According to the National Association of Theater Owners, the average ticket price dropped from $7.95 in the first quarter of 2010 to $7.88 in the second quarter. The drop is being attributed to more tickets being sold to children.

3D in general has caused the average ticket price to increase to jump pretty quickly. 2009's average price was $7.50.

 

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Source: Variety

Shawn Levy has set up an adaptation of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, a popular children's story by Judith Viorst, at 20th Century Fox.

Levy has had plenty of success at Fox. He directed both Night at the Museum films and earlier this year he helmed the Steve Carell/Tina Fey vehicle Date Night. With a track record of delivering solid family entertainment, it's safe to say that Fox can count on a pretty standard adaptation from Levy. They won't get something more dark and brooding like Spike Jonze's take on Where the Wild Things Are.

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UPDATED: Oliver Stone released an apology: "In trying to make a broader historical point about the range of atrocities the Germans committed against many people, I made a clumsy association about the Holocaust, for which I am sorry and I regret."

"Jews obviously do not control media or any other industry. The fact that the Holocaust is still a very important, vivid and current matter today is, in fact, a great credit to the very hard work of a broad coalition of people committed to the remembrance of this atrocity -- and it was an atrocity."

Monday Update: When asked by The Sunday Times why he focused on the Holocaust so much in his upcoming Showtime documentary, The Secret History America, Oliver Stone blamed "The Jewish domination of the media." He added: "They stay on top of every comment, the most powerful lobby in Washington. Israel has f***** up United States foreign policy for years."

The Anti-Defamation League responded quickly. ADL's national director Abraham Foxman released the following: "Oliver Stone has once again shown his conspiratorial colors with his comments about "Jewish domination of the media" and control over U.S. foreign policy. His words conjure up some of the most stereotypical and conspiratorial notions of undue Jewish power and influence."

In addition to The Secret History of America, Stone has Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps on the horizon. The sequel opens on September 24.

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