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The rise and fall of 3D
At the start of the year, with "Avatar" shattering box-office records and "Alice In Wonderland" doing the same, it seemed like 3D had officially taken over the industry. By the end of the year, though, with failures like the awful post-conversion on "Clash of the Titans" and "The Last Airbender," the cancellation of the post-conversion for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I," and "Tron: Legacy" failing to become the same sort of lightning-strike phenomenon as "Avatar," 3D's firm hold on the industry was feeling a lot less firm. Will the industry continue to support the format with the same sort of fervor moving forward? Next year's "Hugo Cabret" will see no less than Martin Scorsese working in 3D for the first time, and "The Avengers" promises to take live-action superhero spectacle to a new level, so don't count it out yet, but perhaps we'll see the industry embrace more modest expectations for just how much of the year's slate really demands a translation to the third dimension.
- Drew McWeeny