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“Hobbit,” “Frozen” help box office to record year

Over the bustling post-Christmas holiday weekend, Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” continued to lead the box office, as it landed in the No. 1 slot for the third weekend in a row.

Hollywood on verge of record $11 billion year

Despite summertime flops, Hollywood is expected to coming in just shy of $11 billion at the box office for 2013, the largest take ever. But because of higher ticket prices, actual attendance at North American theaters remained flat after a decade of decline.

As moviemaking changes, production specialists follow

Even as new filmmaking centers help spread Hollywood’s wealth around the world, the boost to local economies comes at a personal cost to the specialists who must follow the work. As movie production migrates from place to place, friendships get left behind and raising a family can be difficult.

 
‘Wolf of Wall Street’ a delicious grab bag of debauchery

Director Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio revisit the anything-goes late ’80s and early ’90s with such debauchery that it should elicit abject horror but mostly plays as comedy.

 
Stop dreaming about it: 9 reasons to see ‘Walter Mitty’ including David Bowie

“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” starring and directed by Ben Stiller, is a sweet, hopeful, good-hearted tale hampered by the fact that it can’t quite decide whether it’s a comedy or a drama. But there are at least nine good reasons to see it.

 
‘Fast & Furious 7’ pushed back until April 2015

Universal Pictures has delayed the release of “Fast & Furious 7” for almost a year following the death of star Paul Walker, who will still be included in the movie.

Film tax credit program begins in 2014

Hollywood may soon be coming to a neighborhood near you with final state approval of a $20 million-a-year tax credit program to lure film productions to Nevada.

“American Hustle” movie entertaining jaunt

Underscoring deeply conflicted characters, who are on a mission to reconceive their unsatisfying circumstances, has become director David O. Russell’s sweet spot. From his raw 1996 film, “Flirting With Disaster,” to last year’s acclaimed “Silver Linings Playbook,” he effectively unravels the disarray.

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