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Titans Peter Jackson and George Miller Take Over the Con with 'Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies' and 'Mad Max: Fury Road' (POSTERS & TRAILERS)

Despite the momentary wow factor of glimpsing that spooky stare-down in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," (yes, Ben Affleck looks perfectly suited as The Dark Knight), the real joy of the Warner Bros. Hall H panel on Saturday was Peter Jackson and George Miller geeking out about the "The Hobbit" finale and the re-imagined "Mad Max."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 28, 2014 4:25 PM
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EXCLUSIVE TRAILER: 'Up Series' Director Michael Apted Reveals the Art of the Camera in New Doc 'Bending the Light'

Set to world-premiere at Michigan's Traverse City Film Festival on August 3, tireless Brit auteur Michael Apted's upcoming documentary "Bending the Light" takes a close look at the relationship between camera-makers and users, from photographers to filmmakers.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 28, 2014 4:10 PM
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Career Watch: Three Emmy-Nominated TV Stars Make Movie Moves

These days, a movie star can easily make the switch to TV with no loss of stature. In fact, Matthew McConaughey’s acclaimed work on the HBO series “True Detective” probably helped to seal the deal on his Oscar win for “Dallas Buyers Club.” But taking the leap from TV to film? That’s an iffier proposition. Just because someone is popular on a small screen doesn’t mean they will have the same impact at the multiplex. And audiences often have a problem accepting a lead of a long-running series as a different character. Here are three actors – all competing for Emmys when this year’s ceremony airs on Aug. 25 – who have had varying degrees of success with conquering film.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • July 28, 2014 2:36 PM
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Ti West Moonlights on Trailers from Hell for 'Teen Wolf'

Today on Trailers from Hell, "The Sacrament" director Ti West talks 1985 campy classic "Teen Wolf."
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  • July 28, 2014 2:23 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: Outfest Horror Fave 'Lyle,' Starring Gaby Hoffmann, to Be Self-Distributed by Filmmakers (TRAILER)

Eschewing more traditional distribution models, director Stewart Thorndike and producer Alex Scharfman have elected to stream "Lyle," the first of three female-focused horror films, for free.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 28, 2014 1:49 PM
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WATCH: New 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' Red Band Comic-Con Trailer Stars Sexy Alba, Green & Dawson

The latest trailer for "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" is here, and this time it's Red Band, and out of Comic-Con. From co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, this stylish, slick, black-and-white thriller hits theaters August 22 -- and it stars Jessica Alba, Eva Green, Rosario Dawson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and all sorts of young and beautiful people.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 28, 2014 1:36 PM
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Weinstein Co. Awards Plans Come Into Focus: What Are Their Oscar Frontrunners?

Dating a film says a lot about a distributor's plans. So the later the film comes out--in the thick of the most congested season of the year-- the more willing the company is to step up and promote. It means they have skin in the Oscar game. There's no other reason to put out a limited-release movie in that time frame. Every year, Hollywood looks to the Weinstein Co. to put several awards-season players in the race. What are they?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 28, 2014 12:56 PM
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WATCH: Teaser for 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,' Marking Philip Seymour Hoffman's Last Role

Said Philip Seymour Hoffman to Rolling Stone in 2005: "No one knows me. No one understands me. That's the other thing that changes as you get older. It's like everybody understands you. But no one understands me."
  • By Nick Newman
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  • July 28, 2014 11:05 AM
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WATCH: Non-Stop Action in 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Comic-Con Trailer

The highlight of the Warner Bros. Comic-Con panel Saturday wasn't "Batman vs. Superman." It was George Miller's return to Max Max, "Fury Road." And Warner marketing didn't miss a trick, releasing the trailer and posters the next day. Here you go.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 27, 2014 8:56 PM
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Top Ten Box Office Takeaways, as Action Star Scarlett Johannson in 'Lucy' Lays Out The Rock in 'Hercules'

Two new openings led by Number One Grosser "Lucy" stood out among this weekend's Top 10 grosses. But this fresh new blood wasn't enough to staunch the overall ongoing box office bleeding. The leading films grossed around $130 million, another significant shortfall ($22 million) from the same time last year. The year to date total now is almost 7% below 2013, and even worse, behind every year since 2008.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 27, 2014 5:12 PM
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