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WATCH: Winsome 60 Second 'Star Wars' Recap

Prefer to think about "Star Wars" rather than the Kentucky Derby or Cinco de Mayo? These are the droids you're looking for! Enjoy this animated version of "Episode IV." Not a plot point is missed in this simple rehashing. The light sabers are particularly amusing.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 4, 2013 4:23 PM
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Tribeca Review: Experimental Shorts Series 'Let There Be Light' Turns the Simple Into the Intense

Thirteen experimental short films screened in the "Let There Be Light: The Cycles of Life" series at the Tribeca Film Festival. Each of the films was loosely connected by the "profound artistic influence of light" in film. Some of the films highlighted the power of sunlight, flickering through trees or dousing harvests. Others took inspiration from artificial light sources or the moon's glow. Each of them relied on relatively simple imagery and narration in order to tap into something mythic and intense.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 4, 2013 4:21 PM
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Academy Opens All 24 Categories to All Voting Members

The rule change dictates that prior to the final round of voting, the Academy will provide members with DVDs of the nominated films in five categories: Foreign Language Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Animated Short Film, and Live Action Short Film.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 4, 2013 4:16 PM
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'Iron Man 3' Adds U.S. to Its Huge Take

Disney/Marvel's "Iron Man 3" added the U.S. and Canada as the last major territories to open Thursday night, amassing a $68,312,000 total through Friday to end up as the #8 best (in unadjusted figures) opening gross ever. More relevantly, that strong number was about $12 million less than last year's phenomenally successful "The Avengers," also aided by 3-D and IMAX surcharges, which was also already playing in most of the rest of the world.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • May 4, 2013 3:52 PM
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Best of the Week: Steven Soderbergh on What's Killing Cinema, CinemaCon, Ben Wheatley Video Interview and More

The best stories of the week from TOH!
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  • May 3, 2013 5:03 PM
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San Francisco Festival Diary: Kate Bosworth and Michael Polish Talk Falling in Love on 'Big Sur'

SFIFF programmer Sean Uyehara, who's been hanging out with Michael Polish in the bar upstairs, dares to ask, "what was it like to fall in love on the set?" Polish replies, "It took me ten films to fall in love on the set!," whereupon Kate Bosworth says "I wish I had gone to the bar!" But Polish continues, saying that he said to his first AD, "I'm going to marry this girl!" during her first scene.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • May 3, 2013 4:01 PM
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Clipping Del Toro's 'Pacific Rim' (VIDEO)

Warner Bros. has released the WonderCon footage of "Pacific Rim" (July 12) and it’s the most exciting and extensive glimpse yet of Guillermo del Toro’s summer tentpole and VFX Oscar contender.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • May 3, 2013 2:40 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Shane Black and Kevin Feige Talk Going Over the Edge in 'Iron Man 3,' Stark's Demons, VFX

With "Iron Man 3" already smashing box-office records internationally ahead of its domestic release Friday, grabbing more than $300 million in nine days (including the highest opening ever in China), Marvel's post-"Avengers" Phase 2 plan is off to a smashing start. The trick apparently was giving Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark an existential crisis, and no one was better suited to the task than director Shane Black, who, like Downey, knows a thing or two about confronting personal demons, which is what "Iron Man 3" is all about.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • May 3, 2013 2:35 PM
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Review: Andrea Riseborough, Clive Owen Shine in James Marsh's IRA Drama 'Shadow Dancer' (TRAILER)

Andrea Riseborough is a chameleon actress who makes her mark in everything she does, from Madonna's "W.E." as fashionplate Wallis Simpson and Tom Cruise's seductive housemate/overseer in "Oblivion" to terrorist in James Marsh's elegantly crafted IRA thriller "Shadow Dancer," which played the Sundance Fest in January. The movie is available now on iTunes and On Demand and hits theaters May 31.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 3, 2013 2:20 PM
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Early Review Roundup: 'Star Trek Into Darkness' a Relentlessly Entertaining Thrill Ride (TRAILER)

J.J. Abrams' newest "Star Trek" film, which opens May 17 and just premiered in the UK, has already generated critical praise. Though as with Abrams' first "Star Trek" film, "Into Darkness" is not without its detractors, particularly Todd McCarthy of THR.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 3, 2013 12:39 PM
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