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Oscar Buzz for Animated Films

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Animation, Family, Awards,

Academy AwardThe official nominees for the haven’t yet been selected, but twelve animated feature films are already up for consideration. Only three films out of the twelve submitted will receive actual nominations, and only then if submission procedures are correctly followed.

No more than sixteen movies may be considered in any one category, but films submitted to the Animated category may qualify for other nominations as well.  The year’s potential contenders include Bee Movie, , Meet the Robinsons, , Shrek the Third and The Simpsons Movie.

The Oscar nominations will be announced Tuesday, January 22. 

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FilmCrunch 062: Shrek the Third, Pirates of the Caribbean 3, The Good German

Veronica Santiago and Neil Estep review the Third, Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End, and the DVD release of The Good German. Plus, Neil goes into detail of his celebrity run-in while working at a high-end Seattle restaurant.

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Box Office Breakdown:  Silver Surfer Scores the Gold

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Silver Surfer

Like Ocean’s Thirteen, critics rated Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer better than its predecessor.  And like Ocean’s, Fantastic found its way on top of the ever-revolving box office heap.  With help from a more family-friendly rating (down from PG-13 to a PG), the superhero clan raked in $2 million more in its opening weekend than its 2005 turnout.

But it takes more than just a PG to win viewers over—it apparently takes Jessica Alba in a skin-tight outfit…and the prim and proper Nancy Drew had to learn that the hard way.  The latest incarnation of the beloved character only placed 7th despite the numerous times Julia Roberts’ name had been dropped these past few weeks.  BTW—I feel incredibly bad that daddy Eric Roberts has been continuously trumped by his more famous sister.  Emma is HIS daughter after all.

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Shriek! More Shreks to Come

ShrekAlthough many people have equated the latest Shrek incarnation to tired rehash, I surprisingly enjoyed it despite my expectations.  I thought it still managed to inject some original adult humor while being enjoyably light and breezy.  But having said all that, I did also tell my FilmCrunch partner, Neil Estep, that the series could go no further.  All possible storylines had officially been exhausted.  Or so I thought…

Producer Jeffrey Katzenberg recently announced to a crowd in Germany that fans should be expecting a fourth movie.  Additionally, we learned that Shrek television holiday special will be created to help complete the deterioration of the series.  NOTE TO KATZENBERG:  I vaguely remember my husband showing me a very poor quality version of the 1978 Star Wars holiday special…and let me assure you, that did not hold up years later.

For those wondering (as I was) what the next ogre installment could possibly be about, Shrek will apparently be dealing with something from his past.  I’m going to take a guess and say that he was hesistant about becoming a dad in the third film because he had secretly fathered other ogres in Far, Far Away.  Now that could give me an interesting enough reason to come back for more…

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Box Office Breakdown:  Lucky Number 13

Oceans 13

Having exhausted all their sequel choices, theater patrons quickly moved on to the latest offering:  Ocean’s Thirteen.  Despite general indifference for the series’ second movie, Steven Soderbergh and friends faced down the unlucky number and rolled the dice again.  Their gamble paid off well this weekend when they took down Captain Jack Sparrow and his mates

Of course, viewers who crave the comfort of familiarity can still manage to have discerning taste.  Eli Roth’s Hostel: Part II only rounded enough voyeurs to rank a mediocre 6th place.  Here’s to hoping that the era of grisly horror movies is once again over…

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Box Office Breakdown:  Sparrow vs. Spidey

Pirates

Yo, ho…whoa.

As predicted, Captain Jack Sparrow’s resurrection raked in serious booty helping the Pirates franchise score another box office record.  The Memorial Day Weekend crown was snatched away from last year’s holder, X-Men: The Last Stand.

But one thing POTC: At World’s End did not do was take back the title for any three-day weekend.  It’s $139.8 million dollar domestic take fell a bit short from the $151 million raised by Peter Parker et al.

Other notables this week?  The impressive showing by Waitress.  The small movie, starring Keri Russell, has been receiving great reviews and viewers must be taking notice.  Ranking 5th in a busy holiday weekend is definitely something to be proud of.  And what about those Wild Hogs?  After exiting the Top Ten weeks ago, it made one final surge.  Apparently motorcycles, leather and holiday weekends go hand-in-hand.

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Box Office Breakdown:  Shrek Seeing A Lot of Green

Shrek the Third

I believe somewhere out there Justin Timberlake is crediting himself for this…

Two weeks ago, Spider-Man 3 broke box office records for a debut weekend.  Now Shrek the Third gets the honor for ticket sales of an animated feature (beating the animated record established by Shrek 2).  The $121 million take is the third largest opening for any movie…right behind Spidey 3 and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.

Of course in just seven days, I’m sure Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End will enter the picture to reclaim the title for its franchise.  Or at the very least, make the most money for a movie with a monkey in it..

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