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    MPAA Report on The Growth of The Global Box Office

    Last week MPAA Chairman and CEO Senator Chris Dodd delivered remarks at CinemaCon, the annual National Association of Theater Owners (NATO) convention in Las Vegas. During his state of the industry address, Senator Dodd announced new figures that found global box office receipts for all films releas...

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    Will More Movie Theaters Start Serving Booze to Boost Business?

    Want some booze with your popcorn? A handful of movie theaters around the country, including Brooklyn's Nitehawk Cinema, already serve alcohol to customers -- and given that ticket sales are down, more movie theaters might get in the alcohol business.

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    Christopher Nolan Bashes 3-D and Digital Filmmaking at CinemaCon

    Director Christopher Nolan still isn't convinced that digital formats can compare to 35 mm film and he wasn't shy about telling the crowd of exhibitors at CinemaCon his belief that film is the "best" way to project an image.

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    Film vs. TV Battle Intensifies: Universal Exec Calls for Theater Owners to Invest in VOD

    David Kosse said TV's allure for viewers is "a concern for us" while he urged exhibitors to make movies more easily available in homes.

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    CinemaCon Panel Decries Hollywood's Underserving Women, Chasing Young Males

    At CinemaCon, The Hollywood Reporter editorial director Janice Min assembled and moderated a terrific panel, "Driving Financial Success: Women + Movies = Bigger Box Office," including Geena Davis, who runs the influential Institute on Gender and Media, director Paul Feig ("Bridesmaids," "The Heat"),...

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    CinemaCon: Lionsgate Puts 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Front and Center

    At CinemaCon 2013, the Lionsgate movie that was front and center--even if star Jennifer Lawrence wasn't able to join the company jet--was "Catching Fire" (November 22) which is in post-production. Doing the honors in Las Vegas were director Francis Lawrence, replacing Gary Ross for the final two fil...

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    CinemaCon: Directors Raimi, Stone and Del Toro Argue Horror, Provoking vs. Pleasing Audiences, Seeing Red

    At CinemaCon last year the Filmmaker Forum included Martin Scorsese and Ang Lee, while this year directors Oliver Stone, Guillermo del Toro and Sam Raimi submitted to questioning by moderator Elvis Mitchell. Not surprisingly, all three reveal very different takes on how to please audiences--or wheth...

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    CinemaCon Heavyweight Panel Debates Windows, Social Media, State of Industry

    It's easy to look at the Hollywood studios and national theater chains as old sticks-in-the-mud who are refusing to change with the times, but truth is, a lot of smart folks are trying to get ahead of the game--in order to beat out their rivals.

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    CinemaCon Holds Panel on Women and the Box Office

    Last week at CinemaCon, they held a panel about women and the box office. Moderated by The Hollywood Reporter's Editorial Director, Janice Min, the panel touched upon the depressing statistics for female leads in films even though women drive much of the box office business.

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    CinemaCon: Warner Bros. Reveals Slate Led by Nolan/Snyder 'Man of Steel,' 'Pacific Rim,' 'Gatsby'

    Warner Bros. believes in franchises, none more than Superman, which studio chief Jeff Robinov has been struggling to reboot for some time now--after audiences protested Bryan Singer's "Superman Returns." Thus "Man of Steel" was the high point of the 90-year-old studio's CinemaCon presentation this w...

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