December 15, 2010 |
Hollywood is obsessed with producing reboots and sequels to its hit movies. But Walt Disney Co. is trying something more audacious this week ? releasing a sequel to a 1982 sci-fi fantasy film that was a box office disappointment and that most of today's moviegoers have never seen. On Friday, "Tron: Legacy" will arrive in theaters as one of most intensely marketed films of 2010, but it represents an investment that goes well beyond the box office. The movie sits at the center of a massive multiplatform push with high stakes for Disney, which is counting on the mercury-glow of the film to light up toy and apparel sales, spark purchases of related video games and lure viewers to an upcoming animated series on cable television.
April 5, 2010
Perry wedded to success Tyler Perry is doing just fine without 3-D, thank you. The writer, director and producer's latest effort, "Why Did I Get Married Too?," took in a most impressive $30.1 million in its first weekend. The sequel to his 2007 hit "Why Did I Get Married?" not only beat the opening of that movie by almost $10 million, but it was also Perry's biggest start for a movie that didn't feature his Madea character. With nine hits in the last five years, none of this should come as a surprise.
January 14, 2010 |
Lions Gate Entertainment has taken a lead in the bidding for "Terminator," but competition for rights to the 26-year-old science fiction franchise is likely to heat up in the next month. In a federal Bankruptcy Court filing Wednesday, Halcyon Group, the independent production company owned by Derek Anderson and Victor Kubicek, asked a judge to approve naming Lions Gate as "stalking horse" bidder for the "Terminator" rights. The two producers put the film rights up for sale in September to raise cash as they work their way out of Chapter 11 reorganization.
January 12, 2010 |
Peter Parker can catch all sorts of villains in his webs, but the one thing Spider-Man couldn't bring to Sony Pictures was a workable script -- and budget -- for the $2.5-billion franchise's fourth installment, derailing one of the most lucrative movie series in Hollywood history. Less than a week after the studio said it was postponing production on the fourth web-slinger movie over story problems, Sony on Monday pulled the plug on the project as it was being conceived with director Sam Raimi after he told the studio he wasn't comfortable moving forward with the sequel, originally scheduled for release in May 2011.
October 22, 2009 |
Halloween's fans are legion, so its no wonder that local theaters can't wait until the 31st to celebrate the ghoulish holiday. On Sunday and Monday, the venerable New Beverly will show "Spine Tingler!," an excellent biopic on legendary horror-meister William Castle. And on Saturday, the historic Alex Theatre in Glendale will do more than just screen the 1963 classic "The Haunting," starring Claire Bloom and Julie Harris, at both 2 and 8 p.m. Before each screening, it will present Michael J. Kouri, described as the theater's "resident psychic medium," to talk about the place's haunted history.
October 15, 2009 |
If there were ever a movie that shouldn't end up making as much as $190 million around the world, it is "The Final Destination," a homely horror thriller that is the fourth and least-loved film in New Line's low-budget "Final Destination" horror franchise. The first three movies, released from 2000 to 2006, were modest successes, each one earning around $50 million in the U.S. and only slightly more overseas. It's a sign of the franchise's below-the-radar consistency that "FD3," released in 2006, had virtually the same exact box-office numbers as the original film, earning $54 million domestically and $58.7 million overseas.