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First Look: Gritty and Grizzled Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson in David Michod's 'The Rover'

Check out this first new image of Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce in David Michod's "The Rover," the Aussie director's follow-up to 2010's critically praised "Animal Kingdom."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 18, 2013 12:24 PM
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Man Behind Michael Haneke Spoof Twitter Account Talks the Director's Taste in Movies, "Parms Dorz" and Stinky Cats LOL

Shortlist.com deputy editor Benjamin Lee is the man behind the spoof @Michael_Haneke Twitter account that kept more than 30K followers amused during the ramp-up to the Oscars, and the film's Best Foreign-Language win. Lee has a feature in the Guardian discussing his experience while running the Twitter handle, and a few surprising facts he learned about the real-life Austrian director. Highlights below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 18, 2013 11:51 AM
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Trailers from Hell: John Landis on 3-D Oddity 'Gorilla at Large'

Monkeyshines! week begins at Trailers from Hell with director John Landis introducing "Gorilla at Large," notable as one of three 3-D productions released by Twentieth Century Fox in the 1950s, and the only film of its kind where objects are thrown away from the camera.
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  • March 18, 2013 11:12 AM
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'Girls' Recap 10: Saving the Worst for Last

If last week’s episode dealt with body horror (ass splinters! lodged Q-tips!), this week’s episode deals with the horror of finishing things. Hannah struggles -- but not too hard -- with wrapping up her barely inchoate manuscript, while “Girls” struggles with capping off its second season in a coherent, consistent fashion. It fails.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 18, 2013 12:30 AM
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Arthouse Audit: Record Surprise 'Spring Breakers' Puts New Distrib A24 On Map

A24’s “Spring Breakers” opened to the most unexpected limited success of any film in recent history with a two-city $90,000 per screen average: this for a filmmaker (Harmony Korine) whose past films have struggled to gross that much during their entire runs.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 17, 2013 4:23 PM
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Weekend Box Office Top Ten: 'Oz' is Magic, 'Call' Marks Berry Comeback, 'Wonderstone' Warners' 5th Loser

With “Oz: The Great and Powerful” holding well and “The Call” opening better than expected, this weekend showed more 2013 weakness. Total gross for the top 10 films was around $93 million, up from last year’s $88, but down from last weekend’s $124 million. Although several lower budget films are finding steady audiences and Warner Bros.’ big flop “Jack the Giant Slayer” has stabilized, the total take still represents a sign of ongoing concern for where this year is heading.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 17, 2013 1:33 PM
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Finally: Union Talk at VFX Town Hall

Not surprisingly, talk of unionization and a trade association dominated the international Pi Day VFX town hall meetings on Thursday in LA, the San Francisco Bay Area, Austin, Vancouver, and Wellington. Everyone agrees that the VFX industry has reached a tipping point and that the business model with the studios must change.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • March 16, 2013 6:10 PM
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Sun Valley Film Fest Day Two: From Steve Gaghan and Adam West to 'The Summit,' 'Chlorine,' and a New Nat Geo Nature Short Competition

A day of peaks and valleys (mostly peaks), oddly bookended by two encounters with screenwriter/directors: one glamorous, famous, handsome, self-assured, garlanded with accolades and awards, including, yes, the Oscar; the other, an indie guy, quiet, subdued, self-deprecating, even apologetic.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • March 16, 2013 5:54 PM
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Friday Box Office: 'Spring Breakers' Top Limited Opening of Year, 'Wonderstone' Underwhelms

A24’s SXSW hit “Spring Breakers” from veteran indie Harmony Korine opened in three New York/Los Angeles theaters to a stunning total of $95,000, by far the biggest limited opening of the year, and likely to approach a $100,000 per screen average for the weekend. To give some indication of what a shock this gross is, none of Kormine’s previous films have grossed as much in their entire runs as this likely will do for it opening weekend.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 16, 2013 4:24 PM
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Best of the Week: SXSW, Interviews with Tina Fey and Alex Gibney, Reviews and More

The best stories of the week from TOH!
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  • March 15, 2013 4:00 PM
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