Iron Man 3 is the highest-grossing movie so far in 2013 with $1.2 billion in worldwide ticket sales. With those kind of receipts, one would think it’s star Robert Downey, Jr. would easily take the crown on Forbes Highest-Grossing list. It’s only a natural conclusion. Unfortunately for him, Robert only starred in one film the entire year. Sneaking past him to steal the title was someone who starred in four films. Here’s a little hint. It’s someone from the Fast and The Furious franchise.
Before we get to the winner, I just wanted to commend both Sandra Bullock and Jennifer Lawrence for breaking into the male-dominated Top 10. Bullock knocked out the competition with her one-two punch of Gravity and The Heat, while Lawrence hit the bullseye with Silver Linings Playbook and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Check out the Top 10 below. In addition to the top slot, there are a couple of other surprises. At least for me, there was.
It’s no surprise that 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle led the way with seven nominations each when the 71st annual Golden Globes nominations were announced this morning. Both have done well with all the critics awards leading up to today’s announcement, especially the former. The latter’s cast were showered with praises, earning a nod in every acting comedy category.
What was surprising, if not shocking, was one notable snub. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association are notorious star f**kers. They have a long history of nominating substandard performances in hopes of filling up the ballroom with famous people. However this year, lesser known names made the cut while arguably one of the most famous, if not powerful, person got completely shunned. Oprah Winfrey, my dear… you don’t get a nod! You don’t get a nod! In fact, no one from the star-studded Lee Daniels’ The Butler, including the film itself was nominated. The film was not only a box office hit but a critical favorite as well.
The silver lining is that there is absolutely no crossover with the HFPA voters and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. However, it’s still nice to be nominated given the show is widely seen and offers a great opportunity for those in the race to do some hardcore publicity and campaigning. With regards to the HFPA, I’d still be worried if I was one of the 90-something GG voters. We all know how long Winfrey likes to hold a grudge. Just go ask David Letterman.
Check out all the nominations below. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. I have high hopes they’ll deliver another winning performance.
The Golden Globes announce their nominations tomorrow. Today, it was the Screen Actors Guild honoring the best. While the Globes earn all the headlines, the SAGs are what you need to pay attention to if you want to win your Oscar pool. By far, they have the best track record when it comes to the acting categories. With that being said, anyone not nominated today can still crash the Oscar party. There’s still a little over a month left before the Academy announce their nominations. Plenty of time to campaign SLASH suck up.
Leading the pack on the film side was 12 Years A Slave with four nods. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o each nabbed a nomination, along with joining their fellow cast members for best ensemble. The historical epic is looking unstoppable at this point. Coming in strong in second place were both August: Osage County and Dallas Buyers Club. Both scored three nods including best ensemble. On the flip side Leonardo Dicaprio’s The Wolf of Wall Street and Robert Redford’s All Is Lost were snubbed. The former was undoubtedly hurt by late screenings and lack of screeners sent out.
On the television side, the guild rewarded both Breaking Bad and 30 Rock for their swan songs. Other notable nominations include Matt Damon and Michael Douglas for Behind The Candelabra, Homeland, Modern Family and Kerry Washington for Scandal. Check out all the honorees below. The SAG Awards ceremony will take place on Sat. Jan. 18, with a live broadcast on TBS and TNT.
Sandra Bullock along with George Clooney continued their astronomical run at the box office this weekend. The Alfonso Cuarón outer-space thriller dropped just 21 percent, adding another $44.2 million. The decline represents the smallest second-week decline for a movie that debuted to more than $55 million. With excellent word of mouth, this could easily be the highest-grossing film for both stars. As it stands right now, Gravity is the fourth and third highest-grossing film for Bullock and Clooney respectively.
Even though Gravity probably doesn’t any help at the box office, Bullock is still working hard on the promotional tour. The 49-year-old actress appeared on the Jonathan Ross Show this past weekend and gave two memorable performances. First, she demonstrated her rapping skills on the classic “Rapper’s Delight.” Then she recreated that iconic moment in Big with none other than Tom Hanks.
Not only did she beat Hanks at multiplexes this weekend (Captain Phillips debuted in second place with $26 million), she showed him up while performing “Chopsticks.” Girlfriend did the entire thing in extremely high heels. Speaking of her legs, they were flawless. Sandra has some killer limbs. Check out both clips below.
This weekend Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney opened in theatres for a record breaking weekend. The film set a new unadjusted opening weekend record for October, which was previously held by 2011′s Paranormal Activity 3 with $52.57 million. When ticket price inflation is considered, 2003′s Scary Movie 3 is still on top with an adjusted debut of $65.11 million (from an actual gross of $48.11 million).
Although the film pulled in many eager viewers, I’ve heard that it didn’t live up to expectations and it wasn’t actually as good as people thought it was going to be. That’s disappointing because I was really looking forward to seeing this one as well but perhaps now I’ll wait until I can rent it on Apple TV. Did any of you watch it? If so, share your thoughts on the film in the comments. Also, check out how Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake‘s Runner Runner did in the list below of the top 10 films at the box office this weekend.
Reportedly, when the first teasers of Gravity hit theaters, audiences chuckled. As each new video from the Alfonso Cuaron has been released, the outer space flick has looked better and better. The film made it’s debut recently at the 70th Venice International Film Festival to resounding rave reviews. James Cameron told Variety it’s “the best space film ever done.” Coming from the man who brought us Titanic and Avatar, that’s pretty impressive.
Warner Bros. just unveiled the longest look yet for Gravity. In the two-minute long clip, it’s all about Sandra Bullock hurling through space. Naturally, she’s frantic even though George Clooney tries to calm her down through some sort of hearing device. I’m so curious to know what the entire movie plot is. Surely, it can’t just be Bullock panicking as she’s lost in space. Check out the new trailer below. Gravity hits theaters on October 4.
If you thought the first teaser trailer for Gravity was intense, wait til you watch these brand new ones. Warner Bros. definitely goes for the jugular with their latest teasers. Both of which focus more on Sandra Bullock than on George Clooney.
In the aftermath of a catastrophic event aboard a spacecraft, Bullock’s character is forced to detach herself from flying debris. She then finds herself drifting into space alone unable to communicate with anyone. The two minute-long spots perfectly captures the sheer terror of the vastness of space with its disorienting camerawork. Rumor has it, Sandra spends the majority of the film utterly alone.
Gravity opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on October 4th after being originally slated for last year. It was pushed back so that more time could be spent on the visual effects. Check out the “Detached” and “Drifting” teasers below.
Sandra Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone–tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
Melissa McCarthy returns to the big screen today alongside Sandra Bullock in the new comedy, The Heat. Bridesmaids director Paul Feig directs the film, so naturally I went in expecting another hilarious comedy.
The story has Sandra Bullock reprise her role from Miss Congeniality 1 and 2 as the stuck up FBI agent Sarah Ashburn, while McCarthy plays her unlikely, rough around the edges partner Shannon Mullins. The two have been unwillingly paired up and assigned to catching a drug lord. The two clashing personalities make for a hilarious combination and while predictable, garnered many laughs from yours truly.