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CinemaCon in 3-D: Scorsese and Ang Lee and Oscar Contender 'Life of Pi'

At this point, the folks at Twentieth Century Fox don't need to promote Ridley Scott's "Prometheus." So co-chairmen Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos ran through the summer and fall slates--diverse, something for everyone, etc--and saved the big guns for something new they hadn't promoted before: Ang Lee's 3-D epic "Life of Pi" (November 21).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 26, 2012 3:48 PM
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CinemaCon 2012: Sen. Chris Dodd's Opening Remarks: 'A Time of Transformative Change'

This speech was given by Sen. Chris Dodd (Chairman and CEO, MPAA) on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at CinemaCon 2012 and is reprinted here with his permission...
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  • April 24, 2012 2:22 PM
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'The Vow' Wows Valentine's Record Weekend Box Office

Sony’s “The Vow" warmed hearts this Valentine’s Day weekend as the Screen Gems/Spyglass picture captured the top spot with a stellar $41.7 million, contributing a hefty chunk to the record $193 million total for all films this weekend.
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • February 12, 2012 1:28 PM
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'Hugo' Must Be Seen in Its Intended Form: 3-D

How good is "Hugo"? More importantly, how shall we ever know? The problem is that Martin Scorsese uses 3-D not as an enhancement but as an integral part of the film’s aesthetic.
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • January 13, 2012 1:41 PM
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Paramount and Cameron Team with Cirque du Soleil for 'Worlds Away'

Paramount and Cirque du Soleil are teaming up to release the "Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away" in 3D. James Cameron exec produced; "Shrek" director Andrew Adamson wrote and directed. Cirque's Jacques Méthé says; “This 3D event brings the spectator beyond what they could see at a show, it takes them on the stage...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 10, 2012 5:00 PM
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Paramount Boasts Top Domestic and Global Market Share with Record $5.17 Billion Worldwide Gross

As expected, with all the grosses tallied for 2011, Paramount came out on top, outpacing all studio rivals with a worldwide box office total of $5.17 billion.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 2, 2012 12:59 PM
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Tsui Hark's Flying Swords of Dragon Gate Opens on 5000 3-D Screens in China

China is going 3-D. The country built up its 3-D infrastructure for "Avatar," and now Hong Kong action master Tsui Hark's $35-million Jet Li epic "Flying Swords of Dragon Gate"--filmed in 3-D--opens on 5000 3-D and 61 IMAX screens in China on Friday, against Zhang Yimou's "Flowers of War" and Tom Cruise's "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol." It's a far cry from the tentative 3-D scenes in Woo Ping's pioneering "True Legend."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 15, 2011 6:06 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Cinematographer Bob Richardson Goes Blue for Hugo in 3-D

The 3-D journey on "Hugo" for Oscar-winning cinematographer Bob Richardson ("The Aviator, " "JFK"), once he got over the growing pains and realized that the digital technology wouldn't hinder his craft, was to confidently embrace it.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 9, 2011 11:38 AM
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Hugo: The 3-D Game-Changer

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 25, 2011 12:44 PM
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Will Hugo's Rave Reviews Yield Audiences and Oscar Nominations?

It's no surprise that film critics are loving "Hugo," Martin Scorsese's valentine to the birth of cinema and reinvention of the art of 3-D (November 23). In fact, as I was rejiggering my Oscar chart I recognized that in a field of small-scale movies this year,  the $150-million period adventure has a strong shot at quite a few technical nominations, going up against the likes of "The Adventures of Tintin," "The Tree of Life," "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part Two."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 22, 2011 2:11 PM
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