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    Sweeney Todd Opens in 5th Place

    Sweeney Todd opened to excellent reviews (87% fresh on Rottentomatoes.com) and strong initial numbers on Friday, but the movie dropped an estimated 28 % (actually 25%) between Friday and Saturday. (Here's Sunday's Variety weekend boxoffice report.) This indicates that many viewers were lured by Paramount's mainstream horror-driven ad campaign, which did not sell the film as a Stephen Sondheim musical, and walked away disappointed. (The company also seeded the internet with clips showing the musical numbers.) Selling a unique movie like this, where there is no tried-and-true pattern to follow, is admittedly tricky. So Paramount made the call ...

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    CRITICS' POLL 2007: The Critics Speak: Best, Worst, the Auteurs and the Underrated

    Included within their ballots in the 2007 indieWIRE Critics Poll are comments on the year in film from many of the 106 participants. Today, we offer the second in a three part series of edited comments from the critics. In this edition, a look at cinephilia, comments about the best and worst of the ...

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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd

    Ladies and Gentleman, may I have your attention please? Are you looking for cinema bloody yet wise with a hero and heroine you should despise?

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    CRITICS POLL 2007 | Poll Comments: Critics Defend Their #1 Orphan Picks

    Included within their ballots in the 2007 indieWIRE Critics Poll are comments on the year in film from many of the 106 participants. Today, we offer the first in a three part series of edited comments from the critics. The group collectively cited a total of 176 best films; of these movies, a small ...

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    Films That Time Forgot

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Quotes of the Year

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    'Signal' Trailer/Poster/Date

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    Sweeney Todd Review

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    Burton on 'Todd'

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