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Big-Game Weekend Quiets Small-Movie Box Office; Oscar Shorts Debut Large

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With the Super Bowl hanging over the weekend, the small films debuting in the specialty box office have had a relatively tepid time of it amidst Oscar-nominated holdovers. Still Alice, starring the Oscar-nominated Julianne Moore, expanded decently and Focus took undersea thriller Black Seastarring Jude Law, into another 300-plus theaters. The good news in the so-so weekend is that short films are making news (and maybe even a little money) once again. Magnolia Pictures… Read


Bruce Jenner “Story” NBCUniversal’s Next Symphony


NBCUniversal, the masters of so-called "symphony" promotions in which its various media properties scratch each others' backs, appears to be walking up to two big TV events: Super Bowl XLIX today — and The Bruce Jenner Story. Serious students of tabloid journalism have spent months pouring over coyly worded posts in the blathersphere about the patriarch of the most important franchise on NBCU's E! network – the Kardashians. Those reports have kept us up to date on the… Read

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‘American Sniper’ Breaks Super Bowl Weekend Record With $31.85M – Sunday Box Office Final

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FINAL UPDATE, SUNDAY 9:45 AM (after 8 AM update): “I wish there was a universe where American Sniper wasn’t in it!” one distribution exec cried this morning after their movie came up short this weekend. “I actually like this universe we’re living in!” beamed Warner Bros’ distribution EVP Jeff Goldstein over the third wide weekend of impressive results for Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper. The Village Roadshow co-production made a box office touchdown as the… Read

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‘SpongeBob’ In Splashy Debut; Russia Opens ‘Almanac': International Box Office

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HIGHLIGHTS: The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water (PAR) makes waves with $8M five-territory bow; Project Almanac (PAR) earns $1.9M in 10; Big Hero 6 (DIS) strong in UK debut; Theory Of Everything (UNI) crosses $50M; MORE… International grosses are rolling in from the studios with Paramount's latest SpongeBob Movie and the Michael Bay-produced Project Almanac among the widest new Hollywood entries. In holdovers so far, Disney is continuing its big run with Big Hero 6… Read


Geraldine McEwan Dies At 82: ITV’s Miss Marple, UK Stage Luminary


The actress, a staple of UK modern and classic repertory who became synonymous with the Agatha Christie heroine, died January 30 in the aftermath of a stroke suffered in October, her family said in a release to the press. In addition to Miss Marple, whom she played from 2004 through 2009, she won a 1991 BAFTA TV award for best actress for her role in Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit. She was Emmeline “Lucia” Lucas in Mapp And Lucia, a TV series adapted from E.F. Benson’s… Read


Al-Jazeera Journalist Peter Greste Released By Egypt, Deported Out Of The Country


Australian journalist Peter Greste, the Al Jazeera English reporter jailed in Egypt on charges of spreading false news, has been released from prison and deported out of the country, according to state media sources. Greste, a former BBC reporter and Peabody Award winner, along with fellow Al-Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, spent more than a year in jail following their arrest in December 2013 on what many believe were politically motivated… Read


Netflix Picks Up Rashida Jones-Produced Docu ‘Hot Girls Wanted’ – Sundance

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EXCLUSIVE:  They had the opening-night documentary at this year's Sundance Film Festival with What Happened, Miss Simone? and now Netflix has added another unflinching nonfiction feature for their subscribers. Just as things come to an end this weekend in Park City, I’ve learned that Netflix has acquired the documentary Hot Girls Wanted. Produced by Rashida Jones, the U.S. Documentary Competition pic attempts to pull back the covers on the amateur porn industry and its… Read


‘SNL': Richard Sherman, NFL Anti-Violence PSA & Anti-Women Ads Get Super Bowl Barbs

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NBC’s Saturday Night Live was very good to NBC’s Sunday Night Live, AKA the Super Bowl telecast, tossing barbs of varying pointedness at the big game. The best bit was the shortest, from Weekend Update co-anchor Colin Jost, who noted that the NFL’s powerful anti-domestic violence PSA was slated to run on the one night of the year no NFL players would see it. In other Super Bowl faux-news, the cold open featured Kenan Thompson, Jay Pharaoh and Taran Killam mimicking zip-lip… Read


ADG Awards: ‘Birdman’, ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’, & ‘Guardians’ Take Top Film Prizes – ‘Game Of Thrones’, ‘True Detective Among TV Winners

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Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Guardians Of The Galaxy took the top film honors tonight at the Art Directors Guild’s 19th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Birdman took the Contemporary Film prize, The Grand Budapest Hotel won for Period Film and Guardians Of The Galaxy took the Fantasy Film trophy. Christopher Nolan paid tribute to the artists he's worked with, in particular his longtime art director Nathan Crowley, in… Read