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Can Runaway Western 'The Lone Ranger' Make Its Money Back? Review and Round-Up

The scuttle from the set of the prodigiously expensive "The Lone Ranger," the latest movie from the producer, writers and director behind the lucrative "Pirates of the Caribbean" series, was that Gore Verbinski was yet another runaway director run amok, not unlike Michael Cimino on "Heaven's Gate," lavishing millions of dollars on building two working 250-ton 19th-century style trains (hydraulic, not steam) to run on a five-mile oval track with a stretch of double tracks, among other things.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 1, 2013 1:46 PM
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'Inside Llewyn Davis' Soundtrack Gets September 17 Release, with Performances by Timberlake, Mulligan, Isaac (NEW TRAILER)

The soundtrack to the Coen Brothers' upcoming and already much buzzed about new film "Inside Llewyn Davis" will be released on September 17 via Nonesuch Records. Produced by T Bone Burnett, the folk-inspired album includes 12 songs performed in the film by cast members Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan and more. Full list of tracks, plus the film's new trailer, below.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 1, 2013 1:42 PM
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Il Cinema Ritrovato: Alexander Payne Talks Influential Films, Cinephilia, Screenwriting and More

There were at least 16 different programs, including retrospectives devoted to Allan Dwan, Vittorio de Sica, and Chris Marker; the nine newly-restored Hitchcock silents; newly-restored Chaplin shorts; and a film a day from 1938-9 under the rubric "War is Near." Early Japanese talkies from the 30s. Czech films from the 60s. An hommage to Burt Lancaster, introduced by his daughter Joanna. A series devoted to European films in Cinemascope. And the cherry on a sundae, a free open-air screening of a choice restored film for several thousand people to cap every night at 10 p.m.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • July 1, 2013 12:35 PM
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Review: Sensational True-Crime Doc 'The Cheshire Murders' Asks All the Right Questions

“The Cheshire Murders,” airing on HBO July 22, is, in part, a blow-by-blow account of the unspeakable 2007 Connecticut home invasion that left a mother and her two daughters dead, and made Dr. William Petit his state’s leading advocate for the death penalty (which was abolished there nonetheless).
  • By John Anderson
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  • July 1, 2013 11:54 AM
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