Sunday, September 21, 2014

MAZE RUNNER COULD SET SEPTEMBER RECORD

September 19, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Maze Runner, an adaptation of yet another young-adult novel, is hitting the screens this weekend, and analysts expect it to run past every other movie to wind up with around $35-40 million. Their figures are far higher than those of Fox, the studio that is releasing it, which is predicting a weekend take of […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE MAZE RUNNER

September 19, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Maze Runner is aimed squarely at those who make up the motion picture industry’s principal audience — dating teens. And most critics seem to agree that it hits that target dead-on. "Teens should eat up this fantasy’s scenery-chewing angst and doom, and the hopeful tale of survival and empowerment (to be continued in the […]

CHINA’S BIGGEST INTERNET COMPANY TO ENTER FILM BIZ

September 19, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

China’s mass-media giant Tencent, which operates the country’s dominant Internet company (the fourth-largest in the world after Google, Amazon and eBay), announced today (Friday) that it plans to enter motion picture production, with about four to five features annually. Its two principal competitors, Alibaba and Baidu, have already begun film production. Its film slate appears […]

CAPTAIN AMERICA SEQUEL BOWS BIG ON HOME VIDEO

September 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which had held the title of the top box-office champ of 2014 until Guardians of the Galaxy snatched it away last month, made its home-video debut last week and completely dominated sales. The Disney/Marvel blockbuster, which earned $260 million domestically and $714 million worldwide despite debuting in April, led four […]

FOX FLACK TO REPORTER: YOUR AFFLECK INTERVIEW IS ABOUT OUR MOVIE

September 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Celebrity and studio publicists earn their living by endeavoring to steer reporters’ interviews with their clients. At times, however, those reporters — risking the possibility that the publicists will put their names on a blacklist and refuse to make their clients available to them for interviews — may balk at the restrictions the publicists impose. […]

THE MILLION-DOLLAR MOTORCYCLE

September 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The value of pop-culture relics continues to soar. Just weeks after a copy of the original Superman comic book, Action Comics #1, sold for $3.2 million, the motorcycle that Peter Fonda rode in the 1969 classic Easy Rider is set to go on the auctioneer’s block today (Wednesday) and could draw a final bid of […]

NO IMPROVEMENT FOR FEMALE AND MINORITY DIRECTORS

September 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Of some 9,000 European films released between 2003 and 2012, only 16.3 percent were directed women, according to a study by the European Audiovisual Observatory. Even more striking may be the fact that those female-directed films attracted just 8.9 percent of 3.2 billion admissions. In a related development, a study released on Wednesday by the […]

IMAX CHIEF PREDICTS BOX-OFFICE COMEBACK IN 2015

September 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

IMAX Entertainment chief Greg Foster has suggested that the motion picture studios may have learned a lesson from this year’s depressed box office, in particular that "people are getting a little sick of the post-apocalyptic, dark, angst-ridden, suicidal movies" and that the movies that scored strongly were those such as Guardians of the Galaxy that […]

SONY’S MOVIE GAINS CAN’T OFFSET ELECTRONICS LOSSES

September 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Sony saw big gains in its film division during its last quarter, a jump of 111 percent from the same quarter a year ago to $76 million from $36 million in 2013. Profits in its games division, led by strong sales for its PlayStation 4, also soared to $261 million. But it was all for […]

A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR 3D?

September 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Saying that it is "trying to raise the bar for 3D presentation across the industry," Orange County-based Christie Digital Systems unveiled its $500,000 laser-illuminated projection system on Monday at the IBC trade show in Amsterdam. Following 3D screenings of Life of Pi and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Christie exec Don Shaw urged […]

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