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Roku Now Tracks When Price Of Streaming A Movie Goes Down

Roku Now Tracks When Price Of Streaming A Movie Goes Down

April 7, 2015


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By Paresh Dave Los Angeles Times (TNS) Roku media players will now alert users when the price of a movie they’re interested in watching goes down. It’s one of several features announced Monday aimed at helping Roku keep pace with and distinguish itself from competitors such as Google Chromeca...

‘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...

‘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...

Josh Gad and Kevin Hart team up for ‘The Wedding Ringer’

Josh Gad and Kevin Hart team up for ‘The Wedding Ringer’

January 15, 2015


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By Madeleine Marr Miami Herald (TNS) MIAMI — Interesting factoid: The guy who voiced Olaf, the snowman who pines for summer in “Frozen,” grew up in the Sunshine State. Josh Gad was born and raised in Hollywood, Fla., and wouldn’t mind a few shout-outs when he’s in town. The 33-year-old acto...

‘Fifty Shades’ Director Sam Taylor-Johnson Finds R-rated Sweet Spot

‘Fifty Shades’ Director Sam Taylor-Johnson Finds R-rated Sweet Spot

January 12, 2015


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By Rebecca Keegan Los Angeles Times (TNS) Sam Taylor-Johnson had been working in secrecy for months when she finally got an opportunity to play footage of her new film for a fresh-eyed viewer — Beyonce. The London-born director is making one of the most anticipated movies of 2015, an adaptation o...

‘Penguins of Madagascar’ Creates Fun For The Entire Family

‘Penguins of Madagascar’ Creates Fun For The Entire Family

December 2, 2014


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By Rick Bentley The Fresno Bee (TNS) From their first appearance in “Madagascar,” Skipper, Kowalski, Private and Rico have been committing grand theft scene stealing. The four lovable, military-minded penguins became an instant fan favorite with their can-do attitudes. Finally, the Penguins ...

Hollywood Film Awards And Dubious History Land In Prime Time

Hollywood Film Awards And Dubious History Land In Prime Time

November 14, 2014


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By Glenn Whipp Los Angeles Times (MCT) Two years ago, Quentin Tarantino sheepishly walked onto the stage of the Beverly Hilton Hotel’s ballroom to collect a Hollywood Film Awards screenplay prize for his gonzo western “Django Unchained.” The movie wouldn’t arrive in theaters for nine more we...

‘Hobbit: The Battle Of the Five Armies’ More Of A Head Trip Than A War

‘Hobbit: The Battle Of the Five Armies’ More Of A Head Trip Than A War

November 5, 2014


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By Gina Mcintyre Los Angeles Times (MCT) Judging strictly from the title, it might seem safe to assume that “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” the concluding installment in Peter Jackson’s latest trilogy of films based on the writing of J.R.R. Tolkien, would arrive as something of...

The Real Faces Of War: ‘Warsaw Uprising’ Is Culled From War Footage

The Real Faces Of War: ‘Warsaw Uprising’ Is Culled From War Footage

October 30, 2014


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By Susan King Los Angeles Times (MCT) Filmmaker Jan Komasa described the Warsaw Uprising — the ill-fated 63-day struggle led by the Polish resistance Home Army to liberate the city from Nazi occupation — as “a massacre.” “Everybody thought it would only take three days to beat the Germ...

‘The Equalizer’ Takes Out Rivals At Box Office

‘The Equalizer’ Takes Out Rivals At Box Office

October 1, 2014


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By Saba Hamedy Los Angeles Times (MCT) LOS ANGELES — Denzel Washington brought his might to the box office yet again with his latest action film, “The Equalizer.” The R-rated movie, based on the gritty 1985-89 CBS series starring Edward Woodward, topped all other films with an estimated wee...

Whimsical ‘Boxtrolls’ Is Full Of Fun

Whimsical ‘Boxtrolls’ Is Full Of Fun

September 30, 2014


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By Rick Bentley The Fresno Bee (MCT) “The Boxtrolls” is an outlandishly funny tale brought to life through beautiful stop-animation photography. The film combines Monty Python-style humor with the sense and sensibilities of Oliver Twist and is presented in a wonderfully creepy animated style...

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