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WATCH Hugh Jackman Perform 'Wolverine' the Musical on BBC Radio

Watch as Aussie actor Hugh Jackman, now wrapping up summer tentpole "X-Men: Days of Future Past," reprises his Oscar-nominated Jean Valjean in a musical performance of "Wolverine."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 29, 2014 2:34 PM
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Best of the Week: Splashy 'Noah,' Sexy Scarlett, Shifting Media Landscape and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • March 29, 2014 2:21 PM
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Friday Box Office: 'Noah' an Easy Number One, Hasta La Vista to Arnold's 'Sabotage'

For the first time since before Thanksgiving, box office revenues for a weekend will fall short of last year. Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" (Paramount) will dominate the top 10, with Friday's take at $15,238,000 (including Thursday evening shows). With the only other wide opener "Sabotage" (Open Road) at #7 with $1,825,000, grosses were down 30% from the same Friday in 2013.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 29, 2014 1:59 PM
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As CinemaCon Wraps, Hollywood Needs to Learn Popcorn Time (Studio Roundups, DEMO VIDEO)

We wrap up studio-by-studio takeaways from the exhibitor convention CinemaCon in Las Vegas, as movie theaters and studios are stuck in an old paradigm. And then there's Popcorn Time.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 28, 2014 8:58 PM
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How Do We Drag Indie Film into the 21st Century?

Most filmmakers do not understand the difference between “direct” and “indirect”. This gap in understanding holds many (if not most) indie filmmakers back. How can this gap be closed and indie film dragged into the 21st century?
  • By Chris Dorr
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  • March 28, 2014 3:35 PM
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Linklater's 'Boyhood' Gets an IFC Summer Release; Will That Hurt Its Oscar Chances?

After some debate about how to release fest hit "Boyhood," Richard Linklater's unique portrait of a boy's life, the film's backer, IFM Films, will take it out July 11th.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 28, 2014 2:23 PM
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'The Raid 2': A Fight Between So Cool and Way Too Long (NYT VIDEO)

Gareth Evans' "The Raid 2," which debuted to much internet fanfare at this past Sundance, is at once hypnotically kinetic and groaningly overlong. Indeed, that's the main fight being fought in the film -- between its terrific, fast-paced action sequences and its dragging plot setup.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 28, 2014 2:16 PM
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Cinematographer Matthew Libatique Talks Ark and Arcs in 'Noah'

Darren Aronofsky has always been drawn to the mystical, and "Noah" is even ballsier than "Pi" or "The Fountain." Of course, it's divisive as environmental allegory and the conflict between religion and science. But I think it's a powerful evocation of creation and destruction, love and beauty, and the difficulty of raising a family. Talk about survival and rebirth: It's the ultimate road movie, according to cinematographer Matthew Libatique, who's shot every Aronofsky movie but "The Wrestler" because of a temporary rift.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • March 28, 2014 2:05 PM
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WATCH: DreamWorks Animator Makes Hilarious and Adorable Mini Action Movies Starring His Toddler

Having a DreamWorks animator for a dad must be pretty cool. Especially when that dad is creative enough to turn his toddler's playtime into mini-action movies, complete with light sabers that destroy toy store shelves, a grapple gun that gets you stuck on the ceiling, and a building block hyperdrive that crashes out the window. Watch all the adorableness, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 28, 2014 12:26 PM
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'Magic Mike 2' Set to Shoot This Fall

"Magic Mike 2," the sequel to the baby-oiled and rippling original which grossed $167 million worldwide, will reportedly start production this fall.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 28, 2014 12:05 PM
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