Hollywood Highlights

Monday, January 4, 2010

Entertainment Bytes: The top grossing domestic films of 2009 & a new high-powered agency in Hollywood

 “Transformers ll” tops the Box Office in 2009 Well, you can’t win them all. The blockbuster, “Avatar,” is dominating the Box Office right now, but when it came to to the top grossing domestic films of 2009, another action flick grabbed the top spot. The title of the number one big grosser belongs to “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” with $402,111 million.  2.   “Avatar” […]
Sunday, January 3, 2010

“Avatar” still rules the Box Office

Innovative filmmaker James Cameron is king of the Box Office right now. Cameron’s 3D epic, “Avatar”  claimed the number one spot at the domestic Box Office for the third straight week. “Avatar” scooped up an estimated $68.3 million over the New Year’s weekend. “Avatar” has made so much money, it’s mind-boggling. The domestic take for the sci-fi/ action adventure is around $352 […]
Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Top honor: Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” selected for National Film Registry

The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, is at his singing and dancing best in the wildly entertaining and unforgettable 1983 music video “Thriller” (also released as a film). Created with incredible imagination and energy that leaps off the screen, “Thriller” was directed by John Landis and runs about 14 minutes. It was produced in conjunction with Jackson’s groundbreaking “Thriller” album, considered the best […]
Tuesday, December 29, 2009

2009 Oscar nomination ballots are in the mail

Photo: Greg Harbaugh/AMPAS — Rick Rosas and Bradley Ottmanns of PricewaterhouseCoopers give the nomination ballots a final check before sending them off to be mailed. (12/28/09) The Oscar race is officially on. Yesterday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences sent out 5,777 nomination ballots to its voting members. Before being carted off to the Beverly Hills post office, the […]
Monday, December 28, 2009

Biz Bytes: Holiday retail sales jolly & Warner Bros. chalks up another multi-billion dollar year

                                             New stats show holiday shoppers spent more this season than last Some Christmas cheer for retailers and good news for the economy today. Consumer spending during the period of November first through Christmas Eve rose 3.6 percent. That’s a heck of a lot better than what happened last year, when fears of economic disaster had shoppers holding tight to their […]
Sunday, December 27, 2009

A very merry Christmas weekend Box Office

UPDATED: Monday 12/28/09 Over the Christmas holiday weekend, folks bought movie tickets like they were the best bargains in town. Despite the blizzard type weather in some parts of the country and those enticing markdown deals at the malls and stores, Americans went to the movies in huge numbers. And that produced one of the best Box Office weekends ever. James […]
Sunday, December 27, 2009

Book deals and buzz for two screenwriters-turned-novelists

Hollywood is gung-ho right now for film projects based on material from other mediums — particularly comics and novels. Screenwriter Suzanne Corso has written a number of unproduced scripts, but she recently hit the big time with her first novel. Corso wrote a coming-of-age story, based on personal experience, about a teenager in Brooklyn during the 1970s who falls for a local Mafioso wannabe, according […]
Thursday, December 17, 2009

Entertainment Bytes: The #1 bestseller on Amazon.com & the 2009 SAG Award nominees

A fast paced thriller is flying off store shelves this Holiday Season Super successful author Dan Brown is holding down the number one spot on the bestseller list on Amazon.com today with his novel, “The Lost Symbol.”  As in the mega-hit The Da Vinci Code, this thriller features brainy Harvard Symbologist Robert Langdon out to unravel a maze of codes, clues, […]
Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Awards Season: The Golden Globe nominees announced

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association revealed its nominees for the 2010 Golden Globes this morning in Beverly Hills.  At the top of the list with six nominations, the movie comedy/drama “Up In The Air,” about corporate downsizing and a guy who gets paid to travel from place to place firing people.  The musical “Nine” received five nods, the new sci-fi flick […]