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    Weekend Preview: 'Act of Valor,' 'Wanderlust,' 'Hell and Back Again,' 'Forgiveness of Blood'

    While our last fave rave "Bullhead" expands, this weekend brings some fresh meat. Jennifer Aniston's "Wanderlust" is so far her best-reviewed (78% Fresh) film since 2002's "The Good Girl." Indiewire, however, finds that the film illustrates the problem with every David Wain movie.

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    President's Day Weekend Box Office: Washington Holdover 'Safe House' Scorches Cage 'Ghost Rider' Sequel UPDATED

    It was Déjà vu with a twist at the box office this Presidents Day weekend as the top three films were the same as the previous week; Sony’s “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” in 3-D, which was tracking to be number one, failed to get a top spot, landing in fourth place.

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    Holiday Box Office: Oscar Doc 'Undefeated' So-So; 'Descendants' and 'Artist' Full Speed Ahead (UPDATED)

    Oscar nominated doc "Undefeated" led a quiet set of specialty debuts this President's Day weekend. According to estimates provided by Rentrak earlier today, the football documentary grossed $42,658 from its five opening screens over the 4-day weekend, averaging $8,532. Released by The...

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    'The Artist' Makes Headway at Awards Season Box Office

    The weekend before the Oscar telecast, for the first time in years, no Academy-nominated film is in the box office top ten. However, “The Artist” increased its gross--despite not adding to its theater count--which shows that the onslaught of press hype for the Oscar contender is finally overcoming r...

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    The Amazing Race: Does Box Office Still Matter To The Oscars, And Do The Oscars Still Matter To Box Office?

    Let's be honest, the are about money. Not entirely about money: there's also the potential for executives and directors to win bragging rights over the colleagues. And there's a degree of back-patting celebration of the industry in there as well. But if the studios didn't think they could wring a f...

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    Sexism Watch: Gender Disparities in Actor Salaries

    I saw a story the other day about how the actor Chris Pine (whose new film This Means War opens today and looks beyond dreadful) was being sued by his former agents over non payment of commissions. In the story it revealed what Chris was paid for some of his recent roles.

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    Weekend Preview: Brutal & Heartbreaking Oscar Nominee 'Bullhead' Is Must-See

    If you live in New York, Los Angeles or Austin, get yourself to a theater for "Bullhead" (it expands February 24). The Belgian film, nominated for a Best Foreign Language film Oscar, may not take home the big prize on February 26 ("A Separation" and "Monsieur Lazhar" are custom-made to the academy's...

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    Final Box Office: "Chico & Rita" and "Rampart" are This Week's Best Newcomers

    Each Tuesday, Indiewire publishes a box office chart that sorts the final weekend numbers of all specialty releases by per-theater-average.  Check out the full chart here, but here's some highlights:

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    Weekend Awards Season Box Office Update

    Oscar contenders are performing at a record low this close to the awards telecast (after ticket prices are adjusted), both in terms of total grosses and as a percentage of all weekend business. This can't be encouraging news for the Academy or ABC, although uncertainty about a few remaining categori...

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    'The Vow' Wows Valentine's Record Weekend Box Office

    Sony’s “The Vow" warmed hearts this Valentine’s Day weekend as the Screen Gems/Spyglass picture captured the top spot with a stellar $41.7 million, contributing a hefty chunk to the record $193 million total for all films this weekend.

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