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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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What Happened to Contagion?

It’s completely disappeared from any awards conversation, including, incredibly, best screenplay and direction. When I saw it, I thought it was the second great movie of the decade. At least "The Social Network" was a real contender up to the wire. I was certain that "Contagion" would be the same.
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • December 30, 2011 3:07 PM
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Now and Then: Why The Descendants Should Win Best Picture

"The Descendants" starts slow, muddied by voiceover and unclear intentions. But it soon sneaks up on you, deepening — ripening, really — until it achieves something approaching wisdom.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • December 30, 2011 2:55 PM
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Empire Polls Actors' 2011 Faves with Surprising Results

I love the choices made by a gaggle of actors polled by Empire Magazine for their fave films of 2011.  "Jane Eyre" and "Take Shelter" were on my ten best list, and 'Attack the Block" made my top 20.  Here's a sample of some must-see, often offbeat films. I will have to check out "The Adopted."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 30, 2011 11:12 AM
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