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THINK LIKE A MAN SUPRISES AGAIN, REMAINS NO. 1 (Updated)

April 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Box office forecasters may have learned to underestimate Sony’s Think Like a Man at their peril. For the second weekend in a row, the film eclipsed predictions, coming in at No. 1 with $18 million, according to studio estimates. The pundits turned out to have misfired on several fronts. Coming in second was the animated […]

U.S. ACTRESS TO SUE NEWS CORP OVER PHONE HACKING

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In yet another legal action that brings News Corp’s telephone-hacking scandal to the company’s front door in the U.S., the American actress Koo Stark, once linked romantically to Britain’s Prince Andrew, is reportedly planning to file an invasion-of-privacy claim against the media corporation after learning from Scotland Yard that her voicemail may have been hacked […]

APPLE LOOKING FOR CONTENT TO GO WITH ITS NEW TV SET

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Apple, which reportedly is planning to introduce a “revolutionary” television set in the fall, is reportedly in talks with EPIX, owned by Lionsgate, MGM and Paramount, about a deal that would allow it to stream movies from those studios to the new TVs, as well as to Apple’s existing $99 settop box. Reporting on the […]

GOOD MORNING AMERICA BEATS TODAY AGAIN

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ABC’s Good Morning America has beaten NBC’s Today show for a second week this month. And, unlike its win two weeks earlier when Today‘s Matt Lauer was on vacation, the latest victory comes with Lauer back at work. And its margin of victory was greater this time around than then, topping Today by 236,000 total […]

CHINA’S $1.27-BILLION FILM HUB TO LURE HOLLYWOOD

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Posing what could amount to the greatest threat of runaway production for the U.S. film industry ever, China is reportedly planning to build a $1.27 billion film and media hub aimed at attracting Hollywood and other foreign studios for co-productions that would be exempt from Chinese import quotas, Daily Variety reported today (Monday). The 8.6-million-square-foot […]

JACKSON NOT SURPRISED BY NEGATIVE REACTION TO HOBBIT FILM FORMAT

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Peter Jackson plans to stick to his guns and release The Hobbit at 48 frames per second — twice the usual frame rate — despite criticism of the technique by some critics who watched a demonstration of the the 48 fps format last week at the annual CinemaCon convention in Las Vegas. Jackson said he […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE RAVEN

April 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s as if the makers of The Raven were begging for trouble. After all, they’ve made the victim of a serial killer who recreates Edgar Allan Poe’s lethal pendulum — a critic! So now it’s time for the critics to strike a blow for one of their own — by slicing and dicing, not to […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: SAFE

April 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Safe is expected to bomb at the box office this weekend. If it does, however, it won’t be because of the performance of its star, Jason Statham, which is being praised even by many critics who hate the movie. “There’s nothing terribly original about Safe, but it’s a suitably grimy playground for action cinema’s reigning […]

$EACREST $IGNS DEAL WITH NBC

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All in one week for Ryan Seacrest: a $30-million contract to remain as host of Fox’s American Idol for the next two years; a nearly debilitating case of the flu (or some other ailment that nearly knocked him off Idol for the first time); and now a multifaceted contract with Comcast and NBC that will […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS

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The unlikely winner of the award for best-reviewed movie of the weekend is Aardman Animation’s The Pirates! Band of Misfits. Of the major critics, only Roger Moore of the Orlando Sentinel sends it to the plank. “Amusing in small doses, Pirates is the first Aardman film to suffer a serious shortage of sight gags, the […]

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