September 18, 2007 |
When Toby Emmerich, president of production at New Line Cinema, watches rough cuts of the fantasy epic "The Golden Compass," he has to use his imagination. A stuffed green pillow stands in for a golden monkey. A lush landscape will be added digitally to the studio's key holiday-season release.
September 3, 2007 |
Hollywood slashed away at another box-office record as a new version of "Halloween" scared up a Labor Day weekend haul of $26.5 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales through Sunday, distributor MGM said. Director Rob Zombie's retelling of the 1978 slasher classic shattered the previous three-day record for the often-sluggish holiday period. The old record was set in 2005 by "Transporter 2," which opened to $16.5 million.
August 19, 2007 |
"I watched him for 15 years. Sitting in a room, staring at a wall, not seeing the wall, looking past the wall, looking at this night -- inhumanly patient -- waiting for some secret, silent alarm to trigger him off." -- Dr. Loomis in "Halloween" (1978) -- And so here we are, almost 30 years later, with the ninth iteration of the venerable "Halloween" franchise landing in theaters this week.
July 17, 2007 |
DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc., the studio run by Jeffrey Katzenberg, is planning a fifth and final chapter of its "Shrek" films. The company plans to produce the last movie of the series about a grumpy green ogre after the fourth "Shrek" film is released in 2010, Katzenberg said at the Allen & Co. media conference in Sun Valley, Idaho. But DreamWorks Animation so far has committed only to a fourth film, spokesman Rich Sullivan said in an interview.
May 14, 2007 |
In "Spider-Man 3," Peter Parker's alter ego battles Sandman, Venom and his own inner demons. But the superhero hasn't faced much of anybody at the box office yet. And that's a big reason the Sony Pictures sequel has zoomed to $622 million in worldwide ticket sales through 10 days. In a few days, however, the web slinger may have to play second fiddle to the next big player in Hollywood's early summer season: a green ogre.
May 8, 2007 |
IS there anyone besides me who is depressed by the news that Steven Spielberg, a great filmmaker with the clout to get any project he wants off the ground, is going off to make ... "Indiana Jones 4"? Due to start filming in mid-June, the latest installment in the long-dormant "Raiders" series is simply the latest example of the movie industry's maniacal devotion to sequels.
May 4, 2007 |
David Lagumbay hasn't gone to the movies all year. That changes tonight. The 35-year-old network systems manager from Irvine is gathering friends and family to see "Spider-Man 3," Sony Pictures' newest superhero spectacle. After opening to record business in countries as varied as France and Malaysia, "Spider-Man 3" debuted in U.S. theaters this morning at 12:01, kicking off a summer of big-budget sequels that is likely to shatter Hollywood's box-office records.
February 9, 2007 |
Does News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch know something his top lieutenants don't? Apparently so. The media mogul announced Thursday in New York that his studio "will do a sequel" to last year's surprise hit comedy "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," starring Sacha Baron Cohen. "He will first do something else ... then he wants to come back and do a 'Borat 2,' " Murdoch said at a media summit.
December 19, 2006 |
The star of Hollywood's 2006 box-office recovery: the sequel. Led by "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," "X-Men: The Last Stand" and "Ice Age: The Meltdown," grosses in the U.S. and Canada are poised this week to overtake the $8.9 billion in receipts for all of 2005. Six of the year's 12 biggest movies were sequels. Successors to previous hits grossed $2 billion, some 40% more than they did last year.