March Box Office Recap

Add Comment on April 01, 2009 by Daniel Garris

After the record breaking box office performances of January and February, hopes were high for March of 2009 to bring more of the same. With a line-up that included such high-profile releases as Watchmen, Race to Witch Mountain and Monsters vs. Aliens, the potential of a third straight record breaking month felt like at least a possibility at the beginning of the month. Yet, when every thing was said and done, the overall box office of $646 million for this March came nowhere close to the $790 million combined gross of March 2007 (the current record holder for the month), which was led by the blockbusters 300 and Wild Hogs.

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State of the Industry

Add Comment on March 31, 2009 by Phil Contrino

Even though many other industries across the country are failing right now, the movie business is performing well. That was the main point of the 2009 State of the Industry Update, which was delivered by Dan Glickman, Chairman and CEO, Motion Pictures Association of America and John Fithian, President & CEO of NATO on Tuesday morning in Las Vegas at the Paris hotel's Le Theatre Des Arts. However, before Glickman and Fithian took the stage the audience was treated to a montage which highlighted all of 2008's $100 million-grossing films as well as exciting f...

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Off the Top Rope

Add Comment on March 28, 2009 by Joe Gawalis

Wrestler-turned-actor John Cena doesn't necessarily see himself following in the footsteps of his fellow grapplers Hulk Hogan and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Both Hogan and Johnson have played off of their images in a comedic way in order to gain success in the movies. Hogan starred in a handful of gimmicky films in the mid-90's from Mr. Nanny to 3 Ninjas: High Noon. Obviously the most successful of the bunch, Johnson has carved a niche for himself by starring in such Disney family films as The Game Plan and Race to Witch Mountain. Mountain is on pace to bring in a respectable $65 million during its theatrical run.

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Greetings from 'Earth'

Add Comment on March 26, 2009 by Amy Nicholson

As with so many people behind famous pictures—the LIFE magazine shot of a ’50s audience in 3D glasses, the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima, a shadowy hump at Loch Ness—the fame of director Alastair Fothergill's images surpasses his name. As the producer of the wildly expensive television series Planet Earth, he brought little-seen wonders of the globe into the audience's living rooms, and was thanked with DVD sales that shot through the roof. ( Planet Earth ranked first on Amazon's best-selling box sets, with the Blu-ray and HD DVD version rounding out the top 15.) Now, as a director, Fothergill is bringing his astounding footage to where it belongs: the big screen.

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A Trip To 'Adventureland'

Add Comment on March 18, 2009 by Marco Cerritos

Director Greg Mottola has decided he’s most comfortable working behind the camera and not letting fame go to his head. After doing a small acting role in Woody Allen’s Celebrity and directing the monster hit Superbad, Mottola decided that instead of basking in the Hollywood limelight, he’d use his pull to recreate his own childhood memories in the new coming-of-age story Adventureland. Working on a movie is one thing but to direct a film that tells your life story is something different. In this case, Mottola used Adventureland as a platform to remember one hectic summer working in the world’s worst theme park and finding himself along the way.

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The Story Behind a Picture

Add Comment on March 17, 2009 by Phil Contrino

Photographer Eddie Adams is responsible for one of the most haunting pictures of the Vietnam war. It brought him fame and widespread acceptance in the journalistic community. The funny thing is, he thought it was a pretty lousy picture. This is the main topic of Susan Morgan Cooper's latest documentary, An Unlikely Weapon. The film uses the way Adams felt about that particular picture as a jumping off point, but it is also about the life of an extraordinary man. Unfortunately, Adams will not be able to witness the reception to this film because he passed away in 2004 at the age of 71.

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Having a 'Beer in Hell'

Add Comment on March 13, 2009 by Eric Brach

One of the top selling non-fiction books of 2006, I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell started as the brainchild of Tucker Max, a disenchanted Duke law student who found his devil-may-care, live-for-the-moment life philosophy at odds with the confining demands of both his scholarly pursuits and the professional legal world. Rather than molding his behaviors to fit the social norms of his environment, Max poured his energies into living his life as he saw fit – and then cataloging his exploits in detailed anecdotes sent over email to his closest of friends. ...

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