Move over Bilbo Baggins, here comes Leatherface! Lionsgate's "Texas Chainsaw 3D" slashed away competition and surprised everyone by debuting at No. 1 with $23 million.
Holding steady at No. 2 was Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" with $20.1 million adding to its domestic total of $106.4 million.
And after reigning supreme at the box-office, it's finally time for Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" to step down. The first part of the planned three-quel slipped to No. 3 with $17.5 million. But don't fret for our lovely hobbits, the blockbuster has made $263.8 million in the U.S. and $500 million overseas for a total of $800 million. Precious indeed!
"Les Miserables" became the fastest musical to crossover the $100 million mark. The Universal adaptation of the Broadway show finished at No. 4 with $16.1 million for a domestic total of $103.6 million.
Here's the estimated Top 10 Box-Office films for weekend of Jan. 4th:
1. "Texas Chainsaw 3-D," $23 million.
2. "Django Unchained," $20.1 million.
3. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," $17.5 million.
4. "Les Miserables," $16.1 million ($14.5 million international).
5. "Parental Guidance," $10.1 million.
6. "Jack Reacher," $9.3 million ($22.3 million international).
7. "This Is 40," $8.6 million.
8. "Lincoln," $5.3 million.
9. "The Guilt Trip," $4.5 million.
10. "Promised Land," $4.3 million.
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Nicole C. Brambila from The Desert Sun, the Gannet-owned newspaper in the Palm Springs market, wrote an article about moi! Yay! And it's a well-written article about my life as a film critic, marketing director, and just about my life in general. Here's an excerpt:
INDIO — Manny Dela Rosa gives kisses, not stars for the movies he loves.
It fits his over-the-top, bubbly persona. This is Manny The Movie Guy. And yes, he is.
“Why do you think I’m a marketing director?” says the 44-year-old Dela Rosa. “It feeds me. But being a film critic is my passion.”
With the Oscar nominations announcement just days away, we sat down with Dela Rosa to chat about golden statues, his crazy obsession with “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and his favorite celebrity interviews.
But to get inside the head of the desert’s favorite movie critic, we have to go to the Philippines, where Dela Rosa was born and spent his formative years. He moved to Indiana as a bright-eyed 20-year-old to go to college in the late 1980s, but not before he performed on Filipino TV as a dancer in his “skinny” days.
His first job in the U.S.?
(To read more, click here)
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The 24th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) is currently underway. And it’s in my hood! I live in the lovely Coachella Valley, and the Film Festival is surely one of our biggest highlights of the year! This is important, not only in the valley, but also in Hollywood. The Film Festival is one of the major stops on the road to Oscar glory. And this awards season, there are many sure-fire Oscar contenders that are visiting our lovely Palm Springs for the red carpet gala happening on Saturday, January 5th. I will be live on the red carpet to interview stars such as Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper, Sally Field, Helen Hunt, and much, much more! Take a look at the star-studded roll call in this special segment on the 24th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF).
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"Perks of Being a Wallflower" Receives Writers Guild Awards Nomination! See Complete List of Nominees!
The Writers Guild of America has announced nominations for the 2013 Writers Guild Awards honoring outstanding achievement in writing for the screen. And I'm sooo happy that Stephen Chbosky, who also wrote the book and directed "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," is nominated for the Adapted Screenplay category.
Some of the usual suspects this awards season made the cut such as "Moonrise Kingdom" (another yay!), "The Master," "Zero Dark Thirty," "Argo," "Lincoln," and "Silver Linings Playbook." Missing are "Django Unchained," "Beasts of the Southern Wild," and "Les Miserables."
We'll find out who will win the 2013 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 17th.
Here's the complete list of nominees; for winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, click here:
Flight, Written by John Gatins; Paramount Pictures
Looper, Written by Rian Johnson; TriStar Pictures
The Master, Written by Paul Thomas Anderson; The Weinstein Company
Moonrise Kingdom, Written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola; Focus Features
Zero Dark Thirty, Written by Mark Boal; Columbia Pictures
Argo, Screenplay by Chris Terrio; Based on a selection from The Master of Disguise by Antonio J. Mendez and the Wired Magazine article “The Great Escape” by Joshuah Bearman; Warner Bros. Pictures
Life of Pi, Screenplay by David Magee; Based on the novel by Yann Martel; 20th Century Fox
Lincoln, Screenplay by Tony Kushner; Based in part on the book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin; DreamWorks Pictures
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Screenplay by Stephen Chbosky; Based on his book; Summit Entertainment
Silver Linings Playbook, Screenplay by David O. Russell; Based on the novel by Matthew Quick; The Weinstein Company
The Central Park Five, Written by Sarah Burns and David McMahon and Ken Burns; Sundance Selects
The Invisible War, Written by Kirby Dick; Cinedigm Entertainment Group
Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, Written by Alex Gibney; HBO Documentary Films
Searching for Sugar Man, Written by Malik Bendejelloul; Sony Pictures Classics
We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists, Written by Brian Knappenberger; Cinetic Media
West of Memphis, Written by Amy Berg & Billy McMillin; Sony Pictures Classics
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The Art Directors Guild has announced the nominees for the 17th Annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Awards. Winners will be announced on February 2nd at the Beverly Hilton.
Here's the complete list of nominees including television; for winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, click here:
NOMINEES FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR A FEATURE FILM IN 2012
Production Designer: Sarah Greenwood
Production Designer: Sharon Seymour
Production Designer: J. Michael Riva
Production Designer: Eve Stewart
Production Designer: Rick Carter
Production Designer: Uli Hanisch, Hugh Bateup
LIFE OF PI
Production Designer: David Gropman
Production Designer: Arthur Max
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
Production Designers: Nathan Crowley, Kevin Kavanaugh
THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
Production Designer: Dan Hannah
Production Designer: Nelson Coates
Production Designer: Dennis Gassner
THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL
Production Designer: Alan MacDonald
Production Designer: Eugenio Caballero
ZERO DARK THIRTY
Production Designer: Jeremy Hindle
NOMINEES FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN IN TELEVISION FOR 2012
One-Hour Single Camera Television Series
Production Designer: Bill Groom
Episode: Christmas Special
Production Designer: Donal Woods
GAME OF THRONES
Episode: The Ghost of Harrenhal
Production Designer: Gemma Jackson
Episode: The Choice
Production Designer: John D. Kretschmer
Episode: We Just Decided To
Production Designer: Richard Hoover
Television Movie or Miniseries
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM
Episode: I Am Anne Frank, Part 2
Production Designer: Mark Worthington
Production Designer: Michael Corenblith
HATFIELDS and MCCOYS
Episode: Ep.#1.1-Night One, Ep.#1.2-Night Two, Ep.#1.3-Night Three
Production Designer: Derek R. Hill
HEMINGWAY & GELLHORN
Production Designer: Geoffrey Kirkland
Production Designer: Michael Wylie
Episode of a Half Hour Single-Camera Television Series
Episode: Pillows and Blankets
Production Designer: Denise Pizzini
Production Designer: Judy Becker
Episode: Mystery Date
Production Designer: Richard Berg
PARKS & RECREATION
Episode: Soda Tax
Production Designer: Ian Phillips
THE NEW NORMAL
Episode: Sofa’s Choice
Production Designer: Tony Fanning
Episode of a Multicamera, Variety, or Unscripted Series
2 BROKE GIRLS
Episode: And The Silent Partner
Production Designer: Glenda Rovello
DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION
Production Designer: Bruce Rodgers
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
Episode: The Magicians Code Part 1
Production Designer: Stephan Olson
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
Episode: Mick Jagger Host
Production Designer: Keith Raywood
Production Designer: Anton Goss, James Pearse Connelly
Awards, Music, or Game Shows
84th ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS
Production Designer: John Myhre
GRAMMY NOMINATION CONCERT LIVE
Production Designer: Matthew Russell
SUPER BOWL XLVI
Episode: Halftime Show Starring Madonna
Production Designer: Bruce Rodgers
THE 64th ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS
Production Designer: Steve Bass
THE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS, 40th ANNUAL
Production Designer: Joe Stewart
Commercials and Music Videos
Episode: The Return of the King
Production Designer: Jason Hamilton
Production Designer: Carlos A. Menendez
Episode: Fast is Faster
Production Designer: Tino Schaedler
Episode: Game On World
Production Designer: James Chinlund
Episode: Halo 4 Commissioning
Production Designer: Christopher Glass
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