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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” Smashes Records as It Ventures to the Top of the Worldwide Box Office

First film in Peter Jackson’s epic “The Hobbit” Trilogy takes in an estimated worldwide $223 million in its opening weekend.

BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” soared to the top of the global box office in a record-breaking opening, dominating the weekend with an estimated $84.775 million domestically and $138.2 million internationally, for a worldwide estimated total of $223 million, including a record-breaking $15.1 from IMAX theatres worldwide. Domestically, the film broke records for largest December opening in motion picture history, including Christmas/holiday weekends. It is also the largest opening for any film in the canon of “The Lord of the Rings.” The joint announcement was made today by Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Operating Officer, New Line Cinema; Gary Barber, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios; Jeff Robinov, President, Warner Bros. Pictures Group; Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures; and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President of International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

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EuropaCorp and Relativity Media Round Out Casting on McG’s Untitled Thriller Project

Amber Heard, Hailee Steinfeld and Connie Nielsen join Oscar®-Winner Kevin Costner in the Thriller Currently Filming in Paris

(Beverly Hills, Calif.) January 7, 2013 – EuropaCorp and Relativity Media have closed deals with Amber Heard (The Rum Diary, Paranoia), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and Connie Nielsen (Gladiator) for their Untitled Thriller project starring previously announced Oscar®-winner Kevin Costner (The Bodyguard, Dances With Wolves, Open Range). McG (Charlie’s Angels, Terminator Salvation) directs the gripping action tale from a screenplay by Luc Besson (Taken, Transporter) and Adi Hasak (From Paris With Love). The film is currently in production in Paris and will continue in Serbia, where it will wrap on April 22nd

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The Nevada Film Critics Society's 2012 Awards for Achievement in Film

The Nevada Film Critics Society's 2012 Awards for Achievement in Film

"Argo", Ben Affleck's suspense filled political thriller about the rescue of six Americans during the 1980 hostage crisis in Iran has been named the best picture of 2012 by the Nevada Film Critics Society.

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Hark Announces Its Top-10 Most-Listened-To Holiday Movie Sound Bites of All Time

SEATTLE--(Business Wire--Hark, the world’s only platform for sound bites, today announced its top-10, most-listened to holiday movie sound bites of all time, based on data collected from its users' listening patterns on the Hark website.

“And. . . don't ever feed him after midnight.”

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The Walt Disney Company Completes Lucasfilm Acquisition

Deal expected to strengthen Disney’s position as a leading global provider of high-quality branded entertainment and build long-term shareholder value

BURBANK, Calif.--(Business Wire)--Continuing its strategy of delivering exceptional creative content to audiences around the world, Robert A. Iger, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) announced today that Disney has completed its acquisition of Lucasfilm Ltd. LLC.

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The Women Film Critics Circle 2012 Awards Announced

WFCC AWARDS 2012

The Women Film Critics Circle, a national organization comprised of print, online and broadcast film critics from across America (including yours truly), announced the winners of their 2012 awards in film.   Zero Dark Thirty," a fact based thriller about the CIA operation led by a female agent to find and kill Osama Ben Laden received several awards including Best Movie By a Woman, director Kathryn Bigelow. The film also won awards for Best Female Images and Best Equality of the Sexes.

The complete list of WFCC Award winners for 2012 in each category are:

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“THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY” REACHES $100 MILLION MILESTONE

BURBANK, CA, December 19, 2012 – Following its record-breaking opening weekend, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” has crossed the $100 million mark, domestically, on only its 5th day in release.  The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

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Applied Art Productions and Kreate Films to release 'Finding Joy'

Applied Art Productions, a distribution company based out of Hollywood, CA, has joined forces with Kreate Films and will be releasing a new romantic comedy named Finding Joy.

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“TOP GUN” TO BE RELEASED IN IMAX® 3D FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME

THE CLASSIC FILM RETURNS TO THE BIG SCREEN EXCLUSIVELY IN SELECT IMAX 3D THEATRES FOR A LIMITED ENGAGEMENT BEGINNING FEBRUARY 8, 2013

“TOP GUN” Debuts on Blu-ray 3D™/ Blu-ray 2D™ Two-Disc Set February 19, 2013

HOLLYWOOD, CA (December 11, 2012) – “TOP GUN,” Paramount Pictures’ 1986 classic from director Tony Scott, producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, and starring Tom Cruise, takes off on a new adventure with an exclusive six-day 3D engagement in select IMAX® theatres beginning February 8, 2013.  The film has been re-mastered for the IMAX® 3D release and subsequent debut on Blu-ray.

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