May 11, 2008
Heralded Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles ("City of God") has landed the coveted opening-night slot Wednesday at the 61st annual Cannes Film Festival. His film "Blindness," starring Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo, is a psychological thriller about a city succumbing to an epidemic. It joins a slate of films including Clint Eastwood's thriller "Changeling," starring Angelina Jolie, and Steven Soderbergh's double Che Guevara biopics: "The Argentine" and "Guerrilla." Screening outside of competition at the festival, which ends May 25, is Steven Spielberg's "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull."
October 4, 2008 |
Harrison Ford said Friday that momentum is building for a fifth movie in the "Indiana Jones" franchise and that George Lucas is already cooking up a suitable plot for a heroic senior citizen with a penchant for whips and fedoras. "It's crazy but great," the 66-year-old actor said in an interview. "George is in think mode right now." "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" grossed $318 million in the U.S. alone and $770 million worldwide and is expected to be a powerhouse seller on DVD and Blu-Ray when it arrives in stores on Oct. 14. -- Geoff Boucher
May 23, 2008 |
Disneyland is whipping up some Indiana Jones magic of its own. "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" hit theaters on Thursday but the hero also arrived at Disneyland, where the Anaheim theme park launched "Indiana Jones Summer of Hidden Mysteries," a season-long promotion centered in Adventureland, where park performers will stage "Random Acts of Indy" that have bad guys and the famous fedora-wearing archaeologist racing through the...
July 30, 2008 |
Viacom Inc. said it withstood a weak U.S. advertising market in the second quarter with a strong film slate led by "Iron Man" and strong sales of the Rock Band video game. Revenue climbed 21% to $3.86 billion, topping analyst estimates, as New York-based Viacom's movie business surged 35% to $1.77 billion. Three films -- Paramount Pictures' "Iron Man" and "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," as well as "Kung Fu Panda," which Paramount distributed for DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. -- have grossed $837 million at the domestic box office.
May 23, 2009
Re "DVD Slump Scares Industry," May 19: I laughed out loud when Patrick Goldstein compared Hollywood executives to great athletes: "If they lose their confidence, they can't do their job well." It doesn't take genius or confidence to greenlight a movie like "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," when you have Spielberg and Harrison Ford attached to a film with a built-in audience. You could sneeze on 120 pages and shoot it -- which, come to think of it, looks about like they did. And therein lie the answer and solution to the problem of lagging DVD sales.
July 17, 2013 |
On Wednesday, Forbes released its annual list of highest-paid actors and, for the first time, Robert Downey Jr. topped the list . The man best known these days for playing Tony Stark had raked in $75 million between June 2012 and June of this year, best among all actors. News reports were breathless -- not least of which the report from Forbes itself, which touted his success as a coup of sorts. “It's hard to remember that just a few years ago, Downey was box office poison, and regarded by the studios as damaged goods.” Now, the magazine said, “he's a hit machine.” Well, Marvel is the hit machine -- Downey has struggled outside it -- but that's a separate post.