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Mar 26 12
The Hollywood director James Cameron has completed his submarine journey to the Mariana Trench, the deepest point of Earth's oceans.
The director of Titanic and Avatar used a specially designed submarine to dive nearly seven miles (11km). He spent time exploring and filming the trench, about 200 miles south-west of the Pacific island of Guam, according to members of the National Geographic expedition.
Cameron returned to the surface of the Pacific on Monday morning, said Stephanie Montgomery of the National Geographic Society.
Mar 26 12
The title of Terence Davies' latest film, "The Deep Blue Sea," is derived from the old saying about being stuck between two ugly choices. The movie, which was adapted from the play by Terence Rattigan, focuses on Hester (Rachel Weisz), an upper-class woman in postwar London who forsakes her comfortable, cultured marriage with Sir William (Simon Russell Beale), a high-court judge, to live in sin in a rundown bedsit with R.A.F. pilot Freddie (Tom Hiddleston). While Freddie might be an unparalleled lover, his immaturity and emotional scars from the war make him a lousy, feckless partner. The situation becomes so unbearable that, in the beginning of the film, Hester tries to commit suicide. "Beware of passion, Hester," Sir William's snooty mother warns at one point in the movie. "It always leads to something ugly." To which Hester quips, "What would you replace it with?" That pretty much sums up the dilemma at the heart of this drama.
Davies has directed only five feature films and one documentary in the past 25 years, but his work has cemented his status as one of the major British directors of his generation. His first films, "Distant Voices, Still Lives" and "The Long Day Closes," are meditative, largely autobiographical tales based on his working-class upbringing in Liverpool during the '40s and '50s and are explorations of both class and memory. This film feels very much of a piece of those earlier works.
I talked with Davies over the phone. He speaks with a nervous baritone that is reminiscent of a caffeinated college don. He is a remarkably candid and self-effacing. We talked about adapting Terence Rattigan's work, working with Rachel Weisz, and getting right the texture of a time.
Mar 26 12
Last weekend, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum's comedic chemistry helped "21 Jump Street" arrest the box-office winning ways of "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax," which held the top spot for two straight weeks. While the raunchy comedy has the right to remain the top money earner, the odds are not in its favor, seeing as one of the most talked-about movies of the year, "The Hunger Games," opens on more than 4,000 screens this weekend. Because no one wants to compete with the blockbuster, it's the only movie opening wide.
Expect big numbers from the movie based on Suzanne Collins's best-selling novel, starting with these: 26 million copies of the book are in print in the U.S. alone; it spent over three consecutive years on the best-seller list; and the frenzied fan base has already broken the advanced ticket sales record with over 2,000 shows sold out. In case you've somehow avoided the hype, we boil down the movie and predict which fans might enjoy it.
Lionsgate'The Hunger Games'
Mar 20 12
Coming together for another star-studded premiere, the guys of "The Hunger Games" gathered together for the movie's Canadian Premiere in Toronto on Monday night (March 19).
Fans and photographers went wild as castmates Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Alexander Ludwig and Chris Mark arrived at the Scotiabank Theatre before making their way inside for the evening screening.
As for the much-awaited movie, "The Hunger Games" is "set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television, with Katniss Everdeen volunteering to take her younger sister's place for the latest match."
Mar 20 12
Lily Collins oozed her lovely princess persona while attending the Los Angeles premiere of her upcoming Snow White film, "Mirror Mirror". Stealing the limelight during the event taking place at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Collins became the belle of the ball as she stepped on the red carpet in her gorgeous ball gown.
The daughter of rock legend Phil Collins looked stunning in a Dolce&Gabbana puffy tube dress while posing with an artificial magic wand for the cameramen. Sporting daring red lipstick, the actress finished off her fabulous look with Giuseppe Zanotti heels, a Salvatore Ferragamo clutch, and H Stern jewels.
Collins was joined by her Oscar-winning co-star Julia Roberts, who kept it simple in a pink shirt that she paired with a black blazer and matching pants. Also spotted on the red carpet were a group of models who dressed in various colorful period dresses complete with extraordinary hairdos.
Mar 20 12
For the second weekend in a row, 'Dr. Seuss' The Lorax' took the top box office spot, leaving behind a disappointed "John Carter," among other would-be contenders. This week, the mustachioed maverick may very well be recycled as the box office winner yet again, since only one film opens wide on Friday. However, after a couple weeks of good clean fun, theater-going audiences might just be ready for something a little raunchier, which is exactly what this weekend's lone wide-release is offering.
"21 Jump Street," a comedic adaptation of the late '80s TV drama that launched Johnny Depp's career, comes crashing into a theater near you on Friday. The R-rated comedy that laughs in the face of the MPAA may fare quite well, considering its two main competitors are a Disney movie and a cartoon. But before you head to the theaters, you should be armed with some vital information, so we boil down the movie and predict what kind of fans might enjoy it.
21 Jump Street
Mar 20 12
Pale skin, black hair, dark circles under the eyes. That has to mean Johnny Depp and director Tim Burton are working together again.
22 years after "Edward Scissorhands," their first collaboration together, Depp and Burton are back at it with "Dark Shadows." It's a big-screen adaptation of the beloved cult soap opera that originally ran from 1966-1971. It casts Depp as Barnabas Collins, a vampire from the 18th Century who is unearthed in 1972. Take a look at the first trailer.
This is the eighth time Tim Burton has directed Johnny Depp in a film. Their last effort, 2010's "Alice in Wonderland," was a big hit domestically and an even bigger success internationally, bringing in over $1 billion worldwide. "Dark Shadows" seems to have many of the hallmarks of their previous work: dark gothic style, extreme characters, and a dash (or more) of zany humor.
Mar 16 12
Suiting up for a promotional appearance for his first ever Spanish language film, Will Ferrell hit the red carpet for the premiere of "Casa De Mi Padre" on Wednesday (March 14).
Held at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the 44-year-old, along with fellow castmates Genesis Rodriguez, Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, greeted press and posed for pictures before heading in for the debut screening of the Pantelion Films flick.
The Hispanic comedy focuses on Armando Alvarez (Will Ferrell) and his family, who are looking for ways to save their father's ranch, but end up finding themselves in a war with Mexico's most feared drug lord.
Mar 16 12
As they continue along with their European promotional tour, the stars of "The Hunger Games" held their film's French premiere in Paris on Thursday night (March 15).
Hitting the Cinema Gaumont Marignan red carpet was the highly anticipated movie's leading lady Jennifer Lawrence, along with director Gary Ross and cast members including Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks and Josh Hutcherson.
Slated to be released on March 21st in France while hitting theaters on March 23rd in the States, the drama/sci-fi flick is "set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television, with Katniss Everdeen volunteering to take her younger sister's place for the latest match."
Mar 16 12
The Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum headliner 21 Jump Street is poised to stir up good business in its domestic box office debut this weekend, with projections showing the film grossing in the $25 million to $30 million range.
The big question is whether the well-reviewed movie can best holdover Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, which has ruled the roost for two straight weekends and has grossed $132.2 million to date domestically.
Box-office observers also will be watching to see how much Disney's ill-fated John Carter falls during its second weekend. The big-budget tentpole debuted to a meek $30.2 domestically and has grossed $37.6 million to date domestically.
Mar 16 12
Kidnap thriller Prisoners has been sitting in development jail for so long, we'd imagine it has worn its prison mug down to the nub rattling it across the bars. But here comes the warden with good news! It may have just won parole, as Hugh Jackman is now attached to star for Incendies director Denis Villeneuve.
Jackman will be a small-town carpenter whose life is thrown into chaos when his young daughter and her best friend are kidnapped. Fuelled by vigilante rage, he decides to take matters into his own hands, and kidnaps the man he thinks is responsible. But there's just one teeny little problem: he might have snatched an innocent person…
Back in the strange, barbaric period the citizens of the past called 2009, Prisoners was one of the hot new kids on the block, a Black List script written by Aaron Guzikowski that had actors, directors and studio types all a-flutter. Even before Alcon Entertainment picked it up, the screenplay had the likes of Jackman, Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Bryan Singer and Antoine Fuqua attached at various times.
Mar 16 12
She might have fallen out with Michael Bay and been unceremoniously replaced on the last Transformers film, but it would appear that Megan Fox still has plenty of cheerleaders at Paramount. And Zoe Saldana is on even better terms with the studio, since she's one of their Star Trek crew. Now the company has nabbed heist spec script Swindle to turn into a star vehicle for the pair.
Actually, the original idea to team up came from Saldana and Fox, who have been looking for something to appear in together. Spotting the possibilities (they've both got plenty of box office appeal and aren't exactly difficult on the eyes), Paramount acted quickly to snatch Enzo Mileti and Scott Wilson's script from the bargaining table before Universal could get its hands on it.
What we don't yet know is exactly what it's about, beyond the heist concept. The only solid detail Deadline could ferret out was that Moneyball producer Michael De Lucas will oversee the development process.
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