‘Dreamgirls’ & Damon/DeNiro Heat Up New Year’s Box Office; Ben #1, Will #2, Beyonce #3 And ‘Good Shepherd’ #4

By | Saturday December 30, 2006 @ 2:41am PST


MONDAY AM: Wishing you a joyous New Year, and better quality movies at the box office. (Oh yeah, as if that’sRead More »

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DHD Update

By | Saturday December 30, 2006 @ 2:27am PST

Sorry that posting has been light this past week due to computer problems. Site will return to normal after January 1st. DHD is closing in on 6 million page views!

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$3.3 Million Worth Of Christmas Shame

By | Tuesday December 26, 2006 @ 12:25pm PST

blackchristmas_poster2big1.jpgOh, by the way, MGM/Dimension’s slasher pic Black Christmas did $3.3 mil in 1,278 theaters. You may remember I was apoplectic when I saw the Christmas Day release date, and the promos … Read More »

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Top 10 Christmas 4-Day Weekend Films

By | Tuesday December 26, 2006 @ 11:57am PST

Here are the 4-day Christmas weekend totals, since you’ve been asking:
#1 Fox’s Night At The Museum $43.4 million)
(12.8 mil Monday)
#2 Sony’s Pursuit Of Happyness $23.1 mil)
($8.1 mil Monday)
#3 MGM’s Rocky Balboa $17.6 mil)
($5.3 mil Monday)
#4 Universal’s The Good Shepherd $14.3 mil)
($4.3 … Read More »

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Dreamgirls Scores $8.7 Million Surprise, 3rd Best Christmas Day Box Office Ever

By | Monday December 25, 2006 @ 1:47pm PST


TUESDAY AM UPDATE: Well, the answer to whether Dreamgirls could do crossover biz has been answered now that it did a whopping $8.7 million from only 852 theaters on Christmas Day. The movie scored 2nd place among the holiday’s top Read More »

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Ben’s ‘Museum’ Holds #1 Holiday Wkd; Will’s ‘Pursuit’ No. 2, Sly’s ‘Rocky’ No. 3

By | Saturday December 23, 2006 @ 8:54am PST

benstillermuseum.JPGTUESDAY AM UPDATE: Dreamgirls Scores $8.7 Million Surprise, 3rd Best Xmas Day Box Office Ever

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FCC vs CBS: No To Janet’s Super Nudity

By | Friday December 22, 2006 @ 7:02pm PST

The FCC late today defended its decision to fine 20 CBS owned and operated television stations $550,000 for airing that Janet Jackson boob shot. According to Reuters, the agency said in a brief filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third … Read More »

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NYT vs LAT Over Geffen’s ‘Dreamgirls’

dreamgirls-2006.jpgSo David Carr, Oscar blogger in The New York Times, today accuses his Left Coast rival, the Los Angeles Times and its awards sycophantic The Envelope, of cozying up to DreamgirlsRead More »

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‘Museum’ Matinees ‘Very Good’ Today; Forecast No. 1 Ben, #2 Will, #3 Sly(?)

By | Friday December 22, 2006 @ 9:53am PST

nightatthemuseumbig2.jpgFRIDAY AM: Fox’s new Night At The Museum starring Ben Stiller is scoring “very good” matinees today playing in 3,685 theaters, I’m told. It’s certain to be the No. 1 movie at the box office … Read More »

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Now MTV Ruins Rolling Stone Mag’s Rep

By | Friday December 22, 2006 @ 9:03am PST

rollingstone.jpgAs if the series starring Seventeen magazine aspirants verbally abusing one another wasn’t embarrassing enough, here’s the video promo for the new MTV reality show that kicks off January 7th and … Read More »

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Vet Lawsuit Against Michael Moore Tossed

By | Thursday December 21, 2006 @ 11:59am PST

onesheet.jpgAccording to Reuters, a U.S. federal judge in Boston has thrown out a lawsuit by an Iraq war veteran who claimed filmmaker Michael Moore used the veteran’s image without permission in Fahrenheit 9/11. … Read More »

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Remember Joe Bob Briggs, B-Movie Fan: Did He Miss The FearNet Boat?

By | Thursday December 21, 2006 @ 10:15am PST

joebobbriggs.JPGI knew him in Texas when he was just plain John Bloom. But there was a time when Bloom, as alter ego Joe Bob Briggs, was the god of B (as in bad, … Read More »

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UPDATE: ‘Rocky’ Opens With Knock-Out; Tracking Giant ‘Museum’, Great ‘D-Girls’

By | Wednesday December 20, 2006 @ 1:07pm PST

UPDATE FRIDAY AM: Rocky Balboa made $3.4 mil for Thursday, a respectable drop of -45% the day after its opening. Cume now is $9.6 mil.

Thursday AM: I’m told MGM’s Rocky Balboa started fast with a $6.2 million mid-week … Read More »

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What Tony Scott’s Stellar NYT Review Really Means For Clint’s ‘Iwo Jima’

By | Tuesday December 19, 2006 @ 6:02pm PST


Everyone’s talking today about A.O. “Tony” Scott’s rave review in The New York Times (published in tomorrow’s edition) of Clint’s Letters From Iwo Jima. “Utterly original… strikingly intimate… close to perfect.” It’s also, in part, a re-review of Flags Of Our Read More »

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Finke/LA Weekly: 2007 Orgy of Sequels

By | Tuesday December 19, 2006 @ 3:05pm PST

My latest lalogo.gif column, Orgy Of Sequels Climaxing In 2007, takes a snarky look at next year’s knock-offs. Will the public get off? Or is it just studio masturbation? (Yes, I saw today’s Los Angeles Times‘ marathon piece about 2006′s … Read More »

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Here’s Hook For Next ‘Survivor’ Season: Life Of Luxury vs Left With Nothing

By | Monday December 18, 2006 @ 12:19am PST

So CBS unveiled details of its 14th season of Survivor (aka “I’ve got two naked guys in the hot tub”) set in Fiji. And the new Mark Burnett-conceived hook (13th season’s was race based, remember?) is once again going to cause controversy, though not necessarily with advertisers but surely with … Read More »

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See Promo For Seinfeld 2007 ‘Bee Movie’

By | Sunday December 17, 2006 @ 1:35pm PST


Jerry Seinfeld is fascinated by animation, and technology in general. His most recent DVD “Season Six” boxed set included animated versions of some of the more memorable episodes of his sitcom SeinfeldRead More »

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Details About Spielberg Reality TV Show

By | Sunday December 17, 2006 @ 12:59pm PST

Here are more details from Steven Spielberg and Mark Burnett talking about their 2007 reality show (see video). (In case you didn’t know it already, Spielberg is a Reality TV mega-fan, especially of Burnett’s Survivor.) … Read More »

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Sony Pics Boasts Record-Breaking 2006

By | Sunday December 17, 2006 @ 10:24am PST

Look, I hate it when a Hollywood studio has a good year. Where’s the snark in that for me? So it greatly pains me to regurgitate the press release that Sony Pictures Entertainment had a humongous … Read More »

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