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OLYMPICS GO OUT WITH A RATINGS BANG

August 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

NBC’s coverage of the London Olympics ended with solid ratings for the closing ceremony. The three-hour primetime telecast averaged 26.92 million viewers, peaking in the 9:00 p.m. hour with 32.63 million — up 32 percent over the closer of the Beijing Olympics four years ago, according to preliminary overnight ratings from Nielsen Research. The other […]

OPENING CEREMONY PRAISED; NBC SCORNED AT OLYMPICS’ START

July 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

If NBC was hoping to win back the goodwill and admiration of viewers with its $1-billion Olympics package, it certainly got off on the wrong foot on Friday as it delayed the telecast of the Opening Ceremony until primetime in the U.S., refused to make it available online, and actively policed the Internet to make […]

82.5% OF BRITISH VIEWERS TUNE IN OLYMPICS’ OPENER

July 28, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

An average audience of 27 million watched Friday night’s BBC telecast of the Olympics’ opening ceremony, peaking at 9:50 p.m. with 26.9 million, the BBC said today (Saturday). The figures represented 82.5 percent of British viewers and was the biggest audience for a BBC program since 1996, when a Christmas episode of the British sitcom […]

LET THE OPENING CEREMONY BEGIN

July 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle has said that he is aiming to create a “live film” spectacular at London’s Olympic Stadium tonight (Friday) for his “Isles of Wonder” opening ceremony. While some news outlets have estimated that 4 billion people will be watching his production (the London Daily Mail put the possible number at 8 billion, […]

REPORT: OLYMPICS’ OPENING CEREMONY IN JEOPARDY

July 19, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Clashes between director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) and Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS), which is providing pool coverage of the Olympic Games, has disrupted rehearsals for the $40-million opening ceremony and may jeopardize the presentation of the ceremony itself, Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported today (Thursday). “Danny cannot get the cameras in the positions he wants,” one […]

BRITAIN’S NATIONAL THEATER COMING TO YOUR MULTIPLEX

May 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

A stage production by Britain’s National Theater of director Danny Boyle’s version of Frankenstein will be screened in more than 200 U.S. theaters on June 6-7 at 7:00 p.m. local time. It is Boyle’s first major effort as a stage director in nearly 30 years. His films include Slumdog Millionaire (for which he won an […]

SOMETHING FOR EVERY TASTE AT MEGAPLEX THIS WEEKEND

November 5, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Just about every movie genre will be represented at the megaplex this weekend. You want a family film? There’s the animated Megamind, the latest 3D offering from DreamWorks Animation and Paramount. You want a raunchy male-oriented comedy? There’s Warner Bros.’ R-rated Due Date, directed by Todd Phillips and starring Zach Galifianakis and Robert Downey Jr. […]

127 HOURS PRESENTS MARKETING NIGHTMARE

November 5, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

In times past, publicists for studios releasing horror movies would make the most of reports that audience members had fainted, vomited, suffered heart attacks or fled theaters in panic during intense sequences. They’ve been doing that at advance screenings of 127 Hours, too — but the studio, Fox Searchlight, is at work trying to play […]

BOYLE’S NEW FILM BETWEEN ROCK AND HARD PLACE

September 15, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Director Danny Boyle has replied to comments that his critically praised 127 Hours, the true-life tale of hiker Aron Ralston who, after being trapped for five days by a boulder, amputated his own arm in order to free himself, may be too graphic for audiences to stomach. Reports from the Toronto Film Festival, where the […]

HOLLYWOOD TO BE WELL REPRESENTED AT LONDON FILM FEST

September 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Although Hollywood films have been given short shrift at several leading overseas film festivals in recent years, they dominate the lineup announced today (Wednesday) for this year’s London Film Festival. Of 197 feature films being screened at the festival, which runs from Oct. 13-28, 34 are from the U.S., plus several restored prints of U.S. […]