‘Hunger Games’ Impresses the Box Office Four Weekends In a Row…

Blog By: Jaclyn Zepnick 

The Hunger Games has, for the fourth weekend in a row, taken the No. 1 spot at the domestic  box office –– making it the first film since Avatar to reign four consecutive weeks.

The first of four planned film adaptations from author Suzanne Collins’ trilogy dropped slightly this week to $21.5 million, making its domestic total a massive $337.1 million. That makes Hunger Games No. 22 on the all-time domestic chart, right between Finding Nemo and Spider-Man 3.

The Three Stooges took second place for the weekend, taking $17.1 million. Rounding out the top 3 was Cabin in the Woods. The movie, directed by Drew Goddard –– you know him as the director of Cloverfield –– snagged $14.8 million. Cabin in the Woods is ranked at 92 percent on Rotten Tomatoes –– that’s higher than Hunger Games‘ 84 percent.

Do you think Katniss and Peeta can pull off a fifth weekend win? Or will Zac Efron get lucky when The Lucky One hits theaters Friday, April 20?

Cannes Film Festival Announces President of the Un Certain Regard Jury…

British actor and director Tim Roth will be the President of the Un Certain Regard Jury when the 65th Cannes Film Festival hits the French Riviera next month (May 16-27). The 20 films in the running will be announced at a press conference April 19.

Roth, who starred in two Quentin Tarantino films, Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs, also has worked with such iconic filmmakers as Woody Allen in 1996′s Everybody Says I Love You and Tim Burton in the the 2001 Planet of the Apes. Roth recently starred in this year’s Sundance film Arbitrage.

Roth will lead a jury made up of artists, journalists and festival directors who will award a film the honor of the Prix Un Certain Regard on May 26, the day before the festival ends.

The Un Certain Regard is known for awarding films that are “different” and visionary. Past winners include Andreas Dresen‘s Stopped on Track and Rodrigo García’s Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her, starring Glenn Close and Cameron Diaz.

New Ballet Documentary First Position Trailer released…

It’s like American Idol for ballet. Bess Kargman’s First Position chronicles the story of six young ballet dancers throughout the journey to win the prestigious Youth American Grand Prix. The prize is the dream of a lifetime for these kids who have spent their short lives mostly in sweat, pain and discipline ––– a chance at stardom and fame in a career on the stage.

The film won Jury Prize at the Toronto International Film Festival, and took awards atSF DocFest as well as Doc NYC.

Check out the trailer below and be sure to see it on the big screen when it’s released May 4.

Enjoy your Monday FilmFunders and remember to wish Charlie Chaplin a happy 123rd birthday today!


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