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Arthouse Audit: 'Moonrise Kingdom' Conquers More Box Office; Specialized Success of The Year

The news this week is in the expanding films. Two huge hits-- a phenomenal second week for Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" and more success for "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"-- joined with two other decently grossing expansions-- "Intouchables" and "Bernie"-- to provide an even better early June than last year.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 3, 2012 2:55 PM
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Cannes: Audiard's Anti-Romance 'Rust & Bone' Showcases Cotillard

While director Jacques Audiard says that he wanted to offer a love story for these harsh economic times, his follow-up to Oscar-nominated "A Prophet," "Rust & Bone," which screened for press on Thursday morning, is far from a romance. It's more of a survival tale about violence and healing.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 17, 2012 6:50 AM
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Weekend Box Office Specialty Films Report: What It Means

Three specialized films with stellar reviews opened this weekend, but the one going out the widest and also available for home viewing, "Marley," boasted the most success. Three other new releases also had parallel premieres on video-on-demand.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • April 22, 2012 2:18 PM
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Sony Pictures Classics Scoops Up Michael Haneke's 'Amour' Before Cannes

Sony Pictures Classics, which released Michael Haneke's Palme d'Or-winning and Oscar-nominated "White Ribbon," has acquired all North American rights to Films Du Losange's "Amour."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 17, 2012 5:52 PM
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Weekend Box Office: What the Indie Numbers Really Mean UPDATED

The weekend marks the return of two veteran filmmakers who were established in specialized theaters in the 1990s – Whit Stillman and Nanni Moretti. Films from both directors (who have always made pointed observations about their surroundings) opened to respectable if not spectacular grosses this holiday weekend.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • April 10, 2012 1:52 PM
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Weekend Indie Box Office: What It Means, from 'Bully' to 'Island President' UPDATED

“Bully” led a slew of documentary openers this weekend (at least eight) both in terms of attention and success. The others, including two with significant previous acclaim, reveal the results of the new Oscar rule requiring full week theatrical dates in New York and/or Los Angeles with published reviews in their leading papers.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • April 2, 2012 10:39 PM
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Whit Stillman Q & A: 'Damsels in Distress,' 13-Year Hiatus, Upcoming Ska Rocksteady Project

Director Whit Stillman and actress Analeigh Tipton were on hand Sunday evening for a Q&A following Cinefamily's sneak preview screening of "Damsels in Distress."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 20, 2012 2:45 PM
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Sony Pictures Classics Changes Title of Woody Allen Film--Again

Woody Allen is having serial title issues. Remember "Anhedonia"? That was the first title of Allen's "Annie Hall," which went on to win the 1977 best picture Oscar. Last year, Allen changed the title of his upcoming Rome comedy from "The Bebop Decameron" to "Nero Fiddled."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 19, 2012 4:26 PM
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Weekend Box Office: '21 Jump Street' is Head of the Class with $35 million; 'John Carter' Drops to $13 million

Sony’s “21 Jump Street” took a seat at the head of the class at the North American box office as the re-imagined buddy-comedy racked up a hefty $35 million on its first weekend in theaters.
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • March 18, 2012 12:55 PM
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Weekend Indie Box Office: 'Footnote' and 'Salmon Fishing' Deliver

As the Oscar winners quickly recede from attention, two impressive Sony Classics films – one continuing, one new – stand out, while two potential cross-over films which premiered at Toronto openings survived mix reviews to show some modestly positive grosses.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 11, 2012 4:18 PM
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