Tuesday, December 23, 2014

XMAS HOLIDAY KICKS OFF WITH $90-MILLION HOBBIT DEBUT

December 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

After last week’s anxiety over Sony’s The Interview, theater owners were rejoicing this weekend over the solid debut for Warner Bros.’ The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, which earned $90.6 million domestically and $105.5 million overseas, according to studio estimates. Twentieth Century Fox’s Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, opened a […]

OBAMA: SONY’S MOVIE CANCELLATION WAS A “MISTAKE”

December 19, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

President Obama said at a news conference today (Friday) that it was a “mistake” for Sony to have canceled its planned release of The Interview, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, following threats from a group that appeared aligned with the government of North Korea. Earlier the group had hacked into Sony’s computer system, leaking […]

SONY BOWS TO TERROR THREAT, CANCELS THE INTERVIEW

December 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Sony Pictures has yielded to the hackers group aligned with the government of North Korea that threatened violence if the Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy The Interview was released as scheduled next week. The studio’s decision to yank the film came after the nation’s largest theater chains announced that they would refuse to screen it. The […]

FEARING VIOLENCE, SOME THEATERS MAY CANCEL SCREENINGS OF THE INTERVIEW

December 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Some theaters are considering canceling the opening of Sony’s The Interview following threats of violence by the group that hacked into the studio’s computer system, releasing thousands of pages of documents, including sensitive emails between executives. The group, calling itself Guardians of Peace and siding with the North Korean government, said in its message that […]

HOLY MOSES! SCOTT’S EXODUS OPENS WITH JUST $24.5M

December 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Although it topped the weekend box office, Ridley Scott’s critically drubbed Exodus: Gods and Kings earned only about $24.5 million, a baleful indication that the $140 million (estimated) movie, which stars Christian Bale as Moses, may need a miracle to save it from the fate of the golden calf. That miracle is likely to come from […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS

December 12, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Plagued by overwhelmingly poor reviews, a controversy over the racial makeup of the cast, been-there-done-that special effects, and the glittering example of Cecil B. DeMille’s classical biblical epic The Ten Commandments, Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings will likely need a divine intervention if it is to earn more than $30 million this weekend, analysts […]

“BIRDMAN” FLIES HIGH OVER GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEES

December 11, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Birdman has led the list of this year’s Golden Globe nominees, receiving recognition in seven categories, including best motion picture – musical or comedy. Boyhood and Imitation Game were runners-up with five each. Here is the complete list of nominees in both movie and TV categories.

FINAL BOX OFFICE: WEEKEND OF DEC. 5-7

December 9, 2014 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 Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, Lionsgate, $22,026,762, 3 Wks., ($258,153,593); 2. Penguins of Madagascar, DreamWorks Animation/20th Century Fox, $10,907,030, 2 Wks., ($49,397,566); 3. Horrible Bosses 2, New Line/Warner Bros., […]

BOYHOOD SWEEPS WEEKEND AWARDS PRESENTATIONS

December 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Boyhood, Director Richard Linklater’s coming-of-age drama that he filmed over a 12-year period, suddenly became the frontrunner in the Oscar race as it received best-picture awards from four critics groups over the weekend. USA Today: ‘Boyhood’ gets lots of love from L.A. Film Critics. The Hollywood Reporter: Boston Critics Name ‘Boyhood’ Best Picture Washington DC […]

HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY STAYS ATOP BOX OFFICE FOR THIRD WEEK

December 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Without a new release by a major studio and with shopping rather than movies the principal recreational activity for many over the weekend, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 stayed on top of the box office for a third week with only an estimated $21.6 million in ticket sales. Penguins of Madagascar took second […]

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