‘FROZEN 2’ HEATS UP BOX OFFICE WITH $127M OPENING WEEKEND
NEW YORK (AP) – Six years after “Frozen” kicked up a pop-culture blizzard, the sequel to Elsa, Anna and Olaf’s adventures snowed-in the box office with an estimated $127 million debut domestically and $350 million worldwide.
The opening sets a record for an animated movie released outside of the summer season. The first “Frozen” opened over Thanksgiving, earning $93 million in five days and $67 million for the three-day weekend.
“Frozen 2” reviews and audience reaction have been good but not as strong as those for “Frozen.” Time will tell if the sequel can match the $1.28 billion of the original.
Last week’s top film, “Ford v Ferrari” slipped to a distant second with $16 million. The Mister Rogers drama “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” opened in third with $13.5 million.
MOVIE ‘FROZEN’ INSPIRES ATMOSPHERIC MODELING CLASSWORK
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – The Disney movie “Frozen” inspired an assignment for a Louisiana State University class in modeling the marine atmosphere.
The question: If the sea froze while the air temperature was well above freezing, could it bring on wintry weather, as it did in the movie after Princess Elsa runs across the ocean and freezes it? The answer was that, under some circumstances, such a change would be possible.
Assistant Professor Paul Miller says he got the assignment idea after watching “Frozen” many, many, many times with his 4-year-old daughter.
He set the simulations in 1840s Norway, using climate data from a set going back to 1851 – the earliest available.
PRODUCER, DIRECTOR MARKS DIES; HELMED ‘PERRY MASON’ EPISODES
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Longtime producer and director Arthur Marks, who helmed many episodes of the “Perry Mason” TV series and produced several hit blaxpoitation films, has died. He was 92.
His son Paul said Saturday that Marks died Nov. 13 at his home in Woodland Hills, California.
Arthur Marks grew up in the film business as his grandparents and parents worked in the business.
Marks was the director and producer of 80 episodes of “Perry Mason.”
He made several films aimed at black audiences in the 1970s. They include “Detroit 9000,” which was re-released in theaters in 1998 by Quentin Tarantino, and two films starring actress Pam Grier: “Friday Foster” and “Bucktown.”
Marks said his main goal was to make “a film that will damn well entertain for 120 minutes . with excitement, passion and a heart-moving story.”
‘YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS’ CELEBRATES PETER BERGMAN’S MILESTONE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Five years ago, “The Young and the Restless” celebrated Peter Bergman’s quarter-century on the daytime serial with a cake and speeches. The actor says he didn’t expect any fuss over his 30th year playing Jack Abbott, but producers devised a plot twist.
To honor the anniversary, Monday’s episode is all about Jack and those close to him.
As he reads his sister Traci’s family memoir, portrayed by Beth Maitland, his past is revisited with clips from previous seasons and appearances by other Abbotts, including Eileen Davidson as Ashley.
Bergman said he found the retrospective moving and hopes viewers enjoy it as well – including the succession of hairstyles and fashions over the decades.
The actor stepped in as Jack on Nov. 27, 1989, replacing Terry Lester as the rival to Eric Braeden’s Victor Newman.
Bergman, who starred for a decade on “All My Children,” has collected a total of 21 Emmy Award nominations for best lead actor. He won three trophies for “The Young and the Restless.”
DIAHANN CARROLL’S LEGACY AS A TRAILBLAZER REMEMBERED
NEW YORK (AP) – Diahann Carroll was remembered as a brilliant talent, a loving friend and mother and a trailblazer by the likes of Cicely Tyson, Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett, Lenny Kravitz and more at a poignant memorial service.
Celebrities including Samuel Jackson, Phylicia Rashad, Vanessa Williams and Judith Jamison came out on a rainy Sunday to pay tribute to the entertainer, who died Oct. 4 from breast cancer. The Helen Hayes Theater in the Broadway district was chosen as the venue because of Carroll’s love of the stage.
The Oscar-nominated actress had a career that stretched decades. She was the first black woman to star in a non-servant role in her own television show with “Julia,” and her many credits include the film “Claudine,” the TV show “Dynasty” and her Broadway turn as Nora Desmond in “Sunset Boulevard.”
APPLE DELAYS ‘THE BANKER’ THEATRICAL RELEASE AMID REVIEW
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Apple has delayed the theatrical release of its first original film, “The Banker” amid misconduct allegations against one of the film’s co-producers.
A person familiar with the plans who was not authorized to discuss them publicly confirmed Friday that the film’s Dec. 6 release was being delayed.
The delay comes days after Apple canceled the film’s premiere at the AFI Film Festival in Los Angeles, citing “some concerns” about the film. The company said it had launched a review.
The Hollywood Reporter published a story Wednesday that said the premiere was canceled after two relatives of a Bernard Garrett Jr., who is a co-producer on the film, accused him of molesting them when they were girls. Attempts to reach Garrett at several phone numbers listed to him were unsuccessful Friday.
The film is based on the life of Garrett’s father, Bernard, who in the 1950s and ’60s recruited a white man to pose as the face of his expansive real estate and banking business.
ANG LEE SAYS CHINA BOYCOTT OF TAIWAN AWARDS SHOW A LOSS
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) – Taiwanese filmmaker Ang Lee says China’s boycott of Taiwan’s Golden Horse film awards demonstrates how politics can harm the arts.
Beijing’s order to give Saturday night’s awards show the cold shoulder is part of its campaign to ratchet up economic and political pressure on the island it claims as its own territory.
Lee said politics was “an aspect we do not want to see. But we have to face it, because we live in this world.”
Regarding the films at the festival, he said, “Everybody knows it, it is indeed a loss.”
China’s ban, announced in August, was an expression of its displeasure following last year’s ceremony, when documentary director Fu Yue called on the world to recognize Taiwan as an independent country.
China held its own film awards Saturday.