August 11, 2011 |
The "Final Destination" series has skirted death many times. Originally conceived as a sample script for "The X-Files" in 1995, it made the unusual transition into a feature film five years later. That horror movie was thought of by executives at New Line Cinema as a low budget one-off, but when it became a surprise hit, a sequel was quickly cooked up. By 2009, fourth entry "The Final Destination" was, as its title implied, intended to finish the series. But despite negative reviews and fan reactions, 3-D projection saved the day. Domestic box-office sales rose modestly to $66 million, and international grosses nearly doubled from the previous high to $120 million, sending producers back to the drawing board yet again.
November 15, 2012 |
It will be the end of an era for many young women at the box office this weekend, as the "Twilight" finale hits theaters and could gross more than any movie in the vampire franchise. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2," the fifth and final installment in the massively popular series based on Stephenie Meyer's bestselling novels, is expected to debut with around $150 million, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. That would be the biggest opening ever for a movie in the series, whose biggest domestic hit to date is 2009's "New Moon," which launched with $142.8 million.
December 21, 2012 |
Word-association time. Buffalo Braves? "I know Bob McAdoo," said the Clippers' Jamal Crawford. On Friday, he was being asked about his knowledge of the place where it all started for this Clippers' franchise, years ago, in Buffalo. The Buffalo Braves established a franchise-record 11-game winning streak in 1974. But it's hard to expect the Clippers to know that much about the pioneers of the franchise and achievements from 38 years ago. Especially when Crawford was born in 1980.
December 17, 2012 |
By one standard, the $84.8 million in receipts over the weekend for Peter Jackson's first crack at "The Hobbit" was a success. The 3-D film about Bilbo Baggins' unexpected journey was, as box-office pundits reminded us, the biggest-ever opening for a December release. And the film's "A" CinemaScore suggested the fans got what they came for. But there was also plenty lacking. Pre-release estimates had the New Line/Warner Bros/MGM movie (budgeted at a whopping $250 million)
March 7, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before asking why I can't go to South by Southwest. The Skinny: I need to catch up on FX's "The Americans. " I'm two episodes behind and if I fall one more behind I may throw in the towel. Thursday's headlines include Time Warner's decision that Time is not on its side and a preview of the South by Southwest festival. Daily Dose: The other day the New York Post reported that NBC would like Howard Stern to replace Jimmy Fallon in late night if Fallon replaces Jay Leno.
June 10, 2011 |
Where have you gone, Jerry Buss? If sports are a shared experience handed down from fathers to sons, it's not every dad who can give his boy the NBA's glamour franchise. As Jim Buss' first solo decision, the coach search was a Lakers landmark before it led to Mike Brown. Well, people didn't like the Louisiana Purchase, either. However it turns out, Brown didn't hire himself, making it unfortunate the sky fell on him. Actually, Jim didn't appoint himself, either, making it unfortunate the sky fell on him too. The question is not what Jim should have done, like run Brown's name past their franchise player.