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EFFECTS GENIUS HARRYHAUSEN DEAD AT 92

May 8, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Ray Harryhausen, often regarded as the father of the visual-effects spectacle, has died in London at age 92. In a day when the work of visual-effects artists is often credited to hundreds of technical wizards, Harryhausen is remembered as an artist who worked alone or with a small crew but who also consulted with the […]

HBO’S GAME CHANGE: HISTORY OR PROPAGANDA?

March 8, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Another controversy is brewing over HBO’s plans to air Game Change, a docudrama about the 2008 Republican campaign in general and the decision by John McCain to pick Sarah Palin as his running mate in particular. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, producer Jay Roach said he committed himself to telling a true story […]

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, […]

BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL SELECTS TWO OSCAR-CONTENDING FILMS

December 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Stephen Daldry’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock, has been selected to make its international debut in February at the Berlin Film Festival, where it will screen out of competition, the festival announced today (Monday). The film, set in New York during the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, is due […]

DICAPRIO NAMED HIGHEST-PAID ACTOR IN HOLLYWOOD

August 2, 2011 by · 12 Comments 

Two actors who began their careers playing mostly androgynous characters in low-budget art films but who went on to star in huge blockbusters are now the highest-earning actors in Hollywood, according to Forbes magazine. Leonardo DiCaprio tops the list with an estimated $77 million earned between May 2010 and May 2011, while Johnny Depp, who […]

HANKS AND ROBERTS STAR IN FLOP

July 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Who would have thought that a movie starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts would flop right out of the gate? But that’s what appears to have happened in the case of Larry Crowne. The movie earned $16.1 million over the July 4th weekend, landing in fourth place, and today’s Hollywood Reporter, citing figures from CinemaScore, […]

TRANSFORMERS HOTTER THAN FIREWORKS

July 4, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Forget all of those Decepticons transformed into movie critics! They were destined to be defeated — and they were, in spades, as moviegoers cold-shouldered them to make Paramount’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon the third-biggest three-day opener of all time. The Michael Bay-directed movie, excoriated by an overwhelming number of critics for what they said […]

PARAMOUNT OVER THE MOON ABOUT TRANSFORMERS‘ DEBUT

July 1, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

Moviegoers are not going to transform Transformers: Dark of the Moon into a bigger hit than 2009’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, but the latest sequel appears to be on track to open with the highest-grossing debut of the year, probably around $150 million for the six-day Independence Day holiday, according to box-office forecasters. The […]

STARS TURN OUT EN MASSE FOR OPRAH

May 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

In a gathering of celebrities unmatched by anything outside of the Oscars or the Emmys telecasts, Oprah Winfrey was feted Tuesday at a taping of “Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular,” taped at Chicago’s United Center with an estimated 15,000-20,000 fans in attendance. Aretha Franklin, who has spent most of the past year battling life-threatening illness, […]