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LOS ANGELES: "The Hobbit" brought home a big box office treasure over the weekend, setting a December movie record with $84.77 million in US and Canadian ticket sales as legions of fans turned out for the long-awaited big-screen return to Middle Earth.   "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" also rung up sales of $138.2 million in international markets. Global receipts for the prequel to the smash "Lord of the Rings" trilogy stood at $222.97 million through Sunday, distributor Warner Bros. said.   The current projection for the total box office take in 2012 is $10.8 billion, according to an estimate from Hollywood.com, which would beat the $10.6 billion record in 2009.   The 3D "Hobbit" directed by Oscar-winning "Rings" filmmaker Peter Jackson is the first of three films based on a 1937 classic novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. Warner Bros. is aiming to build on the success of the "Rings" series, one of Hollywood's biggest franchises with ...


Vienna ballet premieres VIENNA: The Vienna Ballet continues to experiment with newer and lesser known works, premiering on Saturday "Bluebeard's Secret" ("Blaubarts Geheimnis") by German choreographer Stephan Thoss to an enthusiastic crowd.   The piece, first performed in February 2011 at the Hessisches Staatstheater in Wiesbaden, Germany, follows the immense success last season of "Carmina Burana," "Bolero" and "Afternoon of a Faun": three new pieces created by former Vienna Ballet dancers.   Such choreographies, staged at Vienna's smaller Volksoper theatre, contrast with ...

PNCA to organize free puppet show for children  ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan National Council of Arts, Ministry of National Heritage and Integration has scheduled free puppet show on Monday, at 4.00 p.m. at PNCA Auditorium.   PNCA National Puppet theater will present folk tales, skits to provide entertainment and education about social problems like health, education and environment and children along with parents are invited to see the show.   The puppet show at PNCA is a regular feature of the council presented by National Puppet Theater,while the ...

Gulgee remembered on his 5th death anniversary  ISLAMABAD: Artists community acknowledged and remembered the extra-ordinary contributions of a distinguished painter `Gulgee'in the field of visual arts, on his 5th death anniversary on Sunday.   Gulgee was an artist of immense stature and an icon of art, well known and respected at home and internationally for his unique art.   He has the honour of painting most of the crowned heads and leading statesmen of the world and created mosaics in stone (Lapis-Lazuli).   Gulgee has earned fame globally ...

US pop star Kelly Clarkson announces engagement  LOS ANGELES: Kelly Clarkson, who became the first contestant to win "American Idol" a decade ago and went on to several chart-topping successes, has gotten engaged to her boyfriend, the singer said in a Twitter message on Saturday.   Clarkson, 30, previously revealed she had been dating talent manager Brandon Blackstock since early this year. Blackstock is the stepson of country singer Reba McEntire.   "I'M ENGAGED!" Clarkson said on Twitter. "I wanted y'all to know!! Happiest night of ...

Vienna ballet premieres VIENNA: The Vienna Ballet continues to experiment with newer and lesser known works, premiering on Saturday "Bluebeard's Secret" ("Blaubarts Geheimnis") by German choreographer Stephan Thoss to an enthusiastic crowd.    The piece, first performed in February 2011 at the Hessisches Staatstheater in Wiesbaden, Germany, follows the immense success last season of "Carmina Burana," "Bolero" and "Afternoon of a Faun": three new pieces created by former Vienna Ballet dancers.    Such choreographies, staged at Vienna's smaller Volksoper theatre, contrast with ...

"Bennifer" buried as Ben Affleck LOS ANGELES: It has taken 10 years of hard work and indie movies, but Ben Affleck finally has moved past his "Bennifer" nightmare.   Affleck, 40, once a tabloid staple who risked becoming a laughingstock during his romance with Jennifer Lopez and their movie flop "Gigli," is back on top in Hollywood, winning accolades for his work both in front of and behind the camera.   Center>Copyright Reuters, 2012


 



 
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