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First Look: DocuWeek's Untold 9/11 Story of Cantor Fitzgerald, 'Out of the Clear Blue Sky'

From August 10-16, Danielle Gardner's 9/11 documentary “Out of the Clear Blue Sky,” a behind-the-scenes, intimate story of the devastation of 9/11, will screen at DocuWeeks 2012. The film delves into the untold story of Cantor Fitzgerald, the financial firm that occupied the top five floors of the World Trade Center.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 30, 2012 7:00 AM
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Trailers from Hell: Josh Olson Talks 'The Buddy Holly Story'

Screewnriter Josh Olson ("A History of Violence") kicks off the week at Trailers from Hell with Steve Rash's 'The Buddy Holly Story':
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  • July 30, 2012 6:06 AM
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'The Newsroom' Episode 6 Review and Recap: 'Bullies,' Heroes and Will McAvoy's Charmed Navigation of the Two

In Sunday's all-new episode of "The Newsroom," Will tries to knock internet bullies off their anonymous pedestals, and in turn realizes he's a bully. The problem with this show? Aaron Sorkin will never truly let Will McAvoy be knocked from HIS pedestal.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 30, 2012 3:26 AM
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Arthouse Audit: New Releases Led by 'Ruby Sparks' Are Hurt By Olympics

Four years ago at the 2008 Olympics opening, specialized distributors avoided the date like the plague for new releases. This year, several anticipated films opened--and none showed strength consistent with what has been a robust late spring/summer. As the games tend to appeal to older audiences, this is not particularly surprising.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 29, 2012 2:41 PM
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Weekend Box Office: Business As Usual? No, It's the Olympics, Stupid

As the film industry worries about audience fears at movie theaters, there's a temptation to pass some quick judgments about the long-term impact of the Aurora tragedy on movie attendance. This weekend at least, we should not overlook the more important X factor ---the opening of the Olympics. That made a difference in two crucial ways.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 29, 2012 12:50 PM
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Trailer and Video Commentary: Tykwer and Wachowskis Talk Toronto-Bound, Epic, Mind-Boggling 'Cloud Atlas' UPDATED

The epic, six-minute trailer for Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis' "Cloud Atlas," debuting at Toronto in September, is here. The adaptation of David Mitchell's novel stars -- deep breath -- Tom Hanks, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Susan Sarandon, Hugo Weaving, Bae Doona, Zhou Xun and Hugh Grant, many of whom are in multiple roles and disguises.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 27, 2012 7:36 PM
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Weekly Wrap: Venice and Toronto Announcements, 'Dark Knight Rises' Aftermath, Best Foreign Films of All Time & More

This week on TOH, we announced the much-anticipated lineups of the Toronto and Venice film festivals, looked at the opening weekend of "The Dark Knight Rises" and finally heard Michael Moore's take on the horrific Aurora shootings, conducted two Best Foreign Film polls and more.
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  • July 27, 2012 4:26 PM
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Comic-Con Wrap: from 'Walking Dead' Zombie-Proof Car and 'Twilight' Finale to Marvel Panel; Costume Photo Gallery

Comic-Con is great fun if you don't have to be in Hall H. I'd skip it and watch the panels on YouTube if I didn't want to see the early footage. The Hall H security was so tight this year that even the studio PR execs were complaining about trying to get their people in. I bargained for passes for each individual studio panel..
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 27, 2012 4:24 PM
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The Weinstein Co. Moves 'The Master' Up and 'Killing Them Softly' Back

As the Weinsteins send mixed messages about where Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" will wind up on the festival circuit, we can now rule out New York. The new September release (9/14 limited and 9/25 wide) could still mean a Venice or Telluride bow or a screening at Fantastic Fest (9/20-27). The Weinsteins are notorious for shuffling their release plans as it suits them, often infuriating exhibitors. But this fall they have plenty of high-profile projects to juggle, from David O. Russell's "The Silver Linings Playbook" to December 25 opener "Django Unchained," written and directd by Quentin Tarantino.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 27, 2012 4:01 PM
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Warner Bros. Pushes 'Gangster Squad' Release from September to January in Wake of Aurora Shootings

As expected, in the wake of the "Dark Knight Rises" Aurora shootings on July 19, Warner Bros. has opted to push back the release from September to January of Ruben Fleischer's "Gangster Squad." The film features a climactic sequence in which machine-gun-wielding gangsters surprise an audience from behind a movie screen and shoot into the theater.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • July 27, 2012 1:43 PM
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