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    Weekend Box Office: 'Fockers' Shows 'True Grit', Outduels Cowboys (But Not For Long)

    2010 ended with a whimper with most studio execs facing an uncertain 2011, as the year closed with eight consecutive weekends of box office earning lower than its 2009 counterpart despite five major 3D releases goosing prices. Of course, 3D is a gimmick, but it’s foolish to consider that each of those five films were relative underperformers due to disinterest in the format when even the most ardent fan must admit to subpar product. Of course, the industry is always looking for a scapegoat when the answer is clearly, “terrible movies are being made and should not be,” so the disappearance of 3D (not likely) will happen before a sudden spike i...

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    Holiday Wrap: Weak Box Office, True Grit Takes on Little Fockers, Black Swan, King's Speech Score

    The box office continued tepid during what should have been a robust holiday period with North American families on vacation; it was down 26 percent from last year. For the year, the 2010 3-D-pumped domestic box office totaled $10.5 billion, down 0.3 percent from 2009's Avatar-inflated record of $10...

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    Antonio Campos Readies Projects 'Simon Killer' With Brady Corbet And 'Momma'

    After being relatively quiet following the icy Haneke-inspired "Afterschool," New York director Antonio Campos returns with not one, but two directing projects.

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    20th Century Fox Turns Down Billy Ray's Script For The Movie Of '24'

    'My Name Is Jack Bauer, And I Am In Development Hell'Bad news for those hoping for the further adventures of Kiefer Sutherland's rogue CTU agent Jack Bauer: apparently Fox has rejected a script from high-profile scribe Billy Ray ("Shattered Glass," "Salt") for a feature film continuing the adventures of the lead character of "24," the hit series that ran for eight years and successfully tapped into that raw post-9/11 paranoia during the Bush years. The intention all along was to push the show into the cinematic world, but so-so ratings for the final season, coupled with likely budgetary concerns (the series might as well have been called "Sho...

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    Natalie Portman Denies 'Superman' And 'Batman' Rumors

    You can imagine what it’s like being a respected actor, diligently improving your craft, exploring differing aspects of humanity in diverse, challenging roles, only for journalists to consistently ask you about superhero movies. So it goes for Natalie Portman, a possible Oscar nominee for her immens...

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    A Look Back: 10 Pix from 2010

    2010 coming to an end is a great time to take a look back.

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    Are you a non-professional movie writer? A cinephile with a non-commercial blog? Do you have fresh and interesting perspectives on new movies that you want exposed to the greater community of film fans? If so, Spout would like to invite you to join our exclusive Ning social network.

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    The Inevitable Top 10 List

    The Inevitable Top 10 List

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    My Top 10 Films Of 2010: Kevin Jagernauth

    With a team stretching and reaching around the world with editors and writers in the United States, Canada, UK, Australia and beyond, getting a consensus on the top ten films of the year from the entire Playlist team is pretty much impossible. Not everyone has had a chance to see the majority of the...

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    Oscar Talk: Late December Openings, Frontrunners, WGA and Oscar Music, DGA Predicts

    In Contention's Kris Tapley and I weigh the impact of year-end releases on the Oscar race. Will Another Year's Lesley Manville squeak into best actress contention, is Nicole Kidman hurt by the weak performance of Rabbit Hole? And what about frontrunner Natalie Portman's new pregnancy? What would it ...

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