An all-star cast tries to recommend an under-the-radar film
Is the box office winner worth the hype?
Early reports have “The Change-Up” suffering at the hands of marauding chimps
Hollywood is one crazy place. In the old days, films were given time to develop an audience and for word-of-mouth to increase interest. Now a film’s “success” or “failure” is determined within a few hours of its release. Deadline reports that “The Rise of the Planet of the Apes” is exceeding expectations with a very healthy $19.7M box office take on Friday. The Twentieth Century Fox film is now being projected to take in at least $50M this weekend, way higher than last week’s much-anticipated “Cowboys & Aliens.” By contrast, yesterday's other big studio release, Universal’s “The Change-Up,” only took in $4.7M on Friday and weekend projections have been drastically lowered to $13.4M. Universal executives are wringing their hands. “It’s disappointing,” one exec told Deadline this morning. “We’re kind of confounded by it. The movie tested unbelievably well and played like the best R-rated comedies we have.”
Though eclipsed by her phenomenal success on television, Lucy's film roles are worth a look
Everyone loves Lucy, the legendary redhead who would have turned 100 years old today. Lucille Ball is best known as the woman who’s had the biggest impact on the television industry, both because of her success as a sitcom star as well as her ground-breaking role as the first female head of a studio. In addition to her own wildly popular “I Love Lucy,” Ball was responsible for green-lighting shows such as “Star Trek,” “The Untouchables,” and “Mission: Impossible.”
Fewer people are aware of Lucille Ball’s movie career. Beginning as a Goldwyn Girl in the early 30s, Lucy became known as the Queen of the B’s at RKO. But she also made some excellent films that withstand the test of time, and it’s fascinating to see her exquisite comedy chops in their early stages.
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A love triangle between a man, a woman and a black hole -- no, a literal black hole, not like 'Twilight'
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Whether a prequel or a reboot, the film revives a franchise that had been left for dead
Two weeks ago today I headed to the Cinerama Dome, one of the greatest movie theaters in Hollywood (or anywhere else) for the opening day screening of “Captain America.” After liveblogging my experience, I got called a douchebag and a racist by some readers for pointing out a few things I found iffy about the film (which I actually liked). Never one to leave well enough alone, I headed back to the gargantuan Dome today for the opening of “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” sitting in my same front-row seat.
After reading MSN critic Glenn Kenny’s enthusiastic review as well as James Rocchi’s five reasons to give the film a shot, I just couldn’t resist. While a fan of the first film in the original series (I attended that opening day as well but I was only eight years old!), I was bitterly disappointed in Tim Burton’s 2001 remake starring Mark Wahlberg and thought that this series would never again rear its Simian head. But this film effectively erases any memory of that misguided venture. (As much as I love Helena Bonham Carter, her chimpanzee character was no Kim Hunter.)