The cops’ bullish bravado, multiple narrators, incessant reversals of fortune, and endless flashbacks within flashbacks create a sense of overload that’s meant to be giddily outré, but grows empty and fatiguing instead.
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Chinese property and entertainment giant lays down $1 billion challenge to Disney, DreamWorks as it unveils ‘Twin Treasures’ theme park and Han Show.
Does digital data offer indicators that can be used to monitor marketing effectiveness and predict box office success even before awareness turns into intent? Moviepilot – which studies social data and box office trends – analyzes this weekend’s new movies across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google (the methodology behind the numbers is laid out in… Read more »
In a note before the holiday break, Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton thanked studio employees for their work in the wake of the massive cyber-attack that forced the cancellation of “The Interview” release. “I am enormously grateful for all of the hard work you’ve done these last few weeks and know that it has… Read more »
As threats of violence imperiled the Christmas debut of “The Interview,” Canadian exhibitor Cineplex and other U.S. chains urged Sony Pictures earlier this week to consider opening the comedy in roughly 20 theaters before releasing it more broadly. They believed the limited-release strategy could have helped the studio and theater owners assess if the hackers… Read more »
Last year’s much-talked-about disqualification of a song nominee prompted rule changes for the 2014 Oscars, but they remain controversial for some of the Academy’s 240-member music branch. “Alone Yet Not Alone,” from a little-seen, faith-based film, was yanked from the 2013 competition when word leaked that its composer, former branch governor Bruce Broughton, had emailed… Read more »
Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for “Get Hard,” starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart, three months before its March 27 release. Ferrell plays a successful businessman who is sentenced to 10 years in a maximum security prison for fraud, panics and hires the first African-American he meets to teach him how to “get… Read more »
President Obama sat for an interview with CNN on Friday and rebutted any notion that Sony Pictures Entertainment consulted with the White House on pulling “The Interview” from theaters after the news channel aired excerpts of a separate interview in which the studio’s chairman, Michael Lynton, described reaching out to the Obama administration. In addition,… Read more »
Jean-Marc Vallee wanted “Wild” to reflect Cheryl Strayed’s book: not “pretty” but raw and real. “And how were we going to get this film as emotional as the book? I was scared. The book is so beautiful, with too many details for a two-hour film. We needed to have a experience that’s emotional, that’s powerful.”… Read more »
Giving the U.S. box office a badly needed boost, the finale of Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” trilogy is heading toward as much as $80 million in its first five days. Friday estimates showed “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” taking in $14 million to $15 million at 3,875 locations on its third day. That… Read more »