June 23, 1998 |
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."
March 13, 2014 |
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.
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 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 14, 2007 |
The film has an Oscar-winning writer-director and three Oscar-winning stars, but when it came to authenticity on the set of "In the Valley of Elah," Paul Haggis turned to a real Iraq war veteran who'd never acted a day in his life. Twenty-four-year-old Jake McLaughlin was a U.S. Army infantryman whose battalion was the first on the ground for the invasion of Baghdad. His real dream was to be an actor, but without a nest egg and with a wife and two kids to support in Chico, Calif.
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.
May 26, 2007 |
"Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" earned a record $17 million in ticket sales Thursday night, largely in preview screenings. According to box-office tracking firm Media By Numbers, $3 million of the amount was for midnight showings. The Walt Disney Co. film, the third in the "Pirates" franchise, is expected to challenge box-office records this weekend. The film is opening in the U.S. and Canada in a record 4,362 theaters.