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July 10, 2000 | RICHARD NATALE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Scary Movie" scared some life back into summertime movie attendance over the weekend, grossing an impressive $42.5 million or thereabouts in its first weekend. Keenen Ivory Wayans' horror-movie spoof from Miramax's Dimension label was on 2,912 screens and averaged about $14,600 a theater. That's an even stronger debut than last weekend's "The Perfect Storm," which was on 500 more screens and had the Independence Day celebration to help it along.
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July 10, 2000 | RICHARD NATALE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Scary Movie" scared some life back into summertime movie attendance over the weekend, grossing an impressive $42.5 million or thereabouts in its first weekend. Keenen Ivory Wayans' horror-movie spoof from Miramax's Dimension label was on 2,912 screens and averaged about $14,600 a theater. That's an even stronger debut than last weekend's "The Perfect Storm," which was on 500 more screens and had the Independence Day celebration to help it along.
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August 28, 2008
Babylon A.D. | A mysterious woman from Eastern Europe is transported around a post-apocalyptic world. Beautiful Losers | Creative outsiders in the 1990s find common ground at a small New York art gallery. Rooted in the subcultures of skateboarding, surf, punk, hip-hop and graffiti, they create art that reflects their lifestyles. College | Dumped by his girlfriend, a university freshman and his two buddies plunge into fraternity life. Disaster Movie | The filmmaking team behind "Scary Movie," "Date Movie," "Epic Movie" and "Meet the Spartans" takes on a new genre.
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January 29, 2007 | Alex Chun, Special to The Times
According to Webster's, a "spoof is "a light humorous parody." By that definition, writers-directors Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer's latest stab at the genre, "Epic Movie," is anything but. While "Epic Movie" portends to skewer blockbusters such as "Superman Returns" and "Pirates of the Caribbean," it's really nothing more than a disjointed series of scenes and references cobbled together as a backdrop for sophomoric humor. Yet it was also the No.
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February 20, 2006 | Carina Chocano, Times Staff Writer
It won't come as much of a surprise to learn that "Date Movie," which Fox declined to screen in advance for critics, doesn't play well in the theater -- at least not on a Friday morning in Glendale with three people in the audience. Maybe if the theater had been packed with freshly concussed, oxygen-deprived teens on drugs, the scene might have been slightly less funereal. But I doubt it.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 1, 2008 | Noel Murray
Semi-Pro New Line, $26.98/$34.98; Blu-ray, $39.98 The short-lived American Basketball Assn. gets the "Slap Shot" treatment in this half-hearted effort by the Will Ferrell comedy combine. Although "Semi-Pro" has an enjoyably shaggy '70s vibe -- with Ferrell playing the owner-coach-star of a failing ABA franchise -- the tone is all over the map and veers into "Anchorman"/"Dodgeball"-style absurdity when a more straightforward, "Major League"-like approach would've worked better. The "Let's Get Sweaty" DVD edition ups the raunch and adds some improv footage that didn't make the final cut, but the extras mainly prove that this movie needed a tighter script, not more comedians making up their own jokes.
BUSINESS
March 28, 2008 | Josh Friedman, Times Staff Writer
This weekend, the campaign gets intense. Not the Clinton-Obama one, but the Sony Pictures campaign to make Jim Sturgess into a major movie star. The 26-year-old British actor, who broke out last fall in Sony's musical "Across the Universe," has a supporting role in the studio's bodice-ripper "The Other Boleyn Girl" and now headlines its blackjack drama "21," also starring Kevin Spacey, Laurence Fishburne and Kate Bosworth.
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January 25, 2008 | Josh Friedman, Times Staff Writer
This weekend at the movies, there will be blood. Lions Gate's "Rambo" -- with 61-year-old action hero Sylvester Stallone reprising one of his signature roles for the first time since the Reagan administration -- opens today with a shot to supplant Paramount Pictures' monster hit "Cloverfield" atop the box-office charts.
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