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'Tintin,' 'Harry Potter,' 'Transformers' lead the VES Awards nominees

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The Visual Effects Society announced nominees today for its 10th Annual VES Awards. The Adventures of Tintin dominated the film list, with six nominations. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 and Transformers: Dark of the Moon were a close second with five apiece, followed by four nods for Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Rango. In television, Boardwalk Empire scored four nominations, Game of Thrones was tapped in three categories, and Pan Am, Falling Skies, and Terra Nova each received two apiece. See the full list after the jump. READ FULL STORY

'Harry Potter,' 'Tree of Life,' 'Transformers' make Oscar VFX short list

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The final 10 contenders for the Oscar for Visual Effects were announced by the Academy today, winnowing the total films from the 15 semi-finalists announced last month.

Left off the short list: Cowboys & Aliens, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows; Sucker Punch; Super 8; and Thor.

Check out the ten films that made the cut below:  READ FULL STORY

Best of 2011: Top movie box office and DVD sales

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This year was all about a boy wizard, a Bumblebee, and a sparklevamp. Joining Harry, Sam, and Edward in 2011’s box office toppers were two groups of wedding-oriented train wrecks, several superheroes, and a bunch of upstart Southern domestics. Over in DVDs, a couple instances of horse power and some evil geniuses joined the fray. So which films topped the box-0ffice? Click through to see 2011’s most popular movies. READ FULL STORY

Academy announces visual effects semifinalists

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the 15 films that will compete for the Oscar for Best Visual Effects. Check out the list below:

Captain America: The First Avenger
Cowboys & Aliens
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Hugo
Mission Impossible — Ghost Protocol
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Real Steel
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Sucker Punch
Super 8
Thor
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
The Tree of Life
X-Men: First Class

This list will get narrowed down to 10 next month, and five will eventually be nominated for the Academy Award on Jan. 24. I don’t envy the people who have to choose the top five — as far as the effects are concerned, there’s not a clunker in the bunch. Will the visual effects branch just go for blockbusters like Harry Potter and X-Men, or will they make room for art-house entries like Hugo and Tree of Life? We’ll find out in the coming weeks.

Dave on Twitter: @davekarger

Summer box office hits record $4.4 billion, but...

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The 2011 domestic summer box office earned a record $4.4 billion in the period between May 6 and Labor Day, improving by one percent on the $4.33 billion earned last year. Theoretically, this should be seen as a major victory for Hollywood — of course, they’re celebrating it as such — but savvy box office junkies know better than to simply believe the hype. The box office is not quite as healthy as that figure might suggest.  READ FULL STORY

Captain America is back to the future: Marvel teases 'Avengers' online with Cap's last scene

It’s generally considered counter-productive to give away the ending of your movie, but in the Marvel universe, the conclusion of any movie is just a segue into the next chapter of superhero adventures. Starting with Iron Man, their films have always unveiled a mysterious character after the closing credits. Now it’s Captain America’s job to bring them all together, and Marvel is showcasing the last scene of the film and a peek at the post-credit tease to help set the table for next’s year’s superhero summit, The Avengers. Take a look at the scene here, as Cap finds himself in Times Square after some time lengthy R&R.

Admit it, there’s no real spoiler here for anyone who knows how to navigate the internet. For those who’ve already seen the movie in theaters, this now allows them to freeze-frame the quick-cuts to better enjoy Thor’s biceps, Cap’s new threads, and Bruce Banner’s shirt — yes, it’s purple.

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Box office preview: 'Cowboys & Aliens' takes aim at 'The Smurfs' invasion

With the debt ceiling crisis still looming, this could be the final weekend before the entire American economy collapses in an explosion so magnificent that Michael Bay wouldn’t cut away from it for two whole seconds. Realizing that you may never have discretionary income again, Hollywood is offering three — three! — new major releases this weekend. One’s a genre mash-up whose title tells you exactly what to expect (Cowboys & Aliens), one is a TV-series adaptation whose title can be used as both a noun and a verb (The Smurfs), and one is a romantic comedy whose title, for reasons we may never know, contains two commas and a period (Crazy, Stupid, Love.). Here’s how I think the box office will stack up this weekend: READ FULL STORY

'Captain America: The First Avenger' actually earned $65.1 million, a little bit less than 'Thor'

Well, at least Paramount got a full day of headlines saying Captain America: The First Avenger scored the best superhero opening of the summer! (Fortunately, I resisted the urge to write that!)

Early estimates claimed that Cappy earned $65.8 million over the weekend — conveniently $100,000 higher than Thor‘s $65.7 million debut in May — but final numbers for the film lower that number just a bit to $65.1 million.

That’s still a huge gross, and much higher than the debuts of X-Men: First Class ($55.1 million) or Green Lantern ($52.3 million), just not as big as Thor. Granted, Thor received a lot more of its business from 3-D showings (60 percent of its opening weekend gross vs. 40 percent for Captain) and IMAX screens, and, notably, Captain America actually led the Norse god in terms of attendance.

But when it comes to actual dollars earned, Norse gods > American soldiers > mutants > green, light-wielding guardians of the universe.

Follow Grady on Twitter: @BoxOfficeJunkie

Read more:
Box office report: ‘Captain America’ stands proud with $65.8 million; ‘Harry Potter’ plummets, still huge
Box office update: ‘Captain America’ soars into first place with $25.7 million on Friday
Comic-Con 2011: Chris Evans talks his hope for more ‘Captain America’

Box office report: 'Captain America' stands proud with $65.8 million; 'Harry Potter' plummets, still huge

This weekend, Captain America: The First Avenger was on a quest to avenge the disappointing box office results of recent superhero movies like X-Men: First Class and Green Lantern, and according to weekend estimates, it looks like Cappy has succeeded! The patriotic Paramount/Marvel tentpole earned a strong $65.8 million this weekend, bettering the opening of Thor, which hammered out $65.7 million during its debut in May. (Let’s wait for final numbers on Monday before we declare this the best superhero opening of the summer.) Captain America wasn’t a weakling in the per theater average department, either, as it found a terrific $17,719 at each of its 3,715 locations. Only 40 percent of the opening figure came from 3D screens, though—yet another low number for the format.

Audiences, which were 64 percent male, liked the film quite a bit, issuing Captain a nice “A-” Cinemascore grade (comparatively, Thor and X-Men: First Class both earned a “B+”, while Green Lantern earned a “B”), and the positive reception should help the $140 million action film stick around at the box office. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Captain America' soars into first place with $25.7 million on Friday

Captain America: The First Avenger is starting off stronger than anyone (self-included) expected. According to estimates, the patriotic Marvel superhero film grossed a tremendous $25.7 million on Friday, with $4 million of that coming from midnight screenings. Captain America‘s impressive Friday gross puts it well ahead of the first-day totals for X-Men: First Class ($21.4 million) and Green Lantern ($21.4 million), and just a touch above Thor‘s first Friday ($25.5 million) as well. Thus, Cappy should earn a figure in the same range as Thor‘s opening, grossing around $66 million this weekend.

In second place, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows—Part 2 plummeted 84% from last weekend’s record-breaking Friday to $14.6 million. Given the up-front excitement and huge numbers for Harry Potter last weekend, this drop doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Still, the magical fantasy should stabilize some over the rest of the weekend and finish with about $49 million by Sunday.

Friends With Benefits nabbed the third place spot with a solid $6.8 million. The Mila Kunis/Justin Timberlake comedy earned about 6 percent less than the $7.2 million that No Strings Attached made on its first Friday in January. Sunday grosses are typically stronger in the summer since kids are out of school and people are on vacation, so I wouldn’t be totally surprised if Benefits edged out Strings by the end of the frame, but right now, Friends With Benefits looks to be headed to a $19 million weekend.

Horrible Bosses continued to exhibit some strong legs at the box office, declining just 33 percent from last Friday to $3.7 million. The revenge comedy should pick up another $12 million this weekend, good for fourth place. In fifth will be Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which earned $3.5 million on Friday and will likely find just over $11 million.

Check back tomorrow for the full weekend report, and follow me on Twitter (@BoxOfficeJunkie) for up-to-the-minute box office news!

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