March 21, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before getting my own late-night show. The Skinny: I went to the "Mad Men" party and bumped into Jon Hamm in the men's room. That's about as exciting as it gets for me these days. Thursday's headlines include the latest news on the Jay Leno-Jimmy Fallon front. Daily Dose: The economy may be showing some signs of turning around (although not in my world), but it's not trickling down to the pay-TV business. Although the number of people subscribing to a pay-TV service didn't decline in 2012, it grew only by 46,000.
February 15, 2013 |
For Larry Zanoff, the armorer who lent Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" its firepower, fake blood can be a serious occupational hazard. "The gun gets splattered with fake blood," he said. "Now it's all gummed up; it doesn't want to work anymore. That's why we had backup guns, multiples and multiples of them. " Zanoff, 48, has never had a shortage of guns in his life. The son of a defense industry engineer who was also a competitive rifle shooter, Zanoff showed at age 6 an aptitude for disassembling his father's firearms.
January 14, 2013 |
The hunt for Osama bin Laden last year proved a bigger draw for this past weekend's moviegoers than a battle against organized crime 70 years ago. The thriller "Zero Dark Thirty" had a decisive victory at the box office, grossing $24 million in the United States and Canada, according to an estimate from distributor Sony Pictures. Despite a bigger budget and more famous stars, such as Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, "Gangster Squad" opened to a disappointing $16.7 million.
January 13, 2013 |
The hunt for Osama Bin Laden last year proved a bigger draw for moviegoers than a battle against organized crime 70 years ago. Thriller "Zero Dark Thirty" had a decisive victory at the box office this weekend, grossing $24 million in the U.S. and Canada, according to an estimate from distributor Sony Pictures. Despite a bigger budget and more famous stars such as Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, "Gangster Squad" opened to a disappointing $16.7 million. The low budget horror spoof "A Haunted House," starring Marlon Wayans, had a strong start, meanwhile, launching with $18.8 million.
January 12, 2013 |
When mobster Mickey Cohen ruled Los Angeles in the late 1940s, his favorite hangout was the legendary Slapsy Maxie's nightclub on Wilshire Boulevard. It's long gone now of course, so to re-create it for the new film "Gangster Squad" the filmmakers had to be creative. Production designer Maher Ahmad found the right spot for Slapsy Maxie's almost by accident, while driving around with the film's first location manager. They had been looking for a vintage house in a suburban neighborhood when they passed an Art Deco-inspired block of empty businesses in Bellflower.
January 11, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before getting my Golden Globes outfit together. The Skinny: Normally I welcome the weekend, but since I'll spend much of this weekend at the TV Press Tour in Pasadena it won't feel like a break. Oh, well, there are worse things in life than a nice hotel and free food. Friday's headlines include a preview of the weekend box office, the backlash against the Oscar nominations and a review of "Gangster Squad. " Daily Dose: NBC's "Rock Center" looked less like a newsmagazine and more like an infomercial for the network Thursday night.