January 23, 2009 |
There are always a lot of emotions on Oscar nomination day, but there was an especially bittersweet surge on Thursday when the late Heath Ledger's name was called out in the category of supporting actor for his portrayal of the maniacal Joker in "The Dark Knight" -- one year to the day after his death. Even as the team behind the Warner Bros. film embraced the posthumous honor for Ledger, it also dealt with the disappointment that the acclaimed blockbuster was left out of the best picture race.
December 11, 2008 |
The big surprise of the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. awards was that the critics group gave its best picture award, along with the best picture runner-up, to two of the biggest-grossing movies of the year, "Wall-E" and "The Dark Knight." The move should drive the clown-suit-clad Oscar pundits crazy, since "Wall-E," despite being a huge critical favorite, has no chance at an Oscar best picture nomination. (No animated film has ever won that Oscar.) Passions run high at any critics gathering, the LAFCA being no exception.
January 23, 2009
Who got snubbed? What were the glaring omissions? And where did the academy miss the mark? Readers weighed in on Oscar's oversights at TheEnvelope.com's message board: "While I didn't think 'The Dark Knight' was the best movie of the year, its placement in more of the Oscars' top categories would have been deserved. I adore the fact that a film like this is not only fueling the Hollywood economy but is also challenging more blockbusters to be more complex and thought-provoking."
April 4, 2010 |
July is the month when movies gets dizzy (or is it ditsy?) from the heat, and this year is no exception, with films featuring heartthrob vampires, evil aliens and the never-gets-old concept of talking dogs. But on July 16, in the middle of the usual popcorn parade, director Christopher Nolan and Warner Bros. will deliver "Inception," a strange thriller that has been a Hollywood mystery for months thanks to its cryptic title and the fact that the studio has guarded the Nolan-penned script like a state secret.
September 2, 2008 |
The R-rated comedy "Tropic Thunder" held on to the top box-office slot for the third weekend in a row, ending a summer popcorn movie season dominated by superheroes. The DreamWorks/Paramount action comedy, starring Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr., grossed an estimated $14.3 million over the long weekend, beating out 20th Century Fox's sci-fi thriller "Babylon A.D." and trouncing Lionsgate Films' comedy "Disaster Movie," which ranked No. 7 in weekend estimates. But the weekend's big winner may have been "Traitor," starring Don Cheadle as a suspected terrorist and Guy Pearce as an FBI agent, which posted the highest per-theater average among movies in wide release.
August 19, 2008
"Tropic Thunder" met opening-weekend expectations, knocking "The Dark Knight" out of first place. Sales in the U.S. and Canada, Aug. 15-17: -- -- Movie 3-day gross Total Venues Average Weeks -- (studio) (millions) (millions) -- per venue 1 Tropic Thunder $25.8 $36.8 3,319 $7,777 1 -- (DreamWorks/ -- Paramount) 2 The Dark Knight 16.4 471.1 3,590 4,562 5 (Warner -- Bros.) 3 Star Wars: The Clone 14.6 14.6 3,452 4,233 1 -- Wars (Warner Bros.) 4 Mirrors (20th 11.2 11.2 2,664 4,190 1 Century -- Fox)
January 13, 2008 |
Heath Ledger and Aaron Eckhart, welcome to Hollywood's elite and gaudy Arkham club. In the highly anticipated new Batman film "The Dark Knight," which opens July 18, Ledger is stepping into the purple suit of the Joker, while Eckhart will portray Gotham City Dist. Atty. Harvey Dent, who starts the movie as a handsome lawman but ends up as Two-Face, the villain driven insane by disfiguring wounds.