The fireworks have all been set off, the champagne corks have all been popped, and the laundry lists of overly ambitious resolutions have been set. In other words, the new year is here and with it, a whole slew of new movie releases that could just make 2013 the biggest year yet. But box office predictions aside, what is certain is that - from the glitz and glamour of Gatsby to the high octane thrills of Iron Man 3 to the continuing journey of a certain Hobbit in The Desolation of Smaug - 2013 is set to be one heck of a huge year for film fans.
But with over 150 releases set for the coming twelve months, those same fans will be completely spoiled for choice and that can get more than a bit overwhelming. So we've thrown together some of the big highlights of what's headed your way to get you thinking and planning ahead. We've got your superheroes (Iron Man, Thor), your everyday heroes (Katniss), even your vengeful villains (Star Trek Into Darkness's John Harrison) and so much more. So...shall we begin?
A tiny hobbit has a mighty hold on the box office, staying on top for a third-straight week and wrapping up a year that saw a record-breaking $10.8 billion in total annual grosses.
The Warner Bros. fantasy The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey remained at number one with $32 million for a total of $221.7 million, according to final studio figures Monday. That's slightly down from the Sunday estimate of just under $33 million but enough to retain first place in a holiday weekend that featured the much-anticipated debuts of awards contenders Django Unchained, the latest from Quentin Tarantino starring Jamie Foxx in the title role and the star-studded musical Les Miserables, featuring Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe.
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It's no secret that we've dearly missed Mr. Gosling since he's been absent from the big screen for the past twelve months but hey, 2013 is upon us and that means we can start counting down the days to his return, which starts with Gangster Squad, on January 11, but that's not what we're here to talk about.
Ryan Gosling did some of his finest acting in writer-director Derek Cianfrance's difficult anti-romance Blue Valentine and reunites with its creative force for The Place Beyond the Pines, a movie that hit the Toronto International Film Festival and disappeared without so much as a teaser or even a clip to tide us over. Now, FINALLY, comes a full-length trailer and along with Gosling, we've got heavy-hitters Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Ray Liotta and Rose Byrne helping to tell the complicated, multi-generational story of fathers and sons and what the absence of one in the life of the other can do to some.
Take a look for yourself after the jump.
Growing concern that problems with the new electronic Oscar voting system could lead to record-low turnout has prompted the motion picture academy to extend the deadline for members to vote for Oscar nominations.
But with next week's highly anticipated announcements looming, the extension is only for a day, until Friday. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Monday any votes received after the new deadline will not be counted.
"By extending the voting deadline we are providing every opportunity available to make the transition to online balloting as smooth as possible," said the academy's chief operating officer, Ric Robertson, in a statement. "We're grateful to our global membership for joining us in this process."
The Abraham Lincoln Civil War saga Lincoln, Ben Affleck’s hostage thriller Argo, and the upcoming Zero Dark Thirty about the hunt for Osama bin Laden were among the films nominated for the Producers Guild of America’s top honour.
The award is handed out by the PGA, an association of Hollywood producers, on January 26th. The Producers Guild Award winner usually goes on to snag the Best Picture award at the Academy Awards, held this year on February 24th. The last five PGA winners went on to pick up the Oscar for Best Picture: The Artist, The King's Speech, The Hurt Locker, Slumdog Millionaire, No Country for Old Men.
Keep reading to see the rest of the nominees for the Producers Guild Awards!
Professional nice guy John Krasinski leaves the safety of cubicle life with his second screenplay, after 2009's Brief Encounters with Hideous Men, and joins forces with A-lister Matt Damon, this is the third movie he's written, and best-selling author Dave Eggers to make Promised Land, a story about fracking, the controversial practice of oil extraction that has its share of supporters and detractors thanks to potentially adverse environmental and health effects.
The movie, directed by Gus Van Sant, who also helmed Damon's two other screenplays, has the Good Will Hunting star play Steve Butler, the affable face of a giant natural gas corporation who is sent to a small impoverished town to sell them on the benefits of his company drilling in their area, only to be met by surprisingly fierce opposition in the form of Krasinski's Dustin Noble (as if there was any debate about what side he's on).
Before the movie opens in theatres on January 4, check out these clips from Promised Land, co-starring Frances McDormand, Rosemarie DeWitt and Hal Hoolbrook.
The 22-year-old actress who brought Katniss Everdeen to life is truly The Girl on Fire, with accolades pouring in for her mature work opposite Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro in Silver Linings Playbook, an Oscar nom seems a slam dunk at this point, and Jennifer Lawrence also gives good quote, proving to be a whip-smart firecracker in the February issue of Vanity Fair, whose cover she graces, playfully chewing on a daisy and back to her blond locks (thankfully!).
Lawrence may be young but in the interview she makes clear that she's armed with something most of her peers lack: perspective.
When asked to reflect on how her very quick rise to fame has affected her - no one knew her name a few years ago and now she leads one of the biggest movie franchises with The Hunger Games - she balked at Jim Windolf, the interviewer, and referred to acting as stupid. To wit: "Everybody's like, 'How can you remain with a level head?' And I'm like, 'Why would I ever get cocky? I'm not saving anybody's life. There are doctors who save lives and firemen who run into burning buildings. I'm making movies. It's stupid.'"
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