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Weekend Box Office: Dolphin Tale Overtakes Moneyball in Second Inning

Weekend Box Office: Dolphin Tale Overtakes Moneyball in Second Inning
While it looked like Moneyball would assert its dominance over the weekend box office, another second weekender took the prize: Dolphin Tale. Again, the family movie pulled a bigger niche audience than too many competitors aimed at males and adults. Anthony D'Alessandro reports:Another flood of wide entries fragmented Fall moviegoers this weekend. Warner Bros./Alcon's heart-tugging crowd-pleaser Dolphin Tale yipped up $14.2 million in its second session, overtaking Sony's well-reviewed Moneyball, which fielded $12.5 million. Both films generated warm buzz throughout the week, especially on Rosh Hashanah last Thursday when some schools were off.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • October 2, 2011 4:33 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Awards, Reviews, Box Office, Interviews, In the Works

Box Office
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 1, 2011 1:32 AM
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Polanski's Carnage: Reviews, Oscar Prospects

Polanski's Carnage: Reviews, Oscar Prospects
Roman Polanski's Carnage played well in Venice and opened the New York Film Festival Friday night. Adapted by Polanski from Yasmina Reza's Tony-winning comedy God of Carnage, which was a hit in Paris, London, New York and Los Angeles, the movie will be catnip for Sony Pictures Classics' target art house adult demo when it opens December 16. Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly are all stellar as two well-heeled New York couples who start out politely trying to negotiate an apology from one pugnacious son for knocking out the other's front teeth with a stick. Things deteriorate from there.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 1, 2011 1:03 AM
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Moneyball, Warrior Directors Parlay Heat Into New Projects

Well, Moneyball director Bennett Miller is riding his current heat to attach Steve Carell to star in his long in-the-works Foxcatcher, which returns Carell to a serious dramatic role. And after grabbing raves for wrestling pic Warrior, Gavin O'Connor has sold his speculative script with co-writer Michael Wilson, The Samurai, to Warner Bros.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 30, 2011 12:03 PM
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Film Fest Updates: Rome Line-Up, London Makes Adds

The International Rome Film Festival will host a Focus section on British Films including retrospectives, discussions, and exhibitions from film leaders including directors Terence Davies and David Hare, actress Tilda Swinton, and English film critic Jonathan Romney. To add a unique touch to the festivities, artist Simon Lycett who designed the flowers for the recent British Royal Wedding, will create an abstract rendition of Union Jack with three panels created from metal, fruit, vegetables.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 30, 2011 11:46 AM
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In the Works: Returning to Kurelek's Maze

Bob Young and his two sons were lured into making successive films about The Maze artist William Kurelek, reports Bill Desowitz:It's easy to get sucked into The Maze, the surreal and nightmarish Bosch-like painting that Canadian artist William Kurelek (1927-1977) created as a mental patient in England in 1953. Comprised of 17 panels, it's a naked glimpse into his troubled mind. The Maze is so powerful and dynamic, in fact, that it ensnares you more like a movie or graphic novel than a painting. No wonder award-winning director Bob Young (The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez, The Eskimo: Fight for Life) was inspired to document Kurelek's complex life with partner David Grubin for an educational short back in 1969, which has since become a hallmark of art therapy. And no wonder Young's two sons, Nick and Zack (of LA rock band, A.i.), were seduced into restoring the lost footage they recently recovered and making a much fuller work of their own via digital technology.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • September 30, 2011 8:29 AM
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Media Watch: Twitter Proves People Are Happiest on Weekends, Netflix vs. Amazon

Looking at a catalogue of real-time updates from Twitter, scientists at Cornell University were able to track mood changes throughout the day and week, and found confirmation of the obvious: people are happiest on their days off. Cornell University analyzed over 500 million Tweets from 2.4 million people, from 84 countries and using a computer program to look at words indicating positive or negative moods, found that positive attitudes peaked early in the morning and then again around midnight. Moods dipped in the middle of the workday and peaked on weekend mornings.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 30, 2011 6:19 AM
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007 Watch: James Bond Might Land French Bond Girl; Idris Elba Wants a Chance At Playing 007

French ingenue Bérénice Marlohe is the latest rumored Bond Girl for Sam Mendes' Bond 23 (photo below). Also rumored to be in the hunt for the coveted role are Freida Pinto and Olivia Wilde. Marlohe would join Daniel Craig, Judi Dench as "M," and Naomi Harris as Miss Moneypenny; Javier Bardem and Ralph Fiennes are expected to finalize negotiations to become the next Bond Villains soon. MGM's still untitled Bond 23, written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan with a score by David Arnold, is set to start filming in Istanbul, reports MI6, in November for stateside release by Sony on November 9, 2012.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 30, 2011 5:09 AM
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Oscar Talk: Ides of March's Clooney vs. Gosling vs. Hoffman, Supporting Categories

Oscar Talk: Ides of March's Clooney vs. Gosling vs. Hoffman, Supporting Categories
Now that we've both seen George Clooney's political thriller The Ides of March, Kris Tapley and I dig into not only Oscar prospects for that film, but the list of supporting players in contention for this year. We also debate the respective box office fates of Drive and Warrior as well as how success in theaters impacts a film's awards chances. (CORRECTION: Yes, Clooney won best supporting actor for Syriana and not Good Night, and Good Luck.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 30, 2011 4:15 AM
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Clooney's The Ides of March: Premiere, Review, Oscar Prospects

Clooney's The Ides of March: Premiere, Review, Oscar Prospects
At Tuesday night's Ides of March (October 7) premiere at the Academy, George Clooney ran up to the front of the house in a dapper Italian grey suit and kept it short. Ryan Gosling had worked the red carpet and was gone, he said, and he'd talk to the rest of us at the party afterwards. So he did. On the way out of the theater, we walked down the stairs to the reception. He admitted that the Liberal politician he plays in the film says all the things he'd want his fantasy presidential candidate to say, and that he hoped it would have some impact on the coming election. He was informed by his father Nick's failed 2004 run for Congress in Kentucky. Clooney, 50, while more politically conversant and active than most, has no interest in running for office. He loves directing. Having acted in so many TV shows and movies over the years, he said, at this point directing is much more fun for him than acting.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 29, 2011 12:24 PM
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