August 13, 1987 |
The fall movie calendar is glutted with pictures--promising a feast for viewers and fierce competition among film distributors. Exhibitor Relations, a Los Angeles consulting firm, counts 34 movies set for September, compared with 20 a year ago. The October count is 49 vs. 24, and November looks like 21 vs. 20. But the numbers could change as companies try to squeeze in dozens of movies that don't yet have firm release dates.
July 7, 2007
HOW ironic that "The Fall," a movie described as "a dazzling visual fantasy" ("A 'Fall' No One Wants to Take," by Patrick Goldstein, June 26), filmed in beautiful locations in 24 countries, is not being shown in theaters because distributors can't visualize an audience market segment who would pay to see it. Ironic because this decision is made by people who continually distribute such movie dreck that theaters are empty much of the time and the film industry is wailing about its lost profits.
September 6, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before deciding whether its time I learned to change my own oil. The Skinny: Well, my bet that the Giants would go undefeated was a bust. Thursday's headlines include a debate about whether tax credits for Hollywood productions are really beneficial to the economy, more hype for Katie Couric and a look at the fall movie season. Daily Dose: Time Warner is becoming a refuge for former News Corp. public relations executives. Earlier this week, former News Corp.
September 12, 2000 |
The fall movie season got underway with less-than-spectacular results. "The Watcher," starring Keanu Reeves, captured the top spot on the weekend box-office chart, grossing $9.1 million. Coming in second was "Nurse Betty" with $7.1 million. "The Way of the Gun" debuted in ninth place with $2.2 million. Movies in limited release included "Turn It Up," "Backstage" and a reissue of "This Is Spinal Tap."
September 9, 1987 |
Ironies abound in the late-summer box-office wars. Just as Coca-Cola Inc. was announcing it was broadly restructuring its entertainment properties--including Columbia and Tri-Star Pictures--in order to incite more public stock purchases, two of Columbia's pictures, "The Big Easy" and "La Bamba," continued to light up the box office.
August 31, 2008 |
Hang onto the summer by talking about: Brian Wilson's "That Lucky Old Sun." Sounds like the 66-year-old is channeling his early Beach Boys days in this, his latest solo album celebrating all things SoCal. With songs including "Morning Beat" and "Forever She'll Be My Surfer Girl," his timing couldn't be better. (Tuesday) "The Fly the Opera" hits L.A. next month. Get ready by talking about: The original 1986 sci-fi masterpiece. Director David Cronenberg and the opera's composer, Howard Shore, will conduct a Q&A before screening a shiny new print of Cronenberg's cult classic at the ArcLight Hollywood.