Monday, November 30, 2009
*abbreviated because the time was too short.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
You might have noticed a little movie called New Moon. It's a sequel to teen-vampire romance Twilight. In three days it pulled in $142 million dollars. To give you some perspective, hugely expensive sci-fi apocalyptoloosa 2012 (#3) has earned $108 million in 10 days.
The number 2 spot is taken up by Sanda Bullock Oscar-bait The Blind Side, which debuted at $34 mil. This is pretty good, and I suspect it benefitted from being the next choice of people who showed up for showings of New Moon after it sold out.
Other new movie in the top ten, Planet 51, does allright at #4 with $12 million. Meh.
Waaaaay down at the bottom of the list, a drama called The Stoning of Soraya M. It made $93 bucks on one screen. Amusingly, it's from a company called Roadside Attractions. They'd have done better just travelling around, setting up on a roadside, and actually stoning someone. Maybe the cast of the movie! A gig's a gig.
Monday, November 23, 2009
In the U.K. and Ireland, distrib E1 Ent. said the “Twilight” sequel achieved the second highest opening day’s B.O. of all time, only bettered by “Quantum of Solace.”Thank goodness this formula is impossible to copy, because I'd hate to see a bunch of cheap ripoffs coming out in the coming year.
“New Moon,” which is playing on 1,100 screens, went on to suck £11.75 million ($19.5 million) from the market over three days, for a $17,727 screen average.
In Australia, the pic took a record $14.9 million for Hoyts on its opening weekend across 530 screens for a $28,113 average. Previous record holder was “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince” with $13.3 million on 510 screens for a $26,078 average.
In Canada, where the film opened on a record 685 screens, three-day ticket sales were $10.6 million, the second-largest opening weekend ever, E1 Ent. said, for a $15,474 average.
In France, where “New Moon” opened Wednesday, the pic grossed $19.3 million from 755 prints for SND, for a $25,563 average. This was the second highest-grossing first weekend of the year. “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince” has the top slot but it was released on 200 more copies.
In Italy, “New Moon” pulled $14.2 million from 699 screens over its five-day opening, via Eagle Pictures. The boffo outing marked Italy’s second top bow ever for a pic opening on a Wednesday after “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.”
Friday, November 20, 2009
If only (insert hated TV personality here) prayed more!
Jude Law hurls oranges at unwanted audience: report
This is brave reporting... Law could show up at the offices of AFP and hurl oranges at THEM!
Warrant: Drug in Jackson case came from Vegas firm
*SIGH* If only it had stayed in Vegas.
Mussolini's blood and brain up for sale on eBay
You can criticize this auction all you want, but it will run on time.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Let it be said that "2012'' plummets from reasonably distracting spectacleIt kind of reminds me of movies where the plot involves people being lured to their death by ghosts; if there are ghosts and they can push you around, how is dying such a bad thing? It's a self-negating plot.
to sheerest silliness when, in the pointlessly protracted final reels, it tries
to maintain interest in the (confusingly staged) jeopardy of a handful of
characters when much of the world's population has already been wiped out or is
about to be. Never has Rick's observation in "Casablanca'' been more true, that
the problems of a few little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Not that I have anything against Zac Efron or Shia LeBeouf or Beyonce or Rachel McAdams, but come on! Not everyone in the world is hot! The ugly need their stories told as well.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Hef to be stuffed, mounted. Change of pace.
'Office Space' star Ron Livingston weds
Shouldn't he have a more recent reference vehicle by now?
The Who to perform at SuperBowl: report
"I hope I die before I get old..." Ha ha! Just kidding!
ABC shows `Hank' the door; another Grammer loss
Yeah, when will Kelsey Grammer finally make something of himself?
Al Gore's Current TV lays off 80 employees
What's worse, they have to return their webcams.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Several sources say they expect that MGM will essentially be auctioned off within the next few weeks.Uh oh, maybe I spoke too soon! Later, in the same article:
This would mean that a major, such as Time Warner, could buy the MGM-UA library while another entity might acquire the logo, and yet another deal could be made for United Artists. Sources speculated that Kirk Kerkorian, who has already bought and sold MGM twice, might buy the logo once again.
MGM's released only a remake of "Fame" this year. For 2010, it's opening two comedies -- "Hot Tub Time Machine" in March and "The Zookeeper" in October -- and a remake of "Red Dawn" in November.I am so lining up for Hot Tub Time Machine. Or can you "line up" at collegehumor.com?
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Extravagant 3D money vortex Disney's A Christmas Carol pulls in $30 million and comes in at #1. What a novel idea, to make a movie out of this story! One day maybe they'll make another, so we can compare 'em.
Weirdo George Clooney vehicle The Men Who Stare At Goats comes in 3rd at $12 mil. I want to see this. A couple of horror movies, The Fourth Kind and The Box also make the top then, but they won't be there long.
Paranormal Activity finally starts dropping, but it's made almost a hundred million bucks! Not bad for a movie that cost $1.98 to make.
My favorite title for the week, at #12: Precious: Based on the Novel "Push". Why not just call it Push? Clearly, someone in the Lionsgate executive offices has a mighty big ego problem.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Bluebeat's owner, Hank Risan, has claimed he does not need to license the music as the service is selling re-recorded versions of the songs using a technology called "psycho-acoustic simulation".As utterly convincing as this technical argument is, it hasn't been enough to stop the injunction. The Beatles are offline again until November 20th, when lawyers from both sides will attempt to bamboozle a judge into seeing their point of view. Meanwhile, the Fab Four are losing money by not participating in the paid download arena. Not that they (the corporate entity which represents the Beatles, obviously) need the money.
He argues it enables him to sell music that sounds identical to recordings, making it exempt under a section of the Copyright Act which applies to recordings that "imitate or simulate those in the copyrighted sound recording".
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Titled Easy To Assemble, the segments are brief, funny, and stacked up with cameos by the likes of Jeff Goldblum, Kevin Pollock and so on. The series is now in its second season and features Justine Bateman, playing herself, as Douglas's rival for Employee of the Month.
It won't change the world but anything Illeana produces is gold. Check it out!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Halloween fell on Saturday night this year, which studios would consider the kiss of death for the whole weekend normally. Parties are a great alternatitve to moviegoing, right? God knows I was at one. Still, this didn't hurt the opening of ghoulish This Is It, the Michael Jackson concert rehersal movie. #1 at $23 million! If he had lived long enough to do the actual concert... well, who knows. Probably woulda done worse.
I was expecting Paranormal Activity to drop like a zombie with a head wound this weekend, but it's only down 22%.
Other newbie this weekend Boondock Saints II debuts at #14 and therefore does not exist. Just as well; without Willem Dafoe's overacting I'm not sure why you'd bother.
Worst-performing non-documentary Shall We Kiss debuts with $172. Not so bad, according to Rotten Tomatoes, so it must be poor marketing.
Monday, November 2, 2009
They've been decorating for a month.
In the middle of the week, things looked bad when strong Santa Ana
winds knocked over a huge tree in the yard, blocking the road and
crushing the entrance gate (and a neighbor's car) making things very
dicey for the Haunted house people. Next post: how to use a good