'Thunder' Opens With $6.5 Million

Add Comment on August 14, 2008 by Phil Contrino

By Phil Contrino While it should still be a successful film, Tropic Thunder may not open quite as big as many in the industry predicted it would. The film grossed $6.5 million on its first day of release and that total falls well beneath the $12.08 million that Pineapple Express was able to bring in last Wednesday. Express went on to gross a slightly underwhelming $23.2 million last weekend, which wasn't good enough to topple The Dark Knight.

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'Star Wars' Excitement

Add Comment on August 12, 2008 by Phil Contrino

By Phil Contrino When speaking with Jim Kopp, Owner of the Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre in North Carolina, about Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the issue of the film being animated hardly comes up. What seems to be most important to Kopp, as well as many other fans across the country, is that no matter how the content is presented, this is still Star Wars. Located in Henderson, North Carolina, Kopp's theatre is one of only seven operating drive-in theatres in the state and there are only 398 still functioning throughout the country.

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'Thunder' Controversy

Add Comment on August 12, 2008 by Phil Contrino

By Phil Contrino Tropic Thunder will hit theatres nationwide tomorrow and it's easily one of the most anticipated comedies of the summer. Unfortunately, not everybody is laughing. Thunder has drawn its share of controversy from disability groups who are objecting to what they view as the exploitation of people with disabilities to gain laughter. Members of the Special Olympics, as well as supporters of the organization, staged a protest during the Thunder premiere and are now calling for a boycott.

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The Secret History

Add Comment on August 11, 2008 by Steve Simels

Just a quick postscript for anybody who was intrigued by our recent review of What We Do is Secret , Rodger Grossman 's excellent bio-pic on seminal LA punk band The Germs and their doomed lead singer Darby Crash . As I mentioned in the review, several sequences are frame-for-frame restagings of footage from Penelope Spheeris' ground-breaking 1981 punk documentary The Decline of Western Civilization ...

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'Dark Knight' Continues To Break Records

Add Comment on August 10, 2008 by Phil Contrino

By Phil Contrino Four weeks into its theatrical release, The Dark Knight is still breaking records. This weekend it was able to edge past Shrek 2 as the third highest grossing film of all time. In addition, it should also easily top the second highest grosser, the original Star Wars with $460.9 million, by this coming weekend. Whether or not Knight will be able to top Titanic 's all-time leading haul of $600.

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'Vicky' Mystique

Add Comment on August 08, 2008 by Phil Contrino

By Phil Contrino While Woody Allen has worked very consistently over the last couple of decades, he no longer has the same level of mainstream popularity he enjoyed during his late-70's heyday which produced classics such as Annie Hall and Manhattan. Vicky Cristina Barcelona could change that. Barcelona, which stars Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, Scarlett Johansson and Rebecca Hall, hits theatres on August 15th and it brings with it a lot of buzz. Since debuting at Cannes, the film has been receiving its share of critical praise and its cast is white hot.

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Where There's Smoke, There's Fire

Add Comment on August 07, 2008 by Phil Contrino

By Phil Contrino It looks as though the marijuana-fueled antics of Seth Rogen and James Franco in Pineapple Express are going to lead to a strong box office debut. According to studio estimates, Express brought in $12.15 million yesterday, which set a new record for the highest Wednesday opening in the month of August. 2004's The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement previously held the record with an $8.5 million gross on August 11th of that year.

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