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COENS SAY THEY WON BECAUSE OF TIMING

January 10, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Joel and Ethan Coen have attributed the success of their latest film, True Grit, to the accident of fortuitous timing. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Ethan Coen remarked, “We were kinda lucky in the release date. Some of the would-be competitors, heavyweights, tanked [The Tourist, How Do You Know]. You’re lucky in the […]

HOLIDAY BOX OFFICE: BAH, HUMBUG!

December 27, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

(Updated) Studios and theater owners were no doubt in full agreement with Ebenezer Scrooge’s assessment of the Christmas holiday this weekend as total ticket receipts plunged 49 percent below last year’s. The ghost of Christmas past surely haunted Universal’s Little Fockers, which, although coming in first, earned just $34 million over the weekend and $48.3 […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: TRUE GRIT

December 22, 2010 by · 6 Comments 

It’s obviously impossible to review the Coen Brothers’ True Grit without comparing it to the original starring John Wayne. Most critics conclude that they have improved upon the original. “Joel and Ethan Coen have pulled off an impressive feat,” writes Claudia Puig in USA Today. “True Grit is more than a remake,” she concludes, “It’s […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: TRON: LEGACY

December 17, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Few moviegoers will be heading to the theaters to see Disney’s Tron: Legacy for the plot. But while the effects may be all that matters to the public, many critics have different standards by which to appraise movies. Joe Morgenstern in the Wall Street Journal is one of them. “It’s dispiriting to see how little […]

UNIVERSAL’S NEW STAGE MAY HALT “RUNAWAY PRODUCTION”

December 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Universal Studios has unveiled a $4.5-million “virtual stage” that includes a 40×80 green screen that effectively will allow actors to perform “on location” without having to leave the studio. The huge screen allows actors to appear against background footage that is inserted digitally. In reporting on the new stage, the Los Angeles Times observed today […]