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    Lionsgate Acquires Summit for $412.5 million UPDATED

    Hollywood insiders have been speculating about just how the long-simmering Lionsgate/Summit merger will close. The problem? While Summit had every reason to cash out at the height of their value before the "Twilight" franchise comes to an end in November with "Breaking Dawn- Part Two"...

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    Weekend Preview: Swinton, Belafonte, Wahlberg and Streep

    Meryl Streep may be a major contender for a Best Actress Oscar nomination and win (as per usual), but reviews for her film "The Iron Lady" (expanding its run this weekend) are less than upbeat. While Streep's performance is called "virtuouso," the Margaret Thatcher biopic from Phyllida Lloyd is also...

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    Indie Distributors Target Foreign Oscar Entries for Specialized Gold

    Distributors are changing their usual release patterns for this year's batch of foreign film Oscar contenders. They often wait until after the nominations to release the films. But this year more are going out early, ahead of the noms January 24.

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    2011 Attendance Up at Indie Alamo and Landmark Chains; Top Ten Performers

    While the studios still chase after the increasingly fickle youth audience, indie theater chains successfully pulled filmgoers in 2011--without relying on 3-D premium ticket pricing. In fact, both the Alamo Drafthouse and Landmark indie chains announce that their national box office was up in 2011.

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    Box Office: 'Tinker Tailor,' 'Iron Lady' and 'Pina' Help Kick Off 2012 In Style (UPDATED)

    Only two specialty films -- "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia" and "Norwegian Wood" -- entered the marketplace on the first full weekend of 2012, a group of 2011 holdovers helped make it a potent weekend. According to estimates provided by Rentrak, "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy,&...

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    Weekend B.O. Jan. 6-8 ("Pariah" holding strong)

    Sorry folks, I would have had this weekend's box office report much earlier as usual, but I had to wait to get this weekend's results for Pariah which took longer than usual. But I'll get to that in a minute.

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    Horror Sleeper 'The Devil Inside' Jump Starts New Year's Box Office, 'Dragon Tattoo' and "Tinker Tailor' Deliver

    Call it a New Year's surprise. The ultra-low budget horror film "The Devil Inside" from Paramount Insurge caught the industry off guard and racked up an estimated $34.5 million to possess the top spot while averaging a stout $15,098 per theater.

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    Weekend Preview: Jolie's 'Blood and Honey,' 'Once Upon A Time in Anatolia' & 'Norwegian Wood'

    There's no shortage of quality films at the box office. "In The Land of Blood & Honey," "Once Upon A Time In Anatolia" and "Norwegian Wood" are each worth the trip to theaters. Enjoy the plentiful box office while you can...

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    Lame Idea of the Day - Making a Bridesmaids Sequel Without the Lead Bridesmaid

    The Hollywood Reporter released a story yesterday saying that Universal was planning on moving ahead with a Bridemaids sequel but that star/co-writer Kristen Wiig as well as co-writer Annie Mumolo are not interested in being a part of it.

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    French Hit "Intouchables" Becomes 5th Highest Grossing Movie Of All Time In France's Box Office History!!

    First let me blow my own horn and say that S&A has been covering this French film and its black French star (Omar Sy) quiet extensively for a good 6+ months now; and I noticed a day or two ago, one mainstream news site picked up on all the transcontinental discussion about it (mostly French and ...

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