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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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    Kick-Ass Takes Number One After All

    For the second weekend in a row, the top two films were in such a neck-and-neck race that the Sunday box office estimates were turned around on Monday. So this weekend, Lionsgate's Kick-Ass, while not scoring the $20-30 million weekend some were forecasting, did win the weekend b.o. derby. UPDATE: A...

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    Dragon Trumps Kick-Ass

    Picking up word-of-mouth as it continues to pull audiences, Paramount/DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon bested all comers at the weekend box office, kicking Kick-Ass to second place. TOH box office analyst Anthony D'Alessandro reports:

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    Kick-Ass Rides Buzz for OK Opening, Reveals Critics' Divide

    Controversy sells, and Lionsgate rode a swell of debate over the R-rated superhero action comedy Kick-Ass to a robust box office lead on Friday, an estimated $7.5 million in 3,065 runs. It may or may not make the $20 million opening benchmark some predicted; Date Night could wind up number one. This...

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    Summit Talks Eclipse Reshoots, Sony Denies Bad Hornet Rumors

    Pity the studio corporate flacks who have to keep straightening out the rumors that hit the internet--especially big-name movies that will build traffic as they spread like kudzu. For example, IESB reported that Sony Pictures is apparently "displeased with the results" they've seen so far of Michel ...

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    Whedon to Direct Marvel's The Avengers

    If Marvel closes with Joss Whedon to direct The Avengers, I applaud them for yet again taking a daring direction that most studio chiefs would not be willing to stake their jobs on.

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    Kick-Ass Stars Johnson, Mintz-Plasse, Moretz Talk Super Heroes

    Lionsgate previewed Kick-Ass Monday night in L.A. with a cast-and-writer Q & A to follow. David Lewis was there:Hollywood got a short preview of Comic-Con madness last night at an advance screening of Lionsgate's kinetic comic book adaptation Kick-Ass at the Mann Chinese 6. Fanboys (and a few fangir...

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    Mike Jones to Write Popeye

    For screenwriter Mike Jones, maybe getting laid off from Variety a year ago was a good thing.

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    Nolan Talks Superman Reboot, Batman Sequel

    "We have a fantastic story," Chris Nolan tells the LAT's Geoff Boucher about the upcoming Superman reboot. Nolan and wife producer Emma Thomas wanted to clear up some of the misconceptions that have been flying around the internet about the project which will be written by David S. Goyer and directe...

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    Marvel Update, Netflix Refunds, Simple and Cheap is Good

    Thankfully, a cooling marine layer blew in over L.A. Tuesday morning, which shifted the balance a bit for exhausted firefighters battling the huge Station fire which has destroyed some 63 homes and threatens some 12,000. "The Station fire grew to more than 122,000 acres overnight and continued to burn out of control despite some signs of improving weather conditions," reported the LAT. UPDATE 4:20 PM: "Firefighters made significant progress today in the Station fire, but a tense battle was underway this afternoon to save the communication centers atop Mt. Wilson. By 3 p.m., the fire was approaching closer than ever from two directions: one-ha...

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