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June 23, 1998 | RICHARD NATALE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Last summer, "Speed 2: Cruise Control" debuted at the top of the weekend box-office charts. To the casual observer, the sequel's $16.2-million opening weekend made it seem like a sure winner, topping the opening of the huge moneymaker "Speed."
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Susan King
Director Roger Michell and writer Hanif Kureishi were on a worldwide promotional tour for "Venus," the 2006 film that earned Peter O'Toole his last Oscar nomination, when the two collaborators' seemingly nonstop travel schedule hatched the concept for a new film. "We had lots of airplane flights and came up with this idea of a couple going to Paris for 48 hours as a very easy and beautiful structure," Michell said. He and Kureishi decided to take their own 48-hour trip to Paris to outline the characters and the plot.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2012 | By Ben Fritz and Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
Often film sequels are slam dunks at the box office, a seamless continuation from where a previous hit left off. But as the new installment of the 15-year-old franchise "Men in Black" proves, getting to the big screen isn't always a cakewalk. One of the most troubled productions in recent Hollywood memory, Sony Pictures' latest movie in the Will Smith-Tommy Lee Jones sci-fi-comedy franchise encountered multiple script rewrites, a discontented star and a three-month production shutdown as writers and studio executives scrambled to fix a project that nearly fell apart . By the time it was over, the studio had run up a tab of nearly $250 million - making "Men in Black 3" one of the most expensive releases of the summer.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 2012
"The Avengers" is set to dominate the domestic box office next weekend with a massive opening of more than $150 million, but overseas the film's ticket sales are already soaring. The superhero action flick debuted in 39 foreign countries last week and has since raked in a phenomenal $178.4 million, according to an estimate from distributor Walt Disney Studios. By comparison, Universal Pictures' "Battleship" passed $170 million overseas this weekend after three weeks in international release.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 6, 1996
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art will host a monthlong weekend film series featuring Beat writer William S. Burroughs that starts tonight at 7:30 with a screening of Conrad Rooks' 1966 film "Chappaqua," as well as a selection of short films. The museum's Bing Theater is located at 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Tickets are $4 for museum members and $6 for all others. To order tickets, call (213) 857-6010.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 14, 1993 | DAVID J. FOX
Top Openings on Holiday Weekends Four-day holiday weekend: "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" $42.2 million May 23, 1984. (During the Friday-Sunday of the long weekend, the film grossed $33.9 million) Five-day holiday weekend: "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" $52.3 million July 3, 1991 (During the Friday-Sunday of the long weekend, the film grossed $31.7 million) Movie Total (millions) Release Date 1. "Batman Returns" $47.7 June 19, 1992 2. "Batman" $42.7 June 23, 1989 3. "Lethal Weapon 3" $33.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 9, 2012
Whether you're in love or not, you're sure to cry your heart out at the American Cinematheque's Valentine's Day weekend romantic film bonanza, featuring such classics as "City Lights," "His Girl Friday," "Gone With the Wind" and "Breakfast at Tiffany's. " Egyptian and Aero Theaters, Hollywood and Santa Monica. Fri. to Tue. Schedule varies. $11. http://www.americancinemathequecalendar.com
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