June 8, 2009
RT on DVD: Gran Torino, Crossing Over, Nobel Son Exclusive Look
This week on DVD, celebrate the big screen heroics of two former movie heroes (Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino, Harrison Ford in Crossing Over) or watch Clive Owen and Naomi Watts do battle with an evil bank (Tom Tykwer's The International). If comedy is more your style, you can go low-brow (the cheerleading comedy Fired Up!) or worse: direct to DVD (the bowling comedy Strike! starring Tara Reid). Take a gamble on a twisty, stylized thriller about kidnapping and dysfunctional families (Nobel Son, starring Eliza Dushku and Alan Rickman) or take your chances with a critically panned race drama (Spinning into Butter, starring Sarah Jessica Parker). What'll it be?
January 19, 2009
Box Office Guru Wrapup: Paul Blart Segways Ahead of the Competition
This weekend the North American box office was on fire once again as four new releases all scored muscular debuts helping to drive the marketplace to the biggest January weekend in history as ticket buyers flooded the multiplexes over a record-shattering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday frame. The Kevin James comedy Paul Blart: Mall Cop surged ahead of expectations to easily win the session while the R-rated films My Bloody Valentine 3D and Notorious also generated stellar numbers. Kidpic Hotel for Dogs debuted to some nice figures as well joining its fellow newcomers in the top five. All four new films opened to more than $20M each over the extended four-day Friday-to-Monday period.
January 11, 2009
Box Office Wrapup: Clint Races to #1 with Gran Torino
Clint Eastwood scored the biggest wide opening of his career with his latest effort Gran Torino which raced past the competition in its first weekend of national play to swipe the number one spot. However, the frame's other new films all performed well too as the North American box office remained red hot. The wedding comedy Bride Wars debuted impressively in the bridesmaid slot while the horror flick The Unborn was close behind with a third place bow. Even the more narrow opening of the marital drama Not Easily Broken generated a sensational average. Studios released their first batch of new films since Christmas Day and audiences responded by filling up multiplexes powering the Top 20 films 15% ahead of last year.to $143M.
January 8, 2009
Critics Consensus: Say "I Don't" To Bride Wars
This week at the movies, we've got a bridal battle (Bride Wars, starring Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson); a cranky car enthusiast (Gran Torino, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood); mystic monsters (The Unborn, starring Odette Yustman and Gary Oldman); and marital mishaps (Not Easily Broken, starring Taraji P. Henson and Morris Chestnut). What do the critics have to say?
January 8, 2009
Box Office Guru Preview: Brides and Clint Go To War
Fathers and daughters will duke it out at the box office as two films appealing to opposite demographics open wide on Friday gunning for the number one spot. Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway could have the edge with their new comedy Bride Wars which will skew towards young females while Clint Eastwood's latest effort Gran Torino will target older men as it jumps from a hugely successful limited run into a nationwide opening.
January 7, 2009
Total Recall: Get Off My Lawn!
Clint Eastwood's latest, Gran Torino, goes into wide release this week, telling the story of a reactionary vet who forms an unlikely bond with a neighborhood kid. Thus, we at Rotten Tomatoes thought it would be a perfect time to compile a list of some of the stodgiest, crabbiest, most curmudgeonly old codgers ever to grace the silver screen. Plus, reading this list means you might learn to stay off some crusty old guy's lawn -- making the neighborhood a happier place for all.
December 28, 2008
Box Office Guru Wrapup: Marley Takes #1, The Spirit Tanks
This weekend people were in the mood for movies over Christmas weekend as multiplexes were jam-packed with customers that powered four different new releases to more than $30M in ticket sales each over the long Thursday-to-Sunday holiday session. The Owen Wilson-Jennifer Aniston
dog drama Marley & Me led the way with a huge debut that exceeded expectations.
December 15, 2008
AFI Names 2008's Finest Films
The results are in, and the AFI has spoken: "The Dark Knight," "Iron Man," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Frost/Nixon," "Frozen River," "Gran Torino," "Milk," "WALL-E," "Wendy and Lucy" and "The Wrestler" are 2008's best movies.
December 11, 2008
Box Office Guru Preview: Keanu Invasion Begins at Box Office
Keanu Reeves invades multiplexes across North America with his new sci-fi actioner The Day the Earth Stood Still which opens five years to the day after the actor's last stint in the number one spot. Also debuting are the family drama Nothing Like the Holidays and the animated adventure Delgo.
October 27, 2008
Trailer Bulletin: Gran Torino
The first trailer for Clint Eastwood's "Gran Torino" has made its debut, and in case you were wondering, Mr. Eastwood most certainly can still kick some bad-guy tush.
October 23, 2008
Clint Eastwood Talks Gran Torino
He's got his latest directorial effort, "Changeling," coming out in a matter of weeks, but Clint Eastwood is already looking ahead to his next starring vehicle, "Gran Torino" -- and USA Today gives you your first look behind the scenes.