The Sundance festival will be heading back to London in April, 2014 as the popular independent film and music event ventures outside Utah to its only European venue for a third consecutive year, organizers said on Monday. The London branch of the festival held annually in Park City, Utah, under the aegis of actor and director Robert Redford's Sundance Institute will run from April 25-27 at The O2, a 20,000-seat venue east of the city center. "We look with great excitement to hosting the third Sundance London in April," John Cooper, director of the Sundance Film Festival, said in the statement. "In keeping with the event's purpose of celebrating independent artists, the Short Film Competition and workshop allow us to tap into the vibrant artistic community in the UK and connect that work with audiences at the festival." The Sundance Institute, which Redford founded in 1981, is a global, nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to nurturing artistic expression in film and theatre, and to supporting intercultural dialogue between artists and audiences.
Moviegoers arrived in droves to see the latest episode in the adventures of Katniss Everdeen, resulting in $307.73 million in revenues worldwide for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" at the end of its first weekend in theaters on November 24, Rentrak reports. Released in 64 territories, the dystopian film headlined by Jennifer Lawrence has achieved the 12th most lucrative premiere in the history of the global box office. In terms of total revenues during its premiere weekend, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" ranks between "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1" ($330 million) and "Star Wars: Episode 3 - Revenge of the Sith" ($303.9 million). In comparison, the first episode of "The Hunger Games" brought in only $211.8 million during its first weekend in theaters, from March 23 to 25, 2012.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Justin Timberlake stayed classy in a sharp blue suit. A shocked Rihanna accepted an icon award at the ripe old age of 25. And Lady Gaga danced atop the president's desk. These were just a few of the televised moments not to be missed at the American Music Awards on Sunday night. Backstage, the moments continued as a rock legend bonded with an "American Idol" alum and two pop heartthrobs shared a rare exchange in a stairwell. The Associated Press goes behind the scenes at the AMAs:
By Lisa Richwine and Chris Michaud LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" blazed straight to the top of weekend movie charts, setting a U.S. and Canadian record for November ticket sales and hauling in a huge $307.7 million around the world. Fans poured into theaters for the second installment in the series starring Jennifer Lawrence as scrappy heroine Katniss Everdeen, the skilled archer who becomes a beacon of hope for the oppressed residents of the fictional nation of Panem. It topped the $152.5 million opening for "Hunger Games" in March 2012 that established the series as a blockbuster franchise. Playing in 65 markets around the world, "Catching Fire" also grabbed $146.6 million in foreign sales through Sunday, according to distributor Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. Domestic IMAX screenings accounted for $12.6 million of the ticket sales, a November record opening for the big-screen format.
Singaporean family drama "Ilo Ilo" was the surprise winner of the coveted best feature film prize at the Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan Saturday while kung fu epic "The Grandmaster" scooped the most gongs at the Chinese-language "Oscars". "Ilo Ilo" -- director Anthony Chen's first feature-length film -- was the dark horse for the award, beating off stiff competition from Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai's "The Grandmaster," Johnnie To's "Drug War," Jia Zhangke's "A Touch of Sin" and Tsai Ming-liang's "Stray Dogs".