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Immersed in Movies: Director Marc Webb Slings an 'Amazing Spider-Man' Storytelling Web

When you get right down to it, "The Amazing Spider-Man" wasn't such a monumental leap after all for Marc Webb ("(500) Days Of Summer"). He's essentially imbued his Spidey with more of a post-modern vibe than Sam Raimi's celebrated trilogy...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 3, 2012 1:26 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' Starts off Strong

Sundance and Cannes sensation “Beasts of the Southern Wild” successfully crossed from being a festival hit to early stage arthouse success with very good NY/LA platform openings, giving it a real shot for broader audience...
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 2, 2012 4:18 PM
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Weekend Box Office: Grown-ups Return as R-rated 'Ted' and 'Magic Mike' Exceed Expectations

Last weekend pulled kids to two animated PG features, which took the top two spots with close to $90 million between them. This weekend belonged to the grownups as two R-rated pictures, Universal’s “Ted” and Warner Bros. “Magic Mike,” both topped industry expectations with another $90 million top two take. In a big surprise, “Ted” took in a warm and fuzzy estimate of $54.1 million while Steven Soderbergh's sexy “Magic Mike” picked up a slick $39.2 million.
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • July 1, 2012 12:28 PM
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Best of the Week: Palm Springs Shortfest, Bologna & Moscow; Classics, Box Office, Reviews & Remembering Nora Ephron

This week on TOH, we covered the Palm Springs International Shortfest, Il Cinema Ritrovata in Bologna and the Moscow Junket, looked at the intrepid box office for Pixar's "Brave," remembered beloved screenwriter, filmmaker and author Nora Ephron, reviewed this weekend's theatrical debuts and more...
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  • June 29, 2012 4:20 PM
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Trailer Watch: UK Phenomenon 'The Inbetweeners' to Charm Americans with Pussay Patrol

Check out the trailer for "The Inbetweeners," a 2011 UK box office smash being plugged as the "British answer to 'American Pie.'" So, it's British pie? Certainly a nice crashcourse in dirty slang from across the pond...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 29, 2012 1:07 PM
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Arthouse Audit: La Dolce Woody

The recent feast-or-famine pattern among top specialized distributors' releases continues, with "To Rome With Love" joining "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" and "Moonrise Kingdom" as unusually strong platform openings for any time of the year, let alone the usually quieter late spring/early summer period.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 24, 2012 1:31 PM
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Weekend Box Office: 'Brave' Racks Up Mighty $66 Million; Pixar's 13th Number One Opening UPDATED

Pixar added another feather in its cap as Disney’s “Brave” racked up a sturdy $66.74 million to capture the top spot at the box office on its debut in North America this weekend. The opening for “Brave” marked the 13th consecutive first place finish for the animation company started by Steve Jobs.
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • June 24, 2012 11:56 AM
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Weekend Preview: Must-See 'Invisible War'; 'Brave' for Gay Marriage Rights; 'Seeking a Friend' & 'Rome' Disappoint

It's Summertime and the theaters are filling up. There's a varied selection of new releases, from studio pics "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" and "Brave" to excellent documentaries "The Invisible War" and "Kumaré"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 21, 2012 4:07 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Your Sister's Sister' and 'Abramovic' Join Summer Specialty B.O. Bonanza

Two women-directed films with solid reviews - "Your Sister's Sister" and "Marina Abramovic - The Artist Is Present" - stood out among the openings, with promising debuts. But the news continues to be ongoing interest in a range of expanding and ongoing releases, giving the specialized market a wider than usual presence for this time of year.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 17, 2012 2:00 PM
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Weekend Box Office: 'Madagascar 3' and 'Prometheus' Hold Off Weak Newcomers; Sandler Flops in Fifth UPDATED

For the second consecutive weekend, Paramount/DreamWorks’ “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” and 20th Century Fox’s “Prometheus” held the top two spots, and in that order, with the former taking in an estimated $35.5 million and the latter grossing around $20.2 million.
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • June 17, 2012 12:04 PM
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