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BRITAIN RENEWS TAX CREDITS; HOLLYWOOD CHEERS

November 10, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Citing the “massive success” of films produced in the U.K. during the past year, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced today that the country’s tax incentives to the film industry will be extended through 2015. Those incentives helped attract producers of such films as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Captain America, Pirates […]

ALL HARRY POTTER VIDEOS TO BE YANKED AT YEAR’S END

October 25, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Borrowing a page from the Walt Disney playbook, Warner Bros. announced Monday that it plans to remove all Harry Potter videodiscs from stores on December 29th and put the entire franchise on an undefined moratorium. The plan will even affect Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, which is not slated for release until […]

J.K. ROWLING TO TESTIFY AT U.K. MEDIA INQUIRY

September 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has surprisingly turned up on a list of 46 “core participants” in the upcoming judicial inquiry by Lord Justice Brian Leveson’s into the British telephone hacking scandal and other news media abuses. The list also includes a number of other politicians, sports stars, and celebrities, including actor Hugh Grant and […]

APES SWINGS TO THE TOP AGAIN

August 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Most of the top movies earned more at the box office on Sunday than their respective studios had estimated. <I>Rise of the Planet of the Apes </I>fell 49 percent in its second weekend to $27.8 million, crossing the $100 million mark after just ten days and bringing its domestic gross to $105.2 million. In second […]

APES RISES — AND SO DOES CHERNIN

August 9, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Peter Chernin, who was believed to be the likely successor to Rupert Murdoch until Murdoch made it clear that he wanted one of his sons to take over when he stepped down, must have been experiencing a profusion of schadenfreude Monday as final box office figures showed that the first film from Chernin Entertainment, Rise […]

CHINA FALLS UNDER POTTER’S SPELL

August 8, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 made an impressive debut in China where it earned $25.5 million in about 4,200 theaters over the weekend. The Chinese haul kept the Potter finale ahead overseas, where it is now playing in 61 countries, for the fourth weekend in a row. Its worldwide total now stands […]

HARRY POTTER FINALLY BEATS TWILIGHT AMONG TEENS

August 8, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

After years of finding the Twilight movies to be a pain in the neck at the annual Teen Choice awards, a Harry Potter movie has finally come out ahead in most of the voting. Actually, two of them — Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 was selected the best sci-fi movie, while Part […]

MOVIEGOERS ON OTHER SIDE OF TRACKS

August 2, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Forget all those expensive tracking studies and the forecasts of those know-it-all box-office gurus. Moviegoers simply didn’t behave the way they were supposed to over the weekend. Cowboys & Aliens, which was expected to be an easy winner with around $45 million, wound up instead with $36.4 million. On the other hand, The Smurfs, which […]

DEATHLY HALLOWS ENTERS $1-BILLION CLUB

August 1, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 joined the billion-dollar club over the weekend, the club’s ninth member. Through Sunday the franchise finale had earned $1.01 billion worldwide ($318.5 million domestically; $690 million internationally). It’s the first Warner Bros. film to pass the $1-billion mark. The club is due to be joined by a […]

NEW ADVERSARY LANDS IN MOVIES’ COMIC-BOOK WAR

July 29, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

In another battle of comic-book characters, Cowboys and Aliens will do battle with Captain America at the box office this weekend, and most forecasters are saying that the battle is likely to be close. They’re giving the edge to the newcomer, saying that it should bring in around $40-45 million, while Captain America: The First […]

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