| Nov 14, 2013
| 6:31 AM
Media company Viacom Inc.'s profit soared 24% in its fiscal fourth quarter, fueled by significantly higher TV ad sales and the Brad Pitt movie "World War Z."
Viacom shattered analysts' estimates for the quarter. Television advertising sales jumped 10%...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 7:22 AM
After the coffee. Before wishing my brother Happy Birthday.
The Skinny: It's my oldest brother's birthday today. Of course, if I think about how old he is it will just make me feel old too and that won't do anyone any good! Wednesday's roundup...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 2:18 PM
A movie producer has sued Warner Bros. and Clint Eastwood’s production company, claiming the movie studio and the Oscar-winning filmmaker stole the idea for their 2012 baseball movie “Trouble With the Curve.”
In his 120-page...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 3:38 PM
The infection caused by "World War Z" has spread from the box office to home entertainment.
The apocalyptic zombie film starring Brad Pitt is the top-selling DVD and Blu-ray title in its first week in release, and it's also the No. 1 rental.
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
"SOMETHING COMING back from the dead was always bad news. Movies taught me that. For every one Jesus you get a million zombies," says writer David Wong.
THE world did not end on Dec. 22, 2012, as some insisted it would, because of the ancient Mayan...
| Sep 23, 2013
| 11:43 AM
Classify this one under horror, zombie, big budget, Brad Pitt. In plot and back story, it's another retread of “Day of the Dead,” “28 Days Later,” “I Am Legend” and a zillion others.
After bubbling under our radar in...
| Oct 26, 2013
"Carrie" is back, and the billboards all over town give notice that she's out to instill fear in us. But with all the ways to see movies these days, and all the many franchises of hit horrors, there's plenty of cinematic fear to go around.
Here are a...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 1:38 PM
Making a big studio movie when you're the strong-willed independent sort can run you into a lot of sand traps. Filmmakers in that position think studio execs are a bunch of philistines and marketing-minded meddlers, while the execs thinks a director is...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Now that the summer box-office proceeds have been tallied, with the hits ("Iron Man 3") and misses ("R.I.P.D") identified, social media measurement firm Fizziology has weighed in with the season's social media standouts.
Fizziology has generated its...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 1:55 PM
The year's biggest hit movie has landed in the home entertainment market.
"Iron Man 3," the Marvel superhero movie starring Robert Downey Jr. in the titular role, was the top-selling DVD and Blu-ray title in its first week in release.
| Aug 2, 2013
| 6:52 AM
Viacom Inc.'s fiscal third-quarter profit soared 20%, boosted by ratings improvement at the company's TV networks and two gigantic films from Paramount Pictures: "Star Trek Into Darkness" and "World War Z" with Brad Pitt.
Viacom became the latest...