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Immersed in Movies: Revisiting 'The Avengers' and Handicapping the VFX Oscar Race

Unlike the Oscar race for best animated feature, there's already a clear front-runner for VFX: "The Avengers," with its dazzling work from Industrial Light & Magic (especially the Hulk). Of course, there's still quite a heated race ahead when Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" hits theaters December 14...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • September 6, 2012 3:08 PM
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Encore's Big Miniseries Showcase: Garai in 'The Crimson Petal and the White,' Plus 'Pillars,' 'Dove' & 'Titanic'

In a kind of doubleheader, Encore will kick off its “Big Miniseries Showcase” on September 10 and 11 with the North American debut of “The Crimson Petal and the White,” starring Romola Garai (“Emma”) as a clever prostitute in Victorian London...
  • By Aljean Harmetz
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  • August 30, 2012 9:59 AM
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Laika's 'ParaNorman' Presents First Openly Gay Animated Character

When it debuted on August 17, Laika's stop-motion animated zombie comedy "ParaNorman" might just have made history--in perhaps the quietest way possible.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 29, 2012 4:17 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Handicapping the Animation Oscar Race

With the fall/holiday season just around the corner, the Oscar animation race is even more wide open than last season, when "Rango" jumped out early and never looked back in grabbing the Academy Award. In fact, most of the eventual nominees have probably not been released, which makes it hard to pin down how great a year it will turn out to be.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 29, 2012 2:35 PM
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Weekly Wrap: Remembering Tony Scott, Zadan & Meron Land Oscars, Weekend Preview, In The Works & More

This week on TOH, we interviewed Craig Zadan and Neil Meron on being the 2013 Oscar producers, we looked ahead to the weekend's offering of new films, we compared Joe Wright's upcoming "Anna Karenina" to the long string of previous film adaptations, paid tribute to director Tony Scott (1944-2012) and much more!
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  • August 24, 2012 4:09 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Diving into 'Finding Nemo 3D'

I went up to Pixar last week to see "Finding Nemo 3D" (which platforms theatrically September 14 at the El Capitan and elsewhere before surfacing Dec. 4 on Blu-ray & Blu-ray 3D from Disney Home Entertainment). It'll be interesting to see how "Nemo" performs after 10 years in light of Disney racking up a record $94.2 million...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 23, 2012 4:45 PM
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Weekend Preview: 'Samsara,' 'Little White Lies,' 'Wild Horse,' 'Premium Rush' & More

Consider this a weekend to indulge at the movies. The 70mm documentary "Samsara" is a gorgeous, spiritually rich experience to let wash over you, while "Wild Horse, Wild Ride" examines the equine-and-man relationship and delivers a moving result akin to last year's "Buck." Guillaume Canet ("Tell No One") returns with the unabashedly French "Little White Lies," which requires antsy Americans to accept its slow pace and self-indulgence in order to appreciate its fine acting, particularly Marion Cotillard and Benoît Magimel.
  • By Sophia Savage and Anne Thompson
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  • August 23, 2012 4:29 PM
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Exclusive First Look at Poster & Clip for Swedish WWII Epic 'Simon and the Oaks'

Check out our exclusive first look at the poster and a clip for Sweden's "Simon and the Oaks." Swedish director Lisa Ohlin's "Simon and the Oaks," based on Marianne Fredriksson's bestselling novel and recipient of thirteen nominations for Sweden's Guldbagge Awards, will hit US theaters on October 12...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 20, 2012 1:44 PM
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'Anna Karenina' Through the Film Ages

Joe Wright's "Anna Karenina" (November 16) looks to be a highly original take on the Leo Tolstoy classic, but it's certainly not the first time (or even the 10th) that the Russian romance has been adapted for the big screen. Below, a compare-and-contrast of six film versions.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 20, 2012 6:39 AM
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Best of the Week: Reviews, Interviews, Festivals, Hot Projects In The Works, Kubrick in LA & More

This week on TOH, we looked at the weekend's offering of films from digital vs. film doc "Side by Side" to Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis," we announced the Stanley Kubrick retro and exhibition making its way to L.A., we looked at the rash of reshoots besetting big-budget studio films, and much more!
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  • August 17, 2012 5:45 PM
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