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Best of the Week: Return to 'Sin City,' Telluride Predictions, Emmy Watch & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • August 23, 2014 11:00 AM
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Margaret Atwood Talks Adapting 'MaddAddam' Trilogy with Aronofsky and HBO

Darren Aronofsky's got another flood on his hands after this year's "Noah": he's executive producing an HBO adaptation of Margaret Atwood's MaddAddam trilogy, set in the middle of the 21st century after a so-called Waterless Flood that nearly wipes all of humanity off the planet.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 20, 2014 4:08 PM
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Career Watch: Will 'Hit Girl' Chloe Grace Moretz Kick Ass This Fall?

At 17, Chloe Grace Moretz is the It girl for movie geeks, thanks to her Comic-Con-approved resume of haunted houses (2005’s “The Amityville Horror”), vampires (2010’s “Let Me In” and 2012’s “Dark Shadows”), shy girls with secret powers (2013’s “Carrie”) and her breakout role as foul-mouthed avenger Hit-Girl in 2010’s "Kick-Ass" and its 2013 sequel.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • August 18, 2014 6:05 AM
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Best of the Week: Remembering Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall, and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • August 16, 2014 2:32 PM
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Isabelle Huppert on Embracing the Darkness in Breillat's 'Abuse of Weakness,' Genet's 'The Maids' with Blanchett

Isabelle Huppert is something of an enigma. The Cannes and Cesar-winning actress plays women whose strength resides in some depraved inner core. And that perversity threatens to drive her characters deep into the void, as in Haneke's "The Piano Teacher," or into the light as in her new film with Catherine Breillat, "Abuse of Weakness."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 15, 2014 4:02 PM
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From Meryl Streep to Expendables Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford, Big Stars in Small Roles Boost Summer Blockbusters

The trailers for “The Giver,” a dystopian adventure based on the 1993 Newbery Medal-winning novel by Lois Lowry that opens this weekend, features a character who was a mere footnote in this influential young-adult source for such futuristic fables as “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent." Not only that, she's Hollywood royalty hiding under a veil of gray hair: Meryl Streep.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • August 12, 2014 5:24 PM
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Career Watch: From Instagram to Broadway to Movies – When Will James Franco Fatigue Strike?

Ubiquity, thy name is James Franco. The year is not even two-thirds over, and already this self-styled 21st-century Renaissance dude is monopolizing the world of art circa 2014 at an exhausting rate.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • August 11, 2014 2:15 PM
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Best of the Week: Oscar Predictions, The Female Superhero Strikes Back, Duplass' New Indie Paradigm & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • August 9, 2014 1:46 PM
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'Palo Alto,' Now on iTunes/VOD, Plants First-Timer Gia Coppola Firmly in the Family Business

"Palo Alto," the impressive debut of 27-year-old filmmaker Gia Coppola, toured the fest circuit, from Venice and Telluride to Toronto, Tribeca and San Francisco, where grandfather Francis turned out, before hitting theaters earlier this year and becoming a modest hit. Now it's on iTunes/VOD.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 8, 2014 1:03 PM
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The Female Superhero Finally Strikes Back

Suddenly there's momentum for female superhero movies, thanks to Warner Bros. and DC breaking the ice with Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." This has led to Sony entering the female fray with a Spider-Man spinoff scripted by Lisa Joy ("Burn Notice," "Pushing Daisies"). No confirmation yet if it's Spider-Woman, but it's a significant development. And word is, Marvel is developing its own female counter-attack by turning the spotlight on Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow, with a script to be written by "Guardians of the Galaxy's" Nicole Perlman (but who tweeted on Monday that there has been no active development since turning in her treatment in 2011).
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 5, 2014 3:51 PM
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