Disney drops plans for 3-D re-releases
After weak box-office performances for re-releases of “Monsters, Inc.,” “Finding Nemo” and “Beauty and the Beast” in 3-D, Walt Disney Studios has canceled plans for a 3-D “The Little Mermaid” in September.
The underwater animated hit from 1989 was the fourth and final 3-D re-release for which Disney announced plans in late 2011 after “The Lion King” proved a surprise hit in the format, grossing nearly $100 million in the U.S. and Canada.
But “The Lion King” turned out to be an anomaly, as the three follow-ups grossed far less. “Beauty and the Beast” took in $47.6 million last January, “Finding Nemo” $40.7 million in September, and “Monsters, Inc.” only $30.5 million since its Dec. 19 release.
Not-guilty plea entered for Lohan
Lindsay Lohan’s attorney has entered a not-guilty plea for the actress to three misdemeanor charges filed over a June accident in which her sports car slammed into a dump truck.
Attorney Shawn Holley entered the plea during a brief hearing Tuesday in Los Angeles.
The actress is accused of lying to police, reckless driving and obstructing police from performing their duties.
Police suspect she was driving her sports car when it slammed into the truck while she was on her way to the set of “Liz and Dick” in early June. Lohan told police she wasn’t behind the wheel.
Lohan was on probation for a 2011 necklace-theft case at the time, and could face up to 245 days in jail if a judge determines she violated her probation.
Roth to be featured on ‘American Masters’
Philip Roth is enjoying his retirement from writing and pleased that he will be featured in March on PBS’ “American Masters” series.
“Philip Roth: Unmasked” will air March 29, 10 days after Roth’s 80th birthday. The author of “Portnoy’s Complaint” and many other novels spoke via satellite this week during a panel discussion in Los Angeles of the Television Critics Association.
He said he doesn’t watch a lot of television, but he does make time for “American Masters” and praised a recent show on Joan Baez.
Vindicator wire services