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KIDS STILL INFLUENCE VIDEO SALES

September 20, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

The power of children to affect home video sales was amply demonstrated last week as the PG-13-rated Snow White and the Huntsman debuted at No. 1 on the Nielsen Video-Scan First Alert sales chart. Not far down the list — in fourth place — was the direct-to-video Barbie: The Princess & the Popstar, an animated […]

TWILIGHT CAST ON VMA SPECIAL — SANS STEWART

September 6, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

It is not the first time a scandal has affected a studio’s marketing campaign, but Lionsgate is almost certainly finding it both challenging and awkward dealing with the one involving Twilight stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. The studio scored a major coup this week by managing to persuade the producers of the MTV Video […]

STUDIO DENIES IT DUMPED STEWART FROM SNOW WHITE SEQUEL

August 16, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Universal executives were feeling downright grumpy on Wednesday following reports that they had dumped Kristen Stewart from the planned sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman. The reports, touched off by a story in the Hollywood Reporter that cited unnamed sources, linked the alleged booting to Stewart’s admitted affair with director Rupert Sanders that, in […]

TICKET BOOTH MIMICS JOHN WILKES; SLAYS ABE (Updated)

June 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Disney’s Pixar kept its 13-film winning streak alive over the weekend by posting an estimated $66.7 million in ticket sales for Brave, topping the high end of expectations. Disney allowed only a modest roll-out overseas, which is preoccupied with the Euro 2012 soccer finals. Nevertheless, Brave opened in 10 markets with $13.5 million, putting it […]

SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN: A SLEEPER HIT

June 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Snow White and the Huntsman could turn out to be the sleeper hit of the year. No one had expected that the Universal movie wound wind up with anything close to the $56.21 million that it took in, especially given its widely derided trailer, so-so tracking, and a less-than-stellar opening of just $18.13 million for […]

SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN: FAIREST OF THEM ALL

June 4, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Snow White and the Huntsman dwarfed everything else at the box office over the weekend, taking in an estimated $56.3 million, well ahead of industry forecasts. The result will no doubt come as considerable relief to Universal executives, who saw their last release, Battleship, sink out of the dock three weekends ago. Winding up in […]

SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN IS THE FAIREST OF THEM ALL

June 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Snow White and the Huntsman dwarfed everything else at the box office over the weekend, taking in an estimated $56.3 million, well ahead of industry forecasts. The result will no doubt come as considerable relief for Universal executives, who saw their last release, Battleship, sink out of the dock three weekends ago. Winding up in […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN

June 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Somewhat surprisingly, given what several critics regarded as a put-offish title, there are only a handful of negative reviews for Snow White and the Huntsman, starring Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth in the title roles. One of them comes from Linda Barnard in the Toronto Star, who writes that “director Rupert Sanders makes all the […]