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CONTRABAND: A LICENSE TO PRINT MONEY

January 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Universal’s Contraband, starring Mark Wahlburg, smuggled $24.5 million into the U.S. box office over the weekend and is expected to increase that amount to around $29 million over the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Most box-office pundits had figured it would earn around $20 million. Disney’s 3D digital re-release of Beauty and the Beast […]

WILL BEAUTY AND THE BEAST RETURN AT #1?

January 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

There’s a strong possibility that the belle of the box-office ball over the Martin Luther King holiday will be Walt Disney’s Beauty and the Beast — all decked out in digital 3D stateliness. The 3D conversion is said to have cost the studio about $10 million, and box-office pundits are conservatively forecasting that it should […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: JOYFUL NOISE

January 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Reviews for Joyful Noise are decidedly negative. It is, writes Stephen Holden in the New York Times, “a flimsy movie musical whose parts are pasted together with chewing gum and Scotch tape.” Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times concludes. ‘In trying so awkwardly to include a little something for everyone. Joyful Noise succeeds in finding […]

“ROBIN HOOD” CAN’T STEAL FROM “IRON MAN 2”

May 16, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Robin Hood’s arrows bounced off the armor plate of Iron Man as if they were so much popcorn as the Marvel Comics hero held on to the No. 1 ranking at the box office for the second week in a row. Iron Man 2 earned an estimated $53 million, down 59 percent from its opening […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: “JUST WRIGHT”

May 14, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Roger Ebert, in his review of Just Wright, credits its star, Queen Latifah, for holding the movie together. “Few people,” he writes, “and certainly no one in this film, can hold the screen against her. As with many other stars, when she’s in a shot, it’s about her.” But Elizabeth Weitzman in the New York […]

“IDOL GIVES BACK” DOMINATES WEDNESDAY

April 23, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Idol Gives Back, a kind of charity telethon featuring numerous celebrity guest performances combined with the regular results episode of American Idol, averaged 18.4 million viewers during the 8:00-10:00 p.m. time period on Fox Wednesday night. The telecast, hosted by Queen Latifah, ran over into the 10:00 p.m. hour some 24 minutes, but viewing for […]