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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: It All Ends at the Box Office

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: It All Ends at the Box Office
As Warner Bros. brings the blockbuster franchise Harry Potter to an end, our in-house numbers cruncher, Anthony d'Alessandro, looks at what could be some astronomical numbers for the ultimate Harry Potter movie, Deathly Hallows Part 2. This comes as no surprise, but according to studio box office bean counters and early U.S. tracking, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is expected to ring up the best domestic three-day opening of the franchise, out-whizzing the $125-million bow set last November by Part 1.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • July 11, 2011 4:20 AM
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Marshall McLuhan Lives

Marshall McLuhan Lives
If you never studied Marshall McLuhan in school, you probably know him from his infamous cameo in Annie Hall, when Woody Allen pulls him out from behind a signpost to shame a fellow moviegoer who has been pontificating on McLuhan's theories (below).
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • July 11, 2011 1:28 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Transformers 3D Holds at Number One; Horrible Bosses Strong at Two

Weekend Box Office: Transformers 3D Holds at Number One; Horrible Bosses Strong at Two
Michael Bay's Transformers: Dark of the Moon 3-D extravaganza, the top-grossing movie of the year, stayed on top despite a respectable 52% dip, followed by yet another R-rated raunch comedy at number two, (top ten box office chart, review links and trailers below). Anthony D'Alessandro reports. Paramount’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon remained in full orbit at the weekend box office, earning $47 million and revving its domestic total to $261 million to overtake The Hangover Part II ($250.8 million) as the highest-grossing film of the year.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • July 10, 2011 4:24 AM
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2: Satisfying and Glorious Finale

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2: Satisfying and Glorious Finale
From London, critic Matt Mueller reviews Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2: For those who felt that splitting the final book of JK Rowling’s wizard’s-own adventure series into two films was just a cynical ploy to squeeze more cash out of moviegoers, not helped by the hurry-up-already feeling left by Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1, all will be forgiven with this immensely satisfying and gloriously nostalgic finale. Deathly Hallows: Part 2 can instantly be counted as one of the finest closing chapters to a franchise in movie history.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • July 9, 2011 9:52 AM
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Steve Coogan vs. Paul McMullan and Tabloids, News of the World

Another smart celebrity, Steve Coogan, takes on soon-to-be-shuttered News of the World and tabloid journalism in the form of oddly sincere ex-NOTW reporter Paul McMullan, who was also eviscerated by Hugh Grant. Delicious.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 9, 2011 9:20 AM
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Trailer Watch: Ironclad Violence, Compressed

Repetition can have a numbing effect. A dramatic scene viewed on repeat loses its power; repeating a joke kills its humor. But this violent Ironclad trailer (below) definitely tests one's gore quotient. Hack! Maim! Plunge! Repeat! Incoming!
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 9, 2011 2:35 AM
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Grant Helped to Push Murdoch's News of the World's Demise by Bugging Reporter

Bravo to Hugh Grant for not only being righteous, but articulate and smart in his crusade against the Murdoch tabloid News of the World and its egregious bugging practices.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 9, 2011 1:03 AM
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Summer in Sun Valley: Moguls Convene at Herb Allen's, Murdoch Ducks

It's been hard for NewsCorp. chairman Rupert Murdoch to relax this week at investment banker Herb Allen's 29th annual Sun Valley mogul retreat, which launched July 5 and lasts for five days. Murdoch is under too much fire with the News of the World bugging scandal threatening to derail his long-planned BSkyB takeover bid--even after he opted to kill the tabloid.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 8, 2011 12:32 PM
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Weekly Wrap: Summer Box Office Lacks Class, Oscar Watch Begins, Bridesmaids, Top Actresses & More

OSCAR WATCH- Oscar Talk Mid-Summer Outlook: New Rules, Midnight in Paris, Streep vs. Close.
  • By Sophia Savage and Anne Thompson
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  • July 8, 2011 8:25 AM
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Weinsteins Acquire Multiple Territories for French-Language Untouchable

The Weinstein Company has acquired from Gaumont all rights to Untouchable, Quad Films' French-language drama starring Francois Cluzet (who won the Cesar for Tell No One) and Omar Sy (Those Happy Days). The film has not yet been released in France.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 8, 2011 7:15 AM
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