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As 'Gravity' and 'Captain Phillips' Hit and 'Fifth Estate' Bombs, Who's a Movie Star, Anyway? UPDATED

UPDATE: While Benedict Cumberbatch is still proving his stripes as a bankable star, PBS has scheduled the third season of "Sherlock" to premiere on January 19, slotted immediately after "Downton Abbey," which has its fourth season stateside premiere January 5. As the Hollywood Reporter puts it, PBS is doubling down on Brit drama.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • October 23, 2013 12:03 PM
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Hollywood Wake-Up Call: Where Are the Women in 2013 Summer Movies? (GRAPHS)

As we've already observed, it's not a great summer for women in the movies. And now, Vulture's Amanda Dobbins has the graphs to prove it. The percentage of movies featuring one woman in a co-starring role, more than one woman in a co-starring role, and a woman in a starring role has noticeably gone down in 2013 wide-release summer films, as compared to the last few years. Charts below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 12, 2013 2:09 PM
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Box Office Top 10: 'Monsters U' and 'The Heat' Beat Male Action Titles, $100-Million 'Now You See Me' Summer Sleeper

Led by two movies not primarily targeted at the studios' preferred young male demo (16-25) for summer fare-- Disney/Pixar's "Monsters University" and the female buddy cop comedy "The Heat" (Twentieth Century Fox) -- the weekend box office top 10 totaled some $182 million, down $7 million from last year.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 30, 2013 1:15 PM
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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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This Weekend: Head to 'The Heat' and 'Laurence Anyways,' Skip Emmerich's Latest Disaster 'White House Down'

This weekend, the movie to see is Paul Feig's buddy cop comedy "The Heat" starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, but you may want to skip Roland Emmerich's latest blow-em-up spectacle "White House Down."
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 27, 2013 3:44 PM
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Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy to Offer Solidarity with Early Screening of Cop Comedy 'The Heat' for Boston Police

In the wake of last week's series of tragedies in Boston -- the twin bombings that killed three people at the Boston Marathon, and the subsequent manhunt that lead to the death of an MIT police officer -- director Paul Feig has arranged for his upcoming summer comedy "The Heat" to screen for Boston police.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 22, 2013 12:47 PM
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