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  • 'Kung Fu Panda 3' leads on Super Bowl weekend

    February 7, 2016 3:08 PM

    NEW YORK - "Kung Fu Panda 3" again led the box office over Super Bowl weekend, while the Coen brothers' "Hail, Caesar!" and the Jane Austen-monster mashup "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" followed distantly behind. DreamWorks Animation's "Kung Fu Panda" sequel earned an estimated $21 million in its second weekend... more »
  • Probation for attorney in movie tax credit case

    January 27, 2016 4:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans attorney has been spared prison for his role in a fraud case involving the tax credit program credited with turning Louisiana into "Hollywood South." A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced Michael Arata to probation and a $15,000 fine. Arata was one of... more »
  • Matt Damon says Hollywood must do more to support diversity

    January 24, 2016 2:33 PM

    PARK CITY - Matt Damon says the movie business has "a long, long, long way to go" when it comes to diversity. Hollywood must do "much, much, much more" to reflect the audiences who watch movies, the best actor nominee told The Associated Press on Saturday. "We're talking about huge... more »
  • 'Ride Along 2' ends box office reign of 'Force Awakens'

    January 18, 2016 4:15 PM

    NEW YORK - Kevin Hart and Ice Cube have ended the monthlong box-office reign of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." "Ride Along 2" topped the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend with an estimated $41.5 million over four days, according to studio estimates Monday. The Universal release took in an... more »
  • 'Force Awakens' becomes fastest movie to $1 billion

    December 27, 2015 2:32 PM

    LOS ANGELES - "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has reached $1 billion at the box office, reaching the milestone with record-setting hyper speed. The Walt Disney Co. said Sunday that "The Force Awakens" crossed the mark over the holiday weekend. The film accomplished the feat in just 12 days. The... more »
  • 'Force Awakens' crosses $250M globally after record Friday

    December 19, 2015 3:19 PM

    NEW YORK - "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has already surpassed $100 million in North America, and $250 million globally, setting it up for a record-setting weekend. The Walt Disney Co. on Saturday said the film made an estimated $120.5 million from Thursday night previews and opening day Friday. That... more »
  • Hollywood preps for 'Star Wars' world premiere

    December 12, 2015 2:51 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Hollywood is preparing for what could be the largest movie premiere in its history on Monday night when "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is screened for VIP audiences in three separate theaters. The star-studded event is expected to be one of the largest - and most secretive... more »
  • 'Hunger Games' beats 'Good Dinosaur,' 'Creed' at box office

    November 29, 2015 1:27 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Despite some mighty competition, Katniss and her crew have dominated the box office once again. Rentrak estimates on Sunday say "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" held on to its first-place spot in its second weekend in theaters, earning $51.6 million to top "The Good Dinosaur"... more »
  • Movies bring $178 million to Baton Rouge in 2015

    November 9, 2015 1:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Despite lawmakers trimming Louisiana's film tax incentives, officials in Baton Rouge said the city-parish saw about the same amount of movie money as it did last year. Mayor-President Kip Holden's office said movie productions spent more than $178 million in the Baton Rouge region for 35... more »
  • Elizabeth Banks will return to direct 'Pitch Perfect 3'

    October 27, 2015 3:44 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Elizabeth Banks is coming back to the world of a cappella to direct "Pitch Perfect 3." Universal Pictures made the announcement Tuesday. The actress and producer made her directorial debut with this summer's "Pitch Perfect 2." The $29 million film has grossed $286 million worldwide to... more »
  • 'War Room,' Spanish language cartoon stand out at box office

    September 7, 2015 11:58 AM

    LOS ANGELES - Mass audience blockbusters gave way to the small and highly targeted over a sleepy Labor Day weekend at the box office. Sony's faith-based "War Room" fought its way to first place in its second weekend in release, earning an estimated $12.6 million across the four-day holiday weekend.... more »
  • Old movie theater hit with wrecking ball Play Video

    August 3, 2015 11:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Crews have been working for nearly three weeks to tear down Cinemark's 10-screen Tinseltown theater. It has been vacant since it closed in 2007. Monday, about half of the theater was gone. Among the already demolished areas was the iconic Tinseltown sign. People have mixed... more »
  • 'Ant-Man' inches past 'Pixels' to take first place spot

    July 26, 2015 12:07 PM

    LOS ANGELES - "Ant-Man" has claimed first place at the box office for the second weekend in a row, narrowly besting new opener "Pixels." The Marvel and Disney superhero pic brought in $24.8 million over the weekend, bringing its domestic total to $106.1 million according to Rentrak estimates Sunday. ... more »
  • 'Inside Out' celebrates edge over 'Magic Mike,' 'Terminator'

    July 3, 2015 2:22 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Even with the flashy competition of Terminators and male strippers, the little feelings inside a young girl's head are more of a draw for moviegoers going into the holiday weekend. Disney and Pixar's "Inside Out" earned a chart-topping $7.7 million on Thursday over "Jurassic World's" $6.9 million.... more »
  • Chris Pratt filming, fishing near Baton Rouge

    June 25, 2015 5:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After silver screen adventures with space raccoons and cloned raptors, Hollywood star Chris Pratt is enjoying something simpler while filming The Magnificent Seven in Louisiana: fishing. The Hollywood star posted a picture on Instagram Thursday of a bass he caught during downtime in filming the remake... more »
  • Actors in new 'Star Wars' film surprise event audience

    April 16, 2015 1:38 PM

    ANAHEIM, CA - The stars of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" have surprised a packed audience to kick off the four-day Star Wars Celebration at the Anaheim Convention Center. Oscar Isaac, John Boyega and Daisy Ridley joined director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy on stage Thursday to regal... more »
  • Film makers: no tax credit, no movie business Play Video

    February 16, 2015 7:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana movie makers say rolling-back the film industry's tax credit could kill the business. The Jindal administration wants to reduce tax exemptions to help with next years $1.6 billion budget deficit, and it's focusing on film makers. Higher education and health care are expected to take big... more »
  • Panel divided on how to reform film tax credit program

    January 15, 2015 10:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials say Louisiana's generous film incentive program could and should be better designed to get the state a bigger return on its investment. They say the most recent estimates costs taxpayers about $170 million a year. On that point there was general agreement among five opinionated... more »
  • Jewish Film Festival returns to the Manship Theatre Play Video

    January 12, 2015 7:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Jewish Film Festival returns to the Manship Theatre this week. Ara Rubyan visited 2une In this morning to talk about the event, and says the films don't just entertain, but also inform and inspire. This is the 9th year of the festival. This year... more »
  • Who hacked Sony becomes Internet's new mystery

    December 24, 2014 12:54 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Everyone has a theory about who really hacked Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. Despite President Barack Obama's conclusion that North Korea was the culprit, the Internet's newest game of whodunit continues. Top theories include disgruntled Sony insiders, hired hackers, other foreign governments or Internet hooligans. Even some experts... more »
  • Theater in Chalmette to show 'The Interview' movie

    December 23, 2014 4:12 PM

    CHALMETTE - There aren't many movie theaters around the nation showing "The Interview," the movie that provoked an international incident with North Korea. One of those places is Chalmette Movies in St. Bernard Parish. On Tuesday, Sony Pictures Entertainment decided to allow the controversial movie to be screened at select... more »
  • 'Twilight' to be revived in Facebook short films

    October 2, 2014 10:44 AM

    NEW YORK - "Twilight" will be raised from the dead for a series of short films on Facebook. Two years after the last film of the popular movie franchise, Lionsgate announced late Tuesday that Stephenie Meyer's world of vampires and werewolves will be revived for a short film competition. The... more »
  • Hollywood vs. Hollywood tax credit fight Play Video

    September 18, 2014 9:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hollywood South will have a little more competition with Hollywood, California, since legislation was signed there to triple the California's annual tax credit for films and television. The California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act creates a new, five-year film and TV tax credit... more »
  • La. movie biz taking a bite out of California Play Video

    August 15, 2014 6:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A nearly deserted Hollywood has lawmakers in California scrambling to save its iconic movie industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, California has lost more than 16,000 film and television jobs and more than a billion dollars in wages. Local movie moguls say those jobs... more »
  • Ocasrs tonight on WBRZ

    March 2, 2014 12:54 PM

    LOS ANGELES - After a blustery few days of torrential downpours, Hollywood appears ready for smooth sailing at the Academy Awards. The 86th annual Oscars ceremony kicks off Sunday night from the Dolby Theatre. Unlike the stormy hosting of Seth MacFarlane last year, this year's Oscar show with host Ellen... more »
  • Changes at movie studio could mean more productions

    February 19, 2014 1:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Exciting changes were announced at the city's state-of-the-art movie production center Wednesday. Celtic Studios, the massive sound stage facility near I-12 and Airline Highway, announced it will become a completely local operation, with management and operations being conducted from the facility by a new leadership team. Previously... more »
  • Alabama trying to top Louisiana in movie business Play Video

    December 20, 2013 5:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Alabama is trying to dethrone Louisiana as "Hollywood of the South." But people in the Louisiana film industry say not so fast. Patrick Mulhearn with Celtic Media Centre in Baton Rouge says there's no question that Louisiana controls the south when it comes to film production.... more »
  • 'Man of Steel' takes flight with $125M debut

    June 16, 2013 12:03 PM

    UNDATED - "Man of Steel" leaped over box office expectations in a single weekend. The Warner Bros. superhero film earned $113 million in its opening weekend at the box office, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Superman tale starring Henry Cavill and Amy Adams earned an additional $12 million from... more »
  • Red carpet welcomes actors supporting state film tax credits

    May 14, 2013 10:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The stars were out in support of the state's lucrative film tax credits Tuesday night. Celtic Studios was transformed into a gala to support the credits, which have become the center of talk among some lawmakers at the State Capitol. There are discussions to possibly limit the... more »
  • CO movie theater shooting suspect wants life, not death penalty

    March 27, 2013 4:03 PM

    DENVER- The man accused of opening fire inside a Colorado movie theater during the premiere of Batman last summer has offered to plead guilty and spend the rest of his life in prison to avoid the death penalty. Lawyers for James Holmes made the offer in a motion filed... more »
  • Arcade video shooting games pulled after massacres

    January 25, 2013 4:40 PM

    BOSTON - A national movie theater chain has removed a video shooting game from a lobby after a moviegoer complained in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. National Amusements is based in Norwood, Mass. It removed the game from a complex in Yonkers, N.Y. A company executive... more »
  • Obama calls for research on media in gun violence

    January 16, 2013 4:21 PM

    NEW YORK - The sweeping proposals from President Barack Obama today for curbing gun violence put little of the focus on movies, TV and video games. The White House pressed most forcefully for Congress to pass universal background checks and bans on military-style assault weapons like the ones used in... more »

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