Movie News in 60 Seconds: ‘New Year’s Eve’ Prompts No Joy; Critics Pick Diverse Slate; Michael Jackson’s Daughter Entering Show Biz

Movie News in 60 Seconds: ‘New Year’s Eve’ Prompts No Joy; Critics Pick Diverse Slate; Michael Jackson’s Daughter Entering Show Biz

Dec 12, 2011

U.S. Box Office: Two new wide releases failed to excite the moviegoing public. New Year’s Eve and its all-star cast took the top spot, drawing tepid returns to the tune of $13.7 million, while Jonah Hill’s star turn in The Sitter earned an estimated $10 million. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 ($7.9 million), The Muppets ($7.1 million), and Arthur Christmas ($6.6 million) rounded out the top five. (Box Office Mojo)

Critic Awards: The weekend was filled with film critics meeting throughout the land to determine their year-end award winners. Four groups announced their picks, with The Artist named best film by critics in New York and Boston, with Los Angeles going for The Descendants and San Francisco favoring The Tree of Life. (The Daily Mubi / Movie City News)

Like Father, Like Daughter: The 13-year-old daughter of the late Michael Jackson is going into show business. Paris Jackson will make her film debut in Lundon’s Bridge and the Three Keys, a fantasy adventure that will combine live action with animation. (KABC)

Filmmaker Charged with Fraud: Director Daniel Adams has been charged with defrauding the State of Massachusetts of nearly $5 million in “inflated tax credits,” including a false claim that he paid actor Richard Dreyfuss $2.5 million, when the actual amount was $400,000. Adams’ attorney says: “You can’t rush to judgment”; a hearing is set for Wednesday. (Reuters)

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