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'Twilight' Director Catherine Hardwicke Makes the Film-to-Cable Move

Art director-turned-director Catherine Hardwicke hit 'Twilight' out of the park, but was not given time by Summit Entertainment to continue with the series. Follow-up "Red Riding Hood" was a rushed and misguided effort, and now like many women helmers, Hardwicke has done the sane and rational thing--moved to cable television.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 11, 2014 12:44 PM
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CinemaCon Panel Decries Hollywood's Underserving Women, Chasing Young Males

At CinemaCon, The Hollywood Reporter editorial director Janice Min assembled and moderated a terrific panel, "Driving Financial Success: Women + Movies = Bigger Box Office," including Geena Davis, who runs the influential Institute on Gender and Media, director Paul Feig ("Bridesmaids," "The Heat"), Nina Jacobson ("The Hunger Games"), Amy Miles (CEO Regal Entertainment Group), and Vanessa Morrison (President, Fox Animation Studios), addressing the myriad issues women have with Hollywood, both behind and in front of the camera, including why the media likes to hate Anne Hathaway and Gwyneth Paltrow so much.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 2, 2013 4:18 PM
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Saturday Box Office Preview: Holdovers Keep Grosses on Positive Track

Lacking an early release of a Christmas blockbuster, this weekend is traditionally one of the weakest of the year. With only a single (soft) new film in play -- Millennium's Gerard Butler starrer "Playing for Keeps" (released by FilmDistrict) -- the surprise is that for Friday, the top ten actually grossed about equal to last year, with the full weekend likely ahead.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • December 8, 2012 6:45 PM
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Weekend Box Office Top Ten: Pitt's 'Killing' Opens Softly, Holdovers Soar

On what is usually one of the slowest weekends of the year-- post-Thanksgiving, when adults are holiday shopping--moviegoers flocked to a wide variety of strongly performing holdovers. The top ten grossed around $100 million, up a strong 40% from last year.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • December 2, 2012 1:00 PM
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Thanksgiving Weekend Box Office Half-Time Report

Two days into the five-day Thankgiving holiday weekend, a pair of $100-million-plus wide releases opened on Wednesday, but both failed to make it into the top three, as holdovers "Breaking Dawn Part 2," "Skyfall," and "Lincoln" led the field. But overall business is strong - the top ten films grossed more than a third better than last year ($81 million from $60 million in 2011).
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • November 23, 2012 4:24 PM
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Weekend Box Office Top Ten: 'Twilight,' 'Skyfall' and 'Lincoln' Soar

A wide variety of films succeeded this weekend, mostly well-reviewed pictures for adults-- with one franchise finale (“Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2”) and one non-holiday Disney animation hit ("Wreck-It-Ralph") delivering as expected. Business for the Top Ten was up from both last weekend (50%) and last year (12%) – even though fewer films grossed over $4 million for the three days. But last year also saw a “Twilight” opening, so the uptick is impressive.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • November 18, 2012 1:04 PM
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As 'Twilight' Fades, A Guide to Hollywood's Young Adult Franchise Bets, from 'Angelfall' to 'Divergent'

The last of the “Twilight” movies has now reached theatres, and “Catching Fire,” the second book in Suzanne Collins’ “Hunger Games” trilogy, is in production. But Hollywood is by no means finished making movies about powerful teenagers. At least a dozen young adult novels – featuring girls who must fight werewolves, vanquish evil angels, discover why they are immortal, evade cannibals and, in one case, fall in love with a shape-shifting tiger -- have been scooped up by major studios and minor production companies. What makes these young adult novels even more alluring is the fact that their audience is not limited to teenagers. They are avidly read by large numbers of adult women.
  • By Aljean Harmetz
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  • November 17, 2012 6:04 AM
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Things I Learned at the 'Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part Two' Premiere: Lionsgate, Cast & Crew Face New Dawn

"What are you doing here?" demanded Bill Condon, who is about to be set free from "Twilight" jail, having directed the last two in the series of five that has generated $2.5 billion worldwide so far. "This isn't an Oscar movie!" "I always go to 'Twilight' premieres," I told him. "It's a ritual."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 13, 2012 12:57 PM
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Rome Film Festival Lures Younger Generation with Day of 'Breaking Dawn' Part 2 and 'Beautiful Creatures'

The Alice Nella Cita independent section of the Rome Film Festival unveils one of its most anticipated highlights of the fest: "The End of the Saga, and the Beginning of Another," a day dedicated to fans awaiting the final "Twilight" installment, and the launch of potential new young adult fantasy franchise "Beautiful Creatures."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 1, 2012 2:42 PM
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'Snow White and the Hunstman' Star Claflin Confirmed for 'Hunger Games' But Will He Do SWATH Sequel?

Universal was originally planning a "Snow White and the Huntsman" sequel that would bring back both Kristen Stewart and director Rupert Sanders. The idea behind the first David Koepp script turned on doing more with the unresolved romantic triangle between Snow White (Stewart), the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) and William (Sam Claflin).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 22, 2012 4:29 PM
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