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BOX OFFICE LIKELY TO BECOME VERY GREEN THIS WEEKEND

June 17, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

How green will the box office wind up being this Father’s Day weekend? Well, look no further than the predictions that Warner Bros.’ The Green Lantern will rake in $50-60 million in its debut. (Fox is also opening the Jim Carrey comedy Mr. Popper’s Penguins, but it’s not expected to earn more than $10-15 million.) […]

FOR WARNER BROS.: FIRST THE HANGOVER, THEN THE PARTY

May 31, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

TTalk about nursing a hangover! Moviegoers were doing just that in spades over the Memorial Day holiday as they spent $137.4 million between Thursday and Monday on The Hangover Part II, according to an estimate by Warner Bros. It marked the biggest gross for the debut of any R-rated comedy ever. While the film had […]

HANGOVER II: CURE FOR INDUSTRY’S HEADACHE?

May 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The principal complaint from many critics about The Hangover II was that it lacked the surprise element of the first film and amounted basically to a copy of the original. But the actual surprise came at the box office over the weekend as the movie set an all-time record for a comedy. As reported by […]

BRIDESMAIDS: WHAT A RECEPTION!

May 24, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

If executives at one studio were wringing their hands over the failure of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides to crack the $100-million mark, executives at another were no doubt pumping them in the air after learning that Bridesmaids declined just 20 percent in its second week to $20.9 million. It managed to beat […]

STRANGER TIDES IS NO TSUNAMI

May 23, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Question: When is a weekend box-office haul of $90.1 million considered a disappointment? Answer: When it’s the result for a Pirates of the Caribbean sequel, that’s when. On Stranger Tides wasn’t expected to surpass the $114 million that the last sequel, At World’s End, did in 2007, let alone the $135.6 million that Dead Man’s […]

WILL PIRATES CAPTURE BIG BOOTY AGAIN?

May 20, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Studios and theater owners alike are hoping that Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides will bring clear sailing back to the industry, which has been struggling at the box office during most of the year. Some analysts are forecasting that the Disney movie could become the first release of the year to crack the […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: MIDNIGHT IN PARIS

May 20, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

If critics have not fallen in love with Woody Allen again with his latest movie Midnight in Paris — which opens this weekend in New York and Los Angeles — they have at least proposed a rapprochement. Consider Kenneth Turan’s opening words in his review in the Los Angeles Times: “Here’s a sentence I never […]

WOODY’S CANNES OPENER DELIGHTS CROWD

May 11, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Unlike his contribution to last year’s Cannes Film Festival, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris received a mostly enthusiastic reception from the press when it was screened this morning (Wednesday) in advance of tonight’s official premiere. It could not have been more appropriately tailored for the French festival — […]

CARIBBEAN COMING TO THE MEDITERRANEAN

April 13, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s certainly not the kind of film that turns up in the competition at the Cannes Film Festival each year, but Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides will be screened at this year’s festival, Daily Variety reported today (Wednesday), citing no sources. The trade publication did not disclose a date for the screening. […]

WOODY ALLEN FILM TO OPEN CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

February 2, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Calling it “a wonderful love letter to Paris,” Cannes Film Festival Director Thierry Fremaux announced today (Wednesday) that Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris will open the 64th edition of the festival on May 11. The romantic comedy stars Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, and Carla Bruni, the wife of French […]

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