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'Monsters University' and 'The Heat' Battle for Top Spot at Lagging Summer Box Office

The release calendar is crowded, and Friday's numbers show that the intense competition for the top films is not expanding the marketplace. The end result is not the box office bonanza many have been predicting. In fact, the total numbers for the top 10 yesterday fell just under 20% from the same Friday last year. This means that a blockbuster summer is less likely than ever to salvage a weak year. And this is at a time when multiple releases are burdened with unforgiving production budgets exceeding $150 million--and more.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 29, 2013 2:28 PM
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Trailer Watch: Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity' Sends Clooney and Bullock Hurtling through Space

The trailer for director Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" -- starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock -- has finally landed. This is Cuaron's first film since the 2006 dystopian sci-fi thriller "Children of Men."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 10, 2013 12:02 PM
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Release Date Announced for Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity,' Del Toro Promises Long Takes

Alfonso Cuaron's mysterious sci-fi film "Gravity," starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, has finally set a theatrical release date: October 4, 2013. And it promises to continue the long-take strategy Cuaron pursued on stylistically innovative "Children of Men," which did not set the box office on fire.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 16, 2013 1:05 PM
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Movies to Look Forward to in 2013

Anne Thompson and TOH! writers Matt Brennan, Bill Desowitz, Beth Hanna, Maggie Lange, Matt Mueller and Sophia Savage share the movies they are most looking forward to in 2013.
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  • December 31, 2012 4:27 PM
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'Ronna & Beverly' Stars Join Paul Feig's Bullock & McCarthy Buddy Cop Comedy

Paul Feig has added "Ronna & Beverly" writer-performers Jessica Chaffin and Jamie Denbo ("Entourage," "Curb Your Enthusiasm") to his upcoming buddy cop comedy with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 30, 2012 4:23 PM
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Now and Then: In Two Foer Adaptations, Surprises and Disappointments Abound

I'll admit it came as a shock, near the end of "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close," to find myself crying. As it turns out, movies can still surprise us, and I don't just mean that they defy the expectations set by Rotten Tomatoes. I mean they can, in the midst of things, find what they've been missing.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • April 2, 2012 12:29 PM
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Early Reviews on Late-Breaking War Horse, Extremely Loud, Land of Blood and Honey

Early reviews are in on Steven Spielberg's "War Horse," Stephen Daldry's "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close," and Anjelina Jolie's "In the Land of Blood and Honey," three of the latest-breaking movies hitting theaters this Christmas. A sampling of reviews of all three movies are below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 19, 2011 7:30 AM
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Oscar Powers Netflix's Top Ten Most-Rented List

Oscar Powers Netflix's Top Ten Most-Rented List
Netflix's ten most-rented list of all time (list below) reminds us of the long-tail Power of Oscar. And it should remind Netflix, as it splits its DVD and streaming business and alienates many of its customers who are used to relying on its deep long-tail arcania, that their solid customer base is smart adults, not the great unwashed, something they seem to be in danger of forgetting as they focus on TV and mainstream acquisitions and let smaller movies go.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 3, 2011 11:09 AM
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Oscar Talk: Ides of March's Clooney vs. Gosling vs. Hoffman, Supporting Categories

Oscar Talk: Ides of March's Clooney vs. Gosling vs. Hoffman, Supporting Categories
Now that we've both seen George Clooney's political thriller The Ides of March, Kris Tapley and I dig into not only Oscar prospects for that film, but the list of supporting players in contention for this year. We also debate the respective box office fates of Drive and Warrior as well as how success in theaters impacts a film's awards chances. (CORRECTION: Yes, Clooney won best supporting actor for Syriana and not Good Night, and Good Luck.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 30, 2011 4:15 AM
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Trailer Watch: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Already Makes Us Teary with U2

Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock topline Stephen Daldry's Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, based on Jonathan Safran Foer's novel. Newcomer Thomas Horn looks to be making a great debut here, and the supporting cast of Max Von Sydow, Viola Davis, John Goodman, Jeffrey Wright and James Gandofini don't hurt a bit either. Yes, there's plenty of Oscar-baity heart-tugging; the film will finally arrive in theaters nationwide January 20, after a qualifying NY/LA run.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 29, 2011 3:23 AM
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