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January 13, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
It's a tale as old as time. But will it be a hit in 2012? The 1991 animated classic "Beauty and the Beast" is getting a 3-D re-release this weekend, and Walt Disney Studios is hoping the film will appeal to a new generation of moviegoers. The picture will probably be in a tight race for the No. 1 box-office spot with the Mark Wahlberg action flick "Contraband. " Pre-release audience surveys indicate that each movie is expected to debut with $17 million to $20 million over the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
Johnny Depp will next be seen in Disney's "The Lone Ranger" this summer but after that it looks like he's giving popcorn flicks a rest. The Oscar-nominated actor, who became a giant movie star when he first stole the show as Jack Sparrow in 2003's "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," announced Wednesday that he was committing to two new movies this year that are decidedly different than his most recent work. First up is Wally Phister's directorial debut "Transcendence," a hush-hush project being shuttled through Warner Bros.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 2005 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
In the live-action talking animal genre, "Racing Stripes" is no "Babe" but should delight youngsters, although parents likely will find it is sentimental in the extreme, with a plot that telegraphs every development. Efficiently directed, however, by Frederik Du Chau from David F. Schmidt's script, the film is populated with endearing animals that are expertly anthropomorphized and that are voiced by, among others, a sprinkling of famous names, including Dustin Hoffman, no less.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 18, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
"I do suck fat. I will suck the fat off my steak," actress Alice Englert warns as she slides into a booth at Musso & Frank in Hollywood on a dreary, overcast day. "I just want to prepare you in advance that I'm known to be disgusting when I eat steak. " Alden Ehrenreich, her costar in the new film "Beautiful Creatures," is unfazed by her eagerness. Perhaps it's because after enduring a shoot involving sweltering, 90-degree Louisiana days, food poisoning and Southern accents, the two on-screen sweethearts have an easy familiarity.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 2011 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
Brad Pitt may be Hollywood royalty, but even he couldn't take down the king of the jungle at the box office. For the second consecutive weekend, a 3-D version of 1994's "The Lion King" sold more tickets than any other film in theaters, including the baseball drama "Moneyball," starring Pitt. Ticket sales for the re-release dropped only 27% to $22.1 million, bringing the movie's domestic tally to $61.7 million, according to an estimate from distributor Walt Disney Pictures. "Moneyball" still had a good weekend, debuting with a respectable $20.6 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 1999 | ERIC HARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bodily secretions and abused pooches aside, the most startling quality of "There's Something About Mary" was the way it married the romantic comedy genre to the teen gross-out movie. All of that raunchy stuff that had audiences either squirming or rolling in the aisles might've shook up the folks who flock to Meg Ryan movies, but it has long been the bread and butter of a certain kind of flick that caters to, shall we say, less delicate tastes.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 2000 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Based on Willie Morris' 1995 memoir, "My Dog Skip" is a standard-issue Hollywood family film about a boy and his dog growing up in a Southern small town during World War II. As such, it fills the bill without transcending it. It's a little too glossy, Skip a bit too much the trained performer--he's played by two perfectly matched Jack Russell terriers--and William Ross' omnipresent score far too syrupy and trite.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 30, 2001 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Every now and then, palace intrigue can be fun, and there can be no more glorious setting for schemers and adventurers than Versailles, home of France's absolute monarchs, the increasingly profligate Bourbons, toppled at last in 1793 by the French Revolution. With the elegant "The Affair of the Necklace," director Charles Shyer and writer John Sweet take us into this vanished world with aplomb and allow us to discover that in many ways, nothing much has changed.
BUSINESS
August 6, 2008 | Josh Friedman, Times Staff Writer
When "The Dark Knight" recently broke the opening weekend box-office record with $158.4 million in sales, Warner Bros. snatched bragging rights from Sony Pictures, whose "Spider-Man III" had held the mark since summer 2007. So the gang at Sony would relish the chance for a bit of buzz kill. The stoner comedy "Pineapple Express" may be just the ticket.
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