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The Tony Awards Love Hollywood (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS)

The Tony Awards voters love Hollywood, and 2014 was no exception. "Breaking Bad" star and Broadway rookie Bryan Cranston and popular Tony host Neil Patrick Harris took home their first Tonys, for playing a flamboyant president (Lyndon Baines Johnson in Robert Schenkkan’s “All the Way,” which won Best Play) and crossdresser (in Best Music Revival "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"), respectively.
  • By Anne Thompson and Jacob Combs
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  • June 9, 2014 11:09 AM
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Not Feeling 'X-Men' This Weekend? Here Are Four Acclaimed Indie Alternatives

As the Cannes Film Festival continues to unspool along the French Riviera, multiplexes and arthouses are holding down the fort stateside with a hefty slate of well-reviewed -- and in some cases long-awaited -- new releases.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 22, 2014 1:08 PM
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Is 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Just Another Marvel Mutant Retread? Critics Don't Think So

Director Bryan Singer's mutant mash "X-Men: Days of Future Past" doesn't hit theaters until May 23, but early reviews have landed. Is the latest Marvel entry of the Summer just another expensive, fans-only spectacle? Or is there substance here?
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 13, 2014 4:07 PM
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WATCH: Final Trailer for 'X-Men: Days of Future Past,' Plus Fanboy Q&A with Jackman, Fassbender & McAvoy

The third and final trailer for director Bryan Singer's "X-Men: Days of Future Past," one of the summer's most hotly anticipated movies, has arrived. Watch it here, plus a 20-minute Q&A with stars Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 16, 2014 11:16 AM
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WATCH Hugh Jackman Perform 'Wolverine' the Musical on BBC Radio

Watch as Aussie actor Hugh Jackman, now wrapping up summer tentpole "X-Men: Days of Future Past," reprises his Oscar-nominated Jean Valjean in a musical performance of "Wolverine."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 29, 2014 2:34 PM
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WATCH: 'Prisoners' Director Denis Villeneuve Talks with NY Times Anatomy of a Scene

Check out this insightful "Anatomy of a Scene" video feature for the NY Times, where Canadian director Denis Villeneuve talks a pivotal scene from the upcoming crime thriller "Prisoners," out this Friday.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 18, 2013 3:11 PM
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'The Wolverine' Disappoints at Healthy Box Office; 'Fruitvale' Lands in Top Ten

Although Twentieth Century Fox's "The Wolverine," the week's sole wide opener, performed a good deal below predictions, the overall weekend was encouraging as the uneven (and very expensive) summer continues to play out. Grosses for the top 10 came in at around $152 million, a big jump from last year's $124 million (where the #1 film was the second weekend of "The Dark Knight Rises"). Decent-grossing newcomer "The Wolverine" played its part, but the overall strength comes from several films holding well (the #2-6 films dropped between 36 and 48% from last weekend). With several significant August openings ahead, the summer could still end up ahead of last year's, but not likely quite enough to boost the year total.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 27, 2013 3:05 PM
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'Wolverine' Disappoints at Box Office, 'Fruitvale Station' Makes Top Ten, and Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine' Shines

"Wolverine," Twentieth Century Fox's well-hyped sixth entry in the "X-Men" series, performed below expectations with $21 million on Friday (including $4 million from late Thursday shows). Thus far the Top Ten total is lower than any Friday since June 4.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 27, 2013 12:38 PM
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Review Roundup: 'The Wolverine' -- Sharp Entertainment or Getting Dull with Age?

James Mangold's "The Wolverine" -- the sixth installment in the X-Men franchise -- hits theaters on July 26. Critics are all over the map on this Japan-set entry; Variety calls the film "smart... and surprisingly existential" and praises jacked lead Hugh Jackman for being in top form, while the Telegraph claims the film is coming five years too late in the superhero film craze: "It affects a pubescent snarl." More review highlights below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 23, 2013 11:50 AM
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Immersed in Movies Comic-Con EXCLUSIVE: Director James Mangold Previews 'The Wolverine'

On the eve of "The Wolverine" Comic-Con presentation this week in San Diego, James Mangold discussed what it was like tackling the most popular X-Men superhero. After all, what was the acclaimed director of "Walk the Line, "3:10 to Yuma," "Girl Interrupted," and "Cop Land" doing messing around with an expensive franchise?
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 15, 2013 12:26 PM
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