September 23, 2011 |
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.
April 25, 2011 |
"Zokkomon," a lively and engaging family film from the Disney unit in India, not only has a light, fanciful touch and superior production design but also more substance and cohesiveness than much Bollywood fare. A musical number, which accompanies a young boy, Kunal (Darsheel Safary), on a train trip from a big city to a remote village, foreshadows what's in store for him. The lyrics state that it is not a good thing that time stands still in this community, a place whose inhabitants have no interest in the larger world.
October 8, 2010 |
As the Walt Disney Pictures enchanted castle logo unerringly indicates, "Secretariat" is a fairy tale about a horse. If you're in the mood for it, and in the mood for a strong and satisfying performance by Diane Lane, you're definitely in the right place. Though the movie is based on the exploits of arguably the greatest horse who ever lived, a thoroughbred of whom it was truly said "his only reference is himself," "Secretariat" is hardly the place to look for a thoroughly factual account of the events in William Nack's book of the same name.
June 24, 2010 |
Who says family films are just for families? In one of the more surprising developments of the summer movie season, three movies primarily aimed at kids and their parents are drawing a surge of significantly older moviegoers — many of whom are going without their children — in a trend that single-handedly has reversed the vacation season's box-office doldrums. Thanks to the performance to date of the PG-rated "Shrek Forever After" ($223.8 million in domestic release)
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June 10, 2010 |
Robert B. Radnitz, an English teacher turned movie producer who made some of Hollywood's more distinguished family fare, including "Sounder" and "Island of the Blue Dolphins," has died. He was 85. Radnitz died Sunday at his Malibu home from complications of a stroke he had years ago, said his wife, Pearl. With the release of his first film in 1959 – the boy-and-his-dog tale "A Dog of Flanders" – Radnitz started to develop a reputation as a maker of high-quality movies for children and their parents.
April 30, 2010 |
You'd think that if you had an up-with-the-environment family movie in the can, you would have tied it to Earth Day and opened it last weekend. Unless, of course, that movie is "Furry Vengeance," a film so exhausting in its mean-spirited unfunny business that it would prompt Al Gore to empty his recycling bin and light a match to the contents — and the plastic bin itself — in full view of news camera crews. "Furry Vengeance" fashions itself as a green movie, but given its single-minded focus on bodily functions and the area of the anatomy that headliner Brendan Fraser calls the "no-no zone," the film is awash in an entirely different color, if you get my drift.
March 17, 2010 |
Seeking to be family friendly, Florida may have learned a hard lesson in how not to be Hollywood friendly. The Sunshine state startled the film industry recently when a bill was introduced in the state Legislature that would disqualify movies and TV shows that contained "nontraditional family values" from receiving a supplemental "family friendly" tax credit that's been in effect for a couple of years. The bill, unanimously endorsed last week by a key legislative committee, is part of a larger $75-million incentive program aimed at luring film and entertainment jobs to the state.
August 23, 2009 |
It was not your typical Hollywood creative meeting. Instead of sparkling water and Ahi salad, the Four Seasons conference room was provided with Sprite, French fries and a tray of chocolate lollipops. Magic markers and paper were piled up on the table for doodling and with good reason -- most of the people in the room weren't old enough to drive. Clearly, the Rodriguez boys were back in town. "We have our way of doing things and, so far, Hollywood seems pretty happy with it," said Texas-based filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, who was sitting with two of his sons, Rebel and Racer, both of whom contributed to their father's newest feature, "Shorts," which arrives in theaters this weekend.
June 1, 2009 |
Family movies are proving to be Hollywood's most consistent performers this year. With Walt Disney's Co.'s "Up" scoring a solid $68.2-million opening and Fox's "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" at No. 2 despite the competition, PG-rated films once again topped the weekend box office in the U.S. and Canada.
May 25, 2009 |
It was a seminar that top executives at Sony and Paramount couldn't afford to miss. Forty-six of them -- including Sony Pictures Chairman Michael Lynton, co-Chairman Amy Pascal, Paramount Film Group President John Lesher and marketing teams from around the globe -- crowded around a table recently in one of Sony's conference rooms. The reason: to hear a presentation on Tintin, the 80-year-old comic strip series by Belgian artist Herge about a boy reporter and his loyal dog, Snowy.