IRON MAN 3 Ends Chinese Drought for Hollywood
Ben Kayser, Associate Editor, and Tom Snyder, Editor
IRON MAN 3 apparently has ended a brief drought in box office sales for Hollywood in China.
High budgeted Hollywood blockbusters rely heavily on box office sales in overseas countries like China. In 2012, THE AVENGERS and MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL alone brought in nearly $200 million and they held the box office lead for 23 weeks straight.
This year, however, Chinese box office sales for American movies have fallen 62 percent, while domestic movies made in China have increased 128 percent. Movies like OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, THE HOBBIT, and JACK THE GIANT SLAYER have been slaughtered by low budget local Chinese movi...
Stanley Kubrick, Movieguide® and the Advance of Motion Picture Tracking
By David Outten
These days the top movies of the past weekend make news on television, radio, in print, and on the Internet. You can almost track movies like stocks. Several websites give daily box office results. This was not always the case. Look for box office results going back in history, and the numbers are very sporadic. Variety magazine has long provided results from theaters in major cities, but national accounting used to be hard to obtain.
Enter Stanley Kubrick, the director of DR. STRANGELOVE, PATHS OF GLORY, 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, and BARRY LYNDON. Unlike most directors, Kubrick wanted to play a part in picking the best the...
Ghosts of Christmas Past:
Behind the Scenes of IRON MAN 3
By Carl Kozlowski, Contributing Writer, with Tom Snyder, Editor
Perhaps no other movie sparked the radical reinvention of superhero flicks into movies that were both entertaining and substantive than 2008’s IRON MAN. Better yet, the story of a billionaire industrialist named Tony Stark who rose to the challenge of creating much-needed advanced weaponry for the US military was expertly played by outspoken Hollywood conservative Robert Downey, Jr. It also was rousingly patriotic and packed with heroic, redemptive messages of good over evil and sacrifice, while also taking surprising satirical potshots at the Left.
While IRON MAN 2 wasn’t quite as entertaining all th...
Peggy Isn’t Gone for Good!
Captain America’s First Love Will Be in THE WINTER SOLDIER
By Natalie Fertig
When we last saw Peggy Carter, she was tearfully having her final conversation with Steve Rogers - aka Captain America - as his plane went down somewhere over the Atlantic. As this was way back in the 1940s, we all quickly assumed we would not be seeing the feisty British agent in the next film.
But Hayley Atwell, who played the beloved character in that first "Captain America" film, has recently suggested that Peggy may yet be seen in the upcoming sequel CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER.
In a new interview with 'The Age', British actress Hayley Atwell explains where we might see her again.
“They're so tight, th...
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NY Festival Turns Away Farmers, Prompting Questions About Documentary’s Agenda
by Natalie Fertig
Hollywood, CA - Is the Tribeca Film Festival shutting out viewers who don’t agree with the messages of its documentaries?
Phelim McAleer, a journalist at the premiere of GASLAND II, a documentary critical of the fracking process of extracting natural gas, says he was turned away at the door Sunday afternoon after asking some hard-hitting questions on the red carpet, The New York Times reported.
In a video featured on Fox News, McAleer states he asked some “pointed” questions on the red carpet, which prompted nearby farm...
Talking Classic Movies and the Golden Age of Hollywood:
Behind the Scenes of Turner Classic Movies’ Film Fest with Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz
By Tom Snyder, Editor
What you see is what you get.
That’s the vibe that Robert Osborne, the longtime erudite, amiable host of the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Channel on Cable TV, sends when meeting him in person.
Movieguide® got a chance to interview Osborne and the other main host of TCM, Ben Mankiewicz, at the beginning of their Fourth Annual TCM Film Festival, which opens today (Thursday, April 25) in Hollywood.
TCM has amassed a huge popular following throughout America, and now the world, because of their policy of showing classic movies from the Golden Age of H...
Morgan Freeman and Olga Kurylenko Discuss OBLIVION and Tom Cruise
By Evy Baehr, Associate Editor
OBLIVION stars Tom Cruise as Jack Harper, who works as a technician to protect humankind from aliens. OBLIVION is a Tom Cruise movie with a lot of action but will also get viewers thinking. Movieguide® had the opportunity to hear from Morgan Freeman and Olga Kurylenko on their roles in OBLIVION.
On Working with Tom Cruise
Question: Do you two work similarly or differently?
Morgan: No, no, no. Everybody works the same. As you mentioned, preparation very often can be different, but you cannot work differently. You have to say the words that are written on the page. You have to make your mark. That’s the work.
Olga: Tom is ...
Bringing Science Fiction Back into the Daylight:
Behind the Scenes of OBLIVION with the Director
By Evy Baehr, Associate Editor
OBLIVION is an interesting science fiction film that even director Joseph Kosinski admits shows a story of redemption. Movieguide® had the opportunity to get some insights from Kosinski on just what type of movie he wanted to make.
“I wasn’t interested in making a hyper violent film,” Kosinski said. “This film at its core is a very hopeful film, and one that I wanted people who even normally wouldn’t go to sci fi adventure films. I wanted it to have a heart and a core to it or a message that would appeal to them as well. In the end, I got to make exactly the type of movie I wanted to make.”
Disney’s New Princess Doesn’t Need a Prince?
By David Outten, Production Editor
SOFIA THE FIRST, Disney’s new pre-school princess on home video, doesn’t need a prince. She’s the daughter of a poor single mother who marries King Roland. This daughter of a shoe cobbler must learn what it is to be a princess. She’s aided by visits from famous Disney movie princesses.
In the Wall Street Journal, Nancy Kanter, senior vice president of original programming and general manager of Disney Junior Worldwide, says, “We knew we didn’t want it to be a young woman looking for a man. . . . We’re undoing all that damage.”
In her blog reported on by Huffpost Culture, she said, “Kids learn from everything around them: p...
By David Outten, Production Editor
A tiny TV antenna with special HD capability is scaring the broadcast television networks. So much so that President Chase Carey of Fox TV’s News Corp. warned that his network may have to turn from being a broadcast service to being a subscription service.
On April 1, a federal appeals court in New York ruled in favor of the Aereo company and against CBS, Comcast/NBC, News Corp./Fox, and Disney/ABC.
For 80 bucks a year, Aereo will lease consumers a tiny personal antenna in their facilities. Consumers can then get live broadcast television shows through the Internet on their televisions, computers, iPads, and smartphones without paying for cable. In addition, the service comes with cloud st...