News Nuggets: ‘The Artist’ gets a post-Oscar bump at the box office

The Artist” enjoys post-Oscar bump at the box office: “In North America, the black-and-white silent film moved into the top 10 chart for the first time since opening in select theaters 15 weeks ago, grossing $3.9 million for a domestic cume of $37.1 million. The pic was up 34 percent from the previous weekend. The Weinstein Co. planned all along to hold back from going wide until after the Academy Awards. Over the weekend, the film aggressively upped its theater count from 966 locations to 1,756. ‘This is within the range of what we expected. This film is a slow burn,’ Weinstein Co. president of distribution Erik Lomis said.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Freed West Memphis 3 prisoner Jason Baldwin will executive produce “Devil’s Knot“: “‘Devil’s Knot’ tells the story of Ron Lax, a successful private detective who worked for the defense for no pay. He found DNA evidence linking the stepfather of one of the murdered boys to material that was used to bind one of the victims. That evidence helped convince a judge to release Baldwin, Damien Echols and Jessie Misskelley, Jr., in 2011.” THE WRAP

Oscar-winners Terry George and Oorlagh George return to Belfast: “The father and daughter pair – who picked up the glittering prizes in Hollywood last weekend for their short movie ‘The Shore‘ – touched down at Belfast International on Monday morning. Mr George described how it felt to return home to a hero’s welcome, after walking a specially laid-out red carpet to the applause of passengers. He told UTV: ‘It’s breathtaking, stunning – is that the word? It’s really great. We had a great reception at the airport from friends, family and the press this morning, crisp skies, a beautiful morning, it’s a real trip.'” UTV

Adele‘s “Rolling in the Deep” is now the top-selling digital track by a female artist: “‘Deep’ moved an impressive 99,000 downloads for the week ending February 26, per Nielsen SoundScan, pushing its cumulative sales to 6.68 million. ‘Poker Face’ had been the leader among female-sung songs with 6.62 million in sales. With 7.82 million downloads, the Black Eyed Peas‘ ‘I Gotta Feeling’ is the all-time digital-download leader. ‘Deep’ now ranks second and ‘Poker Face’ third.” MTV

Sequel to “The Muppets” is in the works: “EW has confirmed a Variety report that ‘The Muppets’ co-writer Nicolas Stoller and director James Bobin will reunite to pen a new script. But Jason Segel, who co-wrote, starred, and was the driving force in resurrecting the beloved Muppet characters, is less certain about his role, depending on his other film and television commitments.” EW.COM

Sundance Film Festival favorite “Smashed” picked up by Sony Pictures Classics: “The final piece of Movieline’s Sundance 2012 Bidding-War puzzle has fallen into place, with director James Ponsoldt‘s boozehound relationship drama ‘Smashed’ going to the estimable Sony Pictures Classics. Five-for-five! High five? Smashed is the last of the year’s projected Sundance darlings to officially find a distribution deal, with ‘The Surrogate,’ ‘Bachelorette,’ ‘Arbitrage‘ and ‘Red Lights’ all spoken for in the month-plus since the festival came and went.” MOVIELINE

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