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Trailer Watch: Gina Prince-Bythewood's 'Beyond the Lights'

Gina Prince-Bythewood's last film was 2008's "The Secret Life of Bees"; this year, she's releasing "Beyond the Lights," a fame and stardom romance formerly known as "Blackbird."
  • June 27, 2014 11:36 AM
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How Indies 'Dallas Buyers Club' and 'Out of the Furnace' Got Made: Relativity's Robbie Brenner Talks Bale, McConaughey and Leto

Relativity's Robbie Brenner backed two movies in the year-end awards derby, "Out of the Furnace" and "Dallas Buyers Club."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2013 7:20 PM
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Relativity Makes Aggressive Awards Season Push for 'Out of the Furnace,' Starring Bale, Affleck and Harrelson

Distributors are starting to actually sit down and watch movies that may or may not be awards worthy. Disney moved "Saving Mr. Banks" into a limited platform release before the holidays; Weinsteins are lining up their ducks, from "Fruitvale Station"'s summer launch to "August: Osage County" and "Mandela: Walk to Freedom."
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • June 19, 2013 1:29 PM
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Relativity Starts Shooting Scott Cooper's 'Out Of The Furnace' with Bale, Affleck, Saldana & Shepard

Principal photography is starting on "Crazy Heart" writer-director Scott Cooper's currently titled thriller "Out of the Furnace." Christian Bale and Casey Affleck play two brothers living in the economically depressed Rust Belt who find themselves lured into a violent crime ring.
  • By Sophia Savage and Maggie Lange
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  • April 15, 2012 12:37 AM
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Weekend Box Office: 'Hunger Games' Slays 'Titans' and 'Mirror Mirror,' Races Past $250 Million

As expected, Lionsgates’ “The Hunger Games” held onto the top spot at the box office in spectacular fashion this weekend as the blockbuster film grossed an estimated $61.1 million, down a relatively modest 60% considering its record opening. The sci-fi actioner rocketed past the $200-million mark on Friday, or in eight days...
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • April 1, 2012 1:07 PM
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IN THE WORKS: 'Hunger Games'' Liam Hemsworth to Star in 'Timeless'

Relativity Media has signed "Hunger Games" star Liam Hemsworth as the lead in "Timeless," a romantic thriller about a man so consumed by love of his recently deceased wife that he attempts to achieve the scientifically impossible.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 27, 2012 1:18 PM
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Relativity Starts Production on First Chinese Joint Venture: Comedy 21 and Over

Relativity Media's landmark alliance with China's Huaxia Film Distribution Company could make all the difference for the company's success going forward. That is if they make the right movies. Low-budget comedy 21 and Over is the first of many projects that Relativity plans to shoot and co-finance in partnership with Sky Land, their new production and distribution entity run by Relativity, SAIF Partners and IDG China Media.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 27, 2011 12:33 PM
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Brothers Grimm: Snow White Stills Diminish Hope in Relativity's Family Flick

The more we learn about Relativity's The Brothers Grimm: Snow White, the less excited we become. This "family friendly" take on Snow White (with Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Armie Hammer), versus Universal's edgier (or so they want us to think). The Brothers Grimm: Snow White, is directed by Tarsem Singh, and will be first out of the gate on March 16, 2012. Rupert Sanders' Snow White and the Huntsman (with Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth) is in theaters July 1.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 12, 2011 6:33 AM
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Media Watch: Relativity Launches First Movie Sector Marketing Partnership with Spotify

Relativity Media continues to cut a swath in the online sector by forging a long-term marketing partnership with burgeoning three-year-old European digital music service Spotify. Relativity is Spotify's exclusive launch partner in the Film category and the first stateside movie company to run media on the platform. Kicking off the new partnership is marketing for the adventure flick Immortals (November 11, 2011) which will be targeted to Spotify’s US-based customers. No specifics yet for the exact content to be supplied for this media partnership.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 3, 2011 6:15 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Dolphin Tale Overtakes Moneyball in Second Inning

Weekend Box Office: Dolphin Tale Overtakes Moneyball in Second Inning
While it looked like Moneyball would assert its dominance over the weekend box office, another second weekender took the prize: Dolphin Tale. Again, the family movie pulled a bigger niche audience than too many competitors aimed at males and adults. Anthony D'Alessandro reports:Another flood of wide entries fragmented Fall moviegoers this weekend. Warner Bros./Alcon's heart-tugging crowd-pleaser Dolphin Tale yipped up $14.2 million in its second session, overtaking Sony's well-reviewed Moneyball, which fielded $12.5 million. Both films generated warm buzz throughout the week, especially on Rosh Hashanah last Thursday when some schools were off.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • October 2, 2011 4:33 AM
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