May 22, 2013 |
When producers of the upcoming science fiction movie "After Earth" wanted to create an image of what the planet might look like 1,000 years in the future, location manager Dow Griffith knew just the place. He immediately thought of the mystical redwood forests in Northern California where his parents had taken him on a camping trip as a child. "I wanted to be able to evoke that sense of what the Earth would be like a thousand years after man has left, and I always felt that these enormous trees would say that in one shot," Griffith said in an interview from his Santa Monica home.
May 31, 2013 |
Will Smith produced, costars and wrote the story for this weekend's new sci-fi adventure “After Earth.” Because the film was not shown to journalists until Wednesday night, specific information about its plot and its prospects have been elusive. What's clear is that despite advertising suggesting the contrary, the film's real star is the actor's teenage son, Jaden. But there are other questions. PHOTOS: Summer Sneaks 2013 Here's a primer on six issues the movie raises.
June 17, 2008
"The Incredible Hulk" was the weekend's top-grossing film, while M. Night Shyamalan's "The Happening" opened better than expected. Sales in the U.S. and Canada, June 13-15: -- Industry totals -- -- Movie 3-day gross Total Venues Average/ Weeks -- (studio) (millions) (millions) -- venue --- 1 The Incredible $55.4 $55.4 3,505 $15,810 -- -- Hulk -- -- -- -- -- -- (Universal) -- 1 2 Kung Fu $33.6 $117.3 4,136 $8,127 2 -- Panda -- -- -- -- -- -- (Paramount) -- -- -- -- -- 3 The Happening $30.5 $30.5 2,986 $10,220 1 -- (20th Century -- -- -- -- -- Fox)
August 10, 2010
SERIES Hell's Kitchen: The final two contestants go head-to-head before the winner is revealed in the season finale (8 p.m. Fox). Pretty Little Liars: This drama about teenage girls and the secrets they keep ends its freshman season (8 p.m. ABC Family). Unnatural History: The gang is on the trail of a stolen ruby in this new episode (8 p.m. Cartoon Network). America's Got Talent: Acts that submitted their auditions on YouTube get a live shot at impressing the judges in this new episode (9 p.m. NBC)
January 24, 2011
Protesters greet the premiere of Kevin Smith's Sundance horror flick "Red State. " ( Los Angeles Times ) And in the auditorium, Smith pulls a bait-and-switch: promising an auction for the film and then announcing that he's distributing it himself. ( Los Angeles Times ) One-time Oscar nominee M. Night Shyamalan is now a leading Razzie nominee. What a twist ending! ( Los Angeles Times ) Keith Olbermann has broken up with MSNBC, and news junkies are the friends and family left to figure out what went wrong.
February 28, 2011
Last night's Oscars were great for British people, so-so for everyone else. ( Los Angeles Times ) It was also a great night for Melissa Leo, who shocked the audience with an F-bomb after winning. ( Los Angeles Times ) "True Grit" went home with zero Oscars after 10 nominations. ( Los Angeles Times ) And Corey Haim and Betty Garrett were left out of the In Memoriam montage. ( Hollywood Reporter ) Some might say the Oscars were a triumph for conservative values.
June 29, 2010
The Early Show M. Night Shyamalan; Miss Delaware Kayla Martell; chef Marcus Samuelsson. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Kristen Stewart ("The Twilight Saga: Eclipse"); Wimbledon. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News Sophia Bush; Virginia Madsen. (N) 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America Dolly Parton. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Good Day L.A. (N) 7 a.m. KTTV Today (N) 9 a.m. KNBC Live With Regis and Kelly Kristen Stewart; Rob Schneider. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford; Tonya and David Craft; Jesse Tyler Ferguson.
May 13, 2013 |
Fox is looking to the stars - literally. At their upfront presentation Monday at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, the network announced plans to reboot “Cosmos,” Carl Sagan's massively popular documentary series. The new, 13-episode version will air sometime in 2014. In one of the more unlikely pairings in recent memory, it is produced by Seth MacFarlane and will be hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, the director of the Hayden Planetarium and a popular recurring guest on “The Daily Show.” VIDEO: New fall TV shows When it aired 33 years ago, “Cosmos” became the highest-rated series on PBS (a benchmark surpassed 10 years later by Ken Burns' “The Civil War”)