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Moviegoers came back for a second helping of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, but the new items on the menu, Surrogates and Fame, didn't fly. That led to a weekend that was off seven percent from the same timeframe last year when Eagle Eye landed. Standing as the only broadly appealing movie among recent releases, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs dissipated by a mere 19 percent, generating an estimated $24.6 million and lifting its total to a solid $60 million in ten days. Its drop was less than such comparable titles as Open Season, Meet the Robinsons and Chicken Little, though it may have a steeper decline in its third weekend, when the Toy Story double feature will claim much of its 3D attention. Surrogates plugged in with an estimated $15 million on approximately 3,600 screens at 2,951 sites, or a fraction of what the similar I, Robot started at. The science fiction thriller »
- Brandon Gray
There are plenty of new releases in theatres this week, although as usual, some of the most interesting stuff seems to be in select theatres only. The majority of us will have to choose from the space horror flick Pandorum, sci-fi actioner Surrogates starring Bruce Willis, and the remake of Fame, but if you're lucky you might get to catch Michael Moore's new movie Capitalism: A Love Story, Tiff hit The Boys Are Back, or the buzzed-about low-budget horror movie Paranormal Activity. Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day is also playing in wide release in Canada, and Drew Barrymore's Whip It will be playing sneak previews in a lot of theatres on Saturday night. Do you plan on checking anything out this weekend? Pandorum  Fame  Surrogates  Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day  (Canada only) I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell  (limited) Paranormal Activity  (limited) Capitalism: A Love Story »
MGM just sent us this brand new movie poster from the upcoming film “Fame” by director Kevin Tancharoen and starring Naturi Naughton (Notorious), Kay Panabaker (Lie to Me, Grey’s Anatomy) and Anna Maria Perez de Tagle (Hannah Montana). Synopsis: A reinvention of the original Oscar-winning hit film, Fame follows a talented group of dancers, singers, actors, and artists over four years at the New York City High School of Performing Arts, a diverse, creative powerhouse where students from all walks of life are given a chance to live out their dreams and achieve real and lasting fame…the kind that comes only from talent, dedication, and hard work. In an incredibly competitive atmosphere, [...] »
- Brian Corder
Fame is the new musical feature, remaking the 1980 film of the same title, directed by Kevin Tancharoen and written by Allison Burnett. Premise follows a young group of actors, singers, dancers and artists over four years at the New York City High School of Performing Arts. "...In an incredibly competitive atmosphere, plagued by self-doubt, each student's passion will be put to the test. In addition to their artistic goals, they have to deal with everything that goes along with high school, a tumultuous time full of schoolwork, deep friendships, budding romance and self-discovery. As each student strives for his or her moment in the spotlight, they'll discover who among them has the innate talent and necessary discipline to succeed. With the love and support of their friends and fellow artists, they'll find out who amongst them will achieve fame..." Fame will be released by MGM, September 25. Sneak Peek the official Fame trailer. »
MGM has passed its annual audit.
That's the expected good news, delivered by the Century City-based studio on Wednesday. An unfortunate related update is that a J.P. Morgan-led creditors committee appears unmollified by the announcement.
There was never considered a sizeable risk that the audit would result in a warning being issued about MGM's viability as a "going concern." But the mere theoretical chance of that happening shook creditors, who then hired investment consultancy Houlihan Lokey to advise on possible strategies for dealing with the situation.
Fortunately for MGM, the successful conclusion of its audit means the creditors would be hard-pressed to force a court-supervised reorganization of the studio. It appears the more than 140 lenders comprising the creditors group can only jawbone about their concerns for the time being.
MGM, which is owned by a consortium of private equity firms, Sony and Comcast, also has been mulling how to restructure its finances. »
- By Carl DiOrio
Yahoo! Movies has just premiered the brand new trailer for Fame, which is set for release on September 25. Click below to see this brand new trailer right here.
Fame stars Debbie Allen, Charles S. Dutton, Kelsey Grammer, Megan Mullally, Bebe Neuwirth, Thomas Dekker, Kristy Flores, Paul Iacono, Paul McGill, Naturi Naughton, Kay Panabaker, Kherington Payne, Collins Pennie, Walter Perez, Anna Maria Perez de Tagle and Asher Book and will be released nationwide on September 25.
A little over a month ago I got to visit the set of MGM’s remake of “Fame”. While I was a little nervous walking in as I didn’t know what to expect, I got to see director Kevin Tancharoen film part of the finale and also hear some of the music from the movie. After seeing what’s in store for audiences this fall when the movie gets released, I think MGM is going to do really well with this movie. For those that don’t know about “Fame”, it’s about a performing arts school in New York City and the movie follows a group of students over four years at the school. But instead of filling this movie with a cast of familiar faces, director Kevin Tancharoen has cast a lot of unknowns and this is going to be their big break….sort of like art imitating life. »
8 items from 2009
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