April 9, 2012
The track record of transforming a hit movie into a TV series has been decidedly mixed. For every "MASH," "Alice," "Lassie" or "The Naked City," there have been countless disappointments including "The Planet of the Apes" and the recent "The Firm. " On Tuesday, Warner Home Video is releasing another short-lived small screen adaptation of a big screen blockbuster, "Logan's Run," based on the 1976 sci-fi thriller starring Michael York. The TV series, which aired on CBS from fall 1977 until early 1978, starred Gregory Harrison; Heather Menzies from "The Sound of Music" costarred.
December 22, 2013 |
I recently said goodbye to an old friend that had been with me since I was about 12 years old: my worn-down, blue-and-yellow Blockbuster video rental card. There are few better examples of how the entertainment business has actually changed (as opposed to various romantic theories about how it could develop) than the decline of this once culturally important institution. The downfall of Blockbuster was held by many experts to portend the fate of traditional media business models that relied on the other kind of blockbuster - those big, bloated mass-entertainment creations that had become a mainstay of the industry.
October 9, 2010 |
Beleaguered Los Angeles clothing maker American Apparel Inc. has named a former Blockbuster Inc. executive as its acting president to help redirect the company, which appeared to be on the brink of bankruptcy this summer. In hiring Tom Casey, who was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Blockbuster from September 2007 through August of this year, American Apparel is bringing on an executive who doesn't have an apparel background but who has ample experience working with another troubled company.
December 19, 2002 |
In the mid- and late '70s, blockbuster films such as "Jaws" and "Star Wars" brought an end to the American auteurist cinema that had fermented in the years before. The same thing, Witold Rybczynski wrote recently, is happening to architecture, which is more and more about dazzle and star architects, about structures as tourist attractions.
April 15, 2012 |
HALIFAX, Canada - Simple, says the gravedigger. It's about the movie. No, says the academic. It's about the money. Absolutely not, says the model-ship builder. It's about people. This is what happens when you ask why the sinking of the Titanic continues to fascinate us. The question has a special resonance in Halifax, a rainy, foggy port and capital of Nova Scotia that inherited perhaps the nastiest of all Titanic tasks. It was the seamen of Halifax, nearest major port to the sinking, who were sent out to collect corpses and wreckage in the days after the Titanic went down on April 15, 1912.
May 11, 2012 |
"The Avengers"will take a big bite out of the opening of"Dark Shadows,"as the superhero blockbuster is set to dominate the box office for the second consecutive weekend. After launching with a record-breaking $207.4 million - the biggest opening weekend ever, not adjusting for inflation - "The Avengers" isn't likely to lose steam at the box office any time soon. In its second weekend, the film featuring beloved comic book characters such as Iron Man, Captain America and the Hulk is expected to collect an additional $90 million, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys.
December 21, 2013 |
As you read this, David O. Russell's new movie "American Hustle" is, like that giant vat of caloric popcorn, going down at a theater near you. In fact it's going down at 2,507 theaters near someone, a remarkable number for a man who makes wry sideways romps. Just a year ago Russell had a different film playing in multiplexes around the holiday season. But it was playing a lot more sparsely: "Silver Linings Playbook," Russell's mental-health-dramedy slash-dancing-dramedy-slash-romantic-comedy, was in just a few hundred theaters, the product of a Weinstein Co. rollout so slow it made molasses seem like a fast-spraying liquid.
May 29, 2005
In summer 1978, I suffered the mummy's curse when I nearly fainted in the stuffy, overcrowded heat of the first King Tut show at LACMA ["Curse of the Blockbuster?" May 22]. Fortunately, I'm tall enough so I could see over the many heads to enjoy the art at the Van Gogh show, but the bad part was the annoying buzz from people with their museum headsets turned up too loud. In recent years I've been favoring smaller, less-crowded exhibits. I appreciate the value of all of the artifacts, but if the Tut show promotes itself as a blockbuster event, yet doesn't include the king's beautiful burial mask, it's not worth the $30. It sounds like the curse of the lackluster to me. Judging by Mike Boehm's article, Steve Martin had it right when he paid homage to Tut by placing a blender at his feet.