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Depressed Holiday Weekend Box Office Taken by Unknown

Depressed Holiday Weekend Box Office Taken by Unknown
Unknown, Liam Neeson's follow-up to sleeper hit Taken, grabbed moviegoers at the Presidents Day weekend box office, which did little to pull Hollywood box office out of its ongoing depression. So far, first quarter box office is off 24 to 28 % from last year, reports Anthony D'Alessandro:
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • February 21, 2011 6:20 AM
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Weekend Preview: Unknown, I Am Number Four, Big Mommas, Last Lions, Putty Hill

It's no surprise that indie offerings Putty Hill and the doc The Last Lions score the best reviews of the motley crew of movies that opened for the holiday weekend. Unknown, Liam Neeson's follow-up to sleeper hit Taken is next.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 19, 2011 1:18 AM
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Weekly Wrap: EFM, Festivals, Awards, Counting Down to Oscar, Superheroes, Director Families

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  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • February 18, 2011 9:01 AM
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Box Office Surges on Sandler vs. Bieber Weekend Duel

Just Go With It's established comedy stars Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston dueled teen music phenom Justin Bieber's 3-D concert doc Never Say Never at the surging weekend box office, which had been in the doldrums compared to last year's Avatar-fueled winter frame. Anthony D'Alessandro reports:
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • February 13, 2011 5:15 AM
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Oscar Watch: Tim Burton and VFX Master Ken Ralston Talk Alice in Wonderland

Oscar Watch: Tim Burton and VFX Master Ken Ralston Talk Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland presented a high degree of difficulty for veteran VFX master Ken Ralston and director Tim Burton, who tends to prefer live action FX to digital ones. He clearly wrestled with the huge volume of CG effects—the film used far more green screen than he’s ever dealt with. “It starts freaking you out after a while,” he said at Comic-Con, admitting that Alice in Wonderland was “the most difficult” movie he’s ever done. Burton insisted on avoiding motion-capture as much as possible (the effects team did mo-cap some actors, for reference). Burton wound up favoring “pure animation and using actors in mysterious ways,” he said.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 11, 2011 9:29 AM
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The Eagle Early Reviews: Tatum and Bell Are "Junior League Versions of Snyder's 300 Macho-Erotica"

Scottish filmmaker Kevin Macdonald is as gifted a documentarian as he is a feature filmmaker--he just premiered the brilliant YouTube/Ridley Scott doc Life in a Day at Sundance, and has been given the helm on the first authorized Bob Marley documentary. Macdonald also directed the great Touching the Void and The Last King of Scotland, for which Forrest Whitaker won the Oscar. State of Play is his weakest effort to date.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 9, 2011 9:28 AM
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Seven Reasons To Be Excited about Abrams/Spielberg's Super 8

There's no question that the movie spot to break out on Super Bowl night, in all its Spielbergian glory, was Super 8 (both the trailer and spot, in which a voice warns, "Do not speak of this, if you do, they will find you") are below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 7, 2011 6:12 AM
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Weekend Box Office: The Roommate Decks Cameron's 3-D Sanctum; Oscar Hits Hold

Super Bowl weekend is not primetime for moviegoing, thus low-ball thriller The Roommate topped the box office frame, followed by Sanctum, James Cameron's bid to support quality 3-D (and keep courting deep sea danger). Anthony D'Alessandro does the numbers: Gossip Girl vamp Leighton Meester lured audiences with stalker thriller The Roommate, stealing $15.6 million at 2,534 venues in what was a sleepy Super Bowl weekend.  The frame’s second wide release, Universal/Relativity Media’s deep-sea actioner Sanctum was B.O. plankton, excavating $9.2 million from 2,787.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • February 6, 2011 5:16 AM
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Box Office Update: Fox's Dawn Treader and Gulliver's Travels Recoup Overseas

The disconnect between foreign and domestic box office is highlighted by robust overseas holiday business on two stateside underperformers, Fox/Walden Media’s The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of Dawn Treader (pictured) and Fox's Gulliver's Travels.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • February 4, 2011 8:35 AM
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Oscar Watch: Weinstein vs. Rudin, Weinstein vs. Hooper and Rush on King's Speech PG-13 Trims

Oscar Watch: Weinstein vs. Rudin, Weinstein vs. Hooper and Rush on King's Speech PG-13 Trims
Judging from the way the Writers' Panel played at Santa Barbara Saturday, the heat is with The King's Speech. Seidler proved to be an elegant and charming storyteller--and had the audience eating out of his hand as he talked about how as a stutterer he was inspired by King George VI's ability to conquer stuttering, and had to wait two decades for the Queen Mum to die before he could tell his story.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 31, 2011 9:17 AM
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