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Box Office Charts From Box Office Mojo Jul 24 - 26

Rank Title Rting $Gross Weeks Runtime

1 Lucy R $44,025,376 $44.00M Total (1 week) 1 hour 29 minutes

2 Hercules PG-13 $29,000,000 $29.00M Total (1 week) 2 hours 0 minutes

3 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes PG-13 $16,400,000 $172.10M Total (3 weeks) 2 hours 10 minutes

4 The Purge: Anarchy R $9,896,040 $51.30M Total (2 weeks) 1 hour 44 minutes

5 Planes: Fire and Rescue PG $9,303,000 $35.10M Total (2 weeks) 1 hour 24 minutes

6 Sex Tape R $5,975,000 $26.90M Total (2 weeks) 1 hour 34 minutes

7 Transformers: Age of Extinction $4,600,000 $236.40M Total (5 weeks) PG-13 2 hours 45 minutes

8 And So it Goes PG-13 $4,551,687 $4.60M Total (1 week) 1 hour 34 minutes

9 Tammy R $3,400,000 $78.10M Total (4 weeks) 1 hour 36 minutes

10 A Most Wanted Man Not Rated $2,717,425 $2.70M Total (1 week) 2 hours 1 minute

11 22 Jump Street R $2,500,000 $185.70M Total (7 weeks) 2 hours 0 minutes 12 How to Train Your Dragon 2 PG 1$2,200,000 $165.60M Total (7 weeks) hour 45 minutes


Posted by: News Editor - July 27, 2014, 11:00 pm - Article
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Box Office Charts From Box Office Mojo Jul 17 - 19

Rank Title $Gross Weeks Rating Time

1 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $36,000,000 $139.00M Total (2 weeks) PG-13 2 hours 10 minutes

2 The Purge: Anarchy $28,368,660 $28.40M Total (1 week) R

3 Planes: Fire and Rescue $18,000,000 $18.00M Total (1 week) PG 1 hour 24 minutes

4 Sex Tape $15,000,000 $15.00M Total (1 week) R 1 hour 34 minutes

5 Transformers: Age of Extinction $10,000,000 $227.20M Total (4 weeks) PG-13 2 hours 45 minutes

6 Tammy $7,605,000 $71.30M Total (3 weeks) R

7 22 Jump Street $4,700,000 $180.50M Total (6 weeks) 22 R

8 How to Train Your Dragon 2 $3,800,000 $160.70M Total (6 weeks) PG 1 hour 45 minutes

9 Maleficent $3,302,000 $228.40M Total (8 weeks) PG 1 hour 37 minutes

10 Earth to Echo $3,260,000 $32.00M Total (3 weeks) PG

11 Begin Again $2,762,000 $9.50M Total (4 weeks) Not Rated 1 hour 44 minutes

12 America: Imagine A World Without Her $1,725,000 $11.50M Total (4 weeks) PG-13 1 hour 43 minutes

Posted by: News Editor - July 20, 2014, 10:02 pm - Article
Keywords: box office, movies



IndieFlix Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for Movie App

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IndieFlix announced its plans to crowdfund an app that will serve users as well as filmmakers. The app will create an independent film community in the palm of your hand by curating hard-to-find independent movies for whatever the situation - waiting for a root canal, trying to entertain a toddler, movie night with the whole family. Not only will the audience be satisfied, the filmmaker will benefit as well by getting paid for every minute watched.

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Posted by: News Editor - July 20, 2014, 10:01 am - Article
Keywords: app



Box Office Charts From Box Office Mojo Jul 11 - 13

TW Title Studio Gross($Mill) Release Rating Time


1 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $73,000,000 $73.00M Total (1 week) PG-13 2 hours 10 minutes

2 Transformers: Age of Extinction $16,500,000 $209.00M Total (3 weeks) PG-13

3 Tammy $12,910,000 $57.40M Total (2 weeks) R

4 22 Jump Street $6,700,000 $172.00M Total (5 weeks) Not Rated

5 How to Train Your Dragon 2 $5,865,000 $152.10M Total (5 weeks) PG 1 hour 45 minutes

6 Earth to Echo $5,500,000 $24.60M Total (2 weeks) PG

7 Deliver Us From Evil $4,700,000 $25.00M Total (2 weeks) 1 hour 58 minutes

8 Maleficent $4,169,000 $222.00M Total (7 weeks) PG 1 hour 37 minutes

9 Begin Again $2,935,000 $5.30M Total (3 weeks) Not Rated 1 hour 44 minutes

10 Jersey Boys $2,510,000 $41.70M Total (4 weeks) R 2 hours 14 minutes

Posted by: News Editor - July 14, 2014, 7:30 am - Article
Keywords: box office, movies



Box Office Charts From Box Office Mojo Jun 26 - 28

Rank Title $Gross Weeks Out

1 Transformers: Age of Extinction $100,000,000 $100.00M Total (1 week)

2 22 Jump Street Not Rated $15,400,000 $139.80M Total (3 weeks)

3 How to Train Your Dragon 2 PG 1 hour 45 minutes $13,100,000 $121.80M Total (3 weeks)

4 Think Like a Man Too PG-13 $10,400,000 $48.20M Total (2 weeks)

5 Maleficent PG 1 hour 37 minutes $8,237,000 $201.90M Total (5 weeks)

6 Jersey Boys R 2 hours 14 minutes $7,610,000 $27.30M Total (2 weeks)

7 Edge of Tomorrow PG-13 1 hour 53 minutes $5,210,000 $84.20M Total (4 weeks)

8 The Fault in Our Stars 2 hours 5 minutes $4,800,000 $109.50M Total (4 weeks)

9 X-Men: Days of Future Past PG-13 2 hours 10 minutes $3,300,000 $223.40M Total (6 weeks)

10 Godzilla PG-13 2 hours 3 minutes $1,000,000 $197.10M Total (7 weeks)


Posted by: News Editor - June 29, 2014, 10:55 pm - Article
Keywords: box office, movies



Box Office Charts From Box Office Mojo Jun 13 - 15

Rank Title Rating $Gross Release

1 22 Jump Street Not Rated $60,000,000 $60.00M Total (1 week)

2 How to Train Your Dragon 2 PG 1 hour 45 minutes $50,000,000 $50.00M Total (1 week)

3 Maleficent $19,008,000 $163.50M Total (3 weeks)

PG 1 hour 37 minutes

4 Edge of Tomorrow $16,175,000 $56.60M Total (2 weeks)

PG-13 1 hour 53 minutes

5 The Fault in Our Stars PG-13 2 hours 5 minutes $15,725,000 $81.70M Total (2 weeks)

6 X-Men: Days of Future Past PG-13 2 hours 10 minutes $9,500,000 $205.90M Total (4 weeks)

7 Godzilla PG-13 2 hours 3 minutes $3,155,000 $191.30M Total (5 weeks)

8 A Million Ways to Die in the West R 1 hour 56 minutes $3,076,575 $36.90M Total (3 weeks)

9 Neighbors R 1 hour 36 minutes $2,483,760 $143.10M Total (6 weeks)

10 Chef R 1 hour 55 minutes $2,275,500 $14.10M Total (6 weeks)

Posted by: News Editor - June 16, 2014, 7:06 am - Article
Keywords: movies, box office



Box Office Charts From Box Office Mojo Jun 6 - 8

TW LW Title Studio Weekend Gross Theaters Average Total Gross Week #

1 N The Fault in our Stars Fox $48,200,000 3,173 $15,191 $48,200,000 1

2 1 Maleficent BV $33,523,000 -51.7% 3,948 $8,491 $127,370,000 2

3 N Edge of Tomorrow WB $29,105,000 3,490 $8,340 $29,105,000 1

4 2 X-Men: Days of Future Past Fox $14,700,000 3,639 $4,040 $189,101,000 3

5 3 A Million Ways to Die in the West Uni. $7,189,000 3,160 $2,275 2

6 4 Godzilla (2014) WB $5,950,000 3,110 $1,913 $185,043,000 4

7 6 Neighbors Uni. $5,201,000 2,674 $1,945 $137,801,000 5

8 5 Blended WB $4,050,000 2,928 $1,383 $36,509,000 3

9 9 Chef ORF $2,600,000 1,298 $2,003 $10,362,000 5

10 8 Million Dollar Arm BV $1,822,000 1,643 $1,109 $31,347,000 4


Posted by: News Editor - June 8, 2014, 8:39 pm - Article
Keywords: box office, movies



Box Office Charts From Yahoo! Movies May 30 - Jun 1

Rank Title Rating Time Gross($Mill) Weeks

1 Maleficent PG 1 hr 37 min $70,000,000.00 $70.00M Total (1 week)

2 X-Men: Days of Future Past PG-13 2 hr 10 min $32,600,000.00 $162.10M Total (2 weeks)

3 A Million Ways to Die in the West R $17,068,990.00 $17.10M Total (1 week)

4 Godzilla PG-13 2 hr 3 min $12,225,000.00 $174.70M Total (3 weeks)

5 Blended PG-13 1 hr 57 min $8,425,000.00 $29.60M Total (2 weeks)

6 Neighbors R 1 hr 36 min $7,714,875.00 $128.60M Total (4 weeks)

7 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 PG-13 2 hr 2 min $3,775,000.00 $192.70M Total (5 weeks)

8 Million Dollar Arm PG 2 hr $3,700,000.00 $28.10M Total (3 weeks)

9 Chef R 1 hr 55 min $2,009,000.00 $6.90M Total (4 weeks)

10 The Other Woman PG-13 1 hr 49 min $1,425,000.00 $81.10M Total (6 weeks)


Posted by: News Editor - June 2, 2014, 7:57 am - Article
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The First Frankenstein Comes to DVD A long-missing piece of horror film history, thought lost for decades, has finally resurfaced. Best of all, it can now be part of your DVD collection.
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Darth Mac: Phantom Menace Exposes Apple DVD Problems Confusion reigns on Mac web sites with the shipment of Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace. Many Macintosh users are complaining that one or both of the discs play poorly on their computers. Although many fingers have been pointed at Lucasfilm, 20th Century Fox and the DVD producing company, this is one occasion where all roads lead to Cupertino and Apple Computer's continuing difficulty with implementing a stable DVD Player for their highly-touted computers.
John Waters: No Trouble at All The man who brought us Pink Flamingos, Serial Mom, and Hairspray took some time to show off a new print of an earlier film, Female Trouble, at the American Cinematheque in Los Angeles. After the show, he sat down with Kevin Thomas for a little Q&A. dOc reviewer Daniel Hirshleifer was there to see the film in all its trashy glory.
Love the Little Children of the World I've seen this movie - haven't you? Nobody wins anything. The ground is scorched forever, and nothing brings all those children that have died back into our arms: not our government, not our values, not our celebrities or glorious blue-light specials. NOTHING.
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Dead and Buried Underground I was praying that the theater would burst into flames, the projection booth explode, just so I could run out screaming....
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My Night with John Cameron Mitchell Some things only happen once in a lifetime; losing your virginity, seeing Halley's Comet (for most people), or a freak electrical storm that causes the brakes on a truck to thin out, causing it to run over the "Missouri Baby-Shaking Expo." I had one of those experiences on Thursday, August 9th, 2001: the night that some of my friends and I got to chat with John Cameron Mitchell, the writer, director, and star of Hedwig And The Angry Inch.
Moving-picture Archaeology You gotta love this stuff, embrace it, keep it sprouting up all over before we forget what it was like when directors were producers by choice and the medium of film was as accessible and hip as new digital video.
A Monkey's Uncle I think there's still talent in them thar hills. Not everyone's a sell out. But if important, big named directors do it, cross the line for some sort of kitschy thrill, what does the future hold?
CUFF Raises Hell If you love the dicey side of cinema, wanna see the filmmakers before they're rich and famous (you can even talk to them, feed them if you want - although some might follow you home), then grab your friends (festivals are best experienced in groups of ten or more) and follow the directions at www.cuff.org and see for yourself why CUFF is in its 8th year strong!
Settling The Score Yeah, sure - it was hard getting over Oz's name being in the same league with the likes of Brando, De Niro, and Norton, but all that's forgotten when Marlon smiles for the first time and introduces yet another character that somehow charms the hell outta you. He really is THAT good: a "top dog" talent that redefines technique, and proves that it isn't the amount of screen time you have, but what you do with it that determines your cinematic worth.
Truly Unbreakable There's a higher level of storytelling working through this gifted ensemble as I walk in the footsteps of these fantastic celluloid characters; I understand the importance of their choices, good or bad.
A.I. Revisited ...if the movie has to be explained by brilliant cinephiles holding the blueprints to the true meaning of this or that ("Well, in Kubrick's original draft, yadda, yadda, yadda...."), then kids, the film fails miserably. Don'tcha think?
A.I. (i.e., Pinocchio) A child, real or not, pleading for the love of his mother could soften the hardest shell, crack the toughest tough-guy, and let's face it, the wounded young, a theme that plays well in movies, happens to be Spielberg's forte.
My Pledge With The Pledge, Sean Penn has found a glorious voice, and his commitment to the craft certainly elevates him above the mediocre mix of Hollywood directors. A defiant pioneer that puts the emotional peril back into cinema, Penn never gives the viewer the predictable or banal.
A Real Horrorshow Night Getting to see A Clockwork Orange on the big screen these days is a rare occurrence. To see it with Malcolm McDowell in attendance is a once in a lifetime experience. Daniel Hirshleifer managed to get a ticket to this sold-out show at the American Cinematheque (www.americancinematheque.com). Read his thoughts and recollections of the night.
Cinematic Infommercial Maybe he could have communed with nature, and the abundance of life (not shown for some reason) on the island. I know - wishful thinking. I wanted something more spiritual than another product-endorsed, demi-god known as Wilson.
Yankee Doodle Propaganda The movie Titanic also took liberties with the truth: flashlights and loogies in 1912 were just the tip of the candy-coated iceberg. But still, you didn't find yourself wanting to "get that iceberg" when the boat sinks into the North Atlantic.
The Good Old "American" Way The moment we do that which is our nature - raise our hands to question where we're going - a bullet could rip through the air to silence us, take away our freedoms.
The Rape of Spirit So while we elude our sum and substance, we often occupy ourselves by assessing others - and what stands on either side of that arbitration is what I believe to be the essence of all art; we simply take from this vat of good and evil to create our own personal, galvanized interpretations.
Psychedelic Terrorism Long after Rita had married a stockbroker named Ted, way after my bell-bottoms were used for patching straight-legged jeans and paint rags?now in 2001, I'm watching what my subconscious didn't want to see, and know why mom and dad where sadly hugging in the livingroom back in '72.
Beverly Hills Film Festival: One Filmmaker's Diary Last fall, dOc launched the official website for Heartbeat, a 28-minute short film by M. Hollingsworth Perry. Since then, the film has played at several film festivals, and recently was selected as the Opening Film for the first Beverly Hills Film Festival. What follows is a "filmmaker's diary" of Mr. Perry's trip deep into the (dark) heart of Hollywood.
THE SHADOW GROWS But it's too late now?I've seen it with my own eyes, and I still can't shake the children screaming when the lights go out, weeping in their prison cells and wondering "what went wrong?"
Bamboozled Again I've often heard Bamboozled compared to Network. Please don't.
r-RATED: REQUIEM FOR A RACIST When I see this sorta bigotry flashing across the screen, I have to get up, toss my popcorn in the trash and say the gig is up - I'm gone!
Michael Bay's Clowns "...these orange-clad environmentalist portrayed as bothersome wimps, interrupting the work of 'real men'?they're the 'un-cool', the 'flies' buzzing around the heads of our heroes and relegated to the position of 'clowns of the sea.'"
Pop Goes The Weasel Should publications define popular culture in academic, social terms; define what is vital to society, adds to or expands its awareness rather than what can be translated into profits?
The Academy?s Gold-Plated Watch The ceremony is no different than a standard company banquet held at some rinky-dink roadside hotel, and after a usually bad beef dinner and cartons of table wine, plaques are awarded to the best sales person?lots of applause, speeches given?fun was had by all.
A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss: Gimme Shelter, a Film for all Generations "My brother and I believe that a great film should last 500 years. It's been 30 - only 470 to go!"
--Albert Maysles, co-director
OBSESSED with Film Preservation: Treasures from the American Film Archives A full review of everything here would challenge the length of Lord of the Rings. But from a cursory view of this set, I can tell you that I recommend this set to anyone with the slightest interest in early film as highly as anything I've ever recommended.
To have a rental pricing window, or not. That is the question. "While there are those that never rent (millionaires or hermits?), there are some DVD consumers who either have self-control (I hate you all) or have not yet come to grips with their obsession, who buy only the titles they must have. These people will probably not be affected. The rest of us..."
Indian Films: An Outsider's Tour "Hollywood blockbusters, imported and dubbed, are taking increasingly larger shares of revenue away from native (Indian) productions, and that?s causing some panic."

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