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MOVIE REVIEWS: THE WATCH

July 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Watch was originally titled Neighborhood Watch until the incident in which a neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, shot and killed Trayvon Martin last February. Ty Burr in the Boston Globe is one of several critics who comments that instead of merely retitling the Ben Stiller comedy, “better they should have canned the whole thing. […]

NIKKI FINKE TAKES ON DAILY VARIETY

June 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Feisty entertainment industry blogger Nikki Finke, who regularly assails her online and print competitors with allegatiions of shoddy journalism, has taken another shot at the trade journal Daily Variety. “One of the main reasons Variety is currently for sale is that it’s no longer read by the Hollywood community,” she wrote on Sunday. “And one […]

IRENE PASSES; BOX OFFICE RETURNS TO NORMAL

August 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Tropical Storm — & Hurricane — Irene did not have the impact on Sunday’s box office that studio executives had feared. As the storm, for the most part, failed to live up to its killer image, people returned to their normal activities, which included taking in a movie on Sundays. The result was that while […]

SAG EARNINGS FROM TV CONTINUE TO FALL

August 16, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

The fallout from the Screen Actors Guild 2008-09 strike continues to be felt as studios and independent producers reject SAG and opt for contracts with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists in developing TV projects. SAG TV earnings were down 8.2 percent last year and are now down 24 percent from 2007, the […]

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 […]

TRANSFORMERS SEQUEL BASHES BOX OFFICE

June 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Ticket sales were good but far from spectacular for Tuesday’s late-night screenings of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, studio figures indicated. The movie earned $13.5 million, but only $5.5 million — 41 percent — from 3D screens, suggesting that, given premium pricing for 3D tickets, fewer than a third of moviegoers elected to see it […]

CARS 2 WINS BOX-OFFICE RACE

June 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2 sped past analysts’ forecasts to take in an estimated $68 million over the weekend. The film, which opened to mostly terrible reviews — unheard of for a Pixar production — had been expected to earn $55-60 million. Overseas, it added another $42.9 million in 18 countries. Reporting on the victory, Daily Variety […]

VARIETY WRITER URGES STUDIOS TO CRACK DOWN ON LAX THEATERS

June 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

David S. Cohen, who writes about the technical aspects of filmmaking for Daily Variety, claims today (Thursday) that exhibitors are in denial over what many producers and directors regard as the degradation of their work when it finally hits the screens of movie theaters. “This is ridiculous,” he quotes one exhibitor as saying in response […]

SHEP SMITH: BIRTHER COVERAGE “IS FROM CRAZYLAND”

April 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Fox News anchor Shepard Smith risked alienating the radical fringe of conservative viewers that his channel often attracts when he castigated Donald Trump for his victory proclamation on Wednesday. Following the release of President Obama’s “long form” birth certificate, Trump held a news conference to say, “I’m very proud. I’m honored. I have accomplished something […]

THE KENNEDYS CREW MEMBERS SCORE CANCELLATION

February 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Three persons who worked on The Kennedys miniseries have expressed indignation over its cancellation by the History Channel. (It has been picked up by ReelzChannel channel, which plans to broadcast it beginning April 3.) In interviews with Daily Variety, the three said that the channel had been aware of the miniseries’ content from the beginning. […]

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