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Hollywood Machine Generated $47 Billion for LA County in 2011

A report issued Friday by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. finds that Hollywood was able to generate $47 billion in economic output in L.A. county in 2011, accounting for 8.4% of the area's total output.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 16, 2012 1:13 PM
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'Transformers 4' Eyeing China Production to Maximize Franchise Box Office

Mark Wahlberg will be the new leading man in Michael Bay's "Transformers 4," and the production may have its sights set on mainland China for this installment of the testosterone-fueled franchise.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 16, 2012 1:07 PM
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'Kick Ass' & 'X-Men' Scribe Goldman to Pen Burton's 'Pinocchio'

Screenwriter Jane Goldman, who in the last five years has penned "Kick Ass," "X Men: First Class" and "The Woman in Black," will reportedly next script Tim Burton's "Pinocchio."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 16, 2012 11:26 AM
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Sorkin Reveals Structure of Steve Jobs Biopic

Walter Isaacson's bestselling Steve Jobs biography was nothing if not a door-stopper. So writer Aaron Sorkin's challenge was to figure out a way in: cradle to grave biopic? One slice? He went with something closer to "Slumdog Millionaire"'s ingenious way of using the questions as entries to parts of a life.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 15, 2012 4:48 PM
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Magnolia Takes Tobias Lindholm's AFI Fest-Winner 'A Hijacking' Hostage for North America

Magnolia Pictures has picked up North American rights to Danish director Tobias Lindholm's second feature "A Highjacking." The film, which follows the complex fallout after a cargo ship is taken hostage by Somali pirates, has had a strong fest streak, including Venice, Toronto and AFI FEST, where it took home the Audience Award...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 15, 2012 2:45 PM
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Tarantino Tells Playboy Who Else Was In The Running for 'Django' Before Foxx & His Horse Won the Role

Quentin Tarantino, in his interview for Playboy's December edition, discusses the actors he mulled over for the titular role in this Christmas' "Django Unchained." Will Smith and Jamie Foxx were not the only ones the director considered (Hint: "Omar comin'!") -- but Foxx had the Texan-horse-owner edge.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 15, 2012 1:08 PM
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The Future of 'Star Wars': Lucas Says It Could Go on 'For The Next Hundred Years'

This week's EW looks at what the future holds for the ever-expanding "Star Wars" galaxy. Highlights -- including info about Harrison Ford's possible involvement, quotes from Mark Hammill (who played Luke Skywalker in the original three films),..
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 15, 2012 12:51 PM
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If 'Skyfall' Reaches $1 Billion, Who Makes How Much?

With an $88.4 million domestic haul on its opening weekend and a $428.7 million international haul thus far, Sam Mendes' "Skyfall" could be the first Bond film to pass the $1 billion mark worldwide. Who will benefit the most from this skyfall of success?
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 15, 2012 12:25 PM
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5 Biggest Box-Office Bombs of the Year; Lots of 'Dredd' and No 'Big Miracle,' Especially for 'Oogieloves'

While "Skyfall" is topping the charts and "Breaking Dawn Part 2" looks poised to have box office teeth, 2012 had its share of financial bombs. "The Oogieloves" got no love, Oogie or otherwise, at the box office. The Wachowski-Tykwer magical mystery tour "Cloud Atlas" couldn't float...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 15, 2012 12:12 PM
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Del Toro Talks 'Pacific Rim,' No More Directing Gaps, 'Slaughterhouse' & 'Justice League'

Guillermo del Toro is back in the director's chair with "Pacific Rim" after a four-year hiatus (his last was "Hellboy 2") in which he kept busy producing (films like "Rise of the Guardians") and developing (and almost directing) "The Hobbit."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 15, 2012 7:46 AM
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