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Cameron Crowe's Next Slated Not for Fall, but Summer 2015

Now that Columbia Pictures and Regency Enterprises have screened writer-director Cameron Crowe's still-untitled return to original filmmaking, they're scheduling it for May 29, 2015. That suggests that they did not consider the comedy --which stars Bradley Cooper as a military contractor who reconnects with former love Rachel McAdams when he returns to the US Space program in Hawaii-- to be fall awards material.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 21, 2014 5:28 PM
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Marlon Brando: Intellectual

With considerable skepticism I came to "Brando’s Smile," Susan Mizruchi’s unexpectedly empathic and involving intellectual biography of the actor. The Boston University professor read between – and next to – the lines of the 4,000 volumes and dozens of scripts in Brando’s personal library. His handwritten marginalia reveal aspects of the man unknown to most. “As the first biographer to have reviewed Brando’s archives,” Mizruchi reports in her eye-opening account, ” . . . I can report that Brando’s hunger for knowledge was as insatiable as his legendary appetites for women and food.” And how.
  • By Carrie Rickey
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  • July 21, 2014 5:19 PM
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How Did 'Birdman,' 'Gone Girl,' 'Inherent Vice' and 'Imitation Game' Land Key Fall Festival Slots?

Everyone in Hollywood reads the industry tea leaves, the probable truth behind every announcement and its attendant spin. As the awards season takes shape, three major releases are jockeying for position: "Gone Girl," "Inherent Vice" and "Birdman." The Hollywood studios, indie distributors, Oscar campaigners and strategists were pushing the New York Film Festival (September 26 - October 12) for their awards hopefuls, wanting to land a coveted gala slot.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 21, 2014 3:33 PM
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Trailers From Hell Opens 'The Doors'

Today on Trailers from Hell, Allan Arkush talks Oliver Stone's 1991 biopic about 1960s prog-rock band The Doors.
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  • July 21, 2014 2:57 PM
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Career Watch: TV Boosts Movie Stars Jon Voight, Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey

With Emmy Award season in full swing (the show airs Aug. 25), we look at three Emmy nominees who came up in Hollywood and are enjoying a career boost from their work in television. These days it's possible to move more fluidly than ever before between movies and TV (the late great James Garner was a rare example of a star who could swing both ways). The Third Golden Age of Television --easily viewed on multi-platforms by a wide range of viewers--has proved a boon for these movie actors.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • July 21, 2014 11:56 AM
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EXCLUSIVE: Harvey Weinstein Explains How 'Snowpiercer' Became a Gamechanger, We Crunch Theater vs. VOD Numbers

Thirty years in, Harvey Weinstein knows the distribution business. While he's a wily theatrical animal who knows when to spend big on a wide release and when to dump a movie, he took a radical route with Bong Joon-ho's action adventure "Snowpiercer," starring Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton, seizing the chance to try something new. Weinstein's decision to open the movie via subsidiary RADiUS with a video-on-demand release two weeks after its release in theaters is a seismic distribution event.
  • By Anne Thompson and Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 21, 2014 5:21 AM
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Five Takeaways as 'Sex Tape' Flops, Summer Top Ten Box Office Continues Downward Spiral

The summer box office downward spiral continues, with another big drop. The Top Ten grossed $130 million compared to $174 million last year; 2014 is down 6% from 2013. What gives?
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 20, 2014 4:23 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Boyhood' Is Breakout Hit, 'I Origins' Collapses

The big story at a specialty box office dominated by uneven Sundance 2014 openings and expansions is that Richard Linklater's word-of-mouth and critical success "Boyhood" (IFC) shows significant crossover potential.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 20, 2014 2:16 PM
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Remembering James Garner, A Maverick On and Off Screen

It is my custom to celebrate lives, not mourn deaths. On the occasion of James Garner’s passing at age 86, I would like to recall the man and his work by sharing this interview.
  • By Joe Leydon
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  • July 20, 2014 1:30 PM
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Will Paul Thomas Anderson World Premiere 'Inherent Vice' at the New York Film Festival, or Sneak It First?

As expected, Paul Thomas Anderson’s "Inherent Vice" will world premiere at the upcoming 52nd New York Film Festival (September 26 – October 12) as the Centerpiece gala on Saturday October 4. But will the maverick filmmaker sneak preview it in another venue before he arrives at Lincoln Center?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 19, 2014 4:51 PM
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