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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.
August 30, 2012 |
The warring parties in the "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" lawsuits -- one-time director Julie Taymor and the show's producers -- have reached what appears to be a tentative settlement. Judge Katherine B. Forrest issued an order Thursday reporting that the two parties have reached an agreement in principle, according to a court spokeswoman. The spokeswoman said she could not elaborate on the order. An official spokesman for "Spider-Man" said there was no comment on the matter.
August 28, 2012 |
The web crawler beat out the Caped Crusader on their first day going head-to-head in China. Sony Pictures' "The Amazing Spider-Man" grossed $5.46 million after it started playing in theaters Monday, while Warner Bros.' "The Dark Knight Rises" took in $4.45 million. "Spider-Man" played in slightly more theaters -- 2,515 compared to 2,400 for the Batman movie -- and benefited from surcharges for 3-D tickets, making the two movies' performances very close. The two movies opened on the same day, a gambit by state-owned distributor China Film Group to limit the grosses of American movies and boost the share of box office generated by local productions.
August 13, 2012 |
Hollywood tentpoles "The Dark Knight Rises," "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "Prometheus" will all open in a single week in China as the communist country takes its most aggressive step yet to limit the box office of American imports. Though it first became clear last month that the state-owned China Film Group intended to open the two superhero films on the same day, Warner Bros. had been lobbying to delay the release of its "Dark Knight Rises" until September. That effort failed, as both movies have now been officially dated for Aug. 27. Adding to the competition for the limited number of screens and moviegoers' attention, China Film has dated the Ridley Scott-directed science-fiction movie "Prometheus" for Sept.
August 2, 2012 |
The release of "The Amazing Spider-Man" overseas in late June and domestically in early July pushed Sony Pictures to an operating loss during the second quarter. Revenue for the Culver City studio increased 6% to $1.9 billion thanks in part to the box office performance of "Men in Black 3," which has grossed $619 million worldwide (although given its hefty budget of nearly $250 million and participants like Will Smith and Steven Spielberg taking a share of revenue, it's not clear how big a profit Sony will make on the picture)
July 19, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before analyzing the Emmy nominations. The Skinny: Once again I've been snubbed by the Emmy Awards. Where's the love? Thursday's headlines include early analysis of the Emmy nominations, China's plan to release "The Dark Knight" and "The Amazing Spider-Man" opposite each other and the latest on the fight between Viacom and Nickelodeon. Daily Dose: The Emmy nominations were announced Thursday morning (see below). Clearly the most awkward Emmy nomination has to be best actress for Kathy Bates of "Harry's Law. " NBC, of course, canceled "Harry's Law" despite it being one of the network's most popular dramas.
July 16, 2012 |
20th Century Fox can chill out now, as the fourth installment of the studio's animated "Ice Age" franchise easily debuted in the No. 1 spot at the box office this weekend. "Ice Age: Continental Drift," the only new movie to hit theaters nationwide this weekend, opened with a solid domestic sum of $46 million, according to an estimate from Fox. The 3-D picture reunites the series' beloved band of prehistoric mammals and features a number of celebrities in its voice cast, including Queen Latifah, Nicki Minaj and Ray Romano.
July 12, 2012 |
"Ice Age: Continental Drift" will float to the top of the box office chart this weekend, as the animated 3-D sequel is expected to freeze out all of the competition. The fourth installment in the popular series featuring a group of prehistoric mammals will probably debut with a solid sum of between $50 million and $55 million, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. Twentieth Century Fox is predicting a softer domestic opening of $35 million to $40 million.
July 9, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before getting my All-Star team bonus. The Skinny: The baseball season is already half over? How'd that happen? Monday's headlines include the box office recap, a look at one company's plan to make going to the movies a more intense experience, curtain raisers for the Allen & Co. conference and a look at the life of Ernest Borgnine. Daily Dose: Satellite broadcaster Dish Network has apparently found a solution for customers peeved at its no longer carrying AMC weeks before the premiere of “Breaking Bad”: bribe them.
July 9, 2012 |
Remember when Ashton Kutcher fell square on his brown face a while back, trying to be funny through the use of South Asian stereotypes? (Yeah, we tried to block it out too. As did PopChips . Alas, it was to no avail.) So as a city, even a nation, screamed out for a cleansing of its mental palate - and with "The Amazing Spider-Man" premiering last week - the one hero who might save us all from bad ethnic humor was revealed: He is, of course, "Indian Spider-Man.