June 28, 2012 |
This post has been corrected. See below for details. Village Roadshow Entertainment, the production and finance company behind such film franchises as "Sherlock Holmes"and "Happy Feet," has raised $380 million in new capital. The money will allow the production outfit to expand the number of movies it makes with longtime studio partner Warner Bros.as well as grow a new China-based venture. The equity, which comes from investment firm Trinity Opportunities Limited and was arranged with Hong Kong's Shikumen Capital Management, will give Village Roadshow the ability to access more of a $1-billion debt facility that it set up last year.
April 12, 2005
Among films opening in just a few theaters, Stephen Chow's "Kung Fu Hustle" (in Mandarin, with subtitles) posted an impressive per venue average of $38,460 in seven locations in New York and L.A. Sony Pictures Classics will expand the action-packed spoof of martial arts-themed films to more than 2,000 theaters nationwide April 22. Source: Exhibitor Relations Inc. *--* Movie 3-Day Total Venues Avg. Weeks (Studio) Gross (Millions) Per (Millions) Venue 1 Sahara (Paramount) $18.1 $18.
December 4, 2010 |
A master swordsman leaves his homeland of warring clans for the Wild West in the bloody wuxia/shoot-em-up hybrid "The Warrior's Way. " But South Korean filmmaker Sngmoo Lee's debut feature is less a genre-spanning romp than a tiresome lab experiment in computer-generated tropes and green-screen oppressiveness. The human part involves quietly dashing Korean star Jang Dong-Gun as the stoic, blade-wielding nomad Yang, who brings his waylaid enemies' lone survivor, a baby girl he can't bring himself to kill, to an American frontier outpost made up mostly of circus workers led by a welcoming ringmaster named Eightball (the always appealing Tony Cox)
January 16, 2009 |
Everywhere in these tough times, people are trimming the excess from their lives. The Indian martial arts comedy "Chandni Chowk to China," however, which stars Akshay Kumar as a hapless food-stall worker who goes from chopping vegetables to hand-chopping bad guys, approaches entertainment with a more-is-more ethos.
April 25, 2005 |
The absence of any strong new draw for the youth market made plenty of room at the top of the nation's box office for Sydney Pollack's "The Interpreter," and females dominated the audience for the three newest movies, as they have for the past two weekends. The film, which stars Nicole Kidman as an interpreter who overhears a conversation about an assassination plot at the U.N. and Sean Penn as the Secret Service agent assigned to investigate and protect her, took in an estimated $22.
April 18, 2005 |
There appears to be money in ghosts, or at least in movies about ghosts -- even in tales told twice, thrice or more. MGM's "The Amityville Horror" scared up an estimated $23.3 million over the weekend to take the lead in box office receipts, the studio reported Sunday.
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January 3, 2006 |
Carson Hom's family has run a thriving fortune cookie and almond cookie company in Los Angeles County for 35 years. And for much of that time, it was a business that required two languages: Cantonese, to communicate with employees and the Chinese restaurants that bought the cookies, and English, to deal with health inspectors, suppliers and accountants. But when Hom, 30, decided to start his own food import company, he learned that this bilingualism wasn't enough anymore.
January 13, 2011 |
"The Green Hornet" needed a superhero to save it. Sony Pictures has long been counting on the big budget action-comedy to be a new franchise that could stand alongside hit movie series like "Spider-Man. " Coming off a disastrous holiday season, capped by James L. Brooks' flop "How Do You Know," the studio could ill afford to have "The Green Hornet" play to empty theaters after it invested more than $200 million to make and market the film around the world. But last summer, early cuts of "The Green Hornet" and scoffs from fanboys at the Comic-Con comic book convention in San Diego had Sony executives worried that they had a flop on their hands, people close to the picture said.
June 29, 2012 |
Warner Bros. is poised to extend its partnership with one of its two main co-financiers, while the fate of the studio's ongoing relationship with its other key investor remains uncertain. Village Roadshow Entertainment, which put up half the money for such franchises as "Sherlock Holmes," "Happy Feet" and "The Matrix," has raised $380 million in new equity. The funds put the Australian company on stronger financial footing and will allow its Hollywood unit, Village Roadshow Pictures, to begin talks to renew its longtime deal with Warner.