July 6, 2006
John Goodman to Play Santa Claus ... Again
Remember that cute old piece of seasonal animation called "The Year Without a Santa Claus"? It was an hour-long stop-motion animation special from those Rankin-Bass guys that has since gone on to be kind of a cult item for people of my generation. You remember it? Good. They're making a 2-hour, live-action TV movie out of it.
December 1, 2005
Critical Consensus: "Aeon Flux" Not Screened. Draw Your Own Conclusions
A cast that includes two Oscar winners (Charlize Theron and Frances McDormand) and some top-flight supporting players (Pete Postlethwaite and Jonny Lee Miller). A big-budget remake of a visionary, unique MTV cartoon. The sophomore film by a director (Karyn Kusama) whose debut ("Girlfight") won high praise (it's at 89 percent on the Tomatometer). So why wasn't "Aeon Flux," this week's only wide release, screened for critics? Uh, no points for guessing.
November 28, 2005
WB Gives Thanks for Potter's Magical Holiday Weekend
Proving that not even a big handful of new releases can not keep a good wizard down, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" continued its impressive box office ways, handily dominating the holiday box office and remaining #1 for a second consecutive weekend.
November 22, 2005
Critical Consensus: Studios Serve Up a Few Turkeys
What's Thanksgiving without stuffing yourself silly? The studios haven't disappointed us in that regard, as they pack the theaters this holiday weekend with offerings ranging from a movie adaptation of the Broadway musical "Rent" to the latest black comedy featuring Billy Bob Thornton. And yes, there are a couple of turkeys in the mix.
November 21, 2005
Harry Potter and the Box Office of Plenty
It's no big shock that the fourth entry in the "Harry Potter" series was, far and away, the number one draw at the weekend box office. But the flick turned out to have the fourth biggest box office weekend in the history of moviedom: Harry snagged over $101 million from nearly 3,900 North American screens ... in only three days!