SUNDAY CENTS: The ‘Iron’ is still hot

Posted by · 6:39 pm · May 9th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. “Iron Man 2” landed with a softer than expected $133.6 million to easily win the weekend. Now, is it even possible for $133.6 million to ever be disappointing? That’s the ninth biggest opening weekend of all time for crying out loud. Plus the film has already […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: Steady Krueger

Posted by · 6:33 pm · May 2nd, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. 26 years ago, “A Nightmare on Elm Street” opened to $2.9 million on 165 screens and enjoyed healthy word of mouth to reach $55.5 million total, putting Wes Craven and New Line Cinema on the map in the process. Now New Line is owned by Warner […]

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FRIDAY FORECAST: Your worst ‘Nightmare’

Posted by · 3:27 pm · April 30th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. The summer movie season doesn’t officially start until next weekend, but Warner Bros. aims to get a jump on things by releasing their high profile horror remake, “A Nightmare on Elm Street” before the storm. By all accounts, it should work, as horror audiences have proven […]

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Revamping ‘Elm Street’

Posted by · 11:40 pm · September 27th, 2009

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The intersection, nay, collision of art and commerce

Posted by · 9:30 am · July 22nd, 2009

This morning has been quite the disenchanting read on the internet.  Everywhere I turn, it’s all the same content: “Nightmare on Elm Street” set visit reports, ogling nothing images released from “Iron Man 2,” Comic-Con preparations with the requisite trappings, “OMG, Sam Raimi’s gonna direct ‘World of Warcraft,’” etc.  Bleak indeed.  It seems to be […]

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Take the money and run, part two

Posted by · 3:59 pm · April 13th, 2009

Just a few days after I bemoaned the fact that an actor of Jackie Earle Haley’s calibre must resort to headlining a retread of “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” comes even more depressing news. Almost fifteen years after collecting an Oscar nomination for a performance that most actresses would find to be career-making, poor Elisabeth […]

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Take the money and run

Posted by · 10:25 am · April 7th, 2009

Jackie Earle Haley’s recently resuscitated career is a textbook example of how true the banal platitude “the nomination is the reward” can sometimes be. Prior to 2006, the former child star hadn’t made a film for 13 years; one devastating performance (in Todd Field’s undervalued “Little Children”), a smattering of critics’ awards and a richly […]

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