February 22, 2013 |
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Feb. 24 - March 2, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SUNDAY Films from "Amour" to "Zero Dark Thirty" will vie for best picture at "The 85th Annual Academy Awards," hosted by - What the deuce?! - "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane, himself a nominee in the best original song category. (ABC, 5:30 p.m.)
January 23, 2013 |
Since being fired in 2011 from the Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," director Julie Taymor has kept a relatively low public profile, her time presumably occupied by the ongoing lawsuit between her and the show's producers. Taymor might be considered damaged goods when it comes to Broadway, but her trademark innovative style still has its fans. In her first directing gig since the "Spider-Man" debacle, Taymor will return to her roots by staging a new production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at Theatre for a New Audience in Brooklyn.
December 27, 2012
After 50 years of spinning webs and catching a who's who of criminals, Peter Parker is out of the hero game. But Spider-man is still slinging from building to building - reborn, refreshed and revived with a new sense of the old maxim that Ben Parker taught his then-fledgling nephew that "with great power, comes great responsibility. " In Issue 700 of the famed comic book, out Wednesday, Parker's mind is trapped in the withered, dying body of his nemesis, Doctor Octopus, a.k.a.
November 26, 2012 |
The animated feature "Brave" debuted at the top of the DVD sales chart, but couldn't knock "The Amazing Spider-Man" from the top of the rental chart. Pixar's "Brave" was the top selling DVD and Blu-ray disc in the U.S. during the week ended Nov. 18, according to research firm Rentrak, but the No. 4 rented movie. In its second week on shelves, the "Spider-Man" reboot fell to No. 2 on the sales chart. Other high-profile new releases were the Oliver Stone-directed drama "Savages," which debuted at No. 3 on the sales chart, and Ben Stiller-Vince Vaughn comedy "The Watch," which launched at No. 4. Neither was immediately available to rent from Redbox or Netflix and thus did not make Rentrak's rental chart.
November 19, 2012
DVD and Blu-ray sales were dominated by the debuting "The Amazing Spider-Man," while rentals were ruled by the returning "Prometheus. " Holdovers "The Campaign" and "Disney Fairies: Secret of the Wings" were strong sellers, and "Magic Mike" and "The Avengers" were still strong rentals after many weeks on the charts. Below are the DVD charts for the week ended Nov. 10 (sales) and Nov. 11 (rentals), with data provided by Rentrak. Top 10 DVD and Blu-ray sales 1. "The Amazing Spider-Man" (Sony)
October 24, 2012 |
A co-writer for the Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" has reportedly accepted a book deal to tell his side of the story of the troubled mega-production. Glen Berger, who wrote the book for the musical along with Julie Taymor, has inked a deal with Simon & Schuster, according to the New York Times. The book is expected to be published in 2013. Berger was one of several people on "Spider-Man" who had a falling-out with Taymor during the musical's troubled development.
October 11, 2012 |
Grown-ups want to be witches while kids are opting for princesses and superheroes. At least that's the expert assessment of what partygoers will choose as costumes this Halloween. Almost 6 million adults are masquerading as a witch - black hats, warts and all - followed by vampires in the No. 2 spot (with 3.2 million people donning fangs and capes), according to the National Retail Federation. PHOTOS: Top 10 most popular Halloween costumes As for kids, nearly 10% are set on Cinderella, Snow White or other princess frocks, while another 10% are favoring Batman and Spider-Man costumes.
October 10, 2012 |
BEIJING -- China's battle of the superheroes ended up being won by ... a group of aging action stars. In a surprising outcome, "The Expendables 2" has outgrossed both "The Dark Knight Rises" and "The Amazing Spider-Man" in China. The ensemble action movie starring Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jet Li has grossed $54 million in China as of Sunday, according to research firm Artisan Gateway. "The Expendables 2" opened in the world's most populous nation Sept.
September 28, 2012 |
Director Marc Webb and star Andrew Garfield are suiting back up for another chapter in "The Amazing Spider-Man," which grossed $261 million domestically this summer. The duo responsible for rebooting the successful franchise just five years after the Sam Raimi-directed trilogy closed up shop in 2007 will resume production in early 2013. They will be working off a screenplay from Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner based on a previous draft by James Vanderbilt. Sony Pictures announced the film's 3-D release date of May 2, 2014, back in April, months before it had locked in its director and star.
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September 11, 2012 |
Geoff Ammer, a veteran Hollywood marketing executive whose three-decade career spanned multiple studios, died Sunday morning of a heart attack. He was 62. Ammer collapsed at his home in Brentwood and was rushed to St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, where he died, according to his longtime friend and colleague Terry Curtin. Ammer was president of worldwide marketing at Sony Pictures and president of marketing and distribution at the now-defunct Revolution Studios. "Geoff was passionate, a fighter and loyal, which are all things you want in somebody you work alongside," said producer Joe Roth, Ammer's former boss at Revolution, Walt Disney Studios and 20th Century Fox. Born in Toledo, Ohio, on April 6, 1950, Ammer attended the University of Florida and worked in concert promotion before starting his Hollywood career at 20th Century Fox in the early 1980s.