After Christmas Cinematic Sales

While department stores and shopping malls post their after Christmas sales, time at our local movie theaters is becoming even more special (nobody is trying to return anything there). For the price of a ticket, which includes entertainment that always fits, you can travel the globe while traveling back in time (even as far back as the 1970s), live a secret life, take a walk along Wall Street, find the magic within frosty fairy tales and meet Walt Disney! Is that a gift you would return?
In a fierce, but festive fight to the finish line, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” keeps desolating the competition, once again from the #1 spot at the domestic box office with $29.8 million (it also holds the distinction, alongside “Fast and Furious 6” and “Gravity,” of being one of only three films in 2013 to hold the top spot three weekends in a row at the domestic box office).
Our warmhearted despite being “Frozen” friends are enjoying their sixth weekend at the movies from the cool but comfortable #2 spot with $28.8 million. The “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” to report on all the Hollywood happenings, this week from the #3 spot with $20.1 million. “American Hustle” hurried to the all-American land known as #4 with $19.5 million “The Wolf of Wall Street” greedily grabbed the attention of moviegoers from the street located at #5 with $18.5 million.

It has reportedly been an imaginative holiday weekend, indeed, thanks to priceless time spent in the land of make-believe.
From seaside days to starry nights, may your imagination find you hustling along the coolest walkway leading to the starriest places…

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A Post-Christmas Present

Now that the presents have been unwrapped (and in some cases returned), we can get down to the big business of blockbuster movies. Will our arrogant “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” maintain his legendary spot at the domestic box office this last weekend in 2013? Perhaps he can expose what makes “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” so mysterious. Or take a closer look at what makes “The Wolf of Wall Street” so darn greedy. Our heroic “Hobbit: ( can finally ditch) The Desolation of Smaug” for a pleasant and profitable journey leading straight into the new year. It still being the holiday season, perhaps the troupe experiencing the “American Hustle” will slow down and enjoy a more contemporary tale. If hot cocoa and home-baked cookies find them in a family-friendly mood, they can assist in “Saving Mr. Banks” from miserly sorts and “Frozen,” but friendly hearts from a winter that just won’t end. We can hope (in vain) for the end of family trauma during a visit in “August: (to) Osage County.” Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts as mother and daughter duo? Bring on the trauma and the drama!
Comedy and corruption, animated friends and family feuds, anchorman and August (even though it’s technically still December), Hanks, hobbits and hustlers; the imagination knows no bounds on the big screen brimming with the brightest stars.
From seaside days to starry nights, may this last weekend in 2013 but just the beginning of all the great tales to come…

Celebrating Christmas Hollywood Style

“At Christmas, all roads lead home.” Marjorie Holmes
They also lead to a movieholics home away from home, where danger and Disney, heroes and hustlers happily await. On that homebound road filled with entertaining sights and silent nights, we meet the coolest characters! Walt Disney is busy “Saving Mr. Banks” from difficult authors while “The Hobbit: (forgets) The Desolation of Smaug” for joyful times spent with family and friends (and a few dropping-by dwarfs). Reporting on all the home-for-the-holidays fun is the “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” to expose all of the entertainment news (and then some). He amusingly exposes “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” but, no worries, a “Grudge Match” doesn’t ensue between our characters. “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas” has put everyone and their mother in a festive mood while the youngest among us are entranced by the “Frozen” community keeping company on the big screen. The gang from the seventies experiencing the “American Hustle” just loves the newfound peaceful feeling that comes from being home (and learning from their tragic crimes against fashion). For some of our Hollywood “homies,” it feels like “August (in) Osage County,” where family reunions can sometimes be heated but ultimately healing. Also in need of healing his ill-mannered ways is “The Wolf of Wall Street,” who is hoping moviegoers will make healthy contributions to his already fat wallet.
From seaside days to starry nights, may yuletide cheer extend well into the New Year and the holidays find you happily at home…
A Very Merry (with a side of Perry) to you all!

Enchantment and Entertainment

Taking a trip to Hollywood or would you prefer a visit to the North Pole? Thanks to the enchantment of movies, along with the magic of Christmas, you can do both! “The Hobbit: (and his tagalongs, who rejected) The Desolation of Smaug” for fancy sugar plums and friendly snowball fights, found much delight at the #1 spot at the domestic box office with $31.5 million. Reporting on the holiday travelers is the “Anchorman2: The Legend Continues” to craft the coolest stories and on his first week on the big screen made a guest-starring appearance at the corner of #2 with $26.8 million. Animated but-true-to-life characters stole away on a sparkling “Frozen” journey through a crystal clear, snowy terrain (with the elves as inevitable stowaways), arriving at the #3 ice-covered land with $19.2 million. After 138 minutes of trying to keep the pace experienced during the “American Hustle,” the fashionably-challenged 70s crew slowed down to enjoy the holidays from the #4 area with $19.1 million. Moviegoers were caught “Saving Mr. Banks” from difficult authors and deadly reviews, parking him safely at the #5 arena with $9.3 million.
Who will you meet on your trip through movie time? There’s Santa and Smaug, anchormen, animation and Americanization, Disney without the Desolation, and Hanks hustling alongside a Hobbit. The choice is clear; the holidays and Hollywood make for the best partners!
From seaside days to starry nights, may your tour through the tinsel (town) be both entertaining and enchanting…

The Movie Meaning of Christmas

“Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?” Charlie Brown

Apparently, it’s about featuring blockbuster films with major, Hollywood talent (with a double dose of Jennifer Lawrence for good measure). “The American Hustle” is hurrying through town, hoping that fast pace ends in a prime box office spot. Trying to catch up to the gang from the 70s is the “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” to report on all the cinematic news fit-to-print. Will he write his own ticket to success? It being the holidays and the time of year for good cheer (and scoring major Santa points), perhaps our characters will focus on “Saving Mr. Banks” from ill-tempered authors and finicky moviegoers. Walt Disney will surely be welcomed on that scenic journey with “The Hobbit: (who denies) The Desolation of Smaug” for the happiest, holiday trek, taking time to partake in “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas” as well as a visit with the animated kiddies trudging through that popular “Frozen” field. They can all find warm and winsome moments “Walking with Dinosaurs” while participating in “The Hunger Games: (which are) Catching Fire” of the Christmas kind.
Legends and Lawrence, a still-merry Perry, time by the fire and frosty friends with warm hearts, plus a visit with Walt Disney himself! No worries, Charlie Brown, we movie lovers really do know what Christmas is all about!
From seaside days to starry nights, may movie magic find its way to you this sensational, cinematic season…

Hobbits Hustle through the Holidays

It’s time for “The American Hustle,” also known as a bundle of blockbuster business, to occur at local movie theaters, where the frenetic pace of holiday shopping is happily replaced by the calm swiftness of quality films. Winning the war against poor pastimes is the crew conducting the beyond-satisfying “Hunger Games: (still) Catching Fire” in our movie-loving community. Also a winner is “The Hobbit: (who denies) The Desolation of Smaug” for a celebratory expedition filled with advanced tickets, appetizing fare and, ultimately, prime seating. Joining him on that compelling journey is the animated gang who hope their success (but not winter) will remain “Frozen” in cinematic time. Newcomers and Santa followers on that profitable voyage are busy “Saving Mr. Banks” from long concession stand lines, knowing Walt Disney and crew are really too big to wait for things like popcorn and profits. Reporting on all the action in his own quirky way is the “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” to capture the most legendary moments on and off camera. All of our characters are expecting “Her” red-carpet entrance, among others, to be grand, as the grandest times are currently playing on the biggest screens. Our new arrivals can expect a warm welcome, as even the naughtiest characters are hoping (in vain) for a spot on the “Nice List.”
With only one week to go until the BIGGEST holiday arrival, the list of superior stars and award-winning performances keeps getting longer…

Frozen Friends, Hobbit Heroes and a Smug Smaug

Desolate moviegoers were nowhere to be found this weekend, as “The Hobbit: (traded) The Desolation of Smaug” for the happiest place at the domestic box office, coming in at #1 with $73.7 far-from-bleak million. On the Hobbit’s heels were our “Frozen” friends, who found the #2 locale warm and sunny, adding $22.2 million to their frozen funds as well as continued success in their never-ending winter. “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas” found a happy home for the holidays at #3 with $16 million in Christmas cash. The “Hunger Games: (were still) Catching Fire” during the coldest days of the season, as they warmed up at the #4 place with $13.2 million. Movie lovers got “Thor: (out of) The Dark World” and into the light illuminating the #5 spot with $2.7 million.
Desolation and animation, dastardly dragons, hungry heroes, and a Perry oh-so-merry; comedy and yuletide cheer came crashing through our movie theaters faster than Santa and his sleigh, lighting up brighter than a Christmas tree and leaving the coolest cinematic gifts.
From seaside days to starry nights, may the sleigh carrying Santa bring you unlimited cinematic delights…