While big-studio releases like A Christmas Carol and The Fourth Kind topped the box office chart this weekend, all OscarWatchers’ eyes were on Precious. After dominating this year’s film-festival prizes, the indie drama opened on Friday to very strong reviews, resulting in an 85 grade from Rotten Tomatoes. EW’s Owen Gleiberman rated the film an A, while the New York Times‘ A.O. Scott said that lead actress Gabourey Sidibe was “extraordinarily poised.” But the critics weren’t the only ones going crazy over the film. Playing in just 18 theaters, Precious grossed a phenomenal $1.8 million, according to studio estimates. If those numbers hold, Precious will become only the third live-action film to score a per-theater average of over $100,000, following in the heels of multiple Oscar nominees Dreamgirls and Brokeback Mountain. Considering all of this was accomplished by a film by a relatively new director with no big movie stars in it, it’s an amazing achievement. It was well on its way to becoming a Best Picture nominee already, but now Precious is seeming more and more like a front-runner. The question now: Can it distinguish itself from Dreamgirls (which missed out on a Best Picture nod) and Brokeback Mountain (which lost to Crash) and actually win? Between Invictus, The Hurt Locker, The Lovely Bones, Up in the Air, and Nine, it certainly seems to have some stiff competition.
Did any of you see Precious this weekend (or before it opened)? Do you think it deserves its front-runner status?
The 69th annual Tony Awards ceremony (airing this Sunday on CBS at 8pm EST) looks to be a fairly unpredictable one—the 2015 contenders should be genuflecting to the theater gods that Hamilton decided to wait to hit Broadway until next season, where the evening is likely to be a foregone conclusion. But this year? Not so easy. Could the beloved Kelli O’Hara end her Susan Lucci-like Tonys course and defeat cohost Kristin Chenoweth? Will the dramatic acting categories be completely overtaken by Brits?
Paul Feig knew from the minute Melissa McCarthy auditioned for his 2011 hit Bridesmaids he had found someone special. “That audition was one of those moments when you’re like, ‘okay, that person just changed their life,’” he says. And indeed it did, as McCarthy has quickly zoomed to the top of the list of in-demand comedic actresses.
In recent years, there have been few franchises you can depend on to appear as regularly as the Assassin’s Creed games. Creed has released titles every year for the last seven years—and sometimes multiple titles per year.
And as such, Ubisoft has pulled back the curtain on 2015’s flagship entry, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. With it comes a new time period, new protagonists, and the hope that the new gameplay changes will help propel the series forward not just in time, but in quality too.
TowerFall, the multiplayer game that can give Super Smash Bros. a run for its money in terms of pure fun, is seeing its first major expansion since Towerfall Ascension released last year.
TowerFall: Dark World will introduce 10 new archers to play as, four level sets, a new cooperative mode, and an endless mode that includes levels created on the fly as players progress. Dark World will also introduce new bosses to fight, powerups, and more.
Disney Infinity is heading to a galaxy far, far away in the next virtual adventure.
Disney today announced that Disney Infinity 3.0, which is set to debut later this year, will add characters from Star Wars, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Disney Pixar’s Inside Out. The game, which allows players to control characters based on real-life figures that they own, added Marvel heroes last year.