December 30, 2010 |
How's this for a slice of irony? Mario Batali, dressed in a suit, no orange Crocs in sight, is seated at a gleaming restaurant counter in a Manhattan eatery, haranguing a chef who works for him: "In a down economy, green doesn't play," Batali insists as part of a profanity-laden rant. "People don't give a damn where their hamburger comes from as long as it tastes good. " It's the last thing anyone would expect to hear from the ambassador of Italian cuisine, a man who wholeheartedly endorses the eating local philosophy.
April 6, 2010 |
Ever since the astounding grosses for "Avatar" started rolling in, Hollywood has been pretty much going gaga over 3-D. At a time when DVD revenues have been plummeting, who would've believed that 3-D would help save the studios' bacon? According to Warners distribution chief Dan Fellman, roughly 52% of the studio's box-office take for this weekend's "Clash of the Titans" was from 3-D ticket sales. According to industry marketers, the 3-D ticket price premium gave a huge boost to "Clash's " $61.4-million box-office take, which would've been closer to $41.4 million if it was only playing in 2-D. The film, which was retrofitted with 3-D at the last minute, inspired my colleague Kenny Turan to write that "Clash" could be "the first film to actually be made worse by being in 3-D."
April 9, 2002
Behind the glasses there--is that movie star Sandra Bullock playing for yuks on a TV sitcom? It is. She puts in an appearance Wednesday on "The George Lopez Show" (8:30 p.m., ABC). Why? Read the credits: She's one of the program's executive producers.
May 30, 2013 |
Who is the king of all media? It just might be Grumpy Cat. The wildly popular, eternally frowning kitty has already conquered the Internet: She was Meme of the Year at the 2013 Webbys (take that, Psy). On Thursday, she signed a movie deal with the Hollywood producers behind "Paul Blart Mall Cop" and Adam Sandler's "Jack and Jill. " And Friday she'll appear at 3 p.m. at Book Expo in New York City to promote "Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book," coming from Chronicle Books in October.
February 17, 2014 |
Jimmy Fallon debuts tonight as host of the revamped "Tonight Show. " But when the comedian left "Saturday Night Live" in 2004, he was hoping to join the long list of "SNL" alums like Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, Will Farrell and Mike Myers who followed their late-night gigs and became successful movie actors. That didn't quite happen. After landing a few roles on-screen, Fallon's movie career fizzled. In his first major post-"SNL" role, Fallon played New York cop Andrew Washburn in "Taxi," co-starring Queen Latifah and Gisele Bündchen.
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February 28, 2013 |
Dale Robertson, an Oklahoma horseman who became a TV and western movie star during the genre's heyday, died Tuesday at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. He was 89. Robertson, who was best known for starring in the series "Tales of Wells Fargo" from 1957 to 1962, had pneumonia and lung cancer, his family said. The handsome, square-jawed actor, who was often said to resemble Clark Gable, was an able horse rider by age 10 and was training polo ponies in his teens. He applied those skills in Hollywood, where he appeared in more than 60 movies, including a prime role as Jesse James in 1949's "Fighting Man of the Plains.