The 2012 box office got off to a fine start this weekend, as Paramount's "found footage" (riiiight...) horror movie "The Devil Inside," which the studio acquired for just under $1 million, earned a tremendous $34.5 million in its first three days, becoming the first breakout box office star since "The Lion King 3D."
Tom Cruise rang in the New Year smiling, as "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" led the box office with an estimated $31.3 million over the three-day (Friday to Sunday) weekend. That represents a 6 percent jump from Christmas weekend.
When Thomas Heatherwick competed to design the UK pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo, he was sure about one thing: His team wasn't going to showcase "the same cheesy adverts for Britain and promote some silly stereotypes of Britain as fog and rain and Sherlock Holmes and Harry Potter and Beefeaters and phone boxes."
Romance proved to be a powerful foe for the epic "Avatar," which has dominated the box office for the last seven weekends. The Lasse Hallstrom-directed romantic drama "Dear John" won the weekend in a big way, grossing an estimated $32.4 million and setting a record for the highest-grossing Superbowl Sunday frame in history.
Well, Mel Gibson has joined Denzel Washington and Dwayne Johnson on the list of stars that couldn't stand up to "Avatar's" box-office might. The film on track to cross Titanic's domestic gross of $600 million in mere days took the top spot again this weekend, falling just 14 percent, which is a smaller drop-off than last weekend. Earning an additional $30 million, "Avatar's" domestic total now stands at $594 million.
There's no stopping "Avatar's" "shock-and-awe" performance at the box office. For the fourth weekend in a row, James Cameron's sci-fi blockbuster was No. 1 with $48.5 million, according to early estimates by Hollywood.com Box Office.
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.
Early in The Complete Guide to Man-to-Man Defense, one of three new instructional DVDs former coach Bob Knight stars in, he's in a quaint gym in Des Moines, Iowa, lecturing players from William Penn College, a nearby NAIA school, on the importance of "conversion" defense. Conversion is the term Knight prefers to "transition," which he views as inadequate for describing the goal of a fast break -- the conversion of a numbers advantage into points. And so this is what Knight tells the assembled players:
Madeleine McCann's parents still believe their missing daughter is alive as files from the Portuguese police probe into her disappearance do not reveal any evidence she has been killed, a family spokesman said Tuesday.
In order to keep his business AustinPCTech legal, Mike Rife may have to become a real-life Sherlock Holmes. He fears that a new Texas law will require his small PC repair company to obtain a private-eye license, or risk incurring a $4,000 penalty and jail time.
On any given day here at "O, The Oprah Magazine," there are somewhere in the neighborhood of 69 very talented, extremely detail oriented, high-energy, hardworking women and men all doing their jobs and doing them well. I love a few of them, I like a lot of them, I despise one of them. She is the Magneto to my Wolverine, the Saruman to my Frodo, the Dr. Octopus to my Spiderman. I call her The Tinkler.
When the CEO of a small San Diego publishing company started receiving threatening e-mails from an anonymous address, he had a pretty good idea that someone in the company's IT department was involved. The CEO called his lawyers, who in turn called Peter Garza, a computer forensics expert and founder of EvidentData, an investigative firm in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Christie's will auction over 3,000 personal documents, including letters and hand-written manuscripts, left behind by Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The sale of the once-lost papers is expected to garner about Â£2 million or $3.6 million.