| Apr 24, 2014
| 2:21 PM
The third and final movie in Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" trilogy has an action-oriented new title. The film will henceforth be known as "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," Jackson announced on his Facebook page Thursday.
The movie was...
| Apr 16, 2014
| 8:30 PM
Warner Bros.' "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" shot to the top of both national home video sales charts for the week ended April 13, ending a three-week stay at the top for Walt Disney's "Frozen."
"Frozen" slipped to No. 2 on both the Nielsen...
| Apr 7, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Re-upping on a stable relationship. Disney Spain has inked a multi-year movie volume deal with Atresmedia Television, one of Spain's two biggest broadcast network groups.
Titles in the pact are "The Avengers, "The Lone Ranger," "Thor: The Dark World,"...
| Apr 6, 2014
| 7:00 AM
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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...
| 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,...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 2:47 PM
MGM Holdings Inc., the parent of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., posted fourth-quarter net income of $12.2 million, down 70% from a year earlier, when MGM had net income of $40.2 million and benefited from the release of the blockbusters "Skyfall" and "The...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 2:30 PM
MGM Holdings has reported a 97% jump in 2013 earnings and an 11% gain in revenues, thanks to "Skyfall," its two "Hobbit" films, "Vikings" and "Teen Wolf."
The privately held studio announced earnings last year of $122 million, nearly double the $62...
| 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....
| Feb 14, 2014
| 12:51 PM
Ben Affleck's CIA thriller "Argo" topped the digital movie purchases and rentals charts in 2013, outselling "World War Z" and "Star Trek: Into Darkness."
According to research company Rentrak Corp., the 2013 Academy Award-winning film from Warner Bros.,...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 10:25 AM
Sequels "Despicable Me 2" and "Fast & Furious 6" were again the two bestselling DVD and Blu-ray titles for the week that ended Jan. 4, according to Rentrak.
That marks the fourth straight week the animated comedy and the high-octane thriller have...