November 2, 1995 |
When the film "Thousand Pieces of Gold" was released in 1991, critics went wild. Writing for the Los Angeles Times, Michael Wilmington compared it to "Dances with Wolves" and raved: "Independent in the best sense of the word, 'Thousand Pieces of Gold' . . . gives us the Old West through a piece of candle-lit silk, hardship diffused through tears and smoke. ... The movie is a small but genuine triumph. Shot for less than $2 million, it's a superb Western."
September 5, 2013 |
"You don't want to wake up, do you?" That's what you hear Scarlett Johansson whisper at the start of a new trailer for "Under the Skin," the provocative alien-on-Earth drama from director Jonathan Glazer ("Birth," "Sexy Beast") that premiered at last weekend's Telluride Film Festival before heading to the Venice Film Festival. As the preview makes clear, "Under the Skin" is a visually arresting movie filled with stunning images, including Johansson wearing very few clothes.
October 27, 2013 |
This post has been updated. See below for details. Despite a running time of three hours and a NC-17 rating, the controversial French film "Blue Is the Warmest Color" got off to a solid start at the box office this weekend. Playing in limited release, the movie about a lesbian romance grossed $101,116, according to an estimate from distributor Sundance Selects. The movie was playing in two theaters in New York and two others in Los Angeles, meaning it averaged $25,279 per location.
May 14, 2012 |
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.
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.
May 25, 2012 |
The meteoric performance of"The Avengers"has been the buzz of Hollywood in recent weeks, with the superhero film zooming to more than $1 billion in worldwide receipts in just 19 days. But the real box-office shocker of the season features no comic book crusaders, aliens or computerized special effects. In fact, it isn't even in English. "The Intouchables,"a French comedy about a quadriplegic, white Parisian millionaire who hires a black Senegalese troublemaker as his attendant, has taken in $339 million outside the United States since its release six months ago, according to Rentrak, an entertainment data service.
February 27, 2009 |
This week I was asked to speak at an evening program at a local temple on the ever-popular topic of "Jews in Hollywood." I brought along a true Hollywood Jew, Sony Pictures' Amy Pascal, who spoke quite eloquently and insightfully about her faith and how it's sometimes tested by her job.
June 14, 1993 |
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.