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2008-06-27 09:02:45

By Blake Hannon, St. Joseph News-Press, Mo. Jun. 27--As comedian Dane Cook pointed out in his stand-up comedy, "who doesn't love cinematic adventures?" But a lot of the time, the mainstream movies aren't necessarily what I'm looking for. Sometimes, my inner cinemaphile would like to catch a much-buzzed-about indie flick. There also are times when I would like to eat something in a movie theater besides popcorn and drink something a little "heavier" than soft drinks. This has led me to...

2008-06-26 06:02:44

By Story by Maria Puente, USA TODAY L ast year, the crowd-pleaser movies were about pregnant women -- Knocked Up with Katherine Heigl -- and pregnant teens, as in Juno. This year, Hollywood, that town famous for flash marriages and ugly breakups, is throwing rice (and divorce stats) to the winds and serving up a slew of films about weddings. So what's that about? Industry observers say in a summer beset by rising food and gas prices and ongoing wars overseas, Tinseltown is...

2008-06-26 03:02:23

By Andrew Shain, The State, Columbia, S.C. Jun. 26--"Nailed" has finished filming in Columbia for good, but will anyone get to see the Jake Gyllenhaal political satire on the big screen? The two-month shoot never resumed after a weekend walk-off by movie crews who said they were not getting paid. Filming was two days short of completion. It's unclear if producers have the funding to get the independent movie into theaters. Published reports have suggested the film backers, Capitol...

2007-10-12 06:00:11

By Galenson, David W Kotin, Joshua Abstract. Why have some movie directors made important films early in their careers but subsequently failed to match their initial successes, whereas other directors have begun much more modestly but have made great movies late in life? The authors demonstrate that the answer lies in the directors' motivations and in the nature of their films. Conceptual directors, who use their films to express ideas or emotions, mature early; thus, such great conceptual...

2006-09-01 02:50:20

By Kirk Honeycutt LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - News of Glenn Ford's passing Wednesday rekindled my deep regret that the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. never bestowed its Career Achievement Award on the popular star. Nearly every year during the 1980s and into the '90s, the late KPFK-FM critic Dean Cohen and I would make our pitch for Ford. And every year someone else, equally as worthy to be sure, won the prize. I could never put my finger on why. Ford made more than 80 films...

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...