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    Lousy Christmas Weekend Box Office: Little Fockers Beats True Grit, Best Coens Opening Ever

    At a horrendous Christmas weekend---which saw a 44% three-day drop in grosses over last year (flush with Avatar)---sequel comedy Little Fockers beat out adult western True Grit, the best--and widest--opening ever for a Coen brothers movie. It's likely that the well-reviewed oater will have longer le...

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    Christmas Greetings from the Francos: Grandma Franco Fires Back at 127 Hours Avoiders

    Obviously, Fox Searchlight is trying to confront head-on the issue of squeamish moviegoers not wanting to see 127 Hours, which features James Franco as hiker Aron Ralston hacking off his arm. They've deployed the "I Kept My Eyes Open for 127 Hours" campaign, and now Franco (showing his usual canny p...

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    Golden Globes Nominations Led by King's Speech, with Seven

    While The Golden Globes nominations have an impact on momentum going into the Oscar race, they are not predictive. That's partly because the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (some 80 foreign correspondents) break their categories into Drama and Comedy or Musical. Thus it becomes easy to dismiss ...

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    Oscar Watch: Social Network Sweeps Boston Society of Film Critics

    The Boston Society of Film Critics got their votes out Sunday ahead of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, which arguably has more impact within an industry town. But fact is, The Social Network is emerging as a consensus choice among early critics groups, and dominated Boston with five wins i...

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    Weekend Box Office: Families Flock to Holdovers Tangled and Harry Potter, Black Swan Soars

    Holdovers held sway at the tepid post-Thanksgiving box office, as families continued to flock to Tangled and Harry Potter and the Deathy Hallows--Part I. Martial arts flick The Warriors Way stumbled out of the gate, while fest-fave Black Swan soared in limited release, reports Anthony D'Alessandro:After feasting away at a smorgasbord of offerings over the Thanksgiving five-day stretch, moviegoers decided to take a nap this weekend.  Even though the post-holiday frame is notorious for being of one of the lowest weekends of the year as audiences return to their routines, family box office champs generally dominate. Sure enough, Disney’s Tangled...

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    Suspect in Ronni Chasen Slaying Shoots Self

    The LA Times is reporting that around 6 PM Wednesday, as Beverly Hills police were serving a search warrant at the Harvey Apartments on a man suspected to be connected to the slaying of publicist Ronni Chasen, the man shot himself. The identity of the man and the nature of his connection to Chasen w...

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    Sundance 2011 Competition Lineup: Cooper and Groth Talk Films, Numbers, Controversy

    The second Sundance Film Festival under new management is unveiling its much-anticipated 2011 line-up Wednesday (doc and narrative competition films, below) and Thursday (premiere and non-competition sections). Festival director John Cooper is sticking to his determination to choose the purest most ...

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    Thanksgiving Box Office Preview: "Tangled," "Love & Other Drugs," "Burlesque"

    The studios are offering a groaning board of holiday movies at the Thanksgiving holiday box office. And they're targeting a wide range of moviegoers and demos, reports Anthony D'Alessandro:Studios are catering not only to more female filmgoers than usual over the Thanksgiving five-day stretch, but t...

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    AFI Fest Scores Again with Free Screenings and Awards Contenders King's Speech, Fighter, Black Swan

    The AFI Fest closed November 11 with the jammed L.A. premiere of Darren Aronofsky's ballet-world thriller Black Swan attended by the director and his cast, Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder and Vincent Cassel. Here's a fest wrap-up from Justin Lowe (the Fest posted videos fr...

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    Starry Night at Governors Awards Fete: Coppola, Wallach, Brownlow and Controversial Godard

    Walking into the second annual Academy Governors Awards reception, I was gobsmacked by who was milling in front of the photographers at the entrance. 12-year-old Elle Fanning posed with her Somewhere co-star Stephen Dorff and The Ghost Writer's Olivia Williams; George Lucas was chatting up Godfather...

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