Looking back, looking ahead

THR reviews the year past and looks forward to 2008



Down but not out
INDIE B.O. WRAP: Boxoffice revenue for films from indie distributors and specialty divisions dropped 11.9% from $1.32 billion in 2006 to $1.16 billion in 2007.
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Dividing up the spoils
STUDIO B.O. WRAP: From menacing Spartan warriors to chipper singing chipmunks, 2007's boxoffice attractions spanned the gamut -- and reached record heights.
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Conquering heroes
TOP 25 FILMS: Hollywood doesn't like to be taken by surprise -- unless the surprise is a hit movie that performs way above initial expectations, such as last year's "300" or "Superbad." Otherwise, it prefers an orderly rollout of preordained hits.
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Seas of change
GLOBAL B.O. WRAP: One crazy summer and a weak U.S. dollar paved the way for a record year at the overseas boxoffice in 2007.
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YouTube's clicks
VIDEO: YouTube combs through the site to determine which videos people were thinking and talking about most. They include a tearful defense of Britney Spears, left, and an ode to Barack Obama.
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2007's multiple personalities
NEWSMAKERS: From new tools to new toys and new labor tensions, technology -- and coming to grips with it -- was the biggest Hollywood story of the past year.
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Strike, war reaction films and more
AFI MOMENTS: The Discovery Channel's high-definition nature series "Planet Earth" was among the American Film Institute's seven "moments of significance" that have had an impact on the moving image in the past year.
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Corporate scorecards
BUSINESS: A sluggish economy and advertising market, a weakening DVD business, the global credit crunch and the continued digital transformation -- 2007 has been a challenging year for the big seven media and entertainment companies.
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Critics' picks
REVIEWS: The top films for THR's film critics confirm what critics groups and nominations already have demonstrated: 2007 was a year of many good movies but few great ones. So there are no clear front-runners here.
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Courtrooms, comebacks and more
MUSIC: Britney made headlines this past year for better or worse, while other artists got political and a few got arrested. Billboard rounds up the year's top stories from the music industry.
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2008 predictions
FORECASTS: Will Katie Couric be in the anchor chair much longer? What else is in store for the entertainment industry next year? Read THR's predictions for iTunes, DreamWorks, the writers strike and more.
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