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Best Stories of the Week: Interviews, Trailers, ‘Hunger Games’ Box Office and Steamy Fan Fiction-Turned-Movie Deal

Best Stories of the Week: Interviews, Trailers, 'Hunger Games' Box Office and Steamy Fan Fiction-Turned-Movie Deal

This week at TOH, we looked at “The Hunger Games” bullseye at the box office, the impressive movie deal for E L James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey,” and much more!

Box office:

“The Hunger Games” broke box office records.

Recovering exhibitor Tom Brueggemann shares his weekly insights into what the indie box office numbers really mean.

Television and home viewing:

Screenwriter Terry Curtis Fox analyzed the short life and death of HBO’s “Luck.”

After an 18-month hiatus, AMC’s “Mad Men” is back with record-breaking ratings.

With the Blu-ray release of “Shame” on April 17, Anne Thompson ranked the best and worst NC-17 films.

In the works:

Kenneth Branagh signed on to direct the long-in-the-works untitled Jack Ryan project.

How Barbara Schroeder’s “Talhotblond” went from a sexy thriller doc to Courteney Cox’s TV movie directing debut.

How E L James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey” went from steamy fan fiction to a Universal/Focus deal.


Novelist/editrix Hillary Johnson talks Hollywood satire “Shooting Stars,” which hits bookstores April 1.

Director Lee Hirsch talks new social problem doc “Bully.”

TOKYO POP’s Stu Levy talks disaster doc “Pray for Japan.”


For the first time in a decade, Warners and all six major studios will hype summer slates at April’s Cinemacon.

Anglophile Acorn Media turned 28, and continues to grow as it gets into production.

Media watch:

Industry Heavyweights talk “The New Disruptors.”

Trailers and video:

TOH debuted the trailer for Tribeca doc “Wagner’s Dreams,” following the astonishing new production of the four-part “Ring Cycle,” four years in the making.

Video: Ex-“Island President” Nasheed talks timely eco doc.


Our review and round-up of Tarsem Singh’s “Mirror Mirror.”

For the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster, Roy Ward Baker’s “A Night to Remember” came to Criterion Blu-ray.

Meredith Brody reviews the new Kenneth Brownlow restoration of Abel Gance’s “Napoleon.”

Weekly columns:

Immersed in Movies: Bill Desowitz looks at the futuristic control room in “The Hunger Games.”

Now and Then: Matt Brennan compares Roman Polanski’s “Carnage” to Mike Nichols’ “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.”

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