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OVERSEAS, MAZE RUNNER SPRINTS AHEAD OF EQUALIZER

September 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

In a relatively quiet weekend overseas, The Maze Runner continued to race ahead of the pack as it brought in $27.5 million from 62 markets, bringing its foreign total to $91 million and its worldwide haul to $149 million. It easily came in ahead of The Equalizer, which opened in about 65 markets with $17.8 […]

REPORT: DREAMWORKS ANIMATION MAY BE SOLD TO JAPANESE FIRM

September 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hollywood may see a second film studio gobbled up by a Japanese corporation, if DreamWorks Animation is acquired by the Japanese telecommunications company SoftBank. The Hollywood Reporter reported on Saturday that DWA chief Jeffrey Katzenberg had been in talks with SoftBank, which had offered him $32 a share, representing a hefty premium over the current […]

CHINA YANKS NICOLAS CAGE FILM AT LAST MINUTE

September 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Outcast may be a co-production with a Chinese film company, Yunnan Film Group. Yunnan may also have been the principal investor in the film and its distributor. The film may have been shot in China with a largely Chinese cast and it may be about two crusaders, portrayed by Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen, who […]

THE EQUALIZER BLASTS ITS WAY TO THE TOP OF THE BOX OFFICE

September 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Even at age 65, Denzel Washington proved over the weekend that he was no expendable as his latest thriller, The Equalizer, debuted with an estimated $35 million — at the high end of analysts’ expectations. The film, directed by Antoine Fuqua, took in twice what second-place The Maze Runner, with $17.5 million, did. Preliminary figures […]

HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER TAKES DOWN FOOTBALL

September 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Thursday’s series debut of ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder. In fact with 14 million viewers, it even beat out CBS’s Thursday Night Football, which drew 12.50 million, to become the ratings leader of the night among total viewers. Football still ruled as the top-rated broadcast among 18-49-year-old viewers, posting a 4.5 rating and […]

SURVEY: NETFLIX SUBSCRIBERS STILL WATCHING AS MUCH REGULAR TV

September 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

It was a curious result. Netflix subscribers watch 7.1 TV shows per week and 3.8 movies. Nevertheless, when pollsters asked them how that many hours of streaming affected their regular TV viewing, most indicated "a neutral to slightly positive impact." A Netflix subscription did result in viewership of pay-TV channels, such as HBO and Starz, […]

LAW ENFORCEMENT SOURCE SAYS HE SENT RICE VIDEO TO NFL SECURITY CHIEF

September 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

A law enforcement source has told the Hollywood Reporter that he sent a copy of the Ray Rice video, showing the Baltimore Ravens running back punching out his then-fiancée, to the NFL’s security chief, Jeffrey Miller, last April. The report raises new questions about claims by the NFL that no one in authority was aware […]

HOLLYWOOD TO ACTIVATE ITS DRONES

September 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The day when drones are ubiquitous in our skies, delivering packages from Amazon and pizza from Pizza King, keeping track of scofflaws on our streets, helping to cover the news, repelling insects on our farms, and monitoring the environment, just moved closer — thanks to Hollywood. Appearing to bow to persistent pressure from studios to […]

IN A THRILLER, DENZEL, AT 65, STILL LIKELY TO PACK ‘EM IN

September 26, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

This weekend will again test whether an aging actor, holding down the lead of an action film, can attract a largely young moviegoing audience. The Equalizer, starring 65-year-old Denzel Washington, is being released one week after A Walk Among the Tombstones, starring 62-year-old Liam Neeson, opened with a mediocre $12.8 million. The director of The […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE EQUALIZER

September 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

If the star of The Equalizer had not been Denzel Washington, chances are the movie would have received scathing reviews. But, in the minds of many critics, Washington offsets a dopey plot and hamfisted scenes of violence to give the movie a big dose of coolness and style. As Joe Neumaier puts it in the […]

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