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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.
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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2006 | Elena Howe
SEQUELS are a Hollywood mainstay, and often for all the right reasons. Who can deny the artistry of "The Godfather: Part II"? Or even the delightful existentialism of "Toy Story 2"? Of course, for every one of those achievements there's a "Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo" waiting in the wings. With their brand recognition and built-in audiences, sequels aren't going anywhere.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 26, 2005 | Robert W. Welkos, Times Staff Writer
Reporter: "Rocky, the press has labeled you a 'Balboasauras' who should be in a museum. With all the 'ring rust,' how do you think you'll hold up against the champ?" Rocky: "Well, ya really don't know much about nobody until ya lend 'em money or punch 'em hard." * YES, as implausible as it might seem, Rocky Balboa is back for Round 6.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2005 | Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun
No item struck greater fear into the hearts of movie reviewers everywhere than the recent announcement that Sylvester Stallone intends to return as that renowned Philadelphia pug Rocky Balboa in "Rocky VI." Don't get me wrong: I was a big fan of "Rocky." And maybe future generations able to forget the namesake sequels that came after it will once again deem it one of the great film flukes of all time.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2005 | From Associated Press
Sylvester Stallone has a case of sequelitis. The 59-year-old celebrity will write and direct "Rocky Balboa," the sixth film in that franchise, with shooting set to begin next year. When that's finished, he will reprise his role as gun-toting John Rambo in "Rambo IV," said Ben Nedivi of Millennium Films, which is producing the project with Emmett/Furla Films.
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