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Career Watch: The Commodification of Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp's career has been set on cruise control for years, and it's worked splendidly. He's Hollywood's highest-paid actor along with Will Smith, received not one but two Golden Globe nominations in 2011 (for two of his worst films) and is happy getting paid stupid amounts of money even though he agrees it's ridiculous and does not find it stimulating.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 14, 2012 4:12 PM
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Magnolia's on a Roll, from 'Jiro Dreams of Sushi' and 'Marley' to Twisty Stylish Thriller 'Headhunters'

"Headhunters" is a smart pick-up. It's basically the most commercial movie Norway has to offer, based on Joe Nesbo's global detective bestseller, starring rising star Aksel Hennie ("Max Manus") and Danish "Game of Thrones" baddie Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and directed with style by top commercial director Morten Tyldum.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 13, 2012 10:41 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Marigold Hotel' Still Torrid Amid Weak Specialty Field

The strong expansion for "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" was marked by a dramatic jump from 27 to 178 theaters, with an estimated PSA (per screen average) of $13,000 or better (likely) for the weekend. Quick expansions for a film like this aren't typical, and the configuration here doesn't offer easy comparisons.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • May 13, 2012 3:55 PM
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Weekend Box Office: 'Avengers' Joins $1 Billion Club After 19 Days UPDATED

Disney’s “The Avengers” boasted the biggest second weekend in box office history with a stunning $103.2 million, down a mild 50% from its debut and bringing the 10 day cume for the Marvel Studios film to an unprecedented $373.2 million domestic and $628.9 million internationally.
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • May 13, 2012 12:33 PM
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Trailer Watch: Pixar's 'Brave' Will Be One of the Summer's Top Performers

Why isn't "Brave" showing at Cannes? Because it's set to open the Edinburgh Film Festival instead just after its June 22 stateside release. Pixar's 13th film and first fairy tale, "Brave," is sure to be yet another top box office performer by summer's end,
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 12, 2012 2:03 PM
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Weekend Preview: From Steve Jobs and Paul Simon to France, Lebanon & Japan

Take your pick: A Johnny Depp-Tim Burton misfire, a slight but charming Lebanese comedy-musical (Toronto's People's Choice Award, "Where Do We Go Now"), an anti-American shoot 'em up ("God Bless America"), a delightful Japanese kids' movie ("I Wish"), the impeccably reviewed thriller "Sleepless Night" or Paul Simon music doc "Under African Skies" -- and that's just a few of this weekend's offerings. Details on these and more below. Indiewire has reviews for 15 indies hitting theaters.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 10, 2012 5:04 PM
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'Prometheus' Stars Theron & Rapace Sing Praises For Non-Objectifying Ridley Scott

EW's cover story on "Prometheus" (May 18) helps to highlight why so many of us are looking forward to the Ridley Scott film. Not only does "Prometheus" signal Scott's return to his "Alien" roots (he tells EW he was "marginally hurt" that he was never asked to direct the sequels) with a to-die-for cast, it injects the macho summer box office with strong women.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 10, 2012 1:10 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Marigold' Is 'Avengers' for Seniors, 'First Position' and 'Bernie' Score

While it didn't have 24-hour shows at some locations, and didn't set any records, just as "The Avengers" raised the bar for 2012 wide-release films, Fox Searchlight's "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is showing the best results for specialized/older audience films since 2011's late-year openings.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • May 6, 2012 1:43 PM
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Weekend Box Office: "Avengers' Shatters North American Box Office Records with $200-Million Haul UPDATED

Disney’s “The Avengers” shattered North American box office records by a wide margin this weekend as estimates have the Marvel Studios production racking up a heart pounding $200.3 million in its first three days – marking the biggest opening in box office history.
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • May 6, 2012 12:26 PM
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Weekend Preview: 'The Avengers,' 'First Position' & 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Are Best Bets of New Arrivals

"The Avengers" will take most of the attention at this weekend's box office; the Marvel franchise mash-up delivers 142 minutes of satisfying, bombastic entertainment, with Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr. stealing the show.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 3, 2012 3:20 PM
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