Tag Archives: Media franchise

Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter influence a decade of blockbusters

By Scott Mendelson HollywoodNews.com: This is the final entry in a handful of essays that will be dealing with the various trends that were kicked off during the 2001 calendar year, and how they still resonate today. Yesterday (the 19th) marked the tenth anniversary of the US theatrical release of[...]

“Transformers,” “Paranormal Activity” sequels in the works

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Studios rarely put the kibosh on lucrative franchises. If anything, they’re more in the habit of running moneymaking movie series into the ground before letting a cash cow head out to pasture with its dignity intact. So it’s little surprise that sequels to the valuable “Transformers”[...]

A glance at the Fall Movie Season

HollywoodNews.com: When we pundits and critics wring our hands about the death of original cinema, we are frankly talking mostly about the big-budget tent-poles and/or genre films that are released by major studios. In truth, there are plenty of films that qualify as original that are released year-round. We obsess[...]

Paranormal Activity 3 Trailer

HollywoodNews.com: Considering how completely enshrouded in mystery the second film is, it’s a little surprising that Paramount basically ups and reveals the primary plot in this moody and effective teaser. This time around, it’s being helmed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, who broke out last year with the somewhat[...]

“Pirates of the Caribbean” 4 surpasses $1B, becomes 7th highest grossing film ever

By Kim Palacios hollywoodnews.com: In the six weeks since its May 20th release, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” has grossed more than $1 billion, confirmed Disney. That makes it the seventh highest grossing film in movie history, according to Box Office Mojo reports. In fact, there are so[...]

Remakes and sequels top 2011 hot movie list

By Kim Palacios hollywoodnews.com: Six of the fifteen movies on Entertainment Weekly’s recently published hot list of 2011 are sequels in well-established franchises. Of the six named, only “Cars 2” and “The Hangover 2” are the second in a series. Both the newest in the “Scream” and “Pirates of the[...]

Chris Noth: ‘Sex and the City’ is dead, no thanks to critics

HollywoodNews.com: Chris Noth aka Mr. Big in “Sex and the City” has made a bitter proclamation: “Sex and the City” is officially dead as a film franchise. The actor told U.K.’s The Sun: “It’s over. The franchise is dead.” Noth believes that the media was way too harsh on the[...]