October 30, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Army Capt. Brian Dowling was leading his Special Forces team through a steep mountain pass in eastern Afghanistan when insurgents ambushed his patrol, leaving two of his soldiers pinned down with life-threatening wounds. After a furious firefight, the two men were rescued, but that episode in 2006 would change Dowling's life. Now employed by a small defense company, he is part of a crash effort by U.S. Special Operations Command to produce a radically new protective suit for elite soldiers to wear into battle - one with bionic limbs, head-to-toe armor, a built-in power supply and live data feeds projected on a see-through display inside the helmet.
October 14, 2013 |
A new Stone Age children's comedy and a Disney classic have debuted at the top of the DVD and Blu-ray sales chart. "The Croods," the DreamWorks computer-animated movie about a prehistoric family, was the top-selling title in its first week in release after bringing in big numbers at the box office earlier this year. The movie, distributed by 20th Century Fox, drew more than $187 million in ticket sales domestically and $585 million worldwide. In second place was the new Diamond Edition of Disney's 1989 hit "The Little Mermaid.
October 7, 2013 |
The year's biggest hit movie has landed in the home entertainment market. "Iron Man 3," the Marvel superhero movie starring Robert Downey Jr. in the titular role, was the top-selling DVD and Blu-ray title in its first week in release. That shouldn't be at all surprising. The mega-grossing sequel is the No. 1 movie of the year so far at the box office, having earned $409 million domestically. "Iron Man 3" unseated the summer smash "World War Z," the apocalyptic zombie movie starring Brad Pitt.
September 22, 2013 |
"Much Ado About Nothing" Available on VOD beginning Tuesday The degree to which viewers connect with Joss Whedon's modern-dress adaptation may depend on how familiar they are with Whedon's TV shows "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel," "Dollhouse" and "Firefly" - some of the stars of which play out Shakespeare's tale of romantic confusion and deceit in Whedon's own sunny Southern California home. By and large, these actors aren't so great at reciting the Bard, with the notable exception of Amy Acker, who as the sharp-tongued anti-romantic Beatrice finds exactly the right balance between contemporary casualness and poetic classicism.
September 3, 2013 |
"R.I.P.D. " was D.O.A. and "The Lone Ranger" was unable to lasso moviegoers. Yet at summer's end, Hollywood is riding happily off into the sunset thanks to an unexpected number of $100-million-plus hits that drove the seasonal box office to a record. Total box office revenue in the U.S. and Canada for the May 2-Labor Day period climbed 10.2% over last year to a record $4.7 billion, while attendance rose 6.5% to roughly 572 million, according to Hollywood.com. The average ticket price also hit a new high of $8.23.
August 22, 2013 |
After its success with movies and products based on superheroes such as Iron Man and Thor, Marvel Entertainment has teamed with a Los Angeles start-up for a new traveling attraction based on the characters. Live entertainment company Hero Ventures is spending more than $30 million on "The Marvel Experience," which will travel to 20 to 24 cities in its first tour next year, Chief Executive Rick Licht said. The project will use a dome the size of two football fields to house the attraction at each stop.