April 29, 2010 |
Though "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" has been off the air for seven years, Emma Caulfield is still pursued by fans of the sci-fi-horror series, in which she played the role of the former vengeance demon Anya. "It's crazy," says the 37-year-old actress. "The fans are very awesome. But they never really refer to me by my name — ever. I had a fan come up to me once and said they had just had a baby and named their daughter after me. I said, ‘Oh God, that's sweet. It's a good name.
April 27, 2010 |
For someone so new to Hollywood, Alex O'Loughlin is very Hollywood. "Do you mind?" he said, motioning toward his pack of cigarettes while sitting poolside at the Roosevelt Hotel earlier this week. "Or are you going to write in the interview, ‘and then he lit a Camel?'" It's not that the 33-year-old is consumed with his own image — like some industry A-listers — but that he already understands its importance. Even the outfit he was wearing, which he would show off later that evening on " Jimmy Kimmel Live," had been selected by a stylist: distressed jeans, a pair of quirky bright green boots and trendy skinny tie. It was a look far different than the one he has in his new film, "The Back-Up Plan," out Friday, in which he plays a cheese farmer — yes, really.
April 23, 2010 |
Spring break is a quickly fading memory and summer vacation still seems far away. If it feels like the doldrums at your house, movie theater owners share your despair. The year's first presumed blockbuster — Paramount Pictures' and Marvel Entertainment's "Iron Man 2" — doesn't open for two more weeks, and it's likely that none of the new movies in wide release this weekend, including the romantic comedy "The Back-Up Plan" with Jennifer Lopez, will make much of a splash, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys.
April 22, 2010 |
It's the season for comebacks. The L.A. Kings finally have returned to the NHL playoffs, Ford is expected to post a quarterly profit and Jennifer Lopez is back in the multiplex. For the first time in three years, the 40-year-old Lopez is anchoring a movie, and though the stakes aren't especially high — the singer-actress is starring in a $35-million romantic comedy, not some extravagant superhero franchise — there are any number of intriguing back stories behind "The Back-Up Plan," which looks to open to modest business, with a first weekend of about $11 million to $13 million predicted.
March 1, 2010
Impressive 'Percy' slays 'Wolfman' Two weeks out, the fate of the three big movies that opened over Presidents' Day weekend has changed dramatically. 20th Century Fox's "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief" has demonstrated solid staying power and now appears likely, on a worldwide basis, to closely match the final gross of the romantic comedy "Valentine's Day," which dominated the box office in its debut. Universal Pictures' "The Wolfman," meanwhile, has quickly faded and has gone from a so-so opening to bust.
February 16, 2010 |
It was a great weekend for low-budget love and not so great for big-budget scares. Romantic comedy "Valentine's Day" dominated the box office with a record-setting $66.9 million take over the long Presidents Day weekend, according to an estimate from distributor Warner Bros., while big-budget horror remake "The Wolfman" generated a so-so $36.5 million. "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief," based on the popular kids' book series, opened to a fairly good $38.8 million in the U.S. and Canada.
February 15, 2010 |
Director Garry Marshall returned to a tried-and-true-formula -- the all-star cast vehicle -- with his latest film. As in the past, the formula paid off handsomely: The romantic comedy "Valentine's Day," featuring Julia Roberts, her niece Emma Roberts, Shirley MacLaine, Anne Hathaway and more in a stellar lineup, took in a studio-estimated $52.4 million from Friday through Sunday in the U.S. and Canada. Last Valentine's Day, audiences grooved to another romantic comedy, "He's Just Not That Into You."
February 12, 2010 |
On Valentine's Day weekend, moviegoers are set to fall in love with an underdog on what's expected to be a packed weekend at theaters. Romantic comedy "Valentine's Day," from Warner Bros.' New Line Cinema unit, will almost certainly sell more tickets in the U.S. and Canada than Universal Pictures' and 20th Century Fox's bigger-budget event films "The Wolfman" and "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief." The big question for the weekend, distribution executives at several studios agreed, is whether all three films can comfortably coexist.
December 18, 2009 |
So here's a question for the Feds, whose famed witness protection program takes care of Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker, the couple on the edge of divorce in the (note the use of ironic quote marks) " romantic comedy" "Did You Hear About the Morgans?" What about the rest of us? We could have used some protection here too. Grant has never been less charming and Parker never less fashionable or more grating than they are as Paul and Meryl Morgan, a hot-shot Manhattan couple split apart by Paul's one-nighter in L.A. I've got news for them -- infidelity is the least of their problems.