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MPAA Box Office Stats Reveal Declines in Domestic and 3-D Attendance: "We Needed a Few More Good Movies"

It's always revealing to parse the Motion Picture Association of America's annual Theatrical Market Statistics Report. The 2011 report shows that the studios are basically getting bailed out by the international boost in moviegoers, while the domestic market is in steady decline. And the bloom is off the 3-D rose.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 22, 2012 4:26 PM
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New Yorker Films Back in Action with Norwegian Coming-of-Age Sex Comedy 'Turn Me On, Dammit'

Venerable New Yorker Films is back in the indie distribution game. Their first 2012 entry is Jannicke Systad Jacobsen's sexually frank 76-minute coming-of-age comedy, "Turn Me On, Dammit!," laced with wry Norwegian humor reminiscent of the Czech New Wave (March 30). The film won the Best Screenplay Award when it premiered at Tribeca.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 21, 2012 7:01 PM
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'The Hunger Games' Interview Round-Up: Cast Talk the Culture-Shifting Power of Dystopian Allegory (Video)

Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games" will boast an enormous box office debut on March 23 (some are forecasting a $140 million opening). That's thanks in large part to Jennifer Lawrence's performance as Katniss Everdeen, which is earning raves. Women starved for smart entertainment aimed at them will flock to the film.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 20, 2012 4:25 PM
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Michael Bacall Scores with '21 Jump Street' & 'Project X'; Sequels in the Works, Plus Cruise's Len Grossman

It's good to be Michael Bacall. The actor-screenwriter's "21 Jump Street" and "Project X" have both raked in a pretty penny at the recent box office. "21" opened this past weekend to $35 million, while "X" has come out of two weekends with $48 million - and both are getting sequels. Bacall shares story credits with "21" star Jonah Hill (who revealed that the sequel had been greenlit last month), and Matt Drake for "X," but he's currently credited as the sole writer of the latter's sequel. Check out GQ's interview with Bacall here, in which he explains how he boarded "21" (through Hill) and applauds Channing Tatum; "He annihilates in the movie. It's as if we wrote the role specifically for him, which we didn't."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 20, 2012 8:30 AM
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New Trailer for 'Snow White and the Huntsman'; Stewart Is The One to End The Darkness

In this extended trailer for Universal's "Snow White and the Huntsman" (June 1), the epic fairy tale adaptation looks less edgy than we'd expected. This mythical action adventure is clearly aimed at a female PG-13 audience.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 19, 2012 12:16 PM
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Weekend Indie Box Office Analysis: 'Kid with a Bike' and 'Gerhard Richter Painting' Open Well, 'Jeff, Who Lives at Home' Disappoints

As Oscar films fade from memory, two new limited releases had impressive debuts, including “The Kid With a Bike,” the latest in an unusually strong group of recent foreign language entries, and artist profile "Gerhard Richter Painting."
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 18, 2012 2:52 PM
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Weekend Box Office: '21 Jump Street' is Head of the Class with $35 million; 'John Carter' Drops to $13 million

Sony’s “21 Jump Street” took a seat at the head of the class at the North American box office as the re-imagined buddy-comedy racked up a hefty $35 million on its first weekend in theaters.
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • March 18, 2012 12:55 PM
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Weekend Preview: Laugh with '21 Jump Street' & 'Footnote'; 'Kid with a Bike' & "Detachment' Bring Drama

It is a great weekend to laugh or cry at the movies. Joseph Cedar's "Footnote" (Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film) is the dramedy for intellectuals, while "21 Jump Street" and "Jeff, Who Lives at Home" deliver the sillier, satisfying fun...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 15, 2012 4:44 PM
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Weekend Indie Box Office: 'Footnote' and 'Salmon Fishing' Deliver

As the Oscar winners quickly recede from attention, two impressive Sony Classics films – one continuing, one new – stand out, while two potential cross-over films which premiered at Toronto openings survived mix reviews to show some modestly positive grosses.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 11, 2012 4:18 PM
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Weekend Box Office: Holdover 'The Lorax' Gobbles Up 'John Carter'

With three new wide releases hitting the marketplace, Universal’s “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” held onto the top spot for the second consecutive weekend with an estimated $39.1 million, slipping a mild 44% while advancing its 10-day cume to a robust $122 million, thanks largely to a responsive family audience and positive word of mouth.
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • March 11, 2012 12:56 PM
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