Sunday, November 20, 2011

'Breaking Dawn' rises to $283.5M worldwide debut

While reviews were mixed, the teenage girls (and their middle-aged mothers) still showed up in droves to see the latest "Twilight" installment in theaters.

"Breaking Dawn Part 1" opened huge with $139 million in domestic tickets sales on its first weekend.

'Breaking Dawn' rises to $283.5M worldwide debut -

Monday, November 14, 2011

25,000 visitors to FILM FANATIC

My site counter has recorded 25,000 unique visitors to FILM FANATIC in the past year. Thanks for checking out the site ... and come back again.

Johnny Depp: Why Won't Middle America Pay to See My Bad Movies?

Let's face it: When he's not wearing a pirate outfit, Johnny Depp is boring to watch on the big screen. Some recent examples: 'The Tourist'; "Public Enemies"; "The Libertine"; "Secret Window"; "From Hell;" "Sleepy Hollow."

Math Genius Johnny Depp: Middle America Doesn't Appreciate 'Intelligent Films'

'Crazy Stupid Love' tops Movies-on-Demand Titles

Rentrak Announces Top Ten Movies-on-Demand Titles Week Ending November 6, 2011

'IndoctriNation' exposes anti-Christian bias in public schools

IndoctriNation Trailer from IndoctriNation on Vimeo.

'Happy Feet 2' Dances Onto IMAX Screens This Friday

'Happy Feet Two' Dances Onto IMAX Screens This Friday

L.A. Elementary School Invites Porn Star To Read To First Graders

Hi, kids ... have you seen any of my movies?

Only in L.A. would school officials consider a porn star a role model they'd introduce to students.

L.A. Elementary School Invites Porn Star To Read To First Graders

'Immortals' Tops Weekend Box Office With $32M

Despite tepid reviews, the gods were smiling on "Immortals" this weekend as the "300" clone took in $32 million at the box office.

Rentrak Announces Official Box Office Numbers for Weekend of November 11, 2011

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

'Safe House' - Trailer

Columnist: It's Time for Hollywood Conservatives to Come Out

"Did you hear the news? Chuck Woolery came out of the closet! No, not that closet. Coming out of that closet in Hollywood gets you applause for your bravery. Instead, Woolery came out recently to admit that he is a … wait for it … conservative!"

Kregg Janke: It's Time for Hollywood Conservatives to Come Out

Monday, November 7, 2011

'Fear of a Black Republican' Trailer

Learn more about the new documentary here.

'Puss In Boots' Tops Weekend Box Office Again

Dreamworks' 'Puss In Boots' took in $33 million in its second weekend to top $75 million overall at the box office. I suspect a lot of people on the East Coast who lost power over the Halloween weekend finally got out to see the move this past weekend.

Rentrak Announces Official Box Office Numbers for Weekend of November 4, 2011

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

John Lasseter Honored With Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Mr. Pixar, two-time Academy Award-winning director John Lasseter, is the latest recipient of a start on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Lasseter was honored Nov. 1 by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

Lasseter is chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios and principal creative advisor for Walt Disney Imagineering.

From a press release from Disney:
The celebration was emceed by Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Leron Gubler, with special guest speaker, actress Bonnie Hunt. Also joining the celebration were Owen Wilson, Brad Paisley, Emily Mortimer, John Ratzenberger, Patton Oswalt, Don Rickles, Randy Newman and Cheech Marin. Key Disney and Pixar executives in attendance included Studio Chairman Rich Ross, Studio President Alan Bergman, Production President Sean Bailey, Disney and Pixar Animation Studios President Ed Catmull, Pixar General Manager Jim Morris, among many other prestigious guests.

Lasseter’s star is the 2,453rd on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is located in front of the historic El Capitan Theatre. The event was followed by an exclusive luncheon specially prepared by celebrity chef Guy Fieri.

Lasseter made his feature film directorial debut with the now classic "Toy Story," which was the first-ever feature length computer animated motion picture. He subsequently directed the international box office hits "A Bug’s Life," "Toy Story 2," "Cars" and "Cars 2."

Creatively overseeing all films and associated projects from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, his executive producing credits include the Oscar®-winning and nominated Pixar films "Monsters, Inc.," "Finding Nemo," "The Incredibles," "Ratatouille," "WALL-E," "Up" and "Toy Story 3."

He also served as executive producer for Walt Disney Animation Studios' Academy Award®-nominated features "Bolt," "The Princess and the Frog" and "Tangled," as well as the studio's most recent release "Winnie the Pooh." Lasseter is also the executive producer of Pixar's new animated feature "Brave," which will be released in 2012.

A graduate of CalArts with a BFA in film, Lasseter is the only two-time winner of the Student Academy Award® for Animation for his student films "Lady and the Lamp" and "Nitemare."