Green Lantern gets good reviews by comic book fans – Martin Campbell’s 3-D movie a hit so far

Green Lantern grossed $21.6 million at the box office opening night (Friday): According to early figures online, the comic book-superhero was less than anticipated, but had a lot of competition. By comparison, Thor, the last comic superhero movie hit near $26 million on its opening night in May.

an image of Blake Lively at Green Lantern Premiere talking to media

Blake Lively at Green Lantern Premiere

The media, especially the LA Times reviews (three articles on Friday) were brutal. Those reviews and a few others will not help the weekend gross receipts expected to be around $55 million.

It is a fun movie, not dark like some DC Comic Book films have been in the past. In fact you can take your children to this one. It has more going on than Spiderman, at least in what I experienced.

I predict when it goes global and plays in Europe and Japan, it will prove the media was wrong,  again about this movie that cost around $200 million to make with Martin Campbell at the helm. I think the PG-13 film will do well, and I give it two thumbs up.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins was not even a close second with around $6.4 million. That’s about what Jim Carrey’s comedy movie made three years ago with Yes Man. And it also tells you about the economy and how people are waiting for it to come to DVD, or just can’t afford to go to the movies all of the time. If you missed the premiere in Hollywood, enjoy these images below. You will not find them anywhere else.

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Enjoy the exclusive photos above on premiere night in Hollywood with Martin Campbell and his wife Actress Sol Romero, Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively and others. Please feel free to comment on what you thought of the movie Green Lantern, thx.

Green Lantern Director Martin Campbell signs posters for fans at premiere in Hollywood.

Green Lantern Director Martin Campbell signs posters for fans at premiere in Hollywood.

“Eclipse” gives movie fans a full moon with Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart – new box office record

Sizzling Times at the Box Office for Moon Die Hard Fans

Those in charge are now wondering if “Eclipse” will be a larger box office hit than “New Moon” or if they will receive a total domestic gross of about $300 million.

Since most of us have Monday off for the 4th of July holiday,  this movie is predicted to gross big bucks in the first week, more close to $200 million.

More than $1 million of “Eclipse” ticket sales Tuesday night came from Imax screens according the Los Angeles Times.

It appears that the huge following of movie stars Robert PattinsonTaylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart is paying off, if the recent premiere is any indication.

“Eclipse” has the advantage of being the first “Twilight” movie to open in the summer and also the first to play on Imax screens — 193 total — which carry higher ticket prices. However, “Eclipse” also easily broke the previous record for midnight ticket sales in the summer: $22.2 million for “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” last summer.

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Entertainment business, trade and tourism cited as industries to lead recovery says new study

2010-2011 LAEDC Economic Forecast at LA Marriott, downtown.

LAEDC Forecast Report Says U.S., California and Southern California face a measured economic recovery, with stronger growth in 2011

Entertainment, international trade and tourism cited as regional industry leaders, with an economic boost from major infrastructure projects and a modest rebound in residential real estate

Los Angeles A measured economic recovery is underway in the nation, the state and Southern California, according to the 2010-2011“Economic Forecast & Industry Outlook” report released today by the Kyser Center for Economic Research at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC).

In California, three sectors will see employment growth during 2010: information, private education and health services.  Like the national experience, unemployment rates in the state will remain high with the LAEDC forecasting a 12.3 percent average rate in 2010, easing down to 11.9 percent in 2011.

“We project that the U.S. economy will grow by 2.6 percent in 2010 and by

KNX Business Hour Host Moderator Frank Mottek introduces panelist Jack Kyser, Dr. Nancy Sidhu at LAEDC Forecast event.

3.1 percent in 2011, after plunging by 2.4 percent during 2009,” said Nancy D. Sidhu, Ph.D., the LAEDC’s chief economist.  “However, unemployment rates in the U.S. will remain uncomfortably high, averaging 9.9 percent in 2010 and 9.4 percent in 2011.”

Sidhu observed that consumer spending holds one of the keys to the economic recovery, with inflation-adjusted gains of 1.9 percent in 2010 and 2.7 percent in 2011 forecast, after falling by 0.6 percent in 2009.

“California’s economy is also on the recovery track, but the state will still lose 121,800 jobs in 2010,” said Sidhu.  “However, this will be a huge improvement from the 668,200 jobs lost in 2009.”  California’s housing industry will see a modest recovery in 2010, according to Sidhu. For the full story and link to the forecast visit: http://tinyurl.com/yf85d5m

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The rain showers took the edge off of Mel Gibson’s new movie “The Edge of Darkness”

Umberellas and raincoats were the order of the day at the Chinese Mann’s Theater and premiere of Martin Campbell’s new film “Edge of Darkness”

Mel Gibson plays Thomas Craven, a homicide detective who investigates the murder of his daughter, who he learns is more than an activist in Boston.  His investigation finds her secret life and a government and corporate cover-up with a thriller plot of a anoter agent trying to hide evidence.

Cast:
Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone, Frank Grillo, Wayne Duvall, Frank Ridley Genre: Drama | Thriller
Director: Martin Campbell
Writer: Andrew Bovell, William Monahan
Studio: Warner Brothers

Plot:
As homicide detective Thomas Craven investigates the death of his activist daughter, he uncovers not only her secret life, but a corporate cover-up and government collusion that attracts an agent tasked with cleaning up the evidence.

The $80 million, R-rated political thriller will be a real test of Mel Gibson’s return to the big screen eight years after his DUI arrest and flap in Malibu that set the gossip trades on fire during the 2006 meldown. Crave Online talked to him about that indepth.

Actor James Karnes

“The crowd was light and we didn’t get to see much of anything,” Actor James Karners told this writer. “But it was worth the effort one never knows what will happen with these things. Yep it was raining and I had an umbrella. Because of the rain the people who were walking the red carpet did so at a place where one couldn’t see anything so we went home after a while.”

Karnes, who recently did a featured role with CBS Criminal Minds, where he played a security guard. The name of the episode is “Peracites”,  if you get a chance check it out.

Karnes is featured often, because he can actually act.

Mel Gibson and his girlfriend Oksana attended the premiere of “The Edge of Darkness”  held at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California last night (Jan26, 2010). And his baby-mama looked looked great just two months after giving birth to baby Lucia on Nov. 2, 2009  Mel’s eight child.

Mel Gibson was in good spirits Tuesday as he attended the premiere of his new film.  Mel strolled the red carpet at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre holding hands with girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, who recently gave birth to their daughter Lucia.

The controversial actor sat with Jay Leno this week where he opened up about his 3-month-old daughter and described when she wakes up in the middle of the night crying.  We’ll see if he will be smiling or crying when “The Edge of Darkness”  debuts in theaters on Friday.

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