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)
December 10, 2014 |
It's stick-a-big-package-under-the-tree season, and for those who would like to give the gift of music with something more tangible than an iTunes gift card or Spotify subscription, boxed sets conveniently proliferate. The musical bounty includes hefty single-artist sets from a host of big names. Twentieth-century titans Louis Armstrong and Leonard Bernstein have been boxed. David Bowie and Joni Mitchell are releasing self-curated collections. And Bob Dylan's formidable The Basement Tapes , reviewed earlier in my column, have finally seen the light of day in their entirety.
December 9, 2014 |
"THE HUNGER GAMES: Mockingjay - Part 1" continues to dominate the domestic box office, but awards-season hopefuls "Wild" and "The Imitation Game" proved their might with impressive limited-release showings on this sleepy post-Thanksgiving weekend. In its third weekend in release, "Mockingjay - Part 1" earned an estimated $21.6 million. The penultimate chapter in the massively successful franchise has now earned $257.7 million domestically, according to studio estimates yesterday.
November 10, 2014 |
"INTERSTELLAR" may have been the movie adults were excited about this past weekend, but once again kids rule the box office! The animated "Big Hero 6" debuted in first place with $56.2 million, according to studio estimates yesterday. Director Christopher Nolan 's brainy space saga, starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway as very attractive astronauts, took off in second place with $50 million, estimates said. "Interstellar" opened below Nolan's last film, the mind-bending thriller "Inception," which conjured up $62.8 million when it debuted in 2010.
November 6, 2014 |
The two push-button house phones outside the main entrance of the vacant Trump Plaza hotel in Atlantic City remain. A sign outlining access rules concludes with "Trespassers will be prosecuted. " They may as well also take down the "Valet Only" sign. Nobody's allowed in the driveway. There's a big fight next door at Boardwalk Hall on Saturday, Bernard Hopkins against Sergey Kovalev for the light-heavyweight title. There will be a strong crowd. It just won't be quite like the old days, certainly not next door.