Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Beauty and the Beast

Monday, Apr. 24, 2017

Does the summer movie season still exist?

It was once an air-conditioned oasis that drew lines around the block of audiences eager for the roller-coaster ride of "Indiana Jones," the shark bite of "Jaws" and the buzz of a lightsaber. But in a time where the mega-movie business is year-...

Sunday, Apr. 9, 2017

The Smurfs are feeling a little blue this weekend.

The third installment in Sony's animated series, "Smurfs: The Lost Village," made its box-office debut in third place, with $14 million - far behind family-friendly holdovers "The Boss Baby" and "Beauty and the Beast," according to studio...

Sunday, Apr. 2, 2017

The taskmaster toddler of "The Boss Baby" dethroned Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" at the box office with a $49 million debut, handing its star Alec Baldwin what President Donald Trump might call a "huge" no. 1 opening.

Paramount Pictures suffered another flop with its controversy-...

Sunday, Mar. 26, 2017

Not all reboots are created equal.

This weekend at the box office, nostalgia-driven fare was everywhere, from "Beauty and the Beast" to "Power Rangers" and "CHIPS," producing both successful and underwhelming results.

On the high end, Disney's live-action "Beauty and the Beast"...

Monday, Mar. 20, 2017

Disney's live-action "Beauty" was a beast at the box office, opening with an estimated $170 million in North American ticket sales and setting a new high mark for family movies.

"Beauty and the Beast" blew past the previous record-holder for G- or PG-rated releases, according to studio...

Thursday, Mar. 16, 2017

So, perhaps you’ve heard: “La La Land” didn’t win best picture at the Oscars.

But if every cloud has a silver lining, this one might be called golden: The Emma Stone-Ryan Gosling musical, which did win six Oscars, has been racking up box office numbers remarkable for a musical — nearly $...

Tuesday, Mar. 7, 2017

The Disney "live-action" remakes, of which the new "Beauty and the Beast" is but one in an assembly line, are starting to resemble an iPhone software update. Click a button and that old cartoon interface changes Belle into Emma Watson, the Beast into Dan Stevens and maybe fixes a few bugs in the...

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016

Director Bill Condon was only interested in turning Disney's animated classic "Beauty and the Beast " into a live-action film if he could use Alan Menken's Oscar-winning score. He remembers fondly when it came out in 1991 and how it not only solidified Disney's animation renaissance after "The...