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Broadway Has Strongest Year in History with Nearly $1.14 Billion Box Office Haul

The Broadway League has released its 15th annual demographics report, revealing 2012 to be the strongest year in history in terms of attendance and grosses. The Broadway box office haul was nearly $1.14 billion this year.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 4, 2012 11:52 AM
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Disney Leads Annie Award Best Picture Nominees with 'Brave,' 'Frankenweenie' & 'Wreck-It Ralph'

Nominees for the 40th Annie Awards, recognizing the best in animation, have been announced. Between Pixar and the Walt Disney Studio branches, Disney secured three Best Picture nods for "Brave," "Frankenweenie" and "Wreck-It Ralph." Full list below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 3, 2012 2:04 PM
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Alamo Drafthouse Unveils Third NY Location in Brooklyn; Opening 2015

The Alamo Drafthouse will be unveiling its third NY location in downtown Brooklyn. The seven-screen theater will be located at City Point, in a 1.8-million square foot mixed-use project space.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 3, 2012 1:14 PM
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First Look: Cumberbatch Causing Epic Destruction in 'Star Trek Into Darkness'?

Check out the new poster for J. J. Abrams' upcoming "Star Trek Into Darkness." Abrams will preview new footage and offer an intro to the world on December 9 and 10.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 3, 2012 12:45 PM
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New Details Revealed About Netflix Competitor Redbox Instant -- Subscription Costs, Possible Date of Launch UPDATE

New details were revealed today about "Redbox Instant by Verizon," Redbox's unwieldy-named, soon-to-be-launched online streaming and DVD service -- and Netflix competitor.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 30, 2012 12:43 PM
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CBS Green Lights Stephen King's 'Under the Dome' for TV Series to Air Summer 2013

CBS has ordered 13 episodes of Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television TV series adaptation of Stephen King's 2009 sci-fi novel "Under the Dome," about a small New England town suddenly and inexplicably sealed off under a gigantic transparent dome. Niels Arden Oplev, who helmed the Swedish version of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," is set to direct the series' first episode.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 30, 2012 12:09 PM
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Fifty Shades of a Porn Lawsuit: Universal Suing Over XXX Adaptation of E.L. James' Novel

"Fifty Shades of Grey: a XXX Adaptation," from Smash Pictures and James Lane, is a porn adaptation of E. L. James' uber-popular novel that is in development at Universal.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 29, 2012 6:24 PM
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Casting Watch: Steinfeld Has 'Three Days to Kill' with Costner

Sixteen-year-old "True Grit" star Hailee Steinfeld has been cast in the lead role opposite Kevin Costner in an action film to be helmed by McG.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 29, 2012 4:01 PM
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Sundance 2013: Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, New Frontiers Programs, Focus on Exhibition

Unlike most of the Sundance Film Festival sections this coming January, which largely introduce brand-new films, the Spotlight program screens the best of films that have already been shown around the world. Many are official Oscar submissions, including Sony Pictures Classics releases "Fill the Void" and "No," while their "The Gatekeepers" is in this year's documentary race. Sarah Polley's lauded Telluride/Toronto entry "Stories We Tell" (Roadside) will compete next year.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 29, 2012 4:00 PM
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Jennifer Lee to Co-Direct Disney's 'Frozen'; Women Helmers Still Minority in Animated Features

Disney has tapped Jennifer Lee to co-direct the studio's 53rd animated feature "Frozen" with Chris Buck. Lee contributed to the film's screenplay, and was also a co-writer on old-school-arcade box office hit "Wreck-It Ralph."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 29, 2012 2:58 PM
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