The Three Hour Avengers, Luring Woody Allen to LA Film Festival: Biz Break

Also in Thursday's quick round up of film news, ARC Entertainment is bringing Fat Kid to the States, Meryl Streep gives her two cents on big studio flops, and audiences just are not heading to theaters frequently like they used to.

Fat Kid to Hit North America
ARC Entertainment has picked up North American rights to director Matthew Lillard's Fat Kid Rules the World. Starring Jacob Wysocki (Terri), Matt O'Leary (Natural Selection) and Billy Campbell (The Killing), the film won the Narrative Feature Audience Award at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival. The film revolves around two guys who form a strong friendship after one saves the other from suicide.

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Meryl Streep Has Words for Studio Tentpole Failures
The actress had advice for studio execs behind big budget box office flops like Battleship and John Carter: "Listen to the ladies." THR reports.

Waiting for the Avengers Directors Cut
Following in the footsteps of other high stakes box office titles, Joss Whedon is rumored to be reinstating footage into a three-hour version of the blockbuster that has taken in billions worldwide, The Guardian reports.

Only 3% Rate Moviegoing as Frequent Form of Entertainment
Only two years ago, 28% of U.S. consumers said "cinema/movies" were a frequent source of entertainment, according to PR outfit Edelman which released the statistics, Deadline reports.

LA Film Festival Lures Woody Allen to Opener
The director is, not publicly anyway, a frequent visitor in Los Angeles, but LAFF managed to get the filmmaker to its opening night. THR talks to the festival's head programmer on how they made it happen.

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