Over the bustling post-Christmas holiday weekend, Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” continued to lead the box office, as it landed in the No. 1 slot for the third weekend in a row.
Historians may look back on 2013 as the year of “blockbuster fatigue,” as an unprecedented number of big event movies tanked this summer.
Despite summertime flops, Hollywood is expected to coming in just shy of $11 billion at the box office for 2013, the largest take ever. But because of higher ticket prices, actual attendance at North American theaters remained flat after a decade of decline.
Even as new filmmaking centers help spread Hollywood’s wealth around the world, the boost to local economies comes at a personal cost to the specialists who must follow the work. As movie production migrates from place to place, friendships get left behind and raising a family can be difficult.
Director Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio revisit the anything-goes late ’80s and early ’90s with such debauchery that it should elicit abject horror but mostly plays as comedy.
“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” starring and directed by Ben Stiller, is a sweet, hopeful, good-hearted tale hampered by the fact that it can’t quite decide whether it’s a comedy or a drama. But there are at least nine good reasons to see it.
Universal Pictures has delayed the release of “Fast & Furious 7” for almost a year following the death of star Paul Walker, who will still be included in the movie.
Hollywood may soon be coming to a neighborhood near you with final state approval of a $20 million-a-year tax credit program to lure film productions to Nevada.
Underscoring deeply conflicted characters, who are on a mission to reconceive their unsatisfying circumstances, has become director David O. Russell’s sweet spot. From his raw 1996 film, “Flirting With Disaster,” to last year’s acclaimed “Silver Linings Playbook,” he effectively unravels the disarray.
In the hands of Emma Thompson, “Mary Poppins” author P.L. Travers is a spoonful of something, all right, but it sure ain’t sugar.