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'The Wolverine' Disappoints at Healthy Box Office; 'Fruitvale' Lands in Top Ten

Although Twentieth Century Fox's "The Wolverine," the week's sole wide opener, performed a good deal below predictions, the overall weekend was encouraging as the uneven (and very expensive) summer continues to play out. Grosses for the top 10 came in at around $152 million, a big jump from last year's $124 million (where the #1 film was the second weekend of "The Dark Knight Rises"). Decent-grossing newcomer "The Wolverine" played its part, but the overall strength comes from several films holding well (the #2-6 films dropped between 36 and 48% from last weekend). With several significant August openings ahead, the summer could still end up ahead of last year's, but not likely quite enough to boost the year total.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 27, 2013 3:05 PM
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Hollywood Whipping Boy Von Stroheim's Decadent 'Foolish Wives' Was First Million Dollar Movie

Orson Welles is often held up as the most abused child in the history of Hollywood, but Erich von Stroheim was easily his equal as whipping boy: Beginning with “Foolish Wives” -- Hollywood’s first “million-dollar movie,” for which von Stroheim recreated Monte Carlo on the back lot of Universal – the former assistant to D.W. Griffith lost one duel after another to the hedge-clippers of Hollywood. On “Greed” alone, he was probably relieved of more footage than Welles ever shot in his life. The loss to cinema history has been mourned since the ‘20s.
  • By John Anderson
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  • July 27, 2013 3:04 PM
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'Wolverine' Disappoints at Box Office, 'Fruitvale Station' Makes Top Ten, and Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine' Shines

"Wolverine," Twentieth Century Fox's well-hyped sixth entry in the "X-Men" series, performed below expectations with $21 million on Friday (including $4 million from late Thursday shows). Thus far the Top Ten total is lower than any Friday since June 4.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 27, 2013 12:38 PM
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Check Out Bollywood Ten Best Lists and VIDEOS

The Guardian (UK) does a good job covering Indian and Bollywood movies, which have a much higher mainstream profile in Britain than they do stateside. This week the paper published a juicy package around the on-going Centenary of Indian Cinema. Taken together, the pieces offer a solid overview of must-sees and good Internet-friendly lists of Ten, for any Bollywoodphile.
  • By David Chute
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  • July 27, 2013 11:34 AM
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'Breaking Bad' Creator Gilligan Claims “Most folks will dig the ending;” AMC Unveils Two New Series

AMC is ramping up production of original series, ordering two new shows in one cycle for the first time in its history, even as it bids goodbye to “Breaking Bad,” the series that followed “Mad Men” to help launch its remarkable run of acclaimed cable hits.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • July 26, 2013 8:53 PM
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First Look: Diablo Cody's Directorial Debut 'Paradise,' Starring Julianne Hough

Diablo Cody's directorial debut "Paradise" (previously titled "Lamb of God") hits theaters October 18. The first eight images from the film, which stars Julianne Hough as a deeply religious woman who is also a burn victim, have been released. Check them out below, plus a still of Cody on set.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 26, 2013 2:26 PM
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WATCH: Shia Labeouf Gets Devious in New Clip from Lars Von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac'

Check out this humorous new "appetizer" clip from Lars Von Trier's upcoming two-part film "Nymphomaniac," starring Shia Labeouf and Charlotte Gainsbourg. No, we don't yet get any peeks at Labeouf's nether regions (though they're freely on display in Sigur Ros' "Fjogur piano"), but we do hear him try out a Brit accent, and see his character Jerome's rather devious attempt at getting a comely new employee alone in an elevator.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 26, 2013 1:43 PM
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Best of the Week: Comic-Con Wrap, TIFF and Venice Lineups Unfold, Cate Blanchett Video Interview and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • July 26, 2013 1:33 PM
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Pinewood Studios and the BFI Launch Paid Internship Program for Film Production

Pinewood Studios and the BFI have announced the launch of a joint program for interns in film production. The program is designed to help develop the next generation of film talent, and to ensure productions financed by Pinewood and the BFI will take on trainees, from the UK and a diverse array of backgrounds, across a number of departments. And one more thing: the interns will be paid!
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 26, 2013 1:15 PM
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WATCH: Matt Damon Does Droid Battle in New Clip from 'Elysium'

Check out this new clip from Neill Blomkamp's futuristic sci-fi entry "Elysium," starring Matt Damon as a terminally ill man who hatches a plan to break into the wealthy, illness-free satellite society of the title. In the clip, Damon faces off against droids owned by William Fichtner (most recently seen as another enjoyable baddie in "The Lone Ranger").
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 26, 2013 12:52 PM
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