Wednesday, December 14, 2011

New and Noteworthy (Weekend B.O., Indie Publishing, Higgs Boson, Six Million Dollar Man)

In today's edition:

* A post from Hollywood.com on the performance of the U.S. box office last weekend, the worst since September 2008 – which, in the weekend after Labor Day, saw the worst weekend since September 2011. Simply put, the doldrums afflicting the movie industry since last year continue.

Presently commentators are optimistic that things will get better for the business in the coming weeks, with the release of big-budget sequels like Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. They all look likely to be moneymakers, but then again it seems to me that Hollywood's insistence on serving up more of the same is part of its problem.

* A piece in the Wall Street Journal regarding the independent publishing scene. Those who have been following it will find little new here, but it is an interesting example of the growing attention it is receiving from the mainstream press.

* Researchers at CERN report that they may have "glimpsed" the Higgs boson. (Note that we're still here to talk about it.)

* And finally, Dwayne Day looks back at the Six Million Dollar Man (released on DVD last year) at the Space Review.

The 2011 Summer Movie Season
9/14/11
"Was 2010 the Worst Year for Movies Ever?"
1/7/11

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