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December 2008 Archive

SAG Executive Director Doug Allen Says Strike “Will Not Shut Down The Industry”

So SAG leaders continue conducting their education campaign about the Strike Authorization Vote despite the ballot delay and upcoming January 12th-13th National Board meeting which could deep-six the idea. The following is the first in what is described to me as a series of responses to members' questions at recent Town Hall meetings. Its major point is SAG executive Director Doug Allen saying a strike “will not shut down the Industry”. Then what’s the point of a… Read

Box Office

BEST DOGGONE CHRISTMAS WEEKEND! PG Pictures Rule: 'Marley & Me' $51.6M, 'Benjamin Buttons' $39M, 'Bedtime Stories' $38.6M, 'Valkyrie' $30M

SUNDAY PM: Marley stayed top dog! That’s because, understandably, family fare was what post-holiday moviegoers wanted this 4-day holiday weekend. So all Top 10 films were PG or PG-13 rated. Attendance on Christmas Day was enormous, with the top two pics setting all-time records for the holiday. Even the cold and snowy weather cooperated. Good thing too because Hollywood had been hotly anticipating the Christmas Day openings of five high-profile movies with potential to be… Read

Oscar Ballots Mailed: Are Best Picture And Other Major Categories Already Decided?

Oscar ballots go out today from the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences to its 5,810 members and are due back on January 12th. Nominations will be announced January 22nd with the Academy Awards telecast held February 22nd. I know people love to endlessly speculate about who’s going to get nominated, and who might win, but I must say this year’s Oscars is shaping up as rather suspense-less. According to my AMPAS voter gurus who constantly talk to other Academy… Read

Most Anticipated Tentpoles For 2009?

Fandango’s MOST ANTICIPATED BLOCKBUSTERS FOR 2009 According to Men: 1.  Star Trek 23% 2.  Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 17% 3.  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 14% 4.  X-Men Origins: Wolverine 9% 5.  Terminator Salvation 7% 6.  Watchmen 7% 7.  Angels & Demons 5% 8.  Public Enemies 3% 9.  G.I. Joe 3% 10. New Moon 3% According to Women: 1.  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 25% 2.  New Moon 15% 3.  Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen 11% 4.  Angels & D… Read

R.I.P. Eartha Kitt, Pinter, Mulligan

How sad that these deaths always come in threes… Eartha Kitt who came from South Carolina cotton fields to become a reknown actress singer, dancer and actress, has died at age 81. She played the lead female role opposite Nat King Cole in St. Louis Blues in 1958 and in the 1990s appeared in Boomerang and Harriet the Spy. But who can forget her as Catwoman on the Batman TV series in 1967-68: she made sexy span all racial lines. But her legacy may lie in the fact she was one… Read


Hollywood has been especially curious about producer Larry Gordon’s role smack in the middle of this Fox vs Warner Bros lawsuit over Watchmen. In federal judge George Feess’ latest ruling, there’s this interesting footnote: Read

Xmas Weekend Predictions: 'Bedtime Stories' $40+M, 'Marley & Me' $30M, 'Benjamin Button' $25M, 'Valkyrie' $22M

WEDNESDAY PM: Big movies, big stars, big holiday weekend, and, if the weather cooperates, there’s a certainty of big box office grosses. But there’s still more snow and ice storms forecast for up and down North America threatening to lower yet another weekend’s movie ticket take overall and prevent 2008 from having a banner year. Here are Christmas weekend predictions: #1. First up, Disney’s Bedtime Stories starring Adam Sandler, kids, gumballs… C’mon, this is gonna be… Read

'Marley & Me' Leads Online Ticket Sales

With five films opening on Christmas Day, and Brad Pitt, Adam Sandler, Owen Wilson, and Tom Cruise slugging it out, pre-sales really count: Fandango Top 5 Online Ticket Sales (as of 12/24/08, 1:00 PM PT) Marley & Me (Twentieth Century Fox) 26% The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Paramount) 15% The Tale of Despereaux (Universal) 11% Bedtime Stories (Disney) 6% Valkyrie (MGM)… Read

2008 Movie International Watch List

So alongside The Black List is The International Watch List, which just came out with its 2008 roster. It’s an unofficial list of the American film industry’s favorite foreign feature and short films from the past year according to the judgment of over 50 US film executives and their assistants were asked to vote for up to five foreign feature films and five foreign short films. The International Watch List includes all the features and shorts that received two or more… Read