I went to see “The Nightmare Before Christmas in 3-D” again over the weekend and the theater was mobbed! Now I know why the movie made $5.1 million in it’s opening weekend last week and $3.35 million this past weekend. It’s made the Top-10 both weeks, while last year the highest it got was #12. Pretty good for a re-release. It would be great if “Nightmare” could stay in the Top-10 for it’s final week (this week). Do your part if you haven’t seen it yet (or even if you have).
At the theater I got my first look a huge display poster for “Kung Fu Panda”, the Dreamworks animated movie coming out next year. It stars Jack Black and stars a panda who likes karate. It’s scheduled release date is June 6. Maybe pandas will be the new penguins as Hollywood’s hot animated animal. They’re both black and white and neither can fly. I wonder if Pandas can march?
Lights Camera Jackson (a.k.a. Jackson Murphy) began his career as a film critic in 2006 at the age of 7. To date, Jackson has written nearly 1,000 reviews of new releases and, in total, has seen more than 1,500 films. In 2010, Jackson became the youngest person to win a NY Emmy Award, for his on-air movie reviews on Time Warner TV station, Capital News 9. And in 2011, Jackson was inducted into the Broadcast Film Critics Association as their youngest member. The BFCA’s annual Critics Choice Awards is one of the industry’s most recognized and prestigious awards shows. Jackson is also a member of SAG-AFTRA and votes annually for the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Currently, Jackson can be heard every Friday morning on WGNA-FM and his reviews are also posted on his website, YouTube channel and Cultjer.com. He is also a contributor to AnimationScoop.com, run by animation historian Jerry Beck. And Jackson hosts the weekly internet pop culture news show “LCJ LIVE”, along with “The LCJ Q&A Podcast”, on which he interviews celebrities and filmmakers.