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Which movie raked it in over Memorial Day Weekend?

By Kim Morgan May 31, 2011 11:09AM
In not so surprising news ...

From The Wrap:

"With the overall box office up around 47 percent over last year's sour Memorial Day market, the movie business has found some momentum after struggling mightily through the first five months of 2011.

"The Legendary Pictures-co-produced 'The Hangover Part II' led the way this weekend, narrowly missing the all-time record opening for an R-rated film. That five-day mark of $144.4 million was set in 2003 by 'The Matrix Reloaded.'

"The comedy sequel, which returns stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Ken Jeong, was reportedly shot for around $80 million.

"'Hangover Part II' also grossed $59 million opening in 40 countries worldwide."


Dates! Titles!

By Kim Morgan May 31, 2011 11:04AM
"The Hobbit." Or rather, "The Hobbits."

Here are the dates and here are the titles. Prepare your time and ponder these titles accordingly.

From E:

"Circle these dates, fans of Peter Jackson and J.R.R. Tolkien: Dec. 14, 2012 and Dec. 13, 2013.

"Those are your tentative release dates for The Hobbit films, currently being filmed back to back in New Zealand, according to the film's official Facebook page.

"Barring any, you know, unforeseen setbacks.

"But wait, there's more! The Hobbit movies have also gotten titles.

"The first will be called The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and the sequel will be The Hobbit: There and Back Again. (While the first is a play on one of the book's chapter headings, the latter is the part of the book's complete title, The Hobbit or There and Back Again.)


The Secret life of Terrence Malick

By Kim Morgan May 31, 2011 10:59AM

"Terrence Malick wasn't around to pick up his Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival for his film The Tree of Life. But it shouldn't have come as a surprise – the director wasn't there for the film's premiere, either. Never mind that this was billed as the culmination of his glittering career so far, Malick wasn't going to break his reclusive habit for anyone.

"The word "reclusive", however, would seem to be an understatement for a man of whom, it is believed, barely any, and mostly dated, photographs exist. Not only that, but he almost never gives interviews, not even to promote his films, preferring to speak through his movies."

--"The Secret Life of Terrence Malick," The Guardian


'Men in War'

By Kim Morgan May 30, 2011 10:25AM
Happy Memorial Day! In recognition, there are many fine movies to watch, but I suggest the under-seen, great , 1957 Anthony Mann picture "Men in War" (starring Robert Ryan and Aldo Ray).


By Kim Morgan May 27, 2011 8:25PM
Happy 100 Vincent Price!

There there was and never will be another one like you.


With Anne Thompson

By Kim Morgan May 27, 2011 6:15AM
Lars Von Trier's interview with Anne Thompson.It's pretty fascinating.

Here's just a snippet.

"AT: You were cheerful because you knew they liked your movie, the press actually applauded.

"LVT: No, I didn’t know that. OK, that’s good. No, I just felt relaxed, then I have this stupid unprofessional thing that I need to entertain a little.

"AT: We actually expect you to, it’s a tradition.

"LVT: This is the last one of these I’ll do at Cannes. Because I get carried away. Then I say that I found out I was not a Jew but a Nazi, which meant I was on the other side of the fence. It was not nice to say, especially to the Germans. That’s ridiculous and stupid. It was kind of the Danish way of being idiotic. And I regret that. I don’t think I was really anti-Semitic, because that would be extremely stupid. All my four children have Jewish names, I take it very seriously."


See it if you can!

By Kim Morgan May 27, 2011 6:11AM
Of course I had to board an airplane at 12:30 AM last night -- thereby missing the midnight showing of my greatly anticipated film of the year -- Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life."

I thought about Brad Pitt, fathers, mothers, dinosaurs and a bewildered Sean Penn as I flew over Los Angeles, envious of those sitting in the Arclight experiencing the master for themselves.

I'm not going to read these reviews mind you, but if you are so inclined, or if you're one of the lucky ones who viewed it last night, check out MetaCritic.


Good interview ...

By Kim Morgan May 25, 2011 12:42AM
David Poland talks to "Hangover II director" Todd Phillips in an interview that manages to be pleasantly hostile. It's a good one. Watch:

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