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Movie Prices May Drop One Day a Week

As fewer Americans head to the cinema

(Newser) - Got a free weeknight? Going to the movies may soon become a more affordable option. Last year, US movie theaters sold 1.34 billion tickets, down 1.5% from the year before. And ticket sales dropped 11% between 2004 and 2013, the Motion Picture Association of America reported yesterday. To... More »

Connecticut May Be First to Lower Movie Volumes

State considers limits in theaters

(Newser) - Connecticut could become the first state to curb loud movies. The legislature's Public Safety and Security Committee is considering the bill, which would prevent theaters from showing a film or preview that exceeded 85 decibels. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recommends noise should be kept below... More »

Coming Soon: A Minecraft Movie

Warner Bros. acquires the rights

(Newser) - A newly announced video-game-to-movie adaption may be a block-buster ... literally. The creator of the popular creative-building simulation Minecraft says a full-length feature film of the game is now in the works with Warner Bros. Creator Markus "Notch" Perrson confirmed rumors of a deal, first reported by Deadline . The announcement... More »

Lone Survivor: Best War-Film Bow Since 9/11

'Hercules' stumbles while 'Frozen' clings to second spot

(Newser) - Lone Survivor shocked Hollywood this weekend with a blistering $38.9 million debut—the best of any war film since 9/11, says the Hollywood Reporter . Analysts tell USA Today that the Mark Wahlberg drama, about a US military mission gone wrong, fared well in the heartland thanks to a patriotic... More »

This Will Be Hollywood's Richest Year Yet

Annual take will be about $11B, though attendance is flat

(Newser) - Despite a string of summertime flops, Hollywood is expected to have a banner year at the domestic box office, coming in just shy of $11 billion, the largest annual take ever. But that's because of higher ticket prices—actual attendance at North American theaters remained flat after a decade... More »

25 More Films Picked for Posterity

'Roger & Me,' 'Mary Poppins' make the cut for Library of Congress

(Newser) - What could Mary Poppins, Pulp Fiction, and Roger & Me possibly have in common? They were among 25 films selected by the National Film Registry to be preserved for their cultural, historical, or cinematic significance. Here are the movies honored today by the Library of Congress, in alphabetical order:
  • Bless
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Hobbit Crushes All Other Movies

'Frozen' falls to second, Tyler Perry film takes third

(Newser) - A wee hobbit ousted an animated princess at the weekend box office, says the Hollywood Reporter . Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug ($73.7 million) not only iced out Disney's Frozen ($22.2 million) domestically, it ranked No. 1 worldwide, banking a robust $131.2 million in 49 territories. Tyler ... More »

Frozen Ices Top Spot, Furnace Opens Cold

Disney animated feature wins weekend box office

(Newser) - The 3-D film Frozen has, well, frozen The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in its tracks. The Disney animated feature gained momentum in its second week, banking $31.6 million to surpass the young adult mega-hit's $27 million at the weekend box office, the LA Times reports. To be fair,... More »

'No Animals Were Harmed'? Not Quite

'Hollywood Reporter' expose says AHA often overlooks abuses

(Newser) - That "no animals were harmed" disclaimer that crops up at the end of movies courtesy of the American Humane Association seems straightforward enough. But an investigation by Gary Baum at the Hollywood Reporter finds that plenty of animals do, in fact, get harmed on sets—even for movies that... More »

Hunger Games Clobbers Thor in Epic Bow

Jennifer Lawrence sci-fi sequel beats expectations by $20M

(Newser) - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is no everyday sequel. The Jennifer Lawrence sci-fi pic defied expectations with a massive $161.1 million opening, thumping Thor: The Dark World ($14.1 million) and earning the best November debut ever, Variety reports. Meanwhile, The Best Man Holiday ($12.5 million) fell on... More »

Best Man Holiday Stuns in Debut

'Thor 2' maintains lead, but never saw this coming

(Newser) - Thor: the Dark World ruled the weekend box office again, banking $38.5 million, but more exciting may be The Best Man Holiday—a black-American release that took second with a stunning $30.6 million debut, the LA Times reports. "There’s no crystal ball in guessing this stuff,... More »

Thor Bashes Jackass With $86.1M

It wasn't really a close fight

(Newser) - Thor: The Dark World smashed its way to a hulking $86.1 million win at the weekend box office, easily swatting away Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa and its second-place $11.3 million, reports the AP . Thor's take was good enough for the fourth-biggest debut of the year, notes the... More »

Sweden's New Rating System: Is the Movie Sexist?

Cinemas experiment with the 'Bechdel test'

(Newser) - A handful of movie theaters in Sweden have rolled out a new rating system to let viewers know whether a movie is sexist, reports the AP . The simple test: Does it have at least two female characters who talk to each other about something other than a man? If so,... More »

Ender's Game Rules Box Office

Bad Grandpa still competing

(Newser) - Futuristic flick Ender's Game played its way to the top this weekend, though its $28 million isn't much to cheer about for Summit Entertainment, the Los Angeles Times reports; Ender aims to lead a new teen franchise, the Hollywood Reporter notes. In second place was the still-sprightly Bad ... More »

Stuntman on Brad Pitt Film Stabbed With Bayonet

He needed to be air-lifted to hospital

(Newser) - Things got a little too real for a stuntman on the set of Brad Pitt's war movie Fury. US Weekly reports that the 35-year-old got stabbed in the shoulder with an actual bayonet while filming a scene with a fellow stuntman. It's not life-threatening, though serious enough to... More »

Arch-Enemy of Movie Ads: Popcorn

Chewing it prevents us from mouthing brand names: study

(Newser) - Want armor against an onslaught of advertising? Just chew some popcorn, a study suggests. Eating the stuff during movie ads leaves viewers "immune" to the cravings those ads might otherwise inspire, researchers say. That's because, as the Guardian reports, we typically subtly mouth brand names each time we... More »

Runner Runner 'A Vacant Excursion'

Critics maul Ben Affleck's new thriller

(Newser) - Unlike Gravity, which has critics swooning , the new online-poker thriller Runner Runner is flat-out tanking on Rotten Tomatoes . The film stars Justin Timberlake as Richie, a Princeton grad who puts himself through school by playing poker; when he goes belly up, he hunts down online mastermind Ivan (Ben Affleck) and... More »

As Clinton TV Projects Die, Hollywood Steps In

'Rodham' will tell love story of Hillary and Bill in their 20s—if it finds a backer

(Newser) - Both CNN 's documentary and NBC 's miniseries on Hillary Clinton were canned last week (as reported by the LA Times ), but hope that we will get to see the Hillary story on screen remains. A third project, a biopic called Rodham, is quietly gaining traction in... More »

Jackman's Prisoners Takes No. 1

But Chris Brown's 'Battle of the Year' wasn't

(Newser) - Despite complaints about the ending , Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal had a winning weekend with their thriller, Prisoners, taking in $21.4 million to lead the box office, reports the LA Times . Last week's winner, Insidious: Chapter 2, slipped into the No. 2 spot with $14.5 million, adds... More »

Insidious 2 Scares Up Friday the 13th Win

(Newser) - In fitting news for the weekend of Friday the 13th, low-budget horror sequel Insidious: Chapter 2 frightened the box office with a $41 million opening—the second best September opening of all time, reports the Hollywood Reporter . The weekend's only other opening, mob comedy The Family, came in a... More »

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