Movies

Released on Feb. 8, the Universal film became the country’s fourth highest-grossing movie of the year to date after its first weekend. Russia’s culture minister Vladimir Medinsky singled out Universal’s Fifty Shades Freed for “crashing” the homegrown movies that were in theaters when the Hollywood studio movie was released in the country on Feb. 8. “I don’t…
February 15, 2018
Studio blockbusters including ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ ‘Despicable Me 3’ and ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ helped drive record box-office results in the U.K. and strong performances in France and Russia. Cinema admissions ticked up slightly in Europe last year, according to official figures released Wednesday by the International Union of Cinemas (UNIC), the body…
February 14, 2018
The wizardly Joe Letteri, busy with all those ‘Avatar’ sequels, will be honored with the Visual Effects Society’s George Melies Award on Tuesday. King Kong. The Lord of the Rings‘ Gollum. Avatar‘s Neytiri. The Planet of the Apes‘ Caesar. These are just some of the iconic digitally created characters that have been brought to the…
February 13, 2018
‘The Grandmaster,’ Wong’s most recent release, won the festival’s top prize in 2014. Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar Wai will head the competition jury of the 8th Beijing International Film Festival, set to run April 15-22 in the Chinese capital. The government-backed event revealed the appointment Monday, promising to announce additional jury members and the…
February 13, 2018
Projections for the superhero film keep being revised upward by major tracking services. The forecast keeps getting better and better for Disney and Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, which opens in North America on Friday. Hollywood’s leading tracking service, NRG, on Monday revised its opening weekend estimate to $165 million or more for the four-day Presidents…
February 12, 2018
‘Peter Rabbit’ opens to $25 million in the U.S., while Clint Eastwood’s ‘The 15:17 to Paris’ debuts to $12.6 million after getting derailed by many critics. Universal’s Fifty Shades Freed seduced audiences in its worldwide debut, grossing $136.9 million and propelling the female-fueled, Valentine’s Day franchise past the $1 billion mark in global box-office ticket…
February 11, 2018
The threequel is the final title in the femme-fueled film franchise; Sony’s ‘Peter Rabbit’ heads for $20 million-plus, followed by Clint Eastwood’s ‘The 15:17 to Paris’ with $10 million or more. Universal’s Fifty Shades Freed is dominating at the box office, where it’s on course to earn $17.5 million Friday from 3,768 theaters for a…
February 09, 2018
Under pressure for their survival, the specialty-film labels need every bit of help they can get, and so do their art house rivals. The Oscars won’t just determine the future of individual winners and losers this year. They could also have a real impact on the future of specialty-film distributors. After stealing the luster from…
February 09, 2018
The awards were handed out Saturday night in Los Angeles. The USC Libraries Scripter Awards, which recognize adapted screenplays and their source material, were handed out Saturday night, with Call Me by Your Name and The Handmaid’s Tale taking top honors in film and television, respectively. James Ivory’s Call Me by Your Name beat out Scott Neustadter…
February 09, 2018
The ‘Fifty Shades’ threequel closes out Universal’s profitable BDSM-laced film trilogy. Universal’s Fifty Shades Freed is set to seduce the competition at the pre-Valentine’s box office with a debut of $30 million or more. The threequel closes out the female-fueled film franchise based on the BDSM-laced novels by EL James. Dakota Johnson once again stars…
February 08, 2018
From ladybugs to the Johnson administration to a creepy Mother Goose rhyme. Saoirse Ronan’s character never explains why she begins calling herself “Lady Bird” in the Oscar-nominated film of the same name. Born Christine McPherson, Lady Bird decides to embrace the new moniker to the chagrin of her mother and community. In the beginning, when…
February 07, 2018
The Marvel and Disney superhero movie lands in North American theaters Feb. 16. Filmmaker Ryan Coogler’s critically acclaimed Black Panther continues its historic run-up into theaters, outpacing all previous movies released in the first quarter in terms of advance ticket sales on market leader Fandango. The tentpole, from Disney and Marvel studios, is beating out…
February 07, 2018
The Marvel and Disney superhero pic opens Feb. 16. Critics so far are purring loudly over Black Panther, which boasted an early Rotten Tomatoes score of 100 percent after the first 55 reviews posted on Tuesday. The score could easily change, considering the Disney and Marvel Studios superhero pic doesn’t debut in North American theaters…
February 06, 2018