• kingkong.jpgIs King Kong a slow-building, long-burning smash, or a full-on instant disappointment? Ben Fritz again pimps that meaningless Friday-to-Saturday 40% increase stat as proof that all hope for a smashing performance has not been lost, but with Christmas falling on a Sunday, it'll be hard to gauge the big box office picture until after the new year.
  • Focus Features is moving to pull out all the stops and expand Brokeback Mountain's release to 400 screens by January 6. It's currently averaging about $36,000 on less than 70 screens. In addition, they'll move to promote the picture in places like Texas and Wyoming, the regions it describes.
  • Jean-Pierre Melville's Army of Shadows will finally get a US release. The film was completed 36 years ago; it has since been restored and will open in the US with new subtitles and a new soundtrack.