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Rating 'Psycho,' Behind-the-Scenes 'Hitchcock' and the Universal Hitchcock Fifteen

I got over the awful HBO "The Girl," starring Toby Jones as Alfred Hitchcock and Sienna Miller as Tippi Hedren, by watching the entire Dick Cavett Hitchcock interview. I had more fun with Thursday night's AFI FEST world premiere of Sacha Gervasi's light-hearted "Hitchcock," starring a superb ensemble led by Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren as the master auteur and his collaborator and wife Alma Reville, who the director thanked when he won his AFI Achievement Award, but I confess that I'd rather stick with the real thing.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 2, 2012 2:23 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Previewing 'Rise of the Guardians'

DreamWorks' "Rise of the Guardians" (November 21) is an exquisite and enchanting adaptation of William Joyce's magnificent and epic "Guardian" book series, which reinvents some of our favorite fairy tale icons. First-time director Peter Ramsey, who cut his teeth doing storyboards for David Fincher and Spike Jonze before moving into animation at DreamWorks, has wisely upped the superhero quotient in "Avengers"-like fashion, which makes for a more spectacular movie.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 1, 2012 9:00 PM
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Makeup Artists Talk Challenges of 'Cloud Atlas': Multiple Characters, Movie Stars Hanks & Berry, Yellowface & Political Correctness

Tom Hanks and Halle Berry have starred in a combined 88 films, so when tasked to transform two of Hollywood's most familiar faces, “Cloud Atlas'” hair, make-up and prosthetics designers Jeremy Woodhead and Daniel Parker had only one place to start: the nose.
  • By Amy Nicholson
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  • November 1, 2012 2:00 PM
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CHALLENGE! Take David Thomson's Second Stump-the-Film-Buff Quiz

San Francisco-based critic David Thomson, the brainy Brit behind the must-own Biographical Dictionary of Film, has now written a spanking new film history, "The Big Screen: The Story of the Movies." We asked Thomson to concoct another demanding quiz, this time derived from info contained in his new tome. He thinks this one is even harder than the last. Impossible you say? We challenge you to test your film buff cred.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 31, 2012 3:46 PM
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Women in Film Expands Outreach with Speed Mentoring; Top Ten Pieces of Advice

Speed Mentor Pamela Rodi, President/Creative Director of Rodi Marketing
"There wasn't one woman, not one woman, that I could look up to and say 'I want to be that woman." Things have changed in the 50 years since producer Marion Rosenberg started in the entertainment industry, said the Women in Film trustee and mentoring co-chair at the organization's inaugural Speed Mentoring session on October 29. She was talking with twenty mentors and twenty mentees, comprised of WIF members who were chosen based on the strength of their proposed questions.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 31, 2012 3:01 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Talking 'Cloud Atlas' VFX

"Cloud Atlas" might not approach the VFX intensity or complexity of "The Matrix" trilogy or "Speed Racer," but it still required the same level of sophistication and flexibility that the Wachowskis demand. After all, you've got six stories about reincarnation spanning 500 years with the same actors in multiple roles...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • October 29, 2012 5:07 PM
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Best of the Week: Oscar Talk, Hitchcock, Bond, Presidents, Hot Projects In the Works, Reviews & More

This week on TOH!, we discuss a number of possible awards contenders in Oscar Talk, we go behind the scenes with an exclusive "Hitchcock" set visit, look at the upcoming weekend's cinematic offerings and much more!
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  • October 26, 2012 5:31 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Disney Gets Subversive with 'Wreck-It Ralph'

Disney's definitely back with "Wreck-It Ralph" (opening November 2). In fact, this unexpectedly witty and inventive videogame comedy/adventure is the surprise of the animation season and the Oscar wild card, although I haven't yet seen DreamWorks' "Rise of the Guardians," which also looks creatively bold and will likely be a major contender.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • October 26, 2012 4:28 PM
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For Love of Benedict: Cumberbitches Fan Club Dedicated to 'Sherlock' Star

Benedict Cumberbatch, star of the BBC's hit series "Sherlock," is his own one-man Beatle, apparently. A fan club called "The Cumberbitches" has formed, comprised of 37,000 members and obsessively dedicated to, in their words, the "high-cheekboned, blue-eyed sex bomb."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 26, 2012 2:11 PM
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Hedren Talks Devious Hitchcock and 'The Birds' at Academy: "fairytale" Discovery by Reville

Three days after the HBO premiere of "The Girl," Tippi Hedren appeared in person at the Academy for a beautiful digital screening of Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds." Though the actress has been outspoken recently about her troubled relationship with the director -- particularly during the production of "The Birds," which "The Girl" chronicles -- her words for the Master of Suspense at the October 23 screening were more tempered.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 25, 2012 7:00 AM
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