December 20, 2015 |
'Star Wars' sells big Like zombies to fresh brain, fans across the nation went in droves to see J.J. Abrams ' Star Wars: The Force Awakens for its pre-opening preview shows Thursday. The Harrison Ford -powered pic raked in $57 mil, shattering the pre-opening show record of $43.5 mil set by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 in 2011 . Weiland dead of drugs Scott Weiland , 48, died from an accidental drug overdose, a medical examiner's office in Minnesota has ruled.
December 20, 2015
Beatles, "1+" (Capitol). Gift-giving season could not arrive without an enticing option for that Fab Four fan in your family, now could it? This set pairs the 27 No. 1 hits on the 2001 greatest-hits package titled, simply, 1 - the biggest-selling album of the '00s, by the way - with 27 short promotional films that went along with them, correctly casting the Liverpool lads as innovators in the realm of video, along with everything else....
December 17, 2015
Rank/Title/Studio Last Week Total Weeks Out Per Location 1. Hunger Games (Lionsgate) $11.4 $244.6 4 $3,126 2. In the Heart of the Sea (Warner Bros.) 11.1 11.1 1 3,562 3. The Good Dinosaur (Disney) 10.3 89.5 3 2,806 4. Creed (Warner Bros.) 10.1 79.3 3 2,890 5. Krampus (Universal) 8.4 28.6 2 2,885 6. The Night Before (Sony)
November 17, 2015 |
James Bond and Charlie Brown again dominated domestic box office over the weekend. "Spectre," the 24th Bond installment and last week's top film, took in $35.4 million in its second weekend, according to studio estimates yesterday. The film has most flexed its muscles abroad, where the majority of its $500 million-plus haul has come from. This weekend it debuted in C..hina to $48 million - the best opening for a 2-D, U.S. release in China. "The Peanuts Movie" remained in second place with $24.2 million.
November 13, 2015
Cake in a box, updated and excellent Remember Caviar Assouline? The founder of that now-closed specialty food retailer, Joel Assouline, did his best to keep his daughter away from the food biz. But it may be a good thing Agathe Assouline-Lichten didn't listen. Her New York company, Red Velvet, has joined the rising online "meal-kit" sector pioneered by titans like Blue Apron, but with a special focus on desserts. And based on this excellent pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting and spiced pepitas, she's onto something.
November 2, 2015 |
I encountered Sid Szymanski, a fictional softball catcher, earlier this year while browsing through a poetry anthology in a Midwestern bookstore. In the "City of Tonawanda Softball Championship," Szymanski is old and alone, the substance of his life as insubstantial as his broken body. But while wheelchair-bound in a crowded New York nursing home, he still can draw solace from a memory, the long-ago night he scored the winning run in a bar-league championship. At poem's end, he is: "Mumbling and lost, wrapped "in the soft cloth of memory: "The arc of the white ball, a pearl "in the jewel box of twilight sky. " What aging sports fan can't appreciate such an end-of-life, "Glory Days" reflection?
October 20, 2015 |
Cold enough for ya? More than our weather got chilly this weekend. The movies did, too. "Goosebumps," based on the semi-spooky kids' book series, went big at the box office, taking in $23.5 million in 3,501 theaters. The young-adult-appropriate horror movie froze out Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks with their Cold War-inspired "Bridge of Spies. " It skated past Matt Damon in Ridley Scott's "The Martian," and gave the cold shoulder to Guillermo del Toro's adult-level scary "Crimson Peak.
October 9, 2015 |
W ALT DISNEY died nearly 50 years ago, but the company that bears his name is doing very well, thankyouverymuch. Since Disney releases so many tentpole movies from so many different franchises, the Mouse House likes to plan ahead. Yesterday it announced dates for a number of new movies through 2020. Highlights, according to the Hollywood Reporter , include "Cars 3" (June 16, 2017) and "The Incredibles 2" (June 21, 2019), both from Pixar. "Toy Story 4," which originally had the 2017 date, is being pushed back to June 15, 2018.
October 6, 2015 |
WHETHER IT WAS due to interest in Mars after the recent discovery of water there or because it led the Daily News ' Friday Features section, or maybe because it's just a good movie, "The Martian" won this weekend's battle for the box office. Ridley Scott 's 3-D space epic (just as enjoyable in 2-D) took in a propulsive $55 million over the weekend, according to studio estimates yesterday. The Matt Damon starrer exceeded expectations to nearly rank as the top October debut ever.
October 1, 2015 |
PUERTO RICAN pride, or how that pride translates to the island's deep and abiding love of boxing, is not or should not be restricted to New York City. That is the genesis for the "Puerto Rican Boxing Classic," which will be staged Friday night at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. The seven-fight card, with each bout featuring a Philly- or South Jersey-based Puerto Rican fighter, is topped by a scheduled eight-rounder pitting Camden junior lightweight Jason Sosa (17-1-3, 13 KOs)