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THE DARK KNIGHT WILL FALL

August 10, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Three movies take on the final weekend of the Olympics and Batman over the weekend, and tracking studies and pundits’ analyses indicate that at least one of them will do so successfully. That one would be The Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, who is replacing Matt Damon in the franchise’s lead role. It’s expected to […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE CAMPAIGN

August 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Kyle Smith, the politically conservative film critic for the New York Post lets loose a torrent of zingers at The Campaign, starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis, concluding with the unkindest jibe of all: “Put it this way,” he writes, “Jimmy Carter was funnier than this movie.” He concludes: “My friends, I’ve seen some terrible […]

STILL HUNGERING? DON’T OVERLOOK ANOTHER LIONSGATE SUCCESS STORY

March 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Hunger Games will not be the only success story Lions Gate Entertainment will write this month. The Spanish-language Casa de Mi Padre, starring Will Ferrell, grossed $2.3 million in just 382 theaters over the weekend. Daily Variety pointed out that that figure represented the third-largest domestic debut ever at fewer than 600 venues. While the […]

21 JUMP STREET TO JUMP TO NO. 1

March 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Sony’s 21 Jump Street, inspired by the 1980s’ TV series featuring Johnny Depp, is expected to jump to the top of the box office this weekend with around $30-35 million, according to industry forecasters. It’s the only new film opening wide, although a couple of high-profile/low-budget features are also debuting this weekend in a few […]

WILL FERRELL COMING TO NBC’S THE OFFICE

January 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

While NBC’s The Office has always been a favorite with critics and Emmy voters, it has never been a big hit with viewers. (Last week it ranked No. 28 on the Nielsen ratings chart.) Hoping to lift the show’s numbers during the final weeks of the season as Steve Carrell departs and a new series […]

THE OTHER GUYS GIVES INCEPTION A WAKE-UP CALL

August 9, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The box office woke up laughing this weekend as the straight-up silliness of Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg in Sony’s The Other Guys out-performed the dream convolutions of Leonardo DiCaprio in Inception. According to studio estimates, The Other Guys came in at the high end of industry forecasts with about $35.6 million. The result no […]

WILL THE OTHER GUYS SHAKE UP INCEPTION

August 6, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

What do Will Ferrell and Edith Piaf have in common? They’re the only two who can interrupt Inception‘s dreamy run — at least so it appears to box-office analysts. They’re predicting that The Other Guys, in which Ferrell is teamed with Mark Wahlberg as mismatched cops, will open with about $25-30 million, while Inception, in […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE OTHER GUYS

August 6, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg’s The Other Guys is described in many of the publicity blurbs about it as a “satire” of cop buddy movies. But many critics refuse to go along with that highfalutin description, preferring the word “silliness” instead. Not that that’s necessarily a pejorative. As a whole, A.O. Scott suggests in the […]