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Saturday
Apr132013

MTV Movie Awards Will Be Held This Sunday

PRNewsFoto/MTV Networks International(NEW YORK) -- The 2013 MTV Movie Awards will air live from Culver City, California, this Sunday at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time. Bridesmaids and Pitch Perfect actress Rebel Wilson will host the event.

The leading nominees are Quentin Tarantino's drama Django Unchained and Seth MacFarlane's comedy Ted. They each have seven nods apiece.

The contenders for the top prize, movie of the year, are: Django Unchained, Silver Linings Playbook, Ted, Marvel's The Avengers, and The Dark Knight Rises. Brad Pitt will present the category.

Fans can cast their vote for several categories on MovieAwards.MTV.com through Saturday.

MTV has already announced that Will Ferrell will receive its first-ever Comedic Genius Award; Jamie Foxx will be given the Generation Award; and Emma Watson will accept the Trailblazer Award.

During the broadcast, viewers will be treated to previews of Iron Man 3 and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Here are the nominees:

Movie Of The Year
Django Unchained
Silver Linings Playbook
Ted
Marvel's The Avengers
The Dark Knight Rises

Best Female Performance
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Mila Kunis, Ted
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Emma Watson, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Rebel Wilson, Pitch Perfect

Best Male Performance
Ben Affleck, Argo
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Jamie Foxx, Django Unchained
Channing Tatum, Magic Mike

Breakthrough Performance
Ezra Miller, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Eddie Redmayne, Les Miserables
Suraj Sharma, Life of Pi
Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Rebel Wilson, Pitch Perfect

Best Scared-As-S**T Performance
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Alexandra Daddario, Texas Chainsaw 3D
Martin Freeman, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Jennifer Lawrence, House at the End of the Street
Suraj Sharma, Life of Pi

Best On-Screen Duo
Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson, Django Unchained
Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane as Ted, Ted
Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo, Marvel's The Avengers
Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis, The Campaign

Best Shirtless Performance
Christian Bale, The Dark Knight Rises
Daniel Craig, Skyfall
Taylor Lautner, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2
Seth MacFarlane as Ted, Ted
Channing Tatum, Magic Mike

Best Fight
Jamie Foxx vs. Candieland Henchmen, Django Unchained
Daniel Craig vs. Ola Rapace, Skyfall
Mark Wahlberg vs. Seth MacFarlane as Ted, Ted
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner vs. Tom Hiddleston, Marvel's The Avengers
Christian Bale vs. Tom Hardy, The Dark Knight Rises

Best Kiss
Kerry Washington and Jamie Foxx, Django Unchained
Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman, Moonrise Kingdom
Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Mila Kunis and Mark Wahlberg, Ted
Emma Watson and Logan Lerman, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Best WTF Moment
Jamie Foxx and Samuel L. Jackson, "Candieland Gets Smoked" in Django Unchained
Denzel Washington, "Final Descent" in Flight
Anna Camp, "Hack-Appella" in Pitch Perfect
Javier Bardem, "Oops...There Goes His Face" in Skyfall
Seth MacFarlane as Ted, "Ted Gets Saucy" in Ted

Best Villain
Javier Bardem, Skyfall
Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
Marion Cotillard, The Dark Knight Rises
Tom Hardy, The Dark Knight Rises
Tom Hiddleston, Marvel's The Avengers

Best Musical Moment
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash and Adam Rodriguez, Magic Mike
Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Alexis Knapp, Ester Dean and Hana Mae Lee, Pitch Perfect
Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Emma Watson, Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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Friday
Jan042013

"Men in Black 3," "Skyfall" Most Error-Strewn Movies of 2012

Columbia Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- The annual roundup of the most error-strewn movies has been released by Moviemistakes.Com.  Men in Black 3 leads the 2012 list with a total of 63 mistakes, including continuity gaffes such as items moving around between shots and characters changing positions.

In one scene, Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones’ characters are seen falling from a roof onto a door, landing opposite from one another.  In the next shot, viewed from a different angle, they are seen lying next to each other.

Another culprit is Skyfall, where Daniel Craig’s James Bond is shown completely dry minutes after falling into icy water.  It’s one of 35 mistakes in the film, which also shows “instant” changes of footwear and a scene where Bond grabs a bottle of liquor, shown to be 80 percent full, which is reduced to 20 percent full after one small pour is taken.

Rounding out the top five worst offenders are The Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spider-Man, tied with 24 mistakes apiece, and The Avengers with 22 errors.

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Monday
Dec312012

"Skyfall" Crosses $1 Billion Milestone

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions(NEW YORK) -- James Bond has managed to outdo even himself this time.  Skyfall, the 23rd 007 adventure, has joined the exclusive club of films that have topped the $1 billion mark at the box office.

The movie has grossed $289.6 million domestically and $701.6 million internationally as the numbers continue to climb, pushing over the $1 billion mark, Sony and MGM announced on Sunday.

The film was directed by Sam Mendes and was the third in the series to star Daniel Craig as Bond.  Judi Dench, Javier Bardem and Ralph Fiennes also star in the movie.

Skyfall is the 14th movie in history to break the billion-dollar ceiling and the third this year, following Disney and Marvel’s The Avengers and Warner Bros.’ The Dark Knight Rises.

“To see a film connect with audiences is always gratifying, but the success of this film is nothing short of extraordinary,” Sony vice chairman Jeff Blake said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  “After 50 years of entertaining audiences all over the world, Skyfall is the most successful James Bond film of all time.”

Here’s a full list of the 14 movies that have crossed the $1 billion milestone (without inflation), according to Box Office Mojo:

1. Avatar (2009) - $2.7 billion
2. Titanic (1997) - $2.1 billion
3. Marvel’s The Avengers (2012) - $1.5 billion
4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011) - $1.3 billion
5. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) - $1.1 billion
6. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) - $1.1 billion
7. The Dark Knight Rises (2012) - $1.08 billion
8. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006) - $1.06 billion
9. Toy Story 3 (2010) - $1.06 billion
10. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) - $1.04 billion
11. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999) - $1.02 billion
12. Alice in Wonderland (2010) - $1.02 billion
13. The Dark Knight (2008) - $1 billion
14. Skyfall (2012) - $1 billion

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Monday
Dec102012

"Skyfall" Tops Box Office with $11 Million

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions(NEW YORK) -- The James Bond film Skyfall climbed back into the top spot at the box office over the weekend.

Skyfall, which debuted at number one last month, led all movies with an estimated gross of $11 million.  It has now raised $918 million worldwide -- a record total for both a Bond film and for a Sony film.

There's a possibility Skyfall could lose the box office crown on Monday, when the final totals are released.  Estimates had Rise of the Guardians finishing second, with $10.5 million -- a small enough margin to indicate that the final rankings might change.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2, which was the box office champ the previous three weekends, fell to third place, collecting $9.2 million.

Gerard Butler's romantic comedy Playing for Keeps was a flop, debuting in sixth place with $6 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales:

1. Skyfall, $11 million
2. Rise of the Guardians, $10.5 million
3. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2, $9.2 million
4. Lincoln, $9.1 million
5. Life of Pi, $8.3 million
6. Playing for Keeps, $6 million
7. Wreck-It Ralph, $4.9 million
8. Red Dawn, $4.3 million
9. Flight, $3.1 million
10. Killing Them Softly, $2.7 million

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Thursday
Dec062012

"Skyfall" Is UK's Highest Grossing Film of All Time

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions(LOS ANGELES) -- The Brits love Bond.  Skyfall is the highest-grossing film of all time in the U.K., reports Deadline.com.

The 23rd film based on 007 has grossed more than 94 million pounds, or over $151 million, at the box office after just 40 days of release on the U.K.   

Skyfall beat out the previous highest-grossing film in the U.K.: James Cameron's Avatar.

“We’re overwhelmed with gratitude to the cinema-going audiences in the U.K. who have made Skyfall the highest-grossing film of all time," producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said in a statement.  "We are very proud of this film and thank everybody, especially Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes, who have contributed to its success.”

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Monday
Dec032012

Final "Twilight" Film Edges "Skyfall" for Another Box Office Win

Summit Pictures(NEW YORK) -- The final Twilight film won the box office for the third weekend in a row, earning an estimated $17.4 million.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2 has now made over $250 million at the domestic box office and over $700 million worldwide.

The James Bond flick Skyfall finished a close second, with $17 million.  It has made the most money worldwide of any Bond movie, with $869 million and counting.

The Brad Pitt drama Killing Them Softly had a soft debut -- it opened in seventh place, collecting $7 million.

The horror flick The Collection bowed in 10th place, with $3.4 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales, according to Hollywood.com:

1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2, $17.4 million
2. Skyfall, $17 million
3. Lincoln, $13.51 million
4. Rise of the Guardians, $13.5 million
5. Life of Pi, $12 million
6. Wreck-It Ralph, $7.02 million
7. Killing Them Softly, $7 million
8. Red Dawn, $6.6 million
9. Flight, $4.5 million
10. The Collection, $3.4 million

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Nov122012

"Skyfall" Earns US Debut-Record $87.8 Million

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions(NEW YORK) -- The sky was the limit for the new James Bond film at the weekend box office.

The 23rd Bond film, Skyfall, opened with an estimated $87.8 million from Friday through Sunday -- a U.S. debut record for the franchise.  The total surpassed the $67.5 million raked in by the 2008 Bond flick Quantum of Solace during its premiere weekend.

Skyfall
also earned $2.2 million from Thursday-night previews.  Overall, it has collected $518.6 million worldwide, having opened in several foreign markets before arriving in the U.S.

Last week’s box office champ, Wreck-It Ralph, fell to second place, drawing $33.1 million.

Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln opened strongly in limited release, raising $900,000 in just 11 theaters.  It expands nationwide this Friday.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales, according to Hollywood.com:

1. Skyfall, $87.8 million
2. Wreck-It Ralph, $33.1 million
3. Flight, $15.1 million
4. Argo, $6.7 million
5. Taken 2, $4 million
6. Here Comes the Boom, $2.6 million
7. Cloud Atlas, $2.53 million
8. Pitch Perfect, $2.5 million
9. The Man with the Iron Fists, $2.49 million
10. Hotel Transylvania, $2.4 million

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Friday
Nov092012

Duran Duran Star Who Created Hit James Bond Theme Sounds Off on Adele's "Skyfall"

Theo Wargo/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- The new James Bond movie Skyfall hits theaters Friday, and in the opening sequence, moviegoers will of course hear Adele's haunting theme, "Skyfall."  The song is popular, but it hasn't topped the charts yet.  In fact, the only James Bond theme ever to reach #1 in the U.S. has been Duran Duran's "A View to a Kill" in 1985, from the movie of the same name.

So what does Duran Duran -- whose lead singer Simon LeBon is a friend of Adele's -- think of "Skyfall?"  Bass player John Taylor, who was responsible for hooking up Duran Duran with the James Bond folks back in 1985, thinks the song is great.

"I like it. I think they got it right," he tells ABC News Radio. "I think it ticks all the boxes. I think the sound...she's got that drama, that old-school drama, and I think they got the sound of the track just right. I thought, 'Ooh, I'd like to hear more songs like this on the radio, actually.' Maybe it'll influence more contemporary music."

Overall, being involved in a James Bond theme is something any artist can be proud of, says John.

"That was a very satisfying experience, seeing the titles roll in that film," he says. "Even though it's not my favorite of the Bond films. But is there anybody who doesn't love James Bond? So to be a part of it was very significant."

One reason that "A View to a Kill" hit #1 was that in 1985, Duran Duran were one of THE biggest groups in the world, and certainly the #1 teen heartthrobs worldwide.  In fact, you could say that they were the One Direction of their day.  So what sort of advice can Duran Duran offer the boys in One Direction?  How can they stay on top as the years pass?  John Taylor says it's all about reinvention, noting that because 1D is a vocal group, it's relatively easy to do.

"One thing they can do, is they can freshen up their sound, you know, like Madonna does," Taylor tells ABC News Radio. "They're not tied to a particular bass player, a particular drummer -- you know, they can change the sound as long as they keep the sound of the voices. And that's quite an asset, actually."  

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Friday
Nov092012

"Skyfall" Opens Nationwide; "Lincoln" Debuts in Limited Release

Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- After much anticipation, the new James Bond film, Skyfall, opens Friday.

Daniel Craig reprises his role of Agent 007.  Believed to be dead after he's accidentally shot, Bond resurrects himself as MI6 is attacked and faces a new villain, Javier Bardem's Silva.

Judi Dench, Naomie Harris and Ralph Fiennes also star in Skyfall, the 23rd Bond film.  It is screening in IMAX theaters and is rated PG-13.  [Click here to read a review]

Also on Friday, Steven Spielberg's well-received drama Lincoln debuts in limited release.  

Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis portrays the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, during his final months in office, as he attempts to end the Civil War and abolish slavery. 

Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Hal Holbrook also star in Lincoln, which is rated PG-13.

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Friday
Nov092012

Movie Review: "Skyfall"

MGM/Columbia Pictures(NEW YORK) -- It only took three movies to get it absolutely right.
 
In Casino Royale, Daniel Craig established himself as the new James Bond.  A different and sort of exciting Bond, yes, but he did nothing to convince the world he was going to be an indelible 007, mentioned in the same breath as Sean Connery and exciting us about the future prospects of a franchise that, with his debut, was clearly going in a different direction.  If you’re like me, you instead thought Craig was an excellent actor who was half Jason Bourne, part Timothy Dalton with a dash of Roger Moore. In other words, an entertaining hybrid but not necessarily a game-changer.
 
Then Quantum of Solace comes along.  While there were many good things to take from it, the film almost seemed like a step backward into a different franchise that had very little to do with James Bond. Once again, Craig’s acting was brilliant but the film did little to whet my appetite for another Bond film.
 
Now we have Skyfall, Daniel Craig's third outing as James Bond.  What makes us clamor for this new Bond film is the promise of a celebration -- a movie marking the 50th anniversary of the film debut of the world’s most famous and, on occasion, most lovable super spy.  There's also the addition of Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes (American Beauty), Oscar-winner Javier Bardem as the Bond baddie, the return of Oscar-winner Dame Judi Dench as Bond's boss, M, and the debut of two-time Oscar nominee Ralph Fiennes as M’s successor.  That’s a lot of Oscar hardware.  What a colossal failure this would be if it didn’t work.
 
From the opening sequence, it's apparent that Skyfall is a very different James Bond film. We are treated to, for my money, one of the best chase sequences any Bond film has ever offered. In an effort to steer away from spoilers, the only thing I’m going to tell you is it creatively utilizes a motorcycle, the rooftops of Istanbul (a recent trend for action movies; see Taken 2.), and a train.
 
We also meet Eve, played by the underrated Naomie Harris who, from this moment forth, will be underrated no more.
 
Let’s just say, James disappears for a while and in his absence, MI6 sustains a devastating attack that calls M’s leadership into question. Bond and M’s loyalty to one another also is tested, forcing them into the kind of self-reflection we haven’t before seen in a Bond film -- at least not played this convincingly.
 
This James Bond is far from perfect, and Craig is at his best when he's vulnerable, allowing us to see a tired, older Bond. A Bond with both physical and emotional mileage.  While we see the wrinkles and dark circles under his eyes, we also see the damage to his soul. This Bond is a man who isn’t so sure he can do his job anymore but has to, because it's all he knows. He is a killer in a dark place.
 
Here is the brilliance of Skyfall. The bad guy, Javier Bardem’s beguiling Silva, is very much like Bond -- except he’s embraced his inner killer. Silva is motivated by revenge (again, no spoilers here) but although he acts from the other side of that often shifting moral line, his reasons for doing so might well make sense to James.
 
Silva also intrigues because his specialty is cyber warfare, a very nice way to keep the Bond franchise current.  Also keeping the franchise and MI6 current is 32-year-old Ben Whishaw as the new Q -- a kid, if you will, who also specializes in cyber warfare, as well as tech-based gadgetry.
 
If there’s anything in Skyfall to complain about it’s the underutilization of Bond girl Bérénice Marlohe.  Her relationship with James isn't entirely convincing but a stunning scene with Marlohe that's loaded with bravado, sexuality and suspense quickly makes you forget the shortcomings of her character development.
 
In the realm of James Bond, Skyfall is a masterpiece.  This is a finely tuned, gorgeous, unpredictable film with more artistic merit than the previous 20+ James Bond films combined. If that's not enough to endear Bond fans, the film is also loaded with clever yet organic tributes and references to past Bond films.
 
Skyfall marks a pivotal moment in the James Bond canon.  This is the true reboot of the franchise, the film in which, three movies into his tenure, Daniel Craig becomes the best James Bond there ever was, and in which a vaunted character celebrating his 50th anniversary once again becomes an original.
 
Four-and-a-half out of five stars.

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