Canadian box-office stats — December 31

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.Casino Royale — CDN $22,385,938 — N.AM $153,515,000 — 14.6%Blood Diamond — CDN $4,768,600 — N.AM $35,716,000 — 13.3%The Holiday — CDN $6,001,196 — N.AM $50,011,000 — 12.0%Rocky Balboa — CDN $4,347,450 — N.AM $48,262,000 — 9.0%The Good Shepherd — CDN $2,724,912 — N.AM $35,045,000 — 7.8%Eragon — CDN $4,349,612 –… Read more

Will Pixar’s downward trend continue?

Cars was an under-performer, by Pixar standards; it grossed less than any of their films since A Bug’s Life (1998). Will their next film, Ratatouille — which comes out in six months — continue the downward trend? Jim Hill explains why Disney is concerned. Read more

Indiana Jones IV — a few more details

The Hollywood Reporter adds a few new details about Indiana Jones IV: Shooting is set to begin in June 2007, the film will come out in May 2008, and the as-yet-untitled screenplay is by David Koepp, whose credits include the first Spider-Man (2002), the first Mission: Impossible (1996), the first two Jurassic Park movies (1993-1997) and Spielberg’s War of the Worlds (2005).UPDATE: And now Variety magazine chimes in. Read more

2007 Film Journal

As per my 2006 Journal, videos and DVDs are in italics. Films I saw for the first time have an asterisk (*) next to them. Not counting extras and promo items.Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov | DecJan 1 — The Omen [1976; w/ second audio commentary]Jan 2 — The Exorcist [2000 version; w/ audio commentary]Jan 2 — The Omen [2006; w/ audio commentary]Jan 3… Read more

Is Indiana Jones IV a go, now? Whatever.

Apparently while I was out with the wife and kids last night, checking out the Bright Nights display at Stanley Park, the blogosphere exploded with the news that George Lucas declared yesterday — without giving away any story details, natch — that Indiana Jones IV will begin shooting next year, for release in 2008.Whatever. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) is a classic for all time, of course, but neither of the sequels produced so far is anything to write… Read more

BC Christian News — January 2007

The newest issue of BC Christian News is now online, and with it, my film column, which looks mainly at Children of Men and Apocalypto, but also touches on the DVD releases of The Passion of the Christ and World Trade Center. The paper also includes a print version of my interview with Erin Gruwell, who is the subject of the upcoming movie Freedom Writers, which stars Hilary Swank; I may post a longer version here in a few days.JAN… Read more

What if all the James Bonds met at a casino?

Now this is a clever mash-up. I especially like the way the various glances around the table actually seem to make spatial sense.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQ-RnM63is8]Click here if the video file above doesn’t play properly. Read more

I’ve always rather liked Doctor Octopus.

I’m sure there are other bits of footage out there like this, but I was still tickled to see this ad, which I took from a VHS cassette released in 1999. It depicts a live-action, mid-air fight between Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus — three years before the first Spider-Man movie, and five years before Tobey Maguire’s Spidey was pitted against Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock in Spider-Man 2: Click here if the video file above doesn’t play properly. Read more

Did Cuarón read the original James novel?

Regarding Children of Men, yesterday’s National Post reports:It’s no coincidence that Cuaron began the script in a post-9/11 world, having refused to read the pre-9/11 P.D. James novel that the movie is based on. “Because of those 9/11 events, it was important to set the film more in the 21st century, since the world has changed since then,” he says.So if Alfonso Cuarón didn’t read the book, how do we explain the various minor points where the film and book… Read more

LaHaye, Straczynski developing Bible movies

Thanks to Queen Spoo for reminding me that The Resurrection — the upcoming film that is being developed by Screen Gems, Tim LaHaye and screenwriter Lionel Chetwynd — now has a tentative release date of February 22, 2008. I noticed this at BoxOfficeMojo.com a while back, but forgot to note it here.She also notes something that I had never heard before, which is that Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski recently announced that he is writing the script for “a… Read more

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