August 30, 2006
"Crank," Wicker Man," "Idiocracy" Won't Be Screened For Critics -- Guess The Tomatometer!
The studios have been hiding movies from those pesky scribes all year long, but this time they've outdone themselves. This week, three movies won't be screened before getting tossed into the theaters: Neil LaBute's remake of "The Wicker Man," starring Nicolas Cage; "Crank," another high-octane actioner starring Jason Statham; and Mike Judge's "Idiocracy," a "Futurama"-esque comedy starring Luke Wilson.
August 9, 2006
Critical Consensus: A Brave New "World," A "Step" Down, And No Screenings for "Pulse" and "Zoom"
This week at the movies, we've got Oliver Stone paying tribute to the heroes of 9/11 ("World Trade Center," starring Nicolas Cage); two youngsters trying to start a dance dance revolution ("Step Up," starring Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum); a school for young superheroes ("Zoom," starring Tim Allen and Courteney Cox); and an evil website ("Pulse," starring Kristen Bell). What do the critics have to say?
August 7, 2006
Trailer Bulletin: The Marine
The second flick to spring from WWE Films (after the woeful "See No Evil") is "The Marine" which stars wrestler John Cena as an unkillable former soldier who must rescue his hot wife from a bunch of scummy criminals.
June 4, 2006
Box Office Wrapup: Women Power "Break-Up" to #1
Nosy moviegoers just couldn't stay away from a high-profile lovers quarrel as the anti-romantic comedy The Break-Up starring Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston surprised the industry this weekend by opening at number one, shoving the comic book juggernaut X-Men: The Last Stand into second place in only its second weekend.
May 18, 2006
Critical Consensus: "The Da Vinci Code" Is Dull
This week, a bunch of furry critters and a mean-looking wrestler playing a homicidal maniac (redundant?) compete with the seemingly unstoppable juggernaut that is "The Da Vinci Code" for your box office dollars. What do the critics have to say about these contenders?
May 18, 2006
Box Office Preview: Will People Show Up for "Da Vinci Code"?
Will North American moviegoers pay heed this weekend to negative reviews coming out of Cannes? That is the question on the minds of Sony brass, and industry watchers in general, on the eve of the much-anticipated global launch of "The Da Vinci Code."
April 21, 2006
Stone Cold Steve Austin, Action Movie Star
A recent press release from the WWE, announcing that they're about to begin production on their third film, doesn't seem all that strange on the surface -- unless you realize that "WWE" stands for World Wrestling Entertainment. (Yep, they make their own movies now.)