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Weekend Box Office: 'Despicable Me 2' Overperforms, Leaves 'The Lone Ranger' in the Dust

Universal's much-bigger-than-expected "Despicable Me 2" led the holiday weekend, outgrossing Disney's disappointing "The Lone Ranger" by two thirds. (It has amassed a remarkable $142 million in five days, while "The Lone Ranger" scored $48 million total.) Despite "The Lone Ranger," which marks the third big-budget studio disappointment of the summer, the three-day post-Independence Day holiday weekend far outscored last year's box office top ten by 12 %.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 7, 2013 1:57 PM
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Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity' to Open the 70th Venice International Film Festival

As we predicted, Alfonso Cuaron's much anticipated sci-fi epic "Gravity," starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, will open the 70th Venice International Film Festival, running August 28 - September 7. The film will be out of competition.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 3, 2013 12:19 PM
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'Monsters University' and 'The Heat' Battle for Top Spot at Lagging Summer Box Office

The release calendar is crowded, and Friday's numbers show that the intense competition for the top films is not expanding the marketplace. The end result is not the box office bonanza many have been predicting. In fact, the total numbers for the top 10 yesterday fell just under 20% from the same Friday last year. This means that a blockbuster summer is less likely than ever to salvage a weak year. And this is at a time when multiple releases are burdened with unforgiving production budgets exceeding $150 million--and more.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 29, 2013 2:28 PM
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This Weekend: Head to 'The Heat' and 'Laurence Anyways,' Skip Emmerich's Latest Disaster 'White House Down'

This weekend, the movie to see is Paul Feig's buddy cop comedy "The Heat" starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, but you may want to skip Roland Emmerich's latest blow-em-up spectacle "White House Down."
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 27, 2013 3:44 PM
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Trailer Watch: Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity' Sends Clooney and Bullock Hurtling through Space

The trailer for director Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" -- starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock -- has finally landed. This is Cuaron's first film since the 2006 dystopian sci-fi thriller "Children of Men."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 10, 2013 12:02 PM
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Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy to Offer Solidarity with Early Screening of Cop Comedy 'The Heat' for Boston Police

In the wake of last week's series of tragedies in Boston -- the twin bombings that killed three people at the Boston Marathon, and the subsequent manhunt that lead to the death of an MIT police officer -- director Paul Feig has arranged for his upcoming summer comedy "The Heat" to screen for Boston police.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 22, 2013 12:47 PM
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As Berlinale Kicks Off, Watch Hollywood Speak Deutsch [VIDEO]

With the opening of the Berlin International Film Festival (February 7-17), check out these videos of Hollywood stars who speak German. Bradley Cooper's fluency in French? Passé. Deutsch is where it's at -- just ask Keanu Reeves, Kirsten Dunst, Leonardo DiCaprio and more.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 7, 2013 11:42 AM
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Release Date Announced for Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity,' Del Toro Promises Long Takes

Alfonso Cuaron's mysterious sci-fi film "Gravity," starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, has finally set a theatrical release date: October 4, 2013. And it promises to continue the long-take strategy Cuaron pursued on stylistically innovative "Children of Men," which did not set the box office on fire.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 16, 2013 1:05 PM
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Movies to Look Forward to in 2013

Anne Thompson and TOH! writers Matt Brennan, Bill Desowitz, Beth Hanna, Maggie Lange, Matt Mueller and Sophia Savage share the movies they are most looking forward to in 2013.
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  • December 31, 2012 4:27 PM
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'Ronna & Beverly' Stars Join Paul Feig's Bullock & McCarthy Buddy Cop Comedy

Paul Feig has added "Ronna & Beverly" writer-performers Jessica Chaffin and Jamie Denbo ("Entourage," "Curb Your Enthusiasm") to his upcoming buddy cop comedy with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 30, 2012 4:23 PM
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