March 11, 2013 |
It's a clash worthy of a pair of almighty witches. The Walt Disney Co. struck it rich this past weekend with its "Wizard of Oz" prequel "Oz the Great and Powerful," selling $80.3 million in tickets domestically, which put it on track to become the most successful movie release of 2013 thus far. But far from capping a three-year, $235-million production effort, the movie is shaping up to be the first shot in a battle between Disney and its...
February 13, 2013 |
Comcast Corp. is buying out General Electric Co.'s stake in entertainment company NBCUniversal for $16.7 billion, and will take full control of a media conglomerate that includes the NBC network, Universal Studios theme parks, Universal Pictures film studio and cable channels USA Network, Bravo and MSNBC. The purchase comes two years after the Philadelphia cable TV operator acquired a 51% interest in the media company, leaving GE with a 49% stake. Comcast had an option to buy more of GE's interest beginning in July 2014.
February 7, 2013 |
The NFL has reinstated former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams after suspending him for his role in the New Orleans' bounty scandal, and the Tennessee Titans have added him to their coaching staff as senior assistant coach. "Commissioner Roger Goodell today notified Gregg Williams and the Tennessee Titans that Williams' contract with the Titans has been approved and that he has been reinstated," the league said in a statement. "The commissioner cited several reasons for the reinstatement, including Williams' forthcoming acknowledgment of and acceptance of responsibility for his role in the bounty program at the Saints, his commitment to never again be involved in a pay-for-performance or bounty system, and his pledge to teach safe play and respect for the rules at all levels of the game.
January 21, 2013 |
Renee's Titan rallied to win the $150,000 Santa Ynez Stakes by three-quarters of a length as a 20-1 longshot on Monday at Santa Anita. Ridden by Tyler Baze, Renee's Titan ran 61/2 furlongs in 1:16.14 and paid $43.80, $7.80 and $4.20 while ending a six-race skid. Beholder, who the Eclipse Award as champion filly last weekend, wound up second in her 3-year-old debut. She returned $2.20 and $2.10, and Dawn's Charm was another nose back in third and paid $3.20 to show. Baze rallied Renee's Titan from six lengths behind at six furlongs despite losing his whip in the upper stretch.
January 17, 2013 |
FILM (winners) Sound Editing - Music In A Feature Film "Life of Pi" Music Editor: Erich Stratmann Additional Music Editor: Mitch Bederman Sound Editing - Music In A Musical Feature Film "Les Misérables" Supervising Music Editor: Gerard Mccann Co-Supervising/Vocals Editor: John Warhurst Music Editors: Rob Houston, James Bellamy, Rael Jones Vocals Editors: Tim Hands, Alastair Sirkett Sound Editing - Dialogue...
January 2, 2013 |
The 3-D re-release of James Cameron's "Titanic" in early 2012 was a worldwide box-office success (though nowhere near the scale of the original 1997 movie's theatrical run), and it performed best in China. The re-release grossed over $100 million, outperforming even the original's take in that country. However, that record has been trumped by an unlikely local movie. "Lost in Thailand," a low-budget comedy about two businessmen searching Thailand for their boss, has grossed $160 million since its mid-December debut.
December 17, 2012 |
Story line: New York hopes to carry its slim playoff hopes through Monday, continuing a soft close to the season that has included victories over Arizona and Jacksonville, with San Diego and Buffalo after this. Titans receiver Kenny Britt caught eight passes for 143 yards last week. Jets said: "I'm not going to guarantee a playoff spot. I think part of that is, look, the fact that we're one game under .500, I think you're probably not in the playoff conversation. " - Rex Ryan, coach Titans said: "It's real special to be amongst some elite company.
December 11, 2012 |
The long-running fight between CBS and outdoor billboard company Titan for the right to sell advertising on Los Angeles County buses and trains should finally be decided this week. On Thursday, the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Agency's board of directors scheduled a vote to decide between the two companies for a new five-year contract starting in 2013. CBS has bid $110 million for the contract while Titan offered $117 million. Although Titan's bid is higher, the staff of the Los Angeles MTA has twice backed CBS, which has held the contract for more than 30 years.
December 3, 2012 |
Matt Schaub owes a debt of gratitude to the New England Patriots. OK, maybe that's taking it a bit far, but the Houston Texans quarterback did launch his career against the Patriots back in 2005 when he was playing for Atlanta. Michael Vick was recovering from a strained knee at the time, so the Falcons started Schaub for the Week 5 game in Atlanta. The Patriots won, 31-28, but Schaub shined in his debut, throwing for 298 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. The following off-season, the Falcons traded Schaub to Houston for a couple of second-round picks, and a big-time career was born.
November 4, 2012 |
As in most countries, James Cameron's last two films "Avatar" and "Titanic" top the box-office list of all-time highest grossers in Spain. But that could change if native son Juan Antonio Bayona and his latest film about a family caught in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami "The Impossible" continues its unlikely drive in the European country. Since its Oct. 11 opening, the film has grossed 29 million euros, over $37 million, in only four weeks of release. "Titanic" grossed 41 million euros in the country when it opened some 15 years ago, and only 2009's "Avatar" has beaten it. Currently the film is the highest-grossing film of the year in the country and the highest-grossing Spanish film of all time.