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'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Recap, Episode 7: 'Test of Strength'

Posted By Jenni Miller on Nov 21st 2014 2:38PM
"American Horror Story: Freak Show" won't be back on until after Thanksgiving, but tonight's episode didn't feel very filling. Dandy's angry cry-face is pretty representative of the whole episode; there's lots of pouting and near-tantrums and Frances Conroy just needs to come in and regulate the whole damn mess. Let's just get started, shall we? That's Just Dandy Dandy (Finn Wittrock) a... read more

This Week in TV: Rosie O'Donnell's Return to 'The View' Amps Up the Drama

Posted By Gary Susman on July 07, 2014
After 17 seasons and the recent departure of founding matriarch Barbara Walters, why do we still care about "The View"? Maybe because the drama never ends, even when the cameras stop rolling. Case in point: the long-rumored re-hiring of former "View" panelist Rosie O'Donnell –- confirmed Thursday in a tweet –- which not only will do nothing to calm the troubled waters at the daytime ...

​This Week in TV: Can 'Community' Change the Internet?

Posted By Gary Susman on July 07, 2014
Not even Inspector Spacetime might have imagined the alternate universe in which this would take place: "Community," the cult-fave NBC comedy that survived five seasons of low ratings, the firing (and re-hiring) of its creator, and the departures of two major cast members, is also going to survive its cancellation by the broadcast network -– it'll be resurrected for a sixth season (and may...

​This Week in TV: How Will Diane Sawyer's Departure Change TV News?

Posted By Gary Susman on June 06, 2014
Diane Sawyer's September departure from her nightly anchor desk at ABC News, announced on Wednesday, is clearly a major event that will change –- or rather, lay bare –- the face of TV news. How to explain the multi-rippled impact of Sawyer's stepping aside? Use a phrase that was once applied to her old boss, Richard Nixon: "Follow the money." In the short term, of course, ABC may ...

​This Week in TV: How Will Chelsea Handler's Netflix Deal Change Television?

Posted By Gary Susman on June 06, 2014
Last week, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos was talking up the success of "Orange Is the New Black," noting that it and fellow binge-viewing favorite "House of Cards" have thrived because viewers no longer are willing to sit around and wait for the episodes of same show to be delivered at the same time every week. So how does he justify hiring Chelsea Handler to host what will become N...

Philip Seymour Hoffman's Death: Memorial From A Young Fan

Posted By Brady Riann on February 02, 2014
Sony Pictures Classic Welcome back for another installment from Brady Riann, Moviefone's teenage correspondent. You'll get reviews and insights into the world of film -- from a teenage perspective. Only recently have I recognized the brilliance of movies, and it was quite recent that I decided that I wanted to be a filmmaker. One of the foundational inspirations for my love of film was Phill...

Oscars 2014: The Omens Are Everywhere

Posted By Gary Susman on February 02, 2014
With most of the major precursor awards out of the way, how are we to tell how the Oscar race is progressing -- who's pulling ahead, who's falling behind? In the absence of the usual tea leaves and goat entrails, we have to find other omens, and we can find them almost anywhere. For instance, Vanity Fair's annual Hollywood issue, with its usual three-panel cover photo, by Annie Leibovitz, of ...

Oscar Race 2014: Let the Campaigning Begin

Posted By Gary Susman on December 12, 2013
John Shearer/Invision/AP Don't look now, but while you were cooking your turkey or watching "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," the 2014 Oscar race kicked into high gear. Two events in November had all the hopefuls stepping up their Oscar game: the Academy's 2013 Governors Awards and the 2014 Independent Spirit Award nominations. Both helped put this year's Oscar race into sharper focus. ...

Box Office: Did 'Oldboy' Even Have a Chance?

Posted By Gary Susman on December 12, 2013
FilmDistrict On paper, "Oldboy" could have been a hit -- a remake of a celebrated South Korean thriller by one of America's most talented filmmakers, Spike Lee, and starring an actor who specializes in brooding, tightly wound men of action, Josh Brolin. Not that anyone was expecting it to top the box office chart, not on a holiday weekend bound to be dominated by "The Hunger Games: Catching F...

Box Office: Why Did 'The Fifth Estate' Flop?

Posted By Gary Susman on October 10, 2013
Dreamworks Guess Julian Assange got all worked up over nothing. The controversial WikiLeaks founder famously fretted that "The Fifth Estate," the unauthorized thriller about him, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, would make him look foolish before countless moviegoers. Indeed, the Disney release was supposed to be one of this fall's prestige pictures, perhaps headed for Oscar glory. Instead,...

Box Office: How Did 'Baggage Claim' Beat 'Don Jon'?

Posted By Gary Susman on September 09, 2013
Fox Searchlight It was a big weekend for romantic comedies at the multiplex, with three of them entering the top 15 on the box office chart. The experts predicted that the one that would come out on top was "Don Jon," given the star power of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson, as well as a wide release in 2,422 theaters. It was expected to make $10 to $12 million, while "Baggage Claim...

Box Office: How Did 'Insidious: Chapter 2' Scare Up a Record-Breaking Debut?

Posted By Gary Susman on September 09, 2013
FilmDistrict It was no big surprise that "Insidious Chapter 2" won the weekend at the box office, since it's only competition was "The Family," a Robert De Niro mob action-comedy that played to older audiences. But no one expected it to open above $40 million and set a September record. Given that the new "Insidious" was the follow-up to a low-budget horror film that opened with $13 million, ...

Box Office: How Surprise Hit 'Instructions Not Included' Stormed the Chart

Posted By Gary Susman on September 09, 2013
Facebook Few (if any) box office analysts accurately predicted this weekend's top five movies, since one of them was a film few pundits had ever heard of: a Mexican dramedy called "Instructions Not Included," starring Mexican comic actor Eugenio Derbez. It opened on just 347 screens, but by Sunday, it had earned an estimated $7.5 million, good for fifth place. (It was projected to earn $9.3 mi...

Box Office: Why Did 'You're Next' Fail to Scare Up Audiences?

Posted By Gary Susman on August 08, 2013
Lionsgate "You're Next" was so widely touted as the next big thing in horror that some pundits even predicted it would be the No. 1 movie at the box office this weekend. Instead, it debuted modestly, all the way down in seventh place, with just an estimated $7.1 million. What went wrong? Here are some possible answers: Hype: Director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett had made the a...

Box Office: How 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' Cleaned 'Kick-Ass 2''s Clock

Posted By Gary Susman on August 08, 2013
TWC "Lee Daniels' The Butler" is not your typical summer movie. It's a serious historical drama, with a predominantly African-American cast, examining a period that's still a sore spot and a source of controversy (the Civil RIghts era), with a prestige cast that may well generate several nominees at Oscar time. That such a movie was coming out in the middle of August led many pundits to expect...

Box Office: Lessons From This Weekend's Four-Way Race

Posted By Gary Susman on August 08, 2013
WB With four new movies opening in wide-release this weekend, there was a pile-up at the multiplex. In a competitive weekend, "Elysium" came out on top -- or did it? "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" debuted last among the four -- or did it? Unpacking this week's tight race, not all was as it seemed, and the true numbers earned by this week's new releases offer some guideposts for what has been...

Box Office: Why '2 Guns' and 'Smurfs 2' Are Both Winners -- and Losers

Posted By Gary Susman on August 08, 2013
Universal This was a tricky weekend to determine who the winners and losers at the box office really were. On the one hand, there was "2 Guns," which did better than its studio predicted but not as well as box office experts predicted, yet still opened at the top of the chart. On the other hand, there was "The Smurfs 2," which did poorly by the standards of both its predecessor and this summe...

Box Office: Why Isn't Hollywood Panicking Over This Summer's Parade of Costly Flops?

Posted By Gary Susman on July 07, 2013
Sony They've toppled like dominoes this summer. Expensive movies that were supposed to be blockbusters failed at American multiplexes one after another. In two months, there were eight such flops, or about one per week. "The Hangover Part III," "After Earth," "The Internship," "White House Down," "The Lone Ranger," "Pacific Rim," "Turbo," "RED 2," and "R.I.P.D." all crashed or at least serious...

Box Office: How Did 'The Conjuring' Scare Up Such a Monstrous Victory?

Posted By Gary Susman on July 07, 2013
Warner Bros. It wasn't just viewers who were scared out of their wits by "The Conjuring" this weekend; it was the big studios as well (save perhaps Warner Bros., which released "The Conjuring"). After all, this summer has seen several supposedly surefire blockbusters -- movies with big stars, big action sequences, and big fan bases from previous installments -- do big belly flops at the multip...

Box Office: Is 'Pacific Rim' a Hit or a Flop?

Posted By Gary Susman on July 07, 2013
WB Just a couple weeks ago, the box office pundits were expecting "Pacific Rim" to be a "Battleship"-sized bomb. It's a movie that's not based on an established property, with no big-name star, and an idiosyncratic director whose fanbase is fervent but small. The movie was also opening opposite a sequel to an Adam Sandler hit comedy. Even Warner Bros., "Pacific Rim"'s own studio, predicted th...

Box Office: Why Did 'The Lone Ranger' Earn So Little Silver?

Posted By Gary Susman on July 07, 2013
Disney It's not like anyone had especially high expectations for "The Lone Ranger." Given the movie's poor pre-release buzz and its positioning opposite the sequel to a wildly popular animated family film, pundits expected "Ranger" to do just modest business; only the might of Johnny Depp's name and the Disney marketing machine were expected to carry it to a domestic gross of about $40 million...

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