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Time Warner Reports Mixed Quarterly Results Due to Movie Flops | Variety

Box office bombs like “Pan” and “In the Heart of the Sea” weighed down Time Warner’s fiscal fourth quarter.

A weaker film slate at its studio, Warner Bros., contributed to a mixed quarter at the media conglomerate, which saw its revenues fall 6% to $7.1 billion. That missed Wall Street’s estimates, although the company’s earnings per-share rose 8% to $1.06 per share, beating projections.

Analysts were expecting the company to report earnings of $1.01 per share on revenue of $7.5 billion. Operating income dipped 12% to $1.4 billion for the three month period ending in December.

It was a difficult quarter for Time Warner’s movie arm, Warner Bros. The division saw revenues fall 13% to $3.3 billion, as hits such as “Creed” and duds like “Point Break” couldn’t match the windfall enjoyed by “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” and “Interstellar,” two major successes from the prior year period. Operating income did improve, however, increasing 15% to $366 million.


Thrilled 'Creed' nominee Stallone thought twice about going to Oscars - Yahoo News

BEVERLY HILLS (Reuters) - Sylvester Stallone, thrilled to be back as an Oscar contender for the first time in 40 years, said on Monday he had thought twice about taking part in the Oscar ceremony because of the uproar over the scarcity of black talent in the contest.

Stallone, 69, is the only person from the boxing movie "Creed" to be nominated for an Oscar, although the film stars African-American Michael B. Jordan and was directed and written by Ryan Coogler, who also is black.


Box Office: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Crosses $900M, 'Kung Fu Panda 3' Tops Friday - Forbes

The top movie of Friday and thus Super Bowl weekend is Kung Fu Panda 3. The DreamWorks Animation toon earned $5.2 million on its second Friday, dropping 49% from last Friday, to bring its cume to $53.25m. Expect a $22m second weekend (-47%) for a new $70m ten-day total. For comparison, that’s just a bit more than the $66.75m that Kung Fu Panda 2 earned on its six-day opening back in 2011, and less than the adjusted-for-inflation $72m Fri-Sun debut of Kung Fu Panda (in 2D) back in 2008. This late January release date was always a risk, but we’ll see if it pays off next weekend. If it plays like Monsters vs. Aliens from here-on-out, it gets to $133m domestic. The better news, if it can hold off competition and screen loss on the Chinese New Year, is that it topped $100m in China yesterday with a $101m total after nine days of play.


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'Revenant' No. 1 at box office, 'Star Wars' remains at 2 -

“The Revenant” was the most-popular movie in North America this weekend, with an estimated $16 million dollar in ticket sales.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was number two, with $14.3 in ticket sales estimated by the studio, according to Rentrak.

Third place was held by “Ride along 2,” with $13 million in estimated sales.


Public invited to screenings of “Inhabit” film

Event will kick off new “Regenerative Landscapes” campaign

Community members who are concerned about the quality and source of their food as well as declining bee and monarch butterfly populations are invited to screenings of the award-winning film, “Inhabit.” The film documents real-world examples of communities that grow food, provide habitat for desired wildlife, harvest rainwater, and prepare for a changing climate.

Screenings are scheduled Sunday, Jan. 17 at 1:30 p.m. at Prairiewoods, 120 E. Boyson Road in Hiawatha, and on Sunday, Jan. 24 at 1:30 p.m. at Shambaugh Auditorium at the University of Iowa Main Library, 125 W. Washington Street in Iowa City. There is no fee to attend. The event is sponsored by Backyard Abundance, Prairiewoods, the University of Iowa, and the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department.

The film will also launch the community-wide “Regenerative Landscapes” campaign, a partnership between several organizations to help people learn simple gardening activities that will provide healthy food and also enhance wildlife habitat. Plans call for a new outdoor edible classroom on the south side of the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center at 220 S. Gilbert Street in Iowa City, educational plant signage at three public edible landscapes, a spring plant sale focusing on edibles, monthly gatherings to strengthen connections with nature, and over 20 educational and celebratory events throughout the year.

“Through nurturing regenerative landscapes in our community, we inherently nurture our own physical, mental and spiritual health,” said Jen Kardos, the new co-director of Backyard Abundance, who specializes in educational and therapeutic horticulture. Kardos joined Backyard Abundance founder Fred Meyer last summer to jointly lead the environmental education nonprofit.

Funding for the campaign comes in part from a $24,000 Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) Specialty Crop Block Grant awarded to Backyard Abundance and the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department. The grant was awarded to help people learn to grow high-value orchard crops and enhance the competitiveness of these crops in Iowa. Other funding sources include the Community Foundation of Johnson County, Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program (REAP CEP) grant, and an online fundraiser. Additional information about the campaign is available on the Backyard Abundance website at

For more information, contact Fred Meyer, Backyard Abundance Co-Director, at 319-325-6810 or

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Becomes Second-Highest Earning Movie of All Time, Surpassing ‘Titanic,’ ‘Jurassic World’ | Video |

In addition to setting a new high mark in New Year’s box office history, the record-busting film blew past the domestic grosses of both “Jurassic World” ($652.3 million) and “Titanic” ($658.7 million) to become the second-highest earner of all time with $740.3 million in just 19 days of release.

The top domestic film is “Avatar” with a $760.5 million lifetime domestic gross, but “Star Wars” is barreling in to surpass it soon. For context, it took “Avatar” 72 days to reach $700 million. “Star Wars” did that in 16 days.

Internationally, “Star Wars” earned $96.3 million this weekend, boosting its global total to $184.6 million. The film opens in China on Jan. 9.


FilmScene in Iowa City announces plan for second screen | The Gazette

IOWA CITY — FilmScene is hoping to expand.

The non-profit cinema in downtown Iowa City announced plans Dec. 1 for a second screen at its current location on the Pedestrian Mall. The Screening Room would have 40 seats, an addition to the 65-seat theater FilmScene has operated since opening in fall 2013.


People are convinced that the first line in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' is an insult aimed at George Lucas - Yahoo Finance

Some “Star Wars” fans are closely reading a piece of dialogue from the new J.J. Abrams film, and they think it might be a coded message.

You might not remember exactly what the first spoken line in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is, so let’s refresh your memory.

In the opening scene, Lor San Tekka (Max von Sydow) meets Oscar Isaac’s pilot Poe to give him part of the map that could lead to finding Luke Skywalker.

The new movie takes place a few decades after “Return of the Jedi,” in which time Skywalker vanishes and the whole plot is dedicated to finding Luke’s secret location in the galaxy.

The first thing San Tekka says is, “This will begin to make things right.”

Now, in context, he obviously means “This Skywalker map clue will hopefully bring back the Jedi Knights and return balance to the Force.”

But if you want to read it on another level, the line could mean: This new “Star Wars” franchise, spearheaded by Disney and kicking off with “The Force Awakens,” will right the sins of the (disgraceful, at least to many fans) prequels that George Lucas made previously.


'The Force Awakens' Is Now The Top-Grossing 'Star Wars' Film Ever - Forbes

It took less than two weeks for the inevitable to happen: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is now the all-time top-grossing film in the franchise. This weekend, the J. J. Abrams-directed smash hit surpassed both the $1 billion mark and previous franchise record of $1.027 billion, set by Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 1999.

The Force Awakens holds the record for the fastest-ever film to reach the $500 million mark in America, a milestone it hit in 10 days. With $545 million in domestic box office, The Force Awakens trails only four movies to become the highest-grossing movie in American history: 2009’s Avatar ($760 million), 1997’s Titanic ($658 million), 2015’s Jurassic World ($652 million), and 2012’s The Avengers ($623 million). The Force Awakens will almost certainly shatter Avatar’s record, but it’s yet to be seen if the Disney mega-flick will be the first movie in history to hit $1 billion at the U.S. box office.


Goldman: 'Star Wars' won't be top grossing film

Expect "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" mania in full force this weekend. But the film - as huge as it will be - likely will be third in terms of the biggest box offices ever, says Goldman Sachs.

Hopes are high for the latest Star Wars movie - the first under the ownership of Walt Disney (DIS). Goldman is forecasting the film to haul in global box office dollars of $1.95 billion - including $750 million in the U.S. and $1.2 billion from international markets.

As huge as that expected box-office is - it would still put "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" No. 3 behind "Titanic's" titanic $3.6 billion total global take, in inflation-adjusted dollars, and "Avatar" at $2.9 billion, according to Goldman Sachs citing data from Box Office Mojo.