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Weekend Preview: 'Haywire,' 'Extremely Loud,' 'We Need To Talk About Kevin' & More

Michael Fassbender is in theaters again, this time with Steven Soderbergh's "Haywire." He may have a smaller part in this film compared to "Shame," "Jane Eyre," "A Dangerous Method" or "X-Men," but the best scene in the movie is still his.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 19, 2012 5:01 PM
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MLK Weekend Box Office: 'Contraband' Steals Thunder from 3-D 'Beauty and the Beast' UPDATED

With three new films opening in wide release, Universal’s “Contraband” easily captured the top spot at the boxoffice. During the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend the Working Title film tracked an estimated $28.8 million at theaters, which exceeded pre-release expectations, which had “Contraband” and “Beauty” in a race for the top spot. The opening marked a company best for Working Title. Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale star in the R-rated action thriller, about a criminal who has given up his errant ways and gets pulled back into the business one more time.
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • January 16, 2012 1:26 PM
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Box Office Report: Awards Performance Update

As distributors continue the tradition of playing off the Golden Globes to publicize a range of films, the specialized and awards business still shows the positive trends that were seen during the holidays. A couple of significant expansions (“Pina” and “The Iron Lady”) lead the mostly positive news. Opening:
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • January 15, 2012 4:22 PM
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Stanley Kubrick: The Unknown Father of the Box-Office Report

Stanley Kubrick's place in the Hollywood pantheon as an innovator is already secured--take a look at almost any post-"2001: A Space Odyssey" sci fi flick and you'll see it was Kubrick's foundation that changed the genre for good.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • January 15, 2012 10:15 AM
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The Dark Knight Rises: Bale Covers EW, Felt 'Immense Pressure' But Owes it to The Films

The year is crowded with hotly anticipated films, says EW, and none more so than "The Dark Knight Rises." Naturally, Christian Bale as Batman graces EW's Forecast issue, out January 13. All that anticipation means batcages full of pressure. Bale says; “I can tell you the truth because I’m done with it...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 11, 2012 10:57 PM
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Indie Distributors Target Foreign Oscar Entries for Specialized Gold

Distributors are changing their usual release patterns for this year's batch of foreign film Oscar contenders. They often wait until after the nominations to release the films. But this year more are going out early, ahead of the noms January 24.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • January 11, 2012 6:29 PM
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2011 Attendance Up at Indie Alamo and Landmark Chains; Top Ten Performers

While the studios still chase after the increasingly fickle youth audience, indie theater chains successfully pulled filmgoers in 2011--without relying on 3-D premium ticket pricing. In fact, both the Alamo Drafthouse and Landmark indie chains announce that their national box office was up in 2011.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 9, 2012 8:50 PM
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Horror Sleeper 'The Devil Inside' Jump Starts New Year's Box Office, 'Dragon Tattoo' and "Tinker Tailor' Deliver

Call it a New Year's surprise. The ultra-low budget horror film "The Devil Inside" from Paramount Insurge caught the industry off guard and racked up an estimated $34.5 million to possess the top spot while averaging a stout $15,098 per theater.
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • January 8, 2012 1:07 PM
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Weekly Wrap: Weekend Preview, Interviews, Fest Updates, Guild Nominations, In the Works

BOX OFFICE, REVIEWS, TRAILERS: Weekend Preview: "Blood and Honey," "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia," "Norwegian Wood"; Soderbergh's "Haywire" Is Kick-Ass.
  • By TOH!
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  • January 7, 2012 4:19 PM
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Weekend Preview: Jolie's 'Blood and Honey,' 'Once Upon A Time in Anatolia' & 'Norwegian Wood'

There's no shortage of quality films at the box office. "In The Land of Blood & Honey," "Once Upon A Time In Anatolia" and "Norwegian Wood" are each worth the trip to theaters. Enjoy the plentiful box office while you can...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 6, 2012 1:27 PM
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