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Rating 'Psycho,' Behind-the-Scenes 'Hitchcock' and the Universal Hitchcock Fifteen

I got over the awful HBO "The Girl," starring Toby Jones as Alfred Hitchcock and Sienna Miller as Tippi Hedren, by watching the entire Dick Cavett Hitchcock interview. I had more fun with Thursday night's AFI FEST world premiere of Sacha Gervasi's light-hearted "Hitchcock," starring a superb ensemble led by Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren as the master auteur and his collaborator and wife Alma Reville, who the director thanked when he won his AFI Achievement Award, but I confess that I'd rather stick with the real thing.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 2, 2012 2:23 PM
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AFM, Day Two: Connelly & Murphy Set to Star in Peruvian Oscar Nominee Claudia Llosa's 'Cry/Fly'

Jennifer Connelly and Cillian Murphy are attached to star in "Cry/Fly," the first English-language film by Peruvian writer-director Claudia Llosa (2010's Best Foreign-Language nominee and Berlin Golden Bear winner "The Milk of Sorrow").
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 2, 2012 1:48 PM
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American Society of Cinematographers to Honor Dean Semler with Lifetime Achievement Award; Plus Charters, Müller & Clark

The 27th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Outstanding Achievement Awards will recognize cinematographers Dean Semler, Rodney Charters, Robby Müller and Curtis Clark at their February 10 event. Semler will be honored with the 2012 ASC Lifetime Achievement Award...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 2, 2012 1:26 PM
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'Arbitrage' Marks New Trend of Releasing Pay-Per-View Earnings

Richard Gere's Bernie Madoff-esque thriller "Arbitrage" reportedly now holds the record for combined sales for a movie released concurrently in theaters and VOD, grossing more than $7.3 million on the big screen and about $11 million on small screens. It also marks a slowly increasing trend of companies (in this case Roadside Attractions and Lions Gate Entertainment) starting to reveal heretofore hidden pay-per-view sales figures, as VOD becomes more relevant to independent film profit and distribution.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 2, 2012 12:44 PM
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Saoirse Ronan Joins Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' with Fiennes, Norton, Wilson, Brody & Law

Saoirse Ronan will play the female lead in Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel." She joins a group of Anderson regulars, including Edward Norton ("Moonrise Kingdom"), Owen Wilson ("The Royal Tenanbaums," "The Darjeeling Limited") and Adrien Brody ("Darjeeling") as well as first timers Jude Law and Ralph Fiennes.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 2, 2012 12:43 PM
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AFM: 'Hot Flashes' 'Bridesmaids' Of a Certain Age?

The older demo is starting to look appealing. "The Hot Flashes," starring Brooke Shields, Darryl Hannah, Virginia Madsen, Wanda Sykes and Camryn Manheim, screens at AFM on November 3. The film seems to be aiming for a middle-aged "Bridesmaids" vibe, and follows a group of five Texan women who start up a basketball team in order to beat the local girls' high school team and raise money for breast cancer.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 2, 2012 12:02 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Joe Dante on Obscure Christopher Lee Chiller 'Nothing But the Night'

Christopher Lee Halloween! week concludes at Trailer from Hell with director and TFH creator Joe Dante introducing "Nothing But the Night," one of the least-seen Lee-Cushing vehicles.
  • By Trailers From Hell
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  • November 2, 2012 11:40 AM
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Immersed in Movies: Previewing 'Rise of the Guardians'

DreamWorks' "Rise of the Guardians" (November 21) is an exquisite and enchanting adaptation of William Joyce's magnificent and epic "Guardian" book series, which reinvents some of our favorite fairy tale icons. First-time director Peter Ramsey, who cut his teeth doing storyboards for David Fincher and Spike Jonze before moving into animation at DreamWorks, has wisely upped the superhero quotient in "Avengers"-like fashion, which makes for a more spectacular movie.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 1, 2012 9:00 PM
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For-Your-Consideration 'Moonrise Kingdom' Fan Art Contest; Details on Anderson's Next Project 'Grand Budapest Hotel'

  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 1, 2012 5:38 PM
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Ben Stiller American Cinematheque Tribute Presenters: Aniston, Black, Dern, Ferrell, Oswalt & More

When the American Cinematheque honors Ben Stiller with their 26th Award at a gala tribute, many stars will be present to toast him. Among them are Jennifer Aniston, Jack Black, Laura Dern, Will Ferrell, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Patton Oswalt, Bob Odenkirk, Jay Roach & Christine Taylor.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 1, 2012 4:00 PM
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