Archive for August, 2012

‘Avengers’ DVD drops Joss Whedon commentary for UK release

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

The Avengers DVD and Blu-ray release will not feature commentary from Joss Whedon in the UK.

Marvel Studios parent company Disney told Empire that the director recorded his audio track too late to make the film’s home media release in the territory.

Various editions of the movie have been confirmed for home formats – single disc DVD or Blu-ray, 3D and 2D Blu-ray combo, and box sets in both formats that bundle the film in with the previous Marvel offerings.

The box sets include The Avengers, Iron Man and its sequel, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger and The Incredible Hulk.

All versions will include an array of bonus material, including deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and the 90-minute documentary Building a Dream: Assembling the Avengers.

Marvel Studios recently released an alternative opening sequence to the film that will feature among the DVD and Blu-ray extras.

The Avengers is released on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK on September 17.

Pixar’s ‘Brave’ retains UK box office top spot

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Pixar’s Brave has topped the UK box office for the second consecutive weekend.

The 3D film, which features the voices of Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson and Billy Connolly, takes in £2.3 million to hold off competition from comedy Ted and The Bourne Legacy.

The Dark Knight Rises charts at number four as it crosses the £52 million mark in the UK. Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy closer is now the highest-grossing film in Britain for 2012, surpassing The Avengers‘s £51.8 million haul.

Keith Lemon The Film rounds out the top five with a £1.1 million box office total.

Elsewhere, the chart sees new entries in the form of Farrelly brothers comedy The Three Stooges and documentary The Imposter. The latter pulls in an impressive £252,170 from its 49 locations.

The UK box office top ten in full:
1. (1) Brave – £2,371,691
2. (3) Ted – £1,692,883
3. (2) The Bourne Legacy – £1,596,289
4. (5) The Dark Knight Rises – £1,378,717
5. (-) Keith Lemon The Film – £1,196,310
6. (4) The Expendables 2 – £1,028,904
7. (-) The Three Stooges – £509,324
8. (7) Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days – £424,206
9. (8) Ice Age 4: Continental Drift – £331,851
10. (-) The Imposter – £252,170

Source: Rentrak

Emeli Sandé hangs on to album No.1 with ‘Our Version of Events’

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Emeli Sandé has stayed on top of the UK album chart for the second week running.

Our Version of Events has now been at the summit for a total of five weeks in 2012.

The LP has now sold over 647,000 copies, and is just over 6,000 behind Adele’s 21 in the best-seller list so far this year.

Paloma Faith is also a non-mover at two with Fall to Grace.

Bloc Party’s latest album Four is this week’s highest new entry at three. The Darkness score their second UK Top 10 album with Hot Cakes at four.

Jessie Ware’s debut LP Devotion enters at five.

The Black Keys’ El Camino climbs a massive 43 places to its highest position to date at seven.


‘Brave’ beats ‘Bourne’ at UK box office

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Pixar’s latest animated movie Brave has topped the UK box office.

The 3D film, which centres on a flame-haired princess (Kelly Macdonald) growing up in Scotland, pulls in £5.2 million to hold off competition from The Bourne Legacy and secure the top spot.

Brave expanded from Irish and Scottish theatres into England and Wales over the weekend, prompting a huge 818% leap in ticket sales.

Seth MacFarlane’s comedy Ted is in third place ahead of new release The Expendables 2. Sylvester Stallone’s action sequel falls short of its predecessor, which netted £3.94 million when it opened in 2010.

Last week’s runner-up The Dark Knight Rises falls three places to number five.

Elsewhere, Bollywood film Ek Tha Tiger charts at number six and Rufus Hound’s comedy The Wedding Video lands at ten.

The UK box office top ten in full:
1. (5) Brave – £5,269,402
2. (-) The Bourne Legacy – £4,620,289
3. (1) Ted – £2,076,046
4. (-) The Expendables 2 – £1,985,082
5. (2) The Dark Knight Rises – £1,506,178
6. (-) Ek Tha Tiger – £543,073
7. (4) Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days – £459,526
8. (6) Ice Age 4: Continental Drift – £350,788
9. (3) Step Up 4: Miami Heat – £340,072
10. (-) The Wedding Video – £333,079

‘Top Gun’ director Tony Scott dead at 68 after jumping off bridge

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Director Tony Scott has died after jumping off a bridge in Los Angeles.

The Top Gun helmer, and the brother of Sir Ridley Scott, threw himself off the Vincent Thomas Bridge at around 12.30pm on Sunday in an apparent suicide, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

The US Coast Guard said that a suicide note was found inside the 68-year-old’s car, parked on one of the eastbound lanes of the bridge, reports the Daily Breeze.

The Vincent Thomas Bridge spans San Pedro and Terminal Island and rises 185 feet at its highest point above the water.

Authorities used sonar equipment to find Tony’s body in the murky waters, after eyewitnesses reported a man jumping off the bridge. His body was recovered by a dive team at roughly 4.30pm.


Emeli Sandé reclaims No.1 UK album

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

Emeli Sandé has returned to number one on the UK album Chart with Our Version of Events.

The singer, who performed at the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony last Sunday (August 12), is now on course to overtake Adele as the biggest-selling album of 2012 so far.

Her debut LP is just 26,000 copies behind Adele’s 21 – originally released in 2011 – in year-to-date sales.

Elsewhere on the chart, Paloma Faith’s Fall to Grace climbs three places to number two, while Ed Sheeran, who also appeared at the closing ceremony, rises to number three with +.

Amy Macdonald is up 13 places to number four with Life in a Beautiful Light, just ahead of Maroon 5’s Overexposed at five.

Britain’s Got Talent star Ryan O’Shaughnessy scores this week’s highest new entry with his self-titled debut, which lands at number nine, followed by Spector at number 12 with Enjoy it While it Lasts.

The Spice Girls’ Greatest Hits climbs 146 places to number 18, Elbow’s The Seldom Seen Kid is up 133 places to number six, and Kate Bush’s The Whole Story is up 71 to number 21 after also featuring at the Olympics closing ceremony.

Source: Official Charts Company

‘Ted’ retains UK box office top spot

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Ted has spent its second weekend at the top of the UK box office.

Seth MacFarlane’s comedy, which stars Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis, pulls in more than £3 million to hold off Batman sequel The Dark Knight Rises and secure the top spot.

Dance sequel Step Up 4: Miami Heat is a new entry at number three, taking in £680,052 from its 396 locations.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days lands at number four, while Brave climbs a place to number five based on screenings in Ireland and Scotland.

Elsewhere, British thriller Offender debuts at number ten with £74,154 from its 68 locations.

The UK box office top ten in full:
1. (1) Ted – £3,174,766
2. (2) The Dark Knight Rises – £2,169,449
3. (-) Step Up 4: Miami Heat – £680,052
4. (3) Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days – £602,236
5. (6) Brave – £574,261
6. (4) Ice Age 4: Continental Drift – £532,353
7. (5) The Lorax – £375,710
8. (7) The Amazing Spider-Man – £199,304
9. (8) Magic Mike – £135,108
10. (-) Offender – £74,154

Source: Rentrak

Rihanna reclaims No.1 on UK albums chart with ‘Talk That Talk’

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Rihanna has climbed back to the top of the UK albums chart with Talk That Talk.

The singer’s sixth studio album spends its second week at the top overall, after climbing six places to top the chart. It has now spent 38 weeks inside the chart, and will soon break the million sales barrier.

Plan B is a non-mover at two with the soundtrack to his film iLL Manors, with Maroon 5’s Overexposed climbing up one to three.

Emeli Sandé falls one to four with Our Version of Events, while Paloma Faith climbs back up 11 places to five with Fall to Grace.

Conor Maynard drops five from last week’s top spot to six with Contrast, with Train jumping up four places to seven with California 37.

Ed Sheeran advances one to eight with +, while fellow long-runner 21 by Adele also goes up a place to nine. Keane climb back up eight to ten with Strangeland.


‘Ted’ defeats ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ at UK box office

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Ted has topped the UK box office on its first weekend on release.

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane’s directorial debut earns £9.3 million from its 509 locations to end The Dark Knight Rises‘s two-week run at the chart summit.

Ted‘s opening haul is the biggest first-weekend for a comedy movie in 2012. Last year, The Hangover Part II debuted to £10.41 million, while The Inbetweeners Movie scored the biggest ever comedy bow with £13.22 million.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, the third instalment in the family franchise, takes the number three slot ahead of Ice Age 4 and The Lorax.

Pixar’s Brave makes its UK box office debut at number six after opening early in Scottish, Irish and Northern Irish cinemas. It is expected to better its £820,084 gross when it expands into English and Welsh locations on August 13.

Elsewhere, Mirror Mirror re-enters the top ten, rising up to number nine after its location count is boosted to 187 for the school holidays.

The UK box office top ten in full:
(-) Ted – £9,333,700
2. (1) The Dark Knight Rises – £4,290,605
3. (-) Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days – £1,537,178
4. () Ice Age 4: Continental Drift – £1,213,388
5. () The Lorax – £856,003
6. (-) Brave – £820,084
7. (4) The Amazing Spider-Man – £392,715
8. (5) Magic Mike – £288,189
9. (-) Mirror Mirror – £60,769
10. (7) Searching for Sugar Man – £42,416

Source: Rentrak

Conor Maynard lands debut solo No.1 album with ‘Contrast’

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

Conor Maynard has landed his first number one album with Contrast.

The 19-year-old entered at the top with his debut release, knocking Plan B’s iLL Manors down to number two.

Emeli Sandé climbs up five places to three with Our Version of Events, while Maroon 5 fall one to four with Overexposed.

Delilah scores a debut top five album with From the Roots Up at five.

Olympics Opening Ceremony performer Mike Oldfield enters at six with his Two Sides compilation.

Rihanna drops two to five with Talk That Talk, while Rick Ross’s fifth studio album God Forgives, I Don’t lands at eight.

Long runners from Ed Sheeran (+) and Adele (21) complete the Top 10.

Amy Macdonald rises 11 spots to 20 with Life in a Beautiful Light, while Justin Bieber climbs back up 17 places to 24 with Believe.

Source: Official Charts Company