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30 December 2007

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  • Aliens Vs Predator: Requiem

    Gory but uninspired sci-fi action mixes with dull human drama in Aliens vs Predator: Requiem, a sloppy follow-up to the summer 2004 hit that first pitted Fox's two iconic space monsters against each other on the big screen. While fans of the contemporary Alien vs Predator comic books and videogames should ensure AVPR (as the clunky title is being abbreviated) an initial theatrical audience, older moviegoers who remember much classier early instalments of the two sepa
  • Italy on track for best box office in 20 years

    The Italian Box Office has enjoyed a record December (December1-26) registering a14.5% year on year increaseon 2006,according to Italy's box office compiler Cinetel.The box office is nowexpected to show areturn to a healthy statenot seen for 20 years.Total box office revenue for December 1-26 reached $95.9m(Euros 66.5m) with10.8 million tickets sold.Projections suggest Italywillclose around 13%upon2006. Currently, the Jan 1, 2007 - December 26th period is up 1
  • Legend leads international weekend with $46.1m in 25 markets

    I Am Legend heads into 2008 as the number one overseas film following a $46.1m estimated haul from 25 markets that raised the running total through Warner Bros Pictures International (WBPI) to $117m after three weekends.The sci-fi horror dominated the UK with a mighty $21.8m (£10.9m) haul from 438 sites that included previews and grabbed almost half of the market share of the top five films.Elsewhere the film took $1.9m (DKK 10.1m)
  • Li Kai wins top Beijing Projectprize

    Chinese filmmaker Li Kai has taken the top Beijing Project prizeat the Second Forum on Young Generation in Filmmaking in the Chinese capital. Li's debut project August Unfinished was awarded a $1,364 (RMB10, 000) cash prize and a grant of $136,400 (RMB1m) by Chinese film investor Idealink Entertainment for the production of the film. Theforum aims to encourage dialogue between young film-makers and film financers or production companies.This year saw the launch o
  • Madonna's directorial debut joins Berlinale Panorama line-up

    Madonna's directorial debut Filth And Wisdom will be among the world premieres playing in the Berlinale's Panorama programme.The film starring Stephen Graham, Richard E. Grant and Eugene Hutz is listed as a UK production in a sidebarmain programmedominated by European films.Other world premieresinclude films from Laetitia Masson, Bruce La Bruce and newcomers Javier Gutierrez and Ozgür Yildirim.50 films have been confirmed in the Panorama sidebar as a whole.
  • National Treasure 2, Juno soar at domestic box office

    Buena Vista's National Treasure: Book Of Secrets was the number one domestic film at the close of 2007, capping a record year at the box office that generated $9.7bn according to early estimates and beat by some way the $9.45bn previous best set in 2004.The adventure sequel added approximately $35.6m in its second weekend and stands at $124m. Overall the top 12 films accounted for $169.2m, which represented an 18% rise over the same weekend la