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  • 'Lone Survivor' Proves Sleeper Smash at the Box Office

    'Lone Survivor' Proves Sleeper Smash at the Box Office | ARTICLE

    WINNERS OF THE WEEK: The Bergs. That'd be director Peter Berg and actor producer Mark Wahlberg. Their Lone Survivor, which opened wide this weekend after two weekends in limited release, proved the first surprise smash of 2014,...

    January 12, 2014 2:55 PM ET
  • 'Frozen' Freezes out 'Paranormal Activity' at the Box Office

    'Frozen' Freezes out 'Paranormal Activity' at the Box Office | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Frozen. It's rare enough for a movie to return to the Number One spot at the box office a month after vacating it. It's also rare for a seven-week-old movie to outdistance a...

    January 5, 2014 3:41 PM ET
  • Jon Favreau's Wall Street Education

    Jon Favreau's Wall Street Education | ARTICLE

    Every actor wants to work with Martin Scorsese, and so, it seems, does every director. Jon Favreau, the Swingers star who spent the last decade directing big Hollywood productions like Elf and Iron Man, is one of...

    January 4, 2014 10:00 AM ET
  • 'Hobbit' Holds Off Five Christmas Competitors at the Box Office

    'Hobbit' Holds Off Five Christmas Competitors at the Box Office | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Middle-earth. Over a Christmas weekend with five new wide-release movies, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug remained on top for the third straight weekend. It earned an estimated...

    December 29, 2013 2:29 PM ET
  • 'Elf' at 10: Jon Favreau Reflects on Buddy's Magical Legacy

    'Elf' at 10: Jon Favreau Reflects on Buddy's Magical Legacy | ARTICLE

    It's hard to remember now, but there was a time before Elf was everywhere – on frequent cable rotation, Broadway, and everyone's DVD shelf of classic Christmas movies. There was a time when Will Ferrell was...

    December 24, 2013 11:10 AM ET
  • 'Hobbit 2' Still Reigns at the Box Office, 'Anchorman 2' Stumbles

    'Hobbit 2' Still Reigns at the Box Office, 'Anchorman 2' Stumbles | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Baggins. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug did what everyone expected it to do: It earned an estimated $31.5 million, falling 57 percent from last weekend's debut. Still,...

    December 22, 2013 2:14 PM ET
  • Martin Freeman's Next Adventure

    Martin Freeman's Next Adventure | ARTICLE

    It's been a year of quests for Martin Freeman, whose been busy saving Middle-Earth from orcs and dragons in Peter Jackson's Hobbit franchise and Earth from invading androids in Edgar Wright's The World's End. In...

    December 16, 2013 11:30 AM ET
  • 'The Hobbit' Hobbles Into First Place at the Box Office

    'The Hobbit' Hobbles Into First Place at the Box Office | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Christian Bale. The Artist Formerly Known as Batman has two top-15 movies this week. Out of the Furnace is holding up well at Number Six with an estimated $2.3 million (for a 10-day total...

    December 15, 2013 1:32 PM ET
  • 'Frozen' Freezes 'Catching Fire' at the Box Office

    'Frozen' Freezes 'Catching Fire' at the Box Office | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Estrogen. Female-driven movies sold nearly $60 million worth of tickets this weekend. The princesses of Frozen snowballed past the gladiators of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, ending the latter's two-week chart reign, but both...

    December 8, 2013 2:07 PM ET
  • 'Frozen' Nearly Ices 'Catching Fire' at the Box Office

    'Frozen' Nearly Ices 'Catching Fire' at the Box Office | ARTICLE

    WINNERS OF THE WEEK: Fire and Ice. "Some say the world will end in fire/Some say in ice," wrote Robert Frost. But at the multiplex, moviegoers found both were nice and would suffice. To no one's surprise, 

    December 1, 2013 2:57 PM ET
  • Where Are All the Female Filmmakers?

    Where Are All the Female Filmmakers? | ARTICLE

    Why are there so few women filmmakers? In a word, money. See the Top 10 Actors Who Direct in the 21st Century Conventional wisdom says that producers and investors won't back female filmmakers because they don't have...

    November 29, 2013 11:00 AM ET
  • Whatever Happened to NC-17 Movies?

    Whatever Happened to NC-17 Movies? | ARTICLE

    The movie ratings system stands on a shaky foundation of dubious assumptions: that it does a good job protecting minors from seeing inappropriate content; that it protects filmmakers from censorship; and that America's movie distributors and theater...

    November 26, 2013 5:00 PM ET
  • 'Catching Fire' Ignites the Box Office With Record-Setting Debut

    'Catching Fire' Ignites the Box Office With Record-Setting Debut | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Katniss Everdeen. To the surprise of no one in any of the 12 districts, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire debuted on top of the chart; the only suspense was whether it could outdo its...

    November 24, 2013 2:10 PM ET
  • Will Forte Shifts Gears With 'Nebraska'

    Will Forte Shifts Gears With 'Nebraska' | ARTICLE

    Will Forte uses the word "lucky" a lot to describe himself, but the Saturday Night Live alum (2002-10) has spent this year proving his talent and versatility. The 43-year-old had small roles in two hit comedies...

    November 22, 2013 12:55 PM ET
  • 'Best Man Holiday' Gives 'Thor' a Run for Its Money at the Box Office

    'Best Man Holiday' Gives 'Thor' a Run for Its Money at the Box Office | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: The Best Man Holiday. Sure, it opened in second place and failed to dethrone Thor: The Dark World, but no one expected it to top the chart. Still, the romantic dramedy sequel far outperformed...

    November 17, 2013 2:01 PM ET
  • 'Thor: The Dark World' Thunders at the Box Office

    'Thor: The Dark World' Thunders at the Box Office | ARTICLE

    WINNERS OF THE WEEK: Supernatural dudes. It's hammer time, and you can't touch Thor: The Dark World, this weekend's only new wide release and by far the top-grossing movie, debuting with an estimated $86.1 million. That's well...

    November 10, 2013 2:36 PM ET
  • 'Ender's Game' Leads Film Newcomers

    'Ender's Game' Leads Film Newcomers | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Old men. That includes Thor – who, being a Norse god and all, is a lot older than Chris Hemsworth looks. This weekend, Thor: The Dark World opened in most major box office...

    November 3, 2013 3:15 PM ET
  • Drones and the Future of Movies

    Drones and the Future of Movies | ARTICLE

    If you're a filmmaker on a credit-card budget, you probably can't afford a helicopter to take those aerial shots of cityscapes and landscapes that big-budget filmmakers use to create a sense of panoramic grandeur. But you can...

    October 28, 2013 2:50 PM ET
  • Box Office Report: 'Bad Grandpa' Dethrones 'Gravity'

    Box Office Report: 'Bad Grandpa' Dethrones 'Gravity' | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Adolescent humor. This is the season of high-minded, Oscar-worthy, dramatic adult fare, which is why it's such a good time for a Jackass movie. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa opened big with an estimated $32.0 million, finally...

    October 27, 2013 4:35 PM ET
  • Cracking the Box Office Code

    Cracking the Box Office Code | ARTICLE

    Every weekend, a small industry of box office pundits and prognosticators – some using sophisticated market research, some just throwing darts – try to predict which movies will be hits and how much they'll earn at the...

    October 21, 2013 4:20 PM ET
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