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Cinema trends of 2013: 4K and Dolby Atmos

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 5:48am

Though 2013 was not a revolutionary year in the film world, two recent technologies began to make their mark: 4K video and Dolby Atmos audio. The self-proclaimed standard of the future, the 4K format -- often known less intimidatingly as Ultra HD or UHD -- is headed to movie theaters and living rooms worldwide. Initially created by Sony, the technology "is equivalent to a resolution four times higher than what we currently know as high definition," explains Pierre-Franck Neveu, Director of Sales in France at Sony Digital Cinema. "We go from 1,920 by 1,080 pixels to 4,096 by 2,180 pixels." In development since the early 2000s, 4K resolution technology began to make its way into movie theaters in 2013.

Italian distributor apologizes for "Slave" posters

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 10:46pm

MILAN (AP) — The Italian distributor of the film "12 Years a Slave" has apologized for promotional posters attacked as racist for featuring Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender, despite their relatively minor roles, and not the film's star, Chiwetel Ejiofor.

'The Hobbit' holds box office lead, adding $29M

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 6:25pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After six weeks in theaters, "Frozen" slid back into the No. 2 spot at the box office, but it failed to dethrone "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" from its hold on first place.

Teaser trailer: blood and gore in 'Dead Snow' sequel

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 1:09pm

The follow-up to the Norwegian zombie movie of 2009 will premiere in January at the Sundance Film Festival's "Park City at Midnight" program.

'Iron Man 3': 2013's box-office superhero

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 11:27am

In the ranking of the highest-grossing films of 2013, the superhero action film claimed the top spot with its $1.22 billion in revenues worldwide.

Photo: Ben Affleck plays a husband seeking the truth in 'Gone Girl'

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 7:29am

20th Century Fox has released the first still from the forthcoming feature, directed by David Fincher. Ben Affleck appears in the role of Nick Dunne, an ambiguous character who -- in spite of his initial squeaky clean appearance -- becomes a suspect in the investigation into his wife's disappearance. The feature is adapted from the novel by Gillian Flynn, in which the husband's first person narrative is presented alongside diary entries written by his wife, which hint at Nick's darker side. Rosamund Pike plays the title character, and Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry appear in supporting roles.

Worldwide box office: 'The Hobbit' still towering above competition

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 6:57am

"The Desolation of Smaug," the second film in Peter Jackson's "Hobbit" trilogy, remains in the top position at the global box office for the third consecutive weekend. According to Rentrak, the heroic fantasy film grossed $128.15 million in 63 territories during the weekend ending December 29. Ben Stiller claimed third place with his adventure movie "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," which grossed $40.20 million across 40 territories. In theaters in eight territories, the comedy starring a mustachioed Will Ferrell added $28.15 million to its worldwide revenues.

"Hobbit," "Frozen" lead box office to record year

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 6:00pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Over the bustling post-Christmas weekend, Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" continued to lead the box office, landing in the No. 1 slot for the third weekend in a row.

'Hobbit' blasts past newcomers to claim third box office crown

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 5:08pm

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," the special-effects-laden tale that pits dwarfs against a dragon, blasted to its third consecutive box office title, collecting $29.9 million over the post-Christmas weekend to beat newcomers "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." Walt Disney's animated film "Frozen" was second with ticket sales of $28.8 million in its third week, ahead of Will Ferrell's quirky comedy "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" that collected $20.2 million at domestic theaters. "American Hustle," which reunited director David O. Russell with his "Silver Linings Playbook" stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, was fourth with $19.6 million in ticket sales at theaters in the U.S. and Canada, according to studio estimates. Director Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" was fifth with $18.5 million after finishing a close second to "The Hobbit" on Christmas Day, according to estimates compiled by Rentrak.

Polish composer Wojciech Kilar dies, aged 81

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 3:21pm

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Wojciech Kilar, a Polish pianist and composer of classical music and scores for many films, including Roman Polanski's Oscar-winning "The Pianist" and Francis Ford Coppola's "Bram Stoker's Dracula," died Sunday. He was 81.

"Hobbit" conquers box office to remain No. 1

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 3:15pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" continued to top the box office, landing at No. 1 over the Christmas holiday for the third weekend in a row.

Miley Cyrus & Kellan Lutz Fuel Dating Rumors

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 2:26pm

The Miley Cyrus/Kellan Lutz dating rumors continue. Weeks after being photographed exiting a private plane together, Miley, 21, and the 28-year-old actor partied it up in Las Vegas on Friday night.

Romanian director Cocea dead at 84, daughter says

Sat, 12/28/2013 - 5:55pm
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian director and writer Dinu Cocea, who made popular historical adventure movies before being forced into exile by the Communists, has died, his daughter tells a Romanian news agency. He was 84.

Romanian director, writer Dinu Cocea dead at 84

Sat, 12/28/2013 - 5:49pm
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian director and writer Dinu Cocea, who made popular historical adventure movies before being forced into exile by the Communists, has died, his daughter tells a Romanian news agency. He was 84.