Movieweb's 2013 DVD / Blu-ray Holiday Gift Guide!

Movieweb's 2013 DVD / Blu-ray Holiday Gift Guide!
Don't fall victim to another Black Friday massacre! Going out the day after Thanksgiving might yield some amazing deals for your pocket book. But you can likely find similar items online for the same price. Is getting your old Aunt Joyce the last crumpled copy of 2 Broke Girls: The Complete Second Season DVD really worth having your kidneys stomped past your teeth and out of your mouth, where they will become a permanent part of the local Wal-Mart floor? You don't need that hassle. We understand you have a lot of folks to shop for, and everyone loves a movie! So, check out our Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for 2013, where we're sure to end the pain and suffering of figuring out what to get that extended family member or friend. We've thought of everyone! Be sure to browse through our extensive list, and we guarantee you'll find something for
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Durban Showcases African Film Renewal

Durban Showcases African Film Renewal
Opening on July 18, the Durban Intl. Film Festival now ranks as one of the longest running, biggest and fastest growing of major African film events and a burgeoning platform for business in South Africa and beyond.

And if Durban’s 34th edition says anything about new film production in Africa, it’s “a sense of renewal of African cinematic language,” said new festival manager Peter Machen.

In this sense, the choice of Jahmil Xt Qubeka’s grisly “Of Good Report” as a curtain raiser was a statement of intent. Shot in b/w, laced by literary references — John Keats’ “Bright Star,” “Othello” are two — and described by Qubeka as a “cinephile’s passionate homage” to classic film noir, “Report” charts a English teacher’s discombobulated and soon increasingly demented obsession for a lively student with whom he begins an affair.

For Machen, “This year’s African and South African films have a freshness to them,
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Specialty Box Office: 'Speech' Surpasses 'Swan' On Way To $100 Million

Weekend Box Office: February 18th through the 20th In a relatively quiet weekend for specialty debuts, its holdovers like “The King’s Speech” and “Black Swan” making all the news. Both passed the $100 million mark, but it’s “Speech” that overtook “Swan” on its way to $6.5 million in its 13th weekend. Amidst an overall decline at the box office, Tom Hooper’s drama experienced only a 9.9% decline despite withdrawing from 177 locations. “Swan” on the other hand was down to 656 theaters in its 12th weekend and only managed a $2,020 average as it continued its fall from the top. No one is happier than Darren Aronofsky, however, as “Swan” has still made more money than all his other films combined and garnered the auteur a Best Director nomination from the Academy. National Geographic is quickly becoming a doc distributor to be reckoned with after releasing “Restrepo” last year—which has since gained
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Box Office: "Lions" Lead Holiday Debuts As "Speech" and "Swan" Hit $100 Million

President's Day weekend saw Dereck Joubert nature doc "The Last Lions" as the top reporting specialty debut, according to estimates provided by Rentrak earlier today. On 4 screens, the National Geographic-distributed film, which follows a journey of a lioness as she battles to protect her cubs, grossed a promising $68,344 over the holiday weekend. That gave it a 4-day per-theater-average of $17,086. "We continue to feel very good about the ...
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