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    Box Office Top Ten: 'Noah' Floats High All Over the World, Challenged by Mighty 'Captain America'

    Darren Aronofsky's $125-million Bible epic "Noah" easily took #1 this weekend. The $44 million gross was solid but not sensational. With international territories performing even better, the picture appears on its way to modest profits.

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    Can Women Drive Studio Movie Decision Making?

    Women and Hollywood is continuing the fight for more female protagonists and a greater diversity of women on screen and in all positions in Hollywood.

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    How 'Divergent' Became a Franchise Before It Opened and Lost Its Director

    "Divergent" will prove itself at the box office on its second weekend--but the sequel is on its way no matter what. Producer Lucy Fisher reveals how they made the movie, found their romantic leads, lost the director for the sequels, and why this represents a new filmmaking paradigm.

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    Ranking the Top Action Stars, from McQueen to Neeson

    Grantland's Bill Simmons should get a bonus for what will likely be one of their most viral stories ("The Action Hero Championship Belt"), his ranking of the top action stars since the first prototype of the modern model, Steve McQueen. Simmons cleverly narrows his focus to define what an action sta...

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    MPAA Data Shows That Women Are Still The Majority of Moviegoers

    So how come there are not more movies that star women?

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    10 Directors Who Went from Indie Film to Studio Blockbuster (Part 1)

    With big-budget studio films like "Ride Along" and "Divergent" starting the year off with a bang, one might be surprised to learn that the directors behind these films started out in the independent film world. But aspiring filmmakers striving to become the next Spielberg can take comfort in the fac...

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    Arthouse Audit: 'Nymphomaniac Volume I' and 'Jodorowsky's Dune' Top New Openers; 'Bad Words' Seeks Wider Audience

    Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" expanded wider and nabbed the bulk of attention from specialized and crossover crowds, landing at seven in the box office top ten. The new films openers were led by the first half of Lars von Trier's "Nymphomania" and a documentary about another visionary di...

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    Box Office Top 10: 'Divergent' Tops Uneven Field, 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Surges, 'Lego Movie' Passes $400 Million Worldwide

    ´╗┐Dystopian romance "Divergent" dominated the box office this weekend. The latest movie based on a young adult book series launched a new franchise for Lionsgate/Summit--the sequel "Insurgent" starts production in May. "Divergent" boosted overall Top 10 grosses to $130 million, just enough for the 17...

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    Manohla Dargis Hits It on the Head (Again) With Her Review of Divergent

    Women are not a niche and can be leads of all kinds of movies -- big and small.

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