Tuesday, September 2, 2014

HACKED NUDE PHOTOS OF CELEBS POSTED ONLINE

September 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Raising new questions about cloud security for ordinary Internet users, hundreds of private photos of Hollywood celebrities, most of them nude or semi-nude, were posted online Sunday. The photos, many of which (if not all) had been taken with the celebrities’ smartphones, were quickly reposted by users of social media sites such as Facebook and […]

SPANISH-LANGUAGE BIOPIC CANTINFLAS OPENS STRONG

September 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The top film at the so-called specialty box office was the Spanish-language biopic Cantinflas, about Mexico’s best-loved comedian (née Mario Moreno), remembered mostly in the U.S. as David Niven’s sidekick Passepartout in the 1956 classic, Around the World in 80 Days. Its studio, Panteleon, estimated that the film earned $2.6 million over the three-day weekend […]

FOREIGN BOX OFFICE HOT AS APES DEBUTS IN CHINA

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While it was a traditionally bland Labor Day weekend at the domestic box office, the foreign box office remained robust, particularly in China, where Fox’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes debuted with $47 million on about 7,000 screens. Three years ago, Rise of the Planet of the Apes opened in China with $8.9 […]

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY BECOMES THE NO. 1 FILM OF THE YEAR

August 31, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Guardians of the Galaxy became the top box-office draw of 2014 over the weekend — replacing Captain America: The Winter Soldier — as it raked in an additional $16.3 million (estimated) to bring its domestic gross to $274.6 million. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles also showed remarkable staying power as it remained in second place over […]

MESS WITH NIKKI FINKE AT YOUR PERIL

August 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

One day after a blog, NikkiStink.com, attacking Hollywood firebrand Nikki Finke, went online, including photos of the reclusive scourge of Hollywood moguls, the New York Times is reporting that Finke is likely to come out a big winner against her adversaries. The newspaper, citing a person with knowledge of the situation, noted that the reports […]

THIS YEAR’S BOX OFFICE: DOWN MORE THAN ANYBODY FEARED

August 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

"Not All Box Office Dollars Are Equal" headlines the Wall Street Journal today (Friday) in a feature that points out that the actual revenue a studio earns from a movie varies from country to country during the period that it plays in theaters and varies even more when it is released for television and home […]

A WORSE-THAN-USUAL LABOR DAY BOX OFFICE EXPECTED

August 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Labor Day weekend generally produces the smallest box office results of any holiday of the year. And this Labor Day holiday is expected to be no exception. Indeed, it could be significantly worse than most. Two new films, the thriller The November Man and the horror flick As Above, So Below. aren’t expected to […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: NOVEMBER MAN

August 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Critics agree that November Man is simply one of those hopeless films that studios toss out — rather than release — on the Labor Day weekend because they expect few moviegoers will turn up at the box office anyway. And while Pierce Brosnan returns to the screen as a secret agent, this film, which reportedly […]

CALIF. FILMMAKERS GET $1.65 BILLION IN TAX CREDITS

August 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

California filmmakers didn’t get the $400 million in state tax credits that the state legislature had allocated to them in hopes of putting the breaks on runaway production, but Governor Jerry Brown did sign off on a five-year deal in which they’ll get $330 million a year ($1.65 billion over the five years) — and […]

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 IS NO. 1 IN VIDEO SALES

August 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Arachnophilia returned to the home video market last week as Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 arrived, claiming the No. 1 spot in DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales. The Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart put Lionsgate’s Divergent at a distant No. 2 with just 15 percent as many DVD sales as the Spider-Man sequel and only […]

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