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Happy 118th Birthday, Howard Hawks: TOH! Picks His 16 Must-See Films (VIDEO)

In 2012, when Sight & Sound Magazine released the results of its most recent decennial poll, fans of Howard Hawks searched the top fifty "Greatest Films of All Time" in vain. Is the reputation of classical Hollywood cinema's most versatile master in decline? We offer you 16 reasons why you should remember Hawks, from "Red River" to "Scarface."
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  • May 31, 2014 2:10 PM
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'Maleficent' Bewitches Friday Box Office, Shows Power of Jolie (and Female Stars)

With "Maleficent," Angelina Jolie now joins Jennifer Lawrence, Sandra Bullock, Cameron Diaz, Melissa McCarthy and Rooney Mara as an actress who has recently opened a movie to strong initial returns better, in many cases, than some male stars considered safe bets for franchise efforts.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • May 31, 2014 1:59 PM
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Best of the Week: Hollywood Repeats Itself, Lee Daniels Opens Up, VHX Breaks the Mold & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • May 31, 2014 10:00 AM
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This Weekend, Why 'Die in the West' When You Can Head to 'Night Moves' and 'Maleficent'? (TRAILERS)

Though critics are pooh-poohing the tawdry, toilet-humor antics of Seth MacFarlane's "Million Ways to Die in the West," Angelina Jolie in "Maleficent" promises to be a fun family time-suck, while the weekend's indies offer something more to chew on.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 30, 2014 8:09 PM
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Director Robert Stromberg Talks 'Maleficent': Cutting Edge Virtual Cinema and Age-Old Emotional Storytelling

The path to directing from VFX and production design has certainly been a natural one for two-time Oscar winner Robert Stromberg ("Avatar," "Alice in Wonderland"). And after re-imagining Disney's iconic "Sleeping Beauty" with "Maleficent," he not only wants to continue directing but also explore new tech frontiers. In fact, Stromberg has formed his own virtual company, Hydra (in partnership with The Third Floor previs boutique and "Maleficent" production designer Dylan Cole), so he can be on the cutting edge of total cinematic immersion.so he can be on the cutting edge of total cinematic immersion.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • May 30, 2014 2:26 PM
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WATCH: Siblings Tina Fey, Adam Driver and Jason Bateman in Trailer for 'This is Where I Leave You'

The trailer has landed for the latest literary adaptation, the Shawn Levy dramedy "This is Where I Leave You" (September 12), adapted by Jonathan Tropper from his own 2009 novel. A funeral brings together a raucous dysfunctional family to repair lost relationships and their surrounding lives.
  • By Katelyn Trott
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  • May 30, 2014 2:15 PM
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WATCH: First Clip from Sci-Fi Brainbender 'Borgman' Introduces a New Method of Body Disposal

Dutch sci-fi oddity "Borgman," which was the country's official selection for the 2014 Oscar race, touches down in theaters June 6, sure to dazzle and confound audiences. A first clip has arrived, which gives you a taste of what's in store in the enigmatic film, but also shows you a whole new method of body disposal, wickedly titled "bucketheads." The mob ain't got nothing on the otherworldly beings of "Borgman." Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 30, 2014 2:10 PM
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WATCH: Kimberly Peirce's Incisive, Inspirational Speech to AFI's Directing Workshop for Women

Director Kimbely Peirce recently spoke to the 2014 AFI Directing Workshop for Women, and her words cut to the core of a reality faced by women filmmakers in the industry. She begins the talk by telling a story from interview rounds she did for her second feature, "Stop-Loss." The most frequent question she received was, "Why did it take so long for you to make a second feature?"
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 30, 2014 1:43 PM
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Weinstein Co's 'Woman in Gold' Starts Filming with Mirren and All-Star Cast in Austria, UK, and US

Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Elizabeth McGovern, Charles Dance, and Tatiana Maslany star in 'Woman in Gold"- a true story of a woman reclaiming her family possessions after a Nazi siege.
  • By Katelyn Trott and Beth Hanna
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  • May 30, 2014 1:29 PM
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What If 'Trainspotting' Were Directed by Godard? 'Drive' by John Ford? These Cool Posters Reimagine Movies in the Past

Artist Peter Stults pondered "the films of a certain era belonging to another era and everything that would follow." Who would be stars? Who would be the director? How would the film be marketed?
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 30, 2014 1:20 PM
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