The Avengers, the latest superhero movie from Walt Disney's Marvel unit, led the box office in the US and China this weekend when the film opened to a rapturous reception, breaking records and earning an estimated $200m in the US alone.
Summer is just around the corner, which means that we should brace ourselves for the usual drought at the movie house. Why does it seem like summer movies are always just a bunch of cheesy blockbusters, packed with comic book characters and explosions? Maybe it's because the film industry assumes that we're outside soaking up the sun and have lost some brain cells as a result. But for those of us who are allergic to the beach or are staging a "sit-in" against wrinkles, is it too much to ask that we have a few good summer film options? No, I say. I've searched far and wide for the top 10 summer movies that shouldn't suck. You're welcome.
Ticket prices will be going up at movie theaters across the country this weekend as the entertainment industry looks to cash in on growing demand for 3-D movies following the success of "Avatar" and "Alice in Wonderland."
Thanks to astronomic word-of-mouth, inflated 3-D ticket prices, and consecutive holiday weekends that began on a Friday, "Avatar" continued its seemingly unstoppable climb to the Hallelujah Mountains of U.S. and global box office.
Proving that Sandra Bullock is having the best year of her career, the football drama "The Blind Side" rose to first place at the box office this weekend with $20.4 million, according to early estimates by Hollywood.com Box Office.
It may be only the first week of November, but Disney's "A Christmas Carol" got the holiday season started by spiriting $31 million at the box office, according to early estimates by Hollywood.com Box Office.
After all the anticipation and hubbub, the weekend is coming to an end and the box office results are here: "Watchmen" (No. 1) grossed $55.7 million during its first frame, according to early estimates from Media by Numbers.
I'm strapping myself in for a ride to the edge of the sky. Outside my porthole, the ground crew is preparing the vehicle for launch. The entry hatch is sealed, the mobile gantry pulled away. All systems are go. Soon, powerful thrusters will accelerate us to more than 500 miles per hour. At the peak of our trajectory, we will soar above about 80 percent of the atmosphere. The view of Earth will be panoramic.
Unless they happened to have adolescent daughters, it's unlikely that many Hollywood executives donned funny glasses the first weekend in February to catch the film debut - in glorious 3-D - of Disney's tween TV and pop star Miley Cyrus, better known to fans as Hannah Montana. But come Monday, there were high-level meetings all over town to deal with its impact. "Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour" opened small, on only 683 screens. But thanks to packed theaters and premium ticket prices ($15 to $24 each), it booked $31 million. That's $45,000 per screen - a Hollywood record.
They've been around for years -- but are 3D movies set to make a comeback? Although basic 3D technology has been around since the 1890s, the availability of 3D screens and 3D movies has been relatively limited. But now, companies such as IMAX (Canada), Dolby and REAL D (United States) are promising a renaissance of 3D films by creating viewing systems which provide flawless performances at the cinema.
History is repeating itself. More than 50 years ago, Hollywood embraced big-screen formats (CinemaScope, VistaVision) and 3-D to protect the movie business from television. Now, with the box office under threat from at-home viewing, industry watchers have noted spectacular returns for features released on the large-screen IMAX circuit.
Summer heat is winding down on the Lake Michigan lakefront and winter's cold wind is still months away, making this a great time to visit Chicago. And a few minutes on the Internet will show you there's more than enough going on to keep you entertained.
Alexander Graham Bell had it right from the beginning. "Mr. Watson," he called to his assistant through the first working telephone, "come here?I want to see you." Fifty years later, the first television transmission made his words literal. And now, 130 years later, the pieces are falling into place to finally let us all be seen.
With domestic movie-ticket sales off 5 percent in 2005 and theater attendance down 13 percent since 2002, maybe it's just a matter of time before all films go straight to DVD. Still, one company, Beverly Hills-based Real D, believes that the local cineplex isn't so much dead as in need of some depth.
To understand how advances in computing technology are affecting the petroleum industry, look no further than the Pod. Designed by Landmark Graphics, a unit of Halliburton that specializes in developing software for oil companies, the Pod is an Imax-style viewing room powered by a supercomputer.
Advances in technology have done much to change the way we live and communicate over the past quarter century, but no breakthrough has revolutionized life as much as the advent of the "wireless world," according to a panel of experts assembled by CNN to pick the top 25.