May 30, 2006 |
"X-Men: The Last Stand" marked the spot in Hollywood's record books Monday, grossing $120.1 million over four days in the U.S. and Canada to shatter Memorial Day marks and bolster the industry's box-office rebound. The 20th Century Fox comic-based adventure about misunderstood mutant heroes staged one of the biggest premieres ever, trouncing previous films opening over the weekend that traditionally signals the start of the summer movie season.
May 26, 2006 |
"The Da Vinci Code" is not just a mega-selling book, not just a crowd-drawing movie, it's also, at $21.95, an "illustrated screenplay" replete with storyboards, stills from the movie, musings by author Dan Brown and the movie's principals and boxes of production trivia (such as " 'The Da Vinci Code' had 25 revisions over six months" and "Twenty-four rue Haxo doesn't actually exist in Paris.") At the heart of the "official making-of-the-movie book," though, is Akiva Goldsman's script.
May 26, 2006 |
Part of the charm -- some would say bane -- of the Cannes Film Festival is the crass promotion, from the gaudy billboards to the shapely Hawaiian Tropic models who strut their stuff along the Croisette. But one of the more unusual promotions here is for a pen. Yes, that's right. A pen. Dante Del Vecchio, president and founder of Visconti, the Italian maker of luxury writing instruments, has been making the festival rounds this week handing out his $1,618 pens to celebrities.
May 24, 2006 |
"The Da Vinci Code" film was "much ado about nothing" and the fuss surrounding it was no more than a clever marketing strategy to increase sales at the box office, the Vatican newspaper wrote in a review published Tuesday. In fact, after a catchy beginning, the film version of Dan Brown's novel is dull to watch and has little to recommend it, L'Osservatore Romano said.
May 23, 2006 |
Bootleg DVDs of "The Da Vinci Code" were on sale all over Shanghai on Monday, days after its premiere in China and elsewhere. Pirated DVD versions were selling for 60 cents each, but the workmanship was poor, as is usually the case for early pirated copies, often made with hand-held camcorders in the theater. One customer said he could see people walking in front of the screen. "I could even hear someone drinking Coke or something," he said.
May 22, 2006 |
Moviegoers shunned harsh reviews and spent $77 million on "The Da Vinci Code" this weekend, giving Sony Pictures' theological thriller the best opening this year at U.S. and Canadian theaters. The film's worldwide box-office gross was even more staggering: At $224 million, it ranked second in history to last year's "Star Wars: Episode III," which hauled in $253 million. The mystery behind the much-hyped screen version of Dan Brown's controversial bestseller now becomes: How big a hit will it be?