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The Hunger Games Chases Franchise Gold with Indie Darling Jennifer Lawrence: Details

Moving swiftly from indie breakout to star of a major Hollywood franchise, Jennifer Lawrence has landed The Hunger Games.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 17, 2011 7:51 AM
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Japan's Earthquake Aftermath Hits Markets, Impacts Hollywood Releases, Disney Pledges Aid (UPDATE)

[Image: Courtesy of CNN: A statue stands among debris in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, on Monday]
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • March 15, 2011 8:29 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Battle: Los Angeles Grabs Men; Red Riding Hood is Soft

[Pictured: Red Riding Hood, Battle: Los Angeles, Jane Eyre]The action blockbuster trumped the tween fairy tale at the weekend box office, while Jane Eyre scored the best specialty opening of the year (see indieWIRE). Anthony D'Alessandro reports. Film details, reviews and trailers are below.A disaster film showed some fireworks at the weekend box office but not enough to make up for the damage many distributors have endured this year. Sony’s sci-fi invasion title Battle: Los Angeles easily secured $36 million at 3,417 theaters, showing that old tricks still work. Despite the gripes that this year has been plagued by bad movies and that the younger audience remains bored, Battle: Los Angeles, which is equal parts District 9 and 2012, proves that the masses are still suckers for formula.  The film is a win on several fronts: first, it’s a cheap mini-tentpole at $70 million. Second it’s critic-proof, bucking its 32% rotten rating for respective A and A- Cinemascores among the under 18-ers and under 25ers. Lastly, Battle: Los Angeles bested its $35 million estimate. I Am Number Four was projected to win No. 1 over the Feb. 18-20 frame, Hall Pass beat Gnomeo and Juliet in its opening and Rango was estimated to post $50-$70 million during its first sesh. 
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • March 13, 2011 7:23 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Jane Eyre Interviews, Western Revivals, Guide to Fairy Tales, Miral, Fandor, Finke

- Deadline Update: Why HBO Turned Down Keaton’s Tilda, Finke vs. Academy and The Wrap.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • March 11, 2011 8:40 AM
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Battle: Los Angeles, Jane Eyre, Red Riding Hood, Certified Copy, Mars Needs Moms, Black Death

[Pictured: Red Riding Hood, Battle: Los Angeles, Jane Eyre]There is something for everyone this weekend. If you are somehow still in the mood for mass destruction, despite the tragedy that has befallen Japan, check out Battle: Los Angeles. More interested in classic love stories? Jane Eyre is Sin Nombre director Cary Fukunaga's smart retelling of Charlotte Bronte's gothic novel; Abbas Kiarostami's Certified Copy offers a complex investigation of originality, value and love ripe for post-screening debate. Red Riding Hood and Mars Needs Moms should keep younger audiences entertained for a few hours. Indies Black Death and Kill the Irishman provide ample violence and machismo. Film details, reviews and trailers are below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 11, 2011 8:30 AM
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Red Riding Hood Reviews: "Snoozy Lulluby," "Hokum at Best," "Generic," "Moon-faced and Dumb"

Red Riding Hood Reviews: "Snoozy Lulluby," "Hokum at Best," "Generic," "Moon-faced and Dumb"
IndieWIRE's Caryn James says that Red Riding Hood makes Twilight look good. You've been warned. Below, a round-up of reviews on Catherine Hardwicke's reinterpretation of the classic fairy tale, which has been told in various forms since the 14th century. This latest retelling didn't get the Disney PG treatment, nor does it have a male-friendly gothic-horror edge. It sits somewhere in-between: the femme teen zone. Check back Saturday for TOH's SXSW interview with Hardwicke. In the meantime, see what the critics are saying:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 10, 2011 7:12 AM
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Revivals: The Return of Schwarzenegger and the Western

Remakes and reboots are a dime a dozen these days, but roots run deeper for some more than others. Arnold Schwarzenegger, 63, is getting back to work. And having been pronounced dead, the western genre is being welcomed by a new generation in both classic and hybrid forms.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 7, 2011 9:14 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Animation Rules as Rango Wins Opening Duel with Adjustment Bureau

As the studios chase branded entertainment, the one genre open to original thinking is animation. Who can blame Gore Verbinski, after three Pirate movies, for heading back to the old West with a John Logan homage to westerns, top-of-the-line Industrial Light and Magic animation, and Johnny Depp leading a cast of great character actors? After a slow winter lacking an Avatar or Alice in Wonderland to perk up attendance, audiences returned to multiplexes to check out Rango, the winter's second hit western (after True Grit) and a slew of other new entrants.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • March 6, 2011 5:45 AM
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Rango, Adjustment Bureau, Beastly, Take Me Home Tonight, I Saw the Devil: Blockbuster Weekend?

2011 is due for its first blockbuster weekend. From Johnny Depp's animated Rango and Matt Damon and Emily Blunt's The Adjustment Bureau to teen flick Beastly, 80s throwback Take Me Home Tonight and Korean horror film I Saw the Devil, all the demographic bases are covered. We recommend Damon and Blunt's effortless on-screen chemistry, the wondrously imaginative Rango, and indie festival favorites Abel and Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. Film details, reviews and trailers are below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 4, 2011 8:30 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Awards Season Climax, Oscar Parties & Video, Box Office, Oscar Contenders at Work

- Oscar Talk: Final Edition, Oscar Wrap.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • March 4, 2011 7:20 AM
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