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Movie City News Measures Star Boxoffice Muscle

At Premiere we polled the industry for weeks to figure out our power 100. I'm sure MCN Webmaster David Poland has a lot of expert sources, but this list is misguided, I think. There's a difference between a molehill of stars who can open a picture and have some clout overseas, and a mountain of various supporting actors and leading men and women who don't have real marquee appeal unless they turn up in something everyone wants to see.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 13, 2007 5:03 AM
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300: Model Paradigm for Future Success

As I suggested a few weeks ago, the global blockbuster 300 will have a huge impact on the movie business, because for better or for worse, both aesthetically and economically, it provides a useful new paradigm for how to succeed at the movies. That's why it will be widely imitated: it was made for $64 million, shot (on film, btw) on Montreal soundstages, with actors with no cut of the back-end gross. (Here's Businessweek's take.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 10, 2007 2:19 AM
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Grindhouse Disappoints

Grindhouse did not, as they say, open. It came in fourth with a $11 million gross on 2624 screens with a running time of three hours and 12 minutes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 8, 2007 5:12 AM
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Grindhouse Premieres in L.A.

After all the Comic-Con build-up and rumors about length, rating and rushing to the finish line, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino delivered their salacious, leering, gross, disgusting, violent B-movie splatterfest in the nick of time to screen it Monday night at L.A.'s downtown movie palace The Orpheum. The movie hits theaters April 6.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 27, 2007 5:23 AM
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