October 12, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS -- If there were doubts - and there were - Timothy Bradley wanted to clear them up in the final seconds of his gritty 12-round fight with Juan Manuel Marquez on Saturday night. As his World Boxing Organization welterweight title defense at Thomas and Mack Center came to a close, Bradley threw a hard left that struck Marquez flush on the jaw and left him staggered. And for the third consecutive fight, Palm Springs' Bradley (31-0) found a way to win the narrow favor of judges, edging Marquez by split decision.
October 11, 2013 |
For Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley, Saturday's welterweight championship fight in Las Vegas is hooked to the matter of what each boxer has to prove. Does Marquez have enough? Does Bradley have too much? Marquez, who turned 40 in August, is coming off the defining fight of his career, a one-punch knockout of his archrival Manny Pacquiao late in the sixth round in their memorable bout last December. The win was sweet vindication for Marquez, who got his first victory in four fights against Pacquiao.
October 10, 2013 |
With "Gravity" still floating atop the box office, "Captain Phillips" may find itself adrift this weekend. The 3-D space drama starring Sandra Bullock got off to a great start last weekend and has even attracted moviegoers to the multiplex mid-week, grossing $5.3 million on Wednesday alone. This weekend the movie could collect as much as $40 million, according to those who have seen prerelease audience surveys. With $73 million already under its belt, the film will certainly pass the $100-million milestone in the U.S. and Canada by Sunday.
October 9, 2013 |
Two very different, equally appealing recommendations this week, starting with the continuing Caméras d'Afrique series at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Bing Auditorium, a rare (for this city) look at the compelling cinema of West Africa. A chance to view classics is a special highlight here. On Tuesday at 8:15 p.m., enjoy Souleyamane Cissé's 1987 "Yeelen" (Brightness). On Thursday, there is a double bill of 1963's seminal short "Borom Sarret" by Ousmane Sembène, the father of African filmmaking, and 1982's "Finyé" (The Wind)
October 8, 2013 |
The numbers said "Kick-Ass 2" was going to do just that. Before its theatrical release, audience tracking surveys estimated the superhero action-comedy could gross as much as $25 million its opening weekend. Instead, the sequel took in only $13 million, finishing far behind the civil rights drama "Lee Daniels' The Butler" and earning "Kick-Ass 2" an instant reputation as a flop. For decades, tracking was used by studios to determine filmgoer interest ahead of a new movie's release and tell marketing executives where to spend their ad dollars.
October 5, 2013 |
Alfonso Cuarón's 3-D sci-fi drama "Gravity" shot to the top of the box-office charts on Friday with more than $17.5 million in ticket sales, according to estimates. The story of two stranded astronauts starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, "Gravity" is one of the top-reviewed movies of the year with a 98% positive rating on the fim review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes. To open his review , L.A. Times film critic Kenneth Turan wrote: "'Gravity' is out of this world. " Filled with head-spinning action depicting outer space action and weightlessness, the film is Cuarón's first since "Children of Men" from 2006.
October 4, 2013 |
NEW YORK - The film-world provocateur John Sloss wants to catch your attention with the marketing images for his new release. He just might succeed: The movie's poster features Disney's cheery cursive script on a blazing yellow background under the words "Bad Things Happen Everywhere," accompanied by what appears to be Mickey Mouse's giant outstretched hand covered in blood. "We're not trying to taunt Disney," Sloss said, pointing to the giant placards resting in a corner. "But it would be foolish commerce to pretend that Disney isn't a big part of this movie.
October 3, 2013 |
Alfonso Cuaron's 3-D sci-fi drama "Gravity" will probably have major pull with moviegoers at the box office this weekend. The film starring Sandra Bullock as an astronaut stranded in space is expected to launch with a healthy $45 million, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. The only other picture hitting theaters nationwide this weekend, the Justin Timberlake-Ben Affleck thriller "Runner Runner," will probably open with a lackluster $10 million. On Saturday, meanwhile, Sony Pictures will host advance screenings of its upcoming "Captain Phillips" in 800 locations.
October 3, 2013 |
The calls for Nevada boxing judge C.J. Ross to vacate her ringside position for good following her Sept. 14 scoring of Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Saul “Canelo” Alvarez as a draw were intense. Ross did indeed step aside days later. Guess who thinks that was a mistake? Timothy Bradley. Bradley, the Palm Springs' world welterweight champion preparing for an Oct. 12 HBO pay-per-view title defense against Mexico's Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas, told The Times during a Thursday training session in Indio that Ross “should've never resigned.” Ross was a crucial advocate in Bradley's stunning June 2012 split-decision victory over Manny Pacquiao.
October 3, 2013 |
"Giving your book to Hollywood," Tom Clancy once said, "is like turning your daughter over to a pimp. " The prolific novelist who died Tuesday was not always a fan of the film business, even though his collaborations with the industry all found commercial and critical success. "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," which will be released this Christmas by Paramount Pictures, marks only the fifth movie based on the author's characters. Like previous movies based on Clancy's novels, the new film will center on the fast-rising CIA officer fending off global threats - so far, he's tackled nuclear weaponry, drug-smuggling conspiracies and other forms of villainy.