"Inside Llewyn Davis" was in tune with moviegoers this weekend.
The Coen brothers' new folk-music dramedy debuted in limited release this weekend to stellar results, grossing $402,000, according to an estimate from distributor CBS Films. Playing in four theaters, that amounted to a per-location average of $100,500 — the second-highest opening weekend average this year for an independent film behind only Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine."
Set in New York in the 1960s, the latest picture from writer-director siblings Joel and Ethan Coen follows an aspiring singer-songwriter (Oscar Isaac) trying...
After two weekends atop the box office, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" was iced out by "Frozen."
The 3-D animated winter musical had a massive opening over the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend, but was still unable to eke out a win over the latest entry in the popular young-adult franchise. During its second weekend in release, however, the tables turned as Walt Disney Studios said its family film collected $31.6 million to bring its domestic total to $134.3 million. The Katniss Everdeen tale grossed an additional $27 million, raising its tally to $336.7 million after 17 days in theaters.
Jerry Bruckheimer, one of Hollywood's most powerful producers, is returning home.
The veteran filmmaker, who had an enormously successful run on the Paramount Pictures lot with "Flashdance," "Beverly Hills Cop," "Top Gun" and other movies in the 1980s and early 1990s, is headed back to the studio.
Bruckheimer, 70, signed a three-year, first-look deal with the Viacom Inc.-owned studio. It begins in April, after his 23-year partnership with Walt Disney Co. ends. Financial terms of the arrangement were not disclosed.
The deal is a coup for Paramount, which since 2012 has seen its lucrative...
Walt Disney Studios has bought the marketing and distribution rights for future movies in the "Indiana Jones" franchise from Paramount Pictures, the companies said Friday.
This gives Disney control over the future of the series, adding to the ownership rights it acquired when it bought Lucasfilm in in 2012 and clearing the way for the studio to make more "Indiana Jones" movies if it chooses to do so.
Disney declined to comment on the future of the franchise. It also declined to say how much money it paid for the rights.
Paramount will still control distribution of the first four movies,...
About a month ago, I was outside our house in Los Angeles watering plants as darkness settled in. Two guys approached me with a question.
Who provided my television service? Was it DirecTV? Dish Network? Time Warner Cable?
The pair promised that no matter which company it was, they could offer a better deal. As they walked up our driveway, I got a closer look. One guy was wearing a red polo shirt with Dish Network logos and a red Dish Network ball cap. The other guy was in a blue polo shirt and blue ball cap sporting DirecTV logos.
Apparently when it comes to selling satellite TV, anything goes.
In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Sacramento, satellite broadcaster DirecTV accuses Dish One, a retailer majority-owned by rival Dish Network, of using all sorts of duplicitous and illegal acts including pretending to be DirecTV representatives in an effort to poach subscribers, primarily senior citizens.
Dish One has "engaged in marketing efforts to target existing DirecTV customers and convince those customers to switch to Dish Network based on false and misleading representations," DirecTV said in the suit, which makes...
NBC hit a high note in the ratings Thursday night with its live production of "The Sound of Music," starring Carrie Underwood in the role of Maria von Trapp.
The three-hour musical telecast drew an average of about 18.5 million viewers overall, propelling NBC to its most-watched night, not including sports, since the 2007 Golden Globes, according to early numbers from Nielsen.
Among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds, the show drew a rating of 4.6, NBC's best non-sports night in that key demographic since the 2009 "ER" finale. "Sound of Music Live" was also huge among kids and teenage...
After the coffee. Before seeing if NBC's ratings are alive with the sound of music.
The Skinny: Survived three holiday parties this week. Now I just want to hide all weekend. Friday's roundup includes the box office preview and a hilarious story about some questionable methods a retailer for satellite broadcaster Dish Network is trying to use to get DirecTV subscribers to switch.
Daily Dose: Time Warner Cable is carrying Al Jazeera America on its systems starting Friday. In Los Angeles, Al Jazeera America will be on channels 445 (high definition) and 227 (standard definition). If you don't get...
Nelson Mandela, who fought for decades to end racial oppression in South Africa, has died just weeks before the wide release of a movie telling the story of his life.
The film, titled "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," chronicles its subject's early life, the quarter-century he spent in prison, and his rise to become the first-ever black president of South Africa. He has since remained a symbol of the long fight against the apartheid regime.
Mandela is played by the British actor Idris Elba in the film, which is set to debut in theaters across the U.S. on Christmas Day. The movie is being...