Over the weekend, Michael Bay became this year’s James Cameron, the “Sherlock Holmes” sequel finally dropped some artwork, Sarah Palin got a low grade and much more.
“Transformers 3” Becomes the Year’s Top-Grossing Film (So Far)
Michael Bay’s “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” did gonzo business over the weekend, becoming the top grossing film of the year by earning another $47 million at the domestic box-office in its second week of release. Jennifer Aniston’s turn for the naughty side in “Horrible Bosses” also proved to be popular with movie-goers, coming in second with $28 million. For the full box-office report check out Thompson on Hollywood.
Isabelle Huppert to Team Up with Hong Sang-soo
French screen siren Isabelle Huppert has teamed up with the prolific director Hong Sang-soo, The Playlist reported over the weekend. “I said yes because I love his movies,” she told LesInrocks. “The only thing I know [about] the project is that we will turn in a small seaside town three hours from Seoul and there are five characters.” Production is currently under way.
Sarah Palin-Sanctioned Doc Gets Bashed by Kohn
indieWIRE’s Eric Kohn checked out the Sarah Palin glorifying doc “The Undefeated” over the weekend and had this to say: “With greater confidence than skill, Bannon crafts an occasionally fascinating, frustrating and unabashedly propagandistic showcase that preaches to the choir and then runs it into the ground.” Go here for the full review.
The Weinstein Company Nabs Another
The Weinstein Company who won big at this year’s Oscars with “The King’s Speech” have a full slate for the fall: “The Iron Lady,” “Coriolanus,” “My Week with Marilyn” and Madonna’s “W.E.” The latest addition? The French-language film “Untouchable.” Go to The Playlist to read up on the drama, written and directed by Eric Toledano.
Steve Coogan Bashes News of the World
Britain’s best-known comedians have been having a blast riffing on the News of the World scandal that’s rocking the U.K. Go here to watch Steve Coogan take down former News of the World features editor and full-time weasel Paul McMullan.
Press Play Breaks Down Lady Gaga’s Appeal
The latest addition to indieWIRE’s blog newtwork, Press Play, provided an in-depth analysis of why the world has gone gaga for the Lady. In the first entry in a weekly column titled ‘Grey Matters,’ Ian Grey finds himself trying to solve “this mystery of whys.” As in: “Why does Born This Way affect me so personally? Why are its effects are so damned prolix? Why it’s so freakin’ hard to put words to this experience? Why does every answer raise five more questions?” Go here to learn his answers.
Karlovy Vary Film Festival Announces Winners
Israeli director Joseph Mahmony’s “Restoration” won the Crystal Globe, the top prize at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, over the weekend, taking nods with France’s Pascal Rabate for “Holiday’s by the Sea,” which earned the director the Czech film event’s Best Director Award. To see the full list of winners go here.
Teaser Posters Drop for “Sherlock Holmes” Sequel
Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law and director Guy Ritchie are back for the sequel to their Christmas smash, “Sherlock Holmes.” News has been scant on “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” which drops this winter, but a pair of new posters hit over the weekend revving up the hype machine. Go here to check them out (we see you Noomi Rapace!).
Gregg Araki Doles Out Advice to First-Time Filmmakers
Indie auteur Gregg Araki (“The Doom Generation, “Kaboom!”) offered advice to first time filmmakers at Outfest in a first person he wrote exclusively for indieWIRE. His chief thesis? “I think first-time filmmakers should make a film when they’re ready to make a film and when they have a film that they’re dying to make.” For his personal philosophy go here.