March 24, 2015 |
IN TODAY'S movie universe, a teenage girl with a gun crushes Sean Penn with a gun. In fact, a teenage girl doing practically anything crushes Sean Penn with a gun. Star Shailene Woodley and the second installment in the "Divergent" series, "Insurgent," easily topped the box office with $54 million, according to Rentrak estimates yesterday. Penn's "The Gunman" stumbled with only $5 million. According to "Insurgent" distributor Lionsgate, 60 percent of its audiences were female.
March 14, 2015 |
What can brown do for you? It turns out a lot, according to a new marketing theme. Package-delivery giant United Parcel Service Inc., known for its brown trucks and uniforms, has a new global advertising campaign to let businesses know that it does more than deliver parcels. The 107-year-old company is replacing its marketing campaign, "We Love Logistics," with the slogan "United Problem Solvers," which will appear in TV commercials during the NCAA men's basketball tournament this month and in print and digital ads in the United States, China, Germany, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.
March 10, 2015 |
MOVIEGOERS and celebrity wrongdoers seemed to take the weekend off. Misdeeds were even more nonexistent than the box office. Neill Blomkamp 's R-rated "Chappie" might have taken the No. 1 spot in its 3,201-theater debut, but its modest $13.3 million gross was a career low for Blomkamp, whose previous films, "Elysium" and "District 9," debuted at $29.8 million and $37.4 million, respectively. The R-rated Vince Vaughn comedy "Unfinished Business" fared even worse, opening at No. 10 to a dismal $4.8 million.
February 24, 2015 |
BACK IN the glory days of Philadelphia boxing, Harold Johnson took some of the best to school over his 25-year career. Call it the "school of hard knocks," because the school we are talking about is held in the squared circle of the boxing ring, and the fighters thus educated by stylish fighter Harold Johnson were among the best ever to step through the ropes in an era spanning the '40s, '50s and '60s. "There were a lot more really good fighters in his era," said Bernard Fernandez, retired Daily News boxing writer.
January 20, 2015 |
FROM A hidden spot on a far-off rooftop, "American Sniper" blew away expectations and every film in its way this past weekend, taking in a record-setting (for January) $90 million at the box office. The Kevin Hart - Josh Gad comedy, "The Wedding Ringer," finished a distant second with $21 million. Next up was "Paddington" ($19.3 million), "Taken 3" (dropping 64 percent to $14.1 million) and "Selma" (dropping only 26.6 percent to $8.3 million, with a likely strong day of business today)
January 16, 2015 |
FIGHT FANS longing for boxing to get back to its roots of primetime television and away from its current state - where pay-per-view fights and politically charged matchups make keeping up with the sport a constant and expensive struggle - can breathe a little sigh of relief. At a news conference in New York yesterday, NBC Sports officially confirmed the rumored return of boxing to network television. NBC will air 20 fights this year in the newly minted "Premier Boxing Champions Series," which will feature five primetime shows on NBC, six Saturday afternoon shows on NBC and nine Saturday primetime shows on NBC Sports Network, according to a press release.
January 16, 2015
J ENNIFER Jenkins Ertel, 52, of Drexel Hill, runs the Rosin Box with her brother Len. The store on Sansom Street near 20th, a fixture in the city's dance life since 1977, sells pointe shoes. Jenkins Ertel is a former professional dancer who studied under Mikhail Baryshnikov in 1979-80 in New York. Q: How have you been able to stay in business so long? A: I think we have a niche that's all about customer service. There are ebbs and flows in this business. You also have to go with trends in dance, so our business has evolved.
December 30, 2014 |
YOU CAN'T keep a Hobbit down. Hollywood threw a number of big-name, big-budget Christmas movies at the "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," but the final installment in Peter Jackson 's trilogy marched to the top spot once again with an estimated $41.4 million take across the weekend, according to studio estimates yesterday. Director Angelina Jolie 's World War II epic "Unbroken," took second place with $31.7 million from the weekend, bringing its domestic total to $47.3 million from its first four days.
December 18, 2014 |
None of the Flyers has come down with the mumps, but it's too soon to breathe a sigh of relief. So far, about 20 players on six NHL teams definitely or probably have gotten the viral illness, despite a flurry of vaccinations throughout the league. Among those afflicted is the Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby, the league's most valuable player, who tested positive for the disease Dec. 13. The Flyers have played three affected teams - the New York Rangers, Anaheim Ducks, and New Jersey Devils - within the incubation period of 16 to 18 days.
December 13, 2014 |
Twentieth Century Fox cranks out the big blockbusters, but its sister distribution arm, Fox Searchlight Pictures, specializes in indie films and British imports that are more likely to pick up Oscars than hundreds of millions at the box office. Founded in 1994, the company marks its anniversary with a Blu-ray boxed set that makes an ideal holiday gift. The Fox Searchlight Pictures 20th Anniversary Collection features 20 films in high-def, including The Full Monty , Boys Don't Cry , Crazy Heart , The Descendants , Juno , and The Last King of Scotland . ( www.foxconnect.com ; $299.99; not rated)