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CinemaCon: Paramount and Warner Bros. Pitch 'G.I. Joe,' 'Madagascar 3,' 'Rise of the Guardians,' 'Dark Shadows,' 'The Hobbit' at 48 FPS, and Two Cruise Starrers

CinemaCon works on several tracks. The studios jet in their talent for dog & pony shows and clip reels, showing off their wares to the theater owners who will book them in the coming year. There was an audible gasp Tuesday when Johnny Depp sauntered across the Caesar's Palace Colosseum stage...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 24, 2012 6:38 PM
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Weekend Box Office Specialty Films Report: What It Means

Three specialized films with stellar reviews opened this weekend, but the one going out the widest and also available for home viewing, "Marley," boasted the most success. Three other new releases also had parallel premieres on video-on-demand.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • April 22, 2012 2:18 PM
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Weekend Box Office: 'Think Like a Man' Rousts 'Hunger Games' from Top Spot

For the first time in five weeks Lionsgate's “The Hunger Games” did not land the top spot at the box office in North America. Screen Gems' ensemble comedy “Think Like A Man” stole that crown with a better than expected debut estimated at $33 million...
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • April 22, 2012 1:00 PM
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Cannes 2011 Box Office Recap: Some Played, Most Didn't

As we anticipate savoring the various sections of Cannes 2012 (official and sidebar), let's dig into the level of success of last year’s entries – including the first Best Picture Oscar-winner launched at the festival, and two others also nominated in the same category.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • April 21, 2012 7:15 AM
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Weekend Preview: 'Marley' Top Pick of Weak New Arrivals

There's a rash of horrendously reviewed films this weekend, along with a few standouts to compete with the likes of holdovers "Titanic 3-D," "The Hunger Games" and "Cabin in the Woods." If you adore a particular star (Zac Efron in "The Loved One"? Diane Keaton in "Darling Companion"? Michael Sheen in "Jesus Henry Christ"?) or genre (South Korean war pic "My Way"? Wanna-be horror "The Moth Diaries"?), that may persuade you to buy a ticket for one of the new arrivals.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 20, 2012 4:19 PM
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Career Watch: Michelle Yeoh Builds on Asia Powerbase, But "The Lady" Opens Soft

A 1984 TV commercial with Jackie Chan was the start of Michelle Yeoh's on-camera career. While she ranks #7 on EW's Best Bond Girls list for her kick-ass role in "Tomorrow Never Dies," and is the most bankable Asian actress in the world, the martial arts action star ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) has never achieved Hollywood stardom.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 16, 2012 7:17 AM
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Indie Box Office, from New 'Monsieur Lazhar' to Holdover 'Bully': What It Really Means

This weekend at the specialty box office, the last of this year’s Oscar Foreign Language nominees to open, Music Box's “Monsieur Lazhar,” grossed decently, along with a slew of other major festival-showcased new releases. Meantime, The Weinstein Co.'s “Bully” broadened quickly with some success...
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • April 15, 2012 3:44 PM
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Box Office: 'Hunger Games' Takes Fourth Number One Weekend

Topping box office charts for the fourth consecutive weekend, Lionsgate’s exemplary “The Hunger Games” took in an estimated $21.5 million, advancing its cume to a stellar $337.1 million. The weekend’s three new wide releases were unable to dislodge “Games” from its perch at number one.
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • April 15, 2012 12:52 PM
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Weekend Preview: Roll the Dice At A Crowded Box Office

It's a crowded weekend at the box office, so we'll try to steer you in the right direction.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 12, 2012 9:02 PM
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8 Things You Want to Know from EW's Summer Preview: 'Dark Knight Rises,' 'Avengers,' 'Huntsman,' 'Magic Mike'

EW's Summer Preview (out April 13) covers the season's most hyped releases, from "The Dark Knight Rises" (the last of the "Dark Knight triplets"), "The Avengers" ("the 'Taxi Driver' of superhero-team movies") and "The Amazing Spider-Man" to Channing Tatum and Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike" and Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones' "Hope Springs." Enjoy a taste of the issue below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 12, 2012 1:44 PM
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