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Christmas Box Office Reality: Top Dog 'Les Miserables' Beats Out 'The Hobbit' and 'Django Unchained,' Rest of Field Shows Weakness

After great openings days on Tuesday, both "Les Miserables" and "Django Unchained" fell 33% on Wednesday, with the result that the order of the top three films shifted from Christmas Day. "The Hobbit," up slightly from Tuesday, edged out "Django" by a clear margin, while falling about $1 million behind "Les Miserables." All three films though are showing great strength early in the holiday week.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • December 27, 2012 4:18 PM
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Ted Hope Names the Really Bad Things in Indie Film 2012

Ted Hope sees that there is a a lot wrong with our culture and that it has a damaging effect on the filmmaking business. He lays out the 24 Really Bad Things In The Indie Film Biz 2012.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 27, 2012 3:16 PM
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The Best In Digital Entertainment Content: What We Would Buy with $100

The digital world offers free content galore, and then there's all that mystery content hidden behind pay-walls. We've sifted through the best of the priced materials to determined what's worth paying for. Inspired by PaidContent, our TOH team picked what we'd buy if we had $100 to spend on digital entertainment content. There's some overlap: clearly a Netflix subscription is something none of us can do without.
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  • December 27, 2012 3:10 PM
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Portland Books 'Sapphires' as Opening Night Film for 36th Edition

The Portland International Film Festival, produced by the Northwest Film Center, announces its opening night film for its 36th edition. Wayne Blair's "The Sapphires," about an Aboriginal singing group and their manager (Chris O'Dowd), will open the festival on February 7...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 27, 2012 12:37 PM
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Hackford Grills Tarantino on 'Django Unchained': Style, Score, Script Adds, KKK Scene; "it was my 'fuck you' to D.W. Griffith"

"Django Unchained" was among the last of the award season films out of the starting gate. When new Directors Guild member Quentin Tarantino unveiled the film at the DGA on Sunset, it played to raucous applause. Taylor Hackford, who directed Jamie Foxx in his Oscar-winning turn in the musical biopic "Ray," conducted the Q & A.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 27, 2012 6:19 AM
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'Django Unchained': Why Spike Lee Refuses to See It, More Reviews UPDATED

Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," which opened Christmas Day, played well at the DGA screening I attended, as well as the subsequent L.A Academy screening. Audiences are flocking to see it (we'll do the box office numbers on Thursday) and critics love it (89% on Rotten Tomatoes, 80% on MetaCritic). Of course they do--per usual, Tarantino offers up a meaty dish to be savored and interpreted, crammed with movie references and rich performances from a wide range of great character actors.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 26, 2012 7:16 PM
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'Les Miserables' Review Round-Up; Detractors Could Hurt Musical's Oscar Bid

Christmas Day saw two new openings of award-season contenders, "Les Miserables" and "Django Unchained." (We will parse their box office on Thursday.) But judging from social media chatter as well as reviews, it is clear that Tom Hooper's approach to the musical may be too radical for many moviegoers.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 26, 2012 4:08 PM
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Tops and Flops of 2012 Box Office - Lessons Learned

On the surface 2012 doesn't look like a game-changer, after a decade of film business upheaval. In many ways the top fifteen top-grossers are all-too familiar--sequels, tentpoles, animated family fare and a comedy. But dig into the hits a bit and there are developments that could change how future films get made.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • December 26, 2012 3:37 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Sound Designer Paul Ottosson Talks 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Sound designer/re-recording mixer Paul Ottosson creates the year's most complex and disturbing soundscape with "Zero Dark Thirty," easily surpassing his work on "The Hurt Locker," which earned him two Oscars. Indeed, his strategy of maximizing audience identification with the obsessive CIA officer, Maya, played by Jessica Chastain, brilliantly complements the narrative thrust of the acclaimed, if controversial, fact-based thriller about the decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 26, 2012 3:00 PM
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'Downton Abbey' Christmas Special Spoilers Cause Twittersphere Uproar, Ruining Season 3 for American Audience

"Downton Abbey" fans, you might want to block your ears and eyes. The UK regularly enjoys their native period drama before us Yankees, so spoilers are to be expected for those following "Abbey" chatter.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 26, 2012 1:55 PM
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