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This Weekend, Don't Miss 'Lone Survivor' in NY and LA, Avoid 'Interior. Leather Bar'

Amid awards season expansions, relatively light offerings hit major theaters and art houses this weekend, among them "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones," yakuza thriller "Beyond Outrage," "Interior. Leather Bar" and "The Best Offer." But above all, head to select theaters for "Lone Survivor," held over until the film goes wide.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • January 3, 2014 1:07 PM
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Geoffrey Rush Escapes from Scene-Chewing Roles with 'Book Thief': "How do I Avoid Cliches?"

The best thing in Fox 2000's World War II drama "The Book Thief" ($16 million domestic to date) is Australian actor Geoffrey Rush. Ever since he broke out in his Oscar-winning "Shine" in 1996, he's been a go-to actor for big-screen character roles, from the Marquis de Sade in "Quills" and the whacked out "Pirates" series to going toe-to-toe with George VI (Colin Firth) in "The King's Speech," one of Rush's four Oscar nominations.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 26, 2013 1:10 PM
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Awards Circuit: Things I Learned at the Governors Awards and Other Weekend Parties

"This is what the Oscars should be like," said Warren Beatty after the fifth non-televised Academy Governors Awards Saturday night at Hollywood & Highland. The night was happy/sad. One minute the dinner guests were erupting in laughter, the next choking back tears.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 18, 2013 6:00 AM
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How YA Bestseller 'The Book Thief' Got Made Into a Studio Film: With Difficulty, and John Williams (TRAILER)

You know things have come to a pretty pass when a movie like "The Book Thief" looks wrong coming from a major studio. How did it get made? Well, it took a while. And the success of "Life of Pi," another gamble from Fox 2000 president Elizabeth Gabler, who willed that movie into existence, helped to push this one forward. She and the film's producers tell us how the film got made.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 7, 2013 3:54 PM
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WATCH: Director Brian Percival Talks 'The Book Thief' for NY Times Anatomy of a Scene

This week's New York Times Anatomy of a Scene video feature talks with director Brian Percival ("Downton Abbey") as he explains a scene from "The Book Thief" (November 8). In the scene, young Liesl (played by Sophie Nelisse) has just witnessed a book burning, and must come to terms with the true intent of the Nazis who have taken over her German village. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 7, 2013 11:57 AM
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'The Book Thief' Promo in New York Times Asks Us to Imagine a World Without Words

Fox's "The Book Thief" (November 15) grabbed some attention in Wednesday's New York Times via a savvy promotion. For the first time in the history of the newspaper, two consecutive pages were blank, with just a listing for a website at the bottom of the second page. Check out images of the blank NYT pages, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 23, 2013 2:18 PM
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Trailer Watch: Oscar Hopeful 'The Book Thief,' Starring Geoffrey Rush and Child Actress Sophie Nelisse

Check out the trailer for Brian Percival's "The Book Thief," starring Geoffrey Rush and child actress Sophie Nelisse ("Incendies") as a foster father and young girl living in Nazi Germany during World War II. It's adapted from Aussie author Mark Zusak's novel of the same title, which is narrated by Death. Watch below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • September 24, 2013 4:32 PM
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Film Festival Update: Vail, San Francisco, Sundance London (Video)

The 2012 Vail Film Festival's line-up of 58 films opens with the U.S. premiere of "The Eye of the Storm," which debuted in Toronto and opened in December in Australia (68% on RT). The family drama from Fred Schepisi ("Roxanne") stars Geoffrey Rush, Charlotte Rampling, and Judy Davis, who won Best Actress from the Australian Film Institute.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 7, 2012 3:48 PM
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