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Weekend Box Office: 'Avengers' Joins $1 Billion Club After 19 Days UPDATED

Disney’s “The Avengers” boasted the biggest second weekend in box office history with a stunning $103.2 million, down a mild 50% from its debut and bringing the 10 day cume for the Marvel Studios film to an unprecedented $373.2 million domestic and $628.9 million internationally.
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • May 13, 2012 12:33 PM
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'The Avengers': Who Comes Out Ahead? Everyone. Almost.

When I finally saw "Marvel's The Avengers" Sunday in murky 3-D at Loew's 83rd Street Cinema in Manhattan, like everyone else in the theater, I had a roaring good time.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 9, 2012 4:29 PM
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'Hero Whisperer' Joss Whedon and The Tension Within Him and His 'Avengers'

Would the "The Avengers" be earning its rave reviews without writer-director Joss Whedon? The multi-franchise-tentpole-orgy could have gone in countless different directions. (Robert Downey Jr. confides to Collider, "I think it is just a really good story that could have been done a hundred ways wrong," and credits it success to Whedon.) As Variety calls "The Avengers" "escapism of a sophisticated order" and ThePlaylist declares it "thrilling, hilarious and brilliantly executed," clearly Whedon took a stance and delivered. 
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 30, 2012 2:23 PM
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Pixar is Star of Disney CinemaCon Panel; Screens Half Hour of 'Brave,' Announces New Film and Dates

At a time when Disney is undergoing management turmoil, Pixar stole the Disney thunder at a very long show-and-tell at CinemaCon. Pixar/Disney Animation czar John Lasseter screened the glorious first half hour of "Brave" (June 22), which will surely prove a summer blockbuster and showed stunning footage for "Finding Nemo" in 3-D.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 24, 2012 10:55 PM
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Rising Star Tom Hiddleston Talks Davies' 'Deep Blue Sea,' Spielberg's 'War Horse,' Marvel's 'Thor' and 'Avengers'

Five years ago rising star Tom Hiddleston could not have imagined that he would have a year like 2011. At the time, as the theater actor was shooting the "Wallender" crime series with Kenneth Branagh in Sweden, he went to see Marvel's "Iron Man" and asked himself if he could ever star in a film like that.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 21, 2012 8:10 PM
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WATCH: New Trailer for "The Avengers" Reveals Epic Destruction

The new trailer for Joss Whedon's "The Avengers" showcases the film's seven stars doing battle in the alien-besieged streets and skies of New York City.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 29, 2012 1:34 PM
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Spurlock's 'Comic-Con Episode IV' Goes on Tour to Support Theatrical/VOD Release

No rest for the weary for Morgan Spurlock ("Super Size Me"). He's hitting the road with his latest doc, "Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope" with a multi-city, live road show designed to create a Comic-Con-like experience.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 24, 2012 8:00 AM
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Clip Watch: Classic Tintin Stop-Motion Animation from 1947, En Francais

As a frame of reference for those of you eagerly awaiting the Jackson/Spielberg The Adventures of Tintin, which opened well in Europe this week, here's the first black-and-white stop-motion part of what some folks grew up on in Europe: Tintin and Snowy (or Milou) in Claude Missone's Le crab aux pinces d'or (The Crab with the Golden Claws, 1947). It's frame for frame the same as Herge's comic book of the same name.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 30, 2011 8:39 AM
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Foreign Box Office: Spielberg's Adventures of Tintin Opens Big Overseas

Sony and Paramount's move to open Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin overseas months ahead of its December stateside release --where the Herge comic books are beloved--is paying off. The performance capture film opened overseas with an estimated $55.8 million in 19 markets.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 30, 2011 5:20 AM
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Media Watch: Brits vs. Spielberg's Tintin, Maslin vs. Kael

Media Watch: Brits vs. Spielberg's Tintin, Maslin vs. Kael
The New Yorker explains the cultural divide between Europe, which knows and loves Tintin, and America, whose eminent director Steven Spielberg has his own cinematic take on Herge's boy adventure hero. His movie The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn has already opened overseas and doesn't hit stateside until December. (TOH's London review is here.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 28, 2011 5:30 AM
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