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Time To Put Away Childish Things: Is 2011 The Year Grown-Ups Started Buying Movie Tickets Again?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 5, 2011 3:47 AM
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For some time now, the received wisdom has been that the kind of mid-budget, star-driven serious films that once dominated Hollywood were on their way out. Dan Jinks, the producer of "Milk," told Mark Harris at GQ a couple of months back that, "Everyone has cut back on not just 'Oscar-worthy' movies, but on dramas, period. Caution has made them pull away. It's infected the entire business." Indeed, the new regime at Disney announced their intention back in 2010 to focus entirely on tentpoles, even canceling a proposed sequel to the $200 million-grossing hit "The Proposal," a film that cost a relatively meager $40 million, because it didn't fit with the company's new remit.

Weekend Box Office: 'Battle: Los Angeles' Invades Theaters And Takes $36 Million

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 13, 2011 4:40 AM
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Get those royalties to Johan Johannsson. It was the ad campaign for “Battle: Los Angeles” that helped this starless experiment hit number one. Showcasing disaster movie footage with that doc-film veirsimilitude to Johannsson’s over worldly drone certainly had an affect on moviegoers, as the film took the top spot at the box office with a solid $36 million. The film should be a sure thing for $100+, and if it has legs, even more. Sony reports the budget figure is $70 million, which smells like bullshit, but if it’s true, this weekend is good news all around. Unless you like good movies and hate bad ones, because this movie sucks the chrome off a fender.

In Theaters: 'Battle: Los Angeles,' 'Red Riding Hood,' 'Mars Needs Moms'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • March 11, 2011 5:52 AM
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Hollywood 2011 really has their release schedule down to a science thus far, spreading the love around for each tasty, tasty demographic. Those all-important 18-24 males? Why we have some aliens, musclebound dudes and subsequent explosions for you with "Battle: Los Angeles." That delicious teenage disposable income? How about Amanda Seyfried and an RPatz doppelganger sporting anachronistic hair product in a fairy tale setting? "Red Riding Hood" steamy enough for ya? And of course, the animated vehicle that sucks in not only the kids' tickets but mom, dad and nannies as well, in "Mars Needs Moms." Fun for everyone! But, but don't fret my pet! There is some serious quality art cinema out there, like a new flick from a stone-cold, legendary-filmmaker, you have to see this lest you be ridiculed by your cool film friends. So go seek it out! Take a road trip!

Review: 'Red Riding Hood' A Brooding Tweenage Fairy Tale

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 10, 2011 4:13 AM
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Catherine Hardwicke, for better or worse, has largely defined what we have experienced, cinematically, for the past couple of years. Her influence might get lost in the shuffle, since every subsequent film has been helmed by a different director, but with the look and feel of the first "Twilight"' movie, she set the stage for a whole bunch of copycats and wannabes, which makes it all the more startling that she's returning to remarkably similar (hallowed) ground, with a revisionist take on "Red Riding Hood."

Soundtrack Details Of 'Red Riding Hood' Composed By Sofia Coppola Collaborator Brian Reitzell

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 7, 2011 4:13 AM
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Tracklistings For 'Source Code' & 'Your Highness' Also RevealedA round up of soundtrack news this morning via the good folks at Film Music Reporter who have been on the ball as of late.

Watch: New 'Red Riding Hood' Trailer Is Basically 'Twilight' In Olden Times

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 20, 2011 7:34 AM
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We're beginning to lose faith in you Catherine Hardwicke. You came on the scene with a one-two punch with "Thirteen" and "Lords of Dogtown," took a paycheck gig directing "Twilight" and yes, we understand that your musical "Hamlet" with Emile Hirsch didn't come together, but surely you can do more than retreat to another tween tentpole? Anyway, the latest trailer for "Red Riding Hood" has arrived and it will speak to the 13-year-old girl inside of you.

First Look At 'Tower Heist' With Ben Stiller; New Look At 'The Hangover 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 14, 2011 7:42 AM
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New Pics Of 'Red Riding Hood' & 'Sucker Punch' TooThis week seems to be bringing us a bounty of first looks with "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" and "Spider-Man" earning much buzz over the past couple of days. But it doesn't end there as in the pages of the latest Entertainment Weekly, some new pics (not yet online) of a couple of major comedies and fantasy pics have hit; perhaps studios want to get this stuff out before the entire movie world focuses on Sundance next week..

The Leftover Question Marks Of 2011 - Can These Films Possibly Be Any Good? Part 1

  • By The Playlist
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  • January 14, 2011 6:22 AM
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The Answer Is Probably Not, But Hey, What The Hell...Our exhausting coverage of the films coming out in 2011 continues and yes, we're tired, hungry and a bit cranky. We used to call this our Least Anticipated Films feature, but this year our New Year's resolution was to be a tiny bit more positive. Frankly, the sentiment applies, but this is also the leftover films of 2011 we just don't know what to do with. Many of them look abysmal, some of us glass-half-full Playlist types (yes, there are a few among us) think, "hey, that picture might not be so bad," while other members of the group stare in shock that such an idea could be possibly floated. So yes, basically these are the films that we don't hold out too much hope, the ones we think look downright cheap and dreadful, made only to turn a buck and the occasional few that look half-decent (and may just not have fit in the character count of our Escapist Features, sue us) --- though before you bombard our comments section, please actually read what we have to say about these films before assuming we're completely writing them off. Also, while it wasn't intentional, some of us do find it amusing that most of the cast of "Twilight" fill these halls. Another trend we just realized? Leighton Meester pretty much means box-office poison (poor cute, "Gossip Girl"). Also, Hollywood seems to be banking on the mostly unknown Alex Pettyfer, but he truly looks like a charisma-free zone of blandness. Onwards to 2011, though, not necessarily upwards in this case....

Swedish Electro Star Fever Ray To Cameo In Catherine Hardwicke's 'Little Red Riding Hood'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 17, 2010 2:25 AM
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Update: Fever Ray says she will not be appearing in "Red Riding Hood" but that she has penned a new song for the film.

Watch: Teaser Trailer For 'Red Riding Hood' Is Basically A 'Twilight' Rehash

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 16, 2010 10:20 AM
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We really were hoping this was going to be something fun with a bit of gothic cool, but the teaser trailer has arrived for Catherine Hardwicke's "Red Riding Hood" and it's essentially another version of the "Twilight" story. No surprise she's so comfortable with the material as she did direct the first entry in the teenage vampire phenomenon.

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