March 11, 2013 |
It's a clash worthy of a pair of almighty witches. The Walt Disney Co. struck it rich this past weekend with its "Wizard of Oz" prequel "Oz the Great and Powerful," selling $80.3 million in tickets domestically, which put it on track to become the most successful movie release of 2013 thus far. But far from capping a three-year, $235-million production effort, the movie is shaping up to be the first shot in a battle between Disney and its...
March 7, 2013 |
Sometimes sweet, sometimes scary, sometimes sour, "Oz the Great and Powerful" is a film that doesn't know its own mind. A partially effective jumble whose elements clash rather than cohere, this solid but not spectacular effort stubbornly refuses to catch fire until it's almost too late. As directed by Sam Raimi, who departed from his horror film roots ("The Evil Dead") to turn out the high-grossing, family-friendly "Spider-Man" trilogy, "Oz" exhibits some of the same tonal duality that marks its maker's career.
March 1, 2013 |
Barely a mile from where James Franco, the wizard in Disney's new "Oz: The Great and Powerful," was recently giving interviews sat a billboard touting a middle-school stage production. " 'The Wizard of Oz' is coming!" it proclaimed, an endearing promotion that the master shyster himself might appreciate. Down the street, some of Hollywood's top actors were talking up their $200 million plus production of "Oz," but inside these halls pre-adolescent cowardly lions and scarecrows were dutifully rehearsing their numbers.
January 6, 2013 |
NEW YORK - For all her designer clothes and lavish amounts of closet space, Carrie Bradshaw always sorely lacked one thing: a back story. Over the course of "Sex and the City's" six seasons, it often seemed as if Carrie had been hatched in a lab on the Upper East Side - and that was precisely the point. Carrie was the princess in the contemporary fairy tale of "Sex and the City," and wondering whether she had any family or friends before age 30 was a little like asking how she managed to pay for all those Jimmy Choos on a journalist's salary.
November 10, 2012 |
Movie theaters posted their worst attendance since 1994 last year, but Hollywood is poised for a big comeback - with the help of a secret agent, a sullen vampire and a hairy-footed hobbit. Domestic ticket sales are already up by 3% compared with the same period last year, and a bumper crop of strong films this holiday season - including movies that will appeal to both popular and discerning tastes - could push annual box office receipts above $11 billion for the first time. A strong finish to the year could ease the uncertainty gripping an industry under pressure to cut costs and boost profits, especially as revenue dwindles from once-reliable DVD sales and as more fans turn to video-on-demand and streaming to catch the latest movies.
August 26, 2012
What do many young-adult bestsellers have in common? The fact that they're not standalones - some of the hottest new titles this fall offer a continuation of many series in the form of sequels or prequels. SEQUELS Reached By Ally Condie Dutton, 384 pp.: $17.99, for ages 12 and up The conclusion to the "Matched" trilogy. (November) Days of Blood & Starlight By Laini Taylor Little, Brown, 528 pp.: $18.99, for ages 15 and up The second book in the "Daughter of Smoke & Bone" trilogy.