|As an Actor||Leading||23||$1,638,243,013||$1,896,012,288||$3,534,255,301|
|Lead Ensemble Member||2||$35,575,844||$90,326,911||$125,902,755|
|In Technical Roles||Executive Producer||3||$70,717,004||$79,996,862||$150,713,866|
|Best known as a Leading Actress based on credits in that role in 23 films, with $3,534,255,301 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #51)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Padmé Amidala (Star Wars Ep. III: Revenge of the Sith), Queen Amidala Padme Naberrie (Star Wars Ep. I: The Phantom Menace), Jane Foster (Thor: The Dark World), Senator Padme Amidala (Star Wars Ep. II: Attack of the Clones), Jane Foster (Thor)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: No Strings Attached (Executive Producer), Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Producer), Jane Got a Gun (Producer), New York, I Love You (Director), New York, I Love You (Screenwriter)|
|Most productive collaborators: Chris Hemsworth, Kevin Feige, Darren Aronofsky, Tom Hiddleston, Patricia Whitcher|
|Born: June 9th, 1981 (36 years old)|
March 29th, 2017
It’s a good week for Pick of the Week contenders, as there are seven such releases on this week’s list. Unfortunately, none of them really scream out as The Pick of the Week. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is by far the biggest, but it is only out on Video on Demand right now, while Hidden Figures is the best, but again, it is only on VOD this week. There are also a couple of busted Oscar-bait films, Archer: Season Seven is only getting a DVD release, while the previous seasons came out on Blu-ray. In the end, I went with Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXXVIII, partially to celebrate the return of the show.
March 13th, 2017
Jackie is Oscar-bait, there’s no denying that. It has all of the hallmarks of an Oscar-bait release. It is based on historical events, it was released in the heart of Awards Season, and it features a powerhouse performance. The film did earn three Oscar Nominations, but wasn’t able to convert any of those into wins. Is the film busted Oscar-bait? Or did it deserve to win at least one Oscar?
March 10th, 2017
February 26th, 2017
February 26th, 2017
It’s Oscar night and we will be live blogging the show. Before that, let’s take a last look at the nominations with a few annotations. Nominees in italics are those that have received the most votes from our readers so far in our Oscar contest (which is open to new entries until noon, Pacific, today—enter now!). Bold films are those films I think will win. Meanwhile, those that are Underlined are those I want to win. Not all categories have underlined nominees, because not all categories have someone I’m cheering for, or because there are two nominees I couldn’t pick between.
February 17th, 2017
With our annual Oscar Prediction contest underway, now is the best time to look at the nominees and try and figure out who the favorites are and which films should just feel honored to be nominated. Today we look at Best Leading Actress, which is not competitive. There’s an overwhelming favorite, a long shot with a shot, and then everyone else.
January 24th, 2017
The Oscar nominations were announced starting at 5:18 am Pacific time. Nothing is good that early in the morning. Worse still, it’s a boring year for nominations with very few surprises worth talking about, especially in the biggest categories. Leading the way was La La Land with 14 nominations, tying the record.
January 11th, 2017
The BAFTA nominations were announced and it should come as no surprise what film lead the way... La La Land with 11 nominations, Nocturnal Animals and Arrival are tied for second with nine nominations a piece.
December 14th, 2016
The Screen Actors Guild were the third group to announce their nominations for this awards season. So far there have been three different films earning the most nominations. This could mean the Oscar race will be a lot closer than in past years. This time around Manchester by the Sea led the way with four nominations.
December 12th, 2016
The Golden Globes nominations were announced and we are starting to see a few names pop up over and over again. La La Land led the way with seven nominations, but Moonlight was right behind with six and Manchester by the Sea earned five. You will be hearing those three names over and over and over again this Awards Season.
December 3rd, 2016
As expected, Moana led the way at the box office on Friday. It did so thanks to a $6.45 million haul. This is just 4.2% lower than Frozen managed during the same period in its run. If Moana has the same internal multiplier over the weekend, then it will earn just over $30 million. That would be amazing. That would be $6 million better than expected. I think it is going to have trouble keeping up that pace, but a sub-50% drop-off to $29 million is still impressive, especially for this time of year. The film has $97.96 million as of Friday and by the time you read this, it may have already crossed $100 million on Saturday. If it continues to show legs like this, then the film will still be in wide release on Christmas Day, which will be a boon to its box office numbers.
December 2nd, 2016
There are not a lot of limited releases on this week’s list. Things to Come is earning the best reviews, but it is a foreign-language film and that will limit its box office potential. Believe is the biggest in terms of theater count, but it’s a faith-based film and there’s a chance it will open well below the Mendoza Line. On the other hand, Jackie has the best box office potential and Natalie Portman could win an Oscar for her performance.
November 23rd, 2016
The Independent Spirit Awards nominations were announced last night and thus the 2016 Awards Season begins. There were a few surprises and some snubs to discuss, but for the most part, there’s not a lot nominations that broke the established narrative. It’s because there isn’t really an established narrative. This means films that earn nominations here have a much better chance of doing well going forward and Moonlight looks like it could rise up as a result.
August 24th, 2016
August 21st, 2016
Three even-matched debutants proved to be no match for the incumbents at the box office this weekend, with Suicide Squad taking a third straight victory at the box office with $20.71 million, according to Warner Bros.’ Sunday morning projection. Sausage Party stays in second with $15.3 million, and that leaves the new entrants in 3rd, 4th and 5th. This was a weekend where diversity isn’t the problem, but novelty is.
August 19th, 2016
There are a number of interesting limited releases on this week’s list, including Lo And Behold, Reveries Of The Connected World, Morris from America, Imperium, and Closet Monster. Unfortunately, while all of them are earning good reviews, none of them are likely to be hits in theaters.
January 31st, 2016
Kung Fu Panda 3 is making a solid start domestically this weekend with Fox projecting a $41 million debut. That’s the weakest start for any film in the franchise, behind the $47.7 million opening of Kung Fu Panda 2, and Kung Fu Panda’s $60.2 million back in 2008. The downward trend is in large part explained by the January release of the third movie, compared to June and May for the previous two. In fact, it still technically has a shot at having the best first weekend for a film in January, a record currently held by Ride Along with $41.5 million, although American Sniper really has bragging rights, with $89.3 million when it expanded wide last year. More importantly, Kung Fu Panda 3 opened with an estimated $57 million in China, a record for an animated film in the territory, and $75 million internationally.
January 1st, 2016
2016 will begin the same way 2015 ended, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens on top. In fact, three of the five films that have the best shot at box office success in January are The Force Awakens, The Hateful Eight, and The Revenant, all of which opened in December. There are two true January releases that could also do really well, for this time of year: Ride Along 2 and Kung Fu Panda 3. The rest of the releases are just hoping to become midlevel hits. Last January, American Sniper dominated earning more than $300 million. Its success could prevent 2016 from being ahead in the year-over-year comparison by the end of the month, but this year does have better depth.
February 17th, 2014
Thor came out in 2011 and cost $150 million to make. However, it barely made a profit. In fact, had it been a stand-alone movie, it would have very likely lost money. Had it not been for The Avengers boosting the home market numbers, it might have lost money. On the other hand, Thor: The Dark World cost $170 million to make and pulled in 40% more at the worldwide box office. Is it also 40% better? Or did it benefit from the big picture The Avengers movie universe has pulled together?
November 1st, 2013
October ended on a winning note, but it was the only time the entire month that 2013 topped 2012 in the year-over-year comparison. This is quite shocking, as Gravity crushed expectations with more than $200 million and counting. Even with that surprise monster hit, the month still couldn't keep pace with last year. Compared to October, November looks a lot better with three films that could be monster hits: Frozen, Thor: The Dark World, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. On the other hand, those are the only three movies with a 50/50 chance or better to top $100 million compared, while there were seven films that reached that milestone last November. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire should make more than last year's number one film, Skyfall, but the depth last year could prove too much to deal with. 2013 might dip below last year's pace sometime during the month, but hopefully it won't stay there too long.
March 26th, 2013
Echo Bridge Home Entertainment is a distributor that specializes in releasing bargain DVD and Blu-rays for films that are generally forgotten. I don't think it is unfair to say that. I was a little surprised to see they were releasing Beautiful Girls on Blu-ray, and it was the film's Blu-ray debut. Has this film been forgotten? Granted, it has been a while since I've seen this movie, but I remember really liking it. Is it as good as I remember? And is the Blu-ray worth picking up?
|3/17/2017||Song to Song||Rhonda||$443,684||$581,590||$1,025,274|
|8/19/2016||A Tale of Love and Darkness||Fania Oz||$572,212||$86,636||$658,848|
|3/4/2016||Knight of Cups||Elizabeth||$566,006||$509,480||$1,075,486|
|1/29/2016||Jane Got a Gun||Jane Hammond||$1,513,793||$1,462,843||$2,976,636|
|11/8/2013||Thor: The Dark World||Jane Foster||$206,362,140||$438,240,376||$644,602,516|
|2/4/2011||The Other Woman||Emila||$25,423||$1,430,104||$1,455,527|
|1/21/2011||No Strings Attached||Emma||$70,662,220||$78,565,858||$149,228,078|
|12/31/2010||Snow and the Seven||$0||$0||$0|
|12/3/2010||Black Swan||Nina Sayers/ The Swan Queen||$106,954,678||$224,312,032||$331,266,710|
|10/16/2009||New York, I Love You||Rifka||$1,588,087||$8,136,973||$9,725,060|
|4/4/2008||My Blueberry Nights||Leslie||$866,778||$21,332,218||$22,198,996|
|2/29/2008||The Other Boleyn Girl||Anne Boleyn||$26,814,957||$51,455,013||$78,269,970|
|11/16/2007||Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium||Molly Mahoney, the Composer||$32,061,555||$36,130,088||$68,191,643|
|9/29/2007||The Darjeeling Limited||Jack's X-Girlfriend||$11,902,715||$23,176,203||$35,078,918|
|5/4/2007||Paris, je t'aime||Francine||$4,857,374||$317,714||$5,175,088|
|3/17/2006||V for Vendetta||Evey Hammond||$70,511,035||$59,703,127||$130,214,162|
|5/19/2005||Star Wars Ep. III: Revenge of the Sith||Padmé Amidala||$380,270,577||$468,728,300||$848,998,877|
|5/16/2002||Star Wars Ep. II: Attack of the Clones||Senator Padme Amidala||$310,676,740||$346,018,875||$656,695,615|
|4/28/2000||Where the Heart Is||Novalee Nation||$33,771,174||$7,090,880||$40,862,054|
|11/12/1999||Anywhere But Here||Ann August||$18,653,615||$0||$18,653,615|
|5/19/1999||Star Wars Ep. I: The Phantom Menace||Queen Amidala Padme Naberrie||$474,544,677||$552,500,000||$1,027,044,677|
|12/13/1996||Mars Attacks!||Taffy Dale||$37,771,017||$63,600,000||$101,371,017|
|12/6/1996||Everyone Says I Love You||Laura||$9,725,847||$24,874,153||$34,600,000|
|8/19/2016||A Tale of Love and Darkness||Director,|
|7/22/2016||The Seventh Fire||Executive Producer||$29,361||$900||$30,261|
|2/5/2016||Pride and Prejudice and Zombies||Producer||$10,907,291||$5,404,044||$16,311,335|
|1/29/2016||Jane Got a Gun||Producer||$1,513,793||$1,462,843||$2,976,636|
|2/4/2011||The Other Woman||Executive Producer||$25,423||$1,430,104||$1,455,527|
|1/21/2011||No Strings Attached||Executive Producer||$70,662,220||$78,565,858||$149,228,078|
|10/16/2009||New York, I Love You||Screenwriter,|