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James Franco has whipped up some box office magic. His new Disney movie, Oz the Great and Powerful — also starring Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, and Rachel Weisz — reeled in some incredible numbers this weekend. Disney is reporting that the movie earned more than $80 million during its debut weekend.
When the movie raked in $24.1 million on Friday alone, it pointed to signs that it was heading towards box office gold. And now, with the reported cumulative gross of $80,278,000, Oz gave the film industry its first $80 million plus weekend debut in 2013 (the best debut of the year so far). Oz’s debut was also the third largest March opening in box office history behind only The Hunger Games ($152.2M debut) and Alice in Wonderland ($116.1M debut). That’s huge!
Internationally, Oz scored $69.9 million, earning it a global cumulative total of $150.2 million. And, in domestic IMAX theaters, Oz delivered $8.2 million on 307 screens. International IMAX theaters saw $4 million from 135 screens. That adds up to $12.2 in global IMAX revenue. This is the second best IMAX March opening after 2010′s Alice in Wonderland.
Anne Hathaway and Miley Cyrus may be totally committed to their short haircuts, but one famously gamine star is ready to ditch her pixie: Michelle Williams.
“I think I’m ready,” Williams, 32, told E! News at a press junket for her film Oz: The Great and Powerful. “It’s on its way, slowly but surely.”
Don’t expect rapid change from the star, who’s had her signature platinum short cut since debuting the look at Cannes in 2010: “I might want it now, but I’ll have it in three years,” she joked of the slow growing-out time.
In fact, that in-between stage is why she’s waited so long to start the transition. “The mid-stage is insufferable,” she said. “It’s really hard on your self-esteem.”
We have to say, she’s managing it quite nicely, showing off a punky asymmetrical look Wednesday outside Late Night With David Letterman. And since her moviemaking schedule is clear for a bit, she joked that she’s ready to devote herself to the new length. “I’m really happy to not have anything looming — except my hair,” she told E! “I’m really working on growing my hair out!”
Michelle Williams has never been one to look to the outside world for a seal of approval — until now.
In the March issue of InStyle, the actress admits she forever cherishes the unwavering support she has received since going public with her relationship with actor Jason Segel.
“If people are happy about it that makes me feel good because in my head the opposite is often true — that people fault or blame you for things,” Williams, 32, says.
“That’s really painful. You wish they would just want you to be happy, for your kid to be happy, and for you to have a good life and do good work.”
She adds: “Any kind sentiment that the world can feed back, well, I won’t turn it down.”
Along with Matilda Rose, the actress’s daughter with the late Heath Ledger, the couple now share an apartment in Brooklyn, cozy quarters filled with bean bags, book nooks and plenty of priceless pieces.
“I keep things for sentimental reasons. I’ve kept all of Matilda’s baby clothes. even the ones with stains and rips,” Williams says.
And as she creates a space that enables her daughter to always “curl up with a book,” the Oz: The Great and Powerful star finds nothing compares to her happiness as a stay-at-home mom — at least for now.
“I cook and clean a lot these days. I’m in a very domestic cycle and I happen to love it,” Williams explains.
“I feel like this is a real expression of my love for my daughter. Not the only one, but an important one. As a parent, you want the kid to come back to a place where it seems like the walls are made of feather down.”
And while she’s fiercely protective of Matilda, seemingly succeeding in keeping her out of the spotlight, the 7-year-old still manages to catch glimpses of Hollywood’s glitz and glamour — even if it’s not in the most flattering forms.
“The other day I was with my daughter at a newsstand and she turned to me and said, ‘Mommy, why do all those ladies have their boobs out?’” Williams shares. “And I was going to talk about the power dynamic and society, but I just said, ‘Sweetie, I really just don’t know.’ She just wagged her little head.”
From her personal life to her professional success, life has come full circle for Williams — and she’s seizing each moment of sheer happiness that comes her way.
“The other day I was out there all bundled up and the sun was shining and I realized I was smiling in a way I hadn’t in a long time,” she notes. “The roses in my cheeks weren’t from makeup for once. It was a perfect moment.”
Jen Lindley is totally down for a Dawson’s Creek reunion.
At a Comic-Con press conference for Oz: The Great and Powerful Thursday, Michelle Williams — who played bad girl Jen on the beloved WB teen drama — was asked if she’d consider filming a Dawson’s Creek reunion special.
“I would very happily do a reunion show, I don’t know what it would be,” Williams, 31, told the crowd, laughing as she added, “My character died in the end, so there are certain limitations for me. It’s either I come back as a ghost or I’m shot through a lot of gauzy, hazy light as my nineteen-year-old self.”
Added the Take This Waltz star, “I’ve always said that I would really love to and I think independently, we’ve all been saying that. So at some point I hope that it does happen [as] . . . a way to honor the past and what a big deal it was for the four or five of us and what a big deal it was for the people who watched it.”
In addition to Williams, her costars James Van Der Beek and the newly single Katie Holmes have also expressed interest in reprising their roles on the hit primetime soap.
Michelle Williams has another trophy to put on her mantel.
The My Week with Marilyn star earned best female lead for her on-screen transformation into dazzling blond icon Marilyn Monroe Saturday at the 27th annual Independent Spirit Awards. Accepting the award, she joked about how she wore “her own clothes” and cut “her own hair” when she came to the ceremony for the first time 10 years ago.
Williams, 31, already took home a major win for the role at the Golden Globe Awards and, come Sunday, she might have another prize for her shelf after the Academy Awards.
Congratulations to Michelle Williams for picking up a nomination for Best Actress in My Week with Marilyn!
The 84th Annual Academy Awards will air live from Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre on ABC, Sunday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. ET. Billy Crystal, returning for the first time in eight years, will serve as host, for the ninth time.
“I am so grateful to be acknowledged by the Academy for my work, which was made possible by the support of our director Simon Curtis and the camaraderie of a terrific ensemble of actors – a special congratulations to Kenneth Branagh – and the fearless Harvey Weinstein. This role has been the challenge and privilege of a lifetime. I would like to think that the recognition our film has received by the Academy is a testament to Marilyn’s legacy.” – Michelle Williams (Best Actress, “My Week With Marilyn”)
Michelle is up for a Orange British Academy of Film and Television Award for Best Actress in My Week with Marilyn. The film was also recognized in the categories of OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM, SUPPORTING ACTOR (Kenneth Branagh), SUPPORTING ACTRESS (Judi Dench), COSTUME DESIGN, and MAKE UP & HAIR. The ceremony is on Sunday 12 February at London’s Royal Opera House.
Thanks to 6-year-old Matilda Ledger, Michelle Williams beat out A-listers like Charlize Theron and Kate Winslet in the Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) category at Sunday’s 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards.
“I consider myself a mother first and an actress second, and so the person I most want to thank is my daughter, my little girl, whose bravery and exuberance is the example that I take with me in my work and in my life,” Williams said during her heartfelt acceptance speech.
Triumphing over Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) and Jodie Foster (Carnage), the 31-year-old My Week With Marilyn star continued to praise her daughter, whom she welcomed in 2005 with then-boyfriend Heath Ledger.
“I want to say thank you for sending me off to this job every day with a hug and a kiss. I couldn’t have done it any other way. It made me so excited to come home at night,” Williams told Matilda. “And for suffering for six months of bedtime stories, where all the princesses were read aloud in a Marilyn Monroe-sounding voice.”
In addition to thanking her celeb BFF Busy Philipps and movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, Williams also expressed her gratitude to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for bestowing her with the same Award Monroe won “more than 50 years ago.”