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Trailers From Hell: Bela Lugosi in 'Scared to Death'

The sinister presence of Bela Lugosi at his skulkiest (though he’s hardly in this trailer) adds the only layer of distinction to this disjointed poverty row “mystery” which at times seems like an unfinished feature stitched together in editing. Still has some delirious moments for die-hard fans.
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  • August 29, 2014 1:06 PM
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Wong Kar-wai Returns in 3D

China wants to embolden its film presence in Hollywood. What better way than to take a masterpiece from one of its most widely celebrated auteurs and repurpose it in glorious 3D?
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 29, 2014 12:59 PM
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Four Summer 2014 Box Office Takeaways: How Hollywood Lost Its Mojo

Over the course of covering the weekly box office, the huge drop in grosses over the summer season (defined as the first Friday in May through Labor Day) has become a regular theme. August's two strong performers reduced the toll a tad, but with one weekend remaining, the results are in. And they are grim.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 28, 2014 3:50 PM
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WATCH: Benedict Cumberbatch, James McAvoy & More Talk Acting, Warts and All

Heads up, aspiring actors: watch UK leading men Benedict Cumberbatch, James McAvoy, Colin Farrell, Jim Broadbent and Hugh Dancy talk acting, fame, rejection and more in a special BAFTA video.
  • By Elaina Patton
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  • August 28, 2014 3:40 PM
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Telluride Lands a Rich Program and Key World Premieres Ahead of Toronto

The Telluride Film Festival program unspooling over Labor Day weekend (August 29 - September 1) is choice, with 25 new features out of 85 feature films, short films and revivals from 28 countries. (Full program below.) Clearly, the festival did not lose the battle with the Toronto Film Festival. Venice got first dibs on the rapturously received "Birdman," "The Price of Fame," "The Look of Silence" and "99 Homes." And Open Road advance-screened its Telluride world premiere, Jon Stewart's debut film "Rosewater," for some critics (reviews here) which may not have been their best move.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 28, 2014 2:38 PM
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Academy Finally Announces Honorary Oscars

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have finally announced the results of their vote Tuesday night (August 26) for the annual honorary Governors Awards. They will be presented on November 8 at the 6th Governors Awards ceremony at Hollywood & Highland to famed French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière ("The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie"), Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki ("Spirited Away"), and actress Maureen O’Hara ("The Quiet Man"). The coveted Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award will go to activist Harry Belafonte.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 28, 2014 1:21 PM
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WATCH: Must-See 'Overnighters' Trailer Examines American Dream Gone Wrong

The trailer for Jesse Moss' timely, wrenching documentary “The Overnighters," winner of the 2014 Sundance Special Jury Prize, has debuted.
  • By Elaina Patton
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  • August 28, 2014 1:20 PM
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Workman Orson Welles Documentary Will Debut at Telluride

You can always count on a few cinephile documentaries to show at the Telluride Film Festival. This year Chuck Workman will debut his newest film "Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 28, 2014 12:50 PM
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Jon Stewart's Debut 'Rosewater' Tells a Captivating True Story, But Is It Great Filmmaking?

It was no surprise to see Jon Stewart's directorial debut "Rosewater," a retelling of Newsweek correspondent Maziar Bahari's (Gael Garcia Bernal) 118-day incarceration in Iran in 2009, on Telluride's lineup this morning. Ahead of the fest, first reviews, which don't exactly portend unanimous acclaim, are up.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 28, 2014 12:27 PM
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Rory Kennedy Doc 'Last Days in Vietnam' Celebrates Heroes (VIDEO)

"There are a lot of lessons from this film," says Rory Kennedy at the Q & A for "Last Days in Vietnam," "that apply to some of challenges we are facing today. One of the big ones is to have an exit strategy planned out when you go into a war, think that through form the beginning."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 27, 2014 6:16 PM
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