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Arthouse Audit: 'Love Is Strange' Spices Up Lagging Specialized B.O.

Sony Pictures Classics' mature romance "Love Is Strange," the second Sundance opener in a row to dominate the specialty box office, did sizable initial business in New York and Los Angeles. With an appeal to older audiences, both straight and gay, it looks positioned for future success in a market otherwise crammed with longer-running, underperforming and/or Video on Demand titles.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 24, 2014 1:09 PM
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SPECIALTY BOX OFFICE: 'Trip to Italy' and 'Frank' Best of New Sundance-Premiered Openers as 'Life After Beth' Lags

Three high-profile Sundance 2014 films top the grosses for this week's specialized openers. Comedy "The Trip to Italy" (IFC) and music drama "Frank" (Magnolia) fared best in theaters only--from distributors who often use day-and-date Video on Demand avenues. A third, zombie flick "Life After Beth" (A24), which has been viewable on Direct TV for the past month, opened soft in two prime bicoastal locations.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 17, 2014 12:58 PM
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WATCH: Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon Skewer 'The Dark Knight Rises' and Give Us More Michael Caine

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon's Michael Caine bonanza from Michael Winterbottom's 2010 series-turned-feature "The Trip" is now the stuff of impression legend. With the sequel, "The Trip to Italy," arriving in theaters soon, the second season of the series is also unspooling; watch a clip below from Episode One where Coogan and Brydon do Caine as butler Alfred -- and then mimic the whole unintelligible "Dark Knight Rises" family, including Christian Bale as Batman and Tom Hardy as Bane.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 24, 2014 1:11 PM
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WATCH: Deleted Musical Number from Steve Coogan's 'The Trip' (NSFW)

Not to put too fine a point on it, in Monty Python style, the refrain of this profane Steve Coogan musical number cut from "The Trip" is "everyone is a bit of a c..t sometimes." It's funny.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 13, 2014 4:48 PM
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