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  • Box Office Report: 'Gravity' Soars for Three-peat

    Box Office Report: 'Gravity' Soars for Three-peat | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Julian Assange. The WikiLeaks mastermind had railed against The Fifth Estate, the spy thriller built around him and his underground journalistic endeavors, arguing that the movie was designed to make him look ridiculous....

    October 20, 2013 2:14 PM ET
  • Should Movie Theaters Allow Texting?

    Should Movie Theaters Allow Texting? | ARTICLE

    The latest idea out of Silicon Valley is one that means to bring new audiences into dying movie theaters: Raise the lights a little and allow smartphone users to text and Tweet and web-browse to their hearts'...

    October 15, 2013 1:40 PM ET
  • Box Office Report: 'Gravity' Remains Aloft

    Box Office Report: 'Gravity' Remains Aloft | ARTICLE

    WINNERS OF THE WEEK: Older audiences. What goes up must come down, said a famous scientist (David Clayton-Thomas, perhaps), but Gravity is taking its sweet time plummeting to Earth. For the second straight week, the Sandra...

    October 13, 2013 2:46 PM ET
  • Can 'Gravity' Save 3D?

    Can 'Gravity' Save 3D? | ARTICLE

    For once, critics and ticketbuyers are in sync: Gravity is the rare movie that's really worth splurging extra to see in 3D, on a giant screen. Awed critics contend that Alfonso Cuaron's...

    October 12, 2013 4:20 PM ET
  • Box Office Report: 'Gravity' Rockets to October Record

    Box Office Report: 'Gravity' Rockets to October Record | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Gravity. The Warner Bros. space opera stunned with an opening estimated at $55.6 million, well above predictions of $35 to $42 million. That $55.5 million sets all kinds of records. It's the biggest...

    October 6, 2013 3:05 PM ET
  • Is China Taking Over Hollywood?

    Is China Taking Over Hollywood? | ARTICLE

    All that kowtowing, and what's there to show for it? What Are the Best and Worst 3D Movies? For years, Hollywood has been bowing and scraping to please the Chinese government, which allows the importation of only...

    October 1, 2013 12:30 PM ET
  • Box Office Report: 'Cloudy 2' Storms the Chart

    Box Office Report: 'Cloudy 2' Storms the Chart | ARTICLE

    WINNERS OF THE WEEK: Romantic comedies. Yes, the week's top movie was a kiddie cartoon sequel, but look what's dominating the chart: Love stories for grown-ups! Opening in fourth place was Baggage Claim, with...

    September 29, 2013 2:31 PM ET
  • Box Office Report: 'Prisoners' Locks Up Victory

    Box Office Report: 'Prisoners' Locks Up Victory | ARTICLE

    WINNERS OF THE WEEK: Grown-up movies. Specifically, Prisoners, which debuted atop the chart and netted an estimated $21.4 million, at the upper end of expectations – which were modest for the kidnapped-kids drama, given its grim subject matter...

    September 22, 2013 2:12 PM ET
  • Box Office Report: 'Insidious Chapter 2' Scares Up Record Opening

    Box Office Report: 'Insidious Chapter 2' Scares Up Record Opening | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: James Wan. Do we have to start calling him an auteur now? The horror director behind the Saw franchise and this summer's sleeper The Conjuring scared up a tremendous $41.1 million in estimated ticket sales...

    September 15, 2013 2:15 PM ET
  • Box Office Report: 'Riddick' Wins By Default, 'One Direction' Tumbles

    Box Office Report: 'Riddick' Wins By Default, 'One Direction' Tumbles | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Vin Diesel. Sure, Riddick opened at the low end of expectations, at just an estimated $18.7 million, well below the $24.3 million debut of The Chronicles of...

    September 8, 2013 2:25 PM ET
  • How Digital Conversion Is Killing Independent Movie Theaters

    How Digital Conversion Is Killing Independent Movie Theaters | ARTICLE

    America's movie theaters have been dragged, kicking and screaming, into the digital age, not without a lot of collateral damage. Peter Travers Previews the 25 Must-See Movies of Fall 2013 Over the past couple years, Hollywood has...

    September 4, 2013 11:45 AM ET
  • Box Office Report: 'One Direction' Fights 'The Butler' for Holiday Win

    Box Office Report: 'One Direction' Fights 'The Butler' for Holiday Win | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Eugenio Derbez. The Mexican comic actor may be barely known among English-speaking audiences (he had a dual role in Adam Sandler's Jack & Jill), but to Latino moviegoers, he's a huge star. That's why Instructions...

    September 1, 2013 2:53 PM ET
  • Brace Yourselves for $50 Movie Tickets

    Brace Yourselves for $50 Movie Tickets | ARTICLE

    Earlier this summer, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas made waves throughout Hollywood when they predicted that the long-standing practice of charging the same ticket price for every movie would soon give way to a tiered pricing...

    August 29, 2013 3:00 PM ET
  • Box Office Report: 'The Butler' Sweeps Away Newbies Once Again

    Box Office Report: 'The Butler' Sweeps Away Newbies Once Again | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Lee Daniels' The Butler. For the second straight weekend, the Civil Rights epic swept away all newcomers. The Butler easily won the weekend with an estimated $17.0...

    August 25, 2013 2:31 PM ET
  • Are 3D Movies Over?

    Are 3D Movies Over? | ARTICLE

    When James Cameron says there's too much 3D in movies, it's time to listen. See Where Avatar Ranks on Our List of the Best 3D Movies In a recent talk with fellow sci-fi/fantasy director Alfonso Cuaron (

    August 21, 2013 2:20 PM ET
  • Merlot at the Movies

    Merlot at the Movies | ARTICLE

    Imagine you're watching a movie while nibbling on gourmet eats like prosciutto-wrapped breadsticks or fig and duck breast salad. Press a button on your armrest and a uniformed worker brings you a glass of Chilean wine. For...

    August 19, 2013 1:05 PM ET
  • Box Office Report: 'The Butler' Cleans Up, 'Kick-Ass 2' Gets Creamed

    Box Office Report: 'The Butler' Cleans Up, 'Kick-Ass 2' Gets Creamed | ARTICLE

    WINNER OF THE WEEK: Lee Daniels' The Butler: Actually, there are a lot of winners associated with this one, starting with Harvey Weinstein, who milked a duplicate-title dispute with Warner Bros. for maximum publicity, resulting in his anointing director...

    August 18, 2013 4:11 PM ET
  • Is Hollywood Model Doomed? Steven Spielberg and George Lucas Think So

    Is Hollywood Model Doomed? Steven Spielberg and George Lucas Think So | ARTICLE

    Whether they meant to or not, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas did more than just about anyone to build the blockbuster-driven business model that dominates Hollywood today. And now, they're saying that model is doomed.

    August 15, 2013 5:00 PM ET
  • Box Office Report: 'Elysium' Ekes Out Win in Four-Way Race

    Box Office Report: 'Elysium' Ekes Out Win in Four-Way Race | ARTICLE

    WINNERS OF THE WEEK: Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis. Want to know why Aniston keeps getting to make movies? The estimated $26.6 million opening weekend for We're the Millers offers a clue. It debuted in...

    August 11, 2013 2:42 PM ET
  • Can Kickstarter Save the Movie Business?

    Can Kickstarter Save the Movie Business? | ARTICLE

    Gone are the days when you could launch a career as a filmmaker by maxing out your credit cards. Movies are expensive, studios have largely gotten out of the indie business, and other sources (MacArthur Fellowships) are...

    August 5, 2013 4:10 PM ET
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