Saturday, March 28, 2015

INGRID BERGMAN TO BE THE FACE OF CANNES

March 23, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

One year after featuring the late Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni on its official posters and signage, the Cannes Film Festival announced today (Monday) that three-time Oscar winner Ingrid Bergman will be the face of the festival for 2015, the 100th anniversary of her birth (Bergman died on her 67th birthday on August 29, 1982.) In […]

“DIVERGENT’S” AUDIENCE RETURNS FOR “INSURGENT”

March 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Presumably the same audience that turned out for Divergent last year returned to their local theaters for Insurgent over the weekend. Total ticket sales for the latest installment of the franchise came to an estimated $54 million, virtually identical to the original’s $54.6 million. The film also earned about $47 million from 76 overseas markets. […]

“INSURGENT” LIKELY TO SURGE TO #1 AT BOX OFFICE

March 20, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Lionsgate’s Insurgent, a sequel to Divergent, which opened at about this same time last year with $55 million, is expected to send Cinderella back to her pumpkin carriage this weekend as it opens with about the same earnings as its predecessor. Like that one, Insurgent is receiving mostly poor to mediocre reviews. Typical is Manohla […]

“CINDERELLA” ENCHANTS MOVIEGOERS WITH $70M DEBUT

March 15, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Disney’s live-action Cinderella awakened a somnolent box office over the weekend, bringing in a princely $70.1 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates. It also captivated audiences in 31 overseas markets, where it brought in an additional $62 million. The film was helped by mostly solid reviews from the likes of Betsy Sharkey of […]

REPORT: CHINA OVERTOOK U.S. BOX OFFICE IN FEBRUARY

March 14, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Record ticket sales for the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday, helped push China’s box office over the U.S.’s in February, according to Chinese and U.S. box office sources. Chinese theaters in February earned 4.05 billion yuan ($647.6 million), slightly higher than the U.S. take of $640 million. Analysts pointed out, however, that February is a […]

“CHAPPIE” WINS — EVEN AS IT LOSES

March 8, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Producers of Neil Blomkampā€™s sci-fi comedy Chappie had little to cheer about this weekend — even though the movie debuted in first place at the box office with an estimated $13.3 million. The Sony film, which opened slightly below modest expectations of around $14-18 million, had reportedly cost them about $49 million. Opening above expectations, […]

SOFT “FOCUS” AT BOX OFFICE

March 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Forecasts that the latest Will Smith rom-com, Focus, would right the actor’s career after 2013′s After Earth flop appeared a bit fuzzy on Sunday after the film failed to fulfill modest box-office predictions. Focus earned an estimated $19.1 million — falling short of the $20-25 million that analysts had anticipated. Nevertheless, it succeeded in knocking […]

“FOCUS” TO WHIP “FIFTY SHADES OF GREY”

February 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Moviegoers this weekend are expected to focus their attention on Focus, an R-rated rom-com starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie. With around $20-25 million in ticket sales, according to tracking surveys, it will likely take over the top spot at the box office from Fifty Shades of Grey, which had subdued its rivals for the […]

FCC VOTES TO REGULATE INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS

February 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Film and TV producers, labor leaders, and minority activists joined in applause Thursday for the FCC’s vote to place restrictions on Internet service providers (ISPs) that would assure equal access to the Internet. Studio and network chiefs, however, were conspicuously silent, appearing to take a wait-and-see stance until they could determine how the commission’s action […]

“FIFTY SHADES” PLUNGES; “HOT TUB” SUBMERGES

February 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Fifty Shades of Grey, which soared to a record-breaking opening a week ago, turned a darker shade of gray over the weekend as it plunged more than 76 percent to $22.3 million. Nevertheless it bested three rival newcomers, McFarland, USA, which opened with $11 million; The DUFF, with $10.8 million; and Hot Tub Time Machine […]

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