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.
August 5, 2009 |
The mid-movie dash to the restroom can turn us into calculating Usain Bolt wannabes: Ah, this looks like a lull -- time to dash. When we return to our seats, we pray the answer to "What did I miss?" isn't "Darth Vader is really Luke's father" or "the girlfriend is really a guy." The website RunPee.com can help with such anxious guesswork. The site provides recommended opportunities to race to the restroom. It tells you when the action or romance wanes, and gives you a cue ("Baby O.J.
July 14, 2009 |
Universal Pictures will release a tamer version of its Sacha Baron Cohen comedy "Bruno" in Britain alongside the currently playing film in hopes of attracting a bigger audience that includes teens 15 and older. When Universal releases the toned-down "Bruno" on July 24, it will be the first time two versions of the same movie will be shown concurrently in Britain, said David Kosse, president of Universal Pictures International.
June 18, 2009 |
There's no doubt that next Wednesday's "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" will be among the year's biggest blockbusters, on track to record one of the best opening weekends ever. But when the fighting machines take a breather, Warner Bros. is betting the battlebots won't have conquered one critical audience segment: women. In releasing its kid-with-cancer tear-jerker "My Sister's Keeper" directly opposite the "Transformers" sequel, Warner Bros.
May 12, 2009 |
This is the time of year when, like a character from a bad sci-fi movie, I leap into the brains of a bunch of L.A. teenagers, eager to hear what they think about the nonstop onslaught of summer movies. I call them my Summer Movie Posse. We watch the trailers from a dozen or so upcoming films, then I take notes as the kids pick them apart, offering acerbic, insightful and sometimes surprising thoughts on what they liked and what they loathed.
May 4, 2009 |
To reignite its creaky "Star Trek" movie series this weekend, Paramount Pictures must beam up young moviegoers who may have never heard of Captain Kirk, Spock or the starship Enterprise, and international audiences who have been indifferent. Paramount, despite having one of the most recognizable titles in entertainment, must overcome a perception that its new movie in the decades-old franchise will appeal only to aging Trekkies and not younger Twitter fanatics.