‘prisoners’ Takes Box Office Hostage As Hollywood Gets Dark

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 1973, file photo, Muhammad Ali, right, winces as Ken Norton hits him with a left to the head during their re-match at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Norton, a former heavyweight champion, has died, his son said, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. He was 70. (AP Photo/File)

allowComments:true! displayComments:true! Richard C. Sarafian, Hollywood director, dies at 83 AP/AP – Director Richard Sarafian was best known for 1971s car-chase thriller Vanishing Point. By Steve Chawkins, Richard C. Sarafian, a Hollywood director best known for the speed-addled saga of squealing brakes and existential angst chronicled in the 1971 cult film Vanishing Point, died Sept. 18 in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 83. Mr. Sarafian was recovering from a broken back when he contracted pneumonia, family members said. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas He directed numerous films and, earlier in his career, TV shows, including episodes of Gunsmoke, The Twilight Zone and Batman. He also acted, appearing as a hit man named Vinnie in the Warren Beatty satire Bulworth and as gangster Jack Dragna in Beattys Bugsy. In Dr. Doolittle 2, Mr.

17 Bypass, aims to open by summer. Crews, who will start interior demolition in the next few weeks, will transform the roughly 26,000-square-foot former NASCAR Cafe building into a two-story wax museum plus two, yet-to-be-named smaller attractions that will round out the planned entertainment center. Visitors will be able to pose with wax figures of celebrities, though no word yet on the stars who will be part of the Myrtle Beach wax lineup. Hollywood Wax Museum debuted on Hollywood Boulevard in February 1965 with life-size wax figures of celebrities and has been owned by the same family since then. The Myrtle Beach museum would be the fourth in the United States; the other two are in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and Branson, Mo. We are pleased to work in partnership with Burroughs & Chapin on bringing the world-famous Hollywood Wax Museum to Myrtle Beach, said Tej Sundher, whose grandfather founded the original Hollywood Wax Museum. We know this beautiful city is a great match for our project and look forward to becoming part of the community. The attraction — which initially wanted to feature a Mount Rushmore on one side and the well-known Hollywood sign on other side of the buildings outside, as well as shooting stars around its sign — had to tone down the dramatic exterior presence to get the blessing of the citys Community Appearance Board, which must OK the signs, landscaping and building exteriors of new development. The current, stripped-down design features a large King Kong scaling a skyscraper not to exceed 80 feet high; the other elements were removed. The Hollywood Wax Museum is a fantastic addition to Myrtle Beach and Broadway at the Beach, said Patrick Walsh, senior vice president of asset management with Burroughs & Chapin Co. Inc., which owns the spot where Hollywood Wax Museum will operate and Broadway at the Beach, the bulk of which sits across U.S. 17 Bypass from the planned museum. Since this will be the only Hollywood Wax Museum in the Carolinas, we are confident that our visitors will be thrilled with the celebrity figures and interactive nature of the museum. The attraction brings life to a high-profile building that has sat empty for more than five years, though renovations started a few years ago on a Pat Boone theater that never materialized. Ticket prices for the Hollywood Wax Museum havent yet been set, but spokeswoman Aileen Stein said residents of Horry and Georgetown counties, as well as Brunswick County, N.C., will get 50 percent off admission.

The film stars Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Terrence Howard and Maria Bello. Scott Bowles, USA TODAY 4:57 p.m. EDT September 22, 2013 As summer fades and studios enter the fall and awards season, studios begin releasing more adult fare. ‘Prisoners,’ starring Hugh Jackman, was No. 1 at the box office. (Photo: Wilson Webb) “Prisoners” appeals to adult audiences after summer of teen fare “Insidious Chapter 2” hung on for second place “Wizard of Oz” re-release followed the yellow brick road SHARE 49 CONNECT 38 TWEET 2 COMMENTEMAILMORE Hollywood began its seasonal migration to more adult fare this weekend as the fall-oriented Prisoners scored a convincing win at the box office. The crime drama starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal collected $21.4 million, according to studio estimates from ticket talliers Hollywood.com. The haul slightly exceeded analysts’ expectations, propelled by strong reviews as Prisoners marked one of fall’s first awards contenders. According to survey site Rottentomatoes.com, Prisoners won over 79% of critics and an impressive 90% of moviegoers a strong public reaction to a dark, R-rated film that runs 2 hours long. MORE: The weekend’s top 10 films The film benefited from public hunger to get away from summer’s big-budget spectacles, says Tim Briody, analyst for ticket trackers Boxofficeprophets.com. Briody says Prisoners “found the right combination of star power and strong reviews to give audiences a reason to check out the crime thriller in what’s been a weak September at the movies.” Gitesh Pandya of Boxofficeguru.com says the film’s pedigreed cast, which included Viola Davis, Terrence Howard and Melissa Leo, “played to a mature adult crowd,” often neglected in the summer gold rush for teen audiences.

Paul McCartney shuts down Hollywood Boulevard for epic ‘Kimmel’ concert

The entertainer has successfully shut down Hollywood Boulevard for an epic concert that has locals calling in sick and blowing off work. Thanks to the Jimmy Kimmel Live , Southern California fans are getting to see the star free on Monday as tickets to be part of the venue didn’t cost. Paul McCartney definitely is making a splash on his first appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Large crowds are expected for Paul McCartneys performance. Held in front of the theater, the show kicks off at 4:30 local time and will continue until Paul is finished performing. Hoping to get as many fans there as possible Hollywood Boulevard has been shut down to accommodate the crowds. For those fans who cant make the trip, there will be a video stream released after the gig. US/UK/AUS/NZ Fans: Stream Paul’s Hollywood Boulevard gig after @JimmyKimmelLive tonight, tweeted Paul McCartney from his official Twitter account. The entertainer included a link for the performance so fans around the globe could watch. One of the biggest free shows in Hollywood, there is no doubt Beatles fans and music buffs will hit Hollywood to enjoy the music! — Jodi Jill reports direct from Hollywood.