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CNN Cancels Hillary Clinton Doc, Director Charles Ferguson Steps Down: "Nobody was interested in helping me make this film" UPDATE

UPDATE: CNN Films has decided to cancel its upcoming documentary on Hillary Clinton. The director tied to the project, Charles Ferguson (2011's Oscar-winning "Inside Job"), has stepped down due to mounting political pressures.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 30, 2013 11:42 AM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Enough Said' and 'Metallica Through the Never' Score Solid Limited National Grosses

The weekend's big news: two pictures played well in multi-hundred theaters early in their release. Fox Searchlight's "Enough Said" nearly placed in the top 10 (#11) in only 227 runs in a quick second week expansion, while revitalized Picturehouse's 3-D "Metallica Through the Never" scored nearly $1.7 million at 305 IMAX locations.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • September 29, 2013 4:30 PM
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'Cloudy 2' Clear Winner Over Spotty Weekend, 'Instructions Not Included' Highest Spanish Grosser Ever

Four new wide releases split up the grosses, with a decent performing (though not spectacular) "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2" (Sony) leading the way, grossing more than the other three new films combined--Universal's expansion of "Rush," Fox comedy "Baggage Claim" and Relativity's "Don Jon." With the second weekend of "Prisoners" (Warner Bros.) down just under 50%, the combined under-performance across the board took its toll.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • September 29, 2013 1:55 PM
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WATCH: Best Skits from SNL Season Premiere with Tina Fey and Aaron Paul

Last night's "Saturday Night Live" introduced the 39th season with longtime SNL veteran Tina Fey hosting, alongside musical guest Arcade Fire and Aaron Paul from "Breaking Bad" in a handful of playful cameos.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 29, 2013 12:58 PM
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IN THE WORKS: New Spike Lee Joint Update

The Cast And Crew Have Gotten On A Bus To Parts Unknown. Yesterday We Completed Our 5th Day Of Principal Photography En Nueva York. We Got Great Performances And The Week Flew By Mad Fast.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 28, 2013 7:56 PM
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Israel Academy Picks 'Bethlehem' as Ophir Winner and Foreign Oscar Contender

The Israeli Academy has voted "Bethlehem," from rookie feature director Yuval Adler, its official entry to the foreign language Oscar, reports Yair Raveh. That's because it won six awards including Best Picture at the Ophir Awards Saturday (as well as Directing, Screenplay, Supporting Actor, Editing, Casting). It had earned 12 nominations.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 28, 2013 6:27 PM
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Best of the Week: NYFF Begins, TOH! Ranks the Coens, Interviews with Oscar Isaac, Dane DeHaan and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 28, 2013 4:18 PM
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LGBT Actors Face Discrimination in Industry Weighted in Favor of Men and Masculinity

Hollywood may be famous (or infamous, depending on your point of view) for its liberal politics, but according to a new report, LGBT actors continue to face discrimination in the movie business, even as they see conditions improving. To put it simply, Hollywood is weighted in favor of men and masculinity.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • September 28, 2013 2:37 PM
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Romantic Comedies Are Not Dead: A Richard Curtis Retrospective (VIDEO)

"Love Actually"
Ahead of the New York Film Festival debut of "About Time," the latest film written and directed by romantic comedy master Richard Curtis, here is a video "retrospective" of his work.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 28, 2013 2:04 PM
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'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2' Outpaces 'Don Jon' and 'Baggage Claim'; 'Prisoners' Plummets

Sony's "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2" dominated Friday's grosses, an easy #1 for opening day, grossing $9.3 million. This places it in between the $8.1 million first day of the initial "Meatballs" and the $11.0 million of "Hotel Transylvania" (also Sony) on the same Friday a year ago. With weekend matinees ahead and little competition for kids' audiences, this animated feature will likely gross more than the #2-4 films combined.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • September 28, 2013 1:54 PM
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