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Top pictures from the MTV Movie Awards red carpet

Posted: 13 Apr 2014 09:20 PM PDT

Somebody give Johnny Depp some money to buy a new hat. -- AFP  

Jared Leto wished he was at the beach instead of the Nokia Theatre, but we think Lupita Nyong'o's cute arts-and-craft dress made him stay and party on. -- AFP

Full list of winners:

Movie of the yearThe Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Best female performance – Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Best male performance – Josh Hutcherson, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Breakthrough performance – Will Poulter, We're The Millers

Best kiss – Emma Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Will Poulter, We're The Millers

Best fight – Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lilly vs Orcs, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

Best comedic performance – Jonah Hill, The Wolf Of Wall Street

Best scared-as-s**t performance – Brad Pitt, World War Z

Best on-screen duo – Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, Fast & Furious 6

Best shirtless performance – Zac Efron, That Awkward Moment

#WTF moment – "The Lude Scene", The Wolf Of Wall Street

Best villain – Mila Kunis, Oz The Great And Powerful

Best on-screen transformation – Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Best musical moment – Backstreet Boys, Jay Baruchel, Seth Rogen and Craig Robinson perform in Heaven, This Is The End

Best cameo performance – Rihanna, This Is The End

Best hero – Henry Cavill as Clark Kent, Man Of Steel

Trailblazer award – Channing Tatum

Generation award – Mark Wahlberg

'The Grandmaster' dominates Hong Kong Film Awards

Posted: 13 Apr 2014 06:55 PM PDT

The film bagged the biggest award of the night, a best director nod for Wong Kar-wai and more.

Martial arts fantasy The Grandmaster enjoyed a bonanza on Sunday with 12 wins at the 33rd Hong Kong Film Awards including best movie and best director for Wong Kar-wai.

It was Wong's third win at the prestigious event after 1990s cult hits – Days Of Being Wild and Chungking Express.

"I am proud to be part of Hong Kong cinema," he said paying homage to his home in a brief media session after the glittering ceremony.

The action epic inspired by the life of kungfu master Yip Man secured accolades in most of the major categories, including best screenplay and best cinematography.

Best actress and actor winners Zhang Ziyi and Nick Cheung at the Hong Kong Film Awards. -- AFP

Chinese star Zhang Ziyi, was crowned best actress, for her performance as the daughter of a kungfu master who fell for Yip in the film.

"It was an uneasy journey. I have gained a lot (from the movie) for my own life," Zhang said on stage at the event at Hong Kong's Cultural Centre. Last month, The Grandmaster snapped up seven awards at the Asian Film Awards in Macau.

The movie's production spanned several years and touched upon several decades of Chinese history as well as rivalry between various martial arts masters.

Yip, played by Hong Kong actor Tony Leung Chiu Wai, was the mentor for legendary martial arts movie star Bruce Lee and is believed to have played a key role in shaping him during his childhood days.

The best actor award went to Nick Cheung for his role in action thriller Unbeatable as a former boxing champion who struggled to redeem himself in the ring.

"I didn't think I should get the awards necessarily as the competitors were very strong," Cheung told reporters at a press conference late Sunday.

Malaysian actress Crystal Lee, who stars in Unbeatable, was nominated for a best supporting actress award. 

The awards also saw low-budget dance feature The Way We Dance snap up three awards, including best new director for Adam Wong.

Together with Taiwan's Golden Horse Awards, the Hong Kong Film Awards ceremony is one of the Chinese film industry's most prestigious events. — AFP Relaxnews

Here's the complete list of winners.

Best film: The Grandmaster

Best director: Wong Kar-wai (The Grandmaster)

Best screenplay: Zou Jingzhi, Xu Haofeng, Wong Kar-wai (The Grandmaster)

Best actor: Nick Cheung Ka-fai (Unbeatable)

Best actress: Zhang Ziyi (The Grandmaster)

Best supporting actor: Zhang Jin (The Grandmaster)

Best supporting actress: Kara Wai Ying-hung (Rigor Mortis)

Best new performer: Babyjohn Choi (The Way We Dance)

Best cinematography: Philippe Le Sourd (The Grandmaster)

Best film editing: William Chang Suk-ping, Benjamin Courtines, Poon Hung-yiu (The Grandmaster)

Best art direction: William Chang Suk-ping & Alfred Yau Wai-ming (The Grandmaster)

Best costume & make up design: William Chang Suk-ping (The Grandmaster)

Best action choreography: Yuen Wo-ping (The Grandmaster)

Best original film score: Shigeru Umebayashi & Nathaniel Mechaly (The Grandmaster)

Best sound design: Robert Mackenzie & Traithep Wongpaiboon (The Grandmaster)

Best visual effects: Enoch Chan (Rigor Mortis)

Best new director: Adam Wong (The Way We Dance)

Best film from Mainland China and Taiwan: So Young

Best original film song: DoughBoy & Shimica Wong (The Way We Dance)

Blockbuster season has begun and it's looking great

Posted: 13 Apr 2014 09:00 AM PDT

Why the summer movie season is kicking off in April with Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Disney's latest Marvel superhero saga Captain America: The Winter Soldier got summer off to a great start at the box office, where took in more than US$95mil (RM304mil, domestic) in its opening weekend two weeks ago.

What's that you say? Summer doesn't begin until June 21? Don't tell Hollywood that. When it comes to blockbusters, the studios have been custom-fitting the calendar for years, making May the de facto start of the tentpole season. But this year they've gone even further, essentially kicking off the season the first weekend in April.

"I think Disney was really smart picking this date for Captain America," vice-president and senior analyst Phil Contrino said.

"They avoid the summer competition and it should play strongly the whole month. I don't think that there's any doubt that you'll see other studios doing the same thing going forward."

Disney's decision to slot The Winter Soldier early was made easier when Sony locked up the first week in May for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. That's been a launching pad for Marvel films – from Disney, Fox and Sony – for nearly a decade.

"You look at a number of factors, like what will be the competition, will it have running room to continue to deliver," Disney's distribution chief Dave Hollis told TheWrap. "With spring breaks starting, our data shows we'll have about 11% of the students out of school and that number will rise as we get closer to Easter. And with a huge brand and tentpole like this, we think we can create some business where it hasn't been before."

Traditional wisdom for years dictated that summer, when kids and college students were out of school and families were on vacation, was the optimal time to release a blockbuster.

The studios moved into May more than a decade ago, but Disney elevated that window to new heights with Marvel's The Avengers and Iron Man 3 the past two years. If Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens as big as expected, look for April to become similarly popular.

Pounding the competition: Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier has set the record as the biggest domestic April release ever. The Disney sequel debuted with US$96.2mil, topping the previous record-holder, 2011's Fast Five, which opened with US$86.2mil.

Pounding the competition: Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier has set the record as the biggest domestic April release ever. 

"I remember when Twister came out in the first week of May and that was considered revolutionary," Fandango's chief correspondent Dave Karger told TheWrap, recalling the 1996 hit.

"Now the summer movie is starting and there's snow on the ground.

"A true event film will bring in a big crowd regardless of when it's released," Karger said. "Dates matter a lot more to family movies, where it really does matter if kids are in school, but for something like Captain America, the millennial audience is going to see it on opening weekend, whether that's in April or July."

It's not just the Captain America sequel that will give the month a summer feel. Fox rolled out Rio 2 on April 11 and Warner Bros. has the Johnny Depp sci-fi film Transcendence the following week. March release Divergent will still be in the market, too. In terms of direct demographic competition however, The Winter Soldier won't have any until Spider-Man 2 hits theatres on May 2.

Universal Pictures, which has Fast & Furious 7 set for April 10 next year and its new take on The Mummy pencilled in for April of 2016, has been at the forefront of broadening the schedule. The last two Fast & Furious movies debuted in May of 2013 and April 2009, respectively.

"We believe in a 52-week philosophy," distribution chief Nikki Rocco told a gathering of theatre owners at the recent CinemaCon convention. "When you have so many movies in the summer and clog that corridor, you're going to have as many losers as winners."

That was certainly the case last year, when several big-budget movies like After Earth, The Lone Ranger and R.I.P.D. bombed at the same time that the overall summer box office was setting a record for grosses. The shift is seen as good news by the exhibition industry, which has been pressing studios to go to a schedule that spaced out the tentpole and family films.

"We could sell even more tickets to those movies if they were spread more evenly throughout the year," said John Fithian, president of the National Association of Theater Owners said.

He noted that Warner Bros had scored big with Gravity, which opened to US$55mil (RM179.9mil) in October and went on to take in US$715mil (RM2.3bil) worldwide. And two months ago, The Lego Movie posted the second-biggest opening ever in February with US$69mil (RM225.8mil). — Reuters


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