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On The Lot: 'Paranormal Activity', award nominees, Laemmle Theaters

"Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones."

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Now it's time for On the Lot, our regular series of talks about the film biz with LA Times reporter Rebecca Keegan.

One of the big movies of the weekend, the fifth installment in the "Paranormal Activity" franchise, it was number two at the box office. This film was a little different than the previous ones in this series, the producers were actually targeting a Latino audience. It seems to have paid off

Historically, Latino audiences have turned out for horror movies and the "Paranormal" series in particular. Did they change anything about the formula here to make the appeal more specific?

Producer Saul Zaentz died at the age of 92 last week. He was behind three best picture Oscar winners, including the 1975 classic, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Next." He also produced winners "Amadeus" and "The English Patient." How will he be remembered in the industry?

On to this year's crop of award winners. We've got some more nominations from the Producer's and Writer's guilds rolling in. All the usual suspects and some dark horses in there.

"The Wolf of Wall Street" has broken the record for the number of F-bombs in a movie. There must be pretty steep competition out there.

Finally, the Laemmle Theaters is celebrating its 75th birthday.  These theaters were some of the first to expose American audiences to great foreign films from the likes of Francois Truffaut and Akira Kurosawa. How have they fared in this digital era?