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THE ARTIST RETURNS — BUT NOBODY CARES

May 14, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Oscar winner The Artist did OK at the box office in its initial run, earning $44 million, even without ever hitting the top ten. But it earned nearly twice that amount overseas. So executives at the Weinstein Co. figured that there must be a bigger audience for the movie at home, too, and they decided […]

LORAX,/em> SOARS PAST FORECASTS

March 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax opened with an estimated $70.7 million, far exceeding experts’ forecasts of $50-60 million — setting a record as the biggest opening for an animated family film that was not a sequel. It is also the biggest opening so far this year, Universal’s fourth-biggest opening ever, and the biggest opening for a […]

THE LORAX HEADING TOWARD $60-MILLION WEEKEND (Update)

March 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

UPDATE: Daily Variety reported on Saturday that Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax earned an estimated $17.4 million on Friday and appears likely to wind up with around $60 million for the weekend.(Earlier)The box office for The Lorax should be as green as Dr. Seuss’s eggs this weekend, forecasters predict. Some pundits are saying that the animated […]

CRITICS: OSCARS AMOUNT TO TEDIUM TV

February 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Film critics wasted no time banging out reviews of Sunday night’s Oscars, with several of them posting their assessments of the affair within minutes after the ceremonies concluded. Indeed, Daily Variety‘s Brian Lowry posted his (negative) review of Billy Crystal’s opening as if he were racing a legion of tweeters. Actually, many of the reviews […]

OSCAR FAVORITE THE ARTIST TRIUMPHS AT CESAR AWARDS

February 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

If ever there was a a foregone conclusion it was that Michel Hazanavicius’s The Artist would triumph at this year’s César awards, France’s equivalent of the Oscars. And it did, winning awards from the Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma for best film, director, actress (Berenice Bejo), production design (Laurence Bennett), cinematography (Guillaume Schiffman), […]

OSCAR TELECAST TO FACE NBA ALL-STAR GAME

February 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Academy Awards telecast may find it exceedingly difficult this year to retain its position as the second-most-watched telecast of the year after the Super Bowl. Orlando Sentinel columnist Hal Boedeker points out that the awards telecast will not get the free ride that it normally gets each year, since it will face TNT’s coverage […]

REPORT: UGGIE TO APPEAR AT OSCARS AFTER ALL

February 22, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

A week after a report by Reuters claimed that Uggie was being snubbed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (no invitation to the red carpet or to the theater itself) and denied rumors that he would appear in a sketch with Billy Crystal, Deadline.com columnist Pete Hammond is reporting that the Jack […]

THE ARTIST A BIG WINNER AT BRITAIN’S BAFTAS

February 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

In what is widely expected to be a preview of the Oscars, The Artist claimed seven awards at Britain’s BAFTA awards Sunday, including best film, best director and original screenplay (Michel Hazanavicius), and best actor (Jean Dujardin). Meryl Streep won the best actress award for her performance as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The […]

THE HELP NABS THREE TROPHIES AT SAG AWARDS

January 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Cast members of The Help helped themselves to three top SAG Awards on Sunday, including best cast, the equivalent to best film in other awards competitions. Viola Davis won the best actress award, while Octavia Spencer was named best supporting actress. The two have been nominated for Oscars in the same categories. The best actor […]

OSCAR-NOMINATED FILMS TO GET A SECOND CHANCE

January 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The major studios are hoping to capitalize on Oscar nominations this weekend by expanding nominated films that have not yet been released on DVD. “The Oscar spotlight could boost several contenders at the box office,” Daily Variety observed, then commented, “It better: The class of 2011 consists of some comparative underachievers.” Only one film in […]

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