Thursday, January 23, 2020

MOTION PICTURE FUND NURSING HOME NOW SEEMS OUT OF DANGER

January 26, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

“It’s been long and it’s been hard and very difficult at times, but the good news is that the bad news is behind us,” said DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg in his role as chairman of the Motion Picture & Television Fund. Katzenberg was referring to the announcement that the MPTF nursing home, which was […]

SPIKE LEE COHORT SLAMS WHITE-DOMINATED STUDIOS

January 26, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Days after Spike Lee’s obscenity-laced tirade against Hollywood studio executives at the Sundance Film Festival (“They know nothing about black people. Nothing!”), his co-producer and co-writer of Red Hook Summer has accused those same executives of attempting to keep black filmmakers under their thumb. “It’s the same old story: Nothing in this world happens unless […]

CHURCHGOERS MAKE CHRISTIAN DRAMA COURAGEOUS NO. 1 ON DVD

January 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Churchgoers flocked to the video stores and DVD sales counters last week to make the Christian drama Courageous tops in sales. The movie, written and directed by Alex Kendrick, who also costarred, took in only $35 million in its theatrical release, but it only cost $2 million to produce. No. 2 on the Nielsen VideoScan […]

POTTER OSCAR SNUB CONFOUNDS INDUSTRY

January 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The omission of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 from the list of nominees for best picture was the subject of numerous blogs and newspaper commentaries on Tuesday — not to mention water-cooler talk at Hollywood studios. Warner Bros. had made a big push for nominations, but the film received only a […]

ABC OFFERS FREE APP FOR WATCHING OSCARS

January 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Working with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, ABC has updated the free iPhone/iPad/iPodTouch “Oscars” app it introduced last year that will allow viewers to access any of six cameras set up at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood for the Feb. 26 event presumably just for the online coverage. After downloading the app […]

NFC TITLE GAME SCORES BIG

January 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Allowing families all over the country to rehearse for February 5th’s Super Bowl parties, Sunday night’s telecast of the NFC championship game on Fox between the New York Giants and the San Francisco 49ers attracted 57.6 million viewers — the most to watch any program on television since, well, last year’s Super Bowl. Some 31 […]

SUIT TARGETS LENO FOR SIKH JOKE

January 25, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Sikh outrage over a joke in a Jay Leno monologue last week in which he showed a photo of the Sikh shrine, the Golden Temple of Amritsar, and referred to it as “Mitt Romney’s summer home on Lake Winnipesaukee,” escalated on Tuesday as an Indian-American, Dr. Randeep Dhillon, filed a lawsuit against Leno, saying that […]

OSCAR-NOMINATED FILMS TO GET A SECOND CHANCE

January 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The major studios are hoping to capitalize on Oscar nominations this weekend by expanding nominated films that have not yet been released on DVD. “The Oscar spotlight could boost several contenders at the box office,” Daily Variety observed, then commented, “It better: The class of 2011 consists of some comparative underachievers.” Only one film in […]

NETFLIX STREAMING SERVICE GETTING A MAKEOVER (Updated)

January 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

With the major studios making it virtually impossible for Netflix to offer new movies to its streaming subscribers after its deal with Starz ends on February 28, the company seems poised for a makeover, increasingly offering original content. Although it launches the first of five planned original series on February 6 — Lilyhammer, starring Steven […]

OBAMA PROMISES TOUGH CRACKDOWN ON OVERSEAS PIRATES

January 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama seemed to indicate that the recent attack on the MegaUpload website and the arrest of its leaders in New Zealand was only the beginning of his administration’s effort to stamp out international piracy. The president announced plans to create a “trade enforcement unit” that […]

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