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Jeffrey Schwarz Talks Gay Activist Doc 'Vito'

Growing up in the New York film community, I knew Vito Russo, and read his influential 1981 landmark book about gay images in the media, The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in Movies, which was revised in 1987 and has never fallen out of print. Russo travelled the world with his "Celluloid Closet" presentations.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 11, 2012 9:29 AM
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EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: On the Set of Fedor Bondarchuk's 'Stalingrad'

While Russia and Hollywood both want a piece of the other's box office pie, they are more likely to come out ahead by working together on big commercial projects than emerging indie pictures. One movie that various Hollywood distributors are eyeing with interest is rising actor-director Fedor Bondarchuk's "Stalingrad."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 11, 2012 9:17 AM
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My Magical Russian Mystery Tour

Russia is a fascinating culture in transition. Capital Moscow, at least, as opposed to St. Petersburg, doesn't seem to welcome tourists; security guards are everywhere, more per square inch than anywhere I've ever seen. I felt a certain frisson when we passed through the gates of the massive red brick Kremlin to view its ancient basilicas...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 11, 2012 8:48 AM
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The TOH! Addendum to E!'s 100 Best Things in Pop Culture

E! has compiled a list of the 100 Best Things in Pop Culture. It's a pretty broad spectrum that includes some things we'd sooner include on a list of the Worst Things About America, Those Responsible for The Degradation of Our Culture, Reasons Why I'm Moving Into a Cave, et cetera. But let's focus on the positive...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 10, 2012 4:02 PM
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Now and Then: The Extraordinary Kenneth Lonergan, 'Margaret' & 'You Can Count on Me'

Rare are squabbles over production and distribution as fraught as those that accompanied the long gestation and brief theatrical life of Kenneth Lonergan's second feature. It would seem that a film must be something special to elicit such strong feelings, and "Margaret" is that film and then some. It's extraordinary.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • July 10, 2012 3:15 PM
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Career Watch: Salma Hayek - Does 'Savages' Signal a Comeback?

Salma Hayek won't be giving up her sex symbol status any time soon, but it's been ten years since her Oscar nomination for 2002's "Frida."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 10, 2012 2:23 PM
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Adults Crave Original Content while Tentpole Enthusiasm Wanes

The Austin Film Festival's film program director Stephen Jannise argues that "a new demographic is there for the taking"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 5, 2012 4:18 PM
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Career Watch: Marky Mark Wahlberg - A Big, Bright, Shining Star

Mark Wahlberg's "Ted" opened strong this past weekend, and while it's no awards contender, it does prove Wahlberg's box office power. Although none of his upcoming projects scream "Oscar nom #2!" one must admit that Marky Mark has come a long way...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 3, 2012 4:11 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Director Marc Webb Slings an 'Amazing Spider-Man' Storytelling Web

When you get right down to it, "The Amazing Spider-Man" wasn't such a monumental leap after all for Marc Webb ("(500) Days Of Summer"). He's essentially imbued his Spidey with more of a post-modern vibe than Sam Raimi's celebrated trilogy...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 3, 2012 1:26 PM
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Best of the Week: Palm Springs Shortfest, Bologna & Moscow; Classics, Box Office, Reviews & Remembering Nora Ephron

This week on TOH, we covered the Palm Springs International Shortfest, Il Cinema Ritrovata in Bologna and the Moscow Junket, looked at the intrepid box office for Pixar's "Brave," remembered beloved screenwriter, filmmaker and author Nora Ephron, reviewed this weekend's theatrical debuts and more...
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  • June 29, 2012 4:20 PM
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