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Archives for September 2012

Latest Florida news, sports, business and entertainment

TROPICAL WEATHER Nadine becomes hurricane again over open Atlantic MIAMI (AP) Forecasters say Nadine has blown up into a hurricane for a second time as it roams the eastern Atlantic. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Nadine was 730 miles (1,175 kilometers) southwest of the Azores islands on Friday morning, with top sustained […]

Monsters rule box office in ‘Hotel Transylvania’

LOS ANGELES — “Hotel Transylvania,” a family film about a luxury resort for monsters, scared off competitors at the weekend box office with a chart-topping $43 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales, setting a record for the biggest September opening ever. The 3D-animated “Hotel Transylvania” features the voices of Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez in […]

Wilmington on Movies: Pitch Perfect

    PITCH PERFECT (Three Stars) U.S.: Jason Moore, 2012 In the mood for ateen-oriented movie musical comedy about college boys and girls’ A cappella groups? Want to watch (and hear) a bunch of enthusiastic unaccompanied singers slugging it out in something called the ICCA (International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella), with unaccompanied (sort of)  renditions […]

Filmmakers asking imams to vet movies

Tweet Text smaller Text bigger Once upon a time, Hollywood producers and studios routinely consulted with Christian pastors and church denominations for script approval on virtually every new film. Today, they are more likely to consult with Muslim imams and Islamist pressure groups to determine if their movies are appropriate for release. A new report […]

‘Hotel Transylvania’ scares up big bucks at theaters

Adam Sandler voices Dracula in the winning ‘Hotel Transylvania.’ (Photo: Sony Pictures Animation via AP) Story Highlights Audiences liked cartoon more than critics ‘Looper’ also opens with a strong showing ‘Pitch Perfect’ can sing about a big per-screen average 1:20PM EST September 30. 2012 – The animated family film Hotel Transylvania provided a jolt at […]

Box-Office Shocker: Hollywood Releases Movies People Want to See—Hotel …

Sony Pictures Animation Snapping a cold spell that stretched back months, the box office got hot with big—and bigger-than-expected—debuts. The Adam Sandler– and Selena Gomez-voiced Hotel Transylvania smashed records for September, the Bruce Willis–Joseph Gordon-Levitt time-travel flick Looper made very good on its Hollywood-cheap budget and, a week before it’s due to open wide, the […]

What’s new in entertainment, Sept. 30

THEATER Of Thee I Sing, Eureka Theatre (Wed.-Oct. 21). MOVIES Opening Friday Bitter Seeds (not rated), documentary. DISCS Diana Krall, “Glad Rag Doll” CD (Verve). Heart, “Fanatic” CD (Epic). Jackie Evancho, “Songs From the Silver Screen” CD (Columbia). Marrillion, “Sounds That Can’t Be Made” CD (Eagle). Three Days of Grace, “Transit of Venus” CD (RCA). […]

52 Years of Entertainment, We Have Come a Long Way

Since the attainment of independence in 1960, Nigeria has been grappling with socio-economic and political problems, but on the contrary, the entertainment industry is basking in success with the movie/music industry turning in billions of naira to the economy. In this independence special report By Anthony Ada Abraham on the Nigeria’s entertainment industry since independence, […]

Arts and entertainment picks, Sept. 30

S FESTIVAL Sukkot MUSIC Soundwave ((5)) Humanities M PHOTOGRAPHY Fiat Lux Redux T COMEDY Joe Klocek W LECTURE Sherman Alexie T FILM 35th Mill Valley Film Festival F DANCE ‘Oh, Inverted World’ S ART North African jewelry, photos FILM-VIDEO ‘Never Stand Still’ Renowned dancers and choreographers, including Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Suzanne Farrell and Mark […]

Switch to digital projectors imperils some theaters

Tim O’Connor, co-owner of the Catlow in Barrington, Ill., holds movie film in the theater’s film booth. He was able to raise the $100,000 needed to survive Hollywood’s pending transition from distributing movies on film to digital hard drives only. (Photo: George LeClaire, AP) Story Highlights Some old theaters face doom as movies go all-digital […]