Tuesday, October 15, 2019

PRODUCER OF JAWS, COCOON, DRIVING MISS DAISY, PLANET OF APES, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, DIES

July 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Prolific producer Richard D. Zanuck, who won an Oscar for his 1989 film Driving Miss Daisy, and whose other films were some of the most admired releases of the past 50 years, has died of a heart attack in Los Angeles at the age of 77. He was the son of Daryl F. Zanuck, the […]

THE AVENGERS SMASHES MORE RECORDS

May 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Avengers cast dark shadows over Johnny Depp’s latest weirdness — and over everything else at the weekend box office as well. The Disney/Marvel superhero spectacle became the first movie ever to gross more than $100 million over what trade reporters call a sophomore stanza, wiping out Avatar‘s previous record of $75.6 million. Its estimated […]

MOVIEGOERS GOBBLING UP HUNGER GAMES TICKETS IN ADVANCE

March 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Presales of tickets for The Hunger Games have gone through the roof, the Hollywood Reporter reported today (Thursday), noting that by Wednesday afternoon, the country’s largest theater chains had already sold $15 million worth of tickets to weekend screenings that begin at midnight tonight. The trade publication quoted one unnamed exhibitor as predicting that the […]

COLORFUL DIRECTOR KEN RUSSELL DEAD AT 84

November 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

British director Ken Russell, the flamboyant director of such films as Women in Love, The Devils, and The Who’s Tommy has died at age 84 of an apparent stroke. Active to the end, he reportedly was working on a new Alice in Wonderland movie musical and had reportedly just completed an article for the London […]

DISNEY EXEC: MOVIEGOERS WANT SPECTACLE, NOT STORY

August 9, 2011 by · 7 Comments 

Walt Disney Animation Studios chief technical officer Andy Hendrickson has argued that the notion that what draws moviegoers to the theater is a good script is utter “bull***t.” Daily Variety reported today (Tuesday) that on Sunday, Hendrickson showed a chart of the top 12 films of all time to attendees at the Siggraph conference in […]

MARS NEEDS MOMS FLOP DRAGS DOWN DISNEY

May 11, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

While a single blockbuster movie can lift a media conglomerate’s earnings dramatically, the latest quarterly earnings report from the Walt Disney Co. indicates that a single big-budget flop can pull it down just as dramatically. Such was the case with the failure of Disney’s Mars Needs Moms, which cost $150 million to produce but earned […]

BOX OFFICE SLUMP CONTINUES

March 15, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

The virtually uninterrupted downtrend in ticket sales this year was extended once again as total receipts this weekend fell more than 13 percent behind last year’s for the comparable week. The top moneymaker was Battle: Los Angeles, with $35.6 million,but that was just a little more half what Disney’s Alice in Wonderland earned in its […]

WARNER BROS. BOX OFFICE CHAMP OF 2010

January 4, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Twentieth Century Fox may have had the biggest box office moneymaker of the year in Avatar. And Disney may have had No. 2 and 3 in Toy Story 3 and Alice in Wonderland, but Warner Bros. earned more money throughout the year than either of them, coming in as the box office champ for the […]

BLUE MAN CREW SAVES 2010 BOX OFFICE

December 31, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

The total box office for 2010 is expected to come in a tad below 2009’s, but the result could have been an unqualified disaster if it had not been for 20th Century Fox’s Avatar year-end estimated totals indicated Thursday. Although the film had already earned $284 million during December 2009, it went on to earn […]

TANGLED CROSSES $150-MILLION MARK

December 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

After years of being overshadowed by corporate sibling Pixar, Disney Animation Studios’ has a bona fide hit. Its Tangled crossed the $150-million mark at the domestic box office on Tuesday as it continues to pack ’em in despite having opened five weeks ago during the Thanksgiving weekend. Daily Variety reported today (Thursday) that Tangled grossed […]

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