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Could the movie version of 'The Book Thief' be a sleeper hit?

In what is shaping up to be a year full of splashy young adult film adaptations vying to be blockbusters -- including "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bone," "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" and "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" -- the adaptation of Markus Zusak's contemporary classic "The Book Thief" is flying under the radar. Directed by the Emmy-winning Brian Percival ( "Downton Abbey" ), "The Book Thief" stars visit their website Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson and French Canadian actress Sophie Nelisse, a 12-year-old unknown. The film will rest on Nelisse's slim shoulders, telling the story of Liesel, a young girl in a foster family growing up in Nazi Germany who steals books and shares them with her community. Nelisse beat out thousands of actresses for the role. "It was quite uncanny, this kid," Percival told USA Today in a First Look . "It was this mixture of naive innocence but at the same time she's actually quite ballsy. You feel you can get kneed in the groin at any point." And although the subject matter is heavy (this book about the Holocaust is famously narrated by Death, though it remains to be seen how or whether that will be portrayed on-screen), Nelisse apparently helped the set stay cheery. "There were some tough scenes to do, but she would always prick the bubble after and make me laugh," said Rush. <br>Source:,0,472200.story

This Week's Cover: Ron Burgundy anchors EW's Fall Movie Preview

When more... Rentrak started this service in China, only 2,000 theaters were reporting daily theater-level grosses. Today, more than 2,500 theaters reportaccounting for 95 percent of the market in China. "Our theatrical business is all about Kim Kardashian gallery growth, and China is the fastest-growing theatrical market," said Ron Giambra, president of theatrical worldwide at Rentrak. "As international box office revenue continues to grow in China, our expanded measurement is vital in helping serve our studio clients all over the world. This also extends Rentrak's reporting in Asia, which already includes measurement in Hong Kong & Macau, Malaysia, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan." Rentrak's Box Office Essentials and International Box Office Essentials are the theatrical industry's source for comprehensive global box office intelligence and are used by every studio in the United States as well as many independent distribution entities. Boasting a global footprint across the worldwide theatrical market, Rentrak is able to provide its clients with real-time box office intelligence, streamlined through one unique system, which allows users to view online reports from anywhere around the world. About Rentrak Rentrak ( RENT ) is the entertainment and marketing industries' premier provider of worldwide consumer viewership information, precisely measuring actual viewing behavior of movies and TV everywhere. <br>Source:

Rentrak Is Now China's Movie Measurement Service

I don't want to pressure you, Adam, but I have lots of offers." And he wasn't the only one who needed to know. My wife was six months pregnant -- and she was curious. "What is happening?A You need to shoot this thing now if you want to be present for the birth." Believe me, honey, Kim Kardashian measurements and weight I want to shoot this thing yesterday. A rehearsal with our leads in an apartment below Chateau Marmont ended in our lead actress confessing last-minute nerves due to excessive nudity the script presented (our Italian investors had just ordered three additional sex scenes to an already sex-laden script). AShe broke down into tears, hugging us while we broke down into tears knowing she was gone for good. <br>Source:

How My Movie Fell Apart: A Story With a Happy Ending

Alas, once there, Logan finds himself on the other end of some nasty stares (and some pointy katanaas) from Yashidaas son Shingen (Hiroyuki Sanada), the in-line heir who gets side-stepped by daddy in favor of granddaughter Mariko (Tao Okamoto). A wildcard wedged into a daytime family soap, Logan runs away with Mariko (with the best of intentions, of course), while literally contending with Jean Greyas (Famke Jenssen) specter, whom he dispatched in The Last Stand. Loganas girl-trouble, along with some mean action on top of a Shinkansen (the Japanese bullet train) leads to more girl-trouble, more action and not really that much storytelling (the screenplay is by Mark Bomback and Scott Frank). The only gradual build-up is the movieas own lack of consequence. We know Logan is hampered, and that there will be no shortage of visual effects (some choppy, few fine), and that there will be a big-brawl in the end a this time with a tin-battle suit. On the production front though, Japan (custom built on sets in Australia by production designer FranAois Audouy), is a mix of the soothing, the monotonous and the weird a in particular when Logan and Mariko check into a Love Motel. The effect is very much like the real place: a subjective amalgam of the past and present, secluded to particular districts. Tough luck, the sights only offer minute distraction. <br>Source:

Movie Review: The Wolverine

And as their one-year-old sons get older, the family pathology takes us on its own journey to echo just that. With a series of events that unravel in a life-mimicking fashion, filmmaker Derek Cianfrance , (Blue Valentine), takes movie-goers on a journey, beyond the pine trees, that is well worth taking. Well-crafted, The Place Beyond the Pines is reminiscent of an eerie ballad on the dark side of life. The side that can spin out of control when people feel backed against a wall and act out from a sense of desperation. Its a thoughtful story, thats thoughtfully produced. Every aspect of production is delicately constructed and deliberate, and the performances given by every member of the cast is simply superb. In its depiction of life, The Place Beyond the Pines will sometimes ask movie-goers to deal with the emotions associated with painful events like loss, which can rub some audience members the wrong way; but also like life, it contains elements of hope. <br>Source:

Movie reviews for the homebody: Is ‘The Place Beyond the Pines’ worth renting?

Abagnale's story is equally incredible: high schooler Frank Abagnale Jr's parents just got divorced, his father is in trouble with the IRS, and they don't have that much money, so Frank runs away from home to pay his family's debts and help his father. To do so, he "becomes" a pilot, doctor, attorney and gains millions of dollars with brilliant check frauds. Until the FBI agent Carl Hanratty chases him and catches him, because like in a casino, "the house always wins". The story is perfect for a movie, and it delivers an interesting experience! Acting and Characters Leonardo DiCaprio looks great on the role of Frank. Literally, and all the girls say that as well And Tom Hanks was also an excellent choice to be Carl, the agent who's after Frank. <br>Source:

Movie review - Catch Me If You Can (2002)

Related The Hunger Games: See Full Coverage Its been nine long years since the 2004 cult comedyAnchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy introduced the world to Will Ferrells blow-dried, sexist, jazz-flute-playing San Diego TV newsman and his action-news gang: weatherman Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), sportscaster Champ Kind (Dave Koechner), and field reporter Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd). Though only a modest success at the time, the movie went on to become one of the most beloved and frequently quoted comedies of the past decade. Yet for years, Ferrell and director Adam McKay struggled to get a sequel off the ground.We all resigned ourselves to the fact that it was never going to happen, says Carell. It just didnt seem to get any traction. Set a few years after the first movie,Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues(in theaters Dec. 20) finds Ron Burgundy who has lost everything and been reduced to announcing the dolphin show at Sea World getting a shot at redemption when he and the rest of the team are recruited into the new world of 24-hour cable news. <br>Source:

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