This Date In Movie History: March 17th

March 17th. It’s one of those nondescript days of the year that you think will never really amount to much. It’s just an extra day before March 18th. But on the contrary, the 17th is pretty sweet.

Birthdays:

Gary Sinise was born on this date in 1955 and it don’t matter what else he ever does, he’s never outliving that whole Lieutenant Dan thing.

1927 saw the birth of Rudy Ray Moore. If you don’t mind the language, I’d put up Dolemite as the most quotable movie ever.

Kurt Russell was born in 1951. If he can ever team up with John Carpenter again, I swear it’ll solve the world’s economic problems. Is there a person alive that [...]

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Weekend Report: Mall Cop Makes Good

The biggest movie this weekend was, as Paul Harvey said, “something called Paul Blart: Mall Cop.” Somehow this movie exceeded everyone’s expectations, including Sony Pictures. It was the only new movie that is really accessible to all demographics and it took advantage of it.

Paul Blart made me look pretty stupid for predicting $13,028,182. The total for the three day weekend came to $31,832,636. Unfortunately my formula is unable to account for the tastes of American moviegoers. One weekend it’s an aging actor in what could be his career-defining role (Gran Torino), the next it’s a critically-bashed Die Hard-esque family comedy. Go figure. For those interested, blart is a portmanteau of the words blood and fart.

My Bloody Valentine 3-D came in third at [...]

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This Date In Movie History: December 17th

December 17th, what more can I say? Maybe it’s because it’s near the end of the year, but there’s all kinds of good stuff about December 17th.

First, the birthdays:

Milla Jovovich, the first lady of zombie movies, was born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1975

Giovanni Ribisi, whose father’s name is Gay, was born in 1974

Writer/director/producer/editor/cinematographer Gregg Araki was born in 1959

Rhode Island-obsessed director Peter Farrelly was born in 1956

Penthouse magazine founder Bob Guccione was born in 1930

Prolific supporting-actor Ernie Hudson was born in 1945

Cherokee actor Wes Studi was born in 1947

Bill Pullman, who is somehow often confused with Bill Paxton, was born in 1953

There were a slew of older movies released on this date that [...]

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Weekend Predictions: 11-21-08

I think we’re in for the second biggest movie weekend of the year, with Bolt and Twilight opening and Madagascar 2 and Quantum of Solace still out there. [...]

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Assessing The Weekend: Quantum Of Box Office

For the first time since the middle of August, moviegoers spent more than $100 million at the movies on back-to-back weekends. [...]

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Assessing The Weekend: The Formula Breaks Down

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa crushed my $42 million prediction with a $63,106,589 weekend and Role Models bested me by almost $5 million. [...]

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Weekend Predictions: 11-7-08

Here we are, the first full weekend of November- the first weekend with a 4,000+ screen movie since The Dark Knight. [...]

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Assessing The Weekend: High School Musical Still Rules

Once again, High School Musical 3 was tops at the box office. But it was a down weekend overall, actually the smallest weekend of the year. [...]

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This Date In Movie History: November 2nd

November 2nd has been an interesting day in movie history. [...]

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Weekend Predictions: 10-24-08

This weekend looks to be a two horse race to the bank between High School Musical 3: Senior Year and Saw V. [...]

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