December 24, 2009 |
With critics and audiences agreeing that Peter Jackson's chilling drama "The Lovely Bones" is anything but lovely, Paramount Pictures has decided to focus all its energies on a Jan. 15 nationwide release aimed at young women. The movie, which opened this month at three theaters in Los Angeles and New York, had been previously slated for expanded release at more theaters on Christmas Day as part of a campaign to build its momentum into January. That momentum, however, has been virtually nonexistent.
December 19, 2009 |
After surmounting technological hurdles, and with an investment of about $430 million at stake, "Avatar" may have met an obstacle it can't overcome: snow. According to people following ticket sales, the highly anticipated 3-D science fiction epic film was on course to gross between $25 million and $30 million Friday alone. That would put the James Cameron-directed movie on a path to hit roughly $80 million in ticket sales by Sunday, which is in line with projections based on public surveys going into the weekend.
December 16, 2009 |
"The Lovely Bones" has all the adornments of a prestige drama aimed at adults. It was made by an Oscar-winning director, adapted from an acclaimed novel and features weighty subject matter. Given that pedigree, Paramount Pictures was stunned to discover that the film's most promising target audience is teen and college-aged girls. Directed by Peter Jackson and based on Alice Sebold's bestselling 2002 novel, "The Lovely Bones" tells the tale of a 14-year-old girl who is raped and murdered, then watches over her family and killer from the afterlife.
December 14, 2009 |
Sisters Ornella and Yolanda Schinazi don't eat out much anymore. They rarely go out drinking, and they have cut way back on shopping. Like many Americans, the Glendale residents are feeling the pain of the economic downturn. Ornella, 28, recently took a $25,000 pay cut at her job, and Yolanda, 25, has been frustrated all year in her search for work. But one thing the Schinazis haven't cut back on is movies. In fact, they're going to more of them than ever. "We don't really go out anymore.
October 30, 2009 |
The independent film "The Room" didn't exactly make a splash when it opened six years ago. Critics panned it -- the few who reviewed it, that is -- and moviegoers stayed away in droves. So why, on a Saturday night, are hundreds of people lined up around the second-floor space of Laemmle's Sunset 5 theater on Sunset Boulevard, waiting to see it? And why are many of them lugging bags full of plastic spoons? "The Room" has become the latest cult movie sensation, complete with its own rituals and rules of engagement.
October 26, 2009 |
It's 8 p.m. Friday and the historic Towne Theatre downtown is sold out. About 500 moviegoers have crowded into the three-screen movie house, paying up to $12 a ticket to watch not the latest Hollywood blockbuster but instead the premieres of three Indian movies that are opening simultaneously in India. Tonight's showcase feature: the Tamil action thriller "Aadhavan" starring hunk Surya Sivakumar, who enjoys rock-star status among fans known to break out in cheers when his image appears on screen.