Movie News in 60 Seconds: ‘We Bought a Zoo’ Early Reviews; Christian Bale is Done with Batman; Angelina Jolie, (Funeral) Director

Movie News in 60 Seconds: ‘We Bought a Zoo’ Early Reviews; Christian Bale is Done with Batman; Angelina Jolie, (Funeral) Director

Nov 28, 2011

We Bought a Zoo

Sneaking Cameron Crowe: This past weekend saw notable sneak previews of Steven Spielberg’s War Horse and Jason Reitman’s Young Adult, but Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo, starring Matt Damon (pictured above with Crowe), got the widest exposure in about 800 theaters nationwide. That resulted in multiple early reviews appearing online; in short, tears were shed. (The Daily Mubi)

Christian Bale and Batman Are Done: Principal photography on Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises has been completed, according to Christian Bale (AKA Batman). “Everything’s finished,” he says. “It’s me and Chris – that will be the end of that Batman era.” (Philippine Daily Inquirer, via Los Angeles Times)

We’ll Take That in Black, Please: Appearing on "60 Minutes" last night to promote her upcoming directorial effort In the Land of Blood and Honey, Angelina Jolie explained how much she enjoys working behind the camera, claimed she is “still a bad girl,” and teared up when discussing her mother. She also says that if ‘the acting thing’ didn’t work out, she was prepared to become another kind of director -- a funeral director. (Vulture)

I Guess He Really, Really Likes Michael Bay: Filmmaker Steven Spielberg, who served as executive producer for the Transformers series, among many other high concept films, now says: “I think producers are more interested in backing concepts than directors and writers. I don’t think that’s the right way of making a decision about whether you’re going to back a film or not.” Spielberg also claims that he’s not much interested in films made during the past 20 years, but still thinks it’s “rude” to walk out of a movie. (Telegraph)

U.S. Box Office: The estimated totals for the long holiday weekend are in, and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 did indeed finish far ahead of the pack in its second week of release, grossing an estimated $62.3 million at the box office. The Muppets did just fine, however, earning $42 million, followed by Happy Feet Two ($18.4 million) and the debuting Arthur Christmas ($17 million) and Hugo, whose fifth-place total of $15.4 million was earned at only 1,277 theaters, about a third of the leading contenders. (Box Office Mojo)

Film Crew Feared Lost: Two members of a Norwegian film crew are missing after a giant wave washed them into the sea. They were part of a photo unit for director Paul Magnus Lunde’s The Veil of Twilight and were shooting on the west coast of Norway. (Screen Daily)

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