After three thoroughly enjoyable episodes, Once Upon A Time missed its mark last night. Beginning with the second fairy godmother assassination I’ve seen this year (thanks, True Blood!) “The Price of Gold” went out of its way to butcher “Cinderella,” my favorite fairy tale.
Far from the unselfish and hardworking storybook character, Once Upon a Time’s Cinderella was a grasping domestic who welshed on more than one deal with Rumpelstiltskin and… Continue reading Once Upon a Time: Assassination of (Fairy Tale) Character
Winter the dolphin may have no tail, but she has legs at the box office. ‘Dolphin Tale,’ which opened at No. 3 last week, swam to first place with an estimated $ 14.2 million. That was enough not only to dethrone the 3D re-release of ‘The Lion King’ after two weeks, but also to outperform all four of this weekend’s new wide release movies: ’50/50,’ ‘Courageous,’ ‘Dream House’ and ‘What’s… Continue reading 'Dolphin Tale' Dethrones 'Lion King': Box Office Report, September 30-October 2
For some filmmakers, the idea of working with children and animals — not to mention the entire family film genre, for that matter — is an abhorrent proposition. But ‘Dolphin Tale’ director Charlies Martin Smith says he learned from the best — from the likes of George Lucas and Carroll Ballard. Thanks to those influences and Smith’s familiarity with animal-centered stories (he directed Disney’s franchise-setting ‘Air Bud’), ‘Dolphin Tale’ is… Continue reading 'Dolphin Tale' Director Dishes On Working With Its Real-Life Star, Winter
As the number-crunching characters in ‘Moneyball’ could tell you, a player’s stats don’t always mesh with his actual earning power. Indeed, ‘Moneyball’ was favored to win the box office competition this weekend, but the contest saw the 3D version of ‘The Lion King’ repeat at No. 1, earning an estimated $ 22.1 million and fending off the Brad Pitt-led baseball flick and three other newcomers — ‘Dolphin Tale,’ ‘Abduction,’ and… Continue reading Box Office Report: 'Lion King' Rules 'Moneyball' and 'Dolphin Tale'