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Sony Boasts Biggest Year Ever in 2012

2012 was Sony Pictures Entertainment's biggest year ever. The studio's films generated $4.440 billion worldwide. The studio hit all time highs with $1.768 billion in domestic ticket sales and $2.672 billion internationally. The studio ended the year as the top-ranked studio in both domestic and worldwide marketshare. While Twentieth Century Fox beat Sony internbationally, Sony still claims number one worldwide.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 2, 2013 4:20 PM
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Is TV As Gay Friendly As We Think It Is?

NPR delivered a superbly reported expose on its January 2 Morning Edition: "Who's Gay on TV?" White gay dads, they concluded, are "the pop culture gay flavor of the minute."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 2, 2013 4:08 PM
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Watch: Roman Polanski's Striking 1957 Short Film 'Murder'

Check out Roman Polanski's student short film "Murder," made in 1957. Silent, black-and-white and only a minute in duration, the film shows what the title promises with queasy bluntness...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 2, 2013 3:46 PM
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'Les Miserables' Soundtrack Scores on Charts, Hathaway's 'I Dreamed a Dream' Soars

When "Les Miserables: Highlights From the Motion Picture Soundtrack" debuted on December 21, it claimed the top spot of Billboard's soundtrack chart. In three days it sold 43,000 copies, 60% of which were digital downloads. The most popular of the 20 tracks included in the album is Anne Hathaway's "I Dreamed a Dream" (20,000 copies sold in three days); it may win her the Best Supporting Actress Oscar. The soundtrack has also taken the top spot on both iTunes (before being pushed to No. 2 by Mumford & Sons' "Babel") and Amazon. "I Dreamed a Dream" is iTunes' 27th most-downloaded track.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 2, 2013 2:53 PM
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Writing 'Life of Pi': David Magee Talks the Mother of Adaptations

After ten long years of painstaking development, "Life of Pi" finally made it to the screen. And there were many times that Fox 2000 chief Elizabeth Gabler, who optioned it right after it was published, did not think that it would happen. Only when Ang Lee came along four years ago did it become possible. The device of using the older Pi (Irfann Khan) as the window into the story came from screenwriter David Magee, who was hired on the basis of his moving Oscar-nominated screenplay for the J. M. Barry biopic "Finding Neverland."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 2, 2013 2:49 PM
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Go Into The Story with Noir Classic 'Double Indemnity,' From Script to Screen [Video]

Go Into the Story, the screenwriting blog of the Blacklist, features a fascinating script-to-screen installment today on Billy Wilder's 1944 film noir classic "Double Indemnity." The blog looks at a key scene from the film, comparing the screenplay pages to the filmed finished product.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 2, 2013 2:32 PM
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Jay-Z Producing Score for Baz Luhrmann's 'Great Gatsby'

The first two trailers for Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," both featuring the pulsing hip-hop beats of Kanye West-Jay-Z collaboration "Watch the Throne," let us know that this will be no ordinary F. Scott Fitzgerald adaptation...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 2, 2013 1:41 PM
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Jennifer Lawrence is Vanity Fair's 'Most Desirable' Cover Girl, Says Acting is Stupid

Jennifer Lawrence is Vanity Fair's February cover girl. They call her "the rare celebrity who sounds more like a human being than a well-coached product," as well as the world's "most desirable woman."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 2, 2013 1:19 PM
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Composer Alexandre Desplat Will Visit Wes Anderson's 'Grand Budapest Hotel'

Composer Alexandre Desplat -- who had a busy year in 2012, with three original scores qualifying for Oscar consideration -- is on board for director Wes Anderson's upcoming project "The Grand Budapest Hotel."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 2, 2013 1:01 PM
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Tarantino Talks 'Django Unchained' Soundtrack, from Vinyl Oldies to Original Morricone

How much you like spaghetti westerns will be a factor in how much you want to consume the "Django Unchained" Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, now available through Loma Vista Recording. This soundtrack marks the first time Quentin Tarantino has collaborated with artists to create original music for one of his films.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • January 2, 2013 12:56 PM
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