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    Box Office Scandal: Circuit Dealing Pervades Small Towns, Flagship vs. Century Theatres

    In a David vs. Goliath face-off, indie-owned Flagship Theaters recently won an appeal in its crusade against Cinemark’s Century Theatres. Does the age-old practice of circuit dealing — an unethical way for chain exhibitors to muscle studios — still persist? Anthony D’Alessandro digs further into this taboo topic: What is circuit dealing, exactly? It’s a predatory film booking practice whereby multiplex chains strong-arm studios for product in a specific market. If a studio decides to book with the competition in a given community, usually a Mom-and-Pop venue, then the exhibitor will threaten to bar that film (or future films) from playing t...

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    Boardwalk Empire Season 2 Review - Nucky Nosferatu

    As its second season begins, David Chute finds that he admires Boardwalk Empire but does not love it.We took it as a sign during Boardwalk Empire’s first season that the show’s fabulously expensive exterior and interior sets never felt lived in. Compare Boardwalk’s boardwalk, a beautiful sweep of CG...

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    More Than Just Funny: How Women Took Comedy by the Balls

    On a weekend in which the multiplex was mainly a man’s world, Matt Brennan's "Now and Then" column this week focuses on news from the small screen. With Bridesmaids now available on DVD and a flurry of funny women hitting network TV, he got to wondering: are we in a golden age of women in comedy? Trailers below:I know. You already have seven problems with this column and all you’ve read is the teaser. So let’s slow down and lay out some of the assumptions I’m working with here: first, that women are funny, and not only to other women, despite what Christopher Hitchens might have to say on the subject; and second, that I recognize there are pr...

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    First Look: HBO's Luck a Good Bet with Mann, Milch, Hoffman, Allen, Gambon & Nolte on Their Team

    HBO may have found gold again, this time with Luck. Director Michael Mann, scripter David Milch (of NYPD Blue, Deadwood) and stars Dustin Hoffman, Nick Nolte, Michael Gambon and Joan Allen (there's more) make this an attractive horse to bet on. ThePlaylist breaks down who's who in the horse racing d...

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    Game of Thrones, Season Two Teaser: Full of Terrors, Not Footage

    Don't hold your breath; the premiere date for HBO's Game of Thrones season two hasn't been set. But the cast and crew have been shooting since late July and the "Battle of the Blackwater," as chronicled in the novels, is expected to take arms by episode nine. THR has more details, and so do we (from...

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    Strike Back: Episode 6 Kicks Eleven Kinds of Ass

    Strike Back is an action drama, writes David Chute, that continues to work effectively at both levels.Actor Philip Winchester gets a nice showcase for the tightly-wound intensity of his character, SAS ninja Michael Stonebridge, in the sixth episode of the lean and mean Sky/Cinemax action drama “Stri...

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    Before Moneyball Opens, Alec Baldwin, John Krasinski New Era Spots

    My idea of a good time is watching a Boston Red Sox/New York Yankee game, especially as the Yanks keep winning (they cinched the Eastern playoff spot) and the Sox keep losing. Lo and behold if John Krasinski and Alec Baldwin don't pop up during a recent game with the hilarious spot below. Adweek has...

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    Late Night Watch: Gosling Gives Conan His Satin Scorpion Drive Jacket

    On his appearance on Conan last night, Ryan Gosling gave Conan O'Brien a black version of the white satin scorpion jacket he wore in Drive, to the surprised delight of the late night host. The whole clip (posted below) is fantastically freewheeling, but some highlights include:- Conan confronting Go...

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    Vote for New People's Choice Award Categories; 2012 Show is January 11

    The People’s Choice Awards will take place at Los Angeles' Nokia Theater L.A. Live on January 11. This is the only show where fans call the shots on who wins the music, film and television awards. Starting today, fans can vote on new categories to be added to the mix. Vote here. President of People...

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