February 10, 2012 |
The new romantic drama"The Vow"is poised to steal the hearts of moviegoers this weekend. The tear-jerker starring Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams could gross $35 million to $40 million in its debut, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. Sony Pictures, whose Screen Gems label produced the film, is projecting a more conservative domestic opening of $28 million to $30 million. It should be a strong weekend at the multiplex, as three other new movies are also expected to bring in healthy ticket sales.
January 15, 2012
A sinking ship, clashing lightsabers, talking clownfish: Some 2012 movies will look mighty familiar, with added dimension. Studios have converted several of their highest-grossing catalog titles to 3-D and are rereleasing them in theaters. The list includes James Cameron's Oscar-winning blockbuster weepie, "Titanic. " Young Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio are due back on the deck of the doomed luxury liner April 6, shortly before the 100th anniversary of the ship's sinking. George Lucas will unspool the first "Star Wars" prequel, "Episode I: The Phantom Menace," in 3-D on Feb. 10, And on the heels of last year's surprise box-office hit "The Lion King 3-D" comes an updated version of the underwater adventure "Finding Nemo," due Sept.
May 20, 2011 |
After 14 years in the making, the long-rumored and oft-delayed remake of the Star Tours attraction at Disneyland is about to become a reality. Walt Disney Imagineering's Tom Fitzgerald has been there since the beginning, writing the attraction's original story line back in 1987 and shepherding Star Tours 2.0 since 1997. On June 3, the rebooted simulator ride makes its official debut at the Anaheim theme park. Photos : Concept art of Star Tours: The Adventure Continues at Disneyland Back in 1997, Fitzgerald was summoned to Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, Calif., by director and producer George Lucas during post-production for "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" to look at footage of what Lucas called the "perfect sequence" for a long-envisioned update to the Star Tours simulator ride: a pod race on Tatooine.
June 8, 2002
Mike J. Nichols, in his boastful statement that he has "the storytelling sense that George Lucas once had and lost," proves that he is just another member in that small but vocal group of disgruntled, arrogant and cynical "fans" who believe they know "Star Wars" better than the films' creator ("A Phantom Menace?," by Richard Fausset, June 1). Nichols' "Phantom Edit" is nothing more than a cut-and-paste job to suit his own cinematic tastes. Like so many others of his ilk, he has forgotten that the "Star Wars" films are made for the young and the young-at-heart.
June 1, 2002 |
This messy Burbank living room, with its cheap computer and jury-rigged video station, may be the most notorious rebel outpost in the "Star Wars" universe this side of the ice planet Hoth. It is the lair of the Phantom Editor, a struggling filmmaker who boldly remade a copy of the first "Star Wars" prequel into a movie that die-hard fans liked better than George Lucas' original--and became a cult hero in the process.
May 17, 2002 |
George Lucas didn't have to travel far to talk to the media about "Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones." The filmmaker opened the gates of his Skywalker Ranch here to journalists last week, where he spoke candidly about a number of issues relating to this latest chapter in his "Star Wars" saga which opened nationwide Thursday.