Hollywood has picked up "How to Pick Up Girls!" -- the men's paperback self-help classic from the 1970s that went on to become a sacred text of the Internet-driven "seduction community." In a statement Friday, Los Angeles sales and distribution house The Exchange said it has optioned Eric Weber's book with the goal of producing a feature film.
The second installment of "The Hobbit" franchise fired up the box office during midnight showings on Thursday with U.S. ticket sales of $8.8 million, movie studio Warner Bros. said on Friday. Industry experts expect "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," opening widely at U.S. theaters on Friday, to ring up $80 million in its first weekend at the North American box office. Out of the $8.8 million made from midnight showings, $1.25 million came from IMAX screenings of the film in 3D. "Desolation of Smaug," the second in director Peter Jackson's cinematic trilogy based on author J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy novel "The Hobbit," follows hobbit Bilbo Baggins as he continues on his treacherous quest with 13 dwarves to the Lonely Mountain, guarded by a fire-breathing dragon, Smaug.
Sony Pictures has confirmed production on two features inspired by the antagonists in the classic Marvel comic. Sony has composed a team of five expert screenwriters to ensure continuity between these new installments in the Spider-Man saga: Drew Goddard, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner and Ed Solomon. Alex Kurtzman will also direct this movie dedicated to the extraterrestrial liquid capable of possessing human beings. The character has appeared in film before, in Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man 3."
By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - Actress and pin-up girl Farrah Fawcett was the star of an auction of celebrity memorabilia in Dallas on Thursday as a shiny red swimsuit she wore for a magazine shoot and 64 other personal items brought in nearly $200,000. Sharing top billing with Fawcett was Gene Kelly and the water-soaked suit he wore in the 1952 movie musical "Singin' in the Rain" as he danced in a deluge.
By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A small-town hobbit faces larger-than-life challenges in "The Desolation of Smaug," as director Peter Jackson intensifies the action in the second installment of fantasy film "The Hobbit," expected to be one of the biggest blockbusters of the year. "Desolation of Smaug," out in U.S. theaters on Friday, picks up the tale of "The Hobbit" as Bilbo Baggins and the band of 13 dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield make their way across treacherous terrain on their quest to the Lonely Mountain, currently guarded by a fire-breathing dragon, Smaug. But his possession of the mysterious ring he stole from Gollum's cave in the first installment - the same ring that leads to an epic saga in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy - is taking a hold on his soul. I think that confuses him and troubles him that he has this strong feeling of a trinket," British actor Martin Freeman, who plays the hobbit in the live-action 3D film, told Reuters.
The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards are one month away and the nominated stars are probably already busy trying to decide what to wear to the ceremony. Rob Lowe - who is nominated for "Behind the Candelabra" - called in to Access Hollywood Live on Thursday, where he proposed what may be the best award show idea ever!