July 6, 2004 |
By the end of last summer, "sequel" was a dirty word in Hollywood. "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle," anyone? That was then. This summer, boosted by "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," "Shrek 2" and now "Spider-Man 2," sequels are flying high again. Unlike the huge crop in 2003 that inundated summer moviegoers -- 15, with many underperformers and outright duds among them -- this season's offerings include only eight. The smaller field has produced three major hits so far.
June 22, 2004 |
Quentin Tarantino said Monday that he plans to shoot a third part of the "Kill Bill" vengeance series, eventually. "I have plans, actually not right away, but like in 15 years from now, I'll do a third version of this saga," the director said at a news conference in Madrid to promote "Kill Bill Vol. 2," which opens in Spain next month. Tarantino said it would focus on the daughter of a hired killer that Uma Thurman's character bumps off early in her revenge spree.
January 23, 2004 |
Ever get the feeling you've been down this road before? Like life has turned into one big sequel? Not just at the movies, which thrive on multiple "Matrixes," "Legally Blondes" and other echoes of the past, but also in everyday affairs. In politics, George W. Bush is a sequel to his dad, complete with a recycled war against Iraq. CBS' "Survivor" is basically "Gilligan's Island" with a ballot box and barbecued rats. And Howard Dean's manic Iowa concession speech?
September 2, 2003 |
It must've been ages ago -- OK, maybe it was 1999 -- when I was at New Line, watching a pair of perky young screenwriters pitch then-New Line production chief Michael De Luca on their idea for a smack-talking showdown between horror moviedom's two titans of evil, Freddy Krueger from "Nightmare on Elm Street" and Jason Voorhees from "Friday the 13th."
July 20, 2003
Sequels are swell things. Humans love them. How many wars have we had to end wars? But we return to the premise of armed conflict over and over again. So excuse our midsummer suspicions when movie studio execs start wringing their hands and moaning over the "failure" of certain movie sequels this summer. Sounds like rehearsal for a tax audit meeting. Let's examine the alleged problem: Just because the public has fallen for -- what?
July 8, 2003 |
It's a pretty scary proposition, but is it possible that the average 16-year-old has better taste in movies than most of the rich, Ivy League-educated studio executives who've flooded us with a deluge of movie sequels this summer? Ever since the arrival of "The Matrix Reloaded" in mid-May, which was a box office success but a huge disappointment to most fans and critics alike, the retread market has taken a nasty bearish turn.
June 30, 2003 |
Despite a media-saturation campaign for the slick action flick "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle," the sexy girl-power trio of Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu and Drew Barrymore landed with a thud. "Angels," again directed by McG, arrived at No. 1 one with an estimated gross of $38 million, roughly $2 million less than the original, which opened with $40.1 million in November 2000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 2003 |
It's the dead of night on the industrial edge of Ontario, and the streets are abandoned. From the darkness, more than 100 pairs of headlights appear in the distance, a conga line of souped-up Nissan Sentras, Honda Civics and Acura Integras speeding this way. With minutes, the screech of tires and acrid smell of burning rubber fill the air along Greystone Drive, a lonely straightaway paralleling the Pomona Freeway and now lined with a pumped-up crowd of cheering, beer-drinking spectators.
May 24, 2003 |
Lizzie McGuire and Walt Disney Co. are getting divorced -- Hollywood style. After weeks of rancorous negotiations over the future career of teen sensation Hilary Duff, the star of the Disney Channel's hit "Lizzie McGuire" sitcom and movie spinoff, the two sides confirmed Friday that they are splitting up amid accusations of greed and squandered opportunities.
November 12, 2002 |
In recent years, everyone in the movie business has been scrambling to churn out sequels, remakes and retreads, justifying the unseemly artistic results by trumpeting the killing they've made at the box office. Well, if you've been keeping tabs over the past six weeks, the scorecard reads: Moviegoers: 5. Risk-Averse Studios: 1. If you'd put your ear to the door at almost any studio in town last week, you could've heard someone saying, "Geez, maybe getting audiences to spend $9.