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How a movie’s food makes it to the screen

How a movie’s food makes it to the screen

November 17, 2015


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By Daniel Neman St. Louis Post-Dispatch (TNS) In some movies — a lot of movies, actually — if you see a character eating ice cream, the actor is really licking mashed potatoes. And that great-looking cake? It may be frosting spread over Styrofoam. But in “Love the Coopers,” which opens this w...

‘Peanuts’ movie creators were dedicated to staying loyal to comic strip

‘Peanuts’ movie creators were dedicated to staying loyal to comic strip

November 4, 2015


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By Colin Covert Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS) Sixty-five years ago, a newcomer to newspaper comic pages asked for some advice from a neighbor. “I have deep feelings of depression,” a round-faced kid named Charlie Brown told a smart-aleck girl named Lucy in an early strip. “What can I do ab...

Halloween was no treat for movie box office

Halloween was no treat for movie box office

November 4, 2015


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By Tre'vell Anderson Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES _ Potential moviegoers found their treats largely outside of theaters this weekend as new releases "Burnt" with Bradley Cooper, "Our Brand Is Crisis" with Sandra Bullock and "Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse" all suffered poor ticket sale...

‘Goosebumps’ a different experience for Jack Black

‘Goosebumps’ a different experience for Jack Black

October 20, 2015


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By Rick Bentley The Fresno Bee (TNS) LOS ANGELES — Jack Black is seated next to a real dummy. That’s not an insult to one of his co-stars from the new “Goosebumps” movie. The actor is in the chair next to Slappy, the ventriloquist dummy who comes to life in the film. Lots of creatures com...

‘Martian’ holds onto its space at the top of box office

October 12, 2015


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By Libby Hill Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — “The Martian” topped the box office for the second straight weekend as Matt Damon and science kept audiences entertained to the tune of an estimated $37 million in the U.S. and Canada, a drop of only 32 percent from the film’s opening. Dire...

‘The Martian’ leads box office with $55 million

October 6, 2015


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By Saba Hamedy Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — “The Martian” launched with an estimated $55 million weekend at the domestic box office, nearly matching the October record held by the 2013 stranded-in-space film “Gravity.” “The Martian,” which cost $108 million to make, met the...

‘Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials’ wins box office, ‘Black Mass’ and ‘Everest’ open strong

‘Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials’ wins box office, ‘Black Mass’ and ‘Everest’ open strong

September 23, 2015


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By Saba Hamedy Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” ignited the weekend box office with an estimated $30.3 million domestic debut, while the Johnny Depp gangster film “Black Mass” opened with some heat of its own. Going into the weekend, tracking estimates...

Films jockeying for standout position

Films jockeying for standout position

September 17, 2015


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By Steven Zeitchik Los Angeles Times (TNS) The Toronto International Film Festival kicks off Thursday night with a highly anticipated movie — “Demolition,” the new drama from “Dallas Buyers Club” director Jean-Marc Vallee starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a semi-unhinged Wall Street trader. I...

Film is not dead. Not according to Quentin Tarantino. And not according to the Northwest Chicago Film Society

Film is not dead. Not according to Quentin Tarantino. And not according to the Northwest Chicago Film Society

September 17, 2015


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By Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (TNS) Avery: “I don’t like digital.” Sam: “It’s where film is going.” Avery: “Well then it won’t be film anymore.” — From “The Flick,” by Annie Baker ——— Is it really over? We’ve heard so many stories. They tell of the dying...

Hollywood posts second-strongest summer ever at domestic box office

Hollywood posts second-strongest summer ever at domestic box office

September 9, 2015


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By Saba Hamedy Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — It’s official: 2015 is now the second-strongest summer ever at the domestic box office. Summer movies, which kicked off May 1 and wrapped up on Labor Day, ended up grossing $4.48 billion in the United States and Canada this year. That haul is...

Pixar Artist Sanjay Patel Gets Personal With ‘Sanjay’s Super Team’

Pixar Artist Sanjay Patel Gets Personal With ‘Sanjay’s Super Team’

August 12, 2015


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By Rebecca Keegan Los Angeles Times (TNS) EMERYVILLE, Calif. — Growing up in San Bernardino, Calif., in the 1980s a child of immigrants from Gujarat, India, Pixar Animation Studios artist Sanjay Patel straddled two worlds. Like many American kids of the era, he played with Transformers, watched L...

Jack Black Juggles His Golden Nuggets Of Comedy

Jack Black Juggles His Golden Nuggets Of Comedy

July 29, 2015


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By Josh Rottenberg Los Angeles Times (TNS) Jack Black gets some of his best ideas in the middle of the night. In his younger days, he would often stay up until dawn, playing Scrabble over the Internet and letting his mind roam to strange places. Now that he’s got kids — sons ages 6 and 8 — he...

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