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Parents, Frequent Moviegoers Are Desensitized to Violence, Sex In Film; Likely So Is MPAA Ratings Board: Study

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After surveying 1,000 parents exposed to multiple clips of on-screen sex and violence in movies, a study found that parents become increasingly desensitized to acts of sex and violence with repeated viewing which appears to lead to an increasing acceptance to both. The result is that these parents are less likely to shield their kids from movies that contain sex and violence. In addition, the authors note that people who rate movies for the MPAA (themselves parents) could… Read

Int’l Box Office Update: ‘Guardians’ Now 3rd Biggest Marvel Movie Ever; ‘Dracula Untold’, ‘Gone Girl’, ‘Annabelle’ Hold Well; Local Action In France, Mexico; More

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2ND UPDATE, 5:19 PM PT: Guardians Of The Galaxy marked a return to the top of the international box office this weekend, thanks in large part to China — where its local title translates to Interplanetary Unusual Attacking Team, helmer James Gunn tweeted earlier this month. The Disney/Marvel space hit now has $69M there and was given a slightly wider berth than other Hollywood movies that are going out this month: GOTG opened on Oct 10 and will have had 11 days in the… Read

Alamo Drafthouse’s Tim League: Make A Place For Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino, And Film Stock In Digital Future

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Tim League is the CEO of Alamo Drafthouse, and the co-founder of Fantastic Fest, now the largest genre gathering in the U.S. While he is part of the new breed of theatrical exhibitors, he weighs in with a surprisingly retro opinion on the major theater owner's dilemma of whether to fully commit to digital, even though great filmmakers like Christopher Nolan and Quentin Tarantino are committed to taking the film print off the endangered species list.  I read a recent… Read

Bart & Fleming: WB’s Spandex OD; Ebola The Series; Neil Patrick Harris Near EGOT

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Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this occasional column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business. FLEMING: Birdman director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu told me he sees superhero movies as right-wing poison and cultural genocide for their simplistic values that stamp out human truths. Warner Bros' Kevin Tsujihara told Wall Street his slumping film studio will turn around via a full… Read

Box Office Weekend: ‘Fury’ Wins War With $23M+; ‘Book Of Life,’ $16.6M to $17M; ‘Gone Girl’ $100M; ‘Best Of Me’ $10M+

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3rd UPDATE, Sunday, 8:17 AM: Fury won both the battle and the war this box office weekend while newcomers The Book of Life is sitting above ground at No. 3 with about $16.6M to $17M and The Best of Me got bested by four other films to take the fifth spot with only $10M and change. More interesting this weekend is the specialty box office where several really quality pictures found their audiences such as Birdman which flew in with a whopping $103K per screen average for… Read

Marvel Visual Effects Leader Pushes For More Women, Tells Newcomers ‘Fill The Gap’

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Victoria Alonso, Marvel Studios' exuberant EVP of visual effects and post production, told a roomful of VFX industry leaders this morning that it needs to invite more women into the industry, and onto the stage. And for entertainment industry newcomers trying to find their way into the business, she had simple advice: “fill the gap.” “I love the fact that you allowed a woman to talk to you this early in the morning,” Alonso told the mostly male audience. “It's better when… Read

‘Fury’ Box Office Opens To Strong $1.2M; ‘Book Of Life’ To $300K – Late Nights; Friday Matinees Tumble In

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UPDATE, FRIDAY, 2:03 PM: With matinee grosses tumbling in, it appears at the moment that The Book Of Life is headed to a $4M-$5.2M Friday night with most of its audiences sure to come in on family moviegoing Saturday and Sunday for Fox. Currently, that puts it in the $11.5M-$15M range for the three-day week. Likewise, the Brad Pitt war movie Furywhich is expected to win the weekend — will see its R-rated audience come in later this evening and tonight for Sony and QED… Read

Turner Broadcasting Executive Search Back To Square One

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Six months after the departure of Steve Koonin, longtime President of Turner Entertainment Networks, and a month and a half after the exit of TNT and TBS President of Programming Michael Wright, Turner Broadcasting does not appear close to filling the high profile double vacancy. After a slew of exploratory meetings over the summer, two leading candidates emerged — former Fox chairman Kevin Reilly and Sony Pictures TV's president of U.S. programming and production Zack Van… Read

Movie Ticket Outlays Averaged $8.08 In Q3, Up 3.1% From Last Year

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Box office sales in Q3 were weaker than most in the industry had expected. But the average outlay for tickets was up, according to data just out from the National Association of Theater Owners, because theaters had more premium priced 3-D and large format (including IMAX) releases than they did in the same period in 2013. This year's roster included Guardians Of The Galaxy, Planet Of the Apes, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,  The Maze Runner, and  Lucy – an adult skewing… Read

Former Film Engine’s Navid McIIhargey Partners With German Financiers, Acquires First Project ‘The Feud’

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Navid McIllhargey, the former FilmEngine president is back with a new company — Vandal Entertainment — and he just optioned his first project under the new banner: a revenge thriller called The Feud. Financed by German investors Film House Germany and Summerstorm Entertainment, McIllhargey just purchased the spec by Matthew Altman and David Matalon (no, not the Matalon who used to head New Regency). Described as The Raid meets Winter's Bone, the story follows a mysterious… Read

Fox And Tribune Call Off Their NFL-Related TV Battle For Seattle

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The Seattle Seahawks, as well as The Simpsons, will remain on Tribune Media's KCPQ after it announced this morning that 21st Century Fox has extended its affiliation agreement with the station through July 2018. Last month Fox said that it would withdraw its programming on January 17. It wanted more lucrative terms from - or possibly to buy - the station in the home of the NFL's 2014 Super Bowl champions. Tribune says that it will “pay additional programming fees to Fox… Read

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