Stiller’s Reinforcements

Add Comment on July 15, 2008 by Phil Contrino

By Chad Greene As surely as the experience of fighting a war turns mere men into soldiers, the experience of writing a war movie turns accomplished actors into … screenwriters? To help him get Tropic Thunder down on the page, Ben Stiller drafted actor Justin Theroux ( The Ten ), who earns his first screenwriting credit with this satire. And did he ever earn it—developing the comic concept with Stiller over the course of a decade.

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What About Spidey?

Add Comment on July 12, 2008 by Phil Contrino

By Adam Clement After the success of Iron Man this summer, putting superheroes on the big screen is just as popular as ever. So, as certain as the sunrise, talk of a fourth installment in the lucrative Spider-Man film franchise (which boasts a collective $1.1 billion alone domestically, thus far) has begun to surface. With a release date pegged for May 2011, it’s hard not to speculate about which direction the franchise will go.

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By Phil Contrino After the disappointing performance of Mike Myers' The Love Guru, all eyes will be on Eddie Murphy this weekend when his latest project, Meet Dave, opens across the country. The failure of Guru proved once again that even comedy giants aren't immune to box office duds. Which is a truth that Murphy is already familiar with. Over the past several years, the actor has had mixed success. ...

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Swinton Helps Start New Film Festival

Add Comment on July 07, 2008 by Phil Contrino

By Richard Mowe A new film festival that aims to eschew glamour, celebrities and red carpets, is scheduled to take place next month in a ballroom in Nairn in the north-east of Scotland - thanks to actress Tilda Swinton, 47, who lives in the area with her ten-year-old twins, Xavier and Honor and partner John Byrne, 68, the playwright and artist. Aided and abetted by Mark Cousins, a producer and formerly director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival of which Swinton is a patron, the aim of the event, called The Ballerina Ballroom Cinema of Dreams, is to generate an interest in cinema among youngsters.

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'The Dark Knight' On IMAX

Add Comment on July 03, 2008 by Phil Contrino

By Phil Contrino So there's this little movie coming out on July 18th, and you may have heard of it. It has something to do with a guy in a bat suit who goes around fighting criminals. A couple of people across the country may go to see it. Now with Iron Man, the latest Indiana Jones and WALL-E out of the way, the next big summer blockbuster that is drawing everyone's attention is The Dark Knight.

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Will 'Hancock' Soar?

Add Comment on July 02, 2008 by Phil Contrino

By Phil Contrino With Hancock, Will Smith returns to the July 4th opening weekend that has been so good to him in the past. However, this time around the Academy Award-nominated actor is veering slightly from the heroic characters he normally plays. His Hancock is a superhero that drinks, causes destruction and is generally disrespectful. Needless to say, it's a far cry from Smith's last two roles in I Am Legend and The Pursuit of Happyness.

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Exhibitor Profile: Mike Olson

Add Comment on June 30, 2008 by Phil Contrino

We were able to catch up with Mike Olson, an exhibitor from the state of Wisconsin, for the latest installment of our Exhibitor Profile Series. After working for other circuits his entire life, in 2004 Olson decided to build Micon Cinemas in Chippewa Falls, WI. He took the time out of his day to answer our questions about the exhibition industry as well as his own personal taste in movies. How many years have you been in the exhibition industry?: 35 How did you get started? Working as a projectionist for El Lago Theatre in Rice Lake, WI. What was the first movie you saw in theatres?

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