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Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca Talk Controversial 'Captain Phillips,' Rating, 'Fifty Shades of Grey' UPDATED

One sign of success in Hollywood is controversy. Well-reviewed Somali pirate saga "Captain Phillips" is hanging in at the box office against the fall onslaught because it combines a powerful true story with consummate moviemaking from director Paul Greengrass, who not only efficiently builds tension but shows us not only the POV of the heroic kidnapped Captain Richard Phillips and his crew but their Somali pirate torturers.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 18, 2013 5:17 PM
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Disney in the News, from 90th Birthday Bash to Controversial 'Escape from Tomorrow' and Oscar Contender 'Saving Mr. Banks' (VIDEO)

Disney takes its 90th birthday celebration to Chicago, burnishes the animation mogul's legacy with "Mary Poppins" backstory and would-be Oscar contender "Saving Mr. Banks," and ignores controversial guerilla Disney filmmaker Randy Moore's "Escape from Tomorrow." Will they sue?
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • October 14, 2013 4:10 PM
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'Captain Phillips' Opens Well Against Mighty 'Gravity' at Number One

Two well-reviewed, high-quality films -- "Gravity" and "Captain Phillips" -- lead the Top 10 this weekend with impressive numbers. The studios, building on such late 2012 successes as "Argo," "Lincoln" and "The Life of Pi," are continuing to push a small number of awards-targeted quality projects at low-risk, non-tentpole budgets. The bad news is that business is really, really bad. Only three films did solid business, the top two and in its third go-round, "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2." The top 10 grossed $105 million, down 10% from last year.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • October 13, 2013 2:01 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Greengrass and Hanks Talk Moments of Crisis in 'Captain Phillips'

Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks discuss authenticity and emotional truth in the fact-based high-seas drama, "Captain Phillips."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • October 11, 2013 1:23 PM
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Review: Greengrass Turns Screws with Intense Real-Life Thriller 'Captain Phillips,' Starring Oscar-Contender Hanks

Given that Captain Richard Phillips turned up at the L.A. premiere on Skype and wrote the memoir on which this adventure is based, it is not news that he survived. But Tom Hanks' extraordinary acting in the last few scenes, from when he's bound and trapped at gunpoint in a bobbing claustrophobic lifeboat to the finale, will earn the two-time Oscar-winner his sixth nomination.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 3, 2013 2:47 PM
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Review Roundup UPDATE: 'Captain Phillips' a Gripping Thriller with Outstanding Performance by Tom Hanks (NEW TRAILER)

Reviews continue to roll in for Paul Greengrass' "Captain Phillips," following its New York Film Festival premiere. The breathless thriller stars Tom Hanks in the title role as a real-life cargo ship captain contending with Somali pirates. Check out the critical reactions, plus the new trailer for the film, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 30, 2013 2:11 PM
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Venice Film Festival 2013 Review: Flat 'Parkland' Revisits JFK Assassination

A seminal event in America's recent past - the assassination of JFK - is reconstructed in writer-director Peter Landesman's competently made but one-dimensional dramatization, using a hefty ensemble cast that includes Zac Efron, Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton and Marcia Gay Harden.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • September 1, 2013 8:23 AM
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Trailers from Hell: Ti West on Joe Dante's 'The 'Burbs,' Starring Tom Hanks

It’s Back to the ‘80s Again! this week at Trailer from Hell, with director Ti West introducing Joe Dante’s horror-comedy “The ‘Burbs,” starring Tom Hanks.
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  • August 26, 2013 12:03 PM
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Paul Greengrass' 'Captain Phillips,' Starring Tom Hanks, to Open 57th BFI London Film Festival

Paul Greengrass' "Captain Phillips" will open the 57th BFI London Film Festival on October 9. Greengrass and star Tom Hanks, who plays the eponymous real-life cargo ship captain who contended with Somali pirates, are scheduled to attend the festival's screening.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 1, 2013 11:22 AM
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New York Film Festival to Open with Paul Greengrass Oscar Hopeful 'Captain Phillips,' Starring Tom Hanks

The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced that its upcoming 51st New York Film Festival will open with Paul Greengrass' "Captain Phillips," starring Tom Hanks in the real-life tale of a cargo ship captain contending with Somali pirates.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • July 29, 2013 12:31 PM
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