| Jul 5, 2013
| 8:10 AM
The mischievous minions of "Despicable Me 2" seem to be overwhelming "The Lone Ranger" at the box office on this long holiday weekend. The 3-D animated feature opened to an estimated $34.3 million, the biggest-ever Wednesday opening for distributor...
| Jul 5, 2013
| 2:00 PM
In 2010, after the animation studio Illumination Entertainment's first film, "Despicable Me," became a surprise hit, its makers faced a quandary.
"Despicable Me" derived much of its appeal from the character of a curmudgeonly supervillain named...
| Jul 7, 2013
| 9:31 AM
With "Despicable Me 2" dominating the Fourth of July box office, it was no holiday for "The Lone Ranger."
The animated 3-D film had a lot to celebrate over the long Independence Day weekend as it took in an explosive $142.1 million between its debut...
| Jul 8, 2013
| 6:27 AM
After the coffee. Before going for Dwight Howard's job at the Lakers.
The Skinny: Spent the weekend watching some of season one of "The Sopranos." Forgot how great that show was. Monday's headlines include the box office recap and a look at "The Lone...
| Jul 18, 2013
| 1:03 PM
With the low-budget horror film "The Conjuring" poised to win this weekend's box office race, Universal Pictures may soon face a frightening reality.
Of the four new films hitting theaters this weekend, the studio's $130-million 3-D action-adventure "R....
| Jul 11, 2013
| 4:06 PM
Any blockbuster hit is sure to be reincarnated in today's Hollywood. Dual directors Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud teamed up make over $500 million with the animated hit "Despicable Me" in 2010. They repeat the success of their first collaboration with...
| Jun 23, 2013
| 12:31 PM
Amid a sea of yellow at the "Despicable Me 2" premiere Saturday, voices of children could be heard yelling "Bee-do, bee-do, bee-do."
A notable line from the nonsense-speaking little yellow creatures that dominate the film, "Bee-do" was not the only...
| Jun 5, 2013
| 7:00 AM
The summer moviegoing season is a time for superheroes, explosions — and marketing tie-ins. Some are a common-sense pairing of cinema and brand — "Fast & Furious 6" and Dodge, "The Hangover: Part III" and Caesar's Palace Las Vegas —...
| Jun 6, 2013
| 5:00 AM
If you're a movie studio with money to burn, summer is bonfire time.
Almost every week there's a new $200-million-plus production — Warner Bros.' "Man of Steel" and Paramount's "World War Z" are the next budget-busters — and it costs...
| May 27, 2013
| 2:18 PM
“Star Trek: Into Darkness” bothered me in a number of ways. A warning: if you haven’t seen the movie, spoilers lie ahead. If you read on, get ready for a nerded-out rant, the likes of which you’ve never before seen (unless you read...
| Jun 1, 2013
| 9:00 AM
With a turbo boost from "Fast & Furious 6," Universal Pictures has zoomed past the $1-billion mark for the year at the international box office earlier than ever before.
Universal crossed the mark Friday, its international marketing and distribution arm...