Source: Deadline New York

Date Night director Shawn Levy has joined 20th Century Fox's production of Fantastic Voyage, a remake of the 1966 original which will be produced by 3D maven and frequent Fox collaborator James Cameron. Laeta Kalogridis, who previously wrote screenplays for Alexander and Shutter Island, is reportedly providing a polish on Armageddon and Shaft screenwriter Shane Salerno's script, and the film is Levy's next project after he completes another Fox project, the robot-boxing action film Real Steel.

Levy has made a concerted effort in the last few years to move from his early hits Cheaper By the Dozen and What Happens in Vegas to comparatively more substantial fare. Date Night was a minor hit, but he has pinned his hopes for critical credibility on Real Steel, and working with Cameron can only improve his current pedigree as a purveyor of featherweight mainstream entertainment.

 

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tangled.pngTangled was able to tack on another $23.7 million internationally this weekend in 50 territories representing a little more than 85% of the international market. The animated flick now stands at $285.1 million abroad. Worldwide, Tangled has grossed $477.2 million.

Other grosses:

The Green Hornet: $16.7 million from 5,740 locations in 73 markets. International total: $83.8 million. Worldwide total: $171 million.

Black Swan: $12.8 million from 1,913 locations in 28 markets. International total: $48 million. Worldwide Total: $144 million.

Gulliver's Travels: $10.4 million from 2,756 locations in 34 markets. International total: $140 million. Worldwide Total: $181.6 million.

Yogi Bear: $9.2 million from from 3,800 screens in 35 territories. International total: $47.1 million. Worldwide total: $142.1 million.

Hereafter: $5.4 million from 2,000 locations in 33 territories. International cume: $50.3 million.

TRON: Legacy: $5.3 million from 53 territories representing approximately 93% of the international market. International total: $203.7 million. Worldwide Total: $372.4 million.

Love and Other Drugs: $3.4 million from 2,256 locations in 40 markets. International total: $58.7 million. Worldwide total: $91 million.

Sanctum: $3.1 million from 561 locations. International total: $3.1 million. Worldwide total: $12.3 million.

 

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- DreamWorks Animation's "How To Train Your Dragon" won top honors as the Best Animated Feature at the 38th Annual Annie Awards on Saturday, February 5 at UCLA's Royce Hall. Best Animated Short Subject was presented to Pixar's ‘Day & Night'; Best Animated Television Commercial to Duck Studios ‘Children's Medical Center'; Nickelodeon's ‘SpongeBob SquarePants' was honored as Best Animated Television Production for Children and Playdead's ‘Limbo' won Best Animated Video Game. A new category, Character Animation in a Live Action Production was presented to Sony Pictures' ‘Alice in Wonderland.' A complete list of the 38th Annual Annie Award winners can be viewed at www.annieawards.org. The Annie Awards ceremony will also be web cast on the Annies website later this month.

Host Tom Kenny was joined on stage by a lively mix of animation luminaries, celebrity presenters and comedic talent including animation legend June Foray, Matt Groening, James Hong, Danica McKellar, Kevin Michael Richardson, Mike Henry, Candi Milo, Bob Bergen, Jay Baruchel, Guillermo Del Toro, Bill Plympton, Billy West, Nika Futterman, Brian Regan, Corey Burton, Jeremy Shada, Olivia Olson, Jim Cummings, John DiMaggio and Eric Goldberg. The Winsor McCay award was presented to three animation industry leaders - Brad Bird, Eric Goldberg and Matt Groening. Brad Bird is currently filming in Vancouver and accepted his Winsor via a videotaped message.

"ASIFA-Hollywood congratulates all of its Annie Award winners, " said ASIFA-Hollywood President Antran Manoogian. "The recognition that each award recipient received was certainly well-deserved."

Often a predictor of the annual Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, the Annie Awards honor overall excellence as well as individual achievement in a total of 25 categories ranging from best feature, production design, character animation, and effects animation to storyboarding, video games, writing, music and voice acting. Entries submitted for consideration were from productions that originally aired, were exhibited in an animation festival or commercially released between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2010.

Founded in 1972 by ASIFA member and veteran voice talent June Foray, the Annie Awards have grown in scope and stature for the past three decades. Today, ASIFA-Hollywood is the largest of an international network of chapters and supports a range of animation initiatives through its membership. Current projects include an animation archive, library and museum, classes and screenings, and animated film preservation efforts.

 

 

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christophernolannews2.pngInception's Christopher Nolan won the Best Original Screenplay Award from the Writers Guild of America this evening. The win marks an upset over The Kid Are All Right, which was considered by many to be the heavy favorite. The King's Speech was not eligible to win the WGA award, but it remains the leading contender for the Oscar.

Aaron Sorkin won Best Adapted Screenplay for The Social Network. Nothing can stop Sorkin from also taking home the Oscar at this point.

The other major film win went to Inside Job's Charles Ferguson for Best Documentary screenplay.

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Source: Daily Mail UK

Ralph Fiennes is the latest actor to take part in discussions for a role in Sam Mendes' upcoming film, which is yet unnamed but it's the 23rd film in the James Bond franchise. Fiennes is reportedly not in the running for the same role that it was announced earlier this week that Javier Bardem was in talks to play, but a role that was described by an executive close to the production as "darkly complex."

According to the unnamed executive, "it's the first of a new generation of Bond films, and the ideas Mendes has push the film into darker territory where the characters are modern, mature and challenging." While this direction certainly sounds intriguing, it will be interesting to see how far Mendes can and will actually go, for two reasons: in both of the last two installments, Casino Royale and A Quantum of Solace, Bond was already portrayed as a much more sophisticated and complex character than in many earlier films, offering almost precisely the kind of "darker territory" Mendes film promises; and the last time the franchise veered into that sort of material, during the Timothy Dalton era, the choice almost killed the franchise.

However, if both Fiennes and Bardem end up joining the production, it will certainly rank among the most star-studded of the Bond films, and that can't hurt its commercial prospects. Thankfully, Daniel Craig will play Bond himself regardless, at the very least ensuring that Bond will return once again in a familiar form.

 

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