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August 16, 2012
Universal Pictures' troubled big-budget film "47 Ronin," starring Keanu Reeves, has been delayed for a second time. It is now scheduled to come out on Dec. 25, 2013. Originally set for Nov. 21 of this year, "Ronin" in April was pushed to Feb. 8, 2013, to allow time for reshoots and work on its extensive 3-D visual effects, which have not yet begun. The movie, which stars Reeves along with an all-Japanese cast, is a retelling of the classic myth of a group of samurai that avenge the death of their master.
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April 10, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Stephen Colbert's "Colbert Report" has never been the most comfortable place for Hollywood stars to promote their movies, given the somewhat niche audience and Colbert's own purposefully bombastic, playfully antagonistic persona. But now that Colbert is stepping up to succeed David Letterman as the host of "The Late Show" in 2015 and dropping his conservative blowhard character, audiences could see a different side of him. Time will tell how Colbert gets along with Hollywood's A-list stars in his new role, and how much of his trademark quirk carries over, but it will certainly be an adjustment both for him and the studios that want their stars on the show.
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BUSINESS
April 26, 2012 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Thousands of theater owners and executives gathering in Las Vegas for the annual CinemaCon convention will see the first footage of Universal Pictures' "47 Ronin" on Thursday. But they won't get to showcase the big-budget Keanu Reeves action film in their cinemas this Thanksgiving as they had expected. Universal on Wednesday pushed back the movie's planned release date of Nov. 21 to Feb. 8. The move was made because the remaining work on its extensive 3-D special effects would have made it difficult to hit the November date and impossible to assemble a compelling trailer ready to show this summer, when theaters are packed with audiences watching similar event movies, according to two knowledgeable people who were not authorized to speak publicly.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 25, 2013 | By Chris Lee
In "47 Ronin," Keanu Reeves portrays the leader of a band of ronin - masterless samurai in 18th-century Japan who must suffer the indignity of having no one to lead them in battle. Turns out that plot line provides an apt metaphor for the period 3-D sci-fi epic's problem-plagued odyssey to the screen. "47 Ronin" arrived in theaters Christmas Day as one of the most troubled movie productions in recent memory, as well as one of 2013's most spectacular flops-in-the-making. According to pre-release awareness surveys, the revenge thriller, which cost at least $175 million to produce, is on track to earn around $20 million in its opening five days.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Universal Pictures' troubled big-budget film "47 Ronin," starring Keanu Reeves, has been delayed for a second time. It is now scheduled to come out on Dec. 25, 2013. Originally set for Nov. 21 of this year, "Ronin" in April was pushed to Feb. 8, 2013, to allow time for reshoots and work on its extensive 3-D visual effects, which have not yet begun. The movie, which stars Reeves along with an all-Japanese cast, is a retelling of the classic myth of a group of samurai who avenge the death of their master.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 5, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Four of Hollywood's biggest 2012 movies are on hold until 2013. Delayed and missing their dates at the box office are the sequel"G.I. Joe: Retaliation,"the zombie apocalypse tale "World War Z," the fairy tale adaptation "Jack the Giant Killer" and the samurai epic "47 Ronin. " "Ronin," which stars Keanu Reeves, has been delayed four months. "Jack," directed by Bryan Singer, was pushed back nine months. "G.I. Joe" was knocked off its release date just five weeks before its scheduled opening.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 1998
Over the last few weeks, a number of unfortunate statements have been made about the screenwriting credits on my film "Ronin" ("Mamet Versus Writers Guild, the Action Thriller Sequel," by Eric Harrison, Aug. 5). I wish to set the record straight on this matter because these statements do not accurately reflect the facts. J.D. Zeik is unequivocally entitled to the first position screenwriting credit as well as the sole story credit he was awarded by the WGA. "Ronin" was created by J.D. His screenplay attracted me and the actors and got the project green-lit.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 17, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Carmike Cinemas, the nation's fourth-largest movie theater chain, received a bomb threat on Friday against locations across the country. Local authorities have inspected theaters in  Illinois, North Carolina and Oklahoma and found no evidence of danger, said Terrell Mayton, Carmike's director of marketing. "We are ready for guests to enjoy movies this afternoon," he said. The threats, which were called in to Carmike's corporate headquarters in Columbus, Ga., were aimed at theaters premiering Lionsgate's "The Expendables 2. " Mayton said that Carmike is cooperating with the Federal Bureau of Investigation on the case and more information would be released later Friday.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Martin Scorsese's corrupt Wall Street tycoon is poised for a solid initial box office showing over the crowded Christmas weekend as a pack of new movies, including "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," "Grudge Match" and "47 Ronin," competes for moviegoers.  "The Wolf of Wall Street," from Paramount Pictures and Red Granite Pictures, should generate about $35 million in ticket sales from Wednesday through Sunday in the U.S. and Canada, according to...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Stephen Colbert's "Colbert Report" has never been the most comfortable place for Hollywood stars to promote their movies, given the somewhat niche audience and Colbert's own purposefully bombastic, playfully antagonistic persona. But now that Colbert is stepping up to succeed David Letterman as the host of "The Late Show" in 2015 and dropping his conservative blowhard character, audiences could see a different side of him. Time will tell how Colbert gets along with Hollywood's A-list stars in his new role, and how much of his trademark quirk carries over, but it will certainly be an adjustment both for him and the studios that want their stars on the show.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Martin Scorsese's corrupt Wall Street tycoon is poised for a solid initial box office showing over the crowded Christmas weekend as a pack of new movies, including "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," "Grudge Match" and "47 Ronin," competes for moviegoers.  "The Wolf of Wall Street," from Paramount Pictures and Red Granite Pictures, should generate about $35 million in ticket sales from Wednesday through Sunday in the U.S. and Canada, according to...
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
There's the kind of movie that comes riding into theaters on such a prolonged wave of bad buzz - changed release dates, backstage whispers of production troubles and a swelling budget - that the film itself starts to seem beside the point, something to just get out of the way. That's the case with "47 Ronin," an overlong, underwhelming movie now hitting theaters that certainly wasn't worth the wait. The story opens with a stentorian voice-over announcing that ancient feudal Japan, as history buffs will no doubt be happy to learn, was a time of witchcraft and demons.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 2013 | By John Horn
“We believe you are the only one who can help us.” That ominous plea comes about halfway through the new trailer for “47 Ronin,” and while it's directed at the character played by Keanu Reeves the entreaty could also describe how much Universal Pictures needs the actor to deliver a big audience for the troubled production. Filmed in early 2011, the expensive movie - the budget was originally $175 million but has surpassed that figure - originally was set for release last Thanksgiving.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 17, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Carmike Cinemas, the nation's fourth-largest movie theater chain, received a bomb threat on Friday against locations across the country. Local authorities have inspected theaters in  Illinois, North Carolina and Oklahoma and found no evidence of danger, said Terrell Mayton, Carmike's director of marketing. "We are ready for guests to enjoy movies this afternoon," he said. The threats, which were called in to Carmike's corporate headquarters in Columbus, Ga., were aimed at theaters premiering Lionsgate's "The Expendables 2. " Mayton said that Carmike is cooperating with the Federal Bureau of Investigation on the case and more information would be released later Friday.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 16, 2012
Universal Pictures' troubled big-budget film "47 Ronin," starring Keanu Reeves, has been delayed for a second time. It is now scheduled to come out on Dec. 25, 2013. Originally set for Nov. 21 of this year, "Ronin" in April was pushed to Feb. 8, 2013, to allow time for reshoots and work on its extensive 3-D visual effects, which have not yet begun. The movie, which stars Reeves along with an all-Japanese cast, is a retelling of the classic myth of a group of samurai that avenge the death of their master.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Universal Pictures' troubled big-budget film "47 Ronin," starring Keanu Reeves, has been delayed for a second time. It is now scheduled to come out on Dec. 25, 2013. Originally set for Nov. 21 of this year, "Ronin" in April was pushed to Feb. 8, 2013, to allow time for reshoots and work on its extensive 3-D visual effects, which have not yet begun. The movie, which stars Reeves along with an all-Japanese cast, is a retelling of the classic myth of a group of samurai who avenge the death of their master.
BOOKS
December 18, 1988
I am concerned about the statement by Daniel Burstein in his book "Yen" (reviewed by Douglas Frantz, Book Review, Nov. 20) that in the Kabuki play "Chushingura" "Lord Asano plotted the murder of another nobleman, Lord Kira." I believe this is erroneous, distorts a key point in the story and may be offensive to many Japanese. I have some knowledge of the "Chushingura" and the several movie versions that followed as a result of serving during the occupation of Japan as a censor of Japanese films and theatricals in General MacArthur's Civil Censorship detachment.
BOOKS
November 20, 1988
"General MacArthur's occupation staff made thousands of changes in Japan after the war, but one of the most intriguing was banning performances of Chushingura, the great Kabuki play. "Known in English as The Tale of the 47 Ronin, this work is adapted from an episode in early eighteenth-century history in which a certain Lord Asano plotted the murder of another nobleman, Lord Kira. Asano's attack on Kira failed; he succeeded only in wounding him.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 5, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Four of Hollywood's biggest 2012 movies are on hold until 2013. Delayed and missing their dates at the box office are the sequel"G.I. Joe: Retaliation,"the zombie apocalypse tale "World War Z," the fairy tale adaptation "Jack the Giant Killer" and the samurai epic "47 Ronin. " "Ronin," which stars Keanu Reeves, has been delayed four months. "Jack," directed by Bryan Singer, was pushed back nine months. "G.I. Joe" was knocked off its release date just five weeks before its scheduled opening.
BUSINESS
April 26, 2012 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Thousands of theater owners and executives gathering in Las Vegas for the annual CinemaCon convention will see the first footage of Universal Pictures' "47 Ronin" on Thursday. But they won't get to showcase the big-budget Keanu Reeves action film in their cinemas this Thanksgiving as they had expected. Universal on Wednesday pushed back the movie's planned release date of Nov. 21 to Feb. 8. The move was made because the remaining work on its extensive 3-D special effects would have made it difficult to hit the November date and impossible to assemble a compelling trailer ready to show this summer, when theaters are packed with audiences watching similar event movies, according to two knowledgeable people who were not authorized to speak publicly.
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