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LES MISERABLES, DJANGO UNCHAINED Overperform: Box Office

les-miserables-hugh-jackmanLes 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). (Photo: Hugh Jackman Les Misérables.) According to…



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LES MISERABLES, DJANGO UNCHAINED Overperform: Box Office




THE KING’S SPEECH Censored PG-13 Version, Charlotte Brontë’s Views on Censorship

kings-speech-colin-firth-helena-bonham-carter3Colin 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. As mentioned yesterday on this site, last weekend the original The King’s Speech took in $1.55 million at 1,062 theaters, averaging $1,467 per theater. In other words, the censored rerelease, in which King George VI’s several "fuck" exclamations become "fuck" mouthings, failed to attract…



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THE KING’S SPEECH Censored PG-13 Version, Charlotte Brontë’s Views on Censorship




PG-13 THE KING’S SPEECH Flops; Michael Fassbender’s JANE EYRE Loses Steam: Box Office

michael-fassbender-jane-eyreMichael Fassbender as Rochester in Cary Fukunaga’s Jane Eyre Zack Snyder-Vanessa Hudgens-Abbie Cornish’s SUCKER PUNCH Plunges, Neil Burger-Bradley Cooper’s LIMITLESS Recovers Budget: Box Office The censored, "family-friendly," PG-13 version of Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech opened with $1.19 million at 1,011 theaters, averaging a paltry $1,181 per site according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Perhaps that’s because North American "families" don’t care about Oscar winners; they’d much rather go see Easter bunnies talking with Russell Brand’s voice. For comparison’s sake: last weekend, the original The King’s Speech — that’s the one with all the "fuck" exclamations — collected $1.55 million at 1,062 theaters, averaging $1,467 per site. The Weinstein Co. release stars Oscar winner Colin Firth, who has spoken vehemently against the…



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PG-13 THE KING’S SPEECH Flops; Michael Fassbender’s JANE EYRE Loses Steam: Box Office




Colin Firth Oscar 2011 Interview Pt.2: THE KING’S SPEECH Censorship, Tom Hooper’s Direction

colin-firth-natalie-portman-melissa-leo-christian-baleMelissa Leo, Christian Bale, Colin Firth, Natalie Portman Colin Firth Oscar 2011 Backstage Interview Part I Q. Why do you not support it? A. Because I think the film has its integrity as it stands. I think that scene belongs where it is. I think it serves a purpose. I’m not someone who is casual about that kind of language I don’t relish. I take my children to see football games, soccer. And I wouldn’t be able to, if I wanted to protect them from those kind of words at the expense of all else. I hate hearing that language around them, but I’m not going to deny them an experience of a live game. You know, it does distress me to, you know, to…



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Colin Firth Oscar 2011 Interview Pt.2: THE KING’S SPEECH Censorship, Tom Hooper’s Direction




Tom Hooper’s Oscar Acceptance Speech: “Triangle of Man Love” and “Listen to Your Mother”

kathryn-bigelow-tom-hooperTom Hooper, Kathryn Bigelow Tom Hooper was the Best Direction winner at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held in Hollywood on Sunday evening. Hooper’s film, the British period drama The King’s Speech, was also voted the Best Picture of the year. Below is a transcription of Hooper’s Oscar acceptance speech. His fellow nominees were Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (True Grit), David O. Russell (The Fighter), and David Fincher (The Social Network). Wow, thank you to all the members of the Academy. This is an extraordinary honor. I’d like to congratulate my fellow nominees, Darren, David, David, Joel, and Ethan. Your work this year has been extraordinary. I’m honored to be nominated alongside you. Thank you to my wonderful actors. The…



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Tom Hooper’s Oscar Acceptance Speech: “Triangle of Man Love” and “Listen to Your Mother”




THE KING’S SPEECH’s Tom Hooper Oscar 2011 Red Carpet Photo

tom-hooperTom Hooper, was an Oscar nominee for Achievement in Directing, when he arrived at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. He left that evening carrying an Oscar statuette for Best Direction for the British drama The King’s Speech. This was Tom Hooper’s first Best Direction Oscar nomination. Earlier this year, he also won the Directors Guild of America Award. Only six times since 1950 has the DGA winner failed to win a matching Oscar. Photo: Darren Decker / ©A.M.P.A.S.



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Best Picture: THE KING’S SPEECH, Best Direction: David Fincher, THE SOCIAL NETWORK - Oscar 2011 Predictions

colin-firth-the-kings-speech7Colin Firth in Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech (top); Aaron Sorkin, David Fincher, The Social Network (bottom) Best Picture: The King’s Speech See Best Picture: THE KING’S SPEECH - Oscar 2011 Predictions Best Direction: David Fincher, The Social Network Admittedly, there’s a very good chance that unexpected Directors Guild winner Tom Hooper will come out victorious at the Oscars as well. But the British Hooper is a newcomer as far as Hollywood is concerned, and most Oscar voters are based/work in the American film industry. Fincher was a nominee in 2008 for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and is well-regarded for both Se7en and Zodiac. He has been making (sporadic) feature films for nearly two decades and has never won an Oscar. There’s a…



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Best Picture: THE KING’S SPEECH, Best Direction: David Fincher, THE SOCIAL NETWORK - Oscar 2011 Predictions




Oscar 2011 Last-Minute Predictions

colin-firth-helena-bonham-carter-the-kings-speech4Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter in Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech This year, the Academy Awards seem quite predictable, though paradoxically they also seem ripe for a few surprises. For instance, David Fincher’s The Social Network dominated the film critics’ awards this awards season; but Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech has emerged as the Best Picture favorite following wins from the Producers Guild, the Directors Guild, and the Screen Actors Guild. Will relative newcomer Hooper also win Best Director — or will that Oscar statuette go to relative veteran David Fincher? If Fincher wins, will The Social Network also win, or will we have a split Best Picture/Best Direction vote? Also: Christian Bale and Melissa Leo have been the critics’, the Golden Globes’, and SAG’s…



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