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LES MISERABLES, DJANGO UNCHAINED Overperform: Box Office

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Les Misérables, Django Unchained overperform on Christmas Day Les Misérables, directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper, and starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, and Eddie Redmayne, opened strongly on Christmas Day in North America, far surpassing distributor Universal's (official) expectations. And Quentin Tarantino's violent Django Unchained, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, and Jamie Foxx, opened with better than expected figures – which is good news for The Weinstein Company, following recent box office disappointments / modest performers such as Paul Thomas Anderson / Joaquin Phoenix's The Master ($15.93 million as of Sunday) and, to a lesser extent, David O. Russell / Bradley Cooper / Jennifer Lawrence's Silver Linings Playbook ($19.86 million as of Sunday). (Image: Hugh Jackman Les Misérables.) According to early, rough estimates found at Deadline.com, Les Misérables scored around $18 million at 2,808 locations on Christmas, far above the $10+m predicted by Universal. (True, […]


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LES MISERABLES, DJANGO UNCHAINED Overperform: Box Office







'The King's Speech' PG-13 Cut and Charlotte Brontë on Censorship

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Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, The King's Speech The PG-13 version of Tom Hooper's The King's Speech opened this past weekend in North America, grossing only $1.13 million at 1,011 theaters while averaging a meager $1,121 per theater according to weekend box office actuals found at Box Office Mojo. The Weinstein Co. release stars Best Actor Oscar winner Colin Firth, who has voiced his strong disapproval of the censored version, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, and veteran Claire Bloom. The PG-13-rated The King's Speech, which goes silent when the King's "fucks" are voiced, was approved by the guardians of morality at the Motion Picture Association of America. In other words, in the family friendly version of The King's Speech you won't be able to hear Firth's George VI say the word "fuck," but you'll be able to see that he's mouthing the word "fuck." There must some kind […]


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'The King's Speech' PG-13 Cut and Charlotte Brontë on Censorship







Tom Hooper Oscar Speech: Unique Thank You

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Tom Hooper and Kathryn Bigelow, both Best Director Oscar winners, at the Academy Awards Tom Hooper Oscar acceptance speech for 'The King's Speech' Tom Hooper was the Best Director Oscar winner at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday evening, Feb. 27. His film, the British period drama The King's Speech, was also voted the Best Picture of the year. The King's Speech stars Best Actor Oscar winner Colin Firth and supporting nominees Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter. Also in the cast is veteran Claire Bloom (Richard III, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold). After accepting the Oscar statuette from last year's Best Director winner Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker), Tom Hooper thanked his "wonderful actors," singling out the "triangle of man love which is Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, and me." He also thanked producers Iain Canning, Gareth Unwin, and […]


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