Oscar winners slipping at the box office redux

RC at Strange Culture says the Oscar nominations should not be based on which films did best at the box office. I agree.But that reminds me, I should probably update a post that I made here last year, which marked the first time since 1985 that not one of the Best Picture nominees grossed over $100 million either before or after their nominations, and possibly the first time ever that the winner was not one of the top 25 films… Read more

radio daze — heads up!

I will be appearing on the CBC Radio show BC Almanac this Friday — around 1:30pm PST — to talk about the Oscars.Fortunately, I have managed to see just about all the nominated feature films; the two remaining exceptions are:Curse of the Golden Flower (nominated for costume design; it has already left Vancouver)After the Wedding (nominated for foreign language film; it has not come to Vancouver yet)I have also seen three of the five nominated animated shorts, but I have… Read more

Bridge to Terabithia — movie good, trailers bad

The New York Times ran a story yesterday on the misleading ad campaign for Disney and Walden Media’s new version of Bridge to Terabithia — and along the way, they cite my interview with Katherine Paterson, though without quoting the exact words:The reviews are in for “Bridge to Terabithia,” a new children’s film from Walt Disney and Walden Media: loved the movie, hated the trailer. . . .Advertising campaigns for movies present a carefully edited, and often misleading, glimpse of… Read more

Are any more C.S. Lewis movies in the works?

We all know about the Chronicles of Narnia movie series, which began with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005).And we all heard about that adaptation of The Screwtape Letters that Ralph Winter and Walden Media are developing now.Now Mark Moring at CT Movies interviews Ken Wales — producer of Amazing Grace, Christy (1994), The Prodigal (1983), etc. — and discovers that he would like to adapt a C.S. Lewis book, too:What other films do you want to make?Wales:… Read more

Canadian box-office stats — February 18

Here are the figures for the past weekend, arranged from those that owe the highest percentage of their take to the Canadian box office to those that owe the lowest.Ma Fille, Mon Ange — CDN $513,061 — N.AM $513,061 — 100%Pan’s Labyrinth — CDN $4,124,585 — N.AM $30,035,000 — 13.7%Hannibal Rising — CDN $1,800,362 — N.AM $22,097,000 — 8.1%Because I Said So — CDN $2,539,454 — N.AM $33,382,000 — 7.6%Music and Lyrics — CDN $1,442,634 — N.AM $19,269,000 — 7.5%Bridge… Read more

Amazing Grace — less faith, more politics?

The abolitionist biopic Amazing Grace opens in the United States on Friday, and in the United Kingdom a month later, but I have no idea yet when it will come to Canada. In the meantime, it is intriguing to read today’s New York Times feature on the film:Still, the makers of “Amazing Grace” say their movie raises broader issues.For Steven Knight, the film’s British screenwriter, public opinion was for the first time mobilized to press for social reform with the… Read more

The Hobbit — no script, coming soon anyway?

From the New York Times’s current profile of New Line Cinema chief Robert Shaye and his studio’s “identity crisis”: One thing that has not been blunted by illness is Mr. Shaye’s temper, which flared last year when he was asked about a lawsuit filed by Mr. Jackson over profits from “The Lord of the Rings.” . . .Asked about the remarks last week, Mr. Shaye said that he made the statement “in a moment of emotion” but did not regret… Read more

Shia LaBeouf to play Indiana Jones’s son?

Last month, I asked if Indiana Jones IV — which must take place in the ’50s or ’60s — would show how Indy got the daughter that he was living with in the framing narratives of the TV series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, which took place in the ’90s.And just now, I remembered that I posted an item here last July to the effect that Karen Allen told an audience at a screening of Raiders that two of Indy’s… Read more

Newsbites: Winter! Howard! Jihadists! Opus!

Figured I’d toss these out there while I can.1. Ralph Winter recently talked to Infuze Magazine about various subjects, including: whether Christian horror films — like Thr3e, which he produced — should have R-ratings; the lack of mystery and violence in The Nativity Story; and his own current plan to make a movie based on C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters:Does the movie have a green light?Not yet. We’ve been talking to Randall Wallace about writing and directing. We need to… Read more

Not quite the same thing, but still…

“I’m putting in a chase sequence. So the killer flees on horseback with the girl, the cop’s after them on a motorcycle and it’s like a battle between motors and horses, like technology vs. horse.” — Nicolas Cage, star of Ghost Rider, in Adaptation (2002). Read more

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