The bloodthirsty forces of "300: Rise of an Empire" proved victorious at the box office on its opening weekend, easily surpassing the family-friendly animated movie "Mr. Peabody and Sherman."
"Rise of an Empire," a 3-D sequel to the 2007 movie "300," grossed an estimated $45.1 million in ticket sales across the U.S. and Canada to take the No. 1 spot at the box office. The film, based on a graphic novel by Frank Miller and directed by Noam Murro, follows the battle between ancient Greek warriors and their Persian foes.
The first "300" movie was a surprise success when it was released seven...
Lucian Grainge has a vision for the future of the music business that bears scant resemblance to the traditional record company playbook.
He is putting songs on smartphones in Africa, reviving moribund American record labels and making Lorde into a Grammy-winning global sensation. Above all, he wants to forge new partnerships with his industry's erstwhile adversaries — the technology firms that have upended the way people get their music.
Skeptics question whether anyone can reverse the decline of an industry that has seen global sales plummet from $28 billion in 1999 to $16.5 billion in...
At least 500 film industry workers gathered in West Hollywood on Friday night to pay tribute to Sarah Jones, the 27-year-old assistant camerawoman killed on a film set last month in Georgia.
Hundreds of union members walked along Sunset Boulevard from the Directors Guild of America building to a parking lot behind the headquarters of the International Cinematographers Guild, where they held candles, and watched videos of Jones' life on two large video screens. Several wore T-shirts with the messages: "We're all Sarah Jones" and "Never Forget. Never Again."
The release of a new Wes Anderson film has been a highly anticipated event among the quirky filmmaker's fans ever since his breakout success "Rushmore" in 1998.
"The Grand Budapest Hotel," which is debuting in four theaters in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, is sure to continue that tradition.
The movie takes place in Eastern Europe between World War I and World War II and stars Ralph Fiennes as a hotel concierge who befriends a lobby boy. It has generally won over critics, as indicated by a 89% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes -- a good sign for a limited release poised to expand...
A "Big Bang Theory"-powered CBS beat its rivals in the ratings Thursday night with solid showings from most of its comedies.
"Big Bang" was the highest rated show with 17.9 million viewers total and a rating of 5.2 among key 18-49-year-olds, according to early numbers from Nielsen. A ratings point in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic equals about 1.3 million people watching.
CBS averaged 10.7 million viewers and a rating of 2.7 for an easy win in prime time.
The Will Arnett comedy "The Millers" and "Two and a Half Men" rose from last week to a 3.0 and a 2.7, respectively, but "The...
The new 3D Greco-Persian epic from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures began its box office charge with $3.3 million in ticket sales from Thursday night showings in the U.S. and Canada.
That's a strong start for the bloody $100-million sequel, which is expected to pull in roughly $45 million through Sunday. That would mark a solid domestic debut, though not as powerful as the 2007 original.
The first "300" opened seven years ago with nearly $71 million and went on to gross $456 million worldwide, with slightly more than half of the total coming from overseas.
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The Skinny: My Sunday TV viewing is going to get more complicated. I'm already juggling "The Walking Dead," "Girls," "True Detective" and "The Good Wife." Now ABC is adding "Resurrection" to the mix. I really liked the pilot and hope the series can deliver. Today's roundup includes the weekend box office preview. Also the FCC is working on new rules for local TV, and Disney makes big cuts at its interactive unit.
Daily Dose: Stu Snyder is outas head of Turner Animation, the unit that oversees Cartoon Network and Adult Swim. Snyder'...
ArcLight Cinemas is hoping to enhance the moviegoer experience by developing free original content that will be screened in theaters and online.
The L.A.-based luxury cinema chain will co-produce footage of red carpet premieres, press junkets and other behind-the-scenes interviews with people in the industry and feature these clips on its website and in theaters before movie showings. The cinema will also promote the footage on its Twitter account.
In February, ArcLight partnered with production company Mid-Century Media, started by former CNN entertainment correspondent JD Cargill, to begin...
Beijing-based film production company Huayi Brothers Media Corp. plans to invest up to $150 million in a new movie company from Jeff Robinov, the former president of Warner Bros. Pictures Group.
The deal would be one of the highest-profile partnerships between Chinese and Hollywood film entities. Robinov departed Warner Bros. in the summer of 2013 after leading Hollywood's biggest movie studio since 2007.
Huayi Brothers said in a statement that it would invest $120 million to $150 million in Robinov's Studio 8, and distribute the company's movies in China. An official agreement has not yet...
Walt Disney Studios and Shanghai Media Group Pictures have stuck a multiyear partnership agreement to co-develop Disney-branded movies that would be released in China and other international markets.
China's film business is expanding rapidly. Last year, its total box office take topped $3.6 billion, up about 27% from 2012. According to Motion Picture Assn. of America data, the country is the world's second-biggest movie market behind the United States.
Under terms of the deal, Disney Studios, a unit of Burbank-based Walt Disney Co., would pair U.S.-based writers with writers and filmmakers in...
Veteran publishing executive Jack Griffin has been named chief executive of the new Tribune Publishing Co., leading a group of eight newspapers including the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune.
The publishing chain is being spun off as a separately traded public company by Chicago-based Tribune Co., which plans to retain ownership of its TV stations and other properties. The separation is expected to happen this summer.
Eddy Hartenstein, who has been publisher of The Times since August 2008, will become chairman of Tribune Publishing, a non-executive role. Hartenstein plans to stay on as...