July 30, 2011 |
No spandex-clad characters truly soared during Hollywood's summer of superheroes, but that isn't stopping the studios from speeding ahead with plans for more. The last three months have brought to theaters four superhero movies based on long-running comic books, more than have ever been released before in such a short time frame. Results were mixed: "Thor" and, based on early returns, "Captain America: The First Avenger" were solid performers; "X-Men: First Class" did decent business; and "Green Lantern" is a flop.
January 3, 1996 |
'Toy Story' Video Sequel Being Considered: In a press release, Richmond, Calif.-based Pixar Animation Studios, which produced the hit Walt Disney film using innovative computer technology, said it is discussing a direct-to-video sequel with Disney. "Toy Story," which has grossed more than $150 million to date domestically at the box office, has been Hollywood's biggest hit over the holiday season. No details of the prospective project were announced.
July 22, 2006
Re "Everybody's a critic," Current, July 16 Kyle Pope cannot be serious. No one thinks critics -- whether the "elite" ones he so despises or even the more folksy Ebert and Roper variety -- had anything to do with the financial success of any of the films he mentions. Each one of his examples -- "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," "Mission: Impossible III," "X-Men: The Last Stand" and "The Da Vinci Code" -- have a single, glaringly obvious thing in common: They were made because they are brand names the public already knows and were promoted to within an inch of their lives.
August 26, 1993 |
"Pride and Prejudice," Jane Austen's beloved 19th-Century novel about relationships in middle-class English society, is about to get competing sequels--180 years after the original story was published. "Presumption," due out in October, was written by Santa Monica-based art writer Julia Braun Kessler and British novelist Gabrielle Donnelly, who also is living in Southern California. The pair wrote under one pen name, Julia Barrett, "since it's more British-sounding," Kessler said.
April 19, 1996 |
The always tenuous business of arranging financing for films is getting tougher for producer Michael Meltzer, veteran of "The Hidden," "The Hidden II" and "Dead Heat." He can no longer count on the direct-to-video market, the traditional safety net of film financing. "The video stream is a way to get movies made and that stream is dwindling," said Meltzer, who recently completed "Sometimes They Come Back . . .
December 12, 1998
The Times reports how disappointing "Psycho's" opening weekend was ("Reaction Tepid to 'Psycho,' " by Richard Natale, Dec. 7). A mere $10.5 million. But when "John Carpenter's Vampires" brought in about the same amount, and was No. 1 of that particular box-office weekend, it was called a hit. I'm getting sick of everybody making a big deal about this movie. Where was everybody when they were cranking out those bad "Psycho" sequels? Nobody was crying sacrilege then. Or what about that TV movie?
April 28, 2001
Re "A Strike? The Script Is Out of Their Hands" (by Rachel Abramowitz, April 20): Topper Lilien hit the nail on the head with his comment, "Maybe it's time to read a book." The movie industry is pathetic. It exists simply because of the insatiable desire of Americans to be entertained, often badly. In a world in which new technologies are emerging, Hollywood continues to bring us unoriginality, retread plots, boring sequels and totally predictable premises. Hopefully, there will be a strike or, in true Hollywood fashion, a sequel to the 1988 work stoppage.