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RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman, Found Dead of a Likely Heroin Overdose at 46 (UPDATED)

Sadly, Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead of an apparent drug overdose Sunday afternoon in his West Village New York apartment. The Oscar-winning actor (2005's "Capote") was 46.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 2, 2014 1:55 PM
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Super Bowl Weekend Saved by Strong Holdovers 'Ride Along' and 'Frozen;' 'Labor Day' Opens in Seventh Place

Despite two new disappointing films (Focus's "That Awkward Moment" and Paramount's "Labor Day"), holdovers sustained this typically low-grossing Super Bowl weekend. Universal sleeper hit "Ride Along" and Disney's unstoppable "Frozen" led the way to a Top 10 that totaled $67 million, up slightly from last year, and continuing the steady improvement so far in 2014.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • February 2, 2014 1:44 PM
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WATCH: Melissa McCarthy Hosts SNL, Farewell to Seth Meyers

Melissa McCarthy hosts SNL for the third time--and faces some type-casting.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • February 2, 2014 12:51 PM
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Emmanuel Lubezki Wins for 'Gravity' at American Society of Cinematographers Awards (FULL LIST OF WINNERS)

Emmanuel Lubezki (“Gravity”) was the big winner of the night at the American Society of Cinematographers Awards, taking home the Theatrical Release Award. He thanked his “friend and teacher” Alfonso Cuaron in his brief acceptance speech.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 2, 2014 1:43 AM
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Disney's 'Frozen' Tops Annies with Five Awards, Including Best Feature

The Disney "Frozen" juggernaut continued Saturday night at the 41st Annie Awards, grabbing five trophies at UCLA's Royce Hall, including best feature, directing (Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee), music, production design, and voice acting kudos for Josh Gad's Olaf snowman. The ASIFA-Hollywood honor should help seal the Oscar deal for the fifth highest-grossing animated feature in history ($350.7 million/$813.2 million and counting).
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 2, 2014 1:00 AM
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Writers Guild Awards Go for 'Captain Phillips' and 'Her'

Given all the films that aren't eligible, the Writers Guild Awards gives a boost to other movies in the Oscar race. Saturday night Spike Jonze took home original screenplay for "Her"--ironically, thanking the rival he beat, "American Hustle"'s David O. Russell, for helping him with his script-- and Billy Ray won for "Captain Phillips."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 2, 2014 12:49 AM
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Best of the Week: Sundance Exclusives, Rotterdam and Santa Barbara Film Fests Roll Out and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • February 1, 2014 1:53 PM
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Friday Box Office: 'Ride Along' Reigns Again, 'Awkward Moment' Connects, 'Labor Day' Lags

For theaters, Super Bowl Weekend is sometimes an early Valentine's Day, as the week's new releases tend to have a rom-com theme. This year is no different, with both new wide releases -- "That Awkward Moment" (Focus) and "Labor Day" (Paramount) -- meant as counter-programming against the football hoopla.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • February 1, 2014 1:30 PM
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Sony Pictures Classics Picks Up Sundance Fave 'Infinitely Polar Bear,' Starring Mark Ruffalo

Sony Pictures Classics has snagged all North American, German, UK, Scandinavian, Eastern European and Russian rights to Maya Forbes' directorial debut 'Infinitely Polar Bear,' warmly received at its 2014 Sundance premiere.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • February 1, 2014 1:13 PM
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