‘prisoners’ Takes Box Office Hostage As Hollywood Gets Dark

About Hollywood Star Walk

Chuck Berry

EDT, September 21, 2013 A flurry of excitement and a blur of bright, sequined costumes surrounded Edina McGrath as she stood backstage at the Greater Hollywood YMCA Family Center. Amid trying to get performers lined up and into costume, she could hear the crowd gathering in the next room. “They get here early to get seats,” McGrath said of the audience. “And every year, we have so many great and talented performers.” This is the second year in a row that the YMCA has hosted the Snappy Senior Fun Follies Show, a mini Broadway production. And it’s grown from just an idea into a big undertaking. Performers ranged in age from 60 to 90, and the range of talent was just as wide some sang, some danced and others told jokes. The crowd of more than 300 was well entertained during the two-hour show. McGrath opened the show with her rendition of “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” The show also honored America with several patriotic numbers and the presentation of colors, and military veterans were recognized. Other acts including Hollywood’s own Jersey Boys singing “Sherry” and the Sexy Seniors’ performance of “Rock Around the Mop.” Ricardo Ribeiro brought the audience to its feet with his performance of “Climb Every Mountain.” Two years ago, McGrath approached the YMCA’s executive director, Rhonda Ludwig, about putting together a show of senior talent. McGrath, who has more than 10 years experience in the entertainment industry, wanted to get her fellow seniors involved in singing and dancing. “It’s just my desire to show the world that there are still seniors that have talent and want to show it off,” she said. “We find more and more talent each year. It’s such a wonderful experience.” Ludwig said, “I thought this would be something that included like 10 or 15 people, and we could have it on the pool deck.” But like last year’s inaugural show, Ludwig and other YMCA staffers found themselves scrambling to find chairs and enough seats for the guests. “This is a big deal for everyone here in Hollywood,” she said.

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 37 CONNECT 35 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. Alas, it was the kids left with the scraps this weekend. Insidious Chapter 2 took second place with $14.5 million in its second weekend. The Robert De Niro comedy The Family was third with $7 million, followed by the Spanish-language family comedy Instructions Not Included with $5.7 million. The 3-D IMAX re-release of The Wizard of Oz found some gold on the yellow brick road, capturing $3 million and ninth place, meeting most forecasts. Final figures are due Monday.

Each star was photographed. The virtual tour is powered by an in-depth database created using more than a century of the archives of the Los Angeles Times. On the database pages, the locations of the terrazzo stars appear on a map as close as possible to their precise location. In addition, those maps may include other places meaningful in the stars life. Because some entertainers have been awarded stars in multiple fields, about 2,200 individuals or groups are represented among the more than 2,400 Walk of Fame stars. As The Times continues to add biographies, articles and photos, readers are invited to help make connections between stars and the people and places that were meaningful to them. As new stars are awarded, they will be added. The Times was unable to locate three stars listed by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, those honoring Richard Crooks and the film career of Geraldine Farrar , who also has a star for her music career, on the west side of the 1700 block of Vine Street. Each still has a page in the database. When was the Walk of Fame created? DIG IT: The Feb. 8, 1960 groundbreaking ceremony with, from left, Supervisor Ernest Debs, E.M. Stuart, Gigi Perreau , Linda Darnell , Harry M. Sugarman, Francis X.