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Oct 14, 2012

Thriller “Taken 2″ earns second box office win

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Liam Neeson thriller “Taken 2″ won a battle between two hostage movies over the weekend, holding on to its top box office rankings for a second week with $22.5 million from ticket sales at U.S. and Canadian theaters.

Ben Affleck’s highly praised Iran hostage thriller “Argo” was as close second, earning $20.1 million from Friday through Sunday. Low-budget horror movie “Sinister” came in third with $18.3 million, according to studio estimates compiled by Reuters.

Oct 7, 2012

Thriller “Taken 2″ grabs movie box office crown

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Liam Neeson thriller “Taken 2″ captured the No. 1 spot on movie box office charts over the weekend with a brawny $50 million take from theaters in the United States and Canada.

“Taken 2″ stars Neeson as a former CIA agent kidnapped during a vacation in Istanbul. The movie added $55 million from some 50 international markets for a global opening of $117 million including Korea where it opened earlier, distributor 20th Century Fox said.

Oct 4, 2012

Warner Bros. and Paramount reach home video, Flixster deal

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Warner Bros. home video unit reached a deal to distribute more than 600 films including “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” from Paramount Pictures’ film catalog, the companies said on Thursday.

Paramount also will support the Warner Bros. Flixster movie website by providing new releases and older films for sale in the UltraViolet digital streaming format.

Oct 3, 2012

Lena Dunham vows to put some color into “Girls”

LAGUNA NIGUEL, California (Reuters) – “Girls” writer, director and actress Lena Dunham said on Tuesday she was adding new, more diverse characters for the next season of her HBO show, after criticism that the first season failed to portray the rich culture of its New York City setting.

And the 26-year-old, who often sheds her own clothes on the show, also acknowledged that, most of the time, “it’s not a good idea to be naked on television.”

Sep 30, 2012

Monsters party tops box office with ‘Hotel Transylvania’

LOS ANGELES, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Family film “Hotel
Transylvania” brought new life to movie box offices with a
chart-topping $43 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales
during the weekend, a record for a September opening.

The animated 3-D movie featuring the voices of Adam Sandler
and Selena Gomez finished ahead of new science fiction film
“Looper,” which took in $21.2 million from Friday through
Sunday.

Sep 30, 2012

Monsters party atop box office in “Hotel Transylvania”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Family film “Hotel Transylvania” brought new life to movie box offices with a chart-topping $43 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales during the weekend, a record for a September opening.

The animated 3-D movie featuring the voices of Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez finished ahead of new science fiction film “Looper,” which took in $21.2 million from Friday through Sunday.

Sep 16, 2012

‘Resident Evil: Retribution’ swims past ‘Finding Nemo’

LOS ANGELES, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Horror sequel “Resident
Evil: Retribution” grabbed the top spot at the U.S. and Canadian
box office over the weekend with $21.1 million, studio estimates
released on Sunday showed.

A 3D version of Walt Disney Co cartoon “Finding
Nemo” took the No. 2 spot in the U.S. and Canadian box-office
charts with $17.5 million, Disney said.

Sep 15, 2012

News Corp studio co-chair Rothman resigns as film, TV split

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The co-chairman of the 20th Century Fox film unit, Tom Rothman, will step down at the end of the year as the News Corp (NWSA.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) studio separates its film and television production businesses, the company said on Friday.

Rupert Murdoch’s media giant will consolidate film operations under Rothman’s co-chair and CEO since 2000, Jim Gianopulos. The TV studio will operate as a separate unit.

Sep 14, 2012

Wall Street scams get personal in Richard Gere’s ‘Arbitrage’

LOS ANGELES, Sept 14 (Reuters) – In the new film drama
“Arbitrage,” Richard Gere brings shady Wall Street dealings to
the big screen as a hedge fund titan trying to cover up huge
losses from a risky copper investment.

The scheming recalls real-life scandals and high-flying
bankers who made headlines and brought populist scorn to Wall
Street during the recent financial crisis. While the public may
be hungry to watch the downfall of a greedy banker, Gere’s
character in the movie that opens in U.S. theaters on Friday
isn’t an all-around bad guy.

Sep 12, 2012

Clock runs down for Lakers’ TV carriage deals

LOS ANGELES, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Time Warner Cable Inc
, which outbid Fox Sports for the local rights to air Los
Angeles Lakers games, faces the prospect of an opening tip off
on Oct. 7 without deals to reach fans of the NBA team in more
than half of the area’s homes.

So far, the only fans able to watch local broadcasts of new
Lakers stars Dwight Howard and Steve Nash will be the 2 million
who subscribe to Time Warner Cable. None of the area’s other
half-dozen pay TV providers agreed to carry the new Time Warner
Cable SportsNet or its Spanish-language sister, Time Warner
Cable Deportes.