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Best of the Week: Interviews with De Palma, Gere, Hillcoat & Potter; 'Hitchcock,' 'Frankenweenie' and More

This week on TOH, we consider new Oscar season entry "Hitchcock," interview Brian De Palma, Richard Gere, John Hillcoat and Sally Potter, review Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie" and much more! Check out the best of the week below:
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  • September 21, 2012 5:07 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Back to Basics with 'Hotel Transylvania'

It turns out that Genndy Tartakovsky's hand-drawn vision for "Hotel Transylvania" was just what this troubled movie needed. The monster mash about letting go of your children and learning to live with humans (echoing Pixar's "Monsters, Inc." and "Finding Nemo") might be light on story, but...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • September 20, 2012 11:53 AM
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Career Watch: Joaquin Phoenix - He's Still Here

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  • September 18, 2012 3:24 PM
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Immersed in Movies: The VFX Tipping Point?

With Digital Domain Media sinking like the Titanic and filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but Searchlight Capital Partners coming to the rescue and buying its Oscar-winning VFX division ("Titanic" and "Benjamin Button") for $15 million...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • September 11, 2012 3:02 PM
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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...
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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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