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WATCH: Live Stream Emmys Red Carpet and Backstage

Starting 3pm PST, the 66th Primetime Emmys roll out the red carpet in Downtown LA. Live stream the arrivals, and backstage interviews during the show, here.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 25, 2014 3:16 PM
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Why Weinstein Is Re-Releasing Summer Hit 'Begin Again': The Best Song Oscar (CLIPS)

The Weinstein Company, which is looking at a lean Oscar season this year--unless they add some late-breaking contenders--announced today the re-release of their summer hit "Begin Again" ($14.5 million domestic). The movie heads back to theaters nationwide starting Friday, August 29th. Written and directed by John Carney and starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld, Adam Levine (making his film acting debut), scene-stealer and future talk show host James Corden and Catherine Keener, "Begin Again" looks to follow in the footsteps of "Once," which won the Best Song Oscar for “Falling Slowly” in 2007.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 25, 2014 1:47 PM
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Trailers From Hell on 'Invisible Ghost,' Starring Bela Lugosi

A haunted Bela Lugosi prowls his mansion and lurks in shadowy doorways as houseguests bite the dust in this 64 minute tangle of mind control, mysterious doubles and dual-personalities.
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  • August 25, 2014 1:33 PM
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Remembering Actor-Director Richard Attenborough (12 HIGHLIGHT CLIPS)

I was lucky to interview Attenborough twice, and I found him gracious and inspirational. He talked about capturing the psychopathic ventriloquist played by Sir Anthony Hopkins in the underrated "Magic"; the necessity of using star cameos for dramatic emphasis in the even more underrated "A Bridge Too Far"; and his acute understanding of the acting profession that made him more than qualified to tackle the celebrated "Chorus Line" musical. Judge the work, fair enough, but don’t judge me as being unqualified to make a musical, he lamented.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 25, 2014 1:21 PM
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Career Watch: Can Eva Green Rise Above Femme Fatale Typecasting?

“Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" did little to add sizzle to the late-summer box office this past weekend after collecting a slim $6.5 million and dismissive reviews. But it’s not from lack of trying on the part of Eva Green. This casting addition to the stylized babes-brutes-and-bullets sequel based on Frank Miller’s lurid comic-book series steamed up more than a few critics’ 3-D glasses as Ava Lord, a diabolical emerald-eyed femme fatale who has a hard time keeping her clothes on.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • August 25, 2014 8:06 AM
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Strange August Box Office Weekend Boosted by Holdovers, 'Sin City' Bombs, Top Ten Chart

Strange days have found us. Late summer weekends can yield weird results, but rarely like this. Six of the Top Ten positions changed from Friday, which is rare, as two of three new films declined steeply. Meanwhile several of holdovers enjoyed solid jumps. Last week's top two films switched positions, with "Guardians of the Galaxy" (Buena Vista) returning yet again as the top grosser after having been bested by "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (Paramount) for the last two weeks.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 24, 2014 4:21 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Love Is Strange' Spices Up Lagging Specialized B.O.

Sony Pictures Classics' mature romance "Love Is Strange," the second Sundance opener in a row to dominate the specialty box office, did sizable initial business in New York and Los Angeles. With an appeal to older audiences, both straight and gay, it looks positioned for future success in a market otherwise crammed with longer-running, underperforming and/or Video on Demand titles.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 24, 2014 1:09 PM
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'If I Stay' Leads Dull Friday Box Office, Will 'A Dame to Kill For' Be Weinstein's Biggest Bomb Yet?

The total for the Top Ten yesterday was actually up about 15-percent from the same day last year, but only because this year's three new openers had considerably more heft.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 23, 2014 1:36 PM
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Best of the Week: Return to 'Sin City,' Telluride Predictions, Emmy Watch & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • August 23, 2014 11:00 AM
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Will Emmy-Winner 'Cosmos' Be Back?

Will the force behind "Cosmos," Emmy-winning writer/producer Ann Druyan, the widow of Carl Sagan, be able to bring back her reimagined television show? She needs to convince both Fox and host Neil deGrasse Tyson.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 22, 2014 5:23 PM
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