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  • Tom Hanks' WWII drama to film in Baton Rouge Play Video

    December 11, 2017 5:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A World War II film starring Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks will film around downtown Baton Rouge early next year. According to the Louisiana Office of Economic Development, the WWII drama 'Greyhound' will be filming aboard the USS Kidd and at other Baton Rouge locations in... more »
  • 'Guardians' sequel blasts off to $17M on opening night

    May 5, 2017 2:38 PM

    LOS ANGELES - "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" has rocketed to a $17 million opening night, beating out early showings of the first film. Disney reported the sales estimate for Thursday night preview screenings on Friday. The sequel is the biggest opening night earner of the year so far.... more »
  • 'Alien: Covenant' clips are the stuff nightmares are made of

    March 30, 2017 3:21 PM

    LAS VEGAS - Ridley Scott knows how to scare us. He's been doing it for over 40 years. But the new footage from his upcoming "Alien: Covenant" that premiered Thursday at CinemaCon makes that alien bursting out of John Hurt's chest look tame in comparison. Scott wasn't in attendance at... more »
  • Oscar-nominated Emmanuelle Riva dies in Paris, age 89

    January 28, 2017 11:24 AM

    PARIS - Emmanuelle Riva, a French star of screen and stage who was nominated for an Academy Award for best actress in 2013, has died. She was 89. Riva died Friday afternoon in a Paris clinic after a long illness, her agent, Anne Alvares Correa, told The Associated Press. Riva... more »
  • 'Hamilton' cast to sing at Super Bowl 51

    January 27, 2017 8:24 PM

    NEW YORK - Original cast members of the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit "Hamilton: An American Musical," will sing "America the Beautiful" during pregame festivities at Super Bowl 51, the NFL and Fox announced Friday. The performance by Renee Elise Goldsberry, Jasmine Cephas Jones and Phillipa Soo, who starred as the... more »
  • No plans to digitize Fisher in future 'Star Wars' films

    January 14, 2017 5:29 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Lucasfilm, the company behind "Star Wars," says there are no plans to digitally recreate the late Carrie Fisher to play Princess Leia in future episodes of the movie saga. The Disney-owned Lucasfilm made the rare foray into the world of "Star Wars" speculation Friday night by issuing... more »
  • 'Rogue One' soars to second-best December debut with $155M

    December 18, 2016 3:31 PM

    LOS ANGELES - "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" soared to the top of the weekend box office as expected, scoring the second-best December opening ever with $155 million in estimated ticket sales. The intergalactic adventure blasted into theaters with the biggest Thursday night debut of the year and flew... more »
  • You can now download shows on Netflix

    November 30, 2016 12:08 PM

    NEW YORK - Netflix subscribers can now download shows and movies to watch during a flight, when traveling by car, or for any other time when there is limited or no access to the internet. The download option was announced Wednesday and a number of shows and movies were made... more »
  • Studio boss hopes sluggish movie-making industry rebounds

    November 19, 2016 3:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The head of Louisiana's largest film and television production studio says he hopes to see the sluggish movie-making industry rebound in the coming year after a steep downturn that followed changes to the state tax incentive program. Patrick Mulhearn, director of Celtic Media Centre, says he's cautiously... more »
  • Perry's 'Madea' stuns Hanks' 'Inferno' in box office upset

    October 30, 2016 4:56 PM

    NEW YORK - Tom Hanks and Ron Howard's latest Dan Brown adaptation, "Inferno," went up in flames at the weekend box office, handing Tyler Perry's "Boo! A Madea Halloween" a surprise victory. Perry's latest Madea movie remained No. 1 for the second straight week, topping the North American box office... more »
  • 'Fifty Shades' trailer breaks 'Force Awakens' record online

    September 16, 2016 3:12 PM

    LOS ANGELES - People might be a little more curious about "Fifty Shades Darker " than "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," at least according to trailer views online. The ad for the steamy sequel to "Fifty Shades of Grey" netted a record-breaking 114 million views in its first 24 hours,... more »
  • 'Sully' lands with $35.5 million at box office

    September 11, 2016 4:42 PM

    LOS ANGELES - "Sully" took flight in theaters this weekend and has landed with a solid $35.5 million to take the top spot at the box office, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Clint Eastwood-directed film about the Miracle on the Hudson stars Tom Hanks as Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger,... more »
  • 'Willy Wonka,' 'Blazing Saddles' in theaters this weekend

    September 1, 2016 2:21 PM

    LOS ANGELES - AMC Theaters nationwide are bringing a few of Gene Wilder's most beloved films back to theaters this weekend. The theater chain announced Thursday that audiences can catch "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" and "Blazing Saddles" this Saturday and Sunday evening at 55 participating AMC locations. Wilder... more »
  • 'Ben-Hur' crashes, 'Suicide Squad' stays on top for 3rd week

    August 21, 2016 10:58 PM

    NEW YORK - A big-budget remake of "Ben-Hur" was trampled under a herd of holdovers and new releases at the box office, the latest casualty in a bruising summer for Hollywood. The Paramount Pictures release, which cost about $100 million to make, debuted with just $11.4 million, according to studio... more »
  • 'Suicide Squad' sets August opening record with $135.1M

    August 7, 2016 5:12 PM

    NEW YORK - The supervillain romp "Suicide Squad" shrugged off scathing reviews to open with an estimated $135.1 million in North American ticket sales, scoring one of the year's biggest box-office debuts. The Warner Bros. film, directed by David Ayer, had increased pressure on its performance following the studio's previous... more »
  • 'Suicide Squad' scores record $20.5 million Thursday night

    August 5, 2016 3:16 PM

    LOS ANGELES - The baddies of "Suicide Squad" are getting pummeled by critics, but they're fighting back at the box office. The film took in an estimated $20.5 million in Thursday preview showings, a record for an August opening according to studio estimates Friday. The previous August record-holder was "Guardians... more »
  • 'Tarzan,' 'BFG' dwarfed by 'Dory,' which stays no. 1

    July 3, 2016 3:28 PM

    NEW YORK - "The Legend of Tarzan" and "The BFG" were both dwarfed by "Finding Dory" over the July 4th weekend, as the Pixar sequel led the box office for the third straight weekend. According to studio estimates Sunday, "Finding Dory" earned $41.9 million in North America. Disney is forecasting... more »
  • Theater shows R-rated comedy trailer with 'Finding Dory'

    June 30, 2016 1:00 PM

    CONCORD - The owner of a California movie theater is apologizing after a trailer for an R-rated upcoming Seth Rogen comedy was shown ahead of a screening of Disney's "Finding Dory." The East Bay Times reports moviegoers eager to see the PG-rated "Dory" at a Brenden theater in the Bay... more »
  • 'Dory' overwhelms 'Independence Day,' 'Shallows' surprises

    June 26, 2016 3:45 PM

    NEW YORK - The tidal wave of "Finding Dory" overwhelmed the sputtering sequel "Independence Day: Resurgence," whose weekend debut was drowned out by the popular Pixar release in North American theaters. In its second week, "Finding Dory" easily remained on top with an estimated $73.2 million, according to studio estimates... more »
  • 6 movies filmed in Louisiana coming soon in 2016

    June 22, 2016 11:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE – With Louisiana’s film-industry booming, more movies with star-studded casts are being filmed in the state. The Capitol City, New Orleans and surrounding areas have been prime areas for film makers. One movie hub, Celtic Studios , is the largest film and television production studio in... more »
  • 'Finding Dory' blows animation record out of the water

    June 19, 2016 3:49 PM

    LOS ANGELES - The forgetful blue fish of "Finding Dory" is box office gold. The Pixar sequel far-surpassed its already Ocean-sized expectations to take in $136.2 million in North American theaters, making it the highest-grossing animated debut of all time, according to comScore estimates Sunday. The 2007 film "Shrek the... more »
  • Depp's 'Alice' bombs, 'X-Men: Apocalypse' on top with $65M

    May 29, 2016 3:27 PM

    NEW YORK - Johnny Depp's "Alice Through the Looking Glass" bombed over the Memorial Day weekend with just $28.1 million through Sunday in North American theaters, while "X-Men: Apocalypse" debuted on top with an estimated $65 million. The anticipated showdown of the two big-budget films turned out to be little... more »
  • 'Angry Birds' flocks to No. 1 over 'Neighbors,' 'Nice Guys'

    May 22, 2016 5:05 PM

    LOS ANGELES - "Captain America" has found a worthy competitor in a bunch of flightless birds. "The Angry Birds Movie" soared to $39 million in its debut weekend, knocking "Captain America: Civil War" off its first-place perch, according to comScore estimates Sunday. "Civil War" earned an additional $33.1 million for... more »
  • Captain America' tops, 'Money Monster' grabs $15 million

    May 15, 2016 2:51 PM

    LOS ANGELES - "Captain America: Civil War" remains the box office winner in its second weekend in theaters, but the star-driven adult drama "Money Monster" showed some unexpected might too, earning $15 million according to studio estimates Sunday. "Civil War" took in $72.5 million from 4,226 screens, bringing its domestic... more »
  • 'Captain America: Civil War' nabs fifth best-opening ever

    May 8, 2016 3:08 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Disney and Marvel's "Captain America: Civil War" has strong-armed its way to becoming the fifth-highest domestic opening ever according to studio estimates Sunday. The film grossed a massive $181.8 million this weekend, bumping "Iron Man 3" out of the top five all time debuts. "Civil War" now... more »
  • 'Jungle Book' rules box office again; 'Civil War' looms

    May 1, 2016 3:36 PM

    NEW YORK - Disney's "The Jungle Book" trounced a handful of underperforming new releases to rule the box office for a third consecutive week, while next week's certain champ, "Captain America: Civil War," began setting records overseas. Jon Favreau's live-action Rudyard Kipling adaptation earned $42.4 million in its third week... more »
  • 'Jungle Book' roars with $103.6 million debut

    April 17, 2016 3:51 PM

    NEW YORK - The Walt Disney Co.'s "The Jungle Book" opened with $103.6 million in North America, making it one of the biggest April debuts at the box office. Jon Favreau's update of Disney's 1967 animated version of Rudyard Kipling's book marks the company's latest success in turning its classic... more »
  • 2016 to be active year for film-making in BR

    April 8, 2016 1:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE- This year will be another active year for the city’s film-making industry, according to Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden. Holden said that the Baton Rouge Film Commission is working with 12 projects that are “very interested” in filming in Baton Rouge later this year. The projects come along with... more »
  • New 'Star Wars' trailer previews the story of rebels past

    April 7, 2016 1:08 PM

    LOS ANGELES - The dust has barely settled from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," but audiences already have a new installment to get excited for. The world got a glimpse of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" in a teaser trailer that debuted Thursday on "Good Morning America." The movie... more »
  • 'Batman v Superman' falls 68 percent in second weekend

    April 3, 2016 3:03 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Word of mouth might be kryptonite for "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," which fell a steep 68 percent in its second weekend in theaters according to studio estimates Sunday. The superhero pic earned an estimated $52.4 million, bringing its domestic total to $261.5 million. Superhero movies... more »
  • 'Batman v Superman' shrugs off bad reviews, opens to $170 M

    March 27, 2016 2:50 PM

    NEW YORK - "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" shrugged off lousy reviews to debut with an estimated $170.1 million in North America, the sixth best weekend opening. The stakes were high for the Warner Bros. superhero showdown, which cost $250 million to make and nearly as much to market.... more »
  • 'Zootopia,' 'London Has Fallen' dethrone 'Deadpool'

    March 6, 2016 2:39 PM

    LOS ANGELES - "Deadpool's" three-week reign atop the box office has ended thanks to a handful of new openers including "Zootopia" and "London Has Fallen." The top spot went to Disney's "Zootopia" which staged a box office stampede in its first weekend in theaters with an estimated $73.7 million, according... more »
  • 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' comes to home video in April

    March 3, 2016 4:34 PM

    LOS ANGELES - In just a few weeks, you won't have to travel to a galaxy - or a theater - far, far away to see "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." The blockbuster is set to be released on home video next month. It will be available for purchase On... more »
  • 'Deadpool' dominates again with $55 million in 2nd week

    February 21, 2016 3:05 PM

    NEW YORK - Marvel's R-rated antihero smash "Deadpool" continued to dominate movie theaters over the weekend, earning an estimated $55 million and trouncing a trio of newcomers. After pulling in a massive $152.2 million in its President's Day weekend four-day debut, the comic book adaptation from 20th Century Fox starring... more »
  • Producer says Grammys doesn't have Oscars diversity issue

    February 15, 2016 9:41 AM

    LOS ANGELES- A veteran Grammys executive producer says his awards show does not have a diversity issue like the Oscars and that it is not fair to compare the two programs. Ahead of Monday's show, news outlets reported that the Grammys could be under fire since it planned to pay... more »
  • Big 'Deadpool' debut annihilates 'Fifty Shades' record, more

    February 14, 2016 3:42 PM

    LOS ANGELES - The R-rated "Deadpool" has taken the box office by storm, annihilating records with an eye-popping $135 million from its first three days in theaters according to comScore estimates Sunday. The Fox film, which stars Ryan Reynolds as the foul-mouthed superhero, easily trounced last year's record-setting $85.2 million... more »
  • '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 »

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