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    Weekend Box Office: Shrek 4 Stumbles, MacGruber Flops

    In its fourth go-round, DreamWorks Animation's latest Shrek installment stumbled on its opening weekend, grossing an estimated $71.25 million, marking a probable end to the lucrative franchise. Anthony D'Alessandro does the numbers.

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    Ari Folman's Waltz with Bashir Follow-Up is The Congress, Starring Robin Wright

    Ever since Ari Folman told me about adapting Stanislaw Lem's 1971 sci-fi novel The Futurological Congress, I've been excited by his central premise--which is not that of the novel-- of a gorgeous American actress on the cusp of losing her movie star luster who sells her likeness to Hollywood and can...

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    Anime: Next Big Thing

    Would you buy a ticket for a big-budget, live-action anime feature? What if there were four of them released at the same time?

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    How to Train Your Dragon Roars Past The Back-Up Plan

    How to Train Your Dragon came roaring back at the weekend box office, proving that fab word-of-mouth trumps familiar old-hat formulas every time. Jennifer Lopez rom-com The Back-Up Plan came in second, and DC comics movie The Losers was a disaster, coming in fourth behind Date Night. Anthony D'Alessandro dissects the numbers.Never dis a dragon – even at the box office. Paramount-DreamWorks 3D toon How to Train Your Dragon continued to flap its legs, err wings in a murky April weekend session, earning $15 million at 3,665 theaters.  Dragon slipped 23% in its fifth weekend raising its domestic cume to $178 million. Overall, weekend receipts cou...

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    Disney's Rich Ross Meets the Press

    New Disney chairman Richard Ross put on a dog-and-pony show at the Burbank lot Thursday to introduce himself to a group of key entertainment reporters. This is what a new studio chairman does to deal with media requests for interviews and meetings and to alert Wall Street to a strong line-up in adva...

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    How to Train Your Dragon Unseats 3D Rival Alice in Wonderland

    How to Train Your Dragon (Metascore 73 %) finally unseats holdover Alice in Wonderland at the weekend box office, reports TOH's Anthony D'Alessandro, with Hot Tub Time Machine (Tomatometer 63%) coming in third:

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    Oscar-Winning Animated Short: Logorama

    I got all the shorts wrong. And I know why: I under-estimated the Academy, and second-guessed them. If I had voted for my favorite in each category, I'd have picked right. Except maybe for doc Music by Prudence. What I should have recognized in that case was that the movie haunted me after I saw it....

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    Oscar Watch: Giacchino Talks Up

    Michael Giacchino, who won for his score of Up, was standing outside taking a break on another movie when someone told him the story of Up. "It's about life and death and moving on," Giacchino said. "I knew immediately that I had to do it, so badly." He says that he treats cartoon characters as real...

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    Oscar Backstage: Short Subjects

    The three short films, animated, live action and doc, did not go the way I expected. I thought Logorama--a must-see clever short made up entirely of commercial logos-- would be too hip for the Academy, which would go for Nick Park for the second time, but they must have gotten tired of Wallace & Gromit being nominated five times before. The live action short The New Tenants was my favorite and I shouldn't have listened to the people telling me why it couldn't win! So much for winning any Oscar pools. The five films vying for doc short were all strong, but I admit that HBO's Music by Prudence, about a disabled South African singer, haunted m...

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