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Weekend Box Office: Hop Tops Arthur and Hanna; Your Highness in Sixth Place

Weekend Box Office: Hop Tops Arthur and Hanna; Your Highness in Sixth Place
It was Russell Brand weekend at the box office, as the Brit comic starred in top-ranked holdover Hop as well as remake Arthur, which went toe-to-toe with smart-house actioner Hanna, starring Saoirse Ronan. Ensemble period spoof Your Highness trailed in sixth place, despite a cast led by James Franco and Natalie Portman.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • April 10, 2011 5:12 AM
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The Academy: Who's the Boss? President Tom Sherak Explains Changes

The Academy: Who's the Boss? President Tom Sherak Explains Changes
As president of the Motion Picture Academy, Tom Sherak was very much the guiding force behind presenting Dawn Hudson to the board of governors before their ratifying vote Thursday night. The meeting lasted more than five hours before they brought new CEO Dawn Hudson and her COO partner Ric Robertson in to meet their applause some time before midnight.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 9, 2011 1:24 AM
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EXCLUSIVE: Barbara Kopple Talks HBO Gun Control Doc, Gun Fight: "Reason is Lost"

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple (Harlan County, U.S.A., American Dreams, Shut Up and Sing) is premiering her latest, HBO Documentary's Gun Fight, on HBO April 13, three days before the fourth anniversary of the Virginia Tech shooting (33 people killed) and a week before the 12 year anniversary of the Columbine Massacre (12 people killed).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 8, 2011 8:29 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Fests, WonderCon, Box Office, In The Works, Academy, Interviews & Women in Film

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  • By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
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  • April 8, 2011 8:26 AM
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Dawn Hudson Takes Over Motion Picture Academy as CEO; Ric Robertson Reports to Her as COO

With executive director Bruce Davis on his way out, the Academy Board of Governors met on Thursday to vote on who should succeed him. The heir apparent inside the Academy was 30-year veteran exec Ric Robertson, who had been lobbying for the job. The Academy had been interviewing prospective candidates, with an eye on finding new blood and not going with a senior industry player. They wanted someone who could serve in this key administrative job over the long haul. As of June 1, Robertson will be reporting to Hudson, who will be CEO to his COO.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 8, 2011 7:05 AM
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Weekend Preview: Tough Girls vs. Male Juveniles, Must-Sees Hanna & Meek's Cutoff

Comedies Your Highness and Arthur present mainstream escapist fun and antics (from the likes of Danny McBride, James Franco and Russell Brand), as well as thankless supporting females (Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel, Greta Gerwig, Jennifer Garner) while Focus's Hanna leads the line of strong female leads (Saoirse Ronan and Cate Blanchett), followed by Meek's Cutoff's Michelle Williams and Soul Surfer's Annasophia Robb and Helen Hunt. Vera Farmiga steals the show in well-reviewed indie release Henry's Crime; Uma Thurman adds star power to Ceremony. The Flixster forecast puts must-see Hanna on top. Details, reviews, pictures and trailers for this weekend's offerings are below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 8, 2011 5:23 AM
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Trailer Watch: Lars Von Trier's Psychological Disaster Movie Melancholia Starring Dunst & Gainsbourg

Check out the trailer for Danish director Lars von Trier's (Antichrist) latest, psychological disaster movie Melancholia, with Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Keifer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling, John Hurt, Alexander Skarsgård and Stellan Skarsgård. The film releases in Denmark May 26. Magnolia Pictures will release in the US, but no date has been announced. While it does have its own (and much darker) tone, it also echoes The Tree of Life's trailer. Synopsis is also below.Melancholia from Zentropa on Vimeo.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 8, 2011 3:18 AM
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New CEO Dawn Hudson Will Bring Change to Motion Picture Academy

New CEO Dawn Hudson Will Bring Change to Motion Picture Academy
The Academy board of governors met well into the night Thursday as they debated the fate of 30-year Academy veteran Ric Robertson, who had lobbied long and hard to succeed outgoing executive director Bruce Davis.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 8, 2011 3:07 AM
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French Week in Los Angeles: City of Lights City of Angels Preview

The French are coming! Francophile Cari Beauchamp, author of the must-read Cannes guide Hollywood on the Riviera (with Henri Behar) previews COLCOA:It’s the week that Los Angeles – like most American cities, often bereft of screens showing foreign language films -- can gorge on a smorgasbord of Frenchfilm. The 15th Annual City of Lights City of Angels Film Festival begins on April 11 and runs through April 18, showing over 30 features films includingevery genre, directorial debuts and homages at the Directors’ Guild.
  • By Cari Beauchamp
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  • April 8, 2011 1:57 AM
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The Crow Reboot Lands Director

Relativity Media and producer Edward R. Pressman have hired Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to direct their remake of Alex Proyas's 1994's The Crow for a fall production start. The original starred Brandon Lee, who died in tragic set accident involving a prop gun loaded with blanks.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 7, 2011 11:58 AM
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