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The Most Torrented Movies & TV Shows By State May Surprise You

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 13, 2014 12:35 PM
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Game Of Thrones, Season 4 finale, The Children
As evidenced by the recent leak of "The Expendables 3," piracy is still a major problem facing Hollywood. And while the illegal downloading of high profile shows and movies grab the most headlines, when you dig a bit deeper into what's being swapped, a more interesting picture emerges regarding the most sought after content.

Watch: Trailer For “Cinema Made In Italy,” Bringing 'The Great Beauty,' 'Honey' & More To Theatres Nationwide

Getting the chance to see foreign films on the big screen—even acclaimed ones like the Oscar winning "The Great Beauty"—can be a challenge, particularly if you're not in a major market city. But Emerging Pictures are going to make it a bit easier for film fans to see five recent, critically regarded Italian films, including Paolo Sorrentino's award winner. Read More »

'The Great Beauty' Director Paolo Sorrentino Talks His Oscar Nominated Film & Desire To Make An L.A. Noir

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 20, 2014 3:04 PM
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The Great Beauty, Paolo Sorrentino
There are a number of exceptional films nominated for this year's Foreign Language Oscar, but none swept us up quite like "The Great Beauty." The film, directed by Paolo Sorrentino, follows an aging journalist (played by Sorrentino regular Toni Servillo), as he makes his way through modern day Rome and deals with his own mortality. It's a giant, sumptuous, glittery delight, with party sequences that make the overblown excess of "The Great Gatsby" seem paltry by comparison, and has an unexpectedly melancholic and spiritual core. We were lucky enough to sit down with Sorrentino, on the eve of the Oscars, to talk about the film, how "La Dolce Vita" inspired the production, the music in his movies, why he wants to do an L.A.-set noir at some point and much more.

'Wadjda,''The Past' & 'Gloria' Snubbed In Oscar Foreign-Language Shortlist; 'Grandmaster' & 'The Hunt' Make Cut

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 20, 2013 1:24 PM
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While it might be Christmas for everyone else, for those hustling the awards season campaigns, the maneuvering keeps going. And we're sure there will be no shortage of publicists, agents and studio head making calls this afternoon now that the Oscar race for Best Foreign Language Film has been tightened up.

Criterion Brings 'Persona,' 'A Brief History of Time' & 'The Great Beauty' To DVD/Blu-Ray In March

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • December 17, 2013 9:38 AM
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The Criterion Collection Persona A Brief History Of Time
Well, it’s the middle of the month, which means The Criterion Collection has announced yet another batch of releases to help keep your wallet from feeling too heavy. This March features a long-awaited title from one of the label’s most celebrated directors, as well as a silent classic, and a film that came out this past year that is destined to get nominated for a Best Foreign Language Oscar.

NY Times Manohla Dargis's Top Films Of 2013 Include 'The Counselor,' 'Her,' 'Spring Breakers' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 11, 2013 2:22 PM
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Spring Breakers
Another day, another top ten sixteen list, this time from the desk of New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis. And while you'll find the usual suspects like "Inside Llewyn Davis," "12 Years a Slave," "American Hustle" and "Her," the list is mostly notable for giving shine to perhaps some of the more undersung and left-field films that dropped in 2013.

Pedro Almodovar's Top 12 Films Of 2013 Includes 'Blue Is Warmest Color,' 'Mud,' 'Act Of Killing'& More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 11, 2013 9:54 AM
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Mud Matthew McConaughey Tye Sheridan
Along with critics, filmmakers also like to get into the ranking of the year's best movies. So far we've seen the likes of Quentin Tarantino and John Waters weigh in, and now another auteur has decided to put down his choices for the best 2013 had to offer, and as always, it's a fascinating look at what connects with creative minds.

The New Yorker's Worst Of 2013 List Includes 'Before Midnight' & 'All Is Lost' "With 'Gravity' Close Behind"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 10, 2013 11:33 AM
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Gravity
So, everyone loved "Gravity," right? A big slice of sci-fi with a space adventure and groundbreaking visual effects all wrapped up into one of the best cinematic experiences of the year, right? Well, not so much for the New Yorker's Richard Brody.

'The Great Beauty' Wins Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor & More At European Film Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 7, 2013 6:07 PM
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While it has pretty much no bearing on the Oscars, winning a few key categories at the European Film Awards does serve to raise the profile of some movies that are in contention. Now, we can certainly bet that more Academy voters will be popping in their screeners of "The Great Beauty."

Time Magazine Names 'Her,' 'American Hustle,' 'Fast & Furious 6' And 'Desolation Of Smaug' In Top Ten Films Of 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2013 11:23 AM
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Her, Joaquin Phoenix
Ah, Time magazine... the once venerable publication that might actually name Miley Cyrus as their Person Of The Year (she's currently leading online voting). Last year, the mag angered certain corners of the internet by declaring "Cloud Atlas" as their worst film of 2012, while their mostly decent top ten also included "Frankenweenie." And this year, critic Richard Corliss has increased the oddball choices.

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