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James Bond 23, 'Skyfall,' Opens Big in UK and 24 Markets: Seven Things We Know About Bond

We know that with rave reviews, Sony and MGM's "Skyfall" could exceed the global gross on any other Bond. (Bond 22 gross/review rankings here.) The first international grosses are in from 25 markets and James Bond 23 is off to a rip-roaring start, opening everywhere at #1 and grossing $77.7 million. (It opens stateside on November 9.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 28, 2012 6:33 PM
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Arthouse Audit: Gotham Nominee 'Loneliest Planet' Leads Weak Newcomers

"The Loneliest Planet" led the underwhelming new specialized films this weekend, as "The Sessions" showed continuing strength in its second-week expansion. Otherwise business was on the low side even for the normally deemphasized pre-Halloween playtime. "The Other Son" showed some initial action in an unusual wider release.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • October 28, 2012 4:27 PM
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Weekend Box Office Top Ten: 'Argo' Sings, 'Cloud Atlas' Doesn't

This pre-Halloween weekend, one Warner Bros. release soared to the top of the box office line-up on strong word of mouth. The other, with a C+ Cinemascore, could be sinking fast. "Cloud Atlas," their expensive epic from three major directors, failed to gross $10 million, a soft opening for this much-ballyhooed $100-million epic. But "Argo" climbed to #1, showing more strength in its third week than robust initial reaction indicated.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • October 28, 2012 1:04 PM
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Watch: Stunning 'Life of Pi' Clip Intros Pi Patel and Richard Parker

Watch this gorgeous new clip from Ang Lee's "Life of Pi," in which Pi begins his account of his peculiar plight: stranded on a life boat in the middle of the ocean, with a tiger. This glowing 53-second snippet gives a glimpse at the film's astounding visuals.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 27, 2012 6:25 PM
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Saturday Box Office Preview: 'Cloud Atlas' Does Not Float

Warner Bros. could have bragging rights with the top two films this weekend (based on Friday's grosses), but the reality is they can't be too happy with the poor performance of "Cloud Atlas." The Wachowski siblings/Tom Tykwer collaboration actually came in #3 for the day (just under $3.5 million). But with weak reviews (Metacritic score 54), an audience response of C+ on Cinemascore and a reported $100 million budget, this looks like it is headed for cult status rather than hit.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • October 27, 2012 5:30 PM
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Best of the Week: Oscar Talk, Hitchcock, Bond, Presidents, Hot Projects In the Works, Reviews & More

This week on TOH!, we discuss a number of possible awards contenders in Oscar Talk, we go behind the scenes with an exclusive "Hitchcock" set visit, look at the upcoming weekend's cinematic offerings and much more!
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  • October 26, 2012 5:31 PM
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'Cloud Atlas' Q & A: Wachowskis and Tykwer Talk Indie European Filmmaking, Multiple Roles (VIDEO)

While "Cloud Atlas" is meeting mixed response, the three-hour epic was a delirious joyride for me. Truth is, except for the flat "V for Vendetta" and the final pixel-struck "Matrix" movie, I've admired all of the Wachowskis' output, even "Speed Racer." These filmmakers have it all: strong writing chops, an instinct for entertaining audiences, and compelling visual style. They know how to create characters you care about, to fashion an engrossing narrative that carries you along, and to make your eyes pop with stunning cinematography. What they saw in David Mitchell's novel "Cloud Atlas" was an opportunity to weave six seemingly disparate but related stories in vastly different time zones into a sumptuous cinematic feast.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 26, 2012 4:28 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Disney Gets Subversive with 'Wreck-It Ralph'

Disney's definitely back with "Wreck-It Ralph" (opening November 2). In fact, this unexpectedly witty and inventive videogame comedy/adventure is the surprise of the animation season and the Oscar wild card, although I haven't yet seen DreamWorks' "Rise of the Guardians," which also looks creatively bold and will likely be a major contender.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • October 26, 2012 4:28 PM
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Kasi Lemmons Boards 'Agaat,' Will Adapt & Direct South African Apartheid Drama

Kasi Lemmons, director of "Eve's Bayou" and "Talk to Me," is attached to adapt and direct South African apartheid novel "Agaat," written in 2010 by Marlene van Niekerk. The rights to the book have been optioned by producers Patrick Holzen, Mark R. Harris and Debbie Vandermeulen. Holzen states, “It took a long deliberation to find the perfect person and I can’t imagine the project with anyone else now. [Lemmons'] previous projects have dealt with themes of social change, empowerment and love, which are our themes as well. Kasi is a formidable talent with a unique perspective that was essential to adapting this masterpiece.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 26, 2012 4:10 PM
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For Love of Benedict: Cumberbitches Fan Club Dedicated to 'Sherlock' Star

Benedict Cumberbatch, star of the BBC's hit series "Sherlock," is his own one-man Beatle, apparently. A fan club called "The Cumberbitches" has formed, comprised of 37,000 members and obsessively dedicated to, in their words, the "high-cheekboned, blue-eyed sex bomb."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 26, 2012 2:11 PM
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