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August 23, 1999 | RICHARD NATALE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Except for the remarkable "The Sixth Sense," the hottest summer on record is finally beginning to show some signs of cooling down. The weekend's three new films all opened on the mild side, with only the Mafia comedy "Mickey Blue Eyes," starring Hugh Grant, demonstrating any sparkle, mainly with older audiences. "Mickey" came in at an estimated $10.4 million in its 2,573-theater debut, placing third.
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December 28, 2013 | By Susan King
After making his feature directorial debut in 2011 with his fierce, unsparing adaptation of Shakespeare's "Coriolanus," Ralph Fiennes is in the director's chair once again for "The Invisible Woman," which opens Christmas Day. Based on the book by Claire Tomalin, the romantic drama chronicles the relationship between Charles Dickens and actress Nelly Ternan (Felicity Jones). The writer of such literary masterpieces as "Great Expectations," "A Tale of Two Cities" and "A Christmas Carol" was married with 10 children when he met the teenager, who toiled on stage with her mother and two older sisters.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 19, 2001 | RICHARD NATALE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Despite the contention that adult-oriented drama has become the exclusive domain of cable and network television, movie patrons have braved long lines and winter storms in recent weeks to make hits of such diverse and non-formulaic films as "Cast Away," "Traffic," "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and, to a lesser degree, "Finding Forrester," "Thirteen Days" and "Chocolat" and art-house films such as "Before Night Falls." Dramas were the main contributing factor to a record Martin Luther King Jr.
BUSINESS
December 19, 2009 | By Ben Fritz
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.
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July 29, 1993 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dee and Fulton Irving didn't know what to expect as they sat wide-eyed Wednesday afternoon in the darkened theater at the Universal City Cinemas. Fresh from a vacation in the Caribbean, they had come to catch the new John Singleton film, "Poetic Justice," starring Janet Jackson. But as friends had told them, justice was the last thing this new flick was getting from one prominent theater chain.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 8, 1993 | DAVID J. FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hollywood is plenty nervous. And it's not just because the movie studios have a couple of billion dollars on the line with this summer's movies. Or because the first two weekends of the summer season at the box office haven't exactly created fireworks.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 7, 1999 | MICHAEL P. LUCAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hollywood wants its movie trailers to tickle, tease and dazzle you, not give you headaches. That's why even though previews of coming attractions are growing more visually innovative, the film industry is lowering their volume to stem a rising crescendo of complaints. Take the crowd one recent evening watching trailers at the AMC Promenade 16 in Woodland Hills. "They were shouting out . . , 'Turn the sound down! It's too loud!'
ENTERTAINMENT
August 14, 1990 | PAT H. BROESKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mel Gibson's fans came out but Jack Nicholson's didn't. That's the conclusion many film industry analysts are drawing from the fact that the Mel Gibson action comedy "Air America," a movie that was largely panned by critics, did strong opening-weekend business, while the Jack Nicholson mystery, "The Two Jakes," which received mixed reviews, qualifies as a flop. Paramount Pictures' "The Two Jakes," the long-delayed sequel to 1974's revered "Chinatown," grossed $3.
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December 6, 1990 | DAVID J. FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There were guards at every door and invitations were scrutinized like passports at the Baghdad airport, but Francis Ford Coppola's final cut of "The Godfather, Part III" was finally shown to moviegoers Monday at a sneak preview in Seattle. The audience for "Godfather III," which opens nationally Christmas Day, was recruited by a marketing research company to see a film called "The Cutting Edge."
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April 29, 2000 | LORENZA MUNOZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"The Other Conquest," an epic about the 16th century Spanish invasion of Aztec Mexico, got off to an impressive start at the box office, bringing in both Latino and non-Latino audiences, a feat two other recent Hispanic-themed films couldn't accomplish. Mexico's highest-grossing drama, directed by first-timer Salvador Carrasco and released April 21, grossed nearly $400,000 in 74 theaters during its first five days.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 2009 | Associated Press
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.
BUSINESS
July 14, 2009 | Claudia Eller
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 2009 | John Horn
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.
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May 12, 2009 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
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.
BUSINESS
May 4, 2009 | Claudia Eller
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.
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October 9, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Suresh Joachim of Toronto and Claudia Wavra of Germany claim to have broken the world record for continuous movie watching after seeing 57 films in 123 hours in a plastic-glass house in New York's Times Square. A Guinness World Records spokesman said it appeared the duo had broken the record but said it would take two weeks to officially verify. The rules: Each movie had to be viewed until the last credit rolled, and competitors couldn't divert their eyes from the screen. They were allowed 10-minute breaks between movies.
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August 6, 1998 | AMY WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Steven Spielberg's new World War II movie, "Saving Private Ryan," has been almost universally lauded for painting an unusually realistic portrait of war. Moviegoers not only see what combat looks like, but they hear it as well, from the plink of gunfire on a soldier's helmet to the boom of mortar shells to the cries of the wounded.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 6, 1996 | JUDY BRENNAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"The Craft," which opened with some favorable reviews but not much advance attention, jumped ahead of the pack in the box-office race over the weekend, leaving behind highly promoted newcomers such as "Last Dance" starring Sharon Stone, "The Pallbearer" with David Schwimmer and "Barb Wire" featuring Pamela Anderson Lee.
BUSINESS
January 4, 2008 | Josh Friedman, Times Staff Writer
Moviegoers were paying more in 2007, but that doesn't mean they were going more often. Box-office revenue in the U.S. and Canada climbed 4% to $9.7 billion, the second straight year of higher receipts after dismal results in 2005. But the rise came entirely from costlier ticket prices. Attendance was flat, according to research firm Media by Numbers. Moviegoers bought 1.
HEALTH
December 10, 2007 | Susan Brink, Times Staff Writer
Sharing a movie, hearing the sound of laughter or sobs in a theater as well as seeing and sensing the reactions of others enhance the enjoyment of the movie for everyone, researchers have found. In two studies reported in the December issue of the Journal of Consumer Research, 57 volunteers in one, 40 in the other, watched a video clip.
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