Hollywood Highlights

Thursday, May 12, 2011

ShowBiz Bits: Ashton Kutcher to replace Charlie Sheen on “Two And a Half Men”

Some breaking news in Hollywood. Ashton Kutcher has finalized a deal to replace the temperamental Charlie Sheen on the hit CBS TV sitcom, “Two and a Half Men,” according to deadline.com  For a while, British actor, Hugh Grant, was the front runner for the job, but that plan did not work out. Deadline.com has more on this story and the behind the […]
Monday, May 9, 2011

Movie deal for bestseller “Heaven is for Real”

Another bestselling book is headed to the big screen. Sony Pictures has bought screen rights to “Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of his His Trip to Heaven and Back,” according to deadline.com This book claims to be the true adventures of a four-year -old boy who leaves his body during emergency surgery and takes a trip to heaven. […]
Monday, May 9, 2011

Final box office numbers: “Jumping the Broom” performs even better than first reported

The final numbers for the weekend box office are out today and again the small budget romantic comedy, “Jumping the Broom,” stole a little of the thunder from the blockbuster, “Thor.” Yesterday, “Jumping the Broom” surprised a lot of folks by beating expectation with an estimated debut of $13.7 million.  Today that debut got even better.  Actual numbers show “Jumping the Broom,” earned $15.2 […]
Sunday, May 8, 2011

“Thor” thunders to the top of the box office

“Thor” hammered the competition into submission at the box office this weekend. The superhero action flick debuted with an estimated $66 million to become the number one film in the country. “Thor” is based on the Marvel comic book hero who is punished for his arrogance by being banished from his mythical homeland of Asgard and sent to Earth. The cast includes Natalie Portman […]
Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Hollywood spec script market still fired up

At a time when the sale of spec scripts usually slows down — this year– those sales are still going strong.  Scott Myers over on the screenwriting blog Go Into The Story is tracking 2011 spec script buys. Myers says the 29th sale was for a spec script written by the grandsons of the actor, Dick Van Dyke. Carey and Shane Van Dyke’s “The Watching […]
Sunday, May 1, 2011

“Fast Five” smokes the competition at the box office

A high octane debut at the box office for the fifth sequel to “The Fast and the Furious”  (2001).  “Fast Five” burned rubber on the competition, left them in its smoke, with a huge opening estimated at $83.6 million. “Fast Five” is now the number one film in the country. “Fast Five,” stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, The Rock, and […]
Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Election Day in Burbank!

  If you haven’t mailed your General Election ballot — don’t. Postmarks don’t count. You must deliver your ballot to City Hall or one of the designated drop-off centers by 7 p.m. this evening.  It’s important. Vote! Drop-off Centers: Buena Vista Branch Library 300 — North Buena Vista Street  7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Joslyn Center 1301 — West Olive Avneue  7 a.m. to 7 […]
Saturday, April 9, 2011

Movie director Sidney Lumet: 1924 – 2011

One of the most respected and prolific film directors, Sidney Lumet, died today at the age of 86. Lumet lost a battle with lymphoma. He passed away in New York where he made many of his 40 films. Lumet’s credits include the classic “12 Angry Men” (1957), “The Pawnbroker” (1964), “Dog Day Afternoon” (1975), “Network” (1976), and “Verdict” (1986). The Los Angeles […]
Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Spec script market still sizzling

Toss another sold spec screenplay on the stack. “Wild Guns,” a western revolving around historic characters Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, and Sitting Bull, has sold to Warner Bros. Scott Myers over at the screenwriters’ site, gointothestory.com, is keeping a tally on spec script sales. Myers says,”Wild Guns,” is number 23. Last year, spec screenplay sells did not reach that number until sometime in June. T.S. Nowlin […]