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AFTER FIVE-YEAR DECLINE, SMOKING IN MOVIES RISES

September 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

After five years of declining instances of smoking scenes in movies, onscreen smoking rose last year, according to a study conducted by the University of California at San Francisco. The study found that several films with smoking scenes particularly attracted a younger, more impressionable audience, like Rango and X-Men First Class. The study was published […]

SUMMER TENTPOLE MOVIES ARRIVING ON DVD

September 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

It may be a lousy time of the year at the box office, but all those big summer blockbusters are now arriving on DVD and Blu-ray. And making a big splash. Last week, Paramount Home Entertainment’s Thor hit the top of the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, displacing the previous week’s winner, 20th Century […]

FOX ADDS DIGITAL DOWNLOADS TO DVD, BLU-RAY PACKAGES

July 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Consumers buying the DVD or Blu-ray version of 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: First Class after it is released on Oct. 12 will also be able to access a digital copy of the movie from Fox’s website that can be downloaded to any smartphone or tablet computer capable of running the Google’s Android platform. Twentieth Century […]

CARS 2 DRIVES OVERALL BOX OFFICE TO VICTORY

June 28, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

With the top two films raking in far more than even the most optimistic forecasters had envisaged, the box office resumed its summer march forward, erasing a little more of the shortfall from 2010. After two weeks of coming in behind year-ago revenue, last weekend’s total take of $176.2 million came in at 6.8 percent […]

BOX OFFICE GREENER THAN EXPECTED

June 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Movie theaters sold more tickets on Father’s Day than studios had expected. Green Lantern, for example, raked in $53.17 million — about $500,000 more than Warner Bros. had estimated on Sunday. Super 8, which came in at No. 2, earned $21.47 million — about $250,000 more than Paramount figured it had made. Same for Fox’s […]

SUPER TAKE FOR SUPER 8

June 13, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

A Twitter campaign rolled out by Paramount for Super 8 last week appeared to pay off over the weekend as the sci-fi flick debuted with an estimated $37 million, outdistancing most analysts’ predictions of around $30 million. Following a low-key marketing campaign aimed at keeping the plot of the movie under wraps, Paramount set up […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: SUPER 8

June 10, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

In general, the reviews for the Steven Spielberg-produced, J.J. Abrams-directed Super 8 are glowing. If there’s a complaint at all, it’s that, given the film’s pedigree, it wasn’t even better. In short, they say, what you get is a little of Spielberg and a little of Abrams — but that might amount to too many […]

FIRST CLASS DEBUT FOR X-MEN SEQUEL

June 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

X-Men: First Class performed as studio 20th Century Fox had expected, earning an estimated $56 million over the weekend. That figure was slightly below the $60-65 million that many industry forecasters had predicted — but a solid debut nevertheless. It was also greeted relatively warmly by critics, and audiences polled by CinemaScore as they emerged […]

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS STORMS IN

June 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The box office is expected to cool off considerably this weekend. Only one new film is opening wide, 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: First Class. Box-office forecasters predict that it will sell about $55-60 million worth of tickets — about half what X-Men: The Last Stand took in ($105.8 million) when it opened in 2006, and […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

June 3, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Critics have rarely had anything positive to say about installments of the X-Men franchise, but they’re fairly approving of the latest one. X-Men: First Class, writes Ann Hornaday in the Washington Post, “happily delivers on the escapism and rich narrative texture the best of its predecessors have promised. With action, atmosphere and mixed feelings to […]