| Apr 1, 2014
| 6:00 AM
A lyric from the title track from New Zealand rocker Neil Finn's new solo album, "Dizzy Heights," crystallizes much of what the erstwhile member of Crowded House, Split Enz and the Finn Brothers is up to on his latest work.
"Help me make up a new sound,...
| Apr 6, 2014
| 7:00 AM
August: Osage County
Starz/Anchor Bay, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99
Available on VOD beginning April 8
Tracy Letts has now had three of his plays adapted into films. Director William Friedkin made the bizarre "Bug" and "Killer Joe" into something as...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 6:22 AM
BEIJING -- Not even two months into 2014, China’s box office has topped $900 million, a blistering pace far ahead of last year, when receipts for the entire first quarter were about $830 million.
The strong results are being powered by a number of...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 3:40 PM
BEIJING -- Smog seems to have helped Smaug at the Chinese box office this last weekend.
"The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug," raked in about $33.7 million from Friday to Sunday, consulting firm Artisan Gateway said Tuesday, putting it in first place....
| Dec 15, 2013
| 8:30 PM
James Cameron will make his next three "Avatar" films for 20th Century Fox in New Zealand.
Cameron said he expects the films to be released on the previously announced dates of December, 2016, December, 2017, and December, 2018.
The filmmaker made the...
| Dec 31, 2013
| 8:30 AM
My precious! Warner Bros.'s "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" was the No. 1 pirated movie of the year, with the fantasy pic racking up an estimated 8.4 million illegal downloads.
The next two most-pirated films are "Django Unchained," logging 8.1...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 9:09 AM
One of the weekend's top box-office performers, Disney's "Frozen," was among the nominees for the 2013 Annie Awards, which are presented by the International Animated Film Society.
The following is a complete list of nominees:
| Dec 2, 2013
| 3:09 PM
Air New Zealand hopes to get some tail winds from the next installment of "The Hobbit."
In a not-so-subtle marketing campaign tied to the movie, the self-described "airline of Middle-earth," has emblazoned a Boeing 777-300 aircraft with a 177 foot-long...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 9:52 AM
Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" enjoyed one of the more anomalous releases in 2012. Despite the fact that many critics gave Jackson's adaptation of the J.R.R. Tolkien classic poor marks, the first of three "Hobbit" films was a global...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 4:07 PM
Disney's 3-D animated summer movie "Planes" appears to have some lift as a home entertainment title, soaring to the top of Rentrak's DVD and Blu-ray sales chart in its first week in release.
Featuring the voice of comedian Dane Cook, the "Cars"...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 5:59 PM
Almost as intriguing as the goings-on in Middle Earth has been the drama surrounding the “Hobbit" franchise itself. There was the fact that star director Guillermo del Toro walked off after a year of work. There’s been a long-running lawsuit....