Blogroll

Thompson on Hollywood

'The Lorax' Triumphs at Weekend Box Office with Record Opening, 'The Artist' Falls Out of Top Ten UPDATED

It was a weekend of surprises with expectations surpassed across the board. Both new wide releases did better than anticipated –- especially Universal’s “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” -- and the session overall marked the ninth consecutive up weekend this year.
  • By Brian Fuson
  • |
  • March 4, 2012 1:10 AM
  • |
  • 3 Comments

Composer Alan Menken Over-Achieving in March with Three Broadway Musicals and (Woeful-Looking) 'Mirror Mirror'

Though Relativity Media's "Mirror Mirror" looks like an embarrassing made-for-the-Disney-channel movie from the mid '90s, the film's original score still marks composer Alan Menken's fourth accomplisment in March...
  • By Beth Hanna
  • |
  • March 2, 2012 3:37 PM
  • |
  • 2 Comments

David Ayer Returns to Los Angeles Streets with Handheld 'End of Watch'; In Theaters September 28

Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña's "End of Watch" will land in theaters September 28, through Open Road. Written and directed by David Ayer (writer-director of "Street Kings," "Harsh Times"; writer of "Training Day," "The Fast and the Furious"), the film returns to the gritty streets of Los Angeles.
  • By Sophia Savage
  • |
  • March 2, 2012 3:03 PM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

Weekend Preview: Head Down Under, With Limited Releases 'Boy' and 'The Snowtown Murders'

There's quite a variety of new releases at the box office this weekend, from Robert Pattinson's "Bel Ami" and the animated "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" to "Boy" from New Zealand and "The Snowtown Murders" from Australia...
  • By Sophia Savage
  • |
  • March 2, 2012 2:33 PM
  • |
  • 2 Comments

Immersed in Movies: 'Dr. Seuss' The Lorax' and the Future of Animation

Producer Chris Meledandri knows all too well the meaning of "Rango's" Oscar victory last Sunday: You can't play it safe. And so far he's resisted the temptation with his impressive track record: First launching Blue Sky's blockbuster "Ice Age" franchise when he was president of Fox Animation and then having lightning strike twice with "Despicable Me" two years ago.
  • By Bill Desowitz
  • |
  • March 2, 2012 12:49 PM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

2012 Box Office Swings Up, Boosted by Product Glut

So far this year, the studios have been cheering one up weekend at the box office after another.
  • By Brian Fuson
  • |
  • March 2, 2012 10:40 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

Oscar Weekend Box Office Analysis: Not Much Juice Left

This is the final weekend for most of the Oscar contenders to earn money from moviegoers. Their combined gross will be under $10 million, making it the weakest total for the three days leading up to the Oscars in years (last year was $14 million).
  • By Tom Brueggemann
  • |
  • February 26, 2012 4:06 PM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

'Act of Valor' Takes Weekend Box Office; 'Wanderlust' and 'Gone' Tank

Relativity’s “Act of Valor” took honors in the top spot this weekend. The action thriller, which deployed about a dozen active-duty Navy SEALs in the cast, hit the box office beach with an estimated $24.7 million in tow. Overall, box office continued on the upswing in North America.
  • By Brian Fuson
  • |
  • February 26, 2012 1:06 PM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

'The Hunger Games' Beats 'Twilight' in First-Day Ticket Sales

Now that Lionsgate, which made "The Hunger Games," and Summit, which made the "Twilight" movies, are one and the same company, both camps can root for the success of the next young adult book-to-movie franchise in a position to replace "Twilight," the post-apocalyptic "Hunger Games."
  • By Maggie Lange
  • |
  • February 24, 2012 3:43 PM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

Indies React to Tugg, Which Lets You Choose What Will Play at Your Movie Theater, Adds 'Tree of Life' and 'Bullhead' to Roster

New startup Tugg, launched Wednesday, lets audiences choose what will screen at their local multiplex. We polled several indie exhibitors and distribs for feedback (below).
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
  • |
  • February 23, 2012 2:38 PM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

Email Updates