Movie Monday: The Book of Eli

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Avatar. No. 1. Again. ‘Nuff said about that. But this weekend, James Cameron’s titanic blue-hued blockbuster had a bit (just a bit) of competition from Denzel Washington’s  The Book of Eli, which slid into the No. 2 slot with $31.6 million (compared to Avatar’s $41.3 million) and was the second biggest opening in Washington’s career […]

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Congrats, Mr. and Mrs. Jonas

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A weary roll of the eyes and shake of the head. That’s my typical reaction to supermarket tabloids and shallow fan mags trumpeting the latest celebrity wedding. It’s not because these cleverly nicknamed bride-and-groom tandems (can we stop with the Tomkats, Bennifers and Brangelinas already?) celebrate their nuptials with gaudy excess and guest lists that […]

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Movie Monday: Daybreakers

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Daybreakers, a curious little vampire tale, was the only new film to break into the Top 5 at the box office over the weekend, with $15 million changing hands between mostly mindless moviegoers and mostly bored teenage ticket takers. I doubt very many of you saw this R-rated splatterfest. Still, the film was interesting in […]

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Just Hold Still a Minute!

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Boredom. We don’t often talk about it unless we’re, say, standing in line to get sci-fi convention tickets. (I haven’t experienced this, but a friend just went through a lot of rigmarole to get them for her fiancé. In my book, that is primo, divorce-proof love.) Nonetheless, this week’s Up Front article, “It’s Good to […]

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Headlines and Punch Lines

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Stealing cars. Killing cops. Assaulting prostitutes and swiping their cash. That’s the world of Grand Theft Auto,an enormously popular series of M-rated video games. You may have heard of them. Maybe even played them. But did you happen to catch Conan O’Brien’s reference to GTA on The Tonight Show recently? He turned one of the […]

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Sex Sells? Maybe Not.

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We all know the theory: If you wanna make a big blockbuster film these days, you need to throw in some sex, even if the film doesn’t necessarily require it—a little nudity, perhaps, or a salacious scene, or at the (ahem) bare minimum, a cleavage-revealing appearance by Megan Fox. Turns out, though, that’s not necessarily […]

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Avatar: $1 Billion … and Counting

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It’s 2010, folks, and lots of us are thrilled to have another blank slate on which to draw. But despite the year being so shiny new and all, the box office looks suspiciously similar. James Cameron’s sci-fi extravaganza Avatar made another $68.3 million over New Year’s weekend, according to boxofficemojo.com, bringing its North American box-office […]

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The Decade of the Shrinking Celebrity

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Remember who was in the celebrity news way back in 1999? The Spice Girls were still strutting their British girl-power stuff. Angelina Jolie was the twentysomething “it” girl. Tom Cruise was getting “sexiest star” and “beautiful people” of the year awards, still a long way from his Scientology/Oprah show meltdown. Madonna had made it through […]

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Back to the Future?

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It’s the end of the year—and the end of the decade. And so, like virtually every other entertainment-oriented writer out there, I’m working up an article detailing some of the significant stuff that’s happened in the last 10 years. In my case, I’m focusing on music. Vastly aiding my research efforts has been Billboard magazine’s […]

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