Monthly Archives: December 2012

Monday, December 31, 2012

Wishing You A Happy New Year! Go 2013!!!

Wishing You A Happy New Year! Go 2013!!!

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Parental Guidance: “… should hold up nicely in the new year”

Box office report: ‘The Hobbit’ outdraws ‘Django’ and ‘Les Mis’ with $32.9 million
December 31, 2012

Despite the arrival of two holiday heavyweights, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” retained the top spot at the box office for the third weekend in a row.

Warner Bros.’ $250 million fantasy prequel was held out of the top spot from Tuesday until Thursday by “Les Miserables,” but over the traditional weekend frame “Hobbit” dipped only 11 percent to bring in $32.9 million, and its domestic total now stands tall at $222.7 million. After 17 days, “The Hobbit” is performing well ahead of 2001′s “The Fellowship of the Ring,” which had earned $189.3 million at the same point in its run (though that number climbs to about $260 million after accounting for inflation), but it still trails the 17-day cumes of “The Two Towers” ($243.6 million), and “The Return of the King” ($272.8 million). Notably, those films did not have 3D or IMAX surcharges boosting their totals. Read More

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

“Parental Guidance” off to spiffy start in seven markets!

The Hollywood Reporter
Foreign Box Office: ‘Hobbit’ Remains No. 1 Overseas; Approaching Half-Billion Mark
December 30, 2012

“Parental Guidance” off to spiffy start in seven markets. Hollywood majors fail to achieve benchmark but Sony and Universal set company records.

The foreign theatrical circuit ended 2012 with a box office bang as The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey commanded the No. 1 spot with a weekend gross of $106.5 million at some 16,600 screens in 62 markets, raising the film’s overseas gross total to $464 million. Read More

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Parental Guidance Holds Strong At Number Four ~ Makes Profit!

The Hollywood Reporter
Holiday Box Office: ‘Hobbit’ No. 1 With $32.9 Mil; ‘Django’ Easily Beats ‘Les Mis‘ for No. 2
December 30, 2012

Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey cat e. 1 in its third weekend with $32.9 million, while Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained easily pulled ahead of Les Miserables to take the No. 2 spot at the domestic box office.

The trio of films have dominated the Christmas season. Hobbit, which opened Dec. 14, has now grossed $222.7 million in North America and north of $600 million globally. Read More

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BetteBack 1976: Bette’s Special Will Be Taped; Censors Worried About Off Color Language…LOL (September 14, 1976)

Lowell Sun
September 14, 1976

NBC has tapped Bette Midler for her first special later this season. It will be taped, of course, since Miss Midler has been known to get off some colorful language in her “live” performances.

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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Parental Guidance: “This could be a film that holds on as a general audience alternative for the next few weeks.”

Boffo Four-Day Holiday Box Office, Led by ‘The Hobbit,’ ‘Django Unchained’ & ‘Les Miserables,’ Rings Out Record Year
DECEMBER 29, 2012 4:10 PM

It’s an embarrassment of riches. The days following Christmas have been a rollercoaster ride of ups and downs in grosses. On Friday, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” repeated the #1 spot it regained on Thursday, but “Django Unchained” climbed ahead of “Les Miserables” for #2, with the latter falling to #3 narrowly after leading all films on Tuesday and Wednesday. Thus the ranking has been different each of the last four days, which is unheard of most of the time, but does occur during the intense holiday playtime as major hits sort themselves out and word of mouth takes hold. See Top Ten Chart below. Read More

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Video: Crystal and Midler tackle new role: grandparents

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“The Hobbit” Back On Top; “Parental Guidance” Strong At Number Four!

On The Red Carpet
‘The Hobbit’ wins Friday box office, ‘Django Unchained’ nabs No. 2 spot
December 29, 2012

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is still tops at the box office but the battle between “Django Unchained” and “Les Miserables” is heating up.

“The Hobbit” reclaimed the No. 1 spot at Friday’s box office, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and earned an estimated $10.7 million. The outlet reports that the film’s domestic total has hit $200.5 million after nearly three weeks in theaters. The film is expected to stay in first place throughout the weekend. Read More

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“Parental Guidance” Keeping “Jack Reacher” At Bay

Showbiz 411
“Jack Reacher” Beaten by “Parental Guidance” Again, And It’s Easy to See Why
12/29/12 3:19am
Roger Friedman

The moment finally came last night. While my family was in seeing “Parental Guidance,” I sneaked next door and caught “Jack Reacher” at last. OMG, as the kids say these days. What was Tom Cruise thinking? “Jack Reacher” is losing box office daily to four other movies including the Bette Midler-Billy Crystal-Marisa Tomei flick and I can see why. “Reacher” is a befuddlement. It’s not exactly Tom Cruise’s fault, either. He is a fine actor–witness Jerry Maguire, Born on the Fourth of July, Magnolia. Read More

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“But, you know what, I did make it, so good for me…!!!

Columbus Dispatch
Comedy puts Midler back on big screen
By Ian Spelling
NEW YORK TIMES SYNDICATE Thursday December 27, 2012 7:08 AM

One day not too long ago, Bette Midler and Whoopi Goldberg sat down to chat.

“Whoopi said, ‘I don’t think I would have made it in this day and age,’  ” Midler recalls. “I said, ‘Please, you? What about me?’  ”

She shrugs.

“It’s a very, very different world,” she says. “It’s, in a funny way, like what movies used to be, when movies were only about gods and goddesses. You had to have this kind of a face and this kind of a voice.” Read More

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