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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas on TV

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas on TV

November 16, 2017

By Rick Bentley Tribune News Service (TNS) There are numerous big decisions to be made during the holidays, from gift selections to menu creations. You are on your own with those issues, but we can offer some help when it comes to selecting television programming. This year’s lineup of shows incl...

Aiming for a horror boom: The producers of the blockbuster film ‘It’ ponder the genre’s future in Hollywood

Aiming for a horror boom: The producers of the blockbuster film ‘It’ ponder the genre’s future in Hollywood

October 17, 2017

LOS ANGELES — The Beverly Hills offices of KatzSmith Productions are filled with the kind of treasures one would expect from the company that helped create “It,” currently the highest-grossing horror film of all time at the global box office. Haunting the conference room is an immense cineple...

Fashion siblings Kate and Laura Mulleavy’s forested childhood inspires ‘Woodshock’

Fashion siblings Kate and Laura Mulleavy’s forested childhood inspires ‘Woodshock’

September 28, 2017

The Mulleavy sisters grew up on the edge of an old-growth redwood forest, two girls in the shadows of trees larger than the Statue of Liberty. Their grandfather, a retired Army man, would sometimes make them march into the woods because he wanted them to be outside. But then they would roam free, quiet a...

Can MoviePass save theaters? The CEO crunched the numbers and says yes

Can MoviePass save theaters? The CEO crunched the numbers and says yes

September 14, 2017

By Seung Lee The Mercury News (TNS) Vegging out on the couch watching movies streamed from services like Netflix, Amazon or Hulu is today’s great American pastime. But one startup is going against the grain to get people out of their homes and into the theaters. Can MoviePass’ amazing deal save t...

Fall movie preview 2017: Jennifer Lawrence, Denzel Washington, George Clooney, Julia Roberts and ‘Thor’ vs. ‘Justice League’

Fall movie preview 2017: Jennifer Lawrence, Denzel Washington, George Clooney, Julia Roberts and ‘Thor’ vs. ‘Justice League’

September 12, 2017

Hollywood’s calendar-makers meticulously plot the release schedule for maximum profits. They snag key dates — beginning of summer, Thanksgiving week, Christmas Day — often years in advance to stake a claim and avoid obvious conflicts. Which is why it’s beyond bizarre that on Nov. 3 we will be ...

Warner Bros. lassos ‘Wonder Woman’ director Patty Jenkins to helm sequel

Warner Bros. lassos ‘Wonder Woman’ director Patty Jenkins to helm sequel

September 12, 2017

Los Angeles Times (TNS) “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins is springing back into action for a sequel to the summer blockbuster, the Los Angeles Times has confirmed. Jenkins reportedly inked a deal in the $8 million range to write, direct and produce the sequel, making her the highest-paid f...

Scorpions on your leg? ‘Lost City of Z’ director talks about filming in jungle

April 25, 2017

 “The Lost City of Z,” one of the year’s highlights, takes place in the early 20th century and chronicles the adventures of British explorer Percy Fawcett and his search, far from the confines of London’s Royal Geographical Society, for an El Dorado-like civilization hidden away in the Amazon jun...

The cult of Kurt Russell: His director on the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ sequel says he brings cool and cachet to the project

The cult of Kurt Russell: His director on the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ sequel says he brings cool and cachet to the project

April 25, 2017

Kurt Russell can sum up his 55-year acting career in one word: “Brandy.” Not the alcoholic beverage. Russell makes his own wine. He’s not going to betray his beloved Pinot with another drink. No, “Brandy,” the 1972 hit song, the one with the parenthetical (“You’re a Fine Girl”) in the...

‘Smurfs’ and ‘Going in Style’ are no match for ‘Boss Baby’ and ‘Beauty’ at box office

‘Smurfs’ and ‘Going in Style’ are no match for ‘Boss Baby’ and ‘Beauty’ at box office

April 18, 2017

LOS ANGELES — Luckily, the box-office beating “The Boss Baby” and “Beauty and the Beast” put on Sony’s new release “Smurfs: The Lost Village” couldn’t make the animated gnomes any more blue. The Alec Baldwin-voiced baby with a briefcase took the No. 1 spot for the second week in a ...

‘The Fate of the Furious’ races toward big weekend

‘The Fate of the Furious’ races toward big weekend

April 18, 2017

Since 2001, “The Fast and the Furious” has evolved from a B-movie about street racing in Los Angeles into one of Hollywood’s biggest global franchises, complete with parachuting cars and Arctic submarine chases. Now, after seven movies and $3.9 billion in global box office sales, Universal Picture...

Disney movie is a box-office ‘Beast’: Repeat customers are keeping ‘Beauty’ aloft

Disney movie is a box-office ‘Beast’: Repeat customers are keeping ‘Beauty’ aloft

April 18, 2017

When Disney’s new live-action musical fairy tale “Beauty and the Beast” opened on March 17, Shelby Pickel was there with her family at one of the first showings. The 17-year-old high school student from Broken Arrow, Okla., had grown up with the DVD of the original 1991 animated film in heavy r...

‘Smurfs’ and ‘Going in Style’ are no match for ‘Boss Baby’ and ‘Beauty’ at box office

‘Smurfs’ and ‘Going in Style’ are no match for ‘Boss Baby’ and ‘Beauty’ at box office

April 18, 2017

LOS ANGELES — Luckily, the box-office beating “The Boss Baby” and “Beauty and the Beast” put on Sony’s new release “Smurfs: The Lost Village” couldn’t make the animated gnomes any more blue. The Alec Baldwin-voiced baby with a briefcase took the No. 1 spot for the second week in a r...

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