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MPAA Box Office Stats Reveal Declines in Domestic and 3-D Attendance: "We Needed a Few More Good Movies"

It's always revealing to parse the Motion Picture Association of America's annual Theatrical Market Statistics Report. The 2011 report shows that the studios are basically getting bailed out by the international boost in moviegoers, while the domestic market is in steady decline. And the bloom is off the 3-D rose.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 22, 2012 4:26 PM
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"Rendez-Vous with French Cinema" Hosts Screenings of Seven Contemporary French Films, Adds Interactive Q & As

Francophile Alert! This year, Unifrance Films is partnering with L.A.'s Laemmle Theatres, New York's Film Society of Lincoln Center, and Emerging Pictures to present "Rendez-Vous with French Cinema." The series sets out to highlight the best of contemporary French film by screening seven films in over 50 U.S. cities in March.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 21, 2012 2:08 PM
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Next Tugg Test: Paramount Insurge Launches 'Loved Ones' and Drafthouse Opens 'The FP'

The real test for the on-demand Tugg releasing model is films that have not been pre-sold via well-branded theatrical releases with ads and reviews. "The Tree of Life," for example, is well past its first run, and is now reaching more moviegoers via Tugg.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 9, 2012 11:00 AM
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Indies React to Tugg, Which Lets You Choose What Will Play at Your Movie Theater, Adds 'Tree of Life' and 'Bullhead' to Roster

New startup Tugg, launched Wednesday, lets audiences choose what will screen at their local multiplex. We polled several indie exhibitors and distribs for feedback (below).
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • February 23, 2012 2:38 PM
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Alamo Drafthouse To Take Over San Francisco's New Mission Theater

Tim League and the Alamo Drafthouse are a force that will not be stopped, from expanding their exhibition reach beyond Austin, Texas to releasing foreign Oscar nominee "Bullhead" (more from the director and star here).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 16, 2012 8:43 PM
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Cinedigm Partners with New Video to Buy and Release Indie Films

As the many filmmakers at Sundance seek the best distribution they can get, the new partnership between digital exhibitor Cinedigm Entertainment Group and veteran indie distributor New Video to buy and release indie films offers independent directors cross-platform theatrical release as well as digital and physical distribution.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 22, 2012 9:00 AM
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Sloan Foundation Teams Up with Coolidge Corner Theatre to Expand Science on Screen Program

New York's Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announced yesterday that it had awarded a two-year grant of over $460,000 to the Coolidge Corner Theatre to expand the Science on Screen program, which pairs feature and documentary films with live presentations by scientists and technologists.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • January 18, 2012 11:54 AM
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2011 Attendance Up at Indie Alamo and Landmark Chains; Top Ten Performers

While the studios still chase after the increasingly fickle youth audience, indie theater chains successfully pulled filmgoers in 2011--without relying on 3-D premium ticket pricing. In fact, both the Alamo Drafthouse and Landmark indie chains announce that their national box office was up in 2011.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 9, 2012 8:50 PM
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Deal Update: Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Woody Allen's 'Nero Fiddled,' 'We Need to Talk About Kevin' Moves Up, 'Outrun' Gets Date

With Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" the year's highest-grossing independent film (almost $60 million domestic) and a strong Oscar contender with four Golden Globe nominations, it's no surprise that Sony Pictures Classics will release his next indie funded film, "Nero Fiddled."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 21, 2011 7:52 PM
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LACMA's Michael Govan and Elvis Mitchell Talk to LA Weekly about Star-Centric Film Program

LA Weekly critic Karina Longworth carefully examines how the Los Angeles County Museum chief Michael Govan is changing the film program. He explains why Ian Birnie had to go, why he chose to partner with Film Independent and look for patrons such as the NYT. Longworth also interviews FIND's controversial film program host Elvis Mitchell. She is nothing but fair. Here's her hardest-hitting bit:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 17, 2011 1:44 PM
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