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    Recession Boxoffice Surge

    Well, the movie industry doesn't mind that audiences are returning to theaters in droves during a recession. It's obviously good news all around. But David Poland debunks the NYT's recession "hype." While the studios may have been smart enough to not only give the audiences what they want but market...

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    Why Australia is a Dud

    Well, Australia's second-weekend drop indicates that it isn't doing well enough with adult audiences to ever make it into a success here.

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    Holiday Boxoffice: Four Christmases, Twilight, Australia

    For once, women are dominating movie theaters. That's because there's more than enough for them to see. (OK, they're not going to see Transporter 3.) Usually, though, they're starved and I hope Hollywood takes the lessons of 2008 to heart, from Sex and the City and Mamma Mia! to Twilight and Austral...

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    Tell No One Tops 2008 Foreign Imports at U.S. Box Office

    Guillaume Canet's unexpected French hit Tell No One, a twisty thriller that was overlooked by bigger stateside distribs and released by upstart Music Box Films, has now grossed over $6.2 million in the US, which makes it the highest-grossing foreign-language film of the year so far.

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    Hail Fredonia! Hollywood Depression Economics

    "We're in the money," sang Ginger Rogers in the escapist musical Gold Diggers of 1933. Luxurious Busby Berkeley musical comedies were big hits during the Depression.

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    W Poised to Hit Zeitgeist, But Will It?

    Lionsgate threw a party at the Landmark in Westwood Monday night for Oliver Stone's W, which was basically an intimate L.A. premiere for Stone and his cast; the movie will also premiere in New York and the Austin Film Fest. Josh Brolin soaked up the applause, flanked by his father and uncle; everyone agreed that he did a helluva job as George W. Bush, from Yale frat-party boy to reformed drunk and born-again Christian and one of the worst presidents in United States history. James Cromwell also scored big as Bush, Sr. in the father-son drama. Cast members Richard Dreyfuss, Scott Glenn, Ioan Gruffudd, and Noah Wyle were also on hand, along wit...

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    Weekend Viewing: Appaloosa, Nick and Norah, Religulous

    The younger generation--even smart cinephiles--doesn't like westerns anymore. The period is just too far away for them, they don't relate. It's a genre that isn't surviving. It had its place in American history: basically, western tropes have been absorbed into other genres like action adventures an...

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    Weekend Boxoffice: Why Coens Burn Up B.O.

    Am I the only one surprised by how well Burn After Reading is doing at the boxoffice? Remember, before No Country for Old Men, the Coens were hit or miss at the boxoffice, mostly miss. They were lucky if their pics got to $25 million! So why is this nihilistic nasty little movie doing so well? Even ...

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    iW BOT UPDATE | "Sukiyaki" At The Top

    Takashi Miike's "Sukiyaki Western Django" is atop the weekly iW BOT box office chart, which was published this afternoon. The film earned $12,172 on 1 run. Rounding out the top of the iW BOT were "I Served The King of England," "Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild" and "Trouble The Water" box office...

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    iW NEWS | 4-Day Weekend Estimates: "Django," "England" Open, "Hamlet 2" Fails

    According to indieWIRE Box Office Tracking (iW BOT) estimates from Rentrak this afternoon, First Look's "Sukiyaki Western Django" led the reporting specialty films in the four-day Labor Day weekend, grossing $13,106 on one screen. Also opening was Sony Pictures Classics's "I Served The King of England," which grossed a decent $67,906 on 8 screens for a $8,488 average. Andrew Fleming's "Hamlet 2" was a large disappointment in its first weekend of wide release. Expanding to 1,597 screens, the Focus Featurespurchase grossed just $2.12 million, averaging a dismal $1,330. To put that in perspective, that is less than half the per theatre avera...

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