July 13th, 2011
02:47 PM ET
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” has already earned $25 million domestically - and the film hasn't even opened yet.
At the rate it’s going, the final installment of the franchise could break records.
According to Warner Bros., the majority of pre-ordered tickets are for midnight screenings, which means the film could take the title of most successful midnight opening away from “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.”
June 30th, 2011
04:12 PM ET
Last Saturday, June 25 was Global Smurfs Day. On what also would have been the 83rd birthday of Belgian artist Peyo - creator of the Smurfs - Sony arranged the event as promotion for Sony Pictures' upcoming film, "The Smurfs."
The goal for Global Smurfs Day was to set a Guinness record in the category of "Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Smurfs within a 24-hour period in Multiple Venues."
Hang on, I have to attend a "Largest Gathering of CNN Employees Carrying Longchamp Tote Bags While Standing in the Same Cubicle" event...
May 27th, 2011
01:47 PM ET
The holiday weekend is off to a good start for “The Hangover Part II" crew – the movie collected $31.7 million at the domestic box office on Thursday, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
That total gives “Part II” the third best Thursday opening total of all time, THR reports, a title that comes on the heels of the movie having the highest midnight screening open for an R-rated film. "Hangover Part II's" midnight shows on May 26 brought in $10.4 million.
It’s not jaw-dropping in comparison to movies like “Twilight Saga: Eclipse” which, as the Los Angeles Times points out, pulled in more than $30 million from post-midnight showings, but it is strong for an R-rated movie. For example, the R-rated sequel “Sex and the City 2” earned only $3 million from midnight openings around this time last year.
October 19th, 2010
04:40 PM ET
Steel yourselves, "Iron Man" fans – the third installment of the hit movie starring the metallic Marvel character has an official release date. According to SlashFilm.com, "Iron Man 3" – which hasn't yet started filming – will arrive in theaters on May 3, 2013.
Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow are expected to reprise their roles as billionaire Tony Stark and his love interest/former assistant Pepper Potts for the third go-round. Meanwhile, director Jon Favreau has told MTV he'd like to see Iron Man doing battle with his archnemesis The Mandarin, a martial artist who wears 10 magical rings that produce everything from fire to ice to disintegration beams.
Before Downey suits up for that film, however, he'll be playing Iron Man in the superhero ensemble "The Avengers." Set to star Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America and "Iron Man 2" star Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, the film is set to land on the big screen May 4, 2012.
July 30th, 2010
01:19 PM ET
The premise behind Paramount's "Dinner for Schmucks," which involves a businessman bringing a socially inept companion to a company dinner in hopes of winning the “I brought the biggest loser" contest, sounds like it rides the line between clever and tasteless.
Yet plot worries aside, “Dinner” also has Paul Rudd and Steve Carell, who tend to be worth the gamble, and according to one reviewer they may be the movie’s saving grace.
The Washington Post assures moviegoers that, despite the offensive Yiddish word in the film’s title, “this comedy of humiliation…isn’t nearly as off-putting as it might have been,” with “Rudd and Carell bringing out its most toothsome delights.”
July 23rd, 2010
11:26 AM ET
“Salt” is probably one of the most anticipated films of the summer. Not only have the trailers promised a solid, engaging action drama, but it also heralds the return of Angelina Jolie as a badass who takes no prisoners.
Critics are offering plenty of prior warning about the inconceivability of the plot, but some were able to look past any plot problems and enjoy the ride.
As The Hollywood Reporter puts it, “While preposterous at every turn, ‘Salt’ is a better Bond movie than most recent Bond movies, as its makers keep the stunts real and severely limit CGI gimmickry. This is a slick, light summer entertainment that should throw considerable coin into Sony's coffers while re-establishing (if it needs re-establishing) Jolie's bona fides as an action star.”
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