The theater chain AMC, the second largest in the country, had delayed booking Tim Burton and Disney’s new movie “Alice in Wonderland“, starring Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, because of Disney’s decision to compress the window between the movie’s theatrical opening and its subsequent DVD release to just 12 weeks. (Read that as Disney being greedy)
But, after what was viewed as a standoff by the industry, the Kansas City-based exhibitor began offering advance sales of tickets to “Alice” on Friday. So now AMC Entertainment’s theaters will follow Alice down the rabbit hole when Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland” opens on March 5.
AMC CEO and president Gerry Lopez did not directly address the conflict, saying:
Alice’ looks terrific, and it promises to be the next 3D blockbuster. It is sure to please our guests — many of whom have called and emailed — and help us maintain box office momentum in 2010. As business models evolve for exhibitors as well as distributors such as Disney, it makes sense to focus on the many opportunities we have to improve our economics, so we can continue to invest in technology our guests want and ultimately, the guest experience in our theaters.
Separately, Disney has also made peace with Odeon and Vue Entertainment, two U.K.-based theater chains that had also threatened to boycott the movie.
A copy of the first comic to feature caped hero Superman has been sold on the internet for $1m, proving once again that anything can be done on the net.
The 1938 edition of Action Comics No 1 – which originally sold for 10c – was sold by a private seller to a private buyer, neither of whom was named.
Stephen Fishler, co-owner of the US auction website Comic Connect, said it was “the Holy Grail of comic books”.
The sale smashes the previous record price for a comic book of $317,200 in 2009. That was also a copy of Action Comics No 1, but in poorer condition.
Mr Fishler said the transaction happened minutes after the issue was put on sale at around 10:30am on Monday. He said that the seller was a “well-known individual” in New York with a pedigree collection, and that the buyer was a known customer who had previously bought an Action Comics No 1.
“The opportunity to buy an un-restored, high-grade Action One comes along once every two decades. It’s certainly a milestone,” said Mr Fishler. He added: “It is still a little stunning to see a comic book and $1m in the same sentence.”
About 100 copies of Action Comics No 1 remain in existence and only two of those have a grading of 8.0 – very fine – including the one sold on Monday. The previous record-holder had a grading of 6.0.
If you don’t have 1 mil to pony up for a copy of Action Comics No 1, try a Superman T-shirt, with most at 18 bucks these things are a steal vs getting a comic you can’t even wear or for that matter open or touch or expose to light or…..
The insane ruled the weekend box office in North America as Martin Scorsese’s suspense thriller Shutter Island opened in first.
1. Shutter Island $40.2 Total: $40.2
2. Valentine’s Day $17.1 Total: $87.4
3. Avatar $16.1 Total: $687.8
4. Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief $15.3 Total: $58.7
5. The Wolfman $9.8 Total: $50.3
6. Dear John $7.3 Total: $65.9
7. Tooth Fairy $4.5 Total: $49.8
8. Crazy Heart $3.0 Total: $21.5
9. From Paris with Love $2.5 Total: $21.2
10. Edge of Darkness $2.2 Total: $40.3
11. The Book of Eli $1.8 Total: $90.7
12. When in Rome $1.7 Total: $29.3
DC Comics Diane Nelson has set her new top management team as part of Warner Bros.’ overhaul of the comic unit.
Ending months of speculation, Jim Lee and Dan DiDio have been named co-publishers of DC. Geoff Johns has been tapped chief creative officer.
Lee, a longtime comic illustrator, most recently served as DC’s editorial director. He’s also worked on numerous Batman and Superman graphic novels for DC.
DiDio has been with DC since 2002, most recently as the steward of the DC Universe imprint.
The appointment comes five months after Warner Bros. restructured DC Comics — home to such icons as Batman and Superman.
DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson described the new executive line-up as a “dream team,” adding:
This announcement continues and underscores DC’s legacy as the ultimate destination for creators. We’ll benefit enormously from the deep experience this team represents, while re-energizing the direction and focus of the company. I’m excited and honored to have each of them with me at the helm of DC Entertainment.
Move comes with Warner Bros. opening two DC-based properties later this year — “The Losers,” starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan on April 23; and supernatural Western “Jonah Hex,” opening June 18 with Josh Brolin and Megan Fox starring. Studio’s also started production on “The Green Lantern,” starring Ryan Reynolds
With a new executive team finally named, expect announcements about DC Entertainment’s future plans very soon. Wonder if they’ll include Didio’s rumored pet project, Watchmen 2? (NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!)
With a night that saw the United States score a record haul of medals at the Vancouver Winter Olympics, NBC struck gold. According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, the Winter Olympics averaged a big 8.9 rating/23 share in adults 18-49 and 29.3 million viewers overall, up by about 65% over its performance on Tuesday night and soaring about 50% above the comparable night in Torino four years ago. These numbers are a bit below the Vancouver Opening Ceremonies last Friday, but they stand as the top night of Winter Games competition since Salt Lake City in 2002.
NBC couldn’t have scripted a stronger night of performances by the U.S., which ended up winning six medals Wednesday – the most ever in a 24-hour period by a country at the Winter Games. The primetime coverage included gold medal-winning performances by Americans Lindsey Vonn in the women’s downhill, Shaun White in the men’s halfpipe and Shani Davis in men’s speedskating.
The best hour for NBC on Wednesday came from 10 to 11 p.m. during the men’s snowboard halfpipe final, when its 10.1 rating/26 share in adults 18-49 and 31.2 million viewers overall more than tripled the combined delivery in the timeslot by repeats on ABC and CBS.
The Olympics also dominated the 9 o’clock hour (9.0/22 in 18-49, 30.1 million viewers overall) over Fox’s “American Idol” (6.9/17 in 18-49, 18.4 million viewers overall), handing the megahit reality competition series its first timeslot setback in 18-49 since NBC’s “Fear Factor” beat it in May 2004. “Idol” was down about 25% vs. its Wednesday score of last week.
Don’t feel too badly for Fox, though, as “Idol” held up pretty well considering and still delivered a number that tops all non-“Idol” entertainment series telecasts of this season.
The first official trailer is out, showcasing Woody Harrelsons crime-fighting toys like lime juice, marbles, a jar of angry wasps, and what looks to be a big stick.The part-comedy, part-drama film has been hitting the festival circuit, but will arrive in theaters on February 26th
Bruised and beaten, arm in a sling, neck in a brace, Arthur Poppington (Woody Harrelson) sits in front of court-appointed psychologist Ellen Park (Sandra Oh). After making her swear to secrecy, Poppington begins to tell the story of his secret life as “Defendor” – yes, that’s an “OR” – spelling is not one of his super powers. By day, Poppington directs traffic around road construction sites, but at night he dons a pair of black tights, a black jersey with a crude “D” duct-taped to his chest, and trawls the streets as his alter ago. As Defendor, Poppington engages in what he believes is a super heroic fight against crime in an attempt to fulfill his unrealized dream of capturing his archrival, Captain Industry – a gun trafficking crime lord who Poppington mistakenly believes is responsible for the death of his mother.
The star-studded yet extremely poorly rated comedy Valentine’s Day shot to the top of the holiday weekend box office charts.
1. Valentine’s Day $52.4 Total: $52.4
2. Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief $31.1 Total: $31.1
3. The Wolfman $30.6 Total: $30.6
4. Avatar $22.0 Total: $659.6
5. Dear John $15.3 Total: $53.1
6. Tooth Fairy $5.6 Total: $41.5
7. From Paris with Love $4.7 Total: $15.8
8. Edge of Darkness $4.5 Total: $36.0
9. Crazy Heart $4.0 Total: $16.5
10. When in Rome $3.4 Total: $26.0
11. The Book of Eli $3.2 Total: $87.2
12. The Blind Side $2.2 Total: $244.6
After seeing our Facebook post “Best Alien Movie – ever!” I started to think of some other top 5s with the other guys and we inevitability came to “Top 5 War Movies” (cause we are guys and I honestly think that was the second one we brought up).
Anyway I was going over my list, Saving Private Ryan, Band Of Brothers, Black Hawk Down, Tora Tora Tora, Apocalypse Now and some other warmonger movies when I was asked, “How happy are you that they are making a Band of Brothers 2?”. I honestly had no idea, so after looking around and some sold 2 minutes of research I found this:
Then on YouTube I found some brand new stuff:
“The Pacific” has reportedly a budget around $200 million which, if correct, would almost certainly make it the most expensive TV project of all time. The new mini has quite a legacy to live up to when it debuts on March 15th. Though its initial post-9/11 run on HBO was relatively lackluster, “Band of Brothers” kept gathering fans as the years passed including myself. Runs on basic cable networks such as History Channel followed. The DVD set for “Brothers” still manages to float into the top ranks of Amazon’s best-selling DVDs (and is currently selling great in Blu-ray).
I can’t wait to add this to my top 10!
Heroes has had its ratings ups and downs this season, but lately, they’ve been all down. Since the new year it’s had adults 18-49 ratings of 2.2, 2.1, 1.8 and 1.9. The word was it would take some really super powers to get its ratings back enough to save it from being canceled. With the last episode the shows ratings came in at a 2.0, and didn’t really pick up any lost ground. Now with Heroes “failing to see a bounce” for its story’s climax and the show getting 4.4 million viewers, barely beating the 4.3 million who tuned into Jay Leno’s almost-final 10 PM show things looked rather gloomy for the sci fi action drama.
That is till all the these little rumors started to leak out.
First: The show now has 77 episodes, and one more season would bring it up to the magic number of 100 episodes, allowing it to run in syndication forever.
Second: I read someplace (and now my memory is failing me) that Heroes does extremely well DVD sales and has a decent following overseas. I can saw from the States perspective that I do know a few friends that still watch the show and really enjoy is (I myself still have 2 shows on my DVR to catch up).
Last, when Comcast announced it was buying NBC/Universal, CEO Brian Roberts “gave a verbal shout-out” to Heroes on the investor conference call, but to be fair he also did that for 30 Rock and House.
With an official release from the studio expected later this week, we have heard early rumors that the Hughes brothers, known for their urban crime drama Menace II Society and more recently The Book of Eli, is negotiating with Warner Bros. to bring the cyberpunk Akira manga to the silver screen.
Originally released in 1982, Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira debuted. The manga become a feature film anime, directed by Otomo. Akira changed the way many outside Japan thought about Japanese animation. Even if you had read all of Katsuhiro Otomo’s epic 1982 manga and/or seen his own 1988 anime adaptation, summarizing the plot to Akira would still prove a bit of a challenge. As near as we can figure, Akira is about the leader of a biker gang who tries to save his kidnapped pal from a powerful supernatural experiment.
It’s looking like the live action remake of the cult classic will have a a script by Iron Man scribes Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby and produced by Leonardo DiCaprio’s company, Appian Way.
With a large number of young female moviegoers coming out in force, The new romantic drama Dear John unexpectedly ended the seven-week reign of Avatar at for this weekends box office charts.
1. Dear John $32.4/$32.4
2. Avatar $23.6/$630.0
3. From Paris with Love $8.1/$8.1
4. Edge of Darkness $7.0/$29.0
5. Tooth Fairy $6.5/$34.3
6. When in Rome $5.5/$20.8
7. The Book of Eli $4.8/$82.1
8. Crazy Heart $3.6/$11.1
9. Legion $3.4/$34.6
10. Sherlock Holmes $2.6/$201.5
11. The Blind Side $2.6/$241.6
12. Up in the Air $2.3/$76.6
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The brains behind the hilarious 70-Minute video review of Phantom Menace is back and taking on James “Snake-Oil Selling” Cameron. The lunatic critic takes the director to task for tricking the audience into loving his theme-park ride of a film.
If you haven’t seen the original Phantom Menace review, we highly recommend it. This one is a bit more of a slow-starter, but it has it where it counts. We especially appreciate the Disney eye break down and Garbage Pail Kids reference.
Guess who is still number one? Avatar edged closer to the record North American haul of Titanic after earning $30 million during its seventh chart-topping weekend.
1. Avatar $30.0 Total: $594.4
2. Edge of Darkness $17.1 Total: $17.1
3. When in Rome $12.0 Total: $12.0
4. The Tooth Fairy $10.0 Total: $26.1
5. The Book of Eli $8.7 Total: $74.3
6. Legion $6.8 Total: $28.6
7. The Lovely Bones $4.7 Total: $38.0
8. Sherlock Holmes $4.5 Total: $197.5
9. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel $4.0 Total: $209.2
10. It’s Complicated $3.7 Total: $104.0
11. The Blind Side $3.0 Total: $237.9
12. Up in the Air $2.7 Total: $73.1