March 23, 2012 |
Even as domestic ticket sales stalled last year, the international movie business climbed to new heights. A report released Thursday by the Motion Picture Assn. of America states that global box-office receipts for all films released around the world in 2011 reached $32.6 billion, up 3% over 2010 and 35% higher than five years ago. The rise in global ticket sales reflects the rapid growth in overseas markets, particularly in China, where the box office grew by a whopping 35% to $2 billion in 2011 alone, according to the MPAA.
June 2, 1998 |
The San Diego World Film Festival opens today with David Mackay's thriller "A Lesser Evil," starring Tony Goldwyn and David Paymer, and closes June 11 with Des McAnuff's film-directing debut, "Cousin Bette," a comedy starring Jessica Lange and Elisabeth Shue. The international movie festival will present some 80 domestic and foreign films over the course of 300 screenings, festival artistic director and co-organizer Herbert Margolis said Monday.
July 30, 1999 |
"There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it," Alfred Hitchcock once said of the essence of suspense. A master nerve-jangler, he considered "Psycho" to be "a big comedy." And while Fellini called "The Birds" "a filmic poem," most everyone agrees that Hitchcock (who celebrates--from beyond the grave--his 100th birthday Aug. 13) is a name synonymous with stylish suspense.
July 7, 1985 |
At a chic restaurant in this lovely and very wealthy suburb of Tunis, two international bankers lunched quietly. There was Frans Afman, the affable Dutchman who is senior vice president of Credit Lyonnais, consistently ranked as one of the world's 10 largest banks in terms of assets by Fortune magazine, and Moncef Chiekh Rouhou, a young Tunisian economist, trained at Berkeley and pegged as a future government minister. Chiekh Rouhou is vice president and general manager of the Saudi-owned B.E.S.
November 1, 1998 |
Despite its provocative title, "Movies and Money" is not the delicious tell-all about David Puttnam's 15-month reign as chairman of Columbia Pictures in the late 1980s. Rather than offering salacious details about that turbulent time, Putnam instead has assumed the weighty mantle of historian.
March 30, 1992 |
Oliver Stone's "JFK" explores one of the defining events in American history, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. But as it heads into the best picture race at tonight's Academy Awards, the controversial film is drawing its biggest crowds outside the United States. Its success--"JFK" has raked in more than half of its $150 million in ticket sales overseas--has something to do with affection for Kennedy abroad.