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    The Band Wagon

    Of all the many musicals Fred Astaire was in, the very best for my money is one of his last; he appeared in only four others afterward. And it’s among the most delightful, witty and charming in the genre’s history---Vincente Minnelli’s comic 1953 ode to show biz, THE BAND WAGON (available on DVD). The title is a tip of the hat to one of Astaire’s first successes, the 1931 Broadway show he did with his sister Adele; but only the name was borrowed since the movie is a totally new creation conceived and written by that hip and unpretentious, brilliantly inventive team of musical comedy wizards, Betty Comden and Adolph Green (Singin’ in the Rain...

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    Weekend Box Office: Biggest Horror Weekend Of All-Time For Cash-In Sequel

    This is purely inflation working its magic here, but the biggest horror movie opening has just happened. Horror is a curious genre - it never produces blockbusters, and the horror following mostly evolved through home video and then DVD, when a "scary movie" became the rental of choice for a particular type of consumer. This hasn't stopped studios from trying to capitalize, but usually big horror films are anomalies, and rarely are they tentpoles, given that the non-hardcore audience are either seeing the film out of curiosity, or going along unwillingly (date night - romance!). As a result, when a film is truly scary or upsetting, some peopl...

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    Weekend Box Office: Paranormal Activity 2 Scares Up $41.5 million, Hereafter Delivers Decent Bow

    Paranormal Activity 2 outperformed expectations with a jaw-dropping $41.5 million estimated opening weekend, thanks to Paramount's innovative interactive marketing campaign (see spot below). The studio held the top two spots with the horror sequel and Jackass 3D, Anthony D'Alessandro reports. In fact, with less product clogging multiplexes, films with strong WOM are holding better than ever, from Secretariat to The Social Network. (Here's IW's indie b.o. report.)Paranormal Activity 2 conjured up masses of moviegoers this weekend: the Paramount horror-thriller howled a hearty $41.5 million at 3,216 sites, a marvelous opening that outstrips the...

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    James Franco Shooting Hart Crane Biopic 'The Broken Tower' Next Month, Michael Shannon Joining Cast?

    Not satisfied with a gestating Ph.D at Yale University and a major shot at award season glory for his performance in Danny Boyle's "127 Hours," James Franco is reportedly deep in pre-production on his next directorial effort, set to begin lensing in two weeks.

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    Di Bonaventura Sees Old People; Scores with Red

    The beauty of success in the movie industry is that it often comes to people who zig when others zag, who have the balls to call something and fight for it. Recession times don't encourage risk-taking, so I am happy to report that producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has not given up the maverick streak ...

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    "Adios" & "Bomb" Take Top Austin Fest Honors

    Simón Saavedra's "Adios Mundo Cruel" and Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel's "Louder Than a Bomb" took top honors at the Austin Film Festival, winning Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary Feature respectively. Set in the Chilean capital, Santiago, "Cruel," written by Jack Zagha Kababie and Enrique C...

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    For Colored Girls Early Reviews are Mixed

    If you're serious about an Oscar campaign, you don't hesitate to show your movie. I have yet to see For Colored Girls, which is why Lionsgate's "award season push" for Tyler Perry's reach toward mainstream credibility reeks of a distributor making nice to a favorite house director. Nothing new, and ...

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    Video: An Angry Peter Jackson Vents His 'Hobbit' Frustrations, Wants The Film To Stay In New Zealand

    Director Clearly Wants The 'Lord Of The Rings' Prequel To Stay In His Homeland; "We've Got To Fight Like Hell"You've already heard several reports that Peter Jackson has been upset over the labor dispute and blacklist of "The Hobbit" and nowhere is that more clear than in this video from New Zealand...

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    Is "Borat" the Most Powerful Movie of the Past 25 Years?

    It's hard to tell if the list is numerical for the purpose of value, but in the new issue of Mental_Floss, writers Carina Chocano (formerly of the LA Times) and Mangesh Hattikudur (the magazine's co-founder) place "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" ...

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