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On Music and Monkeys in “Oz The Great and Powerful”

On Music and Monkeys in “Oz The Great and Powerful”

Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — On March 8, director Sam Raimi reveals his take on the world of The Wizard of Oz with his anticipated prequel Oz The Great and Powerful. The movie stars James Franco as the wizard to be, as well as Michell…

“A Good Day to Die Hard,” “Safe Haven,” “Beautiful Creatures” Open Thursday

“A Good Day to Die Hard,” “Safe Haven,” “Beautiful Creatures” Open Thursday

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Still scrambling to make Valentine’s Day plans?  Here’s an option: check out one of the three movies opening in theaters on Thursday.
Here’s a closer look:– A Good Day to Die Hard: In the fifth film in the action …

Nickelodeon Announces Nominees for 26th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards

Nickelodeon Announces Nominees for 26th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards

Frank Micelotta/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Children across the country can now cast their votes for Nickelodeon’s 26th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards.The nominees were announced Wednesday, and the list is the usual mix of kid-friendly TV shows, like iCar…

Bin Laden Shooter Praises Actress’ Performance in “Zero Dark Thirty”

Bin Laden Shooter Praises Actress’ Performance in “Zero Dark Thirty”

Columbia Pictures(NEW YORK) — We may never know the identity of the real-life Maya, the name of Jessica Chastain’s CIA operative character in Zero Dark Thirty who located Osama bin Laden.  Still, friends of the top secret agent say she approves o…

Movie Ticket Prices Hit New High in 2012

Movie Ticket Prices Hit New High in 2012

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Huge box office hits in late 2012 like Skyfall, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2, and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey helped drive the average ticket price for the year to $7.96. The figure is a new …

“Identity Thief” Tops Box Office with $36.6 Million

“Identity Thief” Tops Box Office with $36.6 Million

Universal(NEW YORK) — Identity Thief stole a victory at the box office over the weekend.The Jason Bateman-Melissa McCarthy comedy opened in first place with an estimated $36.6 million.The previous box office champ, Warm Bodies, slipped to the second s…

“Argo” Wins Best Film at BAFTAs

“Argo” Wins Best Film at BAFTAs

Warner Bros. Pictures(LONDON) — Ben Affleck’s Argo received the top award Sunday in London at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards, or the BAFTAs.The thriller earned the prize for best film, plus best director for Affleck.  It also w…

Steven Seagal Training Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Posse on School Security

Steven Seagal Training Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Posse on School Security

Matthew Simmons/WireImage(PHOENIX) — Sheriff Joe Arpaio is teaming up with an action star to tackle school violence.Steven Seagal, 60, star of Above the Law and Under Siege, plans to lead members of the Arizona sheriff’s volunteer posse through …

“Identity Thief” and “Side Effects” Open Nationwide

“Identity Thief” and “Side Effects” Open Nationwide

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here’s a look at the new movies opening nationwide on Friday:– Identity Thief: Jason Bateman is a Denver accounts rep who tracks down a Florida woman who stole his identity.  He attempts to take her to Colorado…

Report: “Star Wars” Spin-offs Could Focus on Han Solo, Boba Fett

Report: “Star Wars” Spin-offs Could Focus on Han Solo, Boba Fett

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Earlier this week, Disney announced it will develop Star Wars spin-off movies.  Two of those films could center around the Han Solo and Boba Fett characters, and Darth Vader could conceivably appear in the…

“The Avengers” Stars Will Present Together at the Oscars

“The Avengers” Stars Will Present Together at the Oscars

The Walt Disney Company/Marvel Comics(NEW YORK) — The Avengers will assemble at the Oscars.  The producers of this year’s telecast have announced that most of the actors who portrayed the Marvel superhero group on the big screen last year — Robe…

Connecticut Congressman Says “Lincoln” Is Inaccurate

Connecticut Congressman Says “Lincoln” Is Inaccurate

David James, SMPSP©DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC(NEW YORK) — Connecticut congressman Joe Courtney has delivered his review of Lincoln: It’s compelling, but it contains a major error.Courtney, a Democrat, argues a scene in which two Connecti…

Lawsuit Filed Against James Cameron over “Avatar” Dismissed

Lawsuit Filed Against James Cameron over “Avatar” Dismissed

PRNewsFoto/Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide, Scott Brinegar(LOS ANGELES) — A lawsuit filed against James Cameron and his production company over the plot of his hit film Avatar has been dismissed, according to The Hollywood Reporter.The complai…

Disney CEO Confirms “Star Wars” Spin-Offs in the Works

Disney CEO Confirms “Star Wars” Spin-Offs in the Works

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — For Star Wars fans, the good news just keeps coming.
Days ago, Disney, the new owner of George Lucas’ galaxy far, far away, confirmed series fan J.J. Abrams will be directing Star Wars: Episode VII, which is set f…

Kristen Wiig Will Star in “Anchorman” Sequel

Kristen Wiig Will Star in “Anchorman” Sequel

ABC/RICK ROWELL(NEW YORK) — Anchorman director Adam McKay tweeted Monday night that Kristen Wiig has officially joined the cast of the film’s sequel.Through his handle @GhostPanther, he said: “Just found out Kristen Wiig officially on board for Anchor…

“Warm Bodies” Opens in First Place with $20 Million

“Warm Bodies” Opens in First Place with $20 Million

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Warm Bodies was the hot movie at the weekend box office.The zombie flick opened in first place, earning an estimated $20 million.  It snatched the box office crown away from Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, whi…

“Wreck-It Ralph” Wins Best Animated Feature at Annie Awards

“Wreck-It Ralph” Wins Best Animated Feature at Annie Awards

Comstock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Disney’s video game-inspired hit Wreck-It Ralph earned the title of best animated feature Saturday at the 40th Annual Annie Awards in Los Angeles.
The ceremony, presented by the International Animated Film Society, a…

Ben Affleck Accepts Top Award at Directors Guild Awards

Ben Affleck Accepts Top Award at Directors Guild Awards

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — Ben Affleck won the top award at the 65th Annual Directors Guild Awards in Los Angeles Saturday night, People Magazine reports. Affleck accepted the award for outstanding directorial achievement for Argo after being…

“Bullet to the Head,” “Warm Bodies,” “Stand Up Guys” Open Friday

“Bullet to the Head,” “Warm Bodies,” “Stand Up Guys” Open Friday

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here’s a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:– Bullet to the Head: Sylvester Stallone plays a New Orleans hit man who teams up with a Washington, D.C., detective to chase after the person who killed the…

“Argo,” Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence Winners at SAG Awards

“Argo,” Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence Winners at SAG Awards

Mark Davis/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Argo is on a roll this awards season.  Ben Affleck’s thriller picked up another major award Sunday night at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, held at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles.
Ar…

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