Search this Topic:
Dec 23 11 8:25 AM
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts
and Sciences announced that 97 scores from eligible feature-length motion
pictures are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for
the 84th Academy Awards.
Members of the Music Branch will
vote in the order of their preference for not more than five achievements. The
five scores receiving the highest number of votes will become the nominations
for final voting for the award.
To be eligible, the original score
must be written specifically for the motion picture by the submitting composer.
It must be a substantial body of music that serves as original dramatic
"The Conspirator," Mark
Jan 1 12 2:04 PM
While "Paris" is just one of many success stories for Indiewood this year, overall things have taken a slight dive from 2010's big year.
While both years saw six films gross over $10 million, 2011 had only 15
$5 million grossers and 24 $3 million grossers. In 2010, those
milestones were reached 19 and 31 times, respectively.
Also notable was that four of the top five films in 2011 came from the
year's first half, whereas last year's list was dominated by year-end
releases like "Black Swan" and "The King's Speech." While many films
have been doing great these past few weeks -- notably "The Artist" and
"Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" -- there's no huge breakouts.
Next week, Indiewire will offer a full analysis of the year's winners
and losers at the specialty box office. Until then, here's a simple
chart of the top 30 grossers.
Note that the grosses reflect numbers up to December 28 and will be
updated next week. Only films both released in initially limited screen
counts (under 1,000 screens) and by specialty distributors were
1. Midnight in Paris (Sony Pictures Classics) - $56,341,186
2. The Descendants (Fox Searchlight) - $35,199,044
3. The Tree of Life (Fox Searchlight) - $13,303,319
4. The Conspirator (Roadside Attractions) - $11,538,204
5. Jane Eyre (Focus) - $11,242,660
6. Win Win (Fox Searchlight) - $10,179,275
7. My Week With Marilyn (The Weinstein Company) - $7,769,242
8. Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain (Codeblack) - $7,706,436
9. Sarah's Key (The Weinstein Company) - $7,693,187
10. Cedar Rapids (Fox Searchlight) - $6,861,102
11. Beginners (Focus) - $5,790,894
12. The Guard (Sony Pictures Classics) - $5,331,189
13. Cave of Forgotten Dreams (Sundance Selects) - $5,256,974
14. Margin Call (Roadside Attractions) - $5,195,529
15. Biutiful (Roadside Attractions) - $5,101,237
16. Atlas Shrugged, Part I (Rocky Mountain) - $4,627,375
17. The Company Men (The Weinstein Company) - $4,441,272
18. Barney's Version (Sony Pictures Classics) - $4,439,201
19. Buck (Sundance Selects) - $4,038,912
20. The Way (PDA) - $4,024,996
21. Of Gods and Men (Sony Pictures Classics) - $3,954,651
22. The Artist (The Weinstein Company) - $3,415,263
23. Like Crazy (Paramount Vantage) - $3,324,718
24. From Prada To Nada (Lionsgate) - $3,033,623
25. The Skin I Live In (Sony Pictures Classics) - $2,991,663
26. Martha Marcy May Marlene (Fox Searchlight) - $2,897,457
27. Everything Must Go (Roadside Attractions) - $2,711,643
28. The Way Back (Newmarket) - $2,701,859
29. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (Focus) - $2,625,976
30. Melancholia (Magnolia) - $2,454,418
Of course some of these are late or on limited release for 2011 but not bad company. And James received good reviews for it too.
Jan 1 12 2:14 PM
A true talent + wicked sense of humour + charming personality = James McAvoy: Undeniably, a Scottish "legend in the making".
Jan 1 12 4:34 PM
That's good news! And it's right behind one of the most talked about films of the year, 'The Tree of Life'.
Jan 1 12 6:14 PM
Jan 1 12 7:10 PM
May 4 12 7:03 PM
May 6 12 7:42 PM
Jun 13 12 4:27 PM
In other words, we can’t really be sure about the man who in
1877 joined the fledgling staff of The Washington Post and oversaw its
local reporters. One thing we do know: When he died, he was buried in an
unmarked grave in Georgetown’s Oak Hill Cemetery.
Unmarked until Thursday at 1 p.m., that is, when a group from the Surratt House Museum
will dedicate a stone atop Aiken’s final resting place. Why would they
care about a dead journalist? Because among the high points of Aiken’s
convoluted life was this: He delivered the impassioned summation at the
trial of Lincoln assassination conspirator Mary Surratt.
Aiken is a mystery — he left no heirs, no cache of private papers — but a lot of what we know is thanks to Christine Christensen, a mother of five from Tremonton, Utah, who works with her husband in his dental office. She is a big fan of James McAvoy’s, the Scottish actor who played Aiken in 2010’s “The Conspirator.”
When Christine heard that he had been cast as Aiken, she set about
researching the character. “I don’t like to get my history from
Hollywood,” she explained. And so in between researching her own
genealogy at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Christine
delved into Frederick Aiken. In March, she completed a 28-page paper on his life.
sketch of his early years: Born in 1832 in Massachusetts. Grew up in
Vermont. Attended Middlebury College. Associate editor of the Burlington
Sentinel. Married to Sarah Olivia Weston. A Democrat
at a time when many in that party supported slavery — or at least
thought its abolishment was insufficient reason to tear the country
Aiken stumped for John C. Breckinridge,
the Kentucky senator who ran for president then fled to the South. And
yet during the war, Aiken offered his services to the North,
infiltrating groups of Confederate supporters in New York City. He did
occasional newspapering — he often reviewed theater and so may have
known John Wilkes Booth, Christine said — and in 1864, he went into law practice in Washington with John W. Clampitt. The pair defended Mary Surratt, who, despite their efforts, died at the end of a hangman’s rope.
American newspapers were openly partisan back then. Many covered
their competitors’ indiscretions with glee, and in 1868, the Washington
press was full of stories about “The Contested Child Case.” Aiken had
brought suit against a woman named Ellen McCall, accusing her of abducting a blue-eyed 5-year-old girl named Cora whom Aiken and his wife were raising as their own.
was McCall’s daughter, and McCall was a prostitute. According to the
National Republican, McCall met Aiken at an H Street brothel when Aiken
went to her room “and became intimate with her there.”
Cora was Aiken’s daughter (though Christine doesn’t think so). Perhaps
the Aikens were just trying to rescue an innocent child. In the end, a
judge ordered Cora placed in St. Vincent’s Orphan Asylum, under the care
of the Rev. Jacob Walter. In an odd twist, Jacob had heard Surratt’s final confession.
“It was so sad to me,” Christine said of Cora’s fate. “In the back of my mind, I wonder if it was politically motivated.”
In 1877, Stilson Hutchins hired
Aiken for The Post. A year later, Aiken was dead (of “fatty
degeneration of the heart”). No one is sure how he ended up in the plot
of a family named Eaton.
After he died, the National Republican praised Aiken, calling him “a
man of great versatility and talent, capable of a much more
distinguished career than was vouchsafed to him by the various
circumstances of his life, which developed the underlying Bohemianism of
his character and made of him an odd combination of man-of-the-world,
student, enthusiast and adventurer.”
enthusiast, adventurer: Those strike me as good qualities for a
journalist even today. Aiken had his flaws, but I tip my hat to this old
Oct 23 12 8:51 PM
Oct 23 12 9:41 PM
Jun 1 15 2:19 PM
© 2017 Yuku. All rights reserved.