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    Immersed in Movies: Andrew Stanton's Leap of Faith with 'John Carter' (VIDEO)

    So what are we to make of "John Carter"? A fascinating failure, as Anne Thompson has suggested? Another "Dune" that's lovely to look at but short on narrative? Well, Francois Truffaut once wrote that fascinating failures are more memorable than safe successes.

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    Why 'John Carter' Is a Fascinating Disaster, Early Reviews (Video)

    You could see Disney's "John Carter" (March 9) shaping up as a misfire from a long way off. No studio has projected "disaster" so loudly since Sony's misbegotten remake of "Godzilla" in 1998. For a $250 million movie to be tracking near a $25 million opening is ...

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    Critics and Audiences Split on the Hits of 2012

    How many of the highest grossing movies of 2012 have been critically acclaimed? Uh, that'd be none of them.

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    Box Office: 'A Separation' and 'Undefeated' Soar Post-Oscar Wins; 'The Artist' Goes Wide (UPDATED)

    While Oscar's big winner "The Artist" had a notable weekend, it was the foreign language film and documentary feature winners that had the most impressive post-Oscar boosts. According to estimates provided by Rentrak earlier today, both Asghar Farhad's "A Separation" and ...

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    Post-Oscar Weekend Indie Box Office: Alive but Struggling

    The operation was a success, but the patients are on life support.

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    'The Lorax' Triumphs at Weekend Box Office with Record Opening, 'The Artist' Falls Out of Top Ten UPDATED

    It was a weekend of surprises with expectations surpassed across the board. Both new wide releases did better than anticipated –- especially Universal’s “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” -- and the session overall marked the ninth consecutive up weekend this year.

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    David Ayer Returns to Los Angeles Streets with Handheld 'End of Watch'; In Theaters September 28

    Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña's "End of Watch" will land in theaters September 28, through Open Road. Written and directed by David Ayer (writer-director of "Street Kings," "Harsh Times"; writer of "Training Day," "The Fast and the Furious&q...

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    Weekend Preview: Head Down Under, With Limited Releases 'Boy' and 'The Snowtown Murders'

    There's quite a variety of new releases at the box office this weekend, from Robert Pattinson's "Bel Ami" and the animated "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" to "Boy" from New Zealand and "The Snowtown Murders" from Australia...

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    Immersed in Movies: 'Dr. Seuss' The Lorax' and the Future of Animation

    Producer Chris Meledandri knows all too well the meaning of "Rango's" Oscar victory last Sunday: You can't play it safe. And so far he's resisted the temptation with his impressive track record: First launching Blue Sky's blockbuster "Ice Age" franchise when he was president of Fox Animation and the...

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    How Big Will The Hunger Games Open?

    The news is that this week when The Hunger Games came onto the pre release tracking (which is what the studios use to gauge awareness and desire to see a film) it was huge - so huge that experts are saying it could open between $70 and $100 million.

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