The Skinny: It was seven years ago today that I quit smoking. While I still occasionally miss my Marlboros, I have no real desire (or the wallet) to pick it up again. Today's roundup includes a preview of the weekend box office. Also, the crowds may have been big at
Cruise control. The buddy comedy "Ride Along" should have no problem staying in first place for the second weekend in a row with a projected take of just over $20 million. The only new movie opening wide this weekend is "I, Frankenstein," a horror flick expected to crack the $10-million mark. "Lone Survivor" and "The Nut Job" are forecast to post solid results as well. Weekend box-office previews from the Los Angeles Times and Hollywood Reporter.
Going for the gold. With the
Lots of window shopping, not much buying. The Sundance Film Fesitval is wrapping up and while it got the usual attention and drew huge crowds, the Wall Street Journal says spending was off this year. One reason is that Sundance is no longer the only game in town when it comes to finding that next quirky hit. "The market for commercial independent movies is so healthy that they are selling at every major festival and often outside of a festival environment completely," Micah Green, co-head of the Creative Artist Agency's film finance and sales group said. "Most of what premiered at Sundance this year were smaller, more avant-garde movies."
Talk it out. A large Time Warner Cable shareholder is encouraging the company to at least have some conversations with
Bieber bonanza. You didn't think I'd let the column slip by without finding a way to work in teenybopper Justin Beiber did you? His arrest has given cable news an excuse to take a breather from trying to be journalism operations in favor of chasing ratings. Have they gone overboard or are the problems of one of the world's biggest entertainers (it's scary typing that) a worthy news story? Variety columnist Brian Lowry offers his take.
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