Colorado Theater Shooting Lawsuits Against Cinemark Should Be Dismissed, Says Judge

By | Friday January 25, 2013 @ 10:18am PST

Cinemark should not be sued in civil court for the shooting rampage and deaths last July in its Aurora, Colorado theater at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises, says a … Read More »

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Cinemark’s Aurora Movie Theater Opens Today With Private Ceremony

By | Thursday January 17, 2013 @ 9:08am PST

The Colorado multiplex where a gunman opened fire in a crowded theater watching a July 20 midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises is reopening today. A private ceremony … Read More »

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Accused Colorado Theater Shooter’s Arraignment Pushed Back To March

By | Friday January 11, 2013 @ 12:07pm PST

The accused gunman in the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting will now not be arraigned until March 12, a judge ruled today. James Holmes was scheduled for arraignment Friday but Judge William Sylvester delayed … Read More »

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PGA Awards Film: Best Picture List Offers No Surprises But Could Have Strong Influence On Oscar

By | Wednesday January 2, 2013 @ 4:12pm PST
Pete Hammond

In an intriguing move, the Producers Guild of America decided suddenly to move its annual PGA Awards nomination announcement up a day and put out the list shortly after 2 PM PT this afternoon — instead of the originally scheduled time tomorrow. Whatever the reason for jumping the gun, it could impact the Oscar race as the Academy extended its own voting period 24 hours to a 5 PM deadline Friday instead of Thursday, as originally planned, and the PGA choices could be influential for last-minute Oscar voters rushing to see everything and get their ballots in. In the new world of online voting for the Academy, this two-day window could be important, and I will bet the PGA was aware of that when they decided to unleash their choices today.

Related: PGA Awards Nominations Announced

If that’s the case, the PGA’s 10 nominations for Best Picture — or as the guild calls it, the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures — provided no real surprises. All 10 picks — Argo, Beasts Of The Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Life Of Pi, Lincoln, Moonrise Kingdom, Silver Linings Playbook, Skyfall and Zero Dark Thirty — are the most likely contenders to score at the Oscars according to most prognosticator predictions. It’s particularly good news for Quentin Tarantino’s bloody and controversial Django Unchained, as the film was one of the last to be screened in 2012 and was the only one that reportedly did not benefit by having a screener sent to the PGA membership, the reason widely blamed for its AWOL status in the SAG Awards nominations announced in mid-December.

One film left off, Sony Pictures Classics’ Amour, is not a shocker since smaller foreign-language entries rarely make the PGA list. It would seem the most likely to replace one of the PGA nominees when the Oscar list is announced January 10. Other films missing from the list like Flight, The Impossible and The Master have seen momentum stalled with poor showings in critics and other precursor awards. The only slight surprise for me was the omission of big moneymaker The Dark Knight Rises since the PGA, being producers after all, do like to reward financial bonanzas and the film was the last of Christopher Nolan’s enormously profitable and critically acclaimed Batman trilogy for Warner Bros. The PGA also had previously nominated 2008′s The Dark Knight for their top honor even when the group had only five nominations; Oscar failed to follow suit and passed it by for a Best Pic nod that year. The move prompted the Academy to move to 10 nominations the next year to (hopefully) include more popular films in their Best Picture lineup. Read More »

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Cinemark Invitation Prompts Anger From Families Of Aurora Shooting Victims

By | Wednesday January 2, 2013 @ 1:47pm PST

Some family members of victims of the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting are outraged over an invitation they received from Cinemark to attend “a special evening of remembrance” and a movie in the theater where their loved ones were killed. The letter, published today in the Denver Post, is signed by eight relatives of victims who say they are particularly upset that the invitation was sent during the holidays. A portion of the letter follows below:

To the Management of Cinemark USA, Inc.:

During the holiday we didn’t think anyone or anything could make our grief worse but you, Cinemark, have managed to do just that by sending us an invitation two days after Christmas inviting us to attend the re-opening of your theater in Aurora where our loved ones were massacred.Thanks for making what is a very difficult holiday season that much more difficult. Timing is everything and yours is awful.

You (Cinemark) has shown, and continues to show, ZERO compassion to the families of the victims whose loved ones were killed in their theater. You, Cinemark, have never once reached out to the families to offer condolences.

This disgusting offer that you’d “like to invite you and a guest to a special evening of remembrance on Thursday, January 17 at 5 PM” followed by the showing of a movie and then telling us to be sure “to reserve our tickets” is wholly offensive to the memory of our loved ones.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Joins ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Race

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: The derby to land the lead role of Starlord Peter Quill in Guardians Of The Galaxy has gotten even more interesting. Marvel Studios has added Joseph Gordon-Levitt to the list of actors they are considering for what is seen as its next major franchise launch.

Deadline reported that Marvel had made test deals with Zero Dark Thirty‘s Joel Edgerton, Boardwalk Empire‘s Jack Huston, Cloud Atlas‘ Jim Sturgess, Lee Pace (who has roles in both Lincoln and The Hobbit), and Eddie Redmayne from Les Miserables. More recently, Zachary Levi was identified as a candidate.

I’m not sure if Gordon-Levitt has been offered the role and nobody would comment, but he’s in the mix. He is just coming out of the superhero movie The Dark Knight Rises, which left him in an intriguing position as Chris Nolan’s film trilogy concluded. Read More »

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Cinemark Says Colorado Shooting Theater Set To Reopen

By | Thursday December 6, 2012 @ 2:02pm PST

The Aurora, Colorado movie theater where a gunman went on a rampage at a July 20th midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises will reopen on January 17, 2013. The news came in a December 5-dated … Read More »

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Colorado Theater Shooting Lawsuits Get May 2014 Trial Date

By | Tuesday November 27, 2012 @ 3:52pm PST

The seven lawsuits filed against Cinemark over the July 20 theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado will go forward as one, and they will go to trial in a year and a half. In a short hearing (read … Read More »

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Time Warner’s Cost Management Helps It To Beat Q3 Earnings Forecasts

By | Wednesday November 7, 2012 @ 4:17am PST

The entertainment giant needed to keep things under control in a quarter when ad sales were just so-so, and it had little to propel the film slate aside from The Dark Knight Rises. Net income for Q3 came in at $838M, +1.9% vs the period last year, on revenues of $6.84B, -3.2%. Revenues were lower than the $6.9B that analysts anticipated. But earnings at 88 cents a share beat forecasts for 82 cents. Time Warner‘s Networks unit, which includes Turner Broadcasting and HBO, pretty much matched the Street’s expectations with $3.3B in revenues (+4%) and operating income of $1.2B (+12.1%). The 7% increase in pay TV affiliate revenues and a pickup in HBO subscribers offset a 1% decline in ad sales. Turner was able to charge higher rates, but the overseas business was hurt by unfavorable currency exchange rates and the closing of entertainment networks Imagine in India and TNT in Turkey. The numbers were light in Film and TV Entertainment, which includes Warner Bros. Revenues fell 12.1% to nearly $2.9B — slightly ahead of forecasts — with operating income of $328 (-37.4%). The company says it couldn’t keep pace with last year, which included Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 and license fees for The Big Bang Theory and Friends. Read More »

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Cinemark Wants Latest Colorado Shooting Lawsuits Dismissed

By | Monday October 22, 2012 @ 1:24pm PDT

Like it did with the first round of lawsuits, the theater chain has quickly responded to the most recent legal actions against it for the July 20 shooting at its Aurora, Colo, cinema. Late last week, Cinemark filed motions (read two of them here and here) to dismiss the October 11 civil complaints from parents of victims of the midnight The Dark Knight Rises screening shooting. The exhibitor seeks to have the claims dismissed because each one “fails to state a claim upon which relief can be granted as a matter of law,” arguing that what happened was not its fault. “It would be patently unfair, and legally unsound, to impose on Cinemark, a private business in the entertainment industry, the duty and burden to have foreseen and prevented the criminal equivalent of a meteor falling from the sky,” said Cinemark’s lawyers in their October 18 motions. The shootings by alleged gunman James Holmes left 12 dead and 58 wounded. Read More »

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Cinemark Faces More Lawsuits Over Colorado Movie Theater Shooting

By | Friday October 12, 2012 @ 5:06pm PDT

Four more lawsuits have been filed against the theater chain by families of those killed in the July 20 shooting in Aurora, Colorado. The deaths occurred during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight RisesLike the Read More »

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Cinemark Seeks Dismissal Of Colorado Theater Shooting Lawsuits

By | Friday September 28, 2012 @ 8:59am PDT

The movie theater chain says it is not responsible for alleged gunman James Holmes’ fatal rampage at the Century 16’s midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises on July 20 in Aurora, CO. “Plaintiff’s claims against Cinemark are grounded in nothing more than allegations that a random unbalanced individual randomly chose this theatre on this random night at this random time to randomly murder and injure other human beings. Random acts, by very definition, are not legally foreseeable,” the company said in a motion to dismiss (read it here) filed yesterday. Last week, audience members Denise Traynom, Brandon Axelrod and Joshua Nowlan sued the chain for failing to provide adequate security at the theater on the night that saw 12 people killed and 58 wounded. Cinemark says besides not being able to foresee Holmes’ actions, the suits should be dismissed because they fail to state a claim on which relief can be granted. The plaintiffs say that in each case damages exceed $75,000, and they are asking for a jury trial.

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Cinemark Sued By Colorado Theater Shooting Victims

By | Friday September 21, 2012 @ 9:53pm PDT

Three of the audience members at a July 20 midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises today sued the theater owner. A pair of lawsuits (read them here) claim that Cinemark failed to provide adequate … Read More »

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‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Becomes Second Film To Pass $100M On IMAX

By | Tuesday September 4, 2012 @ 12:37pm PDT

The global mark for Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures’ The Dark Knight Rises was eclipsed after it played in 557 IMAX theaters worldwide this weekend, its seventh week of release. That’s $65.1M from 332 screens domestically and $37.3M … Read More »

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‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Becomes 11th Film In History To Pass $1 Billion Milestone

By | Monday September 3, 2012 @ 7:12am PDT

UPDATED: The studio is waiting for China’s grosses to announce it officially today. But the Warner Bros’ and Legendary Pictures’ Batman trilogy finale from Christopher Nolan has hit a milestone believed out of reach just a month ago. Despite the tragic start of its run in North American theaters, The Dark Knight Rises has now grossed $431.4 million domestic and $577.7 million international for a total $1.010+ billion through Sunday. That’s ahead of the trilogy’s second installment The Dark Knight, which maxed out at $1.0003 billion worldwide in 2008 (not adjusted for inflation or higher ticket prices). Meanwhile Warner Bros is insisting that TDKR is only the 11th film to reach $1 billion in its original theatrical run – not the 12th as some charts show. Because the studio is refusing to count any asterisk-worthy extra grosses from 2D films released theatrically years later in 3D like Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. (I happen to agree… so that’s why Deadline also is counting this as only the 11th.) In terms of just 2D films, TDKR moves even higher in the rankings to 5th place since all the others benefited from 3D premiums. Read More »

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Man Arrested At Ohio Screening Of ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Faces 21 Weapons Charges

By | Thursday August 9, 2012 @ 8:15pm PDT

A man arrested with weapons over the weekend at an Ohio theater showing The Dark Knight Rises faces 21 charges, CNN reports. Scott A. Smith, 37, was arrested Saturday with a gun, ammunition and knives at the Regal theater in Westlake, Ohio and is due in … Read More »

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Ohio Man Arrested For Carrying Weapons, Ammo Into Showing Of ‘Dark Knight Rises’

By | Tuesday August 7, 2012 @ 10:45am PDT

Police say a theater manager was suspicious of the man who was carrying a satchel when he walked into the 10 PM Saturday showing of TDKR. The manager and an off-duty police officer searched the bag and found … Read More »

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BBC Three Commissions Aurora Tragedy Documentary ‘The Batman Shootings’

By | Tuesday August 7, 2012 @ 9:29am PDT

Wasting no time, BBC Three has commissioned a one-hour documentary on the July 20 Aurora, Colorado shootings that took the lives of 12 people during a Dark Knight Rises screening. British production house Mentorn Media will … Read More »

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‘Dark Knight Rises’ Trounces ‘Total Recall’ $36.4M To $26.0M; Batman #1 For Third Weekend; ‘Diary Of Wimpy Kid 3′ Soft

August 3-5 Weekend Actuals

1. Dark Knight Rises (Legendary/Warner Bros) Week 3 [4,242 Runs] PG13
Friday $10.2M, Saturday $14.3M, Sunday $11.2M, Weekend $35.7M (-43%), Cume $353.9M

2. Total Recall (Sony) NEW [3,601 Runs] PG13
Friday $9.1M, Saturday $9.3M, Sunday $7.1M, Weekend $25.6M

3. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid 3 (Fox) NEW [3,391 Runs] PG
Friday $5.8M, Saturday $5.1M, Sunday $3.7M, Weekend $14.6M

4. Ice Age 4 3D (Fox) Week 4 [3,542 Runs] PG
Friday $2.5M, Saturday $3.4M, Sunday $2.7M, Weekend $8.6M (-36%), Cume $132.1M

5. The Watch (Fox) Week 2 [3,168 Runs] R
Friday $1.9M, Saturday $2.5M, Sunday $2M, Weekend $6.5M (-49%), Cume $25.5M

6. Step Up Revolution 3D (Summit/Lgate) Week 2 [2,606 Runs] PG13
Friday $1.9M, Saturday $2.2M, Sunday $1.8M, Weekend $5.9M (-50%), Cume $23.7M

7. Ted (Universal) Week 6 [2,767 Runs] R
Friday $1.6M, Saturday $2.3M, Sunday $1.7M, Weekend $5.6M (-23%), Cume $203.6M

8. The Amazing Spider-Man 3D (Col/Sony) Week 5 [2,425 Runs] PG13
Friday $1.2M, Saturday $1.7M, Sunday $1.4M, Weekend $4.4M (-34%), Cume $250.7M

9. Brave 3D (Pixar-Disney) Week 7 [2,110 Runs] PG
Friday $806K, Saturday $1.2M, Sunday $996K, Weekend $3M (-31%), Cume $223.4M

10. Magic Mike (Warner Bros) Week 6 [1,202 Runs] R
Friday $474K, Saturday $542K, Sunday $398K, Weekend $1.4M (-46%), Cume $110.9M

SUNDAY AM, 6TH UPDATE: Theatrical grosses are still not returning to normal. Instead of the Aurora shooting tragedy spooking box office, the red-hot London Olympics (“NBC Holds American Viewers Hostage: Day 10″) is distracting filmgoers. Total moviegoing this weekend looks like $120M which is down yet again (-25%) from last year. Sony Pictures’ reboot of 1990′s  Arnold Schwarzenegger actioner Total Recall now starring Colin Farrell couldn’t give Warner Bros’ and Legendary Pictures’ third-weekend-veteran The Dark Knight Rises the tight race Hollywood expected. (Nice to hear from my opinionated gurus again…) Right now it looks like TDKR (4,242 theaters) bounced back for #1 its third straight $36.4M or a domestic total of $354.6M. This weekend IMAX did an estimated $5.7M in North American with a cume now standing at $48M.

Creeping in softly to begin with, Total Recall (3,601 theaters) “performed in line with tracking and expectations,” Sony said of its $26.0M opening. Actually, the studio had expected more: $28M-$30M. Problem is, as rival studios pointed out, this weekend’s take won’t be enough to make up the pic’s $150M cost unless it hits big overseas. There, the film opened #1 in India, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand and took in $6.2M from 12 markets. In North America, the CinemaScore was only a ‘C+’ which doesn’t bode well for word of mouth. Exit polling showed 58% of the opening weekend audience was male and 42% was female; 47% was under age 30 and 53% was 30 and over.

I don’t know why Hollywood keeps thinking Colin Farrell can carry a movie. He’s just not box office, and this pic proves that again. And Total Recall was a completely unnecessary remake that ignored the elements that made the original worth watching. The last version directed by Paul Verhoeven starred Ah-nold at the height of his film career. The marketing even made fun of his iconic status by promo-ing the hell of that scene putting him in a dress as he sneaked into Mars. This new version directed by Len Wiseman is still based on Philip K. Dick’s seminal short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” but without Arnie or Mars or the campiness. There are five credited writers, including the scribes of the original film: screen story by Ronald Shusett & Dan O’Bannon and Jon Povill and Kurt Wimmer, with screenplay credited to Wimmer and Mark Bomback. The producers are Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe. The campaign for Total Recall focused on men and therefore on sports programming, the American Idol finale, the MTV Movie Awards, and other male-centric TV like Anger Management, Louie, Wilfred, and Brand X. Digital centered around the WelcomeToRekall.com interactive website. Sneak peeks and special spots ran in WWE Raw, Breaking Bad, Falling Skies, and a UFC fight on Fox. The cast rolled out the film at Comic-Con, followed by a press day in Miami, an international tour in France and Brazil, and a junket and premiere in Los Angeles, as well as the daytime and late-night talk shows. The talent will continue to promote the film as it rolls out internationally with a tour to Russia, Spain, Germany, the UK, Ireland, and China.

On the other hand, Fox’s PG-rated Diary Of A Wimpy Kid 3 (3,392 theaters) was made on only a $22M negative just like the first two. When Fox 2000 first bought the books, there were 1 million in print; now there are 75 million in print in 40 different languages. Author Jeff Kinney has been involved in all 3 films. Fox 2000′s Elizabeth Gabler, always a huge advocate, worked closely with the production when its longtime executive Carla Hacken left for New Regency. This is the first time any installment of this successful Wimpy Kid franchise isn’t releasing in March. Bad decision. While the original and sequels scored $22.1M and $23.7M respectively, the new one called Dog Days opened for only $14.7M. The CinemaScore of ‘A-’ could mean stronger numbers from the excellent word of mouth. Fox and producers Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson combined Books 3 and 4 but used the title of the 4th book, Dog Days, “because we wanted to make a movie both set and released in the summer,” Jacobson told me. This installment pumps up Steve Zahn’s role, which the producers had been wanting to do. Pic was directed by David Bowers; screenplay credit goes to Maya Forbes & Wallace Wolodarsky.

Here’s the Top Ten based on weekend estimates:

1. Dark Knight Rises (Legendary/Warner Bros) Week 3 [4,242 Runs] PG13
Friday $10.2M, Saturday $14.4M, Weekend $36.4M, Cume $354.6M

2. Total Recall (Sony) NEW [3,601 Runs] PG13
Friday $9.1M, Saturday $9.4M, Weekend $26.0M

3. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid 3 (Fox) NEW [3,391 Runs] PG
Friday $5.8M, Saturday $5.1M, Weekend $14.7M
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