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Trailers From Hell on 'Requiem For A Dream'

From 2000, Darren Aronofsky’s hyperventilating portrait of drug addiction focuses on a group of Coney Island inhabitants each with their own downward-spiraling horror story.
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  • August 18, 2014 1:28 PM
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Career Watch: Will 'Hit Girl' Chloe Grace Moretz Kick Ass This Fall?

At 17, Chloe Grace Moretz is the It girl for movie geeks, thanks to her Comic-Con-approved resume of haunted houses (2005’s “The Amityville Horror”), vampires (2010’s “Let Me In” and 2012’s “Dark Shadows”), shy girls with secret powers (2013’s “Carrie”) and her breakout role as foul-mouthed avenger Hit-Girl in 2010’s "Kick-Ass" and its 2013 sequel.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • August 18, 2014 6:05 AM
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Top Ten Takeaways: What Went Wrong with 'The Giver' & 'Expendables 3,' Surprise Genre Gains Popularity

Less impressive are three new wide releases. The unheralded cop comedy "Let's Be Cops" (20th Century Fox) led the pack at $17.7 million, with an $8.5 million additional gross from its Wednesday opening. It bested the disappointing, much more expensive "The Expendables 3" (Lionsgate), which for a variety of reasons fell short of predictions. Also below its anticipated level was the young adult dystopian adaptation "The Giver" (Weinstein), which may have proved too similar to"The Hunger Games" and "Divergent."
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 17, 2014 4:52 PM
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SPECIALTY BOX OFFICE: 'Trip to Italy' and 'Frank' Best of New Sundance-Premiered Openers as 'Life After Beth' Lags

Three high-profile Sundance 2014 films top the grosses for this week's specialized openers. Comedy "The Trip to Italy" (IFC) and music drama "Frank" (Magnolia) fared best in theaters only--from distributors who often use day-and-date Video on Demand avenues. A third, zombie flick "Life After Beth" (A24), which has been viewable on Direct TV for the past month, opened soft in two prime bicoastal locations.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 17, 2014 12:58 PM
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Best of the Week: Remembering Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall, and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • August 16, 2014 2:32 PM
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'Expendables 3' Sinks at Box Office, 'Ninja Turtles' and 'Guardians' Still Lead

The August surge was weaker yesterday, but the Top Ten, led by last weekend's leaders "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (Paramount) and "Guardians of the Galaxy" (Buena Vista), managed to continue the recent improvement over last year.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 16, 2014 1:31 PM
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Chris Moore Creates 'The Chair' Indie Film Competition (TRAILER EXCLUSIVE)

"The Chair" is many things. Dreamed up by producer Chris Moore, it's two indie movies directed by rookies, YouTube sensation Shane Dawson and NYU screenwriter Anna Martemucci ("Breakup at a Wedding"), which will be released in theaters by Starz. It's also a ten-part one hour unscripted original documentary series, which starts airing on Starz September 6. And it's a reality show competition with $250,000 going to the winner.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 15, 2014 7:57 PM
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This Weekend, Avoid 'Expendables,' See Films by Catherine Breillat, Philippe Garrel & Michael Winterbottom Instead

"The Expendables 3" finally crashed into theaters everywhere today. Will early online piracy hurt this tired reunion of old action fogies? Who cares, because there are better ways to spend your movie weekend.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 15, 2014 5:29 PM
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Isabelle Huppert on Embracing the Darkness in Breillat's 'Abuse of Weakness,' Genet's 'The Maids' with Blanchett

Isabelle Huppert is something of an enigma. The Cannes and Cesar-winning actress plays women whose strength resides in some depraved inner core. And that perversity threatens to drive her characters deep into the void, as in Haneke's "The Piano Teacher," or into the light as in her new film with Catherine Breillat, "Abuse of Weakness."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 15, 2014 4:02 PM
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Starz Renews Entertaining Romantic Adventure 'Outlander' After Strong Debut (TRAILER)

Feeding the healthy appetite for women's fare, Starz is renewing for a second season romantic time travel adventure "Outlander," based on the bestsellers by Diana Gabaldon, which debuted well its first week with 5 million views and a No. 1 Nielsen Twitter Rating for its first day. It was helped by a boost from a one-week free posting on YouTube of the pilot episode that was sampled over 1 million times. Other advance signs of (largely female) viewer interest: plenty of fan fiction sites, Scotland tours, and a well-attended premiere and screening at Comic-Con.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 15, 2014 3:36 PM
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