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Weekend Box Office: 'Underworld: Awakening' Sizzles with Beckinsale, 'Haywire" Fizzles with Carano

Things are looking up at the 2012 box office, which featured a bevy of strong women this weekend. Four new films arriving or expanding into wide release outperformed expectations, marking the third consecutive up frame of the year. The estimated total for all films was $135 million, up a solid 32% from the comparable weekend last year, a nice achievement considering the heavy snow storms battering the Midwest and East Coast as well as competition from the NFL playoffs. (Top Ten Chart is below.)
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • January 22, 2012 1:45 PM
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Cinedigm Partners with New Video to Buy and Release Indie Films

As the many filmmakers at Sundance seek the best distribution they can get, the new partnership between digital exhibitor Cinedigm Entertainment Group and veteran indie distributor New Video to buy and release indie films offers independent directors cross-platform theatrical release as well as digital and physical distribution.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 22, 2012 9:00 AM
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Jackson, Walsh, Berg and Echols Talk 'West of Memphis' at Sundance: "Stay Tuned"

Producers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh participated in a Sundance press conference for Amy Berg's controversial doc "West of Memphis" Saturday.
  • By Anne Thompson and Charles Lyons
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  • January 22, 2012 2:43 AM
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Another Sundance Buy: Magnolia Acquires "The Queen of Versailles"

And another Sundance opening night doc gets snapped up: Magnolia Pictures has acquired the North American rights for crowd-pleaser "The Queen of Versailles." Filmmaker and photographer Lauren Greenfield paints an intimate portrait of excess and post-2008 fall-out.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 20, 2012 8:57 PM
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GLAAD Announces Media Award Nominees

GLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, has announced the full list of nominees for its 23rd annual GLAAD Media Awards, which honor inclusive and accurate representations of the LGBT community in film, music and television.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • January 20, 2012 5:31 PM
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Weekly Wrap: Golden Globes, Lead Up to Sundance, Box Office, Interviews, In the Works

BOX OFFICE, REVIEWS, TRAILERS Weekend Preview: "Haywire," "Extremely Loud," "We Need to Talk about Kevin" Trailer Watch: Millenium Gets "A Little Bit of Heaven," Cinelan's Focus Forward Doc Initiative
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  • January 20, 2012 5:22 PM
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Sundance Buy: Sony Pictures Classics Acquires 'Searching for Sugar Man'

Sony Pictures Classics made the first buy of the festival, acquiring the North American rights to doc "Searching for Sugar Man," the directorial debut of Malik Bendjelloul.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • January 20, 2012 4:46 PM
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Media Watch: Online Advertising to Surpass Print for the First Time

The advertising forecast for 2012 is in: online ad spending will surpass print spending for the first time.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 20, 2012 1:46 PM
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Lionsgate, Wrekin Hill to Release "Dark Tide" on VOD Before Theatrical Run

Lionsgate and Wrekin Hill Entertainment are teaming up to try a controversial distribution strategy for Wrekin Hill's upcoming action film "Dark Tide": release it on video before it gets to theaters.
  • By Anne Thompson and Jacob Combs
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  • January 20, 2012 12:00 PM
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Oscar Talk: 'Artist' vs. 'Descendants,' post-Globes, Guilds

In this week's Oscar Talk, Kris Tapley and I debate "The Artists" vs. "The Descendants," post their Golden Globes wins. We reminisce about our party trawling last weekend. What will possible surprises be Tuesday morning? Kris has gone to Park City for his first Sundance; he'll be back for the nominations, while I'll still be in Utah. We will do a post-nominations podcast.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 20, 2012 12:00 PM
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