The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies

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Peter Howell Stands Tall With Inherent Vice’s Katherine Waterston

Peter Howell Stands Tall With Inherent Vice’s Katherine Waterston

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Friday Box Office Estimates

A lot of very hopeful movies are opening between now and a week from now, as is the norm for the holiday. It’s hard to judge the Friday for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five ArmiesHobbit movie after doing it with all three Rings movies.The domestic gross has been behind Rings on all Hobbits, but the international ahead in all but the Oscar-winning finale. So… we’ll see. Signs are good. As for Museum 3 and Annie , the history of this kind of opening in December is that $100m domestic is still a legit option for both… playability will be key.

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The DVD Wrapup: Woody’s Magic, Where I Leave You, Stonehearst Asylum, TMNT, Iguana, Altina, Ed Woods Porn, Doby Gillis … More

After holding his own against big summer blockbusters with such small gems as Midnight in Paris, Blue Jasmine, and To Rome With Love, Woody Allen delivered a light summer confection that had no chance against Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Guardians of the Galaxy.

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Gurus o’ Gold: The Top 8 Categories Heading Into The Holiday Break

The Gurus take on the “Top 8″ categories… Picture, Acting, Screenplay, and Director. Selma continues to fly high, but the big mover this week is The Grand Budapest Hotel. And the biggest loser? Foxcatcher across the board.

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In Search Of The Decade-Missing Martin Brest

Matt Patches In Search Of The Decade-Missing Martin Brest

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“There is absolutely no way that anyone anytime soon will get through the door of anywhere with anything resembling a script about a real-life figure who has the capacity to inflict the kind of damage that these hackers inflicted on Sony. ‘Because it’s funnier!’ is just not going to carry much weight anymore.”

“There is absolutely no way that anyone anytime soon will get through the door of anywhere with anything resembling a script about a real-life figure who has the capacity to inflict the kind of damage that these hackers inflicted on Sony. ‘Because it’s funnier!’ is just not going to carry much weight anymore.”

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The FT’s Matthew Garrahan Analyzes The Picture Over At Sony

The FT’s Matthew Garrahan Analyzes The Picture Over At Sony

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How Do Americans Look In North Korean Motion Pictures?

How Do Americans Look In North Korean Motion Pictures?

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Bilge Ebiri Swoons For Indie Rom-Com Goodbye To All That

Bilge Ebiri Swoons For Indie Rom-Com Goodbye To All That

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THR Boots EW From P.C.

THR Boots EW From P.C. 

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Roger Deakins Sez Nineteen Eighty-Four Is His Best Work

Roger Deakins Sez Nineteen Eighty-Four Is His Best Work

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Frank Rich On The Sony Hack And The Ongoing Aftermath

“So if Sony canceled a film that couldn’t be shown anyway, was that a cancellation or just a certification of reality? If Sony is a coward, they all are.” Frank Rich On The Sony Hack And The Ongoing Aftermath

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“It’s a Terrifying, Asphyxiating, Not-So-Wonderful Life After All”

“It’s a Terrifying, Asphyxiating, Not-So-Wonderful Life After All”

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Picturing Weegee At The Movies

Picturing Weegee At The Movies

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“Kids’ Movies Are Really Sad And Violent, Study Confirms”

“Kids’ Movies Are Really Sad And Violent, Study Confirms” link fixed

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Obama Criticizes Sony For Shelving The Interview

“I wish they had spoken to me first… I think it says something about North Korea, [that they] mount an all-out attack over a satirical film starring Seth Rogen.” Obama Criticizes Sony For Shelving The Interview

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Oscar Shortlists 9 Foreign-Language Films, Including Leviathan, Wild Tales, Ida, Force Majeure, Timbuktu

Oscar Shortlists 9 Foreign-Language Films, Including Leviathan, Wild Tales, Ida, Force Majeure, Timbuktu; No Love For Mommy Or Time For Two Days, One Night

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9 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS ADVANCE IN OSCAR® RACE

LOS ANGELES, CA – Nine features will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 87th Academy Awards®. Eighty-three films had originally been considered in the category. The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are: Argentina, “Wild Tales,” Damián Szifrón, director; Estonia, “Tangerines,” Zaza Urushadze, director; Georgia,…

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FBI Provides Evidence Pyongyang Behind Sony Hack

FBI Provides Evidence Pyongyang Behind Sony Hack In Advance Of Prez Presser

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Phil Rosenthal On What The Interview Could Take From Hearst’s Inteference With Citizen Kane

Phil Rosenthal On What The Interview Could Take From Hearst’s Interference With Citizen Kane

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“Any time a movie causes a country to threaten nuclear retaliation, the higher-ups wanna get in a room with you… In terms of getting the word out about the movie, it’s not bad. If they actually make good on it, it would be bad for the world—but luckily that doesn’t seem like their style… We’ll make a movie that maybe for two seconds will make some 18-year-old think about North Korea in a way he never would have otherwise. Or who knows? We were told one of the reasons they’re so against the movie is that they’re afraid it’ll actually get into North Korea. They do have bootlegs and stuff. Maybe the tapes will make their way to North Korea and cause a fucking revolution. At best, it will cause a country to be free, and at worst, it will cause a nuclear war. Big margin with this movie.”
~ Seth Rogen In Rolling Stone 1224

“Yes, good movies sprout up, inevitably, in the cracks and seams between the tectonic plates on which all of these franchises stay balanced, and we are reassured of their hardiness. But we don’t see what we don’t see; we don’t see the effort, or the cost of the effort, or the movies of which we’re deprived because of the cost of the effort. Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice may have come from a studio, but it still required a substantial chunk of outside financing, and at $35 million, it’s not even that expensive. No studio could find the $8.5 million it cost Dan Gilroy to make Nightcrawler. Birdman cost a mere $18 million and still had to scrape that together at the last minute. Imagine American movie culture for the last few years without Her or Foxcatcher or American Hustle or The Master or Zero Dark Thirty and it suddenly looks markedly more frail—and those movies exist only because of the fairy godmothership of independent producer Megan Ellison. The grace of billionaires is not a great business model on which to hang the hopes of an art form.”
~ Mark Harris On The State Of The Movies

The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies