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September 23, 2011
'Dolphin Tale' MPAA rating: PG for mild thematic elements Running time: 1 hour, 53 minutes Playing: In general release
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April 12, 2014 | By Chris Lee
Randall Wallace didn't expect a rock-star reception when he went on the road to promote his faith-based drama "Heaven Is for Real" ahead of its Easter-weekend release. Yet at the First Assembly of God Church in Phoenix, 9,000 congregants greeted the filmmaker with a standing ovation. A few days later, 11,000 boisterous students packed a convocation in the sports arena at Liberty University, a Christian college in Lynchburg, Va., where Wallace, best known for writing the 1995 battle biopic "Braveheart" and directing the equestrian drama "Secretariat," spoke about "Heaven Is for Real.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 23, 2011 | By Michael Phillips, Special to the Los Angeles Times
I'll be honest, in the spirit of the honestly shameless heartwarmer "Dolphin Tale. " I saw it in a somewhat distracted, agitated state. Forty-five seconds into the opening credits, I'm watching ocean-dwelling dolphins nosing around all sorts of potential dangers (a rusty fishing tackle box, a fateful metal crab trap), and the film's in 3-D, so the dangers loom with exceptional emphasis, and the picture's premise depends on putting the eventually tail-less protagonist — a real-life dolphin named Winter — through all sorts of adversity alongside its human protectors.
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December 20, 2011 | By Noel Murray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"Midnight in Paris" Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $35.99 "Midnight in Paris" isn't as funny as Woody Allen's classic '70s comedies or as thoughtful as his '80s masterpieces, but there's a good reason why it's become the biggest hit of Allen's career. It's such an enchanting little movie, starring Owen Wilson as a successful Hollywood screenwriter who visits Paris with his fiancée and finds himself transported through time to the '20s, where he rubs elbows with the likes of Fitzgerald, Picasso, Hemingway, Dalí and Stein.
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September 29, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The family drama " Dolphin Tale ," which opened last week, features Winter, a bottlenose dolphin that (ATTENTION: spoiler alert!) receives a prosthetic tail after being seriously injured when caught in fishing lines at the age of 3 months. It's a heartwarming, against-all-odds story that might inspire families to want to see the real Winter. The Sheraton Sand Key Resort in Clearwater, Fla., has fashioned a package that comes with two tickets to the aquarium where Winter lives, plus a $50 resort credit with prices starting at $199 a night.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 22, 2011 | By John Horn, Los Angeles Times
What passes for an epiphany in most movies is hardly profound — "The Hangover" guys remember where they lost somebody, or Green Lantern realizes that true power does not necessarily reside in his glowing ring. The transformations in "Machine Gun Preacher" and "Dolphin Tale," both opening Friday, aim to be more spiritually and personally profound, and the filmmakers behind both new titles hope to attract a large number of religious moviegoers. Two years ago, the inspirational football tale "The Blind Side" resonated with religious audiences and became a blockbuster, grossing more than $255 million in domestic release.
BUSINESS
September 23, 2011 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
It will be a jungle out there at the box office this weekend, as one of Hollywood's leading lions faces off against a couple of formidable foes from the animal kingdom. Brad Pitt's new baseball drama, "Moneyball," will fight for the No. 1 spot against last weekend's surprise winner, the 3-D version of "The Lion King," and a new family film, "Dolphin Tale. " Each movie could launch with between $18 million and $20 million, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 20, 2011 | By Noel Murray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"Midnight in Paris" Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $35.99 "Midnight in Paris" isn't as funny as Woody Allen's classic '70s comedies or as thoughtful as his '80s masterpieces, but there's a good reason why it's become the biggest hit of Allen's career. It's such an enchanting little movie, starring Owen Wilson as a successful Hollywood screenwriter who visits Paris with his fiancée and finds himself transported through time to the '20s, where he rubs elbows with the likes of Fitzgerald, Picasso, Hemingway, Dalí and Stein.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 2011 | Amy Kaufman
Four films debuted at the box office this weekend, but a trifecta of pictures already in theaters proved more alluring to moviegoers than any of the new offerings. The 3-D family film "Dolphin Tale," which came in third upon its opening last weekend, rose to No. 1 with $14.2 million and brought its domestic total to $37.5 million, according to an estimate from distributor Warner Bros. It was followed by the baseball drama "Moneyball," also in its second week. The well-reviewed Brad Pitt film scored $12.5 million and has so far grossed $38.5 million.
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
October 10, 2011
It had been a solid year at the box office for films with religious themes. But this past weekend, two pictures with spiritual motifs — "The Way" and "Machine Gun Preacher" — failed to resonate with moviegoers. "The Way," directed, written by and starring Emilio Estevez, opened in 33 theaters and grossed $132,411, according to an estimate from Producers Distribution Agency, which is releasing the film. That means the movie brought in an average of $4,012 per theater, a weak start for the picture about a father (Martin Sheen)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 2011 | Amy Kaufman
Four films debuted at the box office this weekend, but a trifecta of pictures already in theaters proved more alluring to moviegoers than any of the new offerings. The 3-D family film "Dolphin Tale," which came in third upon its opening last weekend, rose to No. 1 with $14.2 million and brought its domestic total to $37.5 million, according to an estimate from distributor Warner Bros. It was followed by the baseball drama "Moneyball," also in its second week. The well-reviewed Brad Pitt film scored $12.5 million and has so far grossed $38.5 million.
BUSINESS
September 30, 2011 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
The odds are slim that "50/50" — or any of the other three movies debuting this weekend — will take in more money than a few popular films already in theaters. Holdovers including the well-reviewed baseball drama "Moneyball," the family film "Dolphin Tale" and the 3-D version of "The Lion King" are each expected to bring in $13 million to $15 million this weekend, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. That should be well ahead of the quartet of new pictures, which also includes the costly thriller "Dream House" starring Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, the Christian drama "Courageous" and the romantic comedy "What's Your Number?"
NEWS
September 29, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The family drama " Dolphin Tale ," which opened last week, features Winter, a bottlenose dolphin that (ATTENTION: spoiler alert!) receives a prosthetic tail after being seriously injured when caught in fishing lines at the age of 3 months. It's a heartwarming, against-all-odds story that might inspire families to want to see the real Winter. The Sheraton Sand Key Resort in Clearwater, Fla., has fashioned a package that comes with two tickets to the aquarium where Winter lives, plus a $50 resort credit with prices starting at $199 a night.
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
September 23, 2011
'Dolphin Tale' MPAA rating: PG for mild thematic elements Running time: 1 hour, 53 minutes Playing: In general release
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2014 | By Chris Lee
Randall Wallace didn't expect a rock-star reception when he went on the road to promote his faith-based drama "Heaven Is for Real" ahead of its Easter-weekend release. Yet at the First Assembly of God Church in Phoenix, 9,000 congregants greeted the filmmaker with a standing ovation. A few days later, 11,000 boisterous students packed a convocation in the sports arena at Liberty University, a Christian college in Lynchburg, Va., where Wallace, best known for writing the 1995 battle biopic "Braveheart" and directing the equestrian drama "Secretariat," spoke about "Heaven Is for Real.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2011
It had been a solid year at the box office for films with religious themes. But this past weekend, two pictures with spiritual motifs — "The Way" and "Machine Gun Preacher" — failed to resonate with moviegoers. "The Way," directed, written by and starring Emilio Estevez, opened in 33 theaters and grossed $132,411, according to an estimate from Producers Distribution Agency, which is releasing the film. That means the movie brought in an average of $4,012 per theater, a weak start for the picture about a father (Martin Sheen)
BUSINESS
September 23, 2011 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
It will be a jungle out there at the box office this weekend, as one of Hollywood's leading lions faces off against a couple of formidable foes from the animal kingdom. Brad Pitt's new baseball drama, "Moneyball," will fight for the No. 1 spot against last weekend's surprise winner, the 3-D version of "The Lion King," and a new family film, "Dolphin Tale. " Each movie could launch with between $18 million and $20 million, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 23, 2011 | By Michael Phillips, Special to the Los Angeles Times
I'll be honest, in the spirit of the honestly shameless heartwarmer "Dolphin Tale. " I saw it in a somewhat distracted, agitated state. Forty-five seconds into the opening credits, I'm watching ocean-dwelling dolphins nosing around all sorts of potential dangers (a rusty fishing tackle box, a fateful metal crab trap), and the film's in 3-D, so the dangers loom with exceptional emphasis, and the picture's premise depends on putting the eventually tail-less protagonist — a real-life dolphin named Winter — through all sorts of adversity alongside its human protectors.
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