July 4, 2007 |
The European Commission said Tuesday that it had asked several Hollywood studios to explain why they chose either the Blue-ray disc or HD DVD format for movie discs to see whether they were breaking European Union rules that bar companies from shutting out rivals. The Sony Corp.-backed Blu-ray format has won strong support from Hollywood. Walt Disney Co., News Corp.'
June 19, 2007 |
A high-spirited adaptation of a classic in children's literature and a biography of one of the genre's most popular authors are set for release today on DVD. "Bridge to Terabithia" (Disney, $30), based on Katherine Paterson's award-winning novel, revolves around an artistic boy (Josh Hutcherson) who is bullied at school but becomes friends with his bright, imaginative new neighbor and classmate (Annasophia Robb).
June 2, 2007 |
Can Lassie, Judy Garland and a young Elizabeth Taylor rescue America's image abroad? Rep. Diane Watson (D-Los Angeles) thinks so. She wants to ship DVDs of classic Hollywood movies overseas, hoping they will reshape an image she believes has been tarnished by the Iraq war. Her plan: Stock libraries of U.S. embassies and consulates with the films, then loosen restrictions so the public in each nation has access to them. Not just any movies, but wholesome ones.
May 30, 2007 |
On a dusty hilltop in Simi Valley, David Naylor and a camera crew were zeroing in on Jake Green, the wayward son of the mayor of a small town that has been isolated by a nuclear holocaust. Naylor, wearing hiking boots and khaki pants, peered into a viewfinder as the hero talked about a fierce battle that had just been waged with rival militias, an Abrams M-1A1 tank parked on a hill in the background. But this wasn't a shoot for "Jericho."
May 29, 2007 |
There wasn't much of a theatrical appetite for "Hannibal Rising" -- Thomas Harris' prequel to "Red Dragon" and "Silence of the Lambs" -- when it opened earlier this year. The grisly horror film took in just $27.7 million domestically -- compare that with 1991's "Silence of the Lambs," which made $130.7 million; 2001's "Hannibal," which took in $165.1 million; and 2002's "Red Dragon," which earned $93.1 million.
March 12, 2007 |
DVDs featuring new movies are coming out faster than ever. The average time between the premiere of a movie at the multiplex and its appearance on DVD shrank an additional 10 days last year, further unnerving theater owners who believe that the tightening window threatens their business. The revelation from a new study is likely to further shake exhibitors when it is formally unveiled this week by the National Assn. of Theatre Owners at the industry's annual ShoWest convention in Las Vegas.
February 11, 2007 |
HERE we go again. Tonight the Grammys will announce, or at least whisper surreptitiously offstage to a hardly panting press or public, the 2006 classical awards. They won't mean much. The Grammys have long suffered a classical credibility gap. The days of know-nothing voters and the Atlanta Symphony block-voting itself honor after honor are long gone. The Grammys' tiresome fixation with Georg Solti died with the Hungarian conductor's death in 1997.
January 28, 2007 |
The Afterlife: Though "Open Season," Sony Pictures Animation's first feature release, received decidedly mixed reviews from critics, the family comedy took in $84.3 million domestically and $101.6 million more internationally. The film is also nominated for six Annie Awards including best animated feature, though it has steep competition from "Cars" and "Happy Feet."
January 26, 2007 |
The much-vaunted anti-piracy protection on the next generation of DVDs has been cracked, leaving films in the new high-definition formats vulnerable to copying. Hackers have defeated the core means for protecting the medium seen by Hollywood as a major new source of revenue as growth of traditional DVDs has slowed.
January 24, 2007 |
"Babel"...In theaters; coming out on DVD Feb. 20 "Blood Diamond"....In theaters "Cars"...Out on DVD "The Departed"...In theaters; coming out on DVD Feb. 13 "The Devil Wears Prada" Out on DVD; no immediate re-release plans "Dreamgirls"...In theaters "Half Nelson"...Out on DVD Feb. 13; no immediate re-release plans "Happy Feet"...In theaters "The Last King of Scotland"...In theaters "Letters From Iwo Jima"...In theaters "Little Children"...In theaters "Little Miss Sunshine"...