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The Oscar-winning “The Hateful Eight,” released on disc by Anchor Bay Entertainment, snatched the top spot on the national home video sales charts from Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” the week ended April 3.
The Western mystery, helmed by Quentin Tarantino and featuring an ensemble cast that includes Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth and Bruce Dern, earned less than $55 million in U.S. theaters, to nearly $282 million for the fourth “Hunger Games” film, which slipped to No. 2 on VideoScan’s overall disc sales chart and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
Two other new releases bowed in the top five. Sony Pictures’ “Concussion,” the controversial biodrama about football players developing brain damage due to repeated concussions, debuted at No. »
- Thomas K. Arnold
'Broadcast News' with Albert Brooks and Holly Hunter: Glib TV news watch. '31 Days of Oscar': 'Broadcast News' slick but superficial critics pleaser (See previous post: “Phony 'A Beautiful Mind,' Unfairly Neglected 'Swing Shift': '31 Days of Oscar'.”) Heralded for its wit and incisiveness, James L. Brooks' multiple Oscar-nominated Broadcast News is everything the largely forgotten Swing Shift isn't: belabored, artificial, superficial. That's very disappointing considering Brooks' highly addictive Mary Tyler Moore television series (and its enjoyable spin-offs, Phyllis and Rhoda), but totally expected considering that three of screenwriter-director Brooks' five other feature films were Terms of Endearment, As Good as It Gets, and Spanglish. (I've yet to check out I'll Do Anything and the box office cataclysm How Do You Know starring Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, and Jack Nicholson.) Having said that, Albert Brooks (no relation to James L.; or to Mel Brooks »
- Andre Soares
'Ben-Hur' 1959 with Stephen Boyd and Charlton Heston: TCM's '31 Days of Oscar.' '31 Days of Oscar': 'Lawrence of Arabia' and 'Ben-Hur' are in, Paramount stars are out Today, Feb. 1, '16, Turner Classic Movies is kicking off the 21st edition of its “31 Days of Oscar.” While the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is being vociferously reviled for its “lack of diversity” – more on that appallingly myopic, self-serving, and double-standard-embracing furore in an upcoming post – TCM is celebrating nearly nine decades of the Academy Awards. That's the good news. The disappointing news is that if you're expecting to find rare Paramount, Universal, or Fox/20th Century Fox entries in the mix, you're out of luck. So, missing from the TCM schedule are, among others: Best Actress nominees Ruth Chatterton in Sarah and Son, Nancy Carroll in The Devil's Holiday, Claudette Colbert in Private Worlds. Unofficial Best Actor »
- Andre Soares
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