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'The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies' topped the weekend box office with $56.2 million in estimated ticket sales.

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Latest "Hobbit" Film Exceeds Analysts Predictions With $56.2 Million Opening

Posted Dec. 21, 2014, 9:03 am

"The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies" far exceeded analyst predictions, and will ring in the holiday season with an estimated $56.2 million weekend.

News, Film, Culver City, Sony

Sony Pictures: "The Interview" Will Be Made Available In Some Fashion

Posted Dec. 20, 2014, 9:07 am

Sony Pictures Entertainment officials said Friday they still hope to make the film "The Interview" available to viewers in some fashion.

June Lockhart (far left) smiles at Reginald Owen (Scrooge) at the conclusion of the 1938 “A Christmas Carol.”

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June Lockhart Remembers “A Christmas Carol”

Posted Dec. 19, 2014, 9:21 am

Released last month on Blu-ray, the 1938 version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” has long been a favorite seasonal TV movie.

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George Clooney Circulates Petition Following "The Interview" Cancellation

Posted Dec. 19, 2014, 8:53 am

Actor George Clooney says he and his agent circulated a petition in support of Sony after it became the victim of a massive cyberattack and before it cancelled the Christmas Day release of "The Interview," but none of the many entertainment figures who were asked to sign it agreed to do so.

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"Exodus: Gods And Kings'' Ascends To Top Of Weekend Box Office

Posted Dec. 14, 2014, 9:48 am

A leading Hollywood industry watcher has called 2014 "the year of the Bible movie,'' as "Exodus: Gods And Kings'' ascended to the number one spot at the North American box office this weekend.

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Critics' Choice Movie Awards To Honor Kevin Costner, Ron Howard & Jessica Chastain

Posted Dec. 13, 2014, 8:56 am

Kevin Costner, Ron Howard and Jessica Chastain will all receive special honors during the 20th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards, the Broadcast Film Critics Association announced Friday.

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Sony Pictures Co-Chair Apologizes For Remarks About Black-Themed Movies

Posted Dec. 12, 2014, 8:57 am

Sony Pictures Co-Chair Amy Pascal apologized on Thursday for remarks she made in a series of emails with producer Scott Rudin focused on black-themed movies that the pair joked President Barack Obama might like.

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2015 Golden Globe Award Nominees Announced; "Birdman" Leads

Posted Dec. 11, 2014, 8:16 am

"Birdman" continued to build momentum toward Oscar night today, scoring a leading seven nominations for the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards, including nods for best motion picture comedy/musical and best actor for Michael Keaton.

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2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations Announced; "Birdman" Leads

Posted Dec. 10, 2014, 9:04 am

"Birdman'' scored a leading four nominations today for the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, with "Boyhood,'' "The Imitation Game'' and "The Theory of Everything'' each getting three nods while in television, four-time comedy ensemble winner "Modern Family'' led the pack with four nominations.

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American Film Institute Announces AFI Awards 2014 Official Selections

Posted Dec. 9, 2014, 9:31 am

"Boyhood," "Interstellar" and "Game of Thrones" were among 11 films and 10 television programs announced today as 2014 winners of AFI Awards from the American Film Institute.

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"Boyhood" Wins Los Angeles Film Critics Best Picture Honors

Posted Dec. 8, 2014, 9:19 am

"Boyhood" was selected Sunday as the best movie of 2014 in voting by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and also won for best director (Richard Linklater), best actress (Patricia Arquette) and best editing (Sandra Adair).

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Latest "Hunger Games" On Way To Being Second-Highest Grossing Film Of 2014

Posted Dec. 7, 2014, 9:09 am

"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1'' is on its way to being the second-highest grossing film of the year, as it holds down the number one spot for the third straight weekend.

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L.A. Anti-Piracy Probe Leads To Arrest Of Two Men For Leaking "The Expendables 3"

Posted Dec. 2, 2014, 9:38 am

A Los Angeles-based anti-piracy probe led to the arrests of two men from northern England on suspicion of leaking "The Expendables 3'' to the Internet before the film's release date, it was announced Monday. Los Angeles-based anti-piracy probe led to the arrests of two men from northern England on suspicion of leaking "The Expendables 3'

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Full Nominations List For 19th Annual Satellite Awards

Posted Dec. 2, 2014, 9:28 am

The dark comedy "Birdman'' received a leading 10 nominations today for the 19th annual Satellite Awards, which are presented by the International P...

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Five-Year Fee Waiver Extension On L.A. City Council Agenda Today

Posted Dec. 2, 2014, 9:06 am

The Los Angeles City Council is scheduled to discuss today the extension of a five-year fee waiver for film productions shot on city property, along with other measures aimed at combating runaway production.

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Sony Pictures Entertainment In Culver City Suffer Crippling Computer Attack

Posted Dec. 2, 2014, 9:03 am

Life is returning to normal for Sony Pictures Entertainment after a computer attack -- possibly inspired by an upcoming comedy dealing with North Korea -- that crippled the studio early last week, it was reported today.

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Christoph Waltz To Receive Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star Today

Posted Dec. 1, 2014, 9:06 am

Christoph Waltz will receive the 2,536th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today for his two Oscar-winning performances and a long career in Europe.

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Modest Box Office Sales This Thanksgiving Weekend; "Hunger Games" Dominates

Posted Nov. 30, 2014, 10:57 am

Hollywood's movie studios have nothing to crow about, as a modest sales total was reported for the industry this Thanksgiving weekend.

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Mel Brooks To Voice Dracula's Vampire Father In "Hotel Transylvania 2"

Posted Nov. 27, 2014, 8:57 am

Mel Brooks has signed on as the voice of Dracula's vampire father in "Hotel Transylvania 2,'' Sony Pictures Animation announced Wednesday.

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"Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1" Opens With $123 Million In Domestic Sales

Posted Nov. 23, 2014, 9:16 am

"The Hunger Game'' sequel opened with a gigantic $123 million in estimated domestic sales this weekend, according to studio estimates.

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"Horrible Bosses 2" To Premiere In Hollywood Tonight With Red Carpet

Posted Nov. 20, 2014, 8:07 am

The stars will be out in Hollywood tonight for the premiere of "Horrible Bosses 2." Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jamie Foxx, Chris Pine, Christoph Waltz, and Carmen Electra are expected to stroll down the red carpet at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard starting at 6 pm.

Obituary, Santa Monica, Film

Hollywood Director Mike Nichols Dies Age 83

Posted Nov. 20, 2014, 7:58 am

Mike Nichols, who directed such landmark films as "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "The Graduate" and who was among the few to win an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy, and a Tony, has died. He was 83.

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Submit Now For 2015 Santa Monica International Teen Film Festival

Posted Nov. 19, 2014, 9:37 am

The Santa Monica International Teen Film Festival is now accepting submissions for the 10th annual festival to be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7, 2015.

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Full Winners List At Hollywood Film Awards

Posted Nov. 15, 2014, 9:00 am

The mystery thriller "Gone Girl'' received the equivalent of the best picture award at Friday night's 18th annual Hollywood Film Awards, while "The Imitation Game'' won for directing and in two acting categories as the movie industry's awards season began.

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"Big Hero 6'' A Box Office Hit After Opening With $56.2 Million In Ticket Sales

Posted Nov. 11, 2014, 9:27 am

Disney's animated "Big Hero 6'' managed to out-duel the science-fiction epic "Interstellar'' to claim the top spot at the box office, according to final figures released Monday.

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