April 14, 2015 |
"FURIOUS 7" kept up its fast pace in its second weekend, racing away with $60.6 million at North American theaters and bringing its box-office total to a high-octane $252.5 million, according to studio estimates yesterday. Globally, it has already crossed $800 million in its first two weeks of release. The weekend international total was boosted by the film premiering in China yesterday, where it earned an estimated $68.6 million in just one day. The Hollywood studios basically ceded the weekend to the revved-up franchise.
December 9, 2013 |
It's odd to think of William Shakespeare writing a Christmas play in the same way Hollywood studios release their holiday blockbusters. Yet Twelfth Night, or What You Will, was just that in 1602 - a popular, fanciful entertainment marking the end of Christmas' 12 days and the coming of the Epiphany. There is a noble yet hilarious dreaminess to the play's proceedings - psychic bait-and-switches and twists-upon-truths, wherein servants imagine they can become lords, and ladies dress as men for the sake of romance and, of course, high comedy.
July 14, 2013
Disney's Magic Kingdom near Orlando, Fla., was the most-visited theme park in the country - and the world - last year with 17.5 million visitors, according to the Themed Entertainment Association. Altogether, the top nine parks on the list of most-visited in North America were Disney and Universal parks in Florida and California. Hersheypark came in at No. 17. See the entire list at http://is.gd/BuhprJ 1. Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, Fla. 2. Disneyland, Anaheim, Calif.
June 29, 2011 |
CHARLIE SHEEN may have to change his motto from "Winning!" to "Garnishing!" A judge has ordered Sheen's former bosses to zap $55,000 a month for child support from any payments they make to the former "Two and a Half Men" star. The request was made by Charlie's ex, Brooke Mueller Sheen , mother of two of his children. The former couple were divorced May 2, about two months after Sheen was fired from "Men. " The actor and his TV bosses have been fighting over payments ever since.
March 16, 2011 |
EVERY YEAR we give an annual mention to "The Bachelor" (a/k/a "Twenty-six's Company," "Desperate Housewannabes" or "Cathouse") and it almost always goes like this: Even though "Bachelor" Brad ("Help, someone stole my personality!") Womack claimed that he was looking for a spouse, he and Emily , his final rose receiver, have already broken up. "Emily is not able to forgive Brad for what she considers cheating week after week with other girls," an in-the-know producer told popeater.com.
August 13, 2009 |
TATTLE HAS often mocked Hollywood's obsession with remakes and sequels and its eagerness to turn any property, toy or character into a movie whether there's a movie in it or not. But even we are surprised by Warner Bros. latest foray into theatrical-rights purchases: Lego. The Hollywood Reporter says the studio and producer Dan Lin have acquired theatrical rights for a motion picture about the timeless toy, and have set writers Dan and Kevin Hageman to pen the script. About Lego.
August 15, 2008 |
An ardent agnostic, screenwriter Dalton Trumbo was not a Ten Commandments kind of guy. He was devout about the Ten Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, most especially the first in that Bill of Rights, with its guarantee of free speech. As he was the first to admit, the celebrated writer of Roman Holiday and Spartacus was guilty of contempt. But it was Congress that first had trampled on his First Amendment rights by insisting that Trumbo, a member of the Communist Party during World War II, when the Soviet Union was a U.S. ally, identify others who were now or had ever been members of the Communist Party.
February 4, 2008 |
THE NETWORKS may not run out of TV shows after all. In time for the Grammys, the Oscars, the 2009 movie season and the end of the 2007-2008 TV season, there's a light at the end of the writers' strike tunnel. It is believed that a breakthrough in contract talks has been reached between Hollywood studios and striking writers and could lead to a tentative deal this week, an unnamed, unauthorized person close to the negotiations said Saturday. The two sides breached the gap Friday on the issues that matter, those concerning compensation for projects distributed via the Internet, said the anonymous insider.
July 10, 2006 |
TALK ABOUT strange bedfellows. Who woulda thunk that when R&B producer Dallas Austin received a pardon and his release from a Dubai prison last week after being convicted of cocaine possession, it would be due, in part, to intervention from conservative Utah senator Orrin Hatch. Hatch said via a statement that he was contacted by Austin's attorneys, then called the ambassador and consul of the United Arab Emirates in Washington on Austin's behalf. Beyond saying Hatch has "good relations with the ambassador and other good people in Dubai," his office gave no specifics about his dealings with the Dubai government - but Hatch did support the Dubai-based DP World in its bid to manage American ports.
March 14, 2004 |
Remember the horse-drawn cart that carried Gandalf the Grey into Hobbiton at the outset of The Fellowship of the Ring? The wizard had better move over: Hollywood has an army of sword-wielding knights, sage sorcerers, monsters, elves, and Renaissance Faire look-alikes about to jump on the wagon. It doesn't take an Oxford don to explain why as many as a dozen big-budget fantasies are in the works. The $2.84 billion international take for Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy and best-picture and director Oscars for the Return of the King - not to mention kabillions in DVD/video sales, merchandising and ancillary rights - have ignited the formerly disparaged dungeons-and-dragons genre.