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    Alamo Drafthouse Wants You To Fight a Cinematic Disease: Make a 'No Talking, No Texting' PSA & Win Prizes (VIDEO)

    Alamo Drafthouse's latest Filmmaking Frenzy: "Don't Talk or Text During Movies." In line with their "No Talking, No Texting" policy in theaters, Alamo is waging war against this "cinematic disease" by giving filmmakers and fans the chance to make their own "Don't Talk" PSA. Watch the promo video, wi...

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    Arthouse Audit: 'The Sessions' Opens Strong, 'Holy Motors' OK, 'Smashed' and 'Paperboy' Sag, 'Sugar Man' Heads for $2 Million

    "The Sessions" led the way among new films this week, performing as expected for this unusual drama, looking even better without a lot of other Oscar contenders opening in recent weeks. Three other review-driven films -- two documentaries and a controversial French film -- with much lower profiles ...

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    Top Ten Weekend Box Office Led by 'Paranormal Activity 4' and Holdover 'Argo'

    Strong holdovers like "Argo," more than the new "Paranormal Activity" installment, boosted this weekend's box office over last year. Many had only small fall offs from last week. Business was also helped by a diverse slate of films appealing to a wide range of audiences. -- important for raising tic...

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    Specialty Box Office: Searchlight's 'Sessions' Starts Very Strong (UPDATED)

    Ben Lewin's Sundance Film Festival Audience Award winner "The Sessions" went over very well its first weekend, topping all newcomers in a frame that also saw "Holy Motors," "Brooklyn Castle" and "The Flat" open to solid numbers.

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    Top Ten Saturday Preview: 'Paranormal Activity' Leads Field; 'Argo' Holds Strong

    Led by Paramount's "Paranormal 4," Friday grosses are up from last week. And Ben Affleck can breathe easy: "Argo" (at #2) fell only 14%, and three other films fell one third or less: "Hotel Transylvania" (#5), "Here Comes the Boom" (#7) and "Pitch Perfect" (#8). This is a sign of good word of mouth ...

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    'Samsara' Documentary is Oscilloscope's Highest-Grossing Film Ever

    Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson's strikingly visual and genre-bending documentary "Samsara" has become Oscilloscope studio's biggest hit since its founding in February 2008. The film has grossed over $1.8 million as of October 14, 2012.

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    Arthouse Audit: 'Middle of Nowhere' Proves Buyers Wrong with Innovative Releasing Model

    The high quality of some recent wide-release films is taking its toll on specialty films. With "Argo" nabbing raves, "Looper," "Seven Psychopaths" and "The Perks of Being a Wildflower" also in the top ten and "The Master" and "Arbitrage" still drawing audiences, it's tough to compete with smaller fi...

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    Weekend Box Office Update: 'Taken 2' Holds Number One; 'Argo' Comes In Second

    So far this weekend, the wealth is spread around several diverse films and grosses are down slightly from last weekend --which was bolstered by the huge opening of "Taken 2." After leading on Friday, "Sinister" fell to third. The ultimate success of the most anticipated weekend release -- Ben Afflec...

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    Friday Top Ten: 'Sinister' Starts Strong, 'Argo' and 'Seven Psychopaths' Build Buzz

    So far this weekend, the wealth is spread around several diverse films and grosses are down slightly from last Friday --which was bolstered by the hige operning of "Taken 2." By Sunday the order of the top films of the weekend should change. And the ultimate success of the most anticipated release -...

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    Arthouse Audit: Controversial 'Paperboy' Leads Weak New Debuts

    Although improved from last week's weak openings, the new ones again fell below the strong performance of September's debuts. The controversial "The Paperboy" had the best overall performance. New York openers "Wuthering Heights" and "The House I Live In" managed to stand out among the rest, backed ...

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