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Now and Then: 'The Getaway' and 'Drive' — Heist Films with Arthouse Roots

To call "The Getaway" (1972) a heist flick is like calling "Jaws" a film about fish: technically speaking you'd be right, but you'd also be missing the point entirely. Sam Peckinpah's Steve McQueen/Ali MacGraw vehicle is a tough, mean, innovative picture in which "getting away" has to do with a lot more than not getting arrested.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • February 6, 2012 1:40 PM
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Ponsoldt's Sundance Hit 'Smashed' Heads to SPC, Stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul

Sony Pictures Classics has grabbed James Ponsoldt's "Smashed," which had its premiere at Sundance. The film stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead ("The Thing," "Scott Pilgrim") and Aaron Paul ("Break Bad") as an alcoholic married couple, Kate and Charlie...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 6, 2012 1:20 PM
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Teaser Watch: Phil Kaufman's 'Hemingway & Gellhorn'

Check out this HBO Films teaser promo reel for biopic "Hemingway & Gellhorn" (May 2012) about the tempestuous romance between war journalists Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway, directed by Phil Kaufman, yet another disenfranchised Hollywood filmmaker turning to HBO.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 6, 2012 1:11 PM
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'Luck' Episode Two: Dustin Hoffman Is Still Trying to Get Traction

Does it say something very good about television or something very bad about movies that Dustin Hoffman is appearing in (and producing) “Luck”?
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • February 5, 2012 11:00 PM
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'The Artist' Crew Hits Santa Barbara, Cinema Vanguard Awards, Fest Prize Winners

With seemingly unstoppable awards momentum behind Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist,” the film’s Oscar-nominated stars accepted the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s annual Cinema Vanguard Award Saturday, thrilling a near-capacity house at the elegant Arlington Theatre on Saturday.
  • By Justin Lowe
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  • February 5, 2012 10:00 PM
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Awards Box Office Update: Weinstein Releases Struggle

Oscar-nominated films grossed around $21 million this weekend, the lowest total for the second weekend after the nominations announcement in the last few years; the decline from last week was on a par with most of those years. Only “The Descendants” is enjoying clear success on a broad level, as “The Artist” continues to struggle.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • February 5, 2012 9:00 PM
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Low-Budget Genre Fare Boosts Weekend Box Office: 'Chronicle' Narrowly Bests 'Woman in Black'

Super Bowl Weekend brought box office surprises. The frame's top two films not only far exceeded expectations, but the weekend as a whole was up some 37% from last year, marking the fifth consecutive up weekend in 2012.
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • February 5, 2012 1:11 PM
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Super Bowl 2012 Movie Ads UPDATE: Full-Length 'John Carter,' 'Battleship,' Ferris Bueller for Honda, 'Hunger Games,' 'Avengers,' 'Star Wars: Episode One 3D'

Thirty seconds of Super Bowl screen time will cost an advertiser $3.5 million. In exchange for this pretty penny, that half minute will reach some 111 million viewers. And a catchy TV spot will go viral and far outshine that number.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • February 5, 2012 1:05 PM
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Annies Go to 'Rango,' Art Directors Pick 'Hugo,' 'Dragon Tattoo,' 'Harry Potter'

It must be Oscar season. On one side of town, the Annies were given out (Oscar front runner "Rango" dominated the evening) while at the interminable Art Directors Guild Awards, for once "The Artist" didn't win anything, even with presenters James Cromwell and Penelope Ann Miller on hand.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 5, 2012 3:12 AM
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Video: Ben Gazzara and Friends

Too many people are leaving us, and all three of the guests on this 1970 Dick Cavett Show (not promoting "Husbands," and torturing Cavett) are now gone: Ben Gazzara, Peter Falk and John Cassavetes.  
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 4, 2012 4:25 PM
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