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    Festival Hits 'Prisoners,' 'Enough Said' and 'Rush' Post Strong Openings

    Three film festival hits, "Prisoners" (Warner Bros.), "'Enough Said" (Fox Searchlight) and "Rush" (Universal) launched the parade of awards contenders at the fall box office. All three showed solid initial results. Wide release "Prisoners" easily took the #1 slot on Friday. Among the two limited...

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    How to Make Sense of the Universal Shake-Up

    It doesn't matter if you turn the studio around and score the number one summer market share. The firing of Universal co-chairman Adam Fogelson reminds us that what matters is whether or not your bosses like you. I remember seeing Adam Fogelson speak at CinemaCon a few years ago, when he was head of...

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    Universal Sets 2014 Release Date for James Brown Biopic 'Get On Up,' Starring Chadwick Boseman UPDATED

    UPDATE: Universal has set an Oscar-friendly 2014 release date for its James Brown biopic, now titled "Get On Up," starring Chadwick Boseman ("42"). It will hit theaters on October 17 of next year.

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    Universal Clocks Biggest Year Ever at International Box Office

    Universal is having a very good year. As of August 12, the studio has raked in its biggest year ever at the international box office. Its grosses already total $1.8 billion on such global hits as action ensemble "Fast & Furious 6" ($544.4 million), animated comedy "Despicable Me 2" ($410 million) an...

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    Weekend Box Office: 'Furious 6' Leads Biggest Memorial Day In History, Doubles 'Hangover Part III' Opening

    It was touted as one of the biggest box office match-ups of the year, but now that the dust has settled, it wasn’t even close. “Fast & Furious 6” more than doubled the weekend take of closest competitor “The Hangover Part III” in a showdown between two sequels we never expected to happen four years ...

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    Universal's Adam Fogelson Makes a Splash at CinemaCon

    Universal Pictures chairman Adam Fogelson has been playing nice with national exhibitors ever since he tried to make "Tower Heist" available on VOD three weeks after the theatrical opening back in 2011. The exhibitors pushed back, and Fogelson backed off--for the moment.

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    CinemaCon: Fithian Looks Back at 2012, Universal New Model Studio

    Every year CinemaCon rolls out the $100 Million Reel; it's a tradition to remind the exhibitors of the movies that scored in their theaters. "Something for everyone" is the theme that rang out Tuesday. The 2012 boom, said NATO chief John Fithian and others, was about delivering a diversity of high q...

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    Universal Moves Ahead With FBI Wedding Comedy Starring Steve Carell

    Since leading “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” to box-office success, and being the best in the U.S. version of “The Office” for multiple seasons, Steve Carell has had a patchy record on the big screen, ranging from successes like "Date Night" to things no one saw like &quo...

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    William Friedkin Says 'Sorcerer' Finally Getting Digital Transfer, But Won't Be On Criterion

    2012 proved by turns an odd and triumphant year for director William Friedkin, who fashioned Matthew McConaughey's performance in the shockingly good “Killer Joe,” but also was forced into dealing with his troubled past, namely the 1977 suspense drama “Sorcerer.” Legal di...

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    Spielberg's 'Jurassic Park' Releases in IMAX for First Time Ever on April 5

    Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park" sees its rerelease on April 15, and to coincide with its return to the big screen, the dinosaur flick will have a one-week, worldwide IMAX 3-D run. T-Rex will tower higher than ever before.

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