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Can 'Avatar' Save Disney's Animal Kingdom?

Disney plans to open an entire land themed to "Avatar" at its Animal Kingdom park by early 2017, which should help the park shake its reputation of having too little to offer.

The Oscars Pop Quiz: Who Won and Lost Financially in Hollywood

This weekend, the Oscars will celebrate the best in film, and those statuettes don't come cheap. With that in mind, we've compiled some interesting facts about the money behind the movies: Their biggest winners, their saddest losers, and just how much an Academy Award is worth.

What to Watch This Week: Race Cars, Used Cars, 3-D and Retail

Here are some of the items that will help shape the week that lies ahead on Wall Street: Consumer electronics retailer Conn's reports; Titanic returns in 3-D; motorsports promoter International Speedway will see profits stall, and used-car seller CarMax checks under the hood.

What to Make of 'Modern Warfare 3's' Record Sales

At a time when the music industry is Auto-Tuning its own eulogy and Hollywood has all but given up on DVDs, 1.5 million people lined up at midnight events to score copies of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, proving that even in an era when more of us want our entertainment for free, some things are still considered worth their price.

12 Big Comebacks of 2010

Conan O'Brien Comeback 2010Everything old is new again, or so the song says. And each year we do see forgotten faces, places and products emerge from the dim past to recapture...

A Midnight Boost for Big-Budget Movie Openings

Midnight movie screenings used to be the domain of cult classics. But in recent years, midnight openings of blockbuster films like Eclipse, The Dark Knight and Avatar, have proven it a strategy that can boost both ticket sales and buzz.

3-D TV Sales Are Set for Eye-Popping Growth

About 4 million 3-D-capable TV sets will ship in 2010, one out of every 20 flat-screen TVs sold. That's projected to more than double next year and grow tenfold in four years. But hurdles like lack of 3-D programming and bandwith constraints could limit such rapid growth.

Huge 'Avatar' DVD Sales Fly in the Face of the Trend

DVD sales have been falling so sharply that some movie industry watchers see extinction around the corner for the format. But in less than a week, Avatar discs have rung up huge numbers. Is this a sign that DVDs will survive, or just James Cameron-generated fluke?

Cameron: Amazon Dam Dispute a Real-Life Avatar

Director James Cameron said that a real-life "Avatar" battle is playing out in Brazil's Amazon rain forest, where indigenous groups are trying to halt the construction of a huge hydroelectric project. Cameron said he was in Brazil's capital to support protesters against the dam.

Oscar Nominees: A Bigger List, with More Surprises

With the announcement of this year's Oscar nominees, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences seems to have accomplished just want it wanted to by expanding its Best Picture category to 10 nominees from five: creating space for deserving movies that would have been ignored in the past.

"Avatar" Becomes Top Box-Office Film of All Time

"Avatar" is only $50 shy of passing "Titanic" as the largest global box office film in history -- just short of the ship disaster's $1.843 billion mark. The ticket taking "Avatar" all the way to the top spot has already been sold.

Hooray for Hollywood and
the U.S.?

Observers are bracing for the revenue avalanche that 'Avatar' will generate in its third weekend onscreen -- even as they debate the movie's effect on their industry, and what if anything it may augur for the national economy and employment rates.