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SPIDEY ON BROADWAY: GOOD NEWS TURNS TO DISASTER

November 29, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

The Broadway production of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, which is due to open officially on January 11, appeared to get off to an auspicious start with a featured segment on Sunday’s 60 Minutes and the debut of commercials for the show in the New York area. But the late-night newscasts in the city were […]

HARRY CONQUERS THE WORLD

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With a delayed debut in France of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and the second week doing solid business everywhere else, the film earned $113.2 million overseas, bringing its foreign gross to $389.2 million, Reuters reported today (Monday). France’s opening topped all other sites with $19.1 million at 994 venues. Next was […]

BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE TO TAKE OVER ROLE OF FILM COUNCIL

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The British Film Institute, known chiefly as the group that stages the London Film Festival each year, has been named by the British government to take over much of the work of the U.K. Film Council, which has been axed as a cost-cutting move. It will now be responsible for doling out funds to British […]

SUED FILMMAKERS WIN ATTORNEYS FEES

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A group of Swedish documentary filmmakers who had to defend themselves against a defamation lawsuit by the Dole Food Co. have been awarded $200,000 for their attorneys fees and costs by a Los Angeles judge. The filmmakers, Fredrik Gertten and Margarete Jangard, had produced a documentary titled Bananas! that looked into charges filed by Dole […]

STRAIGHT-FACED COMEDIAN LESLIE NIELSEN DEAD AT 84

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Leslie Nielsen, who played deadly serious roles in movies like The Poseidon Adventure and TV series like The Protectors and Bracken’s World until he began playing deadly serious roles in comedies like Airplane and The Naked Gun, has died from complications from pneumonia in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He was 84.

FRANCO, HATHAWAY TO HOST OSCARS

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Breaking with the tradition of naming comics or song-and-dance men to host the annual Oscar ceremonies, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today (Monday) announced that James Franco and Anne Hathaway will host next year’s presentations. In a statement, Oscar telecast co-producer Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer said, “James Franco and Anne Hathaway […]

HARRY BEATS HAIRY AT HOLIDAY BOX OFFICE

November 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

As expected, Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 remained magical at the box office over the Thanksgiving holiday, earning $50.3 million over the weekend and $76.3 million from Wednesday, according to studio estimates. But Disney’s animated musical Tangled, based on the Rapunzel fairy tale, proved to be a worthy competitor as […]

PIRATE BAY FOUNDERS WALK THE PLANK

November 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

A Swedish appellate court late today (Friday) upheld the convictions of three operators of the Pirate Bay website, Frederik Neij, Peter Sunde and Carl Lundström for what was called “contributory copyright infringement” and sentenced them to prison and ordered them to pay damages of more than $6.5 million. In its ruling, the court said, “The […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE KING’S SPEECH

November 26, 2010 by · 5 Comments 

Amid all the hoopla surrounding an abundance of big-budget movie titles occupying theater marquees this weekend, a small film called The King’s Speech, being released only in Los Angeles and New York, is quietly garnering much of the season’s Oscar buzz — and some of the most enthusiastic reviews of the year. “The film is […]

THANKSGIVING: FOOTBALL & TURKEY IN THAT ORDER

November 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Thanksgiving has become a day of the year when friends and family get together in the late afternoon, watch the network telecast of the NFL game, then sit down together for dinner — and turn their television sets off. Thursday was no exception. The overrun of the New Orleans Saints-Dallas Cowboys game on Fox at […]

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