Ever since “Twilight,” the studios keep making adaptations of Young Adult fantasy/sci-fi/post-apocalyptic-future novel series, but for every “Hunger Games” and “Divergent” that scores, there are several that fail (“Percy Jackson,” “Beautiful Creatures,” “The Mortal Instruments,” “The Giver”). This weekend’s “The Maze Runner,” however, seems to have figured out a way to beat the curse, as it debuted at No. 1… Continue reading Box Office: How Did 'The Maze Runner' Break the YA Curse?
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Without really trying, William Friedkin has been on the cutting edge for nearly half a century.
He won Best Picture and Best Director for “The French Connection” (1971), followed it up with the scariest movie of all time (1973’s “The Exorcist”), and… Continue reading William Friedkin on New Technology, the 'Exorcist' Curse, and the McConnaissance
Conventional wisdom regarding most franchises is that the sequels are never quite as good as the original. With rare exceptions, each installment is sort of like a recording of a recording from the analog days – diminishing with each iteration. After seeing Captain America: The Winter Soldier over the weekend, though, I couldn’t help thinking that the geekier side of Hollywood might be… Continue reading The Geek Beat: How Comic Franchises Escape the Sequel Curse
The Boston Red Sox have the curse of the Bambino, a goat jinxed the Chicago Cubs and now San Francisco Giants fear they could be dogged by the curse of Kimye!
Disgruntled fans are taking to Twitter to share their concern.
When Kanye West popped the question to Kim Kadashian at AT&T Park in San Francisco and she said yes but Giants fans have said no.
Ah, to be as squeaky-clean and even-tempered as actor Richard Gere.
When we realized that James Lipton’s liveblog of the Oscars and the 10-year anniversary of the Best Picture win by “Chicago” were happening the same year (the cast will reunite in Sunday’s broadcast), we decided to take a look back at Lipton’s various “Inside the Actors Studio” run-ins with the stars of the movie musical. Right away, we stumbled on… Continue reading Richard Gere Does Curse, We Swear