Top 20 movies
|2||The Hunger Games||497|
|3||The Dark Knight Rises||374|
|4||The Expendables 2||227|
|5||How to Train Your Dragon||218|
|6||The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1||211|
|7||21 Jump Street||209|
|8||The Dark Knight||201|
|13||Puss in Boots||162|
|17||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2||147|
|20||Crazy, Stupid, Love.||135|
Brad Bird, the director of The Incredibles and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, has become the latest high-profile film-maker to rule himself out of the running for the new Star Wars film. Bird made the comment via Twitter in response to a fan who asked him to respond to reports that he was top of producers' wishlist for Star Wars Episode 7. The new film is due in 2015 and follows Disney's $4.
The final film in the Twilight series has debuted with the highest opening of the series so far, an impressive $340.9m (£214m) worldwide. The gargantuan haul for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, which sees Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson star as Bella Cullen (née Swan) and her bloodsucking love Edward for the final time, also achieved the eighth highest opening in box office history.
Courtney Love is not involved "in any capacity" with a new film about Kurt Cobain, overseen by his estate. Love and the proposed director, Brett Morgan, have corrected reports that they are collaborating on the proposed documentary about the late Nirvana singer. Love's publicist insisted she is not working on the movie, contrary to an article in the New York Post. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Morgan said his comments had been taken out of context.
The losers, boozers and casual users of Marfa Girl found a happy ending of sorts as Larry Clark's new picture took the top prize at the seventh Rome film festival. Marfa Girl, a tale of wild teens in small-town Texas, took the Golden Marc'Aurelio award, bringing the curtain down on an event that has faced criticism for both the quality of its films and a perceived lack of big-name guests. Marfa Girl paints a portrait of a Texas melting-pot near the Mexican border, inhabited by Hispanics, working-class white families and hippie artists.
The shocking and downright exhilarating news of Disney purchasing Lucasfilm and announcing new Star Wars adventures did not come as a surprise to everyone. Within the two companies, negotiations had been going on for months, and George Lucas even said that he’d written outlines for at least three more films. Now there's a report on who has turned them into a treatment for Star Wars: Episode VII and beyond: Toy Story 3’s Michael Arndt.
Never one to turn away a good chance for sneaky publicity, or indeed to lie to journalists’ faces when asked about plot developments on his upcoming films (*cough* Megatron in Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen *cough*), Michael Bay has now brought the saga of the will-he-won’t-he Mark Wahlberg in Transformers 4 to a close with a resounding, er, yes. After shooting down rumours and then this week making references to “internet chatter” affecting him and “his writer” (Ehren Kruger), Bay revealed on his website that he intends to continue the bromance hatched working with Wahlberg on bodybuilding action comedy Pain And Gain.
Skyfall, the highly acclaimed latest entry in the James Bond series, has become the biggest film of 2012 at the UK box office within just two weeks of release. The 23rd 007 adventure, timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the series and directed by Oscar-winner Sam Mendes, has now racked up more than £57m to surpass incumbent The Dark Knight Rises. The figure also makes it the highest grossing Bond film of all time in the UK, ahead of Casino Royale's £55.
Daniel Craig has suggested that the finish line for himself as James Bond is not far away, during an interview with Rolling Stone to promote new 007 adventure Skyfall in the US. Despite having recently signed on to star in at least two more Bond films, Craig revealed he had been planning to end his stint as the suave British secret agent. "I've been trying to get out of this from the very moment I got into it," he told the magazine.
The California man behind an anti-Muslim film that roiled the Islamic world was sentenced on Wednesday to a year in prison for lying about his identity, which violated his probation stemming from a 2010 bank fraud conviction. US district court judge Christina Snyder immediately sentenced Mark Basseley Youssef after he admitted to four of the eight alleged violations, including obtaining a fraudulent California driving licence.
If you want a film that boasts Python power (Monty, not the actual snake), then you can always watch A Liar’s Autobiography. But if you’re still craving the comic confections of the resurgent team, you’re probably also anticipating Absolutely Anything, which several of the gang have been working on since at least 2010 (and longer for Terry Jones). But good news! They have Gemma Arterton locked in and Benedict Cumberbatch in talks for the film.