By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire September 26, 2011 at 2:42AM
In case you were away from your computer this weekend, we've compiled 10 of the top stories published this weekend on indieWIRE and our blog network. Among them: Indie and mainstream box office reports, an interview with director Billy Corben and reviews from Fantastic Fest.
Box Office: Gay Romance “Weekend” Scores Big Numbers in Limited Debut
While “The Lion King 3-D” fended off the likes of Brad Pitt and a dolphin in a heated race for the top grossing studio release, the specialty box office had a clear winner in “Weekend,” Andrew Haigh’s drama about a gay romance that takes place over the titular timeframe.
Millennium Entertainment Buys “Rampart” With Plans for an Oscar Push
Millennium Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to Oren Moverman’s “Rampart” starring Woody Harrelson, which had its world premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.
China Submits Zhang Yimou’s Christian Bale Flick for Oscar Consideration
The new film from internationally renowned Chinese director Zhang Yimou (“Raise the Red Lantern,” “Hero”) has been chosen as his country’s submission to the Oscar’s foreign language category.
INTERVIEW | “Limelight” Director Billy Corben: “We didn’t compromise.”
Documentary filmmaker Billy Corben and his films talk a mile a minute. He’s prone to running off on tangents, and it’s hard to keep up, but luckily, that’s not the case with his new film “Limelight,” a slick, fast-paced and intelligent documentary on the rise and fall of Peter Gatien, the legendary New York nightclub owner. The director behind “Cocaine Cowboys” sat down with indieWIRE to discuss the new project.
REVIEW | Warners’ Planned Remake of “Sleepless Night” Won’t Match the Brilliant Original
When an American studio acquires the remake rights to a new foreign movie, the move always carries a certain amount of condescension. It implies that English language audiences won’t bother with a subtitled movie no matter how well it works.
REVIEW | Nacho Vigalondo’s “Extraterrestrial” is Alien Love Triangle
“Timecrimes,” the feature-length debut of Spanish director Nacho Vigalondo, was a loopy shot of comic suspense about inadvertent time travel. Four years later, his sophomore effort appears to have less daring aims.
Box Office: "Lion King" Steals Home Run from "Moneyball" During Crowded Weekend
It was such a crowded weekend at the box office that Sunday estimates are unclear. Clearly, too many movies were aimed at men. Anthony D’Alessandro reports.
Watch: First Clip From Fernando Meirelles’ ‘"360" Starring Anthony Hopkins
Unfortunately, Fernando Meirelles’ “360” had a rough premiere at TIFF just a couple of weeks back. Technical glitches delayed the single press screening by more than an hour, which caused scheduling problems for many people, who had to bail on seeing the picture.
Press Play: The lavish “Pan Am” is nostalgic bonbons for the mind
If production values equalled artistic quality, "Pan Am" (Sundays 10 PM/9 central) would win a Nobel prize.
Reykjavik International Film Festival 2011 Happenings
The 8th edition of Reykjavik’s International Film Festival opened this week spotlighting a plethora of unique events and screenings.