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    'Hero Whisperer' Joss Whedon and The Tension Within Him and His 'Avengers'

    Would the "The Avengers" be earning its rave reviews without writer-director Joss Whedon? The multi-franchise-tentpole-orgy could have gone in countless different directions. (Robert Downey Jr. confides to Collider, "I think it is just a really good story that could have been done a h...

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    Arthouse Audit: The Weekend is 'Bernie''s, 'Sound of My Voice' is Weak, 'Elles' Gets Boost from NC-17

    An incredible 20 films premiered in limited runs in NY or LA this weekend (including three on Wednesday). While most were branded by festival play, few boasted much pre-opening coverage. Only "Bernie" wielded much box-office muscle --while "Headhunters" also showed signs of early strength.

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    Specialty Box Office: 'Bernie' Has Biggest Limited Debut Of 2012

    Richard Linklater's "Bernie" had a fantastic debut this weekend, giving 2012 a new #1 for the best per-theater average for  a limited release. But the news wasn't quite so good for fellow openers "Sound of My Voice" and "Elles," both of which underperformed...

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    Holdover 'Think Like a Man' Beats Four Weak Newcomers as Weekend Takes Box Office Dive

    The overall weekend box office took a dive as four new wide releases hit theaters-- but not one cracked the $12 million mark or placed better than second. With an estimated total of $111 million from all films, down some 30% from a year earlier, it could turn out to be the lowest-grossing weekend o...

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    Best of TOH Weekly Wrap: CinemaCon, Tribeca, San Francisco, Reviews, Interviews, In the Works and More

    Weekend Preview: What to watch from "Raven" to "Five-Year Engagement" to "Elles."

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    Sony and Universal Hawk Summer and Holiday Slates, from 'Spider-Man' and 'Total Recall' to 'Battleship' and 'Bourne'

    Which of the six studio presentations at CinemaCon were represented by their chairmen? One could argue that the ones who most wanted to be identified with their slates, to OWN them if you will, were the ones who showed up.

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    Weekend Preview: From 'Raven' and 'Five-Year Engagement' to 'Headhunters' and 'Elles'

    Among the many new releases this week, the Edgar Allen Poe inspired "The Raven" and NC-17 French exploration of female sexuality, "Elles," have the steepest climb in the eyes of the critics, sitting at 19% and 25% on the Tomatometer, respectively...

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    CinemaCon in 3-D: Scorsese and Ang Lee and Oscar Contender 'Life of Pi'

    At this point, the folks at Twentieth Century Fox don't need to promote Ridley Scott's "Prometheus." So co-chairmen Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos ran through the summer and fall slates--diverse, something for everyone, etc--and saved the big guns for something new they hadn't promoted before: Ang L...

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    Ridley Scott is Charlize Theron's Fantasy Director: See Why in 'Prometheus' Featurette

    June 8 is fast approaching, which means the "Prometheus" marketing is amping up to make the wait unbearable. Check out this new making-of featurette, with Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Guy Pearce singing the praises of director Ridley Scott and his vision:

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    Female Reviewer Gets Attacked for Avengers Review

    While I am not usually that interested in boycentric blockbusters, I am very into seeing The Avengers.  I want to see how an open feminist man like Joss Whedon makes a big budget Hollywood film.  Will the women be more than window dressing?   Too bad The Avengers only has one female l...

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