Trailer drops for Paul Thomas Anderson's "Phantom Thread"                The Big Sick, Jamie Bell and Stand Up for Something to be Honored at Hollywood Film Awards                "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri": October Oscar predictions                "Get Out" leads the Gotham Award nominations                'Blade Runner 2049,' 'The Disaster Artist' to be Honored at Hollywood Film Awards                Hollywood Contenders – Looking at Best Original Screenplay hopefuls                Todd Haynes explores the world of children with "Wonderstruck"                MUDBOUND and COCO to be Honored at Hollywood Film Awards                "The Killing of a Sacred Deer" pairs Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman once again                "Wonder Wheel" closes NYFF with a commanding Kate Winslet turn                Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney to Receive Hollywood Supporting Actor and Hollywood Supporting Actress Awards at "Hollywood Film Awards"                Hollywood Contenders – Looking at Best Adapted Screenplay hopefuls                "Breathe" aims to return Andrew Garfield to Oscar contention                Mary J. Blige, Timothée Chalamet and the Cast of "I, Tonya" - Margot Robbie, Allison Janney, Sebastian Stan, Paul Walter Hauser to be honored at the 21st Annual "Hollywood Film Awards."                New Trailer drops for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"        

Tag Archives: Scott Mendelson

Why getting a PG-13 for Bully is more important than fighting the MPAA on its lone ironclad rule.

By Scott Mendelson HollywoodNews.com: You can’t have more than one ‘f-word’ in your movie and still get a PG-13. There have been a few exceptions over the years, but generally it’s one ‘f-word’ in a non-sexual context. Anymore than that, and its an automatic R-rating. We can debate[...]

“The Vow” and “Safe House” fend off “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance”

By Scott Mendelson HollywoodNews.com: It was yet another ‘photo-finish’ at the box office over this President’s Day weekend, but as always, it’s the hard numbers rather than the arbitrary rankings that matter. But since we need to decide which movies to discuss first, in order we shall go! For[...]

News cycle hurts the world of film news

By Scott Mendelson HollywoodNews.com: a continuing feature of sorts on how the 24-hour news cycle hurts the world of film news (part I), we’ll be briefly (I hope) discussing the weird phenomenon whereby countless column inches are spent dissecting and analyzing that which is either not-yet known or painfully obvious.[...]

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part I” scores $125 million. “Next Three Days” tanks.

hollywoodnews.com: I don’t generally like to brag, but my math yesterday concerning a likely poor weekend multiplier for the seventh Harry Potter film was dead-on. After opening with $24 million in midnight showings, the film pulled in $61 million on its first day, and just $38 million on its second,[...]

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part I” scores $61.2 million on first day

hollywoodnews.com: It’s a $61.2 million Friday for ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part I.’ That’s the fifth-biggest single day of all time, behind the opening days of ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’ ($62 million), ‘The Dark Knight’ ($67 million), ‘Twilight Saga: Eclipse’ ($68 million), and ‘Twilight Saga: New Moon’[...]

Recap: the most memorable comic book-film trailers from the last 10 years

By Scott Mendelson HollywoodNews.com: It’s hard to believe that it’s been ten years since the modern comic book movie revival kicked off with “X-Men” and (kinda-sorta) “Unbreakable.” With the lukewarm response to the trailers to “Thor” and “Green Lantern,” and the Nolan “Batman” franchise wrapping up, we may just be on[...]

Natalie Portman’s ‘Black Swan’ releases snazzy new poster

By Scott Mendelson HollywoodNews.com: I had to miss out on the LA press screenings last week (on a Friday night… really?), so I may have to wait until opening day to check this one out. Still, this is a very snazzy poster, if slightly more conventional than the creepier first one-sheet. To[...]

‘Cars 2’ heads overseas to determine the world’s fastest car

By Scott Mendelson HollywoodNews.com: I was not a fan of the first “Cars” (it was a remake of “Doc Hollywood” with the sensibility of something like “A Shark Tale”), but the merchandise still sells like gangbusters and a sequel was inevitable. I’m attending the birthday party of a cousin down in[...]

Warner Bros shoots self in the foot by offering ‘Green Lantern’ preview on Entertainment Tonight.

By Scott Mendelson hollywoodnews.com: Studios really have to stop premiering footage of their movies on Entertainment Tonight. They can make any movie look cheap and sound stupid. Just stop doing it, people. Either release the thing online a few days before the weekend or just let people sample your first trailer[...]

“Megamind” ends the weekend with $47.6 million

By Scott Mendelson HollywoodNews.com: There weren’t a lot of surprises at the box office this weekend. “Megamind” opened right in line with most Dreamworks animated originals, with $47.6 million. The standard for non-sequels in the Dreamworks cartoon library is $43-47 million. Opening just above “A Shark Tale” ($47.6 million) and “Madagascar”[...]
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