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MPAA: 'It is a despicable, criminal act'; Obama weighs in, too

In his last press conference of the year, President Obama said he wished Sony had not pulled "The Interview." He and his family head to Hawaii for a holiday break.

Sony pulls 'The Interview' ahead of its Dec. 25 release

UPDATE: After theater chains started pulling "The Interview," it has been announced that Sony will do the same. Variety has noted that Sony stands behind the filmmakers, but still has decided to pull the film ahead of its Dec. 25 release.

'Exodus: Gods and Kings' rules its way to the top of box office

It was a parting of the ways at the top as "Exodus: Gods and Kings" takes over the box office over the weekend. "Mockingjay" parted ways after three weeks on top.

Oscars: 323 movies eligible and 79 songs qualify

Many films get released each year and only a select few are Oscar-worthy. And only one became the Best Picture. However, many more are eligible.

'Exodus: Gods and Kings' will take down 'Mockingjay'

Some may say "Exodus: Gods and Kings" is off to a fine start with $1.3 million on those earlier showings, as it goes wide today (Dec. 12), but it doesn't feel that way

'Mockingjay' makes it look easy while 'Wild' opens very solid

The holiday season proved too much as it helped derail any hopes of momentum at the box office. But, the box office needs some right now.

Special effects Oscar hopefuls move on, but two glaring omissions

Two glaring omissions are worthy of note when looking at the shortlist for special effects Oscar hopefuls. Those still in it are 10 films that many have seen over the last year.

Slow movie weekend ahead as 'Mockingjay' will win for third time

Do not look for any new movies to rattle "The Hunger Games" Mockinjay - Part 1" from the top of the box office pile. It could have a bad weekend and drop off more than usual and still win.

National Board of Review top prize goes to 'A Most Violent Year'

New York - The National Board of Review has just served up some interesting winners on the road to Oscar glory. Besides a tie for the top acting prize, their best film went to "A Most Violent Year."

New York Film Critics name 'Boyhood' best film of the year

The New York Film Critics Circle named "Boyhood" the best film of 2014, it was announced today (Dec. 1). "Boyhood" was filmed over a 12-year span.

New FDA rules will require calorie counts on menus

Washington D.c. - The Food and Drug Administration is adding one more soldier to the battle against obesity in Americans by requiring chain restaurants, movie theaters and pizza parlors nationwide to list calorie counts on their menus.

'Mockingjay' wins but not in the same league as 'Catching Fire'

"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" was even less of a winner that was noted, as often happens when a win that big occurs. It needs to settle in, and this time, it came in with a lower number, and that is not a good sign.

'Dumb and Dumber To' deflates 'Big Hero 6' with silliness, laughs

UPDATE: The box office usually stays steady after the dust settles. Every now and then the top numbers change and need attention.

'Dumb and Dumber To' aims for laughs but holdovers in the way

It is the box office calm before the storm as the world awaits "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1" next week. But, one must first get through this weekend as it looks for laughs and hoping for holdover success.

'Big Hero 6' and 'Interstellar' to provide big box office boost

Coming off a brutal weekend at the box office, it looks like a healthy rebound is here. Just in time as this is the weekend when Hollywood kicks off the holiday season. Now, enter "Interstellar" and "Big Hero 6."

UPDATE: 'Ouija' edges out 'Nightcrawler' on weak Halloween

UPDATE: "Ouija" was able to edge out "Nightcrawler" to take the Halloween weekend box office crown. However, it was nothing to write home about as the numbers were the lowest winning total of the year.

'Nightcrawler' creeps; Marvel announces release dates until 2019

A funny thing happened on the way to Halloween this year. For the most part, Hollywood is ignoring it, much like one other holiday this past year.

'Ouija' summons up a win

A movie based on a board game took over the box office with an estimated $19.8 million. It provided movie-goers with the Halloween flavor as the holiday approaches.

'Ouija' to scare up the box office

It doesn't take a Ouija board to see the what the box office has in store this weekend. Timing is everything for the movie called "Ouija."

Ferocious 'Fury' fights, flies high for solid box office victory

It was a World War II drama that took the lead with a fury at the box office. It ended up being an easy win over a two-time champ and a Halloween-themed film.

'Gone Girl' wins in heated box office race

"Gone Girl" went on and won another tight box office race as it fended off "Dracula Untold." The numbers were not as close as last week's race, but it was still good for the box office.

'Gone Girl' may win another tight box office race

Because "Gone Girl"performed better than expected last week, it means momentum may be on its side for another victory. It will be close again.

'Gone Girl' grabs a win in a tight box office race

A grizzly tale of a dysfunctional marriage in "Gone Girl" won out over the horror of "Annabelle." The real winner, though, was the overall box office.

'The Equalizer' crushes competitors for an easy win

A true movie star in Denzel Washington took over the box office with relative ease as "The Equalizer" pummeled the competition.

Denzel Washington will blast 'The Equalizer' past 'The Boxtrolls'

UPDATE: As noted, "The Equalizer" is blasting past "The Boxtrolls" in what will be an easy win at the weekend box office. It should also beat projections and may end up in the $32-36 million range.

'The Maze Runner' sprints to an easy win

It didn't take long to see that "The Maze Runner" would easily win the weekend box office race. The only question would be where the numbers would end up.

'The Maze Runner' should find its way to the top

Sifting through the maze of the weekend box office and it looks like another young adult film is poised to make it through to the top.

'No Good Deed' splashes past 'Dolphin Tale 2'

It wasn't a tale about a dolphin that provided a nice surprise at the box office over the weekend, but rather a suspense film. It was a also tale of two new movies where one over-achieved and the other one under-performed.

'Guardians of the Galaxy' on top as box office hits the brakes

The loud screech that was heard this weekend was the sound of the box office putting on the brakes. It was expected but that doesn't make it better.

'The Identical' will not beat 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

Looking at the new releases at the box office and it looks like another slow weekend is in the making. That will bode well for the holdovers again, but it means September starts slow.
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