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RED TAILS TAKES OFF ON DVD

May 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Red Tails, which producer George Lucas financed out of his own pocket after the major studios spurned it, flew to first place on the Nielsen Video Scan First-Alert chart in its first week on retail shelves. The 20th Century Fox movie, which earned nearly $50 million domestically, is the first action film by a major […]

BOX OFFICE CONTINUES TO IMPROVE

January 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Last year’s box office got off to such a sluggish start that even a weekend during which all of the top-12 films combined grossed less than $100 million can look pretty good by comparison. Such was the case last weekend when the 12 films at the top of the box office earned just $98.3 million. […]

STUDIO DANCES WITH WOLVES AS THE GREY DEBUTS WITH $20M (Updated)

January 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s not yet quite in the black, but The Grey got off to a terrific start over the weekend, wolfing down an estimated $20 million and coming in at the high end of early forecasts. Even after the film debuted on Friday with a better-than-decent $6.5 million, most pundits were still predicting that it would […]

UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING TAKES BIG BITE OF BOX OFFICE

January 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Underworld: Awakening sank its teeth into the necks of box office pundits over the weekend as the vampire flick, starring Kate Beckinsale, opened with $25.3 million, far ahead of most of their predictions. It was helped by 3D and IMAX surcharges — $3.8 million of its total came from IMAX venues. Landing in second place […]

BOX OFFICE AWAKENING AS UNDERWORLD SEQUEL TAKES OFF (Updated)

January 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The top two films at the weekend box office performed well above expectations and helped push the overall gross more than 30 percent above the same weekend a year ago, according to studio estimates. Sony Screen Gems’s Underworld: Awakening debuted ahead of the pack with an estimated $25.4 million (it made an additional $13.4 million […]

FOURTH UNDERWORLD MOVIE TO LAY SIEGE TO BOX OFFICE

January 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Another film that wasn’t shown in advance to critics is likely to come out ahead at the box office this weekend. It’s the fourth installment of Sony’s Underworld vampire series, Underworld: Awakening. It’s expected to debut with around $20-25 million and beat out Red Tails, George Lucas’s film about the World War II Tuskegee Airmen, […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: RED TAILS

January 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

If, as George Lucas has announced, Red Tails, his take on the all-black Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, turns out to be his last Hollywood movie, he’s going out in a blaze of critical indifference. Wesley Morris, one of the few black film critics for a major publication, concludes his review in the Boston […]

LUCAS TO RETIRE FROM BLOCKBUSTERS, MAKE “PERSONAL” FILMS

January 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Apparently disgusted with his treatment by Hollywood studios when he approached them to finance Red Tails, his film about World War II’s famed Tuskegee Airmen featuring an all-black cast, George Lucas has told the New York Times that he will no longer make films for Hollywood (with the possible exception of another Indiana Jones movie). […]

LUCAS: HOLLYWOOD WON’T MAKE AN ALL-BLACK BIG-BUDGET MOVIE

January 12, 2012 by · 8 Comments 

His films may have earned more money than those of any other producer, but George Lucas says he was unable to find a single studio executive willing to back his film, Red Tails, about the Tuskegee Airmen, the heroic World War II group of black pilots. Appearing on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Lucas […]