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'Top Gun' Takes in $1.9M in 3D Imax Re-Release

10 February 2013 2:33 PM, PST

There's apparently still some thrust in the box-office afterburners for "Top Gun," which took in $1.9 million from 300 Imax theaters over the weekend in a 3D re-release by Paramount. The studio slotted its 1986 classic in a six-day run that began Friday with Imax to help publicize the film's 3D Blu-ray release on Feb. 19, so the box office is a bonus. It averaged roughly $6,600 per screen, not bad for a 27-year-old movie. Also read: Take That, Rex Reed: Melissa McCarthy's 'Identity Thief' Tops Box Office With $36.5M It was re-mastered »


- Todd Cunningham

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At Grammy Rehearsals, It's Mumford & Sons, Kelly Clarkson - And Italian Streetlights?

10 February 2013 2:25 PM, PST

In a backstage office at the Staples Center, Grammy Awards producer Ken Ehrlich cued up a song on his computer and listened as Zac Brown, Elton John, Mavis Staples, Mumford & Sons and the Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard ran through a raw, ragged, heartfelt version of the Band's classic song "The Weight." The number was arranged by T Bone Burnett, and will pay tribute to the late Band drummer/singer Levon Helm at Sunday night's Grammys. "If this doesn't bring the house down on Sunday, there's something wrong," said Erhlich as the »


- Steve Pond

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Usher at Clive Davis Party: L.A. Reid Talked Me Out of the Name 'Cha-Cha' (Photos)

10 February 2013 2:18 PM, PST

On the night before the Grammys, the home of the Golden Globes and over 175 other red carpet events of the year became "the Vanity Fair Oscar party of Grammy weekend," as manager Eric Podwall called it on the way in. A pillar in its own right, Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy party anchored the weekend. CBS President Les Moonves admitted he's heard Sunday's Grammys telecast (on his own network) referred to as "the Clive Davis after-party." Dave Grohl gives John Mayer a hand. Famed over the years for breaking new acts (like Maroon »


- Mikey Glazer

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'Argo' Adds to Its Awards Haul, Wins BAFTAs

10 February 2013 1:42 PM, PST

Ben Affleck's "Argo" has done it again, continuing its seemingly unstoppable roll through awards season by being named Best Film at the Ee British Academy Film Awards in London on Sunday. In a ceremony that tipped its hand when "Argo" won the award for film editing during the show's first hour, the CIA-meets-Hollywood drama won three awards from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), including Best Film and Best Director, the day after winning the Scripter Award in Los Angeles. "Argo" has also won top awards from the Producers »


- Steve Pond

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'Good Day to Die Hard' Takes $10M in Asian Box Office Debut

10 February 2013 12:04 PM, PST

"Good Day to Die Hard" is off and running overseas. The Bruce Willis action film took in more than $10 million in its debut in seven Asian markets for Fox. "Django Unchained" was the top international moneymaker for the fourth consecutive week, adding $18.7 million from 66 markets. Quentin Tarantino's slave saga has now brought in $187 million overseas. "Good Day to Die Hard" opens Thursday in North America. The leading market was Korea, where it made $4.2 million.  It broke a Fox record in Indonesia with $1.4 million and was the »


- Todd Cunningham

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Chinese Blockbuster 'Lost in Thailand' Fizzles in U.S. Debut

10 February 2013 11:20 AM, PST

It doesn't look like "Lost in Thailand," China's biggest domestic hit ever, will be breaking any box office records in the U.S. Distributor AMC estimated Sunday that the broad comedy will gross about $29,143 from 35 locations in its first weekend of release in North America. That's a soft $833 per-screen average. Also read: Take That, Rex Reed: Melissa McCarthy, 'Identity Thief' Top Box Office With $36.5M The limited U.S. rollout signaled that AMC was targeting niche, rather than blockbuster, audiences, and its release here is timed to coincide with Sunday's beginning of »


- Todd Cunningham

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28 Ways I Survived Crowded, Hung-Over Sundance

10 February 2013 9:40 AM, PST

  Sundance is over, and I survived. Here's how -- perhaps these pearls of wisdom will come in handy next year, when you're packed into that premiere or trying to be so.  1. Your food options are pretty much saloons and Irish pubs, so pack snacks or prepare to feel faint. Unless you have that rare Viking stomach that can digest shepherd's pie seven days a week. 2. Nightclub pop-ups are the engineering marvels of the festival. What was a parking lot is now a Vegas club complete with sand dunes, plywood bathroom »

- Ed McWilliams

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Take That, Rex Reed: Melissa McCarthy's 'Identity Thief' Tops Box Office With $36.5M

10 February 2013 9:06 AM, PST

Moviegoers nationwide embraced Melissa McCarthy in her first feature film starring role and sent "Identity Thief" to No. 1 at the box office with a surprisingly strong $36.5 million debut. The PG-13 Universal comedy, in which McCarthy co-stars with Jason Bateman, ran up the impressive total -- about $10 million higher than analysts' pre-release projections -- despite some rough reviews and an East Coast blizzard that resulted in the AMC and Regal theater chains shutting locations in New England on Friday and Saturday. Also read: Rex Reed Ripped for Calling Melissa McCarthy »


- Todd Cunningham

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'Argo' Wins Scripter Award

9 February 2013 10:57 PM, PST

"Argo" was named the best book-to-screen adaptation of 2012 at the USC Libraries Scripter Award, winning an award that was shared by screenwriter Chris Terrio and authors Joshua Bearman and Antonio J. Mendez. The Scripters, which were handed out at a black-tie ceremony and dinner in the Edward L. Doheny Memorial Library at USC on Saturday night, go to both the writer of an adapted screenplay and to the author or authors of the work on which the screenplay is based. "Argo" screenwriter Chris Terrio was honored alongside Joshuah Bearman, who wrote »


- Steve Pond

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'Identity Thief' Blasts Through Blizzard, Eyes $35M Weekend Box Office

9 February 2013 8:29 AM, PST

"Identity Theft" snow-plowed through an East Coast blizzard Friday and took in $11.2 million at the box office in its first day of release. That puts the Universal comedy starring Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman on track for an eye-popping $35 million weekend. Hitting that number would be impressive, as prerelease projections by analysts had the film coming in with $25 million for the three days. Friday's bad weather forced the AMC and Regal theater chains to close locations in several New England states and surely kept some potential moviegoers home. Also »


- Todd Cunningham

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Rex Reed Ripped for Calling Melissa McCarthy 'Tractor-Sized' and 'Hippo' in Review

8 February 2013 6:41 PM, PST

Rex Reed's review of the Jason Bateman/Melissa McCarthy comedy "Identity Thief" is drawing the ire of readers and media outlets alike, after Reed made disparaging comments about McCarthy's weight. Also read: "Identity Thief" Reviews: Is Melissa McCarthy's Latest Another "Bridesmaids"? Reed is catching heat after calling McCarthy "'tractor-sized" and characterizing her as a "hippo." "Melissa McCarthy ('Bridesmaids') is a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success," Reed also wrote in The New York Observer review. Perhaps not surprisingly, the media was quick to pick up »


- Tim Kenneally

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Super Bowl Power Outage Caused by Device Made to Prevent Blackouts

8 February 2013 4:38 PM, PST

The power outage that left the Superdome  in partial darkness for more than half an hour last Sunday during the Super Bowl between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers was caused by a device meant to prevent a blackout. Entergy New Orleans, the electrical company that powers the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, said Friday that it traced the cause to an electrical relay instrument specifically installed to protect equipment in the event of a cable failure at the stadium. Though the relay device functioned flawlessly during a number of high-profile events there -- »

- Alexander C. Kaufman

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Clint Eastwood Slams Partisan Politics: 'It's Like They Don't Give a Damn' (Video)

8 February 2013 4:27 PM, PST

Clint Eastwood is changing his tune from "Go ahead, make my day" to "Can't we all play nice?" The "Dirty Harry" star appeared on CNBC on Friday to bemoan the lack of bipartisan effort in Washington, D.C., predicting that the nation will slide into a recession if the Democrats and Republicans don't put aside their differences. (Watch Eastwood call for bipartisanism here.) Recalling the 2010 efforts of Republican Sen. Alan Simpson and White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles to introduce fiscal reform and reduce the budget, Eastwood complained that such reaching across the »


- Tim Kenneally

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An Aero v. Aereo Rumble as Companies Fight Over Silly Name

8 February 2013 3:51 PM, PST

Internet TV site FilmOn says in a new lawsuit that rival Aereo is trying to confuse and steal its customers by using a name similar to that of its own awkwardly named product. Billionaire Alki David's FilmOn claims that months before fellow billionaire Barry Diller's Aereo debuted in October 2011, it offered its own portable mini-tv antennae device with the irresistable name, "WinTV-Aero-m." Rolls off the tongue, doesn't it? To clarify, the suit isn't about which company has to use some variation on the name but rather which gets to use it. This is »


- Tim Molloy

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'Do No Harm' Pulled From NBC Schedule After 2 Episodes

8 February 2013 3:21 PM, PST

NBC's new drama "Do No Harm" has been pulled from the network's schedule after two episodes, the network said Friday. The series got off to a very poor start in the ratings with its Jan. 31 premiere, drawing a 0.9 rating/3 share in the key 18-49 demo -- the lowest rating for an in-season scripted premiere in the history of the four networks. The show dropped another 22 percent to a 0.7/2 with its second episode Thursday. The network will run repeats of "Law & Order: Svu" in its Thursdays at 10 »

- Tim Kenneally

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Justin Long's 'The Lookalike' Acquired by Arclight Films

8 February 2013 2:53 PM, PST

Justin Long's latest film, "The Lookalike," has been acquired by Arclight Films, the company announced on Friday. Long produces and stars in the Richard Gray-directed crime comedy, which recently wrapped production in New Orleans. John Corbett -- who has been cast as the lead in CBS' "NCIS: La" spinoff -- co-stars along with Jerry O'Connell, Gina Gershon, Gillian Jacobs and Luiz Guzman. Also read: 'NCIS: L.A.' Spinoff Casts John Corbett to Star "'The Lookalike' is not your everyday crime-romance," said Gray. "The writing is superb -- a beautiful twisting plot and I feel we »


- Greg Gilman

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Richard Marks, Larry Silk to Receive Ace's Lifetime Achievement Awards

8 February 2013 2:39 PM, PST

Veteran film editors Richard Marks and Larry Silk will receive the American Cinema Editors' Lifetime Career Achievement Award at the 63rd Annual Ace Eddie Awards, the group said Friday. Marks' award will be presented by filmmaker Alexander Payne and film critic Kenneth Turan and Silk's by two-time Oscar-winning documentarian Barbara Kopple. Hosted by comedian David Cross, the show, scheduled for Feb. 16 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, will also honor Steven Spielberg with the Ace Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year award. Marks has won three of his four Oscars working with legendary »


- Alexander C. Kaufman

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WGA West Extends David Young as Executive Director

8 February 2013 2:38 PM, PST

David Young has earned a five-year contact extension as executive director of Writers Guild West from its Board of Directors, the guild announced on Friday. Young has been in that position since 2006, overseeing the guild during the 100-day strike that paralyzed the industry at the end of 2007 and early 2008. He also helped to negotiate the deal that ended the strike.  "David is a proven leader and an invaluable strategic thinker," Wgaw President Chris Keyser said in a statement. "He has helped guide us through challenging times of both technological change »


- Lucas Shaw

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How David O. Russell 'Grew Up' to Become the Ultimate Actors' Director

8 February 2013 2:36 PM, PST

Has David O. Russell become one of the greatest actors' directors in Hollywood history? By leading his actors to three acting nominations for 2010's "The Fighter" and four more for 2012's "Silver Linings Playbook," Russell has put his name in a rare group. He's only the ninth director to score at least seven acting nominations for two consecutive movies; Elia Kazan, Mike Nichols, Stanley Kramer, Sidney Lumet, Herbert Ross, Warren Beatty and James L. Brooks equaled his feat, while William Wyler set the record with eight nominations between "The Little Foxes" in »


- Steve Pond

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Chris Cooper to Star in Discovery's Gold-Rush Drama 'Klondike'

8 February 2013 2:26 PM, PST

Chris Cooper is going for the gold with his latest role. The "Adaptation" actor has signed on for the Discovery Channel's maiden foray into scripted miniseries territory, a gold-rush drama that bears the working title "Klondike." Also read: Bear Grylls Returns to Discovery With "Ultimate Survivors" Series Oscar winner Cooper will play Father Judge in the project, which follows two brothers who try to strike gold in the untamed Yukon territory in the 1890s. Billed as a "man-versus-nature tale," the story will track the brothers as they navigate a land that's full of »


- Tim Kenneally

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