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'Frozen' becomes fifth highest-grossing film in box office history

Posted: 26 May 2014 07:15 PM PDT

Thanks to the Japanese, the animated movie is still popular after six months.

Since its release in November 2013, Disney's seasonal animated feature Frozen has brought in over US$1.2bil in theatres worldwide, placing it ahead of Iron Man 3 in the ranking of the most lucrative blockbusters at the global box office.

Thanks to its popularity with Japanese moviegoers, Frozen is still putting money in Disney's coffers six months after its premiere. As of Sunday, May 25, the movie had earned a cumulative total of US$1,219,179,972 in theatres. This impressive result makes Frozen the fifth highest grossing feature in the history of the box office.

The story of Anna and her sister Elsa overtook Iron Man 3, which grossed US$1.215bil during its run in theatres. At the top of the podium are Avatar (US$2.7bil), Titanic (US$1.8bil), The Avengers (US$1.5bil) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (US$1.3bil).

Frozen has also become Disney's highest-grossing feature – another title taken from Iron Man 3 – and the only animated feature among the top 10 highest-grossing films at the worldwide box office. However, Frozen is not the only animated movie to break the symbolic US$1bil barrier at the box office: Toy Story 3, in 12th place overall, grossed US$1.063bil in theatres. – AFP Relaxnews

Julianne Moore, Timothy Spall win at Cannes

Posted: 24 May 2014 08:45 PM PDT

She plays ageing Hollywood actress; he is painter JMW Turner.

Julianne Moore won the best actress prize at the 67th Cannes Film Festival on May 24 for her role as a shallow starlet in Canadian director David Cronenberg's biting Hollywood satire Maps To The Stars.

In the film, the 53-year-old redhead plays an ageing actress feeling increasingly sidelined by an industry obsessed with youth.

When the young son of a rival for new film role is killed in a freak drowning accident, Moore does a dance of joy that remained one of the enduring shocks of this year's festival.

"Vive Los Angeles, Vive David Cronenberg, vive Julie Moore et vive la France," the film's screenwriter, Bruce Wagner, said as he picked up the trophy for Moore, who was not in Cannes.

Moore has played everything from a porn star to an FBI agent over a two-decade big screen career that has already brought four Oscar nominations, two Golden Globes and a Primetime Emmy to her name.

Her best-known films include 1998's The Big Lebowski, Crazy Stupid Love (2011) as well as The Hours and Far From Heaven, both from 2002.

Timothy Spall poses during the Award Winners photocall after he won the Best Performance by an Actor award for his role in the movie Mr Turner at the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, on May 24, 2014. – Photo EPA

The best actor award was won by British actor Timothy Spall for his role in a lush historical portrait of painter JMW Turner, by director Mike Leigh.

Mr. Turner stars the 57-year-old Spall, credited with blazing a trail for modern art of the time, in a grunting, snorting, spitting, womanising, warts-and-all performance that critics hailed as riveting.

"I am trying to hold back my tears," an emotional Spall told the audience after receiving the prize, lauding his decades of collaboration with Leigh.

One of Britain's best-regarded character actors, and better known abroad for a recurring role in the Harry Potter movies, Spall is credited with a gift for invoking empathy with otherwise unlovable protagonists.

For his role as Turner, Spall practised painting for two years before starting to film with Leigh and said his extensive research revealed the British artist to be "a man of mystery".

Best director

Bennett Miller scooped up the best director award at Cannes for Foxcatcher, a film based on the real-life murder of an Olympic wrestler by multi-millionaire John du Pont.

The 47-year-old's third feature film had critics raving and viewers were left particularly stunned by Steve Carell, whose performance as the deranged, sinister du Pont marked a complete turnaround from his previous funny man roles.

The film also stars Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo as Mark and Dave Schultz, two wrestling-champion brothers.

Miller has only made three feature films, but already he is a regular at international award ceremonies.

He directed his childhood friend Philip Seymour Hoffman to Oscar glory with Capote, his 2005 biopic of author and playwright Truman Capote.

Some of the winners of the 67th Cannes Film Festival. – AFP

Main prize-winners at Cannes Film Festival

Palme d'Or: Winter Sleep, Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Best Director: Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher

Best Actress: Julianne Moore in Maps to the Stars by David Cronenberg

Best Actor: Timothy Spall in Mr. Turner by Mike Leigh

Best Screenplay: Andrei Zvyagintsev and Oleg Negin for Leviathan.

Grand Prix (runner-up to Palme d'Or): The Wonders, by Alice Rohrwacher

Jury Prize: Mommy by Xavier Dolan and Goodbye to Language by Jean-Luc Godard. – AFP Relaxnews


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