Actor/playwright Steven Berkoff has accused Kevin Spacey of ignoring new writing talent by only staging revivals of popular plays at his Old Vic theatre in London. The Octopussy star, who has written numerous stage productions over the years, has taken aim at Spacey over his role as artistic director of the theatre company in the British capital, insisting he should do more to boost upcoming playwrights.
He tells the London Evening Standard, "All Spacey does is revivals and summer stock. It means the Old Vic is now a place just for tourists."
Upcoming shows at the Old Vic this year (13) include a revival of Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth, starring Kim Cattrall, and William Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing, with James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave.
When looking back at this season of the Real Crustaceans of Booty Popping Reef, we will wonder what happened. Well, I can tell you exactly what happened. Kernya Moo-ah happened. That is pretty much it.
A bunch of women moved, Kim quit, and then Kernya Moo-ah continued her existence on this earth, unleasing a Pandora's box (that is not a computer that plays Pandora) of psychosis out into the world. That is all that happened and that is all that continues to happen.
We start off the evening with the aftermath to Portia and Kernya's stupid fight from last week where, well, I'm still not sure what happened. Basically Portia called Kernya an old tramp and Kernya called Portia irrelevant. (PS–If she's really irrelevant, why would you even bother fighting with her?)
Kernya storms off to her room to fume about everything and seemingly hold her face together with her hand. What was Kernya doing with her head? She was holding one hand up to her temple and walking around and recounting the events to Walter, but it never explained why her hand was there. Was she on the phone? Did she call the Drama Police to try to come and arrest Portia for starting drama? Was her mask about to fall off and we would all see that, underneath, Kernya Moo-ah is really an alien squid that is trying to take over the world from the body of a beauty queen? I don't know.
She not only looked ridiculous, but she was saying some ridiculous things too. She said that as the second black Miss USA, she is a part of history. I'm sorry, but being the second black Miss USA is sort of like getting a silver medal in rhythmic gymnastics. Sure, you're written down on the list of people somewhere, but it's not like people are going to start naming holidays after you.
Then she compares herself to Bill Clinton, the first fake black president, and Barack Obama, the first real black president. Yup, that's exactly it. I can't wait for my children to one day attend Kernya Moo-ah Elementary School, because her achievements winning a second-rate beauty pageant in the early '90s are sure going to start inspiring people to dedicate all sorts of things to her.
Also, Kernya once again intoned the name of Gone with the Wind to invoke her place in history.
What does this movie have to do with Kernya's significance? Is it because the first black woman to win an Oscar was in it? I bet it's because it is about history and Kernya thinks she too is about history. Or maybe she sees herself in one of the roles. She probably thinks she's Scarlet O'Hara, but she's really that prostitute who helps out Ashley.
The funny thing is, I think Kernya really believes all this. I think she thinks that she is this important. That is just crazy. I know that I'm only the second best Real Housewives recapper, but I don't think that's even going to get me a free sample from Kim's wig line (if the damn thing ever comes out). But Kernya, no, she thinks that she deserves some sort of recognition for all of her achievements. Guess what, Kernya, you're getting that recognition. It's called being on this damn show. Enjoy it.
Then, in the morning, Kernya gathers up all the women and apologizes for things getting out of hand the night before, but it's one of those apologizes that is really just trying to level Portia. "I'm so sorry that I was rude last night, but this bitch came at me and, well, what did you expect me to do? So, yeah, I did it. Sorries!"
And no one was having it. Even NeNe was like "This means nothing, Kernya apologized and Portia accepted it, but it don't mean nothing." Nope, it sure doesn't, NeNe.
That's the crazy thing about Kernya Moo-ah (oh, if I could figure out the one thing that makes her crazy, I could make a billion dollars selling self-help books).
I don't know if it's being involved in pageants for so long, but Kernya will smile at you and do what is nominally the right thing while simultaneously taking a big fat dump on your shoe. The same thing happens to Cynthia.
They're at this crazy lunch where they're sitting on some wooden platform in the ocean and are threatened with being swept away with the undertoe at any second. But you can't even focus on that, because the real force of nature is Kernya Moore's crazy.
She gives Cynthia a gift for organizing the trip, and it's a signed copy of Vanessa Williams' book. Kernya explains that Vanessa Williams is her idol (even though she was Miss America and not Miss USA, but whatever) and so it seems like it would be a very sweet gesture.
But it is not a sweet gesture. It's like that joke gum that once you put it in your mouth turns to ink and stains your teeth. Kernya also explains that she is giving Cynthia the book because she didn't know that Vanessa Williams is 10 years older than her and there is no way Kernya was that old, so this is a way that Cynthia can educate herself about Vanessa Williams.
Cynthia, because she is smart, sees this as a turd with a bow on it and then she just tosses this book in the surf where it will eventually wash up on a desolate island somewhere in the Caribbean and the indigenous people will one day worship Vanessa Williams as a goddess (as everyone very well should).
After lunch, Cynthia takes this as a time to rehash their last fight at the Bailey School for Wayward Girls and Delicious Pancake Buffet.
She tells Kernya that when you come into her space you have to respect her rules and that she shouldn't crush the dreams of the girls in public at an open call. That is very right.
Kernya says, "Let me tell you a story about Maurice. He was one of the judges at the Miss Michigan pageant and he was the owner of a chain of dry cleaning stores all throughout the Detroit area.
He also did all the flower arrangements for the pageant and was gayer than a three-dollar goose on Christmas. I showed up the first time to try to win so I could go on to be Miss USA and he saw my sequined dress and my tits all hanging out of my swimsuit and he took me aside and said, 'Girrrrrlllll. You could totally win this, but your look is busted. Why you got on all those sequins? Why your titties all up in here. This isn't the Purple Parrot. You're not working your booty for dollars. This is Miss Michigan. If you want to be a part of history, hunty, then you better get some new clothes.' And I was just trying to do the same to her. I was trying to help. And that girl, who I accused of having a coochie crack, she emailed me and said, 'Kernya, thank you for humiliating me in public. Now I know not to show my coochie crack.' See, I was being helpful."
OK, Kernya, you were not. You were not even trying to do that, and trying to mask your picking on this woman and then causing a fight with one of the employees of the Cynthia Bailey Detective Agency and Home for the Blind was not at all helping. That was you being an awful person in public and then trying to find some rationale for it later.
Cynthia calls her out on it and tells Kernya that she was being awful and Kernya, knowing she has no defense falls down in to the sand and starts rolling around. I thought at first this was the Speed Demon that posseses her soul trying to take over and come out.
I thought Kernya was trying to speak in tongues or something and channel the good Lord to apologize for everything she did to Cynthia. But it was not. It was just her trying to distract everyone from her insanity and make it seem like she's a fun girl. She is not.
And her acting insane doesn't mean that the allegations alleged against her are allegedly wrong. They are usually right, and she needs to hear how wrong she is, no matter how many conversations she tries to end by acting insane.
Now, finally, we have to talk about Kernya's fight with Walter. Her insistence to get married, even worse than being crazy, is annoying. She just needs to shut up about getting married, especially because Walter doesn't want to.
When Walter tells everyone, repeatedly, that it's not going to happen, Kernya gets all mad and leaves the table. Walter follows her to explain that he said that eloping might be a good idea and they would see what happened, but she can't get all mad that she's not getting married before leaving the island. It's like getting pissed off at your best friend because he said if he wins the lotto he would take you to Paris and he didn't win the Powerball and still hasn't booked the tickets.
Walter's being stern, but she accuses him of yelling. Excuse me? Crazy Kernya Moo-ah, who yells at everyone, who lies to her boyfriend, who totally makes things up so that she can seem fancy, is trying to school even-keeled Walter because he tried to snap her out of her fantasy land? Oh please. This was all so dumb. That's the problem with Kernya (one of millions) is that her crazy isn't even that interesting. It's just, well, bonkers.
So Walt goes back to dinner and Kernya goes out on the front lawn to cry under a street light, her tears hitting the ground like soft dollops of dew. The sound of the ocean is beating somewhere off in the distance and Kernya, well, she can only think about how she was wronged. She can only think about putting back on her smile and heading back into that dinner party and pretending like she doesn't want to get married. But she can't. They've won.
All the people who said you can't force a man to marry you by dint of insistence. They've all won. A she, once again, is a loser.
Eventually Pheadra will come out and say, in her special way, "Everybody knows the only person who wants a husband is someone who never had one, because they aren't all they're cracked up to be." Eventually she will hug her and walk her back inside and she will sit back down and they'll all say their goodbyes to this island and get back to Atlanta.
Eventually. But right now it's just Kernya and her tears, it's just the glow of the street light casting her long shadow on the grass, it's just the gradient hum of the ocean coming in and out, never stopping, never getting better, never being right, never having to say its wrong.
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The line-up for this year's fest has been officially release, and sports highly anticipated movies like Jonah Hill's 21 Jump Street and Cabin in the Woods, the long-awaited meta-horror from Lost/Cloverfield writer Drew Goddard and producer Joss Whedon, the premiere of Judd Apatow's new TV show Girls (written and starring Lena Dunham) and new projects from acclaimed directors like William Friedkin (The Exorcist), Kevin McDonald (Last King of Scotland), Will Ferrell, Jay Chandrasekhar of Broken Lizard and the Duplass Brothers (Cyrus).
Check out the films below and let us know which ones you want to hear more about!
Big names, big talent: Headliners bring star power to SXSW, featuring red carpet premieres and gala film events with some major and rising names in cinema.
Films screening in Headliners are:
21 Jump Street
Directed by: Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, Screenplay by: Michael Bacall, Story by: Michael Bacall & Jonah Hill
Police officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) get sent back to high school as undercover cops in the action-comedy 21 Jump Street. Cast: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson, Dave Franco, Rob Riggle, with Ice Cube (World Premiere)
BIG EASY EXPRESS
Director: Emmett Malloy
Emmett Malloy’s latest film invites us aboard a train ride unlike any other with Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show.
The Cabin in the Woods
Director: Drew Goddard, Screenwriters: Joss Whedon & Drew Goddard
Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen. If you think you know this story, think again. From fan favorites Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard comes The Cabin in the Woods, a mind-blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out. Cast: Kristen Connolly, Fran Kranz, Anna Hutchison, Chris Hemsworth, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, and Bradley Whitford (World Premiere)
Director: Gotham Chopra
Filmmaker Gotham Chopra spends a year on the road decoding his father and spiritual icon Deepak Chopra. (World Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Lena Dunham
Created by and starring Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture), the HBO show is a comic look at the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their early 20s.
Cast: Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, Adam Driver (World Premiere)
The Hunter (Australia)
Director: Daniel Nettheim, Screenplay by: Alice Addison, Novel by: Julia Leigh, Original Adaptation by: Wain Fimeri
A mercenary is dispatched from Europe to the Tasmanian wilderness by a mysterious biotech company to search for the last surviving Tasmanian tiger.
Cast: Willem Dafoe, Frances O'Connor, Sam Neill (U.S. Premiere)
Director: William Friedkin, Screenwriter: Tracy Letts
A garish, Southwestern tale - a violent black comedy about a desperate Texas debtor (Hirsch) who plots to kill his mother with help of his family (Haden Church, Gershon). They hire a crazy Dallas cop who moonlights as a contract killer (McConaughey) to do the job, but Killer Joe asks for their teenage daughter (Temple) as a retainer. The film is based on Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts' (August: Osage County) award winning play. Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Gina Gershon, Juno Temple, Thomas Haden Church (U.S. Premiere)
MARLEY (UK / USA)
Director: Kevin Macdonald
The definitive life story of Bob Marley - musician, revolutionary, legend - from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, incredible performances and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best. Directed by Academy-Award-Winner Kevin Macdonald. (North American Premiere)
NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION
This year’s 8 films were selected from 1,112 submissions. Each film is a World Premiere.
Films screening in Narrative Feature Competition are:
Director/Screenwriter: Matt Ruskin
When Simon’s brother is arrested for armed robbery, he is asked to commit a string of similar crimes in an attempt to get his brother acquitted.
Cast: Nico Stone, Adam DuPaul, Seymour Cassel, Kristin Dougherty, Brian McGrail (World Premiere)
Director: Megan Griffiths, Screenwriters: Richard B. Phillips, Megan Griffiths, Story by: Richard B. Phillips & Chong Kim
A young Korean-American girl, abducted and forced into prostitution by domestic human traffickers, joins forces with her captors in a desperate plea to survive. Cast: Jamie Chung, Matt O'Leary, Beau Bridges, Jeanine Monterroza, Scott Mechlowicz (World Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Jonathan Lisecki
Jenn and Matt, best friends since college who are now in their thirties, decide to have a child together, the old-fashioned way - even though Matt is gay and Jenn is straight. Cast: Jenn Harris, Matthew Wilkas, Mike Doyle, Anna Margaret Hollyman, Jack Ferver (World Premiere)
Gimme the Loot
Director/Screenwriter: Adam Leon
When Malcolm and Sofia’s latest graffiti masterpiece is buffed by a rival gang, these two determined Bronx teens must hustle, steal, and scheme to get spectacular revenge and become the biggest writers in the City. Cast: Tashiana Washington, Ty Hickson, Meeko, Zoe Lescaze, Sam Soghor
Los Chidos (Germany / Mexico / USA)
Director/Screenwriter: Omar Rodriguez Lopez
The Gonzales family tries hard to hold on to their beautiful Latino traditions of misogyny and homophobia when a tall, white, industrialist stranger appears, challenging their place in the exploitative food chain. Cast: Kim Stodel, María De Jesús Canales Ramírez, Manuel Ramos, Cecillia Gutiérrez, (World Premiere)
Director: Martha Stephens, Screenwriters: Martha Stephens, Karrie Crouse
A pink-slipped music teacher ponders his stalled relationship and place in the world during an arduous trek across Kentucky’s Sheltowee Trace Trail. Cast: Timothy Morton, Bryan Marshall, Karrie Crouse, Harrison Cole, Michael Abbott Jr. (World Premiere)
Director: Sean Baker, Screenwriters: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch
The film explores the unlikely friendship between 21-year-old Jane (Dree Hemingway), and 85 year-old Sadie (Besedka Johnson), two women whose worlds collide in California's San Fernando Valley.
Cast: Dree Hemingway, Besedka Johnson, Stella Maeve, James Ransone, Karren Karagulian
The Taiwan Oyster
Director: Mark Jarrett, Screenwriters: Mark Jarrett, Jordan Heimer, Mitchell Jarrett
Two Ex-Pat Kindergarten teachers in Taiwan embark on a quixotic odyssey to bury a fellow countryman. Cast: Billy Harvey, Jeff Palmiotti, Leonora Lim (World Premiere)NARRATIVE SPOTLIGHT
High profile narrative features receiving their World, North American or U.S. Premieres at SXSW.
Films screening in Narrative Spotlight are:
Director: Jay Chandrasekhar, Screenwriters: Peter Gaulke, Gerry Swallow
Unable to impregnate his wife, Tommy and friends rob a sperm bank - to get Tommy's long-ago donated sperm back. The crazy plan goes hilariously awry and shows how far a couple will go to create a new life.
Cast: Paul Schneider, Olivia Munn, Kevin Heffernan, Wood Harris, Nat Faxon (World Premiere)
Director: Adam Sherman, Screenwriters: Adam Sherman, Dave Reeves & Rachel Hardisty
Just another story about love.
Cast: Lukas Haas, Madeline Zima, Jake Busey, Tania Raymonde, Regine Nehy (World Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass
Two brothers compete in their own private 25-event Olympics.
Cast: Mark Kelly, Steve Zissis, Elton LeBlanc (World Premiere)
Fat Kid Rules The World
Director: Matthew Lillard, Screenwriters: Michael M.B. Galvin, Peter Speakman
Troy, a depressed overweight teenager, gets sucked into the punk rock world by Marcus, a charming street musician. But when Troy discovers Marcus’ drug addiction, he suddenly must figure out the true boundaries of friendship.
Cast: Jacob Wysocki, Matt O'Leary, Billy Campbell, Lilli Simmons, Dylan Arnold (World Premiere)
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Director/Screenwriter: Jordan Roberts
a flick by bruce about his little brother frank who's a crybaby fuck who shouldn't do lame-ass embarrassing shit if he dozn't want people 2 see it
Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Chris O'Dowd, Lizzy Caplan, Ron Perlman, Chris Noth (World Premiere)
Hunky Dory (UK)
Director: Marc Evans, Screenwriter: Laurence Coriat
From the producer of Billy Elliot comes this funny, coming of age film featuring songs from artists such as David Bowie, Lou Reed, The Beach Boys, Simon and Garfunkel, Dusty Springfield and Electric Light Orchestra. Cast: Minnie Driver, Aneurin Barnard, Danielle Branch, Robert Pugh, Haydn Gwynne
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In Our Nature
Director/Screenwriter: Brian Savelson
Taking place over a single weekend, an estranged father and son accidentally end up in the same country house with their two girlfriends.
Cast: Zach Gilford, Jena Malone, John Slattery, Gabrielle Union (World Premiere)
Director: Guy Maddin, Screenwriters: Guy Maddin, George Toles
I'm only a ghost... but a ghost isn't nothing.
Cast: Isabella Rossellini, Jason Patric, Udo Kier, Kevin McDonald, Tattiawna Jones (U.S. Premiere)
See Girl Run
Director/Screenwriter: Nate Meyer
What happens when a 30-something woman allows life's "what ifs" to overwhelm her appreciation for what life actually is. Disregarding her current obligations, she digs into her romantic past in hopes of invigorating her present.
Cast: Robin Tunney, Adam Scott, Jeremy Strong, William Sadler, Josh Hamilton (World Premiere)
Director: Jonas Åkerlund, Screenwriter: Chris Millis
When Franklin Franklin accidentally kills his landlord, he must hide the body; but, the wisdom of his beloved brother and the quirks of his neighbors, force him on a journey where a fortune awaits him. Cast: Matt Lucas, Billy Crystal, James Caan, Johnny Knoxville, Juno Temple (World Premiere)
Somebody Up There Likes Me
Director/Screenwriter: Bob Byington
Time flies for everyone: Thirty-five years in the life of Max, his best friend Sal, and a woman they both adore. A deadpan fable about time sneaking up on and swerving right around us.
Cast: Keith Poulson, Nick Offerman, Jess Weixler, Stephanie Hunt, Kevin Corrigan (World Premiere)
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This year’s 8 films were selected from 845 submissions. Each film is a World Premiere.
Films screening in Documentary Feature Competition are:
Bay of All Saints
Director: Annie Eastman
As the last of the notorious water slums is demolished in Bahia, Brazil, will three single mothers face homelessness or rally for a better life? (World Premiere)
Beware of Mr. Baker
Director: Jay Bulger
Ginger Baker is the original rock ‘n roll madman junkie drummer superstar who everyone thought was dead but somehow survived 50+ years of heroin abuse, disastrous experiments and 5 marriages on 4 continents. (World Premiere)
The Central Park Effect
Director: Jeffrey Kimball
The film reveals the extraordinary array of wild birds who grace Manhattan’s celebrated patch of green, and the equally colorful, full-of-attitude New Yorkers who schedule their lives around the rhythms of migration. (World Premiere)
Director: Chris James Thompson
A documentary about the people around Jeffrey Dahmer during the 1991 summer of his arrest for the murder of 17 people in Milwaukee. (World Premiere)
Seeking Asian Female
Director: Debbie Lum
When an American man with "yellow fever" meets a Chinese woman half his age online, documenting their attempt to build a marriage from scratch reveals hilarious and troubling complications for the couple and the filmmaker. (World Premiere)
The Sheik and I
Director: Caveh Zahedi
Commissioned by a Middle Eastern Biennial to make a film on the theme of "art as a subversive act," independent filmmaker Caveh Zahedi (I am a Sex Addict) is threatened with a fatwa. (World Premiere)
Directors: Jodi Wille, Maria Demopoulos
The Source Family was a radical experiment in '70s utopian living. Their popular restaurant, rock band, and beautiful women made them the darlings of Hollywood; but their outsider ideals led to their dramatic undoing. (World Premiere)
Welcome To The Machine
Director: Avi Zev Weider
Upon fathering triplets, filmmaker Avi Zev Weider explores the nature of technology, seeking answers about what it means to be human. (World Premiere)
Shining a light on new documentary features receiving their World, North American or U.S. Premieres at SXSW.
Films screening in Documentary Spotlight are:
Director: Kevin Mazur
Renowned celebrity photographer, Kevin Mazur, gives us an all access pass to the life behind the velvet rope and in front of the camera. Candid, revealing and bold interviews with Jennifer Aniston, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Lopez, Elton John and more, take us inside the blurred lines of privacy, pliable journalism, celebrity, fame and what it feels like to be consumed. (World Premiere)
America's Parking Lot
Director: Jonny Mars
Pull up a front row seat as two die-hard fans of 'America's Team' spend their last season with the Dallas Cowboys at historic Texas Stadium, and scramble to preserve their place in America’s Parking Lot. (World Premiere)
Director: Nelson George
On Thursday, November 7, 1991, Earvin “Magic” Johnson made the stunning announcement that he was HIV-positive and would be retiring from basketball immediately. The Announcement gets to the core of Magic’s incredible personal journey. (World Premiere)
Beauty Is Embarrassing
Director: Neil Berkeley
A funny, irreverent and inspirational look into the life and times of one of America's most important artists, Wayne White. (World Premiere)
Director: Katie Dellamaggiore
Amidst financial crises and unprecedented public school budget cuts, Brooklyn Castle takes an intimate look at the challenges and triumphs facing members of a junior high school’s champion chess team. (World Premiere)
Code of the West
Director: Rebecca Richman Cohen
Frames a high stakes showdown in the halls of the Montana State Legislature. The future of medical marijuana is at stake. (World Premiere)
Degenerate Art: The Art and Culture of Glass Pipes
Director: M. Slinger
A true document of the art and culture of glass pipe-making. It is the first film to ever bring to light this invisible sub-culture in a comprehensive and well-informed format. (World Premiere)
Directors: A. Sabin, David Redmon
Young Russian girls join a modeling agency to seek work in Japan, but get caught up in an unregulated system that reveals an unseemly side of the fashion industry. (U.S. Premiere)
Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters
Director: Ben Shapiro
Acclaimed photographer Gregory Crewdson’s 10-year quest to create a series of haunting, surreal, and stunningly elaborate portraits of small-town American life — filmed with unprecedented access as he makes perfect renderings of a disturbing, imperfect world. (World Premiere)
Just Like Being There
Director: Scout Shannon
Through the eyes of Daniel Danger, Jay Ryan, and the gig poster community, Just Like Being There focuses on poster artists, the music they commemorate, MONDO film posters, fans, bloggers, galleries, collectors and everything in between. (World Premiere)
Scarlet Road (Australia)
Director: Catherine Scott
The film follows the extraordinary work of Australian sex worker, Rachel Wotton. Impassioned about freedom of sexual expression and the rights of sex workers, she specializes in a long over-looked clientele - people with disability. (North American Premiere)
Director: Andrew Garrison
A choreographer finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks, and against the odds, rallies reluctant city trash collectors to perform an extraordinary dance spectacle. On an abandoned airport runway, two dozen sanitation workers -- and their trucks -- inspire an audience of thousands. (World Premiere)
Waiting For Lightning
Director: Jacob Rosenberg
From the producers of Step into Liquid, comes the story of visionary skateboarder Danny Way, who jumped China’s Great Wall and created a new movement in sport. (World Premiere)
Wikileaks: Secrets & Lies (UK)
Director: Patrick Forbes
The in-depth story of Wikileaks told by all the key players. Sulphurous, personal and moving, it documents history in the making at the lawless frontier of new technology and mainstream media. (North American Premiere)
WONDER WOMEN! The Untold Story of American Superheroines
Director: Kristy Guevara-Flanagan
This documentary examines the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman and introduces audiences to a dynamic group of real life superheroes who continue to fight the good fight both on and off the screen. (World Premiere)
Audacious, risk-taking artists in the new cinema landscape that demonstrate raw innovation and creativity in documentary and narrative filmmaking.
Films screening in Emerging Visions are:
Black Pond (UK)
Directors: Tom Kingsley, Will Sharpe, Screenwriter: Will Sharpe
An ordinary family is accused of murder when a stranger dies at their dinner table. Stars BAFTA-winner Chris Langham and British Comedy Award Winner Simon Amstell. Cast: Chris Langham, Simon Amstell, Amanda Hadingue, Colin Hurley, Will Sharpe (North American Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Kirsten Sheridan
Five street teens break into a house in a rich Dublin suburb for a night of partying. But games are twisted into something more emotional and ultimately out of control through a series of surprising revelations. Cast: Seana Kerslake, Johnny Ward, Kate Stanley Brennan, Shane Curry, Ciaran McCabe (North American Premiere)
Director: Andrew Beck Grace
A quest to eat locally becomes a meditation on community, the South and sustainability. Eating Alabama is a story about why food matters. (World Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Rebecca Thomas
Rachel, a 15-year-old fundamentalist Mormon, believes she's had an immaculate conception by listening to rock and roll. She flees to Las Vegas to escape an arranged marriage, seeking answers to her mysterious pregnancy.
Cast: Julia Garner, Rory Culkin, Liam Aiken, Billy Zane (North American Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Nir Paniry
A scientist is trapped in the memories of a criminal and must solve a crime in order to get back home to his family.
Cast: Sasha Roiz, Dominic Bogart, Jenny Mollen, Nick Jameson, Brad Culver (World Premiere)
Francine (Canada / USA)
Director/Screenwriter: Brian M. Cassidy, Melanie Shatzky
Academy-Award-winner, Melissa Leo, plays Francine, a woman struggling to find her place in a downtrodden lakeside town after leaving behind a life in prison.
Cast: Melissa Leo, Keith Leonard, Victoria Charkut (North American Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Kevin Mcmanus, Matthew Mcmanus
For three 14-year-old boys at St. Mark's Middle School, it's always a good day for a funeral.
Cast: Dylan Hartigan, Alex Maizus, Jordan Puzzo, Charles Odei, Kevin Corrigan (World Premiere)
Hard Labor (Brazil)
Director/Screenwriter: Juliana Rojas, Marco Dutra
Helena prepares to open her own business: a neighborhood grocery store. She hires a maid. But when her husband Octavio is suddenly fired from his job, Helena is left to support the family alone.
Cast: Helena Albergaria, Marat Descartes, Naloana Lima, Marina Flores (U.S. Premiere)
La Camioneta - The Journey of One American School Bus
Director: Mark Kendall
On a 3,000-mile adventure across the borders between the Americas, La Camioneta follows the journey of one out-of-service American school bus as it is repaired, repainted and resurrected into a Guatemalan camioneta. (World Premiere)
The Last Fall
Director/Screenwriter: Matthew A. Cherry
An NFL journeyman struggles to deal with life's complexities after his professional career is over at age 25.
Cast: Lance Gross, Nicole Beharie, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Harry Lennix, Keith David
Leave Me Like You Found Me
Director/Screenwriter: Adele Romanski
Big trees, broken hearts. The story of a lovesick couple’s breakup & makeup while camping in the wilds of California. Cast: Megan Boone, David Nordstrom (World Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Tim Sutton
Max, a quietly troubled 15-year-old, leaves his lakeside town to live with his father on the sun-blasted fringe of suburban Arizona. What begins in a calm and lush environment ends in a drastic, frayed confusion. Cast: Max Schaffner, Zach Cali, Cody Hamric, Addie Barlett, Aaron Buyea (World Premiere)
Sun Don't Shine
Director/Screenwriter: Amy Seimetz
Two lovers, on the back roads of Florida, do very bad things.
Cast: Kate Lyn Sheil, Kentucker Audley, AJ Bowen, Kit Gwinn, Mark Reeb (World Premiere)
Directors: Silas Howard, Ernesto Foronda, Screenwriter: Valerie Stadler
When May returns to LA and runs smack into JP, the man she left behind, past and present collide sending them on a twenty-four hour journey in search of what they lost.
Cast: Monique Curnen, Sung Kang, Joshua Leonard, Mousa Kraish, Michelle Krusiec (World Premiere)
Director: Bill Ross, Turner Ross
Three young brothers' immersive journey into the sensory wonders of the New Orleans night.
Director/Screenwriter: Aleksander L. Nordaas
The film revolves around huldra, a mythical, tailed creature, found by two crime scene cleaners in a concealed cellar. Someone’s been keeping her down here for decades, for reasons soon to surface. Cast: Silje Reinåmo, Jon Sigve Skard, Erlend Nervold, Morten Andresen (North American Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Wu Tsang
A magical-realist portrait of the Silver Platter, a historic bar in Los Angeles that provides a safe space for Latin/LGBT immigrant and queer art communities to come together in love and conflict.
Director/Screenwriter: Ya'ke Smith
A family is shaken to the core when they discover their son has been molested. As they struggle to deal with the betrayal, their son heads towards a total mental collapse.
Cast: Irma P. Hall, Mikala Gibson, Jordan Cooper, Shelton Jolivette, Eugene Lee (World Premiere)
24 BEATS PER SECOND
Showcasing the sounds, culture and influence of music and musicians, with an emphasis on documentary.
Films screening in 24 Beats Per Second are:
Amor Cronico (Cuba / USA)
Director: Jorge Perugorria
Weaving footage of singer Cucu Diamantes’ Cuban tour into a fictional love story. The result is an energetic display of her glamorous and infectious performance style and a fascinating portrait of Cuba today.
Cast: Cucu Diamantes, Adela Legra, Liosky Clavero, Andres Levin, Jorge Perugorria (World Premiere)
Bad Brains: Band in DC
Directors: Mandy Stein, Benjamen Logan
How four young men from DC changed music forever. (World Premiere)
Charles Bradley: Soul of America
Director: Poull Brien
The incredible late-in-life rise of 62-year-old aspiring soul singer Charles Bradley, whose debut album rocketed him from a hard life in the projects to Rolling Stone magazine’s top 50 albums of 2011.
Director: Dave Boyle, Screenwriters: Dave Boyle, Michael Lerman, Joel Clark, Goh Nakamura
After a devastating breakup, musician Goh Nakamura hits the road with his irresponsible cousin to pursue a promising rebound with fellow musician Yea-Ming Chen.
Cast: Goh Nakamura, Michael Aki, Yea-Ming Chen, Lynn Chen, Ayako Fujitani (World Premiere)
Grandma Lo-fi: The Basement Tapes of Sigrídur Níelsdóttir (Iceland / Denmark)
Director: Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir
At the tender age of 70 she started making music - and then she couldn't stop! A tribute to the Danish/Icelandic artist and late bloomer Sigrídur Níelsdóttir.
Paul Williams Still Alive
Director: Stephen Kessler
A documentary filmmaker tracks down actor/singer/songwriter Paul Williams in an attempt to find out what happened to his idol. (U.S. Premiere)
Rock 'N' Roll Exposed: The Photography of Bob Gruen (UK)
Director: Don Letts
Iggy Pop, Debbie Harry, Yoko Ono, Alice Cooper, Billie Joe Armstrong and others discuss the incredible life and work of the world's foremost rock 'n' roll photographer, Bob Gruen.
(North American Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Hans Fjellestad
The 100-year history of the loudest street on the planet, The Sunset Strip. (World Premiere)
Under African Skies
Director: Joe Berlinger
Paul Simon returns to South Africa to explore the incredible journey of his historic Graceland album, including the political backlash he received for allegedly breaking the UN cultural boycott of South Africa designed to end the Apartheid regime.
Uprising: Hip Hop & The LA Riots
Director: Mark Ford
20 years after riots ripped through Los Angeles, Uprising documents how hip hop forecasted – and some say ignited – the worst civil unrest of the 20th century. (World Premiere)
A diverse panorama of international filmmaking talent, including premieres, interactive documentaries and shorts.
Films screening in SX Global are:
Director: Ashtar Sayed, Screenwriter: Dr. Mahendra Purohit
Inspired by a true event. Scarecrow tells the true story of a young woman who is attempting to escape from an abusive arranged marriage. Cast: Arti Rautela, Amit Purohit (North American Premiere)
Crulic - The Path to Beyond (Romania / Poland)
Director: Anca Damian
The animated documentary feature-length “Crulic – The Path to Beyond” tells the story of the life of Crulic, the 33-year-old Romanian who died in a Polish prison while on hunger strike.
Cubaton - El Medico Story (Estonia / Sweden)
Director: Daniel Fridell
El Medico - a Cuban house doctor who wants to become a cubaton star - is facing a serious choice between serving the state and becoming a popstar. (North American Premiere)
Her Master's Voice (UK)
Director: Nina Conti
Watching someone talk to themselves has never been so interesting. (World Premiere)
ITALY LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT (Italy / Germany)
Directors: Gustav Hofer, Luca Ragazzi
Gustav and Luca, two Italians, have to decide: Should they stay in Italy, or leave it? (North American Premiere)
Mustafa's Sweet Dreams (Greece / UK)
Director: Angelos Abazoglou
Mustafa, a 16-year-old pastry shop apprentice dreams of becoming a famous baklava chef in Istanbul. (North American Premiere)
Director: Tamae Garateguy, Screenwriters: Tamae Garateguy, Diego A. Fleischer
When a film director hires two screenwriters to make a gangster movie, a fiction feast starts: femmes fatales, mobs fighting for the same neighborhood and a limitless hero who defies every movie concept. Cast: José Luciano González, Joel Drut, Chang Sung Kim, Vladimir Yuravel, Miguel Forza de Paul
¡Vivan las Antipodas! (Germany / The Netherlands / Argentina / Chile)
Director: Victor Kossakovsky
Haven’t we all wondered at some point what was happening just at this moment beneath our very feet at the other side of the planet?
Acclaimed standouts and selected previous premieres from festivals around the world.
Films screening in Festival Favorites are:
Director/Screenwriter: Christoffer Boe
How long will you go, to hold on to the person you love?
Cast: Nicolas Bro, Marijana Jankovic, Nikolaj Lie Kaas
Director: Rick Alverson, Screenwriters: Robert Donne, Colm O'Leary
Indifferent even to the prospects of inheriting his father's estate, Swanson (Tim Heidecker), a desensitized, aging Brooklyn hipster, strays into a series of reckless situations that may offer the promise of redemption or the threat of retribution.
Cast: Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, James Murphy, Kate Lyn-Sheil, Alexia Rassmusen
Dreams of a Life (UK / Ireland)
Director: Carol Morley
An imaginative quest to go beyond the newspaper reports and solve the mystery of who thirty-eight year old Joyce Vincent was and why she lay undiscovered for three years after her death in one of the busiest parts of London. (North American Premiere)
God Bless America
Director/Screenwriter: Bobcat Goldthwait
Loveless, jobless, possibly terminally ill, Frank has had enough of the downward spiral of America. With nothing left to lose, Frank takes his gun and offs the stupidest, cruelest, and most repellent members of society. Cast: Joel Murray, Tara Lynne Barr (U.S. Premiere)
The Imposter (UK)
Director: Bart Layton
In 1994 a 13-year-old disappears without trace in Texas. Three years later he resurfaces in Spain with accounts of a horrifying kidnap. His family is overjoyed – but all is not as it seems.
Indie Game: The Movie (Canada)
Directors: Lisanne Pajot, James Swirsky
With the twenty-first century comes a new breed of artist: the indie game designer. These innovators design and program their distinctly personal games in the hope that they may find connection and success.
Director/Screenwriter: David Zellner
A fever-dream fable about Annie, a rebellious girl devoid of parental guidance or a moral compass. She roams the countryside looking for adventure, and finds it one day in the form of an abandoned well. Cast: Sydney Aguirre, Susan Tyrrell, Nathan Zellner, David Zellner, David Wingo
Last Call at the Oasis
Director: Jessica Yu
A powerful argument for why the global water crisis will be the central issue facing our world this century.
Director: Eduardo Sanchez, Screenwriters: Eduardo Sanchez, Jamie Nash
Exploring the parallels between psychosis, addiction and demonic possession, Lovely Molly tells the story of what really happens before the exorcist arrives.
Cast: Gretchen Lodge, Johnny Lewis, Alexandra Holden (U.S. Premiere)
The Raid (Indonesia)
Director/Screenwriter: Gareth Huw Evans
Rama and his special forces team fight their way through a rundown apartment block with a mission to remove its owner, a notorious drug lord.
Cast: Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, Doni Alamsyah, Yayan Ruhian, Pierre Gruno
WE ARE LEGION: The Story of the Hacktivists
Director: Brian Knappenberger
We Are Legion takes us inside the world of Anonymous, the radical "hacktivist" collective that has redefined civil disobedience for the digital age.
Live Soundtracks, cult re-issues and much more. Our Special Events section offers unusual, unexpected and unique film event one-offs.
Films screening in Special Events are:
An Evening With Sacred Bones Records
Director: Jacqueline Castel
Brooklyn-based record label Sacred Bones presents an evening of original and curated programming of music videos, short films, works in progress, and a rare screening of their first film production, Twelve Dark Noons. (World Premiere)
Director: Richard Linklater, Screenwriters: Richard Linklater, Skip Hollandsworth
Based on real-life events, this dark comedy follows Bernie Tiede, his recently deceased friend Marjorie Nugent and District Attorney Danny Buck Davidson who is determined to get to the bottom of the crime. Cast: Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey, Brady Coleman, Richard Robichaux
Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me
Director: Drew Denicola
A feature-length documentary about the massive critical acclaim, dismal commercial failure, and enduring legacy of pop music’s greatest cult phenomenon, Big Star. (Work in Progress)
Casa de mi Padre
Director: Matt Piedmont, Screenwriter: Andrew Steele
Will Ferrell plays a Mexican rancher who must defend his father's home against the country's most infamous drug lord. Cast: Will Ferrell, Gael García Vernal, Diego Luna, Genesis Rodriguez, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Nick Offerman
Girl Walk // All Day
Director/Screenwriter: Jacob Krupnick
A feature-length dance music film that combines freestyle dance with the daily chaos of New York City, set to Girl Talk's recent mashup album, All Day. Cast: Anne Marsen, John Doyle, Daisuke Omiya
Director: Amir Bar Lev
5 DJ's Turn the Table on The History of Music.
Directors: Adam Russell, John Sear
A ground breaking feature-length show controlled entirely by the audience using laser pointers. It is the first viable example of a standalone interactive experience capable of running in commercial movie theatres. (North American Premiere)
The Oyster Princess (1919) with original live score by Bee vs. Moth (Germany)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch, Screenriters: Hanns Kraly & Ernst Lubitsch
The Oyster Princess is Ernst Lubitsch’s tart 1919 silent comedy that parodies the rich and the spoiled. Austin jazz/rock band Bee vs. Moth performs their original score live with the film for the first time. (World Premiere)
Nominations for the 43rd Annual NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) Image Awards have been released, marking some notable entries for in the realms of film, television, music and literature.
One of the biggest films of 2011, The Help, was recognized by the NAACP in several categories: the film itself earned a nod for Outstanding Motion Picture, while its stars Emma Stone and Viola Davis earned Outstanding Actress nominations. Furthermore, Supporting Actress nominations were assigned to cast members Bryce Dallas Howard, Cicely Tyson and Octavia Spencer. This past weekend, Spencer took home a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film. The Help's writer/director Tate Taylor earned a nomination for Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture.
Other notable movies of 2011 to earn nods include Tower Heist and Pariah. Some of the bigger acting names on the list this year include Eddie Murphy (for Tower Heist), Laurence Fishburne (for Contagion), Paula Patton (for Jumping the Broom), Zoë Saldana (for Colombiana), Anthony Mackie (for The Adjustment Bureau), Don Cheadle (for The Guard) and Maya Rudolph (for Bridesmaids).
Check below for a complete list of the film, television, music and literature nominations. The 43rd Annual NAACP Image Awards will broadcast live on Friday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. on NBC.
MOTION PICTURE CATEGORIES
Outstanding Motion Picture
Jumping the Broom (TriStar Pictures)
Pariah (Focus Features)
The First Grader (National Geographic Entertainment)
The Help (DreamWorks Pictures/Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)
Tower Heist (Universal Pictures)
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Eddie Murphy - Tower Heist (Universal Pictures)
Laurence Fishburne - Contagion (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Laz Alonso - Jumping the Broom (TriStar Pictures)
Oliver Litondo - The First Grader (National Geographic Entertainment)
Vin Diesel - Fast Five (Universal Pictures)
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Adepero Oduye - Pariah (Focus Features)
Emma Stone - The Help (DreamWorks Pictures/Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)
Paula Patton - Jumping the Broom (TriStar Pictures)
Viola Davis - The Help (DreamWorks Pictures/Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)
Zoë Saldana - Colombiana (TriStar Pictures)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Anthony Mackie - The Adjustment Bureau (Universal Pictures)
Charles Parnell - Pariah (Focus Features)
Don Cheadle - The Guard (Sony Pictures Classics)
Jeffrey Wright - The Ides of March (Columbia Pictures)
Mike Epps - Jumping the Broom (TriStar Pictures)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Bryce Dallas Howard - The Help (DreamWorks Pictures/Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)
Cicely Tyson - The Help (DreamWorks Pictures/Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)
Kim Wayans - Pariah (Focus Features)
Maya Rudolph - Bridesmaids (Universal Pictures)
Octavia Spencer - The Help (DreamWorks Pictures/Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)
Outstanding Independent Motion Picture
I Will Follow (AFFRM)
Pariah (Focus Features)
The First Grader (National Geographic Entertainment)
Outstanding Foreign Motion Picture
A Separation (Sony Pictures Classics)
Attack the Block (Screen Gems)
In the Land of Blood and Honey (FilmDistrict)
Le Havre (Janus Films)
Life, Above All (Sony Pictures Classics)
Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture - (Theatrical or Television)
Alrick Brown - Kinyarwanda (AFFRM)
Angelina Jolie - In the Land of Blood and Honey (FilmDistrict)
Dee Rees - Pariah (Focus Features)
Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture - (Theatrical or Television)
Alrick Brown - Kinyarwanda (AFFRM)
Ann Peacock - The First Grader (National Geographic Entertainment)
Dee Rees - Pariah (Focus Features)
Elizabeth Hunter, Arlene Gibbs - Jumping the Broom (TriStar Pictures)
Tate Taylor - The Help (DreamWorks Pictures/Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)
Outstanding Comedy Series
Love That Girl! (TV One)
Modern Family (ABC)
Reed Between the Lines (BET)
The Game (BET)
Tyler Perry's House of Payne (TBS)
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Dulé Hill - Psych (USA Network)
Malcolm-Jamal Warner - Reed Between the Lines (BET)
Phil Morris - Love That Girl! (TV One)
Pooch Hall - The Game (BET)
Terry Crews - Are We There Yet? (TBS)
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Tatyana Ali - Love That Girl! (TV One)
Tia Mowry-Hardrict - The Game (BET)
Tracee Ellis Ross - Reed Between the Lines (BET)
Vanessa Williams - Desperate Housewives (ABC)
Wendy Raquel Robinson - The Game (BET)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Craig Robinson - The Office (NBC)
Damon Wayans, Jr. - Happy Endings (ABC)
J.B. Smoove - Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
Nick Cannon - Up All Night (NBC)
Tracy Morgan - 30 Rock (NBC)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Amber Riley - Glee (FOX)
Gabourey Sidibe - The Big C (Showtime)
Keshia Knight Pulliam - Tyler Perry's House of Payne (TBS)
Maya Rudolph - Up All Night (NBC)
Sofia Vergara - Modern Family (ABC)
Outstanding Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC)
The Good Wife (CBS)
Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Andre Braugher - Men of A Certain Age (TNT)
Hill Harper - CSI: NY (CBS)
L.L. Cool J - NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)
Taye Diggs - Private Practice (ABC)
Wendell Pierce - Treme (HBO)
Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Chandra Wilson - Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
Khandi Alexander - Treme (HBO)
Regina King - SouthLAnd (TNT)
Sandra Oh - Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
Taraji P. Henson - Person of Interest (CBS)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Corey Reynolds - The Closer (TNT)
Ice T - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC)
James Pickens, Jr. - Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
Nelsan Ellis - True Blood (HBO)
Omar Epps - House M.D. (FOX)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Alfre Woodard - Memphis Beat (TNT)
Anika Noni Rose - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC)
Archie Panjabi - The Good Wife (CBS)
Diahann Carroll - White Collar (USA Network)
Loretta Devine - Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Five (Lifetime Movie Network)
Hallmark Hall of Fame, Mitch Albom's Have a Little Faith (ABC)
Luther (BBC America)
The Least Among You (Showtime)
Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Esai Morales - We Have Your Husband (Lifetime)
Idris Elba - Luther (BBC America)
Laurence Fishburne - Thurgood (HBO)
Louis Gossett, Jr. - The Least Among You (Showtime)
Samuel L. Jackson - The Sunset Limited (HBO)
Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Anika Noni Rose - Hallmark Hall of Fame, Mitch Albom's Have a Little Faith (ABC)
Jenifer Lewis - Five (Lifetime Movie Network)
Rosario Dawson - Five (Lifetime Movie Network)
Taraji P. Henson - Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story (Lifetime)
Tracee Ellis Ross - Five (Lifetime Movie Network)
Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series
Aaron D. Spears - The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)
Bryton James - The Young and the Restless (CBS)
Emerson Brooks - All My Children (ABC)
James Reynolds - Days of Our Lives (NBC)
Texas Battle - The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)
Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series
Christel Khalil - The Young and the Restless (CBS)
Julia Pace Mitchell - The Young & the Restless (CBS)
Tatyana Ali - The Young and the Restless (CBS)
Tonya Lee Williams - The Young and the Restless (CBS)
Yvette Freeman - The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)
Outstanding News/Information - (Series or Special)
BET News Exclusive: The President Answers Black America (BET)
Judge Mathis (Syndicated)
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (HBO)
Unsung (TV One)
Washington Watch with Roland Martin (TV One)
Outstanding Talk Series
Oprah's Lifeclass (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
The Doctors (Syndicated)
The View (ABC)
The Wendy Williams Show (Syndicated)
Outstanding Reality Series
All-American Muslim (TLC)
American Idol (FOX)
Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
Sunday Best (BET)
Tia & Tamera (Style Network)
Outstanding Variety Series or Special
2011 BET Awards (BET)
Black Girls Rock! (BET)
Oprah Presents: Master Class (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
Prince! Behind the Symbol (The Africa Channel)
UNCF An Evening of Stars Tribute to Chaka Khan (BET)
Outstanding Children’s Program
A.N.T. Farm (Disney Channel)
Dora The Explorer (Nickelodeon)
Go, Diego! Go! (Nickelodeon)
I Can Be President: A Kid’s-Eye View (HBO)
My Family Tree (Disney Channel)
Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children’s Program - (Series or Special)
China Anne McClain - A.N.T. Farm (Disney Channel)
Keke Palmer - True Jackson, VP (Nickelodeon)
Lance Robertson - Yo Gabba Gabba (Nickelodeon)
Leon Thomas III - Victorious (Nickelodeon)
Zendaya Coleman - Shake It Up (Disney Channel)
Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series
Jay Chandrasekhar - Happy Endings - The Girl with the David Tattoo (ABC)
Kevin Hooks - Drop Dead Diva - Mother's Day (Lifetime)
Leonard R. Garner Jr. - Rules of Engagement - The Set Up (CBS)
Miguel Arteta - How to Make It in America - Mofongo (HBO)
Salim Akil - The Game - Parachutes/Beach Chairs (BET)
Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series
Ernest Dickerson - Treme - Do Watcha Wanna (HBO)
Ken Whittingham - Parenthood - Opening Night (NBC)
Kevin Sullivan - NCIS - Tell-All (CBS)
Paris Barclay - Sons of Anarchy - Out (FX Network)
Seith Mann - Dexter - Get Gellar (Showtime)
Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
Arthur Harris - Reed Between the Lines - Let's Talk About Ms. Helen's Son Part 1 (BET)
Prentice Penny - Happy Endings - The Girl with the David Tattoo (ABC)
Salim Akil, Mara Brock Akil - The Game - Parachutes....Beach Chairs (BET)
Vali Chandrasekaran - 30 Rock - It's Never Too Late For Now (NBC)
Vince Cheung, Ben Montanio - Wizards of Waverly Place - Wizards vs. Angels (Disney Channel)
Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series
Cheo Hodari Coker - SouthLAnd - Punching Water (TNT)
Janine Sherman Barrois - Criminal Minds - The Bittersweet Science (CBS)
Lolis Eric Elie - Treme - Santa Claus, Do You Ever Get the Blues? (HBO)
Pam Veasey - Ringer - Oh Gawd, There's Two of Them? (The CW)
Zoanne Clack - Grey's Anatomy - I Will Survive (ABC)
Outstanding Documentary - (Theatrical or Television)
Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest (Sony Pictures Classics)
Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (Submarine Deluxe)
Sing Your Song (HBO Documentary Films)
The Rescuers (Michael King Productions)
Thunder Soul (Roadside Attractions)
Outstanding New Artist
Diggy Simmons (Atlantic Records)
Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. (Columbia Records)
Mindless Behavior (Streamline/Conjunction/Interscope Records)
Wynter Gordon (Big Beat/Atlantic Records)
Outstanding Male Artist
Anthony Hamilton (RCA Records)
Bruno Mars (Elektra Records)
Cee Lo Green (Elektra Records)
Chris Brown (Jive Records)
Common (Warner Bros. Records)
Outstanding Female Artist
Beyoncé (Columbia Records)
Jennifer Hudson (Arista Records)
Jill Scott (Warner Bros. Records)
Ledisi (Verve Forecast)
Mary J. Blige (Geffen)
Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration
Boyz II Men (Benchmark Entertainment/MSM Music Group)
Cee Lo Green feat. Melanie Fiona (Elektra Records)
Mary J. Blige feat. Drake (Geffen)
Sounds of Blackness (Malaco Music Group)
The Roots (Island Def Jam Music Group)
Outstanding Jazz Album
Chano y Dizzy - Terence Blanchard and Poncho Sanchez (Concord Music Group Inc.)
Friends - Stanley Jordan (Mack Avenue Records)
Guitar Man - George Benson (Concord Jazz)
Legacy - Gerald Wilson (Mack Avenue Records)
Road Show Vol. 2 - Sonny Rollins (Emarcy)
Outstanding Gospel Album - (Traditional or Contemporary)
Becoming - Yolanda Adams (N House Music Group)
Church on the Moon - Deitrick Haddon (Verity Gospel Music Group)
Hello Fear - Kirk Franklin (Verity Gospel Music Group)
Something Big - Mary Mary (Columbia Records)
The Journey - Andraé Crouch (RiverPhlo Entertainment)
Outstanding World Music Album
Afrodiaspora - Susana Baca (Luaka Bop)
Carnival Fever - Brother B (King Chero Records)
Live at 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival - Boukman Eksperyans (MunckMix, Inc.)
Sounds of Blackness - Sounds of Blackness (Malaco Music Group)
The First Grader - Alex Heffes (Varese Sarabande)
Outstanding Music Video
25/8 - Mary J. Blige (Geffen)
Hear My Call - Jill Scott (Warner Bros. Records)
I Was Here - Beyoncé (Columbia Records)
Someone Like You - Adele (Columbia Records)
Where You At - Jennifer Hudson (Arista Records)
Best Thing I Never Had - Beyoncé (Columbia Records)
Fool for You feat. Melanie Fiona - Cee Lo Green (Elektra Records)
I Smile - Kirk Franklin (Verity Gospel Music Group)
So In Love feat. Anthony Hamilton - Jill Scott (Warner Bros. Records)
Someone Like You - Adele (Columbia Records)
4 - Beyoncé (Columbia Records)
F.A.M.E - Chris Brown (Jive Records)
I Remember Me - Jennifer Hudson (Arista Records)
Lasers - Lupe Fiasco (1st & 15th/Atlantic Records)
The Light of the Sun - Jill Scott (Warner Bros. Records)
Outstanding Literary Work - Fiction
A Silken Thread - Brenda Jackson (Harlequin Kimani Press)
Boundaries - Elizabeth Nunez (Akashic Books)
Say Amen, Again - Reshonda Tate Billingsley (Gallery Books)
Silver Sparrow - Tayari Jones (Algonquin Books)
The Plot Against Hip Hop: A Novel - Nelson George (Akashic Books)
Outstanding Literary Work - Non-Fiction
Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America - Melissa Harris-Perry (Yale University Press)
Super Rich - Russell Simmons (Gotham Books)
The Cosmopolitan Canopy - Elijah Anderson (W. W. Norton & Company)
The Wealth Cure: Putting Money in Its Place - Hill Harper (Gotham Books)
Who's Afraid of Post- Blackness?: What It Means to Be Black Now - Toure (Free Press)
Outstanding Literary Work - Debut Author
2Grieve 2Gether: A Journal from the Heart Helping Survivors & Supporters Navigate the Healing Process - Denise Hall Brown (2Lift 1Up Publishing)
A Defining Moment - Patricia Duncan (IJABA Publishing Inc.)
The Loom - Shella Gillus (Guideposts Books)
The Strawberry Letter - Lyah Le Flore (Ballantine/Random House)
We the Animals - Justin Torres (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Outstanding Literary Work - Biography/Autobiography
A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mother - Janny Scott (Riverhead Books)
Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention - Manning Marable (Penguin Group (USA)-Viking)
My Song - Harry Belafonte (Knopf)
No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington - Condoleezza Rice (Crown Publishers)
The John Carlos Story - John Carlos, Dave Zirin (Haymarket Books)
Outstanding Literary Work - Instructional
A Year to Wellness and Other Weight Loss Secrets - Bertice Berry (Freeman House Publishing)
Living My Dream: An Artistic Approach to Marketing - Synthia Saint James (Create Space)
Our Difficult Sunlight: A Guide to Poetry, Literacy, & Social Justice in Classroom & Community - Quraysh Ali Lansana (Teachers & Writers Collaborative)
The T.D. Jakes Relationship Bible: Life Lessons on Relationships from the Inspired Word of God - T.D. Jakes (Atria Books)
Too Important to Fail: Saving America's Boys - Tavis Smiley (Author), Juan Roberts, (Illustrator) (SmileyBooks)
Outstanding Literary Work - Poetry
Afro Clouds & Nappy Rain: The Curtis Brown Poems - James Golden (iUniverse)
Head Off & Split - Nikky Finney (TriQuarterly Books / Northwestern University Press)
Honoring Genius: The Narrative of Craft, Art, Kindness and Justice - Haki Madhubuti (Third World Press)
Intimate Thoughts - Darrin Henson (Author), Anna Saunders (Illustrator) (Godzchild Publishing)
Last Seen - Jacqueline Jones Lamon (University of Wisconsin Press)
Outstanding Literary Work - Children Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band - Kwame Alexander (Author), Tim Bowers (Illustrator) (Sleeping Bear Press)
Before There Was Mozart - Lesa Cline-Ransome (Author), James Ransome (Illustrator) (Schwartz & Wade Books / Random House Children's Books)
Heart and Soul - Kadir Nelson (Author/Illustrator) (Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Children's Books)
White Water - Michael S. Bandy (Author), Shadra Strickland (Illustrator) (Candlewick Press)
You Can Be A Friend - Tony Dungy (Author), Ron Mazellan (Illustrator) (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing - Little Simon)
Outstanding Literary Work - Youth/Teens
Camo Girl - Kekla Magoon (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing - Aladdin)
Eliza's Freedom Road: An Underground Railroad Diary - Jerdine Nolan (Author), Sadra Strickland (Illustrator) (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing - Paula Wiseman Books)
Jesse Owens: I Always Loved Running - Jeff Burlingame (Enslow Publishers, Inc.)
Kick - Walter Dean (HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Children's Books)
Planet Middle School - Nikki Grimes (Bloomsbury Children's Books)
"Shaft" should have moviegoers shouting "Right On" at this weekend's box office.
Look for Paramount's R-rated urban appeal remake starring Samuel L. Jackson to open to a cool $20 million-plus at 2,337 theaters.
"Shaft" is a powerful 19% overall first choice in studio tracking studies, with its strongest appeal to men, especially those under 25.
"They're up from 15% first choice earlier in the week to 19%, so they're looking stronger than they did," an insider explains. "They'll do $20 million, maybe more."
"$22-25 million would be the number to me," predicts another studio source. "$10,000 a theater gives you $23 million."
Directed by John Singleton, "Shaft" stars Samuel L. Jackson and Vanessa Williams.
"Shaft" should give Buena Vista/Touchstone's "Gone In 60 Seconds" the first place heave-ho. The PG-13-rated action thriller, which opened last weekend to $25.3 million and some of the year's worst reviews, should slam on the brakes in second place in its second weekend.
"If they're off by a third, they'll do $16-17 million," says one insider. "And they could be off more than that."
"'Gone' is going to be down a third," agrees another source. "Too many films are going after males. So that's down to $17 million."
Directed by Dominic Sena, "Gone" stars Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie.
Insiders anticipate a close race for third place between "M:I-2," "Big Momma's House" and "Titan A.E.," each with $10-11 million.
Paramount's PG-13 blockbuster action adventure sequel "Mission: Impossible 2" was second with $17.23 million last weekend. It's grossed over $158 million and is heading for $200-220 million in domestic theaters.
Directed by John Woo, "M:I-2" stars Tom Cruise, Dougray Scott, Thandie Newton, Richard Roxburgh, John Polson, Brendan Gleeson, Rade Sherbedgia and Ving Rhames.
20th Century Fox's PG-13 comedy "Big Momma's House" finished a very close third with $17.22 million last weekend. It's done over $52 million-plus and is on its way to $90 million or more domestically.
Directed by Raja Gosnell, "Momma" stars Martin Lawrence and Nia Long.
"If 'Mission' and 'Big Momma' are down even 40%, they still do $10 million," one source speculates. "They're going to be $10-11 million."
20th Century Fox is launching its PG-rated animated feature "Titan A.E." at 2,733 theaters. "Titan" is only a 4% first choice in the tracking.
"Animated movies don't track as well," cautions a distribution executive, who figures $10-11 million is "probably the best case scenario for 'Titan.'"
Insiders expect "Titan" to get a boost from Fox doing about 1,400 sneaks Saturday night of its R-rated Jim Carrey comedy "Me, Myself & Irene" at theaters playing "Titan."
"Irene" will be sneaked at 10 p.m. performances, following the early evening showings of "Titan."
"Irene," from "There's Something About Mary" writer-directors Peter & Bobby Farrelly, opens June 23 at about 2,800 theaters.
Sixth place should go to Dimension Films' PG-13-rated teen appeal romantic comedy "Boys and Girls," opening at about 1,500 theaters. An 8% overall first choice in the tracking, its strongest appeal is to women under 25, with whom it's a 24% first choice. Their dates, however, aren't nearly as anxious to see it. With men under 25, it's only a 3% first choice.
Directed by Robert Iscove, "Boys" stars Freddie Prinze, Jr., Claire Forlani, Jason Biggs and Amanda Detmer.
Also arriving: Buena Vista/Disney's G-rated animated feature "Fantasia 2000," a 2% first choice in the tracking. It moves into 1,313 theaters following its very successful big-screen IMAX release earlier this year.
"That's somewhere in the $5-7 million range," a studio executive says. "You've got to figure they're going to cut into their own movie 'Dinosaur' as well as 'Titan A.E.'"
Distribution sources say that when Buena Vista reports "Fantasia's" cume through Sunday, it will include the film's gross of about $50 million from its earlier run at 54 IMAX theaters.
Looking ahead, an executive points out, "'The Patriot' (opening June 28 via Columbia) is a 17% first choice. I understand it screened very well Wednesday for exhibitors. That's looking like a monster. 'Perfect Storm' (opening June 30 via Warner Bros.) is a 9% first choice, which, three weeks out, is very respectable.
"July Fourth weekend is going to be a very strong weekend because of the calendar. The Fourth of July is on a Tuesday, and a lot of people are going to be off work on Monday. That's going to really help Sunday night business. If the weatherman cooperates on the East Coast, all kinds of things could happen. It's shaping up to be a big Fourth of July weekend."
Filling out lower rungs this weekend: "Gladiator," "Dinosaur" and "Road Trip."
On the limited release front: Miramax's R-rated drama "Butterfly" opens in New York and Los Angeles. Set in 1936, it's the story of an eight-year-old boy and his schoolteacher on the eve of the Spanish Civil War. Directed by Jose Luis Cuerda, it stars Fernando Fernan Gomez.
Lions Gate Films' R-rated drama "Jesus' Son" arrives in New York. It's a 1970s-set story about a young man on a journey from drug addiction and petty crime to personal redemption.
Directed by Alison Maclean, it stars Billy Crudup, Samantha Morton, Holly Hunter and Dennis Hopper.
"Shaft" was the man this weekend, easily stealing first place at the box office from "Gone in 60 Seconds."
Paramount's R-rated urban appeal remake kicked off to a muscular ESTIMATED $21.1 million at 2,337 theaters ($9,029 per theater).
"Shaft's" per-theater average was the highest for any film playing in wide release this weekend.
"It's great. It's a good opening," Paramount distribution president Wayne Lewellen said Sunday morning.
"We're very pleased with it, obviously. Early on, we thought it would be $18-22 million, so it fell right in the range that we were looking at, and it's a little bit on the high side of it."
Asked who the film's audience was, Lewellen noted, "I haven't seen the exit polls yet. I think it must have played young, at least that's what our research told us up front. Young males are the primary audience. The picture plays well, at least it did in all of our research screenings."
The original "Shaft" opened in 1971, long before Hollywood began focusing on box office statistics and many years before studios began keeping computer databases of their grosses. Directed by Gordon Parks, it starred Richard Roundtree in the title role. It was followed by "Shaft's Big Score" in 1972, also directed by Parks and also starring Roundtree. A third film, "Shaft in Africa," directed by John Guillermin and again starring Roundtree, was released in 1973.
The average admission price in 1971, according to a table of statistics in the National Association of Theater Owners' 1986 Encyclopedia of Exhibition, was $1.65. Distribution executives said they believed the original "Shaft" grossed about $25 million, which would have represented 15.2 million admissions. At today's average ticket price of about $4.87, the film's gross would be about $74 million.
Lewellen said he did not have details about what the original "Shaft" grossed but that, "I want to say something like $25 million - in that neighborhood. Someone made a comment that this picture could out-gross the original in three days. That (film opened) before people kept up with that stuff as closely as we do today. Of course, if you think about it, you can't relate those dollars to these dollars (today) for admissions. The first one initially wasn't even that successful. It was after the music became so popular that it sort of took off."
Directed by John Singleton, "Shaft" stars Samuel L. Jackson and Vanessa Williams.
Buena Vista/Touchstone's PG-13-rated action thriller "Gone In 60 Seconds" slid sharply to second place in its second weekend with a slower ESTIMATED $14.7 million (-42%) at 3,049 theaters (+43 theaters; $4,824 per theater). Its cume is approximately $51.9 million.
Directed by Dominic Sena and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Mike Stenson, "Gone" stars Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie.
20th Century Fox's PG-13 comedy "Big Momma's House" held on to third place in its third week with a still hefty ESTIMATED $11.3 million (-35%) at 2,853 theaters (-1 theater; $3,961 per theater). Its cume is approximately $70.7 million, on its way to $90 million or more.
"It's going towards $90 million now," Tom Sherak, 20th Domestic Film Group chairman and senior executive vice president of Fox Filmed Entertainment, said Sunday morning.
"Can it get to $100 million? Depends on what happens in the next couple of weeks."
Directed by Raja Gosnell, it stars Martin Lawrence and Nia Long.
Paramount's blockbuster "Mission: Impossible 2" skidded two notches to fourth place in its fourth week with a less exciting ESTIMATED $10.9 million (-37%) at 3,633 theaters (-36 theaters; $3,000 per theater).
The PG-13-rated action adventure sequel's cume is approximately $176.1 million, heading for $210-220 million in domestic theaters. The first "Mission" did $181 million domestically.
"It's $200 million-plus," Paramount's Lewellen predicted. "This is a little better hold, frankly, than I had projected. I had projected about $10 million for this weekend, so it's about $1 million above my projection. This puts it in the $210-220 million range. But it's always difficult to call, because if it happens to hold on better or continue to hold on better than we thought, obviously it would go beyond that."
Directed by John Woo, "M:I-2" was produced byTom Cruise and Paula Wagner through their Cruise/Wagner production company, which also produced the 1996 blockbuster "Mission: Impossible." Besides Cruise, the sequel stars Dougray Scott, Thandie Newton, Richard Roxburgh, John Polson, Brendan Gleeson, Rade Sherbedgia and Ving Rhames.
20th Century Fox's PG-rated animated feature "Titan A.E." arrived quietly in a fifth place orbit with an ESTIMATED $9.5 million at 2,733 theaters ($3,476 per theater).
"We wish it would have been more, but every day is summer now, so hopefully we will get back some of this money during the week," Tom Sherak, 20th Domestic Film Group chairman and senior executive vice president of Fox Filmed Entertainment, said Sunday morning.
"The market's down about 25% from last year. The market being down, all these movies are caught in a period where people are doing something else. We have to turn the market back on to moviegoing. If you're looking for good news, every day's a holiday (in the summer) and, hopefully, it will get a little bit better."
Dimension Films' PG-13-rated teen appeal romantic comedy "Boys and Girls" opened in sixth place with a not so sexy ESTIMATED $7.0 million at 1,983 theaters ($3,530 per theater).
Directed by Robert Iscove, "Boys" stars Freddie Prinze, Jr., Claire Forlani, Jason Biggs and Amanda Detmer.
Buena Vista/Disney's PG-rated, computer-animated feature "Dinosaur" fell three notches to seventh place in its fifth weekend with a slow ESTIMATED $5.8 million (-33%) at 2,938 theaters (-337 theaters; $1,985 per theater). Its cume is approximately $120.5 million, heading for $140 million or more in domestic theaters.
Directed by Ralph Zondag and Eric Leighton, "Dinosaur" features such voices as D.B. Sweeney, Ossie Davis, Joan Plowright, Della Reese and Alfre Woodard.
DreamWorks' R-rated action adventure "Gladiator" dropped three pegs to eighth place in its seventh week with a less exciting ESTIMATED $4.9 million (-30%) at 2,266 theaters (-440 theaters; $2,179 per theater). Its cume is approximately $158.6 million, heading for $170 million or more in domestic theaters.
"Gladiator" is half owned by Universal, which is releasing it internationally.
Directed by Ridley Scott, it stars Russell Crowe.
Buena Vista/Touchstone and Spyglass Entertainment's PG-13-rated action comedy "Shanghai Noon" fell three rungs to ninth place in its fourth weekend with a dull ESTIMATED $3.6 million (-39%) at 2,126 theaters (-625 theaters; $1,685 per theater). Its cume is approximately $47.8 million, heading for $50 million in domestic theaters.
Directed by Tom Dey, it stars Jackie Chan, Owen C. Wilson and Lucy Liu.
Rounding out the Top Ten was DreamWorks' R-rated youth appeal comedy "Road Trip," down three notches in its fifth week with a slow ESTIMATED $3.1 million (-37%) at 2,151 theaters (-435 theaters; $1,428 per theater). Its cume is approximately $60.2 million.
Directed by Todd Philips, it stars Breckin Meyer and Sean William Scott.
Buena Vista/Disney's G-rated animated feature "Fantasia 2000" appeared in 11th place with an unexciting ESTIMATED $2.8 million at 1,313 theaters ($2,151 per theater).
Earlier this year, "Fantasia 2000" grossed $54 million from its very successful big-screen IMAX domestic release.
Lions Gate Films' R-rated drama "Jesus' Son" opened at one theater in New York (the Unio Square), placing 18th with an encouraging ESTIMATED $37,000.
"It did really well," Lions Gate co-president Tom Ortenberg said Sunday morning. "We open up Los Angeles June 23, and we go into our spread on July 7. It's really a great launch. Even with the $37,000, we sold out five or six shows. We still could use more seats. We're looking at a film that would have grossed $40,000 or $50,000. I think we're really off and running."
Directed by Alison Maclean, it stars Billy Crudup, Samantha Morton, Holly Hunter and Dennis Hopper.
Miramax's R-rated drama "Butterfly" opened in New York and Los Angeles, placing 19th with a calm ESTIMATED $30,000 at 3 theaters ($10,000 per theater).
Directed by Jose Luis Cuerda, it stars Fernando Fernan Gomez.
"This weekend 'Butterfly' goes to the Top Ten markets, so about another 10 or 12 runs," Miramax senior vice president, marketing David Kaminow said Sunday morning.
20th Century Fox gave its opening weekend of "Titan, A.E." a boost by holding 1,400 sneaks Saturday night of its R-rated Jim Carrey comedy "Me, Myself & Irene" at theaters playing "Titan."
"Irene" was sneaked at 10 p.m. performances, following the early evening showings of "Titan."
"They went well," Tom Sherak, 20th Domestic Film Group chairman and senior executive vice president of Fox Filmed Entertainment, said Sunday morning.
"The majority of the people who went were 25-34 (years old), about 52% (of those on hand). The 15-24 (age group) was 30%, so the majority was where it should be. It was 60% male, 40% female. The top two boxes (excellent and very good) were 75%."
"Irene," from "There's Something About Mary" writer-directors Peter & Bobby Farrelly, opens June 23 at about 2,800 theaters.
DreamWorks held sneak previews Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. of its G-rated animated feature "Chicken Run." No details were available Sunday morning.
Directed by Peter Lord and Nick Park, it features such voices as Mel Gibson, Julia Sawalha and Miranda Richardson.
On the expansion front, Miramax's PG-rated romantic musical comedy "Love's Labour's Lost" went wider in its second week, placing 20th with a quiet ESTIMATED $0.024 million at 8 theaters (+6 theaters; $3,062 per theater).
Directed by Kenneth Branagh, it stars Branagh, Alicia Silverstone, Alessandro Nivola and Natascha McElhone.
Key films -- those grossing more than $500,000 for the weekend -- took in approximately $97.17 million, down about 21.28% from the comparable weekend last year when key films grossed $123.44 million.
This weekend's key film gross was up about 4.67% from this year's previous weekend when key films grossed $92.83 million.
Last year, Buena Vista's opening week of "Tarzan" was first with $34.22 million at 3,005 theaters ($11,388 per theater); and New Line's second week of "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" was second with $31.41 million at 3,314 theaters ($9,477 per theater). The top two films one year ago grossed $65.6 million. This year, the top two films grossed an ESTIMATED $35.8 million.
STUDIO MARKET SHARES
Based on business by key films (those grossing $500,000 or more), last weekend's top six distributors were:
Paramount was first with two films ("Shaft" and "Mission: Impossible 2"), grossing an ESTIMATED $32.0 million or 32.9% of the market.
Buena Vista (Disney and Touchstone) was second with four films("Gone in 60 Seconds," "Dinosaur," "Fantasia 2000" and "Shanghai Noon"), grossing an ESTIMATED $26.9 million or 27.7% of the market.
20th Century Fox was third with two films ("Big Momma's House" and "Where the Heart Is"), grossing an ESTIMATED $20.80 million or 21.4% of the market.
DreamWorks was fourth with three films("Gladiator," "Road Trip" and "Small Time Crooks"), grossing an ESTIMATED $8.94 million or 9.2% of the market.
Miramax (Miramax and Dimension) was fifth with one film ("Boys and Girls"), grossing an ESTIMATED $7.00 million or 7.2% of the market.
New Line was sixth with one film ("Frequency"), grossing an ESTIMATED $0.91 million or 0.9% of the market.
(11)FANTASIA 2000/Buena Vista/Disney: (see OTHER OPENINGS above)
(12)Small Time Crooks/DreamWorks: Theaters: 612 (-274) Gross: $0.94 million (-32%) Average per theater: $1,535 Cume: $14.8 million
(13)Frequency/New Line: Theaters: 777 (-442) Gross: $0.91 million (-38%) Average per theater: $1,165 Cume: $41.8 million
(14)U-571/Universal: Theaters: 688 (-484) Gross: $0.62 million (-41%) Average per theater: $905 Cume: $74.1 million
(15)Erin Brockovich/Universal: Theaters: 485 (-158) Gross: $0.34 million (-37%) Average per theater: $690 Cume: $123.8 million
(16)The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas/Universal: Theaters: 566 (-307) Gross: $0.31 million (-40%) Average per theater: $555 Cume: $32.7 million
(17)Up at the Villa/USA Films: Theaters: 110 (-2) Gross: $0.13 million (-32%) Average per theater: $1,175 Cume: $2.3 million
(18)JESUS' SON/Lions Gate: (see OTHER OPENINGS above)
(19)BUTTERFLY/Miramax: (see OTHER OPENINGS above)
(20)Love's Labour's Lost/Miramax: (see EXPANSIONS above)