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Archive: April, 2012

POSTED: Thursday, April 26, 2012, 1:55 PM

Here's a NYT story about a documentary called "The Wrecking Crew" screening this weekend at the Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut. (5 pm Sat., 12:50 pm Sun., check annenberg site for details). 

Doc tells the story of session musicians known for creating the California Sound of the 1960s and 1970s, working for acts as diverse as Sinatra, the Beach Boys, Glen Campbell. Many, many more. Music rights for the doc have cost $300,000.

More music documentary news -- Friday May 4, the local band Full Service will screen its documentary "Takeover!" at World Cafe Life. The film recounts the bands unauthorized gambit to play concerts in parking lots at venues where Snoop Dogg was touring. The band will answer questions after the screening, and perform, details at the band's site.

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POSTED: Sunday, April 22, 2012, 1:23 PM

The movie adapation of Steve Harvey's "Think Like A Man" made $33 million in its opening weekend to claim the top spot, knocking off long-running champ "The Hunger Games" and posting one of the best numbers ever for an African-American ensemble.

Only "Tyler Perry's Madea Goes To Jail" had a better opening weekend among African American ensemble comedies,  according to the genre ranking at BO MOJO.

Audiences apparently like the "Think Like a Man" combination of light comedy and an attractive cast sprinkled with comic talent -- Gabrielle Union, Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Taraji Henson, Romany Malco. 

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POSTED: Monday, April 16, 2012, 1:58 PM

BO MOJO reports that "The Hunger Games" had it's best hold ever, and is now the first movie since "Avatar" to keep the top spot four weeks running.

The movie's long tail indicates possible repeat viewing among a target audience that responds to its dystopian depiction of  an impoverished near-future society that forces its youth to participate in dog-eat-dog competition.  What kind of country would do that? Ours, says Esquire.

The movie is a rousing success, so it's a little weird that director Gary Ross decided to quit the franchise, but not too weird. Ross is a writer by training, and was no doubt hired to make sure Suzanne Collins' story/characters survived intact. Job well done. Now for someone with more cinematic chops. My choice: Alfonso Cuaron, whose dystopian "Children of Men" had some great action scenes, and who directed younger performers in "Prisoner of Azkaban," one of the better Potter movies.

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