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2006-08-30 07:42:41

By Mike Collett-White VENICE (Reuters) - The Venice Film Festival opens on Wednesday with the world premiere of "The Black Dahlia," a sepia-tinted throwback to 1940s Hollywood based on a grisly real-life murder that remains unsolved to this day. Starring Scarlett Johansson, two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank and Josh Hartnett, Brian de Palma's heavily stylized adaptation of a James Ellroy novel kicks off 11 days of movies, stars and parties along the fashionable Lido beach front....

2006-08-22 00:53:35

By Bonnie J. Gordon BERLIN (Hollywood Reporter) - Germany's FantasyFilmFest started out 20 years ago as a one-off presentation of science fiction and horror films in Hamburg. This year, the FFF toured seven German cities, spending a week in each location, and has become a veritable powerhouse for the release of genre and crossover films. "For the past four or five years, every film in the festival has gone on to be distributed in Germany," organizer Rainer Stefan says. "This is a...

2006-08-20 14:55:21

By Dean Goodman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - So much for the Internet hype. "Snakes on a Plane," a camp thriller that generated an unprecedented tsunami of online hysteria during the past year, crawled into the No. 1 slot at the North American weekend box office with estimated ticket sales of just $15.3 million, its distributor said on Sunday. New Line Cinema had hoped the movie would open in the low-$20 million range, a spokeswoman said. While the Time Warner Inc.-owned studio was...

2006-07-25 16:43:12

By Bob Tourtellotte LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comedy "Little Miss Sunshine," a top movie from January's Sundance Film Festival, debuts in theaters on Wednesday bringing with it the fear that the "Sundance curse" may hurt it with mainstream audiences. Husband-and-wife directors Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton spent five years raising cash to make "Miss Sunshine" with a "whatever-it-takes" zeal typical in indie moviemaking. The pair won a fat $10 million-plus payday, but success...

2006-07-22 09:04:40

LONDON (Reuters) - One in four Britons went to the cinema at least once a week last year, making British film fans amongst the keenest in the world and defying a global decline in ticket sales, the UK Film Council said on Saturday. A raft of successful home-grown films like "Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire," "Wallace And Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit" and "Batman Begins" helped draw in audiences. Admissions around the world fell in 2005, by nine percent in the United...

2006-06-21 01:53:40

By Gregg Goldstein NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - It's an epidemic. In the New York City area, well over 50 film festivals have sprung up over the last few decades, most of those in the last 10 years alone. With more than a film festival a week, and the average fest running about eight days, there's hardly a moment in which New Yorkers can't see the latest works from independent filmmakers showcased onscreen. "Organizers bring festivals here because they know that filmmakers want...

2006-05-23 05:53:49

By Bob Tourtellotte CANNES, France (Reuters) - While stars like Tom Hanks and Penelope Cruz grabbed the limelight on the red carpet at the Cannes film festival this week, deal-making for global movie rights proved fast and furious, industry players said. To the general public, images of the A-listers as they are dazzled by walls of paparazzi and TV crews are what the world's biggest film shindig is best known for. Behind closed doors, or over a bottle of champagne aboard a luxury...

2006-05-22 05:05:32

By Gregg Kilday CANNES (Hollywood Reporter) - Thanks to intense press coverage of film festivals ranging from snowy Sundance to sunny Cannes, a popular myth has developed: Given enough innate talent, all an aspiring filmmaker has to do is bet everything on his first film -- loading up credit cards, mortgaging his parents' home -- because he will then be magically invited into a high-profile festival, where his movie will be enthusiastically embraced by critics while free-spending...

2006-05-14 13:11:25

By Dean Goodman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The $160 million disaster film "Poseidon" capsized on its maiden voyage in North America, allowing Tom Cruise's struggling sequel "Mission: Impossible III" to retain the weekend box office crown. According to studio estimates issued on Sunday, "Poseidon" opened at No. 2 after selling just $20.3 million worth of tickets for the three days beginning May 12. The third installment in Cruise's action franchise earned $24.5 million. The soggy...

2006-05-12 08:37:59

By Bob Tourtellotte LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Last year it was the final installment of "Star Wars." This year it is "The Da Vinci Code." With an eye on the international box office, Hollywood studios are choosing the film festival in Cannes to launch some of their biggest blockbusters, and 2006 is no exception. The studios want in, and, whatever the French may think of U.S. cultural exports, Cannes these days is happy to comply in a bid to get the 'A'-listers on its famed red...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.
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