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SANDLER COMEDY MOST RENTED ON REDBOX IN 2011

December 29, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Just Go with It, the first of two Adam Sandler movies released this year — the other was Jack and Jill — just barely kept Sandler’s streak of $100-million hits going (it wound up with $103 million; Jack and Jill only made it to $71 million), but it was the biggest hit of the year […]

SLOW HUGO ROLLOUT “UNUSUAL,” ANALYSTS SAY

December 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Producer/financier Graham King is making a risky move by rolling out his $150-170-million 3D production Hugo in a limited number of theaters, the Los Angeles Times observed today, noting that while such a strategy has proved successful for such relatively low-budget movies as The King’s Speech, it is “highly unusual” for a big-budget one. “I […]

YOGI BEAR DEBUTS ON DVD AT NO. 1

March 31, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Warner Bros.’ Yogi Bear was the top-selling DVD last week, edging out Sony Pictures’ The Tourist, starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp, according to Nielsen VideoScan First Alert. Although the sales chart does not disclosed actual dollar sales, it did indicate that The Tourist moved 94 percent as many units as Yogi Bear. It also […]

OVERSEAS AUDIENCES RESCUE TWO FILMS THAT TANKED AT HOME

March 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Two movies that had appeared destined to lose money for their respective studios after disappointing domestic runs have turned out to be huge hits overseas, the Los Angeles Times reported today (Monday). The two films are The Tourist, starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp, which cost G.K. Films and distributor Sony Pictures about $100 million […]

GERVAIS BITES HAND THAT PAYS HIM

January 17, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

In a monologue that would have made veteran comic Don Rickles’s onstage insults appear like friendly pokes by comparison, Ricky Gervais opened Sunday night’s Golden Globes presentations with remarks that left as many celebrities in his audience wincing as laughing. Unlike Rickles’s targets, who often laughed at the insults he fired in their direction, some […]

LAPD LAUNCHES PIRATE STING

December 23, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

In what officials boasted were the largest raids on counterfeit distributors in Los Angeles history, L.A. police, working with the city’s antipiracy task force, have arrested ten men and seized some $4.06 million worth of counterfeit DVDs, CDs, and apparel, city controller Wendy Greuel said. She did not break down the number of items seized […]

CRITICS FIND HFPA’S THE TOURIST NOD LAUGHABLE

December 15, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The decision by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to nominate The Tourist for a best film Golden Globe award and its two stars, Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, in the acting categories was derided almost as much as the film itself was by critics and moviegoers alike over the past weekend. The Hollywood Reporter reported […]

SOFT LAUNCH FOR DAWN TREADER

December 13, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Twentieth Century Fox’s The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader foundered upon launch this weekend as it earned just $24.5 million domestically, according to studio estimates — a figure well below analysts’ predictions. Overseas ticket sales saved the day, however, as Narnia raked in $81 million abroad. With Disney’s Tangled holding on to […]

BOX OFFICE SETS SAIL WITH DAWN TREADER; TOURIST ALSO ABOARD

December 11, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

After spending two weeks in the doldrums, the box office is expected to set sail again with the release of 20th Century Fox’s The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and the Angelina Jolie/Johnny Depp starrer, The Tourist. Both are expensive productions, although Dawn Treader‘s budget of around $145 million is down […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE TOURIST

December 10, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

It may star two of the biggest box-office attractions in the business, but The Tourist is being walloped by the critics, who particularly lambaste the performances of Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. Claudia Puig in USA Today calls the movie “laughably bad” and describes Depp’s performance as “wooden and unconvincing” and Jolie’s facial expressions vary […]

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