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Marvel's 'Avengers' Threatens Cameron at Top of Blockbuster Charts, 'Iron Man 3' Starts Production

There is much rejoicing in Marvel land, as "The Avengers" has grossed an estimated $552.7 million domestically and $802.5 million internationally, for a stunning $1.36 billion worldwide total. Thanks to premium 3-D prices, domestically and worldwide, “Avengers” is now the third-highest grossing film of all time.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 4, 2012 4:29 PM
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Woody Allen Completes Casting Untitled Stateside Film

Woody Allen has completed casting his latest untitled film, which returns him stateside to New York and San Francisco this summer. It's Allen’s second time directing in San Francisco, where he shot his directorial debut, 1969's "Take the Money and Run."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 4, 2012 3:18 PM
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Weekly Wrap: Cannes Reviews, Oscar Talk is Back, Trailer Watch, and Industry News

Weekend Preview - it's slim pickings ahead but we steer you right. We give "Snow White and the Huntsman" a review and review round-up: it wants to everything it's not. Our review and review round-up for Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" in case you're planning ahead, this one promises stunning eye candy.
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  • June 2, 2012 8:17 PM
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Waging War Against Texting in Theaters and 10 Other Things I Learned at CinemaCon

The latest salvo in an ongoing war against texting in theaters started at a CinemaCon panel I moderated in Las Vegas with Sony vice-chairman Jeff Blake, Regal Entertainment CEO Amy Miles, "Fast & Furious" producer Neal Moritz, IMAX president Greg Foster and Alamo Drafthouse chief Tim League.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 1, 2012 6:41 PM
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Kathleen Kennedy Joins Lucasfilm as Co-Chair, In Line to Take Over When Lucas Moves On

George Lucas has been running his Bay area Lucasfilm empire, which includes not only his production company but VFX house Industrial Light and Magic, post-production facility Skywalker Sound, LucasArts Games and all the various publishing and television/video spin-offs that the "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" franchises have spawned, for some 30 years. In other words it's a huge enterprise to manage, and finally, Lucas has come up with an exit strategy.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 1, 2012 2:33 PM
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Media Watch: Rotten Tomatoes On Your Radio Dial and Netflix Queue; Millennials Like Magazines; Wired on iPad

Now streaming: Rotten Tomatoes on the radio. The movie-review aggregation site announced the creation of their own radio channel, a weekly one-hour call-in show hosted by the website's editor-in-chief, Matt Atchity. It will air on Thursdays on the satcaster's Stars Too channel...
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • June 1, 2012 12:15 PM
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Plot Secrets from the Wachowskis' 'Jupiter Ascending' Revealed

Before we've even seen the Wachowskis' "Cloud Atlas," plot details are leaking for their next movie, "Jupiter Ascending." While the editors at Vulture admit they are still mightily confused, we are several plot points closer than before...
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • June 1, 2012 12:10 PM
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Robert Iger Picks Ex-Warners Chief Alan Horn to Run Disney Studio; Sharp Choice

This time Disney got it right. In the wake of Disney chairman Bob Iger's failed experiment in promoting from within, placing at the studio helm Disney Channel exec Rich Ross, who faced a learning curve in motion pictures and took the fall for $200-million write-off "John Carter," Iger has put ex-Warner Bros. president Alan Horn in charge.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 31, 2012 6:32 PM
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Sundance Selects Picks Up Mulloy's Cuban-Set Tribeca Winner 'Una Noche'

Lucy Mulloy's "Una Noche" has gone to Sundance Selects for North American distribution. The film debuted at Berlin, then Tribeca where it won Best New Narrative Director, Best Cinematography in a Narrative Feature and Best Actor in a Narrative Feature for stars Dariel Arrechada and Javier Nuñez Florian. The film follows three Cuban teens (Anailin de la Rua de la Torre also stars) over the course of a day, highlighting the contrast between their poverty-stricken lives and tourists who visit.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 31, 2012 2:28 PM
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Actors' Emmy Race Competition Stiffen: Lead & Supporting Categories Combined

The primetime Emmy Awards have amended their longform acting category to combine both lead and supporting performances into one category. Instead of five nominations each for both lead and supporting roles in the actors' and actress' competitions, a total of six men and six women will be singled out for their work in a TV miniseries. This change will not effect this year's contenders, but will go into effect in 2013.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 31, 2012 1:46 PM
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