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Rotten Tomatoes' Matt Atchity Takes on Critics and Movie Tastemaking

In MediaBistro's recent "So What Do You Do?" interview with Rotten Tomatoes' editor-in-chief Matt Atchity, he weighs in on the state of film criticism, the discrepancy between critics and the public, and the "pitfall" of journalists being too "indie-focused." Come again?
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 28, 2012 1:08 PM
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Sony and Universal Hawk Summer and Holiday Slates, from 'Spider-Man' and 'Total Recall' to 'Battleship' and 'Bourne'

Which of the six studio presentations at CinemaCon were represented by their chairmen? One could argue that the ones who most wanted to be identified with their slates, to OWN them if you will, were the ones who showed up.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 27, 2012 4:26 PM
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Weekend Preview: Roll the Dice At A Crowded Box Office

It's a crowded weekend at the box office, so we'll try to steer you in the right direction.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 12, 2012 9:02 PM
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Against Gendered Culture

Why are books and movies tagged pink or blue, like babies in a 1950s nursery?
  • By Carrie Rickey
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  • April 3, 2012 12:09 PM
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MPAA Box Office Stats Reveal Declines in Domestic and 3-D Attendance: "We Needed a Few More Good Movies"

It's always revealing to parse the Motion Picture Association of America's annual Theatrical Market Statistics Report. The 2011 report shows that the studios are basically getting bailed out by the international boost in moviegoers, while the domestic market is in steady decline. And the bloom is off the 3-D rose.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 22, 2012 4:26 PM
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Weekend Preview: 'John Carter' Arrives, 'Friends With Kids,' 'Silent House,' 'Salmon Fishing,' 'Sushi' & More

It's a weekend to have fun at the box office. If you don't take any of it too seriously, you'll enjoy the star-packed rom-com "Friends With Kids" (with many familiar "Bridesmaids" faces) or the fascinating disaster that is "John Carter." If you loved "Dogtooth," check out its sister film from Greece, "Attenberg." The charm of Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor combine in "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" while Elizabeth Olsen flexes her horror film skills in "Silent House." Top it all off with the mouthwatering doc "Jiro Dreams of Sushi." Details, reviews and trailers below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 9, 2012 4:43 PM
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2012 Box Office Swings Up, Boosted by Product Glut

So far this year, the studios have been cheering one up weekend at the box office after another.
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • March 2, 2012 10:40 AM
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Note to Studios: Stop Trying to Get the Boys Back and Chase the Women

Telling stories from the female perspective is good box office. However, only 16 percent of movies are made specifically with women in mind, even though half of the ticket buying public is female, which means Hollywood is missing the bet financially—with a few notable exceptions that prove my point.
  • By Susan Cartsonis
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  • March 1, 2012 4:20 PM
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'Waiting to Exhale' Moves Ahead Sans Whitney Houston: 'In Her Honor'

The "Waiting to Exhale" sequel is going forward, despite Whitney Houston's sudden death. "I don’t think she would want it to [perish]," said Fox 2000 president Elizabeth Gabler (who just renewed her deal). Soldiering on with the project is "almost in her honor," she adds.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 14, 2012 4:27 PM
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Oscar Watch: Casarosa Talks 'La Luna,' Pixar's Longest Short

Pixar, of course, cut its teeth on shorts, winning its first Oscar for "Tin Toy" (1989), which paved the way for "Toy Story." Since then, Pixar has continued to regularly leverage its shorts program as a training ground for directors and incubator for technology.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 12, 2012 11:51 PM
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