November 18, 2011 |
It breaks my heart to tell you that "Breaking Dawn" is broken. The movie that's carved out of the first half of the last book of Stephenie Meyer's vampires-in-love series, starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, is weighted down by more than its title, to say nothing of the expectations. For the record, it's called "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1," as if 5 billion insanely attentive Twihards wouldn't be able to find it. Maybe the studio suits have begun to believe the franchise, like the classy Cullen clan, is immortal, that almost nothing can kill it. They'd better hope that last bit is true, because "Breaking Dawn" kinda sucks, in the metaphoric rather than the vampiric sense.
November 20, 2012 |
Turner Classic Movies is adding some classic Johnny Carson to its lineup. The cable network has struck a deal for dozens of vintage Carson interviews with movie and TV stars including Jimmy Stewart, Gregory Peck, Drew Barrymore, Steve Martin and Elizabeth Taylor. Many of the interviews haven't been seen on TV since they originally aired on NBC. Turner Classic Movies will use the footage to create 10 one-hour specials called "Carson on TCM" that it will start telecasting in the summer of 2013.
May 31, 2013 |
Young adult movies are the ticket for Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., maker of the “Twilight” and “Hunger Games” sagas. Movies based on teen-oriented books helped the company swing to profit in its fiscal fourth quarter and it's looking ahead to similar offerings that will debut this year and next. “We're obviously not the only ones mining the young adult space, but owning the top young adult franchises, 'Hunger Games' and 'Twilight,' gives us enormous catalyst,” said Jon Feltheimer, Lions Gate's chief executive officer, in a conference call with analysts Friday.
November 18, 2010 |
Teen retailer Hot Topic Inc., struggling with weak sales and earnings, is cutting staff and closing 40 to 50 stores by early next year. The City of Industry chain, which operates 680 Hot Topic stores and 155 Torrid stores for plus-sized teen girls, said it would cut about 14% of management positions as part of "a cost reduction plan to meet the challenges of the current environment. " The company plans to shutter 15 Hot Topic locations and two Torrid stores in next two months, with the rest to follow next year, Chief Financial Officer Jim McGinty said in a conference call.
November 29, 2011 |
Lions Gate Entertainment and Summit Entertainment are back in merger talks that would combine two of Hollywood's largest independent studios, according to people with knowledge of the negotiations who are not authorized to speak publicly. Should a deal be consummated, it would bring together one of the movie industry's most successful young adult franchises, Summit's "Twilight," with one of the most highly anticipated new series, "The Hunger Games," from Lions Gate. The two companies, headquartered around the block from each other in Santa Monica, have held on-and-off merger talks since late 2008 but were unable to resolve key issues of price and management control.
June 21, 2011 |
Premier Fiesta Mexicana is the kind of working-class bar that most Southern Californians drive past without even seeing. The Bell Gardens restaurant and nightclub offers a dinner show with mariachi music and is packed most weekends, but on a summer night nearly a year ago, Carlos Galindo wasn't there looking for a good time. He was looking for a truck — and a way out of a desperate situation. Carlos, the lead character in director Chris Weitz's "A Better Life" — a new movie about the personal struggles of a Mexican gardener in the United States illegally — had scraped together every last dollar to buy a used pickup.
July 26, 2012 |
EXCLUSIVE: When "The Hunger Games"hit big in the spring, many blogs were quick to point out the movie's similarities to "Battle Royale," a 2000 Japanese hit about teenagers in a totalitarian state fighting for survival in a government-imposed competition. Now a long-stalled U.S. remake of "Battle Royale" could be restarted -- as a TV series. In the last few weeks, the CW has had talks with the project's Hollywood representatives about the possibility of turning the property into an English-language show, said a person with knowledge of the situation who was not authorized to speak about it publicly.
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September 29, 1988
A former Los Angeles County deputy district attorney, who was fired last year after allegedly having sex with a prostitute in a parked car, failed to appear at his Civil Service hearing. Gary Kesselman, the original prosecutor in the "Twilight Zone" manslaughter case, was fired last November after being arrested on a charge of lewd conduct. But he had appealed his dismissal to the Civil Service Commission, claiming that there was insufficient evidence to dismiss him.
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May 17, 1986 |
A judge refused Friday to dismiss two counts of involuntary manslaughter against film director John Landis and two associates in the 1982 "Twilight Zone" movie set helicopter crash that killed actor Vic Morrow and two children. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Roger Boren turned down the defense request in a brief written opinion.