December 7, 1992 |
It's no surprise that "Home Alone 2" took in $74.2 million in its first 10 days, including $38.9 million during the record-breaking Thanksgiving holiday weekend box office ("Thanksgiving Is Biggest Ever at Box Office," Nov. 30; "A Weekend to Warm a Mogul's Heart," Calendar, Dec. 1). My 7-year-old and I played hooky from work and YMCA the day the movie opened so we could see it, and obviously throngs of others have done the same.
November 29, 1992 |
Intimates who are involved in the upcoming 20th Century Fox bad boy/good boy thriller "The Good Son" were shocked when they picked up Entertainment Weekly's "The Most Powerful People in Hollywood" issue. Kit Culkin's name was not listed among the bad and the beautiful. Well, maybe next year. Culkin, father of "Home Alone's" Macaulay Culkin, has developed a reputation, it seems, for playing hardball with his superstar son as his negotiating chip.
November 20, 1992 |
It seemed like a good idea: photograph Macaulay Culkin on his terrace at the Ritz-Carlton, with its spectacular, 24th-floor view of Central Park's autumnal blaze. But Culkin has decided he should pose on the cement railing. Standing up. And now he's hanging halfway out over Central Park South. Yes, that dull thud you just heard was the 20th Century Fox board of directors passing out.
December 21, 1991 |
"Home Alone" is here again. This time, it's Capstone's "Home Alone, the Computer Game." Incarnated this holiday season as an arcade game, the movie plot lends itself fairly well to the antics of Kevin and his criminal co-stars. The actors, including Macaulay Culkin, lend their faces to the action. As arcade games go, its relatively unsophisticated. As arcade games made from movie titles go, however, this one gives more than a passing wave to the film.
November 27, 1991 |
The syrupy nostalgic score cues us in right away that "My Girl" (citywide) isn't going to be a lunkhead kiddie romp a la John Hughes. Macaulay Culkin may be the co-star, but he's a kinder gentler Culkin; a Hallmark card Culkin. No shrieking, no bug-eyed faces. He actually allows himself to be upstaged by Anna Chlumsky, who plays Vada Sultenfuss, his precocious 11-year-old soul mate.
October 27, 1991 |
Director Michael Lehmann, who felt the muscle of Bruce Willis and producer Joel Silver during the production of "Hudson Hawk," hasn't fared much better on what was to be his next movie: 20th Century Fox's "The Good Son." This time, the 34-year-old director is up against 11-year-old Macaulay Culkin, star of Fox's mega-hit "Home Alone," which, with a $500-million gross worldwide, has made life considerably easier for Fox chief Joe Roth.
May 12, 1991 |
Producer-screenwriter John Hughes promised theater owners that there would be a sequel to the phenomenal hit "Home Alone" in a speech last winter. "That is, if we can meet the kid's price," he added. The exhibitors cheered--and why not? "Home Alone" was on its way to becoming the third-highest-grossing American film ever. Now Hughes and distributor 20th Century Fox have met the kid's price.
February 3, 1991 |
If her first film does as well as her leading man's last one, Anna Chlumsky could become a big star. Chlumsky, a 10-year-old from the Chicago area, is starring opposite Macaulay Culkin in "My Girl" in what may be the most coveted child's role since Culkin landed "Home Alone" last year. That film has grossed well over $200 million, while driving Culkin's per-movie fee into the $1-million range.