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TOH! Ranks the Worst Films of 2013

TOH! ranks the worst films of 2013.
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  • December 19, 2013 6:20 AM
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Why Batman and Superman Mashup is a Bad Idea--And Reveals Warner Bros. Weakness

You know Malcolm Gladwell's "Blink"? That moment when you look at something and you know it's wrong? That happens to me when studios announce a new project that is a really bad idea. Some movies based on good ideas just turn out badly, and plenty of great movies turn out to to be less than commercial, or cost too much to turn a profit. The Superman and Batman movie is a bad idea.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 21, 2013 1:18 AM
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Box Office Top 10: 'Monsters U' and 'The Heat' Beat Male Action Titles, $100-Million 'Now You See Me' Summer Sleeper

Led by two movies not primarily targeted at the studios' preferred young male demo (16-25) for summer fare-- Disney/Pixar's "Monsters University" and the female buddy cop comedy "The Heat" (Twentieth Century Fox) -- the weekend box office top 10 totaled some $182 million, down $7 million from last year.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 30, 2013 1:15 PM
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Jeff Robinov Out at Warner Bros. UPDATE

UPDATE: Following several weeks of speculation, it has been confirmed that Jeff Robinov has left Warner Bros. as the president of its Motion Picture Group. He will be replaced by a three-person team: Production president Greg Silverman (now president of creative development and worldwide production), marketing chief Sue Kroll (now president of worldwide marketing and international distribution) and New Line chief Toby Emmerich. They will report to Warner CEO Kevin Tsujihara for the time being.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 24, 2013 1:02 PM
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'Monsters University' Beats 'World War Z' with Second-Best Pixar Opening Ever, 'Man of Steel' Shows Signs of Rust

Despite the strength of new entries "Monsters University" and "World War Z," last week's even bigger opener "Man of Steel" fell more than expected by 65% to end up in third place. With three strong 3-D performers leading the way, and two sleeper holdovers continuing to gross well, this weekend's Top Ten grossed a solid $226 million, the third best openers for the year (after "Iron Man 3" and "Fast & Furious 6"). For all of this weekend's strength, and with the boost of so many premium 3-D tickets, it's surprising that the overall total didn't reach #1 for the year.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 23, 2013 1:14 PM
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'Monsters University' and 'World War Z' Top Strong Friday; 'Man of Steel' Plummets 71%

The strong summer 2013 rebound after a weak first four months continues, but there are signs that films are starting cannibalize each other, which could get worse in coming weeks. Two new films -- Disney/Pixar's "Monsters University" at $30.5 million and Paramount's hugely expensive "World War Z" at $25 million -- will each easily pass $50 million for the weekend. However, Warner Bros.' "Man of Steel" fell a steep 71% from last Friday, still grossing a strong $12.7 million, but showing signs of vulnerability to new competition. It may not be quite the monster hit its huge opening portended.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 22, 2013 2:20 PM
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'Man of Steel' Opens to Second Best Gross of 2013; 'Bling Ring' Debut Glitters

"Man of Steel," Warner Bros.' reboot of the "Superman" franchise, grossed a super $44 million on Friday (including midnight shows, but not Thursday evening Walmart-promotion screenings, which took in an addition $12 million). This is just under two-thirds of the opening day of "Iron Man 3," which was similarly enhanced by premium 3-D and IMAX ticket prices. "The Dark Knight Rises" last July, which confronted the Aurora tragedy its opening day, did over $75 million with no 3-D.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 15, 2013 4:15 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Snyder, Cavill and More Talk Unapologetic 'Man of Steel,' a Father's Day Superman Gift

I couldn't help thinking about my late father when watching "Man of Steel." He adored Superman and I still remember asking him as a child what the difference was between Batman and Superman. He said Batman was about darkness and Superman was about light -- a perfect complement. In later years, though, he bemoaned the prevailing cynicism and nihilism that led to Superman going out of fashion.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • June 14, 2013 2:41 PM
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Weekend Preview: 'Man of Steel' Mixed, 'Twenty Feet From Stardom' Shines, Middling 'Bling Ring' and More

The review embargo for Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel" came crashing down a few nights ago, and unleashed reactions both super and withering. The film, which stars Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams and Michael Shannon, is sitting with a 60% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • June 13, 2013 1:21 PM
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Review and Roundup: 'Man of Steel' Debate is Raging

Bryan Singer is smiling. The lag time on getting the Superman reboot up and running, after Warner Bros. decided that Singer took the wrong course with his 2006 Richard Donner-inflected "Superman Returns," has not been kind to "Man of Steel." A return to form for the DC side of the comics universe this is not. "Man of Steel" errs so far on the side of "Whiz!""Bang!" ""Pow!" that it makes me long for Roland Emmerich or Michael Bay, who would have done a far better job with the action pyrotechnics. Scene after scene devolves to soul-crushingly dull man on man combat.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 11, 2013 12:52 PM
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