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‘Beasts’ Still Strong in 2nd Weekend; Newcomers Open Soft: Specialty Box Office

A trio of holdovers grabbed the bulk of specialty business this weekend, with Fox Searchlight’s Beasts Of The Southern Wild, Sony Classics’ To Rome With Love and Focus’ Moonrise Kingdom leading the pack. Three films, China Heavyweight from Zeitgeist, Magnolia’s The Magic Of Belle Isle and Red Flag’s The Do-Deca-Pentathlon reported numbers for their new, very limited rollouts. Documentary Heavyweight opened in one theater, grossing $2,804, while Magnolia’s Belle Isle launched in several locations, with a modest per-theatre average of $2,750. Red Flag Releasing’s Duplass Bros-directed feature The Do-Deca-Pentathlon averaged a softer $1,250 in 8 locations.
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Hot Clip: Woody Allen’s ‘To Rome With Love’

By | Monday July 2, 2012 @ 10:46am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love expands nationwide Friday after a strong platform release two weekends ago. It has grossed $1.3 million at the domestic box office to date for Sony Pictures Classics. Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page co-star with Allen. Here’s an exclusive clip from the film, which was the opening-night film at the Los Angeles Film Festival last month. It features Allen in front of the camera for the first time since 2006′s Scoop.

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‘Beasts Of The Southern Wild’ Ferocious; ‘To Rome With Love’ Strong: Specialty B.O.

After a slew of festival accolades including prizes at Sundance and Cannes, Beasts Of The Southern Wild swarmed the box office. With no stars and a first-time feature filmmaker, the pic nevertheless resonated with specialty audiences in-the-know. In New York and Los Angeles, the Louisiana Bayou-set film averaged an impressive $42,309 in four theaters. It was apparent the feature struck some zeitgeist when its star, 8-year-old newcomer Quvenzhané Wallis, made some of the talk-show rounds including The View and The Tonight Show With Jay Leno this week. Unless the universe realigns, the film should be a reasonable hit. Beasts opened last Wednesday and has taken in more than $220K so far.

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Fox Searchlight wasn’t shy about providing some interesting trivia. Beasts director Benh Zeitlin places 6th in the all-time limited release hierarchy for a first-time feature filmmaker. Searchlight had momentum with the title following its win at Sundance where it took the prize for best U.S. dramatic feature and then in Cannes taking the Camera D’Or, though Searchlight is being sanguine about its long-tail. “They were yelling Quvenzhané’s name out at the theaters,” Fox Searchlight’s SVP of distribution Frank Rodriguez said of the film’s young star (her name is pronounced ‘Kay-ven-zhaun-ay’). “But as you know in this business, that doesn’t necessarily win … Read More »

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Woody Allen’s European Movies Spoofed

By | Sunday June 24, 2012 @ 4:14pm PDT

Funny Or Die appears to be sick of Woody Allen’s Tour Of Europe films (To Rome With Love, Midnight In Paris, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Match Point). Also his love of jazz:

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‘To Rome With Love’ Tops In Debut; ‘Moonrise’, ‘Marigold’ Strong: Specialty B.O.

European settings continues to be a treasure rove for Woody Allen. Though the opening weekend numbers are not quite as stratospheric as last year’s Midnight In Paris, the filmmaker’s latest To Rome With Love are nonetheless impressive. The Sony Pictures Classics release debuted in 5 theaters, grossing $379K on this side of the Atlantic, averaging just under $76K, Allen’s second-best in per-theater terms. Allen’s previous feature set in the City of Lights bowed in 6 theaters back in May of last year, averaging an astounding $99,834 and went on to gross slightly under $57M domestically. SPC’s Michael Barker said the distributor plans to roll out Allen’s latest more quickly than Paris, going “much wider” July 6th. “We think it will be great light entertainment for audiences here.” As he said just before the weekend, “It’s tonic for the summer studio films.”
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Woody Allen Opens 2012 LAFF And Telluride Hits Hollywood As Film Fest Action Heats Up

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After opening the 2011 Cannes Film Festival winning raves (and an eventual Oscar for Original Screenplay)Woody Allen LA Film Festival for Midnight In Paris, Woody Allen and Sony Pictures Classics dialed it down a bit for the North American premiere of his latest, To Rome With Love. But in a coup for the Los Angeles Film Festival Woody and several female co-stars made the trek to LA for last night’s opening film, and if the movie divided critics there were definitely a few big laughs, some supplied on camera by Woody himself in his first screen role since 2006′s  Scoop.

Now in its 18th year, the festival run by Film Independent is increasingly becoming a go-to place for summer movie premieres and interesting programming. On the down side it is once again taking place mostly at Regal Cinemas at L.A. Live in Downtown making it stressful for many Angelenos and Westsiders in particular — navigating rush hour traffic can be nightmarish (it certainly was for me yesterday). And with some street and freeway on and off ramp closures still in effect due to the King’s Stanley Cup hockey championship parade celebration earlier in the day (and other reasons) you can find yourself driving around aimlessly looking for any way in – or out – for that matter. Plus if you don’t manage to find the single West Garage parking entrance off Chick Hearn Court that offers the LAFF rate of $8 you may wind up paying … Read More »

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Woody Allen’s ‘To Rome With Love’ To Open LA Film Festival

By | Thursday April 12, 2012 @ 10:14am PDT Allen’s To Rome With Love will be the opening-night presentation for the Los Angeles Film Festival, Film Independent announced this morning. Written and directed by Woody Allen, To Rome With Love observes a number of characters in Italy — some American, some Italian, some residents, some visitors — and their romances and predicaments. The movie stars Allen, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page. It’s produced by Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum will open June 22 via Sony Pictures Classics on June 22. Headquartered again at downtown’s L.A. Live, this year’s L.A. Film Festival runs June 14-24 and will present more than 200 feature films, shorts and music videos, representing more than 30 countries, along with signature programs such as the Filmmaker Retreat, Ford Amphitheater Outdoor Screenings, Poolside Chats, Coffee Talks, Music Events and more. Additional information at

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Hot Trailer: ‘To Rome With Love’

By | Tuesday April 3, 2012 @ 2:20pm PDT

Sony Pictures Classics put up a trailer for Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love went up today. Will Rome work out as well as Paris did for Allen? It opens in June 22 in the U.S.

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Woody Allen’s Newly Titled (Again) ‘To Rome With Love’ To Open June 22

By | Monday March 19, 2012 @ 12:41pm PDT

Sony Pictures Classics Woody AllenNEW YORK (March 19, 2012) — On the heels of releasing the award-winning and commercial hit, Midnight in Paris, Sony Pictures Classics announced that on June 22 it will release Woody Allen’s latest film, the newly titled TO ROME WITH LOVE.

TO ROME WITH LOVE was a name selected as an homage to the eternal city of Rome where the film was shot on location last summer. This will be used for its worldwide release. The film’s former title, Nero Fiddled, while an appropriate and humorous phrase in the U.S., is not a familiar expression overseas and many international territories preferred a more globally understood name.

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