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Richard Lester Talks The Beatles in Newly Restored Mod Classic 'A Hard Day's Night'

If "A Hard Day's Night" didn't exist, someone at MTV might have tried to invent it by now. But it does exist, thank heaven, and it remains as vibrantly fresh as ever, more inventive and exhilarating than 99.9 percent of the music clips introduced by cable VJs.
  • By Joe Leydon
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  • June 27, 2014 4:11 PM
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Survey of Talent Agency Executives (Unshockingly) Predicts Growth in Social Media, Viral Video and Foreign Production

The multi-service talent and production support agency Talent Partners yesterday released the findings of a survey of 50 senior executives at top agencies, and the results are intriguing, if not in any way unexpected.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 27, 2014 12:32 PM
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How Must-See 'The Case Against 8' Took Five Years to Make, from HBO Docs Czar Nevins to Its 'Fairy Tale Ending' (TRAILER)

The charged opening sequence of "The Case Against 8" witnesses former Solicitor General Ted Olson in the thick of a dress rehearsal.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • June 23, 2014 7:06 AM
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How 'Coherence' Director James Ward Byrkit Made a Mini Sci-Fi Marvel in Five Days with No Script & No Budget

"Coherence" is not just smart science fiction: it's a triumph of crafty independent filmmaking, made with few resources and big ambition. Director James Ward Byrkit stripped his vision down to the barest of bones to achieve a mind-shifting, metaphysical freakout about a dinner party gone cosmically awry.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 20, 2014 2:32 PM
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How 'Think Like A Man Too' Sensation Kevin Hart Went from Struggling Comic to CEO of His Own Brand

Kevin Hart is nothing if not a man with a plan. And so far, that plan appears to be working remarkably well. "You can't outdo me because I control what I want to do, and I spread it out. I'm a company. I'm a CEO. That's always good. We have a CEO mindset going into anything we do," he says.
  • By Joe Leydon
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  • June 19, 2014 2:40 PM
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TOH! Writers Pick the 10 Best Films of 2014 So Far

As July looms, the movie year is reaching its halfway point, and in the spirit of Indiewire's new Criticwire poll of 122 critics' favorite films of 2014 so far, we at TOH! offer up our own ten best lists.
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  • June 18, 2014 4:46 PM
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From the Big Stage to the Big Screen: Live Events at a Theater Near You

Simon Russell Beale, one of the UK's most renowned stage actors, is currently bowing each night at the National Theatre in London's South Bank as the title character in Sam Mendes's production of "King Lear." For those of us on this side of the pond, it's a disappointment that the Atlantic is between us and a seat in the theater. Lucky for us, there's National Theatre Live.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 17, 2014 1:47 PM
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Handicapping this Year's Movie Musicals, from 'Jersey Boys' to 'Annie' to 'Into the Woods'

The multiplex is alive once more with the sound of Broadway show tunes: a trio of popular shows, all aimed at distinctly different audiences, will take a bow in movie theaters this year.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • June 17, 2014 7:00 AM
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Dennis Hopper's Stunning Photography Shows 1960s-America in All Its Complexity

Before he became a two-time Oscar nominee and a famous "enfant terrible" of Hollywood, Dennis Hopper was, well, a young punk. After 1969's "Easy Rider," which Hopper directed and co-starred in, the actor/director endured what was essentially an exile from show business until 1986, when David Lynch cast him as the gangster Frank in "Blue Velvet."
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 16, 2014 2:39 PM
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Career Watch: Jonah Hill Is King of the Box Office

With Jonah Hill’s involvement in both of the sequels that opened as the No. 1 and 2 highest-grossing titles this past weekend, "22 Jump Street" and "How to Train Your Dragon 2," the actor has earned the right at age 30 to be proclaimed not just one of Hollywood’s most coveted court jesters but also a king of the box office.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • June 16, 2014 7:03 AM
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