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Samuel L. Jackson was stunned to hear of Harrison Ford's nasty onset accident and is convinced "something went terribly awry" on the Star Wars shoot. The Hollywood veteran was hospitalised in Oxford, England last week (ends15Jun14) after breaking his ankle on the set of the sci-fi franchise reboot, and reports suggest he will spend up to two months recovering from his injuries.
Jackson, who has also appeared in the Star Wars movie series, admits he was shocked by news of Ford's accident - which was reportedly caused by a heavy spaceship prop - because movie sets are usually very safe. He tells U.K. TV show Lorraine, "I'm sure it wasn't because he wanted to or it was something he was doing (sic)... I'm sure something went terribly awry if that happened because most times insurance companies don't like us doing those things (stunts)!"
Jackson goes on to insist he is not disappointed to have been left out of the cast for Star Wars: Episode VII, adding, "No (I'm not disappointed), not really - I thought I did (want to do it) and it would've been interesting but if I don't get the call, I have so many things going on that I can do and hopefully that new era of Star Wars films will be as popular as the ones that we did and the ones that were done before."
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We've all seen it... two movies leads lean in for a kiss. It's a moment we'd been waiting for since the opening scene. And now that it's here, it's, well, horrible. Sometimes it's intentional, other times it's due to chemistry and occassionally there isn't a clear reason. No matter what the cause, the audience ends up cringing.
We're taking a look at the most memorable kisses in film from the '80s on, including the Best Kisses and the Most Perplexing Kisses. Here, however, are the kisses that made us long for a good old handshake.
Ashton Kutcher and Jennifer Garner, Valentine's Day
Director Garry Marshall's schlocky romance had more than its share of awkward couplings, but Kutcher and Garner's characters — best friends that are just coming out of relationships that ended badly — were supposed to be the saving grace as they finally figure out that they should be together. The characters even admit the awkwardness of moving from friendship to something more. The problem is that the chemistry doesn't get any better even when they're supposed to have figured it out. Maybe being friends wasn't so bad after all.
Liv Tyler and Viggo Mortensen, Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Maybe it's just that movie audiences aren't ready for Elven love. Tyler's Arwen and Mortensen's Aragorn played out a staid romance across three movies and the smooching didn't connect at any point. It didn't help that director Peter Jackson might have left in a little too much lip smacking on the soundtrack. When the two come together at the end, Mortensen looks more like he's going to headbutt Tyler rather than kiss her. And don't get us started on the creepy expression on Hugo Weaving's face as he watches.
Will Ferrell and Amy Adams, Talladega Nights: The Legend of Ricky Bobby
Yes, it's true that the kissing in a comedy isn't always supposed to make you think of romance — and it's also true that Ferrell's forced lip-lock with Sacha Baron Cohen was more laughable than anything else — but what earns Ferrell and Adams' passionate undertaking a spot on the list is Ricky Bobby's running commentary as it's happening. We're not sure which is worse: Ferrell comparing Adams to Tawny Kitaen in a White Snake video or her doing some of Kitaen's crawling-on-a-car-hood moves. With a bar full of people watching, it quickly becomes the PDA from hell.
Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, The Empire Strikes Back
There's an old saying that earning a tie in a competition is like "kissing your sister." Thankfully, most people don't have enough experience in that area to challenge the axiom. But Hamill's Luke Skywalker knows way too much about sister kissing. Before we find out in Return of the Jedi that Luke and Leia are siblings, the princess lays a major smooch on Luke to make Harrison Ford's Han Solo jealous. The characters can be excused for not knowing that they're related — they were seperated at birth — but what's Star Wars mastermind George Lucas' excuse?
Pee-wee Herman and Valeria Golino, Big Top Pee-wee
For starters, watching Paul Reubens' man-child Pee-wee kiss anyone isn't exactly something that audiences normally clamor for. In Big Top, Pee-wee subjects Italian beauty Golino to one of the longest kisses in film history at somewhere around two minutes. The same year that Pee-wee's movie was released, Golino also played Tom Cruise's girlfriend in Rain Man, where she kissed Dustin Hoffman's Raymond. Now there's an epic year of uncomfortable screen kisses.
Michael J. Fox and Lea Thompson, Back to the Future
There's nothing wrong with kissing your mother. In fact, we strongly encourage it... she gave you life and she deserves a nice chaste smooch to show your appreciation. That does not extend, however, to going back in time and taking your future mom "parking." While it's good that both characters recognized that there was something amiss with the kiss, it still doesn't stop it from giving us the willies every time that we watch Fox's Marty McFly get accosted by Thompson's overly amorous Lorraine.
Steve Martin and Claire Danes, Shopgirl
Martin's novel, on which the movie is based, was a sweet and whimsical look at a young woman trying to transition into being a fully functional adult in Los Angeles. The movie, though, is frequently off in any number of ways, and nowhere more so than when Martin and Danes play out the May-December romantic scenes. The duo are both fine actors, but they don't look any more comfortable doing the kissing than we are watching it.
Jim Carrey and Lauren Holly, Dumb and Dumber
Poor Lloyd. Carrey's dimwitted schmuck couldn't even fantasize right. Taking the expression about sticking your tongue down someone's throat way too literally, Carrey appears to actually cut off Holly's air supply during the spirited game of tonsil hockey. While the scene might have been all in Lloyd's head, unfortunately for Holly they really had to shoot it. And, to think, Carrey and Holly engaged in an off-screen romance... imagine having to do that scene with someone you didn't like.
Emma Waston and Rupert Grint, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Part 2
Watson and Grint grew up together over the course of filming J.K. Rowlings' Harry Potter books. Since the books came out well before the movies were shot, the young actors playing Potter's pals Ron and Hermione had plenty of time to consider what was eventually coming. Fair warning didn't help any because Watson and Grint's discomfort at having to engage in a snogging session on camera comes across quite clearly. All that's missing is the two of them pulling away from each other and actually saying, "Ewww."
Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp, The Tourist
Depp and Jolie have both done their fair share of onscreen smooching and have shown plenty of chemistry with other costars. The two pretty people are still attractive even in this bad movie, but they couldn't possibly have less onscreen chemistry. In fact, there are times during what is supposed to be sexy encounters in The Tourist where the duo seem to be acting in different films altogether, and seem to have forgotten entirely that they are supposed to be attracted to one another. When Depp comes up behind the lingerie-clad Jolie, grabs her hair and lays a wet one on her, you half expect her to beat the crap out of him.
Each year, the night before the Academy Awards, the world of independent cinema gathers in New York City to honor the best of the best from outside the studio system. Ranging from no-budget, down and dirty indies to Sundance breakouts to talent-filled productions that wooed the studios enough to find major distribution, the Independent Spirit Awards bestow their honors to an entirely separate list of nominees.
Saturday night, show host Andy Samberg and a slew of famous faces handed out the awards. Here's a full rundown of the nominees and winners (marked in bold as they're announced!):
Best FeatureBeasts of the Southern WildBernieKeep the Lights OnMoonrise KingdomSilver Linings Playbook
Best DirectorBenh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern WildIra Sachs, Keep the Lights OnJulia Loktev, The Loneliest PlanetWes Anderson, Moonrise KingdomDavid O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Best ActorJack Black, BernieBradley Cooper, Silver Linings PlaybookJohn Hawkes, The SessionsThure Lindhardt, Keep the Lights OnMatthew McConaughey, Killer JoeWendell Pierce, Four
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Best ActressLinda Cardellini, ReturnEmayatzy Corinealdi, Middle of NowhereJennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings PlaybookQuvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern WildMary Elizabeth Winstead, Smashed
Best Supporting ActorMatthew McConaughey, Magic MikeDavid Oyelowo, Middle of NowhereMichael Peña, End of Watch Sam Rockwell, Seven PsychopathsBruce Willis, Moonrise Kingdom
Best Supporting ActressRosemarie DeWitt, Your Sister's SisterAnn Dowd, ComplianceHelen Hunt, The SessionsBrit Marling, Sound of My VoiceLorraine Toussaint, Middle of Nowhere
Best ScreenplayIra Sachs, Keep the Lights OnWes Anderson and Roman Coppola, Moonrise KingdomZoe Kazan, Ruby SparksMartin McDonagh, Seven PsychopathsDavid O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Best First FeatureFill the VoidGimme the LootThe Perks of Being a WallflowerSafety Not GuaranteedSound of My Voice
Best First ScreenplayRashida Jones and Will McCormack, Celeste and Jesse ForeverRama Burshtein, Fill the VoidJonathan Lisecki, GaybyChristopher Ford, Robot and FrankDerek Connolly, Safety Not Guaranteed
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Best DocumentaryThe Central Park FiveHow to Survive a PlagueThe Invisible WarMarina Abramovic: The Artist is PresentThe Waiting Room
Best Foreign FilmAmourOnce Upon a Time in AnatoliaRust and BoneSisterWar Witch
Best CinematographyBen Richardson, Beasts of the Southern WildRoman Vasyanov, End of WatchLol Crawley, HereRobert Yeoman, Moonrise KingdomYoni Brook, Valley of Saints
John Cassavetes AwardBreakfast With CurtisThe Color WheelMiddle of NowhereMosquita y MariStarlet
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Estevez, the brother of embattled star Charlie Sheen, started the business in Malibu, California in 2005 while working on his Robert F. Kennedy biopic Bobby, and now his winemaking dreams have been realised.
Casa Dumetz's Viognet white is a big hit and the actor is currently developing a new Gewurtztraminer.
The St. Elmo's Fire star joins the ranks of Francis Ford Coppola, Lorraine Bracco, Gerard Depardieu, Sir Cliff Richard, Kyle MacLachlan and Dave Matthews among the world's celebrity vintners.
Steven Spielberg will become the first director to claim the coveted Cecil B. DeMille Award this century when he claims the prize at the 65th Annual Golden Globe Awards.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association will honor Spielberg at the event on Jan. 13.
The Cecil B. DeMille Award is usually given to actors and actresses for their "outstanding contribution to the entertainment field."
Spielberg was named the 2008 recipient at a Wednesday morning press conference hosted by actor Josh Brolin.
The six-time Golden Globe winner and 12-time nominee will join Warren Beatty, Anthony Hopkins, Robin Williams, Michael Douglas, Gene Hackman, Harrison Ford, Al Pacino and Barbra Streisand as the recipients of the honor since 2000.
Nominations for the 65th Annual Golden Globe Awards will be announced on Dec. 13.
Meanwhile, in other Golden Globes news, Bruce Willis and Demi Moore's daughter Rumer has been selected as 2008 Miss Golden Globe. The teenager will assist in the Golden Globes ceremony.
The role of Miss Golden Globe is given to the daughter of a well-known celebrity each year; Jack Nicholson's daughter Lorraine filled the position earlier this year.
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Moviegoers gave DreamWorks' "Gladiator" a thumbs-up vote of nearly $33 million.
The R-rated DreamWorks' action adventure set in ancient Rome arrived to a spectacular ESTIMATED $32.7 million at 2,938 theaters ($11,130 per theater). Its per theater average was the highest for any film playing in wide or limited release this weekend.
"It really is a great opening," DreamWorks distribution head Jim Tharp said Sunday morning. "I think we're so pleased with it because it's an R-rated movie, it has a long running time and, initially, the appeal was predominately to men. All of that indicated it would be tough to get the movie to $30 million.
"The positive word of mouth helped increase Friday from $11.1 million to $13.6 million (on Saturday). On Friday, women represented about 35% of our audience, and on Saturday it jumped to about 45%. That positive word of mouth actually affected women as much if not more than men. They found out it played on an emotional level, versus what you anticipate from a movie called 'Gladiator' set in Rome in the Second Century."
Early Sunday morning, Tharp had not yet received details of the studio's exit polls but, based on preliminary information, said, "The over-25 (demographic group) is still the biggest part of our audience. But only slightly more (than the under-25s). It seemed like the date crowd did respond on Saturday night."
Looking at past big summer openings by R-rated films, Tharp said, " Air Force One" was the biggest ever at $37.2 million or so. Most of the ones above us had Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford or Mel Gibson. I think it puts Russell Crowe in rarified company there. This is the first vehicle for him that's opened to anywhere near these numbers."
Asked why DreamWorks opted to release the film this weekend, Tharp explained, "We felt this weekend we would have 100% of our primary demographic. Later in the summer is a better play time, but our thinking is we'd rather have almost 100% of our demographic now than split that primary demographic later."
Although DreamWorks is distributing "Gladiator" domestically, Universal is releasing it internationally, and the two studios are 50-50 partners, sharing equally in its success. The film reportedly cost $103 million to make.
"Gladiator" arrived via Universal in Australia last Thursday, opening to a record-setting gross of over $600,000 (A$1.03 million) at 287 theaters. Universal said its opening day success topped previous arrivals by hits like "Deep Impact", "The Mummy," "Saving Private Ryan,"" Jurassic Park:The Lost World" and "Jurassic Park."
The Australian opening, which kicked off the film's international campaign, was followed by its launch in Mexico this weekend. Most of "Gladiator's" international runs will begin later in May and continue through June.
Directed by Ridley Scott, "Gladiator" stars Russell Crowe.
"U-571," Universal's PG-13 World War II submarine drama, sank one notch to second place in its third week with a slower ESTIMATED $7.56 million (-40%) at 2,701 theaters (+85 theaters; $2,800 per theater). Its cume is approximately $49.4 million, heading for $60 million-plus in domestic theaters.
Directed by Jonathan Mostow, "U-571" stars Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Harvey Keitel and Jon Bon Jovi.
"There's a lot to be said this weekend, because you can't forget that we're 50% partners on 'Gladiator,'" Universal distribution president Nikki Rocco said Sunday morning. "We have the number one, two and three films in the marketplace. So I feel thrilled."
Note: Based on Universal's estimates, 'The Flintstones In Viva Rock Vegas' came in third, slightly ahead of New Line's 'Frequency'. However, New Line's estimates for "Frequency" came in ahead of "Flintstones." Rankings here reflect the estimates reported by each of the studios on their own releases.
Focusing on "Flintstones," Rocco noted that it was up strongly on Saturday from Friday. After doing $1.37 million Friday, it jumped 118% to $2.99 million Saturday. "A 118% boost is what you want to see between a Friday and a Saturday when there is no school (vacation)," Rocco said.
"I think the 'Gladiator' number is really fabulous. So, all in all, a great weekend for the Big Globe!"
"Frequency" held on to third place in its second week with a still solid ESTIMATED $6.53 million (-28%) at 2,631 theaters (+10 theaters; $2,471 per theater). Its cume is approximately $17.8 million.
Directed by Gregory Hoblit, it stars Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel.
Universal's "The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas," the PG-rated prequel to the 1996 "Flintstones" blockbuster, slid two pegs to fourth place in its second week with a less-animated ESTIMATED $6.31 million (-40%) at 3,050 theaters (+10 theaters; $2,070 per theater). Its cume is approximately $18.3 million.
Directed by Brian Levant, director of the original "Flintstones," the prequel stars Mark Addy and Stephen Baldwin.
20th Century Fox's PG-13 rated drama "Where the Heart Is" dropped one notch to fifth place in its second week with a less hearty ESTIMATED $5.0 million (-40%) at 2,439 theaters (+2 theaters; $2,050 per theater). Its cume is approximately $15.7 million.
"Heart," which cost about $15 million to make, was picked up by Fox for domestic and English-speaking territories for only $9 million.
Directed and produced by Matt Williams, it stars Natalie Portman, Ashley Judd, Stockard Channing and Joan Cusack.
New Line's PG-13 rated urban appeal drama "Love & Basketball" slid one notch in its third week to sixth place with a slower ESTIMATED $3.5 million (-34%) at 1,192 theaters (-53 theaters; $2,810 per theater). Its cume is approximately $19.8 million.
Made for under $10 million, "Basketball's" target audience is under-25 African-Americans.
Written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, it stars Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan.
Buena Vista/Touchstone's PG-13 rated romantic comedy "Keeping the Faith" held on to seventh place in its fourth week with a less faithful ESTIMATED $2.8 million (-37%) at 2,014 theaters (-157 theaters; $1,376 per theatre). Its cume is approximately $29.5 million.
Directed by Edward Norton, it stars Ben Stiller, Jenna Elfman and Edward Norton.
Columbia's PG-13 drama "I Dreamed Of Africa" wasn't what moviegoers were dreaming about, opening in eighth place to a disappointing ESTIMATED $2.5 million at 2,112 theaters ($1,184 per theater).
"Africa," which cost about $34 million to make, is directed by Hugh Hudson and stars Kim Basinger.
Paramount's R rated military trial drama "Rules of Engagement" fell three rungs to ninth place in its fifth week with a dull ESTIMATED $2.4 million (-49%) at 2,261 theaters (-766 theaters; $1,061 per theater). Its cume is approximately $54.0 million heading for $60-65 million in domestic theaters.
Directed by William Friedkin, it stars Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson.
Rounding out the Top Ten was Columbia's PG-13 rated dramatic comedy "28 Days," down two notches in its fourth week with a restrained ESTIMATED $2.35 million (-41%) at 2,413 theaters (-110 theaters; $974 per theater). Its cume is approximately $32.0 million, heading for $40 million in domestic theaters.
Directed by Betty Thomas, "Days" stars Sandra Bullock and Viggo Mortensen.
Last weekend also saw the arrival of USA Films' PG-13 rated drama "Up At The Villa," placing 20th with a calm ESTIMATED $0.33 million at 89 theaters ($3,655 per theater).
Directed by Philip Haas, it stars Kristin Scott Thomas, Sean Penn, James Fox, Derek Jacobi and Anne Bancroft.
Miramax's R rated comedy "Human Traffic" kicked off in 25th place to a stop-and-go ESTIMATED $10,500 at 5 theaters (1 in New York and 4 in Los Angeles; $2,100 per theater).
"Traffic" will drive into the Top Ten markets this Friday (5/12).
Written and directed by Justin Kerrigan, it stars John Simm, Lorraine Pilkington, Shaun Parkes, Danny Dyer, Nicola Reynolds and Dean Davies.
Columbia held sneak previews Saturday night of its PG-13 rated youth appeal dance film "Center Stage" at 627 theaters.
"We probably were about half full," Sony Pictures Releasing president Jeff Blake said Sunday morning, "but really at or near capacity. Most of the suburban malls got a lot of young teenage girl business. It's really become - and I think we're marketing towards them - their show.
'Flashdance' or female 'Rocky' kind of show, as opposed to anything stuffy or artistic in the world of ballet. I think the dancing in it is great, but pointedly we've emphasized the struggle of the young girl to make it. I think that's certainly the audience that's going to respond best and the audience that showed up most at the sneaks. There's a lot of teenage girls out there. Many of them showed up last night and, hopefully, more to come next weekend."
"Stage" opens wide Friday (5/12).
Directed by Nicholas Hytner, it stars Amanda Schull, Zoe Saldana, Susan May Pratt, Peter Gallagher, Donna Murphy and Ethan Stiefel.
On the expansion front, Paramount Classics' R-rated drama about teen suicide, "The Virgin Suicides" expanded in its third week, placing 21st with a disappointing ESTIMATED $0.3 million at 100 theaters (+71 theaters; $3,040 per theater). Its cume is approximately $0.9 million.
Written and directed by Sofia Coppola, it stars James Woods, Kathleen Turner, Kirsten Dunst and Josh Hartnett.
Miramax's R-rated comedy "East Is East" went wider in its fourth week, placing 22nd with a quiet ESTIMATED $0.22 million at 61 theaters (+17 theaters; $3,524 per theater). Its cume is approximately $0.9 million.
Produced by Leslee Udwin and directed by Damien O'Donnell, "East" stars Om Puri and Linda Bassett.
Key films -- those grossing more than $500,000 for the weekend -- took in approximately $79.13 million, down about 1.77% from the comparable weekend last year when key films grossed $80.55 million.
This weekend's key film gross was up about 1.97% from this year's previous weekend, when key films grossed $77.60 million.
Last year, Universal's opening week of "The Mummy" was first with $43.37 million at 3,209 theaters ($13,515 per theater); and 20th Century Fox's second week of "Entrapment" was second with $12.33 million at 2,855 theaters ($4,318 per theater). The top two films one year ago grossed $55.7 million. This year, the top two films grossed an ESTIMATED $40.3 million.
STUDIO MARKET SHARES
Based on business by key films (those grossing $500,000 or more), last weekend's top six distributors were:
DreamWorks was first with two films("Gladiator" and "The Road to El Dorado"), grossing an ESTIMATED $33.50 million or 42.3% of the market.
Universal was second with four films ("U-571," "The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas," "Erin Brockovich" and "The Skulls"), grossing an ESTIMATED $16.64 million or 21.0% of the market.
New Line was third with three films ("Frequency," "Love & Basketball" and "Final Destination"), grossing an ESTIMATED $11.75 million or 14.9% of the market.
20th Century Fox was fourth with one film ("Where the Heart Is"), grossing an ESTIMATED $5.0 million or 6.3% of the market.
Sony Pictures Releasing (Columbia, TriStar, Screen Gems) was fifth with two films ("I Dreamed Of Africa" and "28 Days"), grossing an ESTIMATED $4.85 million or 6.1% of the market.
Buena Vista (Disney, Touchstone) was sixth with two films ("Keeping the Faith" and "High Fidelity"), grossing an ESTIMATED $3.59 million or 4.5% of the market.
(11)Erin Brockovich/Universal: Theaters: 1,943 (-555) Gross: $2.1 million (-42%) Average per theater: $1,080 Cume: $115.9 million
(12)Final Destination/New Line: Theaters: 1,103 (-50) Gross: $1.73 million (-27%) Average per theater: $1,564 Cume: $48.3 million
(13)Return to Me/MGM: Theaters: 1,703 (-303) Gross: $1.41 million (-39%) Average per theater: $825 Cume: $27.2 million
(14)The Road to El Dorado/DreamWorks: Theaters: 1,528 (-719) Gross: $0.8 million (-60%) Average per theater: $520 Cume: $47.7 million
(15)High Fidelity/BV/Touchstone: Theaters: 552 (-254) Gross: $0.79 million (-37%) Average per theater: $1,426 Cume: $23.3 million
(16)The Skulls/Universal: Theaters: 871 (-462) Gross: $0.67 million (-47%) Average per theater: $765 Cume: $33.6 million
(17) American Beauty/DreamWorks: Theaters: 603 (-188) Gross: $0.42 million (-38%) Average per theater: $690 Cume: $128.8 million
(18)American Psycho/Lions Gate: Theaters: 501 (-511) Gross: $0.41 million (-70%) Average per theater: $810 Cume: $13.1 million
(19)Romeo Must Die/Warner Bros.: Theaters: 453 (-256) Gross: $0.40 million (-50%) Average per theater: $885 Cume: $54.3 million
(20)UP AT THE VILLA/USA Films: (see OTHER OPENINGS above)
(21)The Virgin Suicides/Paramount Classics: (see EXPANSIONS above)
(22)East Is East/Miramax: (see EXPANSIONS above)
(23)Time Code/Sony/Screen Gems: Theaters: 7 (0) Gross: $0.053 million (-43%) Average per theater: $7,600 Cume: $0.2 million
(24)The Big Kahuna/Lions Gate: Theaters: 8 (0) Gross: $0.047 million (-42%) Average per theater: $5,845 Cume: $0.2 million
(25)HUMAN TRAFFIC/Miramax: (see OTHER OPENINGS above)