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WATCH White House Correspondent Dinner Parodies from Steven Spielberg, Daniel Day Lewis, and Kevin Spacey (VIDEO)

This year's annual D.C. schmooze-fest, the White House Correspondents Dinner, featured some mischievous film and television parodies. There's nothing subversive or particularly astute here, but watching big muckety-mucks make fun of themselves is always a pleasure.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 28, 2013 7:41 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Mud' Scores Sole Strong Indie Opener Amid Specialized Market Struggles

"Mud" nearly made the weekend box office top 10 in only 363 theaters, towering over all the other new openings this week, none of which had a PSA of even $12,000 with limited New York/Los Angeles two to four theater openings. For the third time in several weeks, and in this case already in the first one, much of the money came from a wide variety of upscale theaters.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • April 28, 2013 4:16 PM
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Hot Docs Wrap: Canadian International Film Festival Celebrates 20th Anniversary, Winnows World's Best Docs

Like a lot of people, the Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival (official name) is "trying to figure out who we are," according to program director Charlotte Cook: In other, trying to figure out where they’re going to go, now that the fest has hit its 20th year -- a convenient moment to reassess, if not necessarily change your whole MO. Which the festival certainly is not about to do.
  • By John Anderson
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  • April 28, 2013 2:47 PM
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'Iron Man 3' Outpaces 'Avengers' Worldwide Grosses and U.S. Top 10 Totals

The big news this weekend: Disney/Marvel's "Iron Man 3" opened in most of the world between Wednesday and Friday; its $195 million gross in 42 territories is running ahead of even last year's "number one global blockbuster "The Avengers," which initially grossed $185 million in similar dates.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • April 28, 2013 12:50 PM
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Tribeca: Eastwood and Aronofsky Talk First Takes and Failing on Your Own Terms at World Premiere of 'Eastwood Directs' (VIDEO)

In a scene from 1995's "The Bridges of Madison County," Meryl Streep's farmwife gazes over one of the bridges as Clint Eastwood, playing a lanky photographer passing through, catches her off guard with a candid snapshot. He's delighted that he has captured her in a natural moment. One of many sequences highlighted in "Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story," it underscores what the director is always chasing.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 27, 2013 9:12 PM
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TCM Classic Film Festival Is Four Day Feast of the Familiar, 'I Know Where I'm Going' (TRAILERS)

This is no festival for newbies. The audience for the 4th edition of the TCM Classic Film Festival is completely at home at the Chinese, watching their favorite films on the big screen. These filmgoers have planned their vacations around this (expensive) festival and know what they like. Unlike other fests, this one is not so much for discoveries as for re-visits.
  • By Joan Cohen
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  • April 27, 2013 4:27 PM
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San Francisco International Film Festival Opens with Ted Hope and 'What Maisie Knew'

The Opening night film of the San Francisco International Film Festival, Scott McGehee and David Siegel's "What Maisie Knew," a contemporary version of the Henry James classic about a custody battle between Maisie's narcissistic and heedless parents (Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan) and Maisie's subsequent relationship with their new young partners (Alexander Skarsgard and Joanna Vanderham), played well to the crowd at the Castro Theatre.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • April 27, 2013 3:57 PM
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Best of the Week: CinemaCon, Cannes Lineup Expands, Tribeca, Bette Midler on Broadway and More

The best stories of the week from TOH!
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  • April 27, 2013 3:37 PM
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More 'Pain' Than 'Gain' in Friday Box Office

The expected May blockbusters can't come quickly enough. Yesterday's top 10 grosses, including two underperforming new releases with prominent stars, had the smallest total since early February. At $23 million, this marked not only a sharp drop from last week's $29 million, but last year's $28 million, as the slump of 2013 continues.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • April 27, 2013 3:36 PM
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CinemaCon Heavyweight Panel Debates Windows, Social Media, State of Industry

It's easy to look at the Hollywood studios and national theater chains as old sticks-in-the-mud who are refusing to change with the times, but truth is, a lot of smart folks are trying to get ahead of the game--in order to beat out their rivals.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 26, 2013 9:04 PM
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