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    Weekend Box Office: Audiences Stay Home In Droves As 'The Help' Defeats Weak New Releases

    Credit a canny expansion strategy that nabbed “The Help” the number one spot at the box office in its second weekend of release. Disney wisely banked on the film having more buzz than the slate of underwhelming new releases (not all of it positive), and after two weekends, it’s easily one of the season’s big success stories, as the picture has crested $70 million after only twelve days of release. The establishment has been encouraged - stories of the struggles of minorities highlighted by the heroism of a plucky white person of higher social strata are surefire earners, particularly if you market to families. Institutionalized racism at its ...

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    Weekend Box Office: The Help Ascends to Number One, Spy Kids 4 Strongest Newbie

    As expected, robust holdover drama The Help kept all weekend newcomers at bay and claimed the number one spot. Of the newbies, family-friendly Spy Kids 4 fared best. Anthony D'Alessandro reports:Disney/DreamWorks' The Help bossed around three franchise reboots and an arthouse film for the top box office spot, earning $20.5 million in its second sesh and a respectable 21% dip. Clearly, many moviegoers have lost patience with summer carbon copies and are ready to embrace the autumn wave of smart adult fare coming down the pipe. Weinstein Co. four-quel Spy Kids: All the Time in the World came out ahead of the competition with $12 million becaus...

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    D23: Dave Foley Joins 'Monsters University' Voice Cast, 'Brave' & 'Wreck-it-Ralph' Footage Impresses

    Disney’s D23 Showing Strong On The Animation SideThis morning Disney rolled out a large slate of announcements as part of its D23 Fan Expo, which the mouse house hopes will develop into their answer to Comic-Con. And considering the Saturday sellout at the Anaheim Convention Center, they might reall...

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    Last Call for American Indie Features in Post to Find Finishing Funds

    November 17 - 19, 2011Last chance to submit your rough cut to Gotham in ProgressAfter the feedback during Toronto, The American Film Festival decided to extend the deadline for submissions to Gotham in Progress at the 2. American Film Festival in Wrocław until 1 October 2011. You can find the submission form here.Gotham in Progress is an amazing opportunity for ALL U.S. indie filmmakers completing their features to catch attention of European buyers. Some of the companies confirmed for the event already are: Le Pacte (France), Haut et Court (France), Indie Circle (Europe), Artificial Eye (UK) and Scanbox (Scandinavia).We also have one more s...

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    Marvel Underwhelms With Brief 'Avengers' Showing, Inexplicable Cast Appearance & Nothing Else

    D23 Event Is An All Too Brief & Nearly Pointless TeaserAfter Marvel’s much-discussed no-show at last month’s Comic-Con, the hype machine has been turning fast leading up to this weekend’s Disney D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center. They’ll be pulling out all the stops, right? “Avengers” footag...

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    Say what??? OWN To Premiere A Black Show On The Network

    Things must be really desperate at the Oprah Winfrey Network. In a last ditch effort to get viewers, OWN has been forced to create a black show for the network (and NO The Gayle King Show and the The Best of the Gayle King Show don't count). I'm refering to their new reality show Sweetie Pie's. I gu...

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    For You "Law & Order" Freaks Out There...

    I understand. You'll still missing S. Epatha Merkerson as Lt Van Buren on Law & Order. Life just hasn't been the same since Jesse Martin left. And there are some who feel that the show seriously lost its groove after Richard Brooks was taken off after the second season.

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    Torchwood: Miracle Day, Episode 7, “Immortal Sins,” Recap and Review: Tightly Plotted, Romantic

    Animatronic aliens hit Torchwood: Miracle Day, reports critic David Chute:After episode seven, no one will be able to argue any longer that Miracle Day “isn’t Torchwood” -- not without revealing themselves to be terminally full of shit. There’s even a small and memorably nasty animatronic alien on d...

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    Tom Cruise Picks 'Thor 2' Director Brian Kirk To Take On Rodeo Drama 'Paper Wings'

    Hollywood is littered with scripts or projects mostly known for not being made or spending years in development. "A Confederacy of Dunces," "Pinkville," "Shantaram" -- these are just a few projects that have knocked around for years in fits and starts without getting made. And while there is fresh m...

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    Atom Egoyan Ready To Shoot A Feature Based On The West Memphis Three Called 'Devil's Knot'

    Related Documentary, 'Paradise Lost 3' Getting New Ending; Oscar-Qualifying RunWell, that was fast. No sooner were the West Memphis Three freed on Friday that Hollywood struck while the iron was hot. Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan ("Chloe," "The Sweet Hereafter") revealed his intentions to direct a feature-length drama called "The Devil's Knot," based on the true-life story of three teenagers, known collectively as the West Memphis Three, who were convicted of the murder and sexual mutilation of three 8-year-old boys in 1993. As the teenagers were fans of heavy metal music (and especially Metallica), the prosecution in the case suggested the ...

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