‘The Hobbit’ #1 Passes $600M Global, ‘Django’ Clobbers ‘Les Miz’ Which Crosses $100M Worldwide In 9 Days

SUNDAY 1:30 AM, 2ND UPDATE: It's a big holiday weekend, up from last year. Full analysis later today as the holiday box office reveals blockbuster successes and epic fails. For now MGM/New Line/Warner Bros' The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey crossed $200M domestic in 15 nights Friday on its way to $225M. Overseas, Peter Jackson's Middle Earth epic playing in 62 territories has an international cume of roughly $400M going into Sunday. That's about $600M worldwide and still… Read


OSCARS Q&A: Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman has carved out an image as a major movie star who can easily switch gears from action to drama to comedy and all things in between. But until now the man who made Wolverine a household name has never done a movie musical. That's a bit surprising since Jackman also happens to be a classically trained musical star outside of movies. He's starred in stage classics like Oklahoma!, won a Tony on Broadway as Peter Allen in The Boy From Oz, an Emmy for hosting the… Read


OSCARS: Striving For “Factual Realism” In ‘Les Miserables’ Production Design

Cari Lynn is an AwardsLine contributor. It's not likely that any of the 60 million theatergoers who saw the musical Les Misérables would have thought the stage production limiting, but they weren't charged with taking the longest-running musical, set in 1800s France, and blowing it out to larger-than-life size. In what was described by Working Title producers as a "deceptively difficult" adaptation, director Tom Hooper assembled a team that included his longtime… Read


R.I.P. Harry Carey, Jr.

Veteran character actor Harry Carey Jr., who appeared in numerous TV shows and movies including nine of director John Ford's classic Hollywood Westerns, died December 27 at age 91 in Santa Barbara, Reuters reported. A frequent supporting player or sidekick in John Wayne films, including Ford's 1948 outlaw film 3 Godfathers and 1949 western She Wore a Yellow Ribbon. In all, he made 11 movies with Wayne. In a career that encompassed more than 90 movies, others directed… Read


OSCARS Q&A: Walter Parkes

Christy Grosz is Editor of AwardsLine. When Walter Parkes and his wife and partner Laurie MacDonald read the first 40 pages of John Gatins' script for Flight in 2006, the adult drama about a substance-abusing airline pilot piqued their interest. The dark, character-driven story hearkened back to the type of films the major studios used to make on a regular basis. Neither Parkes nor MacDonald envisioned a high-wattage actor like Denzel Washington taking on the role -- not… Read


Specialty B.O. Preview: ‘Promised Land’, ‘West Of Memphis’, ‘Allegiance’, ‘Tabu’

Brian Brooks is Managing Editor of MovieLine. Matt Damon and Gus Van Sant collaborate on their third project together, Promised Land, headlining the holiday weekend's specialty releases and the final round of newcomers for 2012.  Van Sant came in as director after Damon tapped him to spearhead the film, which is set in small town Pennsylvania. Also headed to theaters is Sony Pictures Classics' West Of Memphis, the latest film centered on the so-called Memphis Three who… Read


Samuel L. Jackson Lets Loose On ‘Django’, Tarantino, Slavery, Oscars And Golden Globes – Interview

With a filmography that includes roles in some of the highest-grossing movies of all time including The Avengers, Iron Man and the Star Wars series Samuel L. Jackson clearly knows how to pick 'em. And that is entirely intentional. His current film Django Unchainedin which he is reunited with frequent director Quentin Tarantino opened to strong grosses on Christmas Day and is already looking like another solid box office hit. In the film he plays Stephen, the conniving… Read


‘All My Children’s Vincent Irizarry Signs On For Prospect Park Revival

Fans anxious for the Internet resurrection of All My Children by Prospect Park have a bit more to celebrate. Vincent Irizarry, who played Pine Valley's Dr. David Hayward on the long-running ABC soap, announced on his Facebook page that he has come aboard. “Happy to share that I just signed on with Prospect Park for the All My Children reboot! … A great, big thank you to all the fans for your tenacity”. As we reported earlier this week, talks with cast and production team… Read


OSCARS: Matching Singer With Song For ‘Rise Of The Guardians’

David Mermelstein is an AwardsLine contributor. It's not unusual to have big names in popular music perform end-title songs for major movies. Opera singers, though, don't generally roll that way. But nobody ever said they can't. Which is why Alexandre Desplat, who composed the music for Rise Of The Guardians, decided to approach soprano Renée Fleming about singing "Still Dream," which uses the melody he wrote for the picture's main theme and lyrics by the film's… Read


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