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April 22, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
After Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut, “Don Jon,” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, festivalgoers questioned whether the pornography-laden version of the movie would make it to theaters intact. The initial cut, starring Gordon-Levitt as a New Jersey lothario whose porn addiction begins to interfere with his romantic life, was filled with sexually explicit footage. While the actor's character didn't engage in particularly graphic sex, he was often seen watching online porn rife with fake breasts, bare behinds and exotic sexual positions.
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March 23, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
The baby boomers are booming again. At least at the box office. According to a study by the Motion Picture Assn. of America, the number of older frequent moviegoers -- people over the age of 40 who see a movie once a month or more -- was on the rise last year.  This finding could lead movie studios, production companies and film financiers to make more movies that cater to adult audiences.  According to the MPAA, last year there were...
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March 7, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
In a bid to spur sales of its struggling Nook tablet, Barnes & Noble Inc. struck deals with major Hollywood studios that will make more movies and television shows available on the device. Barnes & Noble's Nook Media subsidiary reached licensing deals with Lionsgate, MGM, Paramount Pictures, Relativity Media and others that will deliver thousands of additional videos to the service, including such hit films as "The Hunger Games," the "Twilight" movies, "Flight" and "Paranormal Activity 4" and television shows such as "Mad Men. " "Nook is one of a growing spectrum of new digital buyers for our films and TV content and illustrates the breadth and depth of opportunities for monetizing our content across a broad array of platforms," Thomas Hughes, Lionsgate's senior vice president of digital, said in a statement.
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March 1, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
Three guys, one night, drunken debauchery. Jon Lucas and Scott Moore realized that, on paper, their new screenplay, "21 & Over," looked very derivative of "The Hangover. " Then again, they were the guys who wrote "The Hangover," which spawned the most successful R-rated comedy franchise of all time and heralded their arrival as successful Hollywood writers in 2009. And they wanted to direct a movie. So they decided to go with what they knew. "We were definitely conscious that the angle people would take on the movie is that it was a 'Hangover' retread," said Lucas, sitting next to his writing partner in a Hollywood sports bar a few weeks ago. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments "But on a very practical level," Moore chimed in, "we wanted to get another movie made and direct it ourselves.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
Fee-fi-fo-fum - Hollywood smells the blood of a box office bum. Bryan Singer's nearly $200-million production of "Jack the Giant Slayer" is set to debut with a disappointing $25 million this weekend, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. The 3-D fantasy adventure, which stars newcomer Nicholas Hoult, has received generally positive reviews but has not attracted nearly the kind of moviegoer interest that it needs to become a domestic hit. No new release is poised to make a major splash at theaters this weekend.
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February 14, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
"Safe Haven" will find no refuge at the box office the weekend, as the latest "Die Hard" movie is set to annihilate the competition.  "A Good Day to Die Hard," the fifth installment in the Bruce Willis action franchise, is expected to gross a robust $55 million by Monday evening, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. 20th Century Fox, which released the film in theaters late Wednesday evening, is anticipating a softer opening of about $40 million. Either way, the weekend's other three nationwide debuts won't stand a chance at securing the No. 1 position.
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January 21, 2013 | By John Horn
From Park City, Utah In the biggest Sundance Film Festival deal so far, Relativity Media is buying Joseph Gordon-Levitt's sexual obsession story, “Don Jon's Addiction,” for about $4 million with plans to release the film wide later this year, according to two people close to the film. The actor's directorial debut, which Gordon-Levitt also wrote, looks at a young man named Don Jon (Gordon-Levitt) who is obsessed with his own body and random sexual encounters and who can't shake his dependence on pornography.
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January 21, 2013 | By John Horn and Amy Kaufman
PARK CITY, Utah -- In a deal for about $2 million, the Weinstein Co. has acquired rights to the drama “Fruitvale,” shown at the Sundance Film Festival, according to a person close to the film who was not authorized to speak on the record. The deal comes as Relativity Media bought Joseph Gordon-Levitt's sexual obsession story “Don Jon's Addiction” for about $4 million. “Fruitvale” is based on the 2009 shooting of 22-year-old African American father Oscar Grant by a BART police officer in Oakland, an event that sparked outrage among community activists.
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October 4, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Hollywood continues to go crazy for toys and games. Hasbro, the company behind the hits "Transformers" and "G.I. Joe" and the flop "Battleship," has signed a deal with independent production and finance company Emmett/Furla Films to make movies based on the board games Hungry Hungry Hippos and Monopoly and the toy Action Man. Rhode Island-headquartered Hasbro, which has a film production office at the Universal Pictures lot, announced the...
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September 20, 2012 | By Ben Fritz and Amy Kaufman
The horror film "House at the End of the Street" should top a crowded but rather lackluster weekend at the box office. Other new movies likely to fall short of the top spots include the baseball film "Trouble With the Curve," starring Clint Eastwood; the British science-fiction action flick "Dredd 3D;" and the police drama "End of Watch. " All of the new movies are expected to have openings of less than $20 million, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys.
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