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BUSINESS
September 18, 2007 | Josh Friedman, Times Staff Writer
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.
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BUSINESS
September 3, 2007 | Josh Friedman, Times Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 19, 2007 | Paul Cullum, Special to The Times
"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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
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.
BUSINESS
May 14, 2007 | Josh Friedman, Times Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 8, 2007 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
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.
BUSINESS
May 4, 2007 | Josh Friedman, Times Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
February 9, 2007 | Lorenza Munoz, Times Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
December 19, 2006 | Josh Friedman and Claudia Eller, Times Staff Writers
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.
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