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‘Insurgent’ Kicks Off With $54 Million

‘Insurgent’ Kicks Off With $54 Million

March 24, 2015


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By Saba Hamedy Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — Young adults again proved their box office might this weekend as “The Divergent Series: Insurgent” launched to a studio-estimated $54 million in the U.S. and Canada. Although the film from Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment topped the weeke...

‘Cinderella’ Enchants Moviegoers

‘Cinderella’ Enchants Moviegoers

March 17, 2015


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By Saba Hamedy Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — “Cinderella” brought her magic to the box office this weekend, debuting with a studio-estimated $70.1 million in the U.S. and Canada. The Disney film edged ahead of the May 2014 release of “Maleficent,” the spinoff of “Sleeping Beauty” t...

Is Will Smith Still The Same Megastar He Once Was? In Today’s Hollywood, Is Anyone?

Is Will Smith Still The Same Megastar He Once Was? In Today’s Hollywood, Is Anyone?

March 10, 2015


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By Josh Rottenberg Los Angeles Times (TNS) Will Smith is clearly not someone who is accustomed to failure. He had a hit hip-hop song on the radio when he was still in high school and has been wildly successful ever since. From the outset of his career, Smith’s trademark as a star has been his ...

‘Focus’ Is Expected To Top ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ ‘Lazarus Effect’

‘Focus’ Is Expected To Top ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ ‘Lazarus Effect’

March 3, 2015


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By Saba Hamedy Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — Christian Grey has some competition at the domestic box office this weekend. Warner Bros.’ “Focus,” starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie, is expected to push Universal Pictures’ “Fifty Shades of Grey” out of the top spot. The R-rat...

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Sinks 73 Percent In 2nd Weekend, Still Tops Box Office

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Sinks 73 Percent In 2nd Weekend, Still Tops Box Office

February 26, 2015


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By Saba Hamedy Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — “Fifty Shades of Grey” saw ticket sales drop 73 percent from its opening, but an estimated $23.2 million second-weekend gross was good enough to win the box office race and push the movie’s domestic haul so far to $130.1 million. Though...

Actor Rob Corddry Is Soaking Up The Attention After Jumping Back Into ‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2′

Actor Rob Corddry Is Soaking Up The Attention After Jumping Back Into ‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2′

February 24, 2015


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By Josh Rottenberg Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES – On an unseasonably warm February afternoon, Rob Corddry sat in the back of a town car wending its way through the streets of Los Angeles. The actor, making the promotional rounds for his new comedy “Hot Tub Time Machine 2,” was heading...

Wes Anderson Braces For Oscar’s Appraisal Of ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’

Wes Anderson Braces For Oscar’s Appraisal Of ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’

February 19, 2015


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By Glenn Whipp Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — If you watched the Golden Globes last month, you might remember co-host Amy Poehler joking that Wes Anderson, a filmmaker known for his meticulous, fanciful style, had arrived at the ceremony on “a bike made of antique tuba parts.” The camera ...

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Tops Four-Day Weekend With $94.4 Million

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Tops Four-Day Weekend With $94.4 Million

February 17, 2015


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By Saba Hamedy Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — “Fifty Shades of Grey,” released by Universal over the weekend, pulled in an estimated $94.4 million through the Monday holiday. With a three-day haul of $85 million, the film became the biggest domestic February debut ever, outpacing th...

Spider-Man heads to Marvel Cinematic Universe before next solo film

Spider-Man heads to Marvel Cinematic Universe before next solo film

February 12, 2015


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By Gina McIntyre Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — Spider-Man is coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Under a deal between Sony and Marvel Studios, the iconic character will appear in an unspecified Marvel film before headlining a new installment in his own franchise for Sony, which will arr...

Time Traveler Weston Is Relieved The Time Is Finally Right For ‘Project Almanac’ To Come Out

Time Traveler Weston Is Relieved The Time Is Finally Right For ‘Project Almanac’ To Come Out

February 3, 2015


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By Roger Moore Tribune News Service (TNS) MIAMI BEACH — Ask actor Jonny Weston what he’s been up to while he’s been waiting for what could be his “big break” to  hit theaters. Go ahead. “Twiddling my thumbs,” he says, laughing. “I’ve been waiting what, a year and a half for (...

‘American Sniper’ Again Dominates Box Office; ‘Mortdecai’ Flops

‘American Sniper’ Again Dominates Box Office; ‘Mortdecai’ Flops

January 27, 2015


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By Saba Hamedy Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — “American Sniper” held down its No. 1 spot and crossed the $200 million mark at the domestic box office this weekend, surpassing three new releases including the Johnny Depp film “Mortdecai,” which proved to be a dud. Propelled by a ...

Scottish Director Dives Deep Into Genre For His Latest Film, ‘Black Sea’

Scottish Director Dives Deep Into Genre For His Latest Film, ‘Black Sea’

January 20, 2015


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By Roger Moore Tribune News Service (TNS) Kevin Macdonald has done his Roman Legion thriller (“The Eagle”), his sci-fi apocalypse (“How I Live Now”) and his political journalism thriller (“State of Play”). But what the Oscar-winning documentarian (“One Day in September”) really had a h...

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