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FIFTY SHADES OF REVIEWS

February 12, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

In Berlin, where it had its world premiere this week at the Berlin International Film Festival — the Berlinale — billboards and one-sheets for Fifty Shades of Grey were posted everywhere, far outnumbering ads for any movie being screened in competition. Fifty was not entered in the competition, and although it was given a fancy […]

“SPONGEBOB” SOAKS UP $55 MILLION

February 10, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Studio Systems News (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date): 1. The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, Paramount, $55,365,012, 1 Wks, (New); 2. American Sniper, Warner Bros., $23,289,113, 7 Wks., ($281,389,352); 3. Jupiter Ascending, Warner Bros., $18,372,372, (New); 4. Seventh […]

BERLINALE CRITICS POUNCE ON THIS YEAR’S ENTRIES

February 9, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Press conferences at film festivals can sometimes seem like the gatherings of adoring fans. Directors and stars enter the conference room to the applause and even the cheers of the assembled reporters and critics. And rarely is a disapproving tone evident in any of their subsequent questions. Then they retreat to the press rooms and […]

“BOYHOOD” NAMED BEST FILM AT BRITAIN’S BAFTAS

February 8, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

BAFTA, the British equivalent of America’s AMPAS — the group that hands out the Oscars annually — has named Boyhood the best film of 2014. It thereby appeared to narrow the odds of the presumed Oscars’ frontrunner Birdman, which has picked up the most trophies for best film during the current awards season. The BAFTA winner […]

BRIAN WILLIAMS STEPPING DOWN AS NBC ANCHOR — TEMPORARILY

February 7, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

After becoming a news story in his own right following his admission that he falsely claimed to have been flying in a helicopter that was struck by enemy fire at the beginning of the Iraq war, Brian Williams is stepping down “for the next several days” from his duties as anchor of the NBC Nightly […]

WILL FALSE ACCOUNT SHOOT DOWN BRIAN WILLIAMS’S CAREER?

February 6, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Now, even Brian Williams’s friends are deserting him. A pilot who appeared to lend credence to Williams’s account of how his helicopter had been shot down in Iraq during the early days of the Iraq War, has back-pedaled, telling CNN that “the information I gave you was true based on my memories, but at this […]

BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL UPDATE: HERZOG’S “QUEEN OF THE DESERT” SCREENS

February 6, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Director Werner Herzog, whose Queen of the Desert had its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival today (Friday), says that he hopes the film will serve as a partial counterweight to the current “demonization” of the Arab region by politicians and the news media. If the West does not come to a better understanding […]

SONY’S AMY PASCAL STEPS DOWN AFTER HACKER LEAKS

February 5, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Amy Pascal has resigned as co-chairman of Sony Pictures following the recent release of internal emails in which she made racial jokes about President Obama. The studio said that she will remain as a producer at the studio, and Pascal said in a statement that she had always wanted to be a producer and that […]

FINAL SUPER BOWL RATINGS: 114.4 MILLION TUNED IN

February 3, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Once again, the Super Bowl has set a record as the most-watched telecast in U.S. history. According to final Nielsen ratings, the game, which saw the New England Patriots edge out the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in the final minutes, was watched by 114.4 million. Clearly fans paid little attention to the series of scandals that […]

PRELIMINARY SUPER BOWL RATINGS: 102.32 MILLION TUNED IN

February 2, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

An average of 102.32 million viewers watched Sunday’s Super Bowl game, according to preliminary Nielsen ratings. The first half-hour in primetime (7:00 p.m.) scored the highest numbers: 108.85 million viewers, while the final half-hour (10:00 p.m.) scored the lowest: 72.39 million. Analysts noted that final ratings, due to be released later today (Monday), will likely […]

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