Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.’s $152.5 million opening-weekend haul for “The Hunger Games” proved female action heroes can attract big audiences, and may inspire Hollywood to make more films with female leads.
The arid, canyon-slashed Mars (sorry, Barsoom) looks awfully familiar in “John Carter,” Disney’s $250 million sci-fi extravaganza with the imprimatur of Edgar Rice Burroughs and the everything else of “Star Wars.”
“Hugo,” Martin Scorsese’s first 3-D movie, was nominated for 11 Oscars, including best picture and best director, as Hollywood prepared to honor its top 2011 films. Brad Pitt and George Clooney will vie for best actor.
“The Artist,” Weinstein Co.’s silent, black-and-white film about an actor with the transition to talkies, was nominated for six Golden Globe awards as Hollywood prepares to honor its best work of the year.