‘Food’ for thought
‘Meatballs’ the hottest pick at the box office
NEW YORK — The forecast was bright at the box office for “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” which earned $30.1 million to lead this weekend’s films.
Sony’s 3-D animated family comedy was adapted from the popular 1978 children’s book by Judi and Ron Barrett. Despite schools being back in session, the film still was able to draw kids and their parents to the multiplexes.
“The meatballs have cleared, so to speak,” said Rory Bruer, head of distribution for Sony. “It really is a feature where everything aligned perfectly.”
‘Food’ for thought
Â“Food, Inc.Â” may leave a bad taste in your mouth.
But it will also have you riled up Â— and thatÂ’s the point of this powerful, passionate and eye-opening documentary.
Director Robert KennerÂ’s expose of AmericaÂ’s corporate-controlled food industry isnÂ’t just a moral lecture, though. It examines why we eat what we do, and the effects that has on a wider scale.
Exploring love is at center of flat ‘Paper Heart’
“Paper Heart” is neither real nor fake. It looks like a documentary, but isn’t — exactly.
So it’s a bit hard to process “Paper Heart,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year in the dramatic competition (and won the award for best screenplay, written by star Charlyne Yi and director Nicholas Jasenovec). The film combines “real” footage with narrative scenes, though it’s all supposed to look spontaneous. Instead, it feels stilted.
The film does have its sweet and charming moments, but its approach ultimately distracts from its intentions, which become muddled.
Forgettable ‘Fame’: Thirty years after the superb original, this version won’t make us “remember”
Â“Fame,Â” the new take on the terrific 1980 musical film about students at New YorkÂ’s High School of Performing Arts, doesnÂ’t flunk out, exactly. But it never earns better than a C.
And thatÂ’s a shame, because the first 20 minutes of Kevin TancharoenÂ’s remake suggest it could have been as good as the original.
Allison BurnettÂ’s screenplay borrows the structure of the earlier film. It starts with audition day, when middle schoolers from all over NYC show up to strut their stuff Â— music, dance, acting Â— in the hopes of getting one of only 200 slots in the freshman class.
‘Final Destination’ leads box office
LOS ANGELES — Movie audiences are continuing to visit “The Final Destination” as the fright flick took in $15.4 million over the four-day Labor Day weekend to remain the No. 1 box-office draw, according to studio estimates Monday.
Released by Warner Bros., “The Final Destination” raised its 11-day total to $50.6 million.
Quentin Tarantino’s World War II epic “Inglourious Basterds” ran a close second with $15 million from Friday to Monday. The Weinstein Co. tale lifted its total to $95.2 million in its third weekend.
‘Final Destination’ is first at the weekend box office
LOS ANGELES — Movie fans have made fear their top destination at the weekend box office.
The horror tale “The Final Destination” debuted as the No. 1 movie with $28.3 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Warner Bros. sequel is the latest installment in the franchise about people stalked by death after a premonition saves them from their destined demise.
“Final Destination” took over the top spot from Quentin Tarantino and Brad Pitt’s World War II saga “Inglourious Basterds,” which slipped to second place with $20 million. The Weinstein Co. release raised its total to $73.8 million after 10 days in theaters.
‘Wichita’ movie begins filming Â— near Boston
Filming reportedly will begin soon in a Worcester, Mass., airport on a movie starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz.
Although at least some of the filming will be in Worcester, the movie has a Wichita angle.
At one point, the movie’s working title was “Wichita.” Now, it’s being referred to as “Untitled Wichita Project.”