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Great Expectations: Predicting The Ten Best Studio Films of 2012 - Will They Deliver?

As the flurry of year-end top tens has slowed, it's time to anticipate the films of 2012. What have the studios got to offer?
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 3, 2012 9:00 AM
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Fox Searchlight Pushes Back 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'

Fox Searchlight keeps pushing back "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," which like "Slumdog Millionaire," stars Dev Patel and is set in India. But that's where the comparisons end. Directed by John Madden ("The Debt"), the romantic ensemble about older Brits who settle in India to stretch out their meager retirement funds will now open in select theaters in the US on May 4, 2012. Based on the Novel "These Foolish Things" by Deborah Moggach and produced by Graham Broadbent and Peter Czernin, the movie stars Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Tom Wilkinson and Maggie Smith.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 2, 2012 7:08 PM
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Holiday Box Office Winners & Losers

The short holiday boxoffice season is always one of the year's most lucrative. The seven-week period, which runs from mid-November through New Year’s weekend, contributes a proportionately high percentage to the annual total.
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • January 2, 2012 6:53 PM
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Box Office Update: 'Mission Impossible' and 'Sherlock Holmes' Sequels Top New Year's Weekend

With the four-day New Year's Weekend grosses tallied, Paramount’s “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” and Warner Bros.’ “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” continued to stake the top two spots.
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • January 2, 2012 4:25 PM
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New 'Skyfall' Website 007.com Hints at Details of Fiennes Role

Check out 007.com, official website of the upcoming James Bond film, “Skyfall,” with its slick countdown: as of Monday there are just 297 days, 6 hours, and 12 minutes left until the November 9 premiere.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 2, 2012 2:31 PM
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Oscar Front-Runner Streep to Accept Berlinale's Golden Bear Lifetime Achievement Award

The Berlinale's honorary lifetime achievement award, the Golden Bear, will be given to "The Iron Lady"'s Meryl Streep on February 14. The Berlin fest's Dieter Kosslick calls Streep "a brilliant, versatile performer who moves with ease between dramatic and comedic roles."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 2, 2012 1:35 PM
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Paramount Boasts Top Domestic and Global Market Share with Record $5.17 Billion Worldwide Gross

As expected, with all the grosses tallied for 2011, Paramount came out on top, outpacing all studio rivals with a worldwide box office total of $5.17 billion.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 2, 2012 12:59 PM
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Oscar Talk: What Can Topple The Artist? New Ballots Change Race; Top Five Actresses; Lagging Christmas Contenders

In this week's Oscar Talk, after a holiday hiatus Kris Tapley and I come back to assess the Oscar race just as Academy voters get their ballots in the mail. This time, there will be five slots for an undetermined number of Best Picture candidates.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 31, 2011 12:04 PM
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Farhadi Talks Oscar Front-Runner A Separation; Divorce Drama Questions Iran's Future

Iranian Oscar submission "A Separation" was the final film shown at Sneak Previews this year; we went out on a high note. The film has been winning prizes since it was first shown in Berlin and won the Golden Bear. It has landed on many ten best lists and is a likely foreign film Oscar nominee.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 30, 2011 7:42 PM
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Weekly Wrap: Holiday Box Office, Oscar Watch, First Looks, The Year in TV in 3 Minutes

Five Reasons "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Isn't Kicking Ass at the Box Office; Now and Then: Two Docs Test the Limits of What We Know about Who We Love; Holiday Box Office Caps Disappointing Year: Only "Mission Impossible" Scores.
  • By TOH!
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  • December 30, 2011 6:25 PM
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