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By [Nielsen Media Research, Pollstar, Exhibitor Relations Co. and Billboard magazine] | March 6, 2008
TELEVISION 1.American Idol (Tuesday), Fox 2.American Idol (Wednesday), Fox 3.American Idol (Thursday), Fox 4.Oprah's Big Give, ABC 5.Deal or No Deal (Monday), NBC FILMS 1.Semi-Pro, New Line Cinema 2.Vantage Point, Columbia Pictures 3.The Spiderwick Chronicles, Paramount Pictures 4.The Other Boleyn Girl, Columbia Pictures 5.Jumper, 20th Century Fox SINGLES 1.Low, Flo Rida featuring T-Pain 2.With You, Chris Brown 3.Don't Stop the Music, Rihanna 4.Love Song, Sara Bareilles 5.No One, Alicia Keys ALBUMS 1.Sleep Through the Static, Jack Johnson 2.As I Am, Alicia Keys 3.Back to Black, Amy Winehouse 4.Kidz Bop 13, Kidz Bop Kidz 5.Step Up 2 the Streets soundtrack, various artists DVDS (SALES)
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By Michael Sragow | June 5, 2009
Star Trek. *** ( 3 STARS) Before the rest of the summer-franchise blockbusters crowd it out of theaters, see this one on the big screen - not because the filmmaker, J.J. Abrams, is a great visual artist (far from it), but because, as a storyteller, he gives all the characters on the Starship Enterprise room to interact and breathe. This movie has team spirit - though, for my money, Simon Pegg's Scotty steals the show. Opening next Friday Easy Virtue: (Sony Pictures Classics) A stuffy English family is perturbed when the favorite son brings home his enlightened American bride.
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May 23, 2008
SUMMER MOVIE PREVIEW Comedy SEX AND THE CITY -- (New Line Cinema) The fab four retake Manhattan four years after the end of the TV series. With Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon and Jennifer Hudson. Opens May 30. YOU DON'T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN -- (Columbia Pictures), Adam Sandler stars as an Israeli commando who fakes his own death to pursue his dream of becoming a hairstylist in New York. With John Turturro and Rob Schneider. Opens June 6. THE PROMOTION -- (Dimension Films)
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April 30, 2009
May 1 Battle for Terra : (Roadside Attractions) A peaceful alien planet is invaded by the last survivors of Earth. With the voices of Evan Rachel Wood and Brian Cox. Ghost of Girlfriends Past: (Warner Bros.) In a romantic comedy twist on A Christmas Carol, a smooth womanizer revisits his troubled love life through supernatural means. With Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner. Is Anybody There? : (BBC Films) A retired magician befriends a young boy who lives in a British nursing home.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Movie Critic | April 4, 2007
There's a funny premise at the core of Are We Done Yet? Too bad the movie doesn't do much with it. A remake of the 1948 Cary Grant comedy Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, the film stars Ice Cube as Nick Persons, a newlywed father of two and would-be magazine publisher who moves his family to a big fixer-upper house in the country. The plot gets them away from the dangers of the city and gives everyone space to breathe, but gives short shrift to all manner of comic possibilities. Are We Done Yet?
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By David E. Sanger and David E. Sanger,New York Times News Service | September 30, 1990
TOKYO -- For years it has been the stuff of Japanese industrial legend: the bitter struggle between the plodding Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. and the upstart, innovative Sony Corp., a fight that began with transistor radios and over the decades spread to the Walkman, the video camera and high-definition television.1% Now that same rivalry, played outmostly in the winding back streets of Tokyo and Osaka, appears headed for Hollywood, where it could change forever the structure of the American entertainment industry.
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June 9, 2001
DAVID MANNING of the Ridgefield Press praised one Columbia Picture as "another winner!" and the star of another as "this year's hottest new star!" This Manning fellow saw only Columbia Pictures and raved about them all. Until Newsweek in an intrepid feat of investigative reporting revealed the awful truth: David Manning does not exist. The Ridgefield Press does, and never heard of him. David Manning lived and wrote only in ads purporting to quote him. He - or it - was a scam. Hollywood is shocked.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | August 17, 2007
Jonah Hill, the chubby, urgently ebullient actor at the center of the high school comedy Superbad, has the ability to blurt out scripted profanities as if they were erupting from his own barely exposed id. Gangly Michael Cera, uncoordinated and croak-voiced, talks as if his larynx is aligned to a warped tuning fork, and walks as if his limbs are guided by a malfunctioning GPS system. Currently also appearing as an older (if no more mature) character in Knocked Up, the 23-year old Hill is sensational here as high school senior Seth, a sex-obsessed, unpredictable catalyst for good/bad news, mostly about growing up or not. Cera, 19 and an anchor of three seasons of Arrested Development, is just as good as Evan, Seth's gentle, intelligent and sometimes-craven Dartmouth-bound best pal. Superbad (Columbia Pictures)
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By Chris Kaltenbach | May 8, 2009
State of Play**** ( 4 STARS) This labyrinthine political thriller, containing more than a few nods to All the President's Men, keeps audiences on the edge for only the best reasons: careful plotting, top-notch acting (from Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck and others), tight directing. Plus, the film sees journalists and journalism as worth saving. What's not to love? opening next Friday Angels & Demons: (Columbia Pictures) A Harvard professor must decode a series of clues to prevent an attack against the Catholic Church by the mysterious Illuminati.
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By New York Times News Service | November 18, 1994
TOKYO -- After months of optimistic statements, Sony Corp. yesterday became the latest Japanese company to acknowledge serious problems with a landmark U.S. investment, announcing that it was taking $3.2 billion in losses on the value of the Hollywood studios that it acquired only five years ago.In a surprise announcement, Sony said that because of poor box office results, a wave of executive resignations and rising costs, it could never hope to recover its...
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May 23, 2008
SUMMER MOVIE PREVIEW Comedy SEX AND THE CITY -- (New Line Cinema) The fab four retake Manhattan four years after the end of the TV series. With Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon and Jennifer Hudson. Opens May 30. YOU DON'T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN -- (Columbia Pictures), Adam Sandler stars as an Israeli commando who fakes his own death to pursue his dream of becoming a hairstylist in New York. With John Turturro and Rob Schneider. Opens June 6. THE PROMOTION -- (Dimension Films)
ENTERTAINMENT
By [Nielsen Media Research, Pollstar, Exhibitor Relations Co. and Billboard magazine] | March 6, 2008
TELEVISION 1.American Idol (Tuesday), Fox 2.American Idol (Wednesday), Fox 3.American Idol (Thursday), Fox 4.Oprah's Big Give, ABC 5.Deal or No Deal (Monday), NBC FILMS 1.Semi-Pro, New Line Cinema 2.Vantage Point, Columbia Pictures 3.The Spiderwick Chronicles, Paramount Pictures 4.The Other Boleyn Girl, Columbia Pictures 5.Jumper, 20th Century Fox SINGLES 1.Low, Flo Rida featuring T-Pain 2.With You, Chris Brown 3.Don't Stop the Music, Rihanna 4.Love Song, Sara Bareilles 5.No One, Alicia Keys ALBUMS 1.Sleep Through the Static, Jack Johnson 2.As I Am, Alicia Keys 3.Back to Black, Amy Winehouse 4.Kidz Bop 13, Kidz Bop Kidz 5.Step Up 2 the Streets soundtrack, various artists DVDS (SALES)
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | August 17, 2007
Jonah Hill, the chubby, urgently ebullient actor at the center of the high school comedy Superbad, has the ability to blurt out scripted profanities as if they were erupting from his own barely exposed id. Gangly Michael Cera, uncoordinated and croak-voiced, talks as if his larynx is aligned to a warped tuning fork, and walks as if his limbs are guided by a malfunctioning GPS system. Currently also appearing as an older (if no more mature) character in Knocked Up, the 23-year old Hill is sensational here as high school senior Seth, a sex-obsessed, unpredictable catalyst for good/bad news, mostly about growing up or not. Cera, 19 and an anchor of three seasons of Arrested Development, is just as good as Evan, Seth's gentle, intelligent and sometimes-craven Dartmouth-bound best pal. Superbad (Columbia Pictures)
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Movie Critic | April 4, 2007
There's a funny premise at the core of Are We Done Yet? Too bad the movie doesn't do much with it. A remake of the 1948 Cary Grant comedy Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, the film stars Ice Cube as Nick Persons, a newlywed father of two and would-be magazine publisher who moves his family to a big fixer-upper house in the country. The plot gets them away from the dangers of the city and gives everyone space to breathe, but gives short shrift to all manner of comic possibilities. Are We Done Yet?
NEWS
June 9, 2001
DAVID MANNING of the Ridgefield Press praised one Columbia Picture as "another winner!" and the star of another as "this year's hottest new star!" This Manning fellow saw only Columbia Pictures and raved about them all. Until Newsweek in an intrepid feat of investigative reporting revealed the awful truth: David Manning does not exist. The Ridgefield Press does, and never heard of him. David Manning lived and wrote only in ads purporting to quote him. He - or it - was a scam. Hollywood is shocked.
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By Lea Saslav and Lea Saslav,New York Times News Service | February 27, 1995
Come March 27, about 1 billion viewers are expected to turn on their television sets to the live 67th Annual Academy Awards. But for the first time in Academy Award history, as the Oscar winners make their way backstage to greet journalists from around the world, viewers with access to the World Wide Web or ABC Online will be able to be right there in the pressroom.How? Earlier this month, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences established its own site, or address, on the Web, where computer users can get detailed information about this year's Oscars race.
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By David J. Fox and David J. Fox,Los Angeles Times | June 21, 1993
HollywoodIf Columbia Pictures hadn't spent some $80 million to produce "Last Action Hero," and if the fantasy-action film didn't star the world's biggest box-office attraction, then a $15.2 million opening weekend might look good.But those are big ifs.The reality is that "Last Action Hero" had an opening that, by industry standards, was a disappointment, considering its budget, its star Arnold Schwarzenegger and the promotion that surrounded it.The $15.2 million in ticket sales fell short of the $20 million that Columbia Pictures projected last week for the first weekend.
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