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Articles from Vol. 429, No. 9, January 14-January 27

'12 Steps: Int'l Flies on China Surge
YEAR-END B.O. REPORTDespite a year that included the Summer Olympics in Britain, the Euro Cup soccer tournament and fallout from the Euro Zone crisis infecting large swaths of Europe, the international box office hit unparalleled heights in 2012, growing...
A Rippin' 'Pippin'
A rippin' 'Pippin'LEGIT: PIPPINDirector: Diane Paulus; Cast Matthew James Thomas, Patina Milter, Andrea MartinLoeb Drama Center. Cambridge. Mass.; 556 seats; $95 topThe long journey to create a successful revival of the '70s hit musical "Pippin" seemed...
Cinemart Draws on Local Talent
Co-prod bazaar looks to raise profile of Dutch films and map out community outreachJust as the festival is foregrounding Dutch movies this year, Rotterdam's co-production market CineMart is also making the most of local projects. "We are looking at how...
Commercials Helmer Bond Takes 'Charlie' on a Wild Ride
TALENT WATCHIn the world of Fredrik Bond, people are always moving - dancing, falling, running - through time and space, with energy and panache.From his skillfully orchestrated ad spots for Adidas and Heineken to this year's Super Bowl ad for Budweiser,...
Darker Shade of Noir
Darker shade of noirFILM: GANGSTER SQUAD (WARNER BROS.)Director: Ruben Helscher; Cast Josh Brain, Ryan Gosling, Nick Notte, Emma Stone, Sean PernThe cops play things as dirty as the crooks in "Gangster Squad," an impressively pulpy underworld-plunger...
Distribs Grow Their Sundance B.O. Playbook
New streams, careful dating nurture profitsIt's known as the Sundance Effect: films that play big for enthusiastic Park City audiences, generating a hefty sale. But some don't achieve the same buzz when they hit theaters, while others that garner initially...
Dutch Pix Grab the Spotlight
Rotterdam fest puts new emphasis on dynamic local filmmakersRotterdam is reinforcing its relationship with the Dutch film industry this year, giving a higher profile onscreen and highlighting domestic projects at its venerable co-production forum, CineMart.The...
Eurocrime! the Italian Cop and Gangster Films That Ruled the '70S
FILMEurocrime! The Italian Cop and Gangster Films That Ruled the '70sDocumentaryOne of Italian cinema's last widely exported genre cycles gets a bemused history/homage in "Eurocrime!" Mike Malloy ? long but lively documentary taps a first-rate lineup...
Exports Fuel Gaul Biz
Movies are on a roll worldwide, but can the good times last?For French exports, banner headlines have never come bigger than in 2012."Taken 2," from Luc Besson's EuropaCorp, barnstormed to euro261 million ($342.2 million) through Nov. 30, the best B.O....
Femme-Made Projects Pace Ecuador Surge
Gov't subsidies open screen doors to localsThe past few years have seen a boom in local films in Ecuador. Whereas a mere five pics were made in the entire decade of the 1990s, this tiny Andean nation of 14 million is now churning out an average of four...
French Pics Have Laughs, Will Travel
Comedies can sell as well as dramas. The 15th Unifrance Paris Rendez-vous kicks off with Daniele Thompson's "It Happened in SaintTropez," from Pathe. And over the next four days, a score of other laffers are set to unspool at the market with some of...
Fresh Talkshows Aim for Conflict
Mamy," the king of socalled conflict talkers, will see a couple of would-be rivals move onto its turf this fall - MGM's "Paternity Court," starring lawyer Lauren Lake, and CBS Television Distribution's "The Test," produced by Jay McGraw's Stage 29 Prods,...
H'wood's Year of the Dragon
The international B.O. hit new heights in 2012, thanks largely to explosive growth in China, which overtook Japan to become the top-earning foreign territory. Disney's "The Avengers" topped the worldwide B.O., with $1.5 billion, but "Ice Age: Continental...
Politics, Exhibition Woes Dog Biz Growth
While Ecuadorians have been able to choose more homegrown fare amid the usual glut of Hollywood films (U.S. pics maintain a better than 90% marketshare) the sad reality is that there aren't enough screens in the country (a paltry 220) to do them justice.Local...
Rialto Warming Trend
GOTHAM LIMELIGHTBroadway continued to inch upward in 2012, not only in terms of grosses - an unsurprising trend, given inflation and the widespread presence of premium-priced seating - but, encouragingly, in terms of attendance as well.Calendar years...
Slamdance Love Boosts Global Resumes
Long known as the bastard offspring of Sundance, the Slamdance Film Festival, now entering its 19th year, has become a full-grown adult, no longer sheltered from the outside world, and increasingly spreading its wings (this year's fest runs Jan. 18-24).If,...
Smallscreen Fare Makes a Big Splash
Changing Channels sidebar unspools best of TV and Internet seriesEuropean film festivals are increasingly extending their mission to include television drama. Some argue that the miniseries is now the home of oldfashioned Hollywood storytelling, while...
Stolen Seas
FILM PALM SPRINGSStolen SeasDocumentaryFor some, the subject of piracy on the open sea conjures romantic images of Errol Flynn or Capt. Jack Sparrow, while others picture recent news coverage of Somalis rerouting passing freighters. The reality is far...
'Street' Plays It as It Slays
'Street' plays it as it slaysTELEVISION: RIPPER STREETSeries; BBC America, Sat Jan. 19, 9 p.m.Director: Tom ShanWand; Cast: Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Rynn, Adam RothenbergBBC America did well with "Copper" - a rather turgid detective drama, other than...
Sun Comes Up for 'Annie,' Even after Holidays
The tail end of the annual holiday sales boost helped keep Broadway B.O. relatively robust in Week 32 (Dec. 31-Jan. 6), although the numbers still took a hit in the wake of the Christmas frame spike.Although almost every production on the boards saw...
Texas Chainsaw
FILM Texas ChainsawThe makers of "Texas Chainsaw" - or "Texas Chainsaw 3D," as it's being widely advertised - would like to you forget all about nearly 40 years' worth of sequels, prequels, remakes and reboots, and pretend that only a couple of decades...
The Carrie Diaries
TELEVISIONThe Carrie DiariesSeries; CW, Mon. Jan. 14, 8 p.m.Strange as it sounds, "The Carrie Diaries" - CWs "Sex and the City"-inspired teen drama - primarily resembles "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles." Both involve exploring the youthful version...
Water by the Spoonful
LEGIT OFF Water by the Spoonful Second Stage; 296 seats; $76 topAlthough it doesnt fully achieve its lofty aspirations, Quiara Alegría Hudes' 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "Water by the Spoonful" makes an urgent plea for the human connections that...
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