Mark Wahlberg and company stole the top spot! Their Universal film, "Contraband," opened at No. 1 with $24 million. The action drama held the love affair between "Beauty and the Beast" at bay.
The Disney 3D reissue, the first animated film to be nominated with a Best Picture nod (Disney/Pixar's "Up" followed suit by being nominated for a Best Picture Oscar in 2009), sang into the No. 2 spot with $18.5 million.
Paramount's "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" sold $11.5 million of tickets for the No. 3 position, while "Joyful Noise" starring Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton as dueling choir singers debuted at No. 4 with $11.3 million.
"Joyful Noise" movie review
"Joyful Noise" interview with Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah
"Joyful Noise" interview with Keke Palmer and Jeremy Jordan
Previous weekend's box-office champ, Paramount's "The Devil Inside," suffered a steep drop, plunging 77 percent and coming in at No. 6 with $7.9 million.
Here's the estimated Top 10 Box-Office films for weekend of Friday the 13th, January edition:
1. "Contraband," $24 million
2. "Beauty and the Beast," $18.5 million
3. "Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol," $11.5 million
4. "Joyful Noise," $11.3 million
5. "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," $8.4 million
6. "The Devil Inside," $7.9 million
7. "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," $6.8 million
8. "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked," $5.8 million
9. "War Horse," $5.6 million
10. "The Iron Lady," $5.3 million
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Let's Predict the 69th Golden Globes Movie Winners, Shall We? Who Will Win, Who Must Win, and Yes, We Care!
Handicapping the Golden Globes is like predicting the next move of your frenemy HA! You love them, but sometimes, you can't understand what the heck they're doing (I even wrote an impassioned letter to the Hollywood Foreign Press, but no one listened he-he-he). I love the Globes, and I certainly enjoy their ballsy move of hiring Ricky Gervais (don't you just love his devil horns?) to host yet again after last year's controversial awards gala where the comedian pretty much offended everyone in Hollywood, much to our entertainment.
So welcome back Mister Ricky Gervais! You are one of the reasons I will be glued in front of my television for 3 hours and beyond (oh yeah, it's 5pm Pacific, 8pm Eastern on NBC). And I will be blogging like a madman here, on Facebook, and on Twitter! (cue in evil laughter!)
So without further adieu, let's predict the movie categories of the 69th Golden Globes (see the full nominees right here). We love all the nominees, but yup, sometimes, the Globes can throw a few surprises.
1. BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
a. THE DESCENDANTS
Ad Hominem Enterprises; Fox Searchlight Pictures
b. THE HELP
DreamWorks Pictures, Participant Media; Touchstone Pictures
Paramount Pictures presents a GK Films Production; Paramount Pictures
d. THE IDES OF MARCH
Columbia Pictures, Cross Creek Pictures, Exclusive Media Group, Crystal City
Entertainment; Sony Pictures Releasing
Columbia Pictures; Sony Pictures Releasing International
f. WAR HORSE
DreamWorks Pictures; Touchstone Pictures
Will Win: "The Help" is getting help from various award-giving bodies, most recently from the Critics' Choice Movie Awards where Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer emerged atop the acting categories. And it was a big summer hit so the Globes will pay attention.
Should Win: "The Descendants" is an honest-to-goodness family drama that brilliantly eschewed melodrama for an honest-to-goodness look at a tale of a man in need of redemption! I simply love this movie!
2. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
a. GLENN CLOSE ALBERT NOBBS
b. VIOLA DAVIS THE HELP
c. ROONEY MARA THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON
d. MERYL STREEP THE IRON LADY
e. TILDA SWINTON WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN
Will win: The Critics' Choice blessed Viola Davis and I think the Hollywood Foreign Press will follow.
Should win: Tilda Swinton gave a mesmerizing performance as a mother who will do anything to understand her child...brilliant!
3. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
a. GEORGE CLOONEY THE DESCENDANTS
b. LEONARDO DICAPRIO J. EDGAR
c. MICHAEL FASSBENDER SHAME
d. RYAN GOSLING THE IDES OF MARCH
e. BRAD PITT MONEYBALL
Will win and should win is George Clooney for "The Descendants." I admired Leonardo DiCaprio in "J. Edgar," and I fell in love with the raw emotion of Michael Fassbender in "Shame." And yes, I believe Ryan Gosling is a gifted actor, and Brad Pitt threw us a curve ball with not just "Moneyball" but "The Tree of Life" as well.
But Clooney gave a brilliant performance in "The Descendants" whose character's wife threw him a curve ball upon her death. Whether he's in mourning, or sleuthing, or bonding with his family, Clooney gives his Matt King character a deeper ounce of pathos and enough charm to carry the film from start to finish.
4. BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Summit Entertainment and Mandate Pictures; Summit Entertainment
b. THE ARTIST
a La Petite Reine – Studio 37 – La Classe Americaine – JD Prod- France3 Cinema -
Jouror Production-uFilms coproduction; The Weinstein Company
Universal Pictures, Relativity Media, Apatow Productions; Universal Pictures
d. MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
A Mediapro, Versatil Cinema & Gravier Production; Sony Pictures Classics
e. MY WEEK WITH MARILYN
The Weinstein Company; The Weinstein Company
Why oh why did the Globes put "The Artist" in this category? Yes there's enough comedy and music in the film but it's really a drama. And selfishly, I'm torn! I love "Bridesmaids" to win but I love "The Artist" too! What to do, what to do?
But in the end, "The Artist" will win, shall win, and is a winner in my book!
5. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR
a. JODIE FOSTER CARNAGE
b. CHARLIZE THERON YOUNG ADULT
c. KRISTEN WIIG BRIDESMAIDS
d. MICHELLE WILLIAMS MY WEEK WITH MARILYN
e. KATE WINSLET CARNAGE
Same reason as above! "My Week with Marilyn" is neither a comedy nor a musical and I love Kristen Wiig in "Bridesmaids," heck I love all the nominees, BUT Michelle Williams must win and will win!!! Her performance was not academic (my gripe about Meryl Streep's learned performance in "The Iron Lady" -- she's THE best living, breathing American actress we have but I couldn't quite connect with her Margaret Thatcher performance, perhaps it's the movie itself), and Williams, instead of imitating Marilyn Monroe gave a raw, untarnished, unvarnished, characterization of the icon and you know how hard that is to do!
6. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY
a. JEAN DUJARDIN THE ARTIST
b. BRENDAN GLEESON THE GUARD
c. JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT 50/50
d. RYAN GOSLING CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE.
e. OWEN WILSON MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
Will win: Ryan Gosling because he's awesome in our eyes, and because he's a gifted actor!
Should win: I'm torn! I love Jean Dujardin in "The Artist" but my heart belongs to Joseph Gordon-Levitt for his amazing performance as a cancer patient in "50/50." Part comedy, part drama with a whole lot of heart!
7. BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
a. THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN
Paramount Pictures/Columbia Pictures/ Hemisphere Capital/Amblin
Entertainment/Wingnut Films Production/ Kennedy/Marshall Production A Steven
Spielberg Film; Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures
b. ARTHUR CHRISTMAS
Columbia Pictures & Sony Pictures Animation; Sony Pictures Releasing
c. CARS 2
Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios; Walt Disney Pictures
d. PUSS IN BOOTS
DreamWorks Animation; Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies present A Blind Wink / GK Films
Production; Paramount Pictures
Will win and should win is "Rango!" Brilliant animation, and a thought-provoking plot about a lizard who wants to be somebody! Don't we all?
8. BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
a. THE FLOWERS OF WAR (CHINA)
(Jing Ling Shi San Chai)
New Pictures Film Company; New Pictures Film Company
b. IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY (USA)
GK Films; FilmDistrict
c. THE KID WITH A BIKE (BELGIUM)
(Le Gamin au Velo)
Les Films du Fleuve; Sundance Selects
d. A SEPARATION (IRAN)
(Jodaeiye Nader az Simin)
Asghar Farhadi; Sony Pictures Classics
e. THE SKIN I LIVE IN (SPAIN)
(La piel que habito)
El Deseo D.A., S.L.U.; Sony Pictures Classics
Will win and should win is "A Separation!" Yup, it's a bit melodramatic but the subject deserves a melodramatic structure. Watch this film and mourn!
9. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A
a. BERENICE BEJO THE ARTIST
b. JESSICA CHASTAIN THE HELP
c. JANET MCTEER ALBERT NOBBS
d. OCTAVIA SPENCER THE HELP
e. SHAILENE WOODLEY THE DESCENDANTS
Will win: Octavia Spencer for "The Help"
Should win: Jessica Chastain, but she should have been nominated in either "The Tree of Life" or "Take Shelter." But I also agree that she was amazing in "The Help." Heck, she was amazing in anything she starred in!
10. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A
a. KENNETH BRANAGH MY WEEK WITH MARILYN
b. ALBERT BROOKS DRIVE
c. JONAH HILL MONEYBALL
d. VIGGO MORTENSEN A DANGEROUS METHOD
e. CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER BEGINNERS
Will win and should win is Christopher Plummer in "Beginners." I don't belong in the Albert Brooks bandwagon. Don't get me wrong, I admire his crime boss performance in "Drive" but I think Plummer's deeply torn gay father/husband acting in "Beginners" deserves recognition. Plus, this will be more like a "career award" for the legendary actor.
11. BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE
a. WOODY ALLEN MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
b. GEORGE CLOONEY THE IDES OF MARCH
c. MICHEL HAZANAVICIUS THE ARTIST
d. ALEXANDER PAYNE THE DESCENDANTS
e. MARTIN SCORSESE HUGO
Will win and should win is Michel Hazanavicius for "The Artist." The film, deemed gimmicky in the surface, actually exceeded expectations. I worship Martin Scorsese, but between both movies honoring cinema's golden history, my heart belongs to "The Artist."
12. BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE
a. WOODY ALLEN MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
b. GEORGE CLOONEY, GRANT THE IDES OF MARCH
HESLOV, BEAU WILLIMON
c. MICHEL HAZANAVICIUS THE ARTIST
d. ALEXANDER PAYNE, THE DESCENDANTS
NAT FAXON, JIM RASH
e. STEVEN ZAILLIAN, MONEYBALL
Will win and should win is "Moneyball" by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin. Even if you don't care for baseball, like me, you will embrace the movie's heart.
13. BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE
a. LUDOVIC BOURCE THE ARTIST
b. ABEL KORZENIOWSKI W.E.
c. TRENT REZNOR, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON
ATTICUS ROSS TATTOO
d. HOWARD SHORE HUGO
e. JOHN WILLIAMS WAR HORSE
Will win: "The Artist"
Should win: "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
But honestly? Where's "Hanna" or "Drive?" I love the musical scores of those movies! The Chemical Brothers gave "Hanna" its much needed pace while Cliff Martinez made his music an important character in "Drive."
14. BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE
a. “HELLO HELLO” — GNOMEO & JULIET
Music by: Elton John
Lyrics by: Bernie Taupin
b. “THE KEEPER” — MACHINE GUN PREACHER
Music & Lyrics by: Chris Cornell
c. “LAY YOUR HEAD DOWN” — ALBERT NOBBS
Music by: Brian Byrne
Lyrics by: Glenn Close
d. “THE LIVING PROOF” — THE HELP
Music by: Mary J. Blige, Thomas Newman, Harvey Mason, Jr.
Lyrics by: Mary J. Blige, Harvey Mason, Jr., Damon Thomas
e. “MASTERPIECE” — W.E.
Music & Lyrics by: Madonna, Julie Frost, Jimmy Harry
Okay I love Madonna, but in honoring her in this category meant ignoring "The Muppets" which should have been nominated and should win!
So, "Gnomeo and Juliet" will win, Elton John hello!, but Mary J. Blige rocks, so if "The Help" wins, I'll be happy!
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For my full interviews with Keke Palmer and Jeremy Jordan from "Joyful Noise," click here
My fun interviews with Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah, click here
Here’s more “Joyful Noise” info from Yahoo:
Two women, one a mother of two teenagers, the other a widow of the recently deceased choir director, join forces to save their small-town gospel choir.
Genres: Musical/Performing Arts, Drama and Comedy
Running Time: 1 hr. 58 min.
Release Date: January 13th, 2012 (limited)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for for some language including a sexual reference.
Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution
Cast and Credits
Starring: Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton, Keke Palmer,Courtney B. Vance, Jeremy Jordan
Directed by: Todd Graff
Produced by: Michael Nathanson, Joseph Farrell, Catherine Paura
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The Directors Guild of America (DGA) has announced the nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentaries for the year 2011. Martin Scorsese's "George Harrison: Living in the Material World" received a nod. We'll find out the winner at the 64th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 28 to be hosted by Kelsey Grammer.
Here are the full list of nominees (to check out all the nominees/winners of other award-giving bodies, visit our Awards Avenue coverage right here)
The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for 2011 are (in alphabetical order):
JOE BERLINGER & BRUCE SINOFSKY
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
Radical Media, HBO Documentary Films
This is the third DGA Award nomination for Mr. Berlinger and Mr. Sinofsky and all in this category. They won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for Brother's Keeper in 1992. They were also nominated for Paradise Lost in 1996.
Kartemquin Films, WGBH/Frontline, The Independent Television Services, BBC Storyville, Rise Films
This is Mr. James' third DGA Award nomination in this category. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Documentary for Hoop Dreams in 1994. He was also nominated (along with Peter Gilbert) for At the Death House Door in 2008.
Red Box Films, Passion Pictures, HBO Documentary Films, BBC Films, UK Film Council
This is Mr. Marsh’s second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category for Man on Wire in 2008.
Bill Cunningham New York
First Thought Films, Zeitgeist Films
This is Mr. Press’ first DGA Award nomination.
George Harrison: Living in the Material World
Sikelia Productions, Spitfire Pictures, Grove Street Pictures
This is Mr. Scorsese’s tenth DGA Award nomination. He is also nominated this year in the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film category for Hugo. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film in 2006 for The Departed, and was previously nominated in that category for Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980), Goodfellas (1990), The Age of Innocence (1993), Gangs of New York (2002), and The Aviator (2004). Mr. Scorsese won the DGA Award last year for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Television for Boardwalk Empire. In 1999, Mr. Scorsese was presented with the Filmmaker Award at the inaugural DGA Honors Gala, and he was honored with the DGA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.
SOURCE: DGA official site
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Silent Film "The Artist" Finds Voice at 17th Critics' Choice Movie Awards! And I Was There to See It All!
What a great night! Kudos to the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) for yet another fantastic event! As a voting member, I was blessed to witness it all. From the stars (George Clooney! Brad Pitt! Leonardo DiCaprio!) to the directors (Scorsese! Spielberg!), it was an honor to hobnob with these creative folks who made the best of the best in 2011.
And the best of the best artists were honored at the 17th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards. Hosted by comedians Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel, the two hour extravaganza, which aired live on VH1, felt like a few seconds. Maybe it was the alcohol, maybe it was the great food, but either way, I was contented...and a Twittering and Facebooking fool!
And I was contented to report that my favorite film of 2011, "The Artist," took home the Best Picture trophy with Michel Hazanavicius winning Best Director. (Check the full list of winners below)
George Clooney won Best Actor for "The Descendants" while "The Help's" Viola Davis surprised everyone, including me, for her triumphant win over awards favorites Meryl Streep ("The Iron Lady") and my personal pick, Michelle Williams ("My Week with Marilyn").
And let me tell 'ya, I was blessed being in the same room with Bob Dylan who gave a music tribute to Martin Scorsese for receiving the Music+Film Award.
It was a night of music (thanks Fitz and The Tantrums), a night of great movies, and definitely a night to remember.
Here's the complete list of winners of the 17th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards (for the list of nominees, click here, and to visit other award-giving bodies in our Awards Avenue section, click here)
WINNERS OF THE 17TH ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS
George Clooney - "The Descendants"
Viola Davis - "The Help"
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christopher Plummer - "Beginners"
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Octavia Spencer - "The Help"
BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Thomas Horn - "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"
BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
Michel Hazanavicius - "The Artist"
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
"Midnight in Paris" - Woody Allen
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
"Moneyball" - Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, Story by Stan Chervin
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (TIE)
"The Tree of Life"
BEST ART DIRECTION
"The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
BEST ACTION MOVIE
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
“George Harrison: Living in the Material World”
"Life's a Happy Song" – The Muppets
Performed by Jason Segel, Amy Adams and Walter
Written by Bret McKenzie and The Muppets
JOEL SIEGEL AWARD
CRITICS’ CHOICE MUSIC+FILM AWARD
And then, here's me, posing, after the event!
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