Saturday, October 31, 2020

EXHIBITOR DROPS SHOWTIME LISTINGS; NEWSPAPER FIGHTS BACK

February 4, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Malco Theaters, a 32-theater chain in the Southeastern U.S., has decided it no longer wishes to pay the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette to list the times its movies play on its screens in Little Rock, Arkansas. And the newspaper is fighting back. Romenesko.com has displayed a “house ad” in which the newspaper says that the Malco decision […]

STUDIOS OFFER NOTHING SUPER ON SUPER BOWL WEEKEND

February 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

This is the weekend that the movies go up against the Super Bowl. And the Super Bowl will win. To be sure, there’s always at least one studio that adopts a counter-programming strategy for the weekend. This year that studio is Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment, which is offering Warm Bodies about a girl who falls in love […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: WARM BODIES

February 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Who says vampires have all the fun (and rake in billions while doing so)? Don’t rule out zombies, say the executives of Summit Entertainment, the studio that brought you the Twilight movies and is now owned by Lionsgate. Summit is serving up Warm Bodies this weekend, geared, says Scott Bowles in USA Today, “for teens […]

TARANTINO EXPLODES DURING U.K. TV INTERVIEW

January 11, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Director Quentin Tarantino is apparently taking no more questions regarding a possible link between violent movies and violent acts. Appearing on Britain’s Channel 4 Thursday night Tarantino acknowledged that he enjoyed making films depicting violence but maintained, “It’s a movie. It’s a fantasy. It’s not real life.” But when Channel 4 anchor Krishnan Guru-Murthy followed […]

TARANTINO REJECTS CLAIMS VIOLENT MOVIES INSPIRE VIOLENT CRIMES

January 4, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

Director Quentin Tarantino has denied that violent films like his current Django Unchained contribute to real-life violence. Interviewed on Terry Gross’s NPR program Fresh Air, Tarantino maintained that complaints that violent behavior in the U.S. can be attributed to movies and video games are absurd and that other countries produce films with even more violent […]

NEWTOWN SHOOTINGS SPUR RE-EXAMINATION OF FAKE VIOLENCE

December 20, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Even before we record our first memories, we are entertained by images of violence. (“When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall, and down will come baby, cradle and all.”) And few have ever challenged the Bible’s account, taught to a large majority of American children, of God killing off all the first-born children of […]

MOVIE STUDIOS CUTTING AD BUDGETS

December 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Movie studios spent 12 percent less on advertising during the third quarter of this year than they did during the same period a year ago, according to Nielsen Research. Nielsen doesn’t break out the amount paid by advertisers in individual media categories, but many studios have conspicuously dropped ads from newspapers in many cities without […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: FLIGHT

November 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

While virtually every review of Flight, starring Denzel Washington, is positive, those reviews are mostly tempered by some hard-edged criticism. Mick LaSalle in the San Francisco Chronicle spends the first 90 percent of his review praising the performances, Robert Zemeckis’s direction, and the taut script by John Gatins. “Now for the bad news,” he writes […]

NO HALLOWEEN TREATS IN STORE AT BOX OFFICE

October 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

After four relatively strong weekends in a row, the box office is expected to slip back into losing territory this weekend. Although four new films are being released, none is expected to draw big crowds. Indeed, after placing second for two consecutive weekends, Ben Affleck’s Argo may have a solid chance of rising to first […]

TAKEN 2 EXPECTED TO OVERTAKE NEW RIVALS

October 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Five new films are being given wide releases this weekend, but many box office pundits are predicting that it will be last weekend’s winner, Taken 2, that will take the No. 1 spot when ticket sales are tallied. Hedging their bets a bit, however, they’re saying that the outcome is likely to be close. If […]

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