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Not to be outshone by the current crop of Christmas blockbusters, Columbia Pictures and Marvel Entertainment’s Amazing Spider-Man has followed up its recent poster reveal with new stills from the 2012 film.

amazing spider man 4 Amazing Spider Man Stills: Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone Head to Midtown High (Photos)Stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are front and center, with additional shots revealing a close-up of Peter Parker’s mechanical web-shooters — a comic book homage and deviation from the original films — and a first look at Denis Leary’s Captain Stacy.

The photos don’t dwell on the high stakes drama of the film, instead showcasing Peter and Gwen Stacy’s lives at Midtown High School. One image in particular plays up the puppy love, with a blurred Stone seen walking away, while a forlorn Garfield glaces over his shoulder.

Check out the photos below:

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All the gifts are finally unwrapped and the cinematic class of 2011 has finally been presented. There’s not much left to do now but watch as the clock counts down until 2012.

It should be a quiet time to backtrack and catch up on all those movies that went unviewed opening weekend, but are now present on nearly every critics’ top 10 list. But the studios have kick-started the anticipation for the new year with a herd of new trailers for some of 2012?s biggest potential blockbusters — three in the last week alone.

Holiday moviegoers (or anyone with a decent Internet connection) got their first peeks at “The Hobbit,” “Prometheus” and an extended look at “The Dark Knight Rises.” These trailers joined the already-released group, which includes “The Avengers” and “John Carter” and “The Hunger Games,” among others.

So what big, expensive, effects-laden 2012 movie are you most anticipating?  Check out the Pictures below…

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What movie are you most anticipating in 2012?

oscars best director Midnight in Paris 2012 Oscar Predictions: Filling the Fifth Slot for Best DirectorMarion Cotillard, Alison Pill, Owen Wilson and Woody Allen on the set of Midnight in Paris, Photo: Sony Pictures Classics.

 

Yesterday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences mailed out 5,783 nomination ballots for the 84th Academy Awards to its voting members. Those ballots must be returned to PricewaterhouseCoopers by 5 p.m. PT on January 13 with nominations to be announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, at 5:30 a.m. PST. In short… there is still a ton of time between now and then for the race to change.

Even though ballots must be turned in before the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards will be handed out, the winners from the SAG Awards especially will help in trying to determine some categories in the race. The Critics Choice Awards on January 12th may also give us a little bit of a clue as to which way the tide is turning in other races, though it’s always hard to shake out just how much critical opinion matters in these races. A lot? A little? None at all?

As a matter of fact, when it comes to Best Director the Critics Choice Awards have matched the Oscar winner 13 out of the 16 years they’ve been handed out. The three times they did not match began in 2002 when Steven Spielberg won for Catch Me If You Can (he wasn’t even nominated for an Oscar), again in 2004 when the BFCA awarded Martin Scorsese for The Aviator while Clint Eastwood won for Million Dollar Baby, and then, obviously, last year when the BFCA awarded David Fincher for The Social Network only to watch Tom Hooper win the Oscar for The King’s Speech.

So, with an 81% success rate at predicting the Oscar winner, will we know who will be taking home Best Director on the night of January 12? Let’s take a look at just who exactly the BFCA nominated for the Critics Choice Awards:

Stephen Daldry (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close)
Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)
Alexander Payne (The Descendants)
Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive)
Martin Scorsese (Hugo)
Steven Spielberg (War Horse)

Looking over that list I think we can all agree right now that Michel Hazanavicius, Alexander Payne and Martin Scorsese are going to be nominated. All three were nominated by both the BFCA and HFPA. I also think we can count on Spielberg being nominated for War Horse, which, for me, leaves one spot open. If I was to attempt to select that one spot from the choices given to me by the BFCA and HFPA I would be choosing between Stephen Daldry (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close), Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive), Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris) and George Clooney (The Ides of March).

So who do you pick? Will it be one of those four or an alternate candidate?

Around January 9th I expect we’ll be hearing the nominees for the Directors Guild Awards, which should clear things up a little bit and perhaps help us figure out that final spot. Last year it went to David O. Russell for The Fighter when it just as easily could have gone to Christopher Nolan (Inception) or Danny Boyle (127 Hours).

After a lot of thought, I finally decided I would fill that final slot with Woody Allen, though it wasn’t an easy decision and no, Stephen Daldry wasn’t my second choice. In fact, I think one name not mentioned yet that stands a chance is Tate Taylor for The Help. The biggest problem with that choice is I see Taylor being a larger champion among other members of the Academy and not necessarily the Directors branch. On top of that, sometimes you just have to take a risk.

However, when you visit my rankings page for Best Director you’ll see I have kept Taylor up there in sixth position, just ahead of Daldry and ahead of another name that just might make the DGA’s list of nominees and get me to move his name even higher: Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life).

The thing with Malick is that he has only been nominated by the DGA once and by the Academy once and for the same film (The Thin Red Line). Should I really expect what is essentially a personal and experimental film to make that big a splash on the awards scene were “safe” is the agreed upon word of the day each and every day?

People keep wondering why Stephen Daldry’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close remains in my Best Picture predictions despite the negative critical reaction so far. Well, beyond the fact not all critics have weighed in (though group think has obviously started to set in), sentimentality wins over Academy members and like it or not, Extremely Loud is incredibly sentimental and word around the Internet is that it is playing very well in Academy screenings and it’s already off to a great start in limited release. So, no, it has nothing to do with the fact I love the film, but everything to do with the fact I think it’s a film that will appeal to Academy members.

Where I am beginning to have a hang up with my Extremely Loud prediction, though, is when it comes to categories such as Director and Film Editing (which I will be covering tomorrow). I’m not sure it’s going to make my predictions in either category, which makes it very hard to be nominated for Best Picture and pretty much impossible to win. Of course, a Daldry film has surprised us before (The Reader) and he’s yet to direct a feature film and not be nominated for Best Director. It’s a hard bit of history to bet against, but right now, for Director, I am.

Directly below are my current predictions for Best Director with Hazanavicius my front-runner to win. You can browse my complete rankings for the category right here as I have trimmed the field to 15 contenders.

Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)
Martin Scorsese (Hugo)
Steven Spielberg (War Horse)
Alexander Payne (The Descendants)
Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris)

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the official poster for the 2012 Oscars this morning, debuting an image that includes the golden knight accompanied by images of iconic Oscar-winning films including Gone with the Wind (1939), Casablanca (1943), Giant (1956), The Sound of Music (1965), The Godfather (1972), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Forrest Gump (1994) and Gladiator (2000). Seven of the eight films won Best Picture, can you tell me which of them didn’t?

The poster art was designed by Anthony Goldschmidt, and Mark and Karen Crawford of the design firm Blood&Chocolate. You can see a selection of the work they’ve done right here, which includes the latest poster for The Iron Lady; past posters for Panic Room, The Shawshank Redemption and The Blair Witch Project; and some alternate posters for films such as Robin Hood, The Dark Knight and Zodiac.

I have started the 2012 Oscars gallery with a slightly larger version and you can select even larger versions over at Oscars.org if that’s your thing.

The nominations for the 84th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, at 5:30 a.m. PST and the awards will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2012. And, as always, I will be here to announce the nominees and winners with articles and live blogs to keep you entertained… or at least what I refer to as entertained.

Now check out the new poster directly below.

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Over a joyous holiday weekend, not even Angelina Jolie could persuade audiences to show up at the multiplex to see a film about the brutal Bosnian war.

The actress’ directorial debut “In the Land of Blood and Honey” opened on Friday and has since grossed $27,827, according to an estimate from distributor GK Films. Playing in three locations, that amounted to a weak per-theater average of $9,276 over the four-day holiday.

The movie was written, directed and produced by Jolie, who did extensive publicity to promote it on TV programs including “60 Minutes” and “Good Morning America.” But the movie is told mostly in Bosnian and other Slavic languages and features actors unknown to Americans, making it a difficult sell for U.S. moviegoers.

“We obviously realize that the subject matter itself is very demanding,” said FilmDistrict’s president of theatrical distribution, Bob Berney. “But Angelina’s name helped tremendously in getting the word out. This appeals to art-house crowds — people interested in politics or history — but I think she definitely helped to expand the audience.”

Audiences were more interested in seeing a movie set around another tragic historical event. Warner Bros. debuted its Stephen Daldry-directed 9/11 drama “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” in six theaters on Sunday, and it has so far grossed $136,000. That gives the movie a decent per-theater average of $22,667.

There has been some question about whether moviegoers would embrace a film centering around the aftermath of the American tragedy. Though well-reviewed, the 9/11 pictures “United 93” and “World Trade Center” failed to make a big showing at the box office. “Extremely Loud,” adapted from Jonathan Safran Foer’s popular novel, has so far received middling reviews from critics and expands to theaters nationwide on Jan. 20.

Several new images from Warner Bros. slate of 2012 films

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Warner Bros. 2012 Preview
Photo: Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. decided the day after Christmas would be the best day to release a slew of new images previewing their upcoming 2012 films. Okay, I’m game, let’s see what you’ve got…

Inside the preview we have new images from several of their upcoming films including three from Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, a first look at Steven Soderbergh’s male stripper movie Magic Mike starring Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey, a first look at Ruben Fleischer’s The Gangster Squad with Sean Penn and Josh Brolin, a look at Ben Affleck’s next feature Argo and Sylvester Stallone’s Bullet to the Head.

And it doesn’t end there as I have more from the likes of Dark Shadows, Jack the Giant Killer, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Rock of Ages, The Lucky One, Project X and Joyful Noise.

Joyful Noise (January 13)
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (February 10 in 3D, 2D and IMAX)
Project X (March 2)
Wrath of the Titans (March 30 in 3D, 2D and IMAX)
Bullet to the Head (April 13)
The Lucky One (April 20)
Dark Shadows (May 11)
Rock of Ages (June 1)
Jack the Giant Killer (June 15 in 3D, 2D and IMAX)
Magic Mike (June 29)
The Dark Knight Rises (July 20 in select IMAX theaters)
Untitled Jay Roach Comedy (August 10) *
The Apparition (August 24)
Argo (September 14)
The Gangster Squad (October 19)
Gravity (November 21 in 3D, 2D and IMAX) *
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (December 14 in 3D, 2D and IMAX)
The Great Gatsby (December 25 in 3D and 2D)

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DOLLY PARTON as G.G. Sparrow and QUEEN LATIFAH as Vi Rose Hill in Alcon Entertainment’s “JOYFUL NOISE”

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JOSH HUTCHERSON as Sean, LUIS GUZMÁN as Gabato, VANESSA HUDGENS as Kailani, and DWAYNE JOHNSON as Hank in New Line Cinema’s family adventure “JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND”

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JONATHAN DANIEL BROWN as JB, OLIVER COOPER as Costa, and THOMAS MANN as Thomas in Warner Bros. Pictures’ comedy “PROJECT X”

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SAM WORTHINGTON as Perseus in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action adventure “WRATH OF THE TITANS”

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SYLVESTER STALLONE as Jimmy Bobo in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action thriller “BULLET TO THE HEAD”

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TAYLOR SCHILLING as Beth Green and ZAC EFRON as Logan Thibault in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ romantic drama “THE LUCKY ONE”

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HELENA BONHAM CARTER as Dr. Julia Hoffman, CHLOË GRACE MORETZ as Carolyn Stoddard, EVA GREEN as Angelique Bouchard, GULLIVER McGRATH as David Collins, BELLA HEATHCOTE as Victoria Winters, JOHNNY DEPP as Barnabas Collins, RAY SHIRLEY as Mrs. Johnson, JACKIE EARLE HALEY as Willie Loomis, JONNY LEE MILLER as Roger Collins, and MICHELLE PFEIFFER as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ thriller “DARK SHADOWS”

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RUSSELL BRAND as Lonny Barnett, JULIANNE HOUGH as Sherrie Christian, DIEGO BONETA as Drew Bolley, and ALEC BALDWIN as Dennis Dupree in New Line Cinema’s rock musical “ROCK OF AGES”

jackthegiantkiller Dark Knight Rises, Argo, Gangster Squad and More in Warner Bros. 2012 Picture PreviewNICHOLAS HOULT as Jack in New Line Cinema’s and Legendary Pictures’ action adventure “JACK THE GIANT KILLER”

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ALEX PETTYFER as The Kid/Adam, MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY as Dallas, and CHANNING TATUM as Mike Martingano in Warner Bros. Pictures’ dramatic comedy “MAGIC MIKE”

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CHRISTIAN BALE as Batman in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action thriller “THE DARK KNIGHT RISES”

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TOM HARDY as Bane in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action thriller “THE DARK KNIGHT RISES”

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Director CHRISTOPHER NOLAN during the filming of Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action thriller “THE DARK KNIGHT RISES”

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ASHLEY GREENE as Kelly in Dark Castle Entertainment’s supernatural thriller “THE APPARITION”

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BEN AFFLECK as Tony Mendez in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and GK Films’ dramatic thriller “ARGO”

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SEAN PENN as Mickey Cohen and JOSH BROLIN as Sgt. John O’Mara in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ drama “THE GANGSTER SQUAD”

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JAMES NESBITT as Bofur, MARTIN FREEMAN (front) as Bilbo Baggins, STEPHEN HUNTER as Bombur, GRAHAM McTAVISH as Dwalin, WILLIAM KIRCHER as Bifur, and JED BROPHY as Nori in New Line Cinema’s and MGM’s fantasy adventure “THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY”

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TOBEY MAGUIRE as Nick Carraway, LEONARDO DICAPRIO as Jay Gatsby, CAREY MULLIGAN as Daisy Buchanan and JOEL EDGERTON as Tom Buchanan in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ drama “THE GREAT GATSBY”

Here’s our wrap up of various movie news tidbits we may have missed this week including details on Reese Witherspoon joining the West Memphis three film ‘Devil’s Knot’ as well as a peek at Mel Gibson’s ‘How I spent My Summer Vacation,’ and other stories.

Reese Witherspoon joins Devils Knot Movie News Wrap Up: December 26th, 2011

This week:

Reese Witherspoon is walking in Memphis with the Devil’s Knot; we see Mel Gibson in snaps from his Summer Vacation; Dan Aykroyd gets involved in a Dog Fight between Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis; Seth Rogen joins The B Team and Andrzej Bartkowiak gets that sinking feeling with Beneath the Deep.

1. Reese Witherspoon has signed on to star in Devil’s Knot, a new drama about the West Memphis three.

Atom Egoyan (Chloe) will direct the film which sees Witherspoon “play Pam Hobbs, the mother of one of the murder victims who initially believes the trio murdered her son, but she is eventually persuaded that the three suspects are innocent and wrongly accused”.

Scott Derrickson and Paul Boardman, adapted Mara Leveritt’s 2003 book Devil’s Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three for the screen, but the script was rewritten by Egoyan once he came on-board the project, which begins shooting in the summer.

Witherspoon will next be seen opposite Tom Hardy and Chris Pine in This Means War.

Source: Deadline

2. Fans of Mel Gibson (yeah, we know you’re out there) will be glad to know that we’ve uncovered some images from his next film – How I Spent My Summer Vacation.

Check them out below:

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The Adrian Grunberg directed fiilm sees Gibson play a career criminal incarcerated in a Mexican prison where he befriends a young boy who teaches him how to survive.

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Looks like Mel is doing what he does best – kicking ass.

The $20 million, independently financed How I Spent My Summer Vacation is currently without a US distributor.

Source: Ace Showbiz

3. Former (current?) Ghostbuster Dan Aykroyd has joined the cast of director Jay Roach’s latest comedy Dog Fight.

Dan Aykroyd joins Dog Fight Movie News Wrap Up: December 26th, 2011

The comedy sees Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as two rival South Carolina politicians with presidential aspirations who battle it out on the campaign trail.

John Lithgow, Dylan McDermott and Brian Cox also star in the film which is currently shooting in New Orleans.

Dog Fight will be released this coming August.

4. Seth Rogen will produce and possibly star in The B Team, a new spy comedy from Disney, which is apparently a comedic take on Mission: Impossible. The project was originally picked up by Disney in 2008, when Derek Guiley and David Schneiderman pitched the project to the studio.

Seth Rogen to produce The B Team for Disney Movie News Wrap Up: December 26th, 2011

Trivia: Will Ferrell’s 2010 comedy The Other Guys was originally developed under the title The B Team.

Source: Variety

5. Andrzej Bartkowiak (Doom) will direct Beneath the Deep, a new $16 million action-adventure set in the Carribean from Hannibal Pictures.

“Beneath the Deep follows a group of tourists in search of an underwater adventure in the Caribbean. When natural forces strand them in a vacation spot from hell, they must contend with unexpected visitors that view them as intruders and a threat to their own survival.”

Andrzej Bartkowiak to direct Beneath the Deep Movie News Wrap Up: December 26th, 2011

Speaking of the project, Bartkowiak said:

“I am always fascinated by what I learn about myself, when I’m thrown into an unknown and uncontrolled situation. the Deep,’ set in the idyllic islands of the Caribbean, is a story of resilience and ingenuity when people are faced with unexpected forces, who have no other choice but to fight for survival.”

Sounds like Into The Blue meets The Beach – and we all know how they turned out.

Source: Variety

Merry Christmas. See you at the movies.

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Warner Bros. Pictures has releaser three new photos from Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated film The Dark Knight Rises. See Christian Bale in the suit. See Tom Hardy be bad ass Bane!

Bale reprises his role as The Dark Knight, while Tom Hardy enters the fray as masked mercenary Bane. Anne Hathaway’s intriguing casting as Catwoman merely ramps up the excitement levels surrounding this release. Gary Oldman returns as Commissioner Gordon, Michael Caine is back as Alfred, and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox.

Opening in theaters on July 20th, 2012, the Nolan’s highly-anticipated third Batman movie also stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Juno Temple, Josh Pence, Daniel Sunjata, Nestor Carbonell, Matthew Modine, Tom Conti, Joey King, Brett Cullen, Chris Ellis, Josh Stewart, Christopher Judge, Adam Rodriguez and Rob Brown.
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Moviegoers will have a handful of new films to choose from this Christmas, but none will likely reach the heights of Tom Cruise’s latest “Mission: Impossible” sequel.

The fourth installment in Paramount Pictures’ action franchise, “Ghost Protocol” — which expanded its run in theaters nationwide on Tuesday night — is expected to beat out all other box-office contenders this weekend.

For the five-day holiday period between Wednesday and Christmas Sunday, the movie will likely sell about $45 million worth of tickets, according to those who have seen prerelease audience surveys. The $145-million production, which opened in about 400 Imax and large-format theaters in the U.S. last Thursday, has already grossed $25.7 million domestically and $85 million overseas.

Director David Fincher’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” which opened Tuesday, will likely be runner-up with around $30 million through Sunday. The movie cost around $100 million to produce, said an individual close to the production, though a Sony representative insisted the budget was $90 million.

The picture starring Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig has so far been extremely well received by audiences, who assigned it an average grade of A, according to market research firm CinemaScore. “Ghost Protocol” earned an A-, as did “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” which is projected to come in third at the box office this weekend.

The Robert Downey Jr. detective sequel had a softer than hoped for opening last weekend but has performed solidly this week, and could make around $27 million or more from Wednesday to Sunday. The film, which cost $125 million to make, has so far grossed $54 million.

“The Adventures of Tintin,” Steven Spielberg’s 3-D animated film based on a popular Belgian comic book series, opened domestically on Wednesday and collected a soft $2.3 million. The movie, which cost co-financiers Paramount and Sony between $150 million and $170 million, will likely bring in around $15 million over the five-day period.

The family movie received an A- CinemaScore and Paramount — which is releasing it in the U.S. and Canada — is hopeful that word of mouth will help the film pass the $100-million mark by the end of its domestic run. Meanwhile, the picture is a hit abroad, where it has so far grossed $240 million.

“We Bought a Zoo,” which doesn’t hit theaters until Friday, is expected get off to a modest start with around $10 million by the weekend‘s end. The family drama, which was directed by Cameron Crowe and stars Matt Damon as a widower who purchases a dilapidated zoo, cost 20th Century Fox about $50 million to produce.

Two films will open on Christmas Day, the Spielberg-directed “War Horse” and the horror thriller “The Darkest Hour.” Because Christmas falls on a Sunday this year and many theaters will close early Christmas Eve, weekend results may be weaker than usual.

Despite the different schedule, Dave Hollis, executive vice president of distribution for Disney — which is releasing “War Horse” — felt the holiday was still the right date to open the picture made by Spielberg’s DreamWorks.

“We picked Christmas because combined with Spielberg and the brand he represents, it signals this is something that is going to be special,” Hollis explained.

The World War I drama will probably not make a large dent in the marketplace on Sunday with an expected $4 million in sales. But Disney hopes that the film — last week nominated for a best drama picture Golden Globe prize — will generate positive word of mouth and play well through the award season. Spielberg’s studio spent around $70 million to produce the film, which features a mostly unknown British cast.

“The Darkest Hour” is the least-expensive film to be released over the holidays, with a budget of around $30 million. The Summit Entertainment and New Regency co-production will also make the least money of any film through Sunday, as it is only expected to gross around $2 million on its opening day.

In limited release, Warner Bros. will open director Stephen Daldry’s drama “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” on Sunday in a total of six theaters in Los Angeles, New York and Toronto. The movie, based on Jonathan Safran Foer’s popular novel about a child struggling with the death of his father post-9/11, will expand nationwide on Jan. 20.

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Negotiations are ongoing to have Daniel Craig play James Bond in a total of eight films, besting the previous record set by former 007 star Roger Moore.

Since principal photography commenced on the (delayed) new Daniel Craig James Bond flick, Skyfall, the public’s attention has been focused foremost on the film’s production – and not on the matter of how many more Bond movies will feature Craig’s iteration of the iconic super-spy.

Increasingly-popular actors like Henry Cavill, Idris Elba, and Michael Fassbender have all expressed interest in picking up the Bond mantle once Craig’s run as the character is complete. However, according to a new report, franchise staple producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli want to keep Craig onboard for the next decade (or maybe even longer).

People.co.uk is reporting that Craig has been offered a deal to portray Mr. Bond five more times onscreen; the deal is expected to not only snag the actor an additional $60 million for his efforts, but also make his incarnation of the character the longest-running to date, besting even that of Roger Moore’s seven-movie tenure.

While Craig has his fair share of supporters who would probably be fine watching him play Mr. Bond onscreen until he reaches his early/mid-50s, there are surely several Craig supporters out there who feel iffy about the prospect of there being at least five (six, counting Skyfall) more Bond flicks that feature the actor’s harder-edged take on the suave government agent.

Those who’ve already gotten their fill of Craig as Bond are really not going to think highly of this new development, especially since it essentially reduces the chances of someone like Elba or Fassbender landing the Bond job in the future to zilch.

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Director Irvin Kershner’s 1983 Bond flick, Never Say Never Again, played around with the concept of an aging version of 007 (brought to life by Sean Connery). It stands to reason that, should Craig sign on for five more movies, future installments in the franchise could likewise incorporate and work with the idea of a battle-worn Bond – an idea that would also be in keeping with the relatively “grittier and more realistic” aesthetic of the series during Craig’s run.

Craig’s being kept on could also result in a new series of Bond films that are both closer from a narrative standpoint (similar to the immediate storyline continuity between Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace), and feature a somewhat unprecedented evolving portrayal of 007, rather than the episodic approach to characterization that many previous Bond flicks have offered.

Bearing all that in mind – how do you feel about the prospect of Craig portraying James Bond for (at least) the next ten years?

Skyfall reaches theaters in the U.S. on November 9th, 2012.

Source: People.co.uk