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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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Best of the Week: Comic-Con Wrap, Weinstein's Oscar Frontrunners, Friedkin on 'Sorcerer' & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • August 2, 2014 11:00 AM
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Why You Must Watch 'Calvary,' 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' 'The One I Love' & 'Moebius' This Weekend (TRAILERS)

This weekend, you have no excuse not to get out to the movies, as one of the most satisfying popcorn films of the summer, and a gobsmacking Irish drama, hit theaters.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 1, 2014 10:30 AM
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The Met Opera Struggles to Adapt and Survive Amid Controversy ('60 Minutes' VIDEO)

A major labor lock-out looming, a famous composer's opera facing scrutiny from those fearing it will incite anti-Semitism abroad: these days, the majority of the drama at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City seems to be happening not onstage, but offstage.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • July 30, 2014 2:51 PM
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Dowdle Brothers Talk Supernatural Paris Catacombs of 'As Above, So Below' at Comic-Con (TRAILER)

The found-footage sub-genre has really come of age, and the Dowdle Brothers ("Quarantine") give it their own supernatural spin with "As Above, So Below" (Aug. 29). But although they were playing with an Indiana Jones-like archaeological bit of horror, John Erick and Drew told me after the Legendary panel in Hall H that the project didn't coalesce until Legendary producer Thomas Tull pitched them the Paris catacombs concept.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 29, 2014 4:54 PM
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Guillermo Del Toro Talks the Horror and Romance of 'Crimson Peak' at Comic-Con

Guillermo del Toro, who's become quite the Comic-Con fixture, hugging fanboys and journos alike, admits that his gothic horror-romance, "Crimson Peak" (Oct. 16, 2015), is the biggest movie he's ever made. "Not only the scope is bigger, but I'm going to use a word that I don't normally touch, and that's ambition. This is an ambitious movie from the thematic point of view and from the visual point of view."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 29, 2014 12:01 PM
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Best of the Week: TIFF & Venice Stir Fall Fest Circuit, Comic-Con, How 'Snowpiercer' Became a Gamechanger & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • July 26, 2014 10:30 AM
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Not Into 'Hercules'? Here Are 6 Alternatives to Fill Your Movie Weekend

Unimpressed by the gleaming musculature of Dwayne Johnson as a mythic warrior in Paramount's comic book adaptation "Hercules"? Then take solace in the art house, and at home, with these six quieter films in theaters and on demand.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 24, 2014 10:30 AM
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Career Watch: TV Boosts Movie Stars Jon Voight, Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey

With Emmy Award season in full swing (the show airs Aug. 25), we look at three Emmy nominees who came up in Hollywood and are enjoying a career boost from their work in television. These days it's possible to move more fluidly than ever before between movies and TV (the late great James Garner was a rare example of a star who could swing both ways). The Third Golden Age of Television --easily viewed on multi-platforms by a wide range of viewers--has proved a boon for these movie actors.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • July 21, 2014 11:56 AM
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