October 1, 2013 |
Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" enjoyed one of the more anomalous releases in 2012. Despite the fact that many critics gave Jackson's adaptation of the J.R.R. Tolkien classic poor marks, the first of three "Hobbit" films was a global blockbuster, grossing more than $1 billion worldwide, nearly as much as "The Dark Knight Rises. " PHOTOS: Movie Sneaks 2013 The second installment in the trilogy -- "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" -- arrives in theaters on Dec. 13, and judging from the new trailer the film has more in common with Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" films than the first "Hobbit" production.
July 9, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before deciding whether to run for office in New York. The Skinny: I'm pretty sure I have fewer skeletons in my closet than either Anthony Weiner or Eliot Spitzer so maybe I should throw my hat in the ring to be the next Manhattan borough president or at least chairman of Miramax. I know I have your support! Tuesday's headlines include more drama at Miramax, the latest on the sale of Hulu and an interesting twist in the fight between the Weinstein Co. and Warner Bros.
June 12, 2013 |
Warner Bros. debuted the first trailer for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" on Tuesday afternoon, offering the first look at the second installment of Peter Jackson's massive adaptation of Tolkein's novel. Judging by the two-minute teaser, there will be plenty of high-def, special effects-enhanced action, full of elves, dwarves, wizards and goblins. Perhaps more to the point, there will be a dragon: specifically the fire-breather Smaug, voiced by British actor Benedict Cumberbatch who, before taking on the part of the great worm, was previously seen inhabiting the roles of Sherlock Holmes, Christopher Tiejens of "Parade's End," and the villain Khan in "Star Trek Into Darkness.
May 16, 2013 |
Buoyed by the billion-dollar box-office blockbusters “Skyfall” and “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” MGM Holdings Inc., the parent of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., posted first-quarter net income of $57.4 million. That was more than double than the $23.3-million net income figure the Beverly Hills-based company reported a year earlier. The privately held film and television company said in a filing on its website that it had posted revenue of $481.7 million for the three-month period that ended March 31 - a sizable increase over the $179.5 million taken in during the same quarter in 2012. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments The earnings report comes one day after a trade publication said that activist investor Daniel S. Loeb has been acquiring shares of MGM on the private market. Last year MGM, headed by chief executive Gary Barber, filed a draft registration statement for an IPO with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
April 26, 2013 |
Back in 2012, before director Peter Jackson's “Hobbit” made its widely panned 48-frame-per-second debut, arguably the most talked-about gadget at that year's National Assn. of Broadcasters conference in Las Vegas was the prototype for RED's laser cinema projector. Capable of displaying 4K resolution - the virtual equivalent of film - up to 120 frames per second in both 2-D and 3-D capabilities with a price point under $10,000, the prototype appeared to signal the company's first foray into the home consumer market - another sign of its impending technological dominance.
April 1, 2013
New releases ruled the sales market, with "The Hobbit," "Les Miserables" and "Zero Dark Thirty" knocking last week's "Rise of the Guardians" off its roost. But holdover “Argo” claimed top spot on the rental chart. Here are the top-selling and top-renting titles for the week ending March 23 and March 24, respectively, according to Rentrak. TOP 10 DVD & BLU-RAY SALES 1. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" Warner Bros. Week 1 2. "Les Miserables" Universal.