In case you were away this weekend from your computer enjoying American Thanksgiving, get caught up on all you missed by checking out some of the top stories published over the past four days on Indiewire and the blog network.
Holiday Indie Box Office: “Marilyn,” “Dangerous Method” and “The Artist” Debut
It was a very crowded Thanksgiving weekend at the specialty box office, with David Cronenberg’s “A Dangerous Method,” Simon Curtis’ “My Week With Marilyn” and Michel Hazanavicus’ “The Artist” all making their debuts.
“Breaking Dawn” Gobbles Thanksgiving Holiday Box Office
The Thanksgiving holiday weekend offered a rich groaning board for mainstream and specialty audiences alike as more films pushed into the award season fray. Holdover “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn- Part One” and new Disney musical “The Muppets” dominated the weekend, while “The Descendants” proved a powerful word-of-mouth hit for Fox Searchlight.
FUTURES | “Like Crazy” Breakout and Gotham Nominee Felicity Jones
Up-and-comer Felicity Jones has had one hell of a year. The British beauty arrived in Park City earlier this year as a relative unknown and came out as a full fledged indie queen with Sundance’s Best Actress gong (beating out Elizabeth Olsen, Brit Marling and Adepero Oduye) for her stellar work in Drake Doremus’ indie love story “Like Crazy.” She’s since been on roll, appearing in the David Hare’s “Page Eight” opposiite Bill Nighy and Rachel Weisz and netting a Gotham Awards nomination for Breakthrough Actor.
James Cromwell: “Artist,” Activist and Talking on a Black and White Silent Picture
One of the most talked about films this fall is Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist.” Winner of the best actor prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and a frontrunner for many awards during the upcoming season, “The Artist” is a stunning film and deserves all the accolades it receives.
Sex, Tolerance and Camraderie in Bertrand Bonello’s “House of Pleasures”
A brothel in fin de siècle Paris sets the scene for Bertrand Bonello’s “House of Pleasures” (L’Apollonide: Souvenirs de la maison close), which opens Friday via IFC Midnight.
“The Dark Knight” Rises Prologue Confirmed
In all the excitement last week over Empire‘s debut of two new looks at Batman and Bane on the cover of their latest issue, a small morsel of important info from “The Dark Knight” rises seems to be overcooked.
“Control Room” Director Jehane Noujaim Arrested, Released in Cairo Protests
“Control Room” director Jehane Noujaim has been released after being arrested and detained by Egyptian police during the protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.
David Croneneberg Talks the Deep Research Behind “A Dangerous Method”
Director David Cronenberg talks to The Playlist about his latest drama starring Michael Fassbender and Keira Knightley.
Review: Feel-Good and Earnest “We Bought a Zoo”
The Playlist reviews Cameron Crowse’s holiday charmer “We Bought a Zoo.”
iPOP | Emily Mortimer On Her Second Go-Around With Scorsese, Charlize Theron Channels a “Young Adult” & More
Every year, Thanksgiving brings some of the year’s biggest family films to the audiences and this year was no exception. This Wednesday saw “The Muppets,” “Arthur’s Christmas” and Martin Scorsese’s 3D family period adventure “Hugo” open to unanimously warm reception.
“Planet of Snail” Takes Top IDFA Prize
The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) handed out its prizes Friday evening, with South Korean director Seung-Jun Yi’s “Planet of Snail” taking the Best Feature-Length Documentary prize. The Special Jury Award went to “5 Broken Cameras” (Palestine/Israel) by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi, who also won the Publieke Omroep IDFA Audience Award. The film received financial support from the festival’s Jan Vrijman Fund.