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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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Weekend Preview: 'Side by Side' & 'The Awakening' Best Bets Over Divisive 'Sparkle,' 'Cosmopolis' and 'Robot & Frank'

There's no shortage of films opening this weekend, but many will be disappointments if you go in with high expectations. The safest bet is Chris Kenneally's doc "Side by Side," which is both a treat for film buffs and a primer for anyone looking to get behind a camera in today's fast-changing digital landscape. Also getting strong reviews is Craig Zobel's Sundance entry "Compliance," which is suitably disturbing given the true story behind it, but its real-life grittiness is undermined by casting an actress who looks like a stripper to play a small town teenage girl.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 16, 2012 3:26 PM
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Coppola Talks “Twixt,” Success, Failure & The Future of Film

Francis Ford Coppola’s “Twixt," the third in a series of low-budget “personal” films he’s written, produced, and directed since the turn of the century has toured the film festival circuit – from Toronto in 2011 to San Francisco in 2012 – and was released in France in April, but a broad release remains elusive...
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • August 14, 2012 12:58 PM
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Best of the Week: 'The Master' Arrives in Santa Monica, 'Bourne' Debuts, Plus Festivals, Interviews & More

This week on TOH, we eagerly anticipate the Toronto and Venice film fests, we review both "The Bourne Legacy" and the surprise screening of PTA's "The Master," we round up the best films of the year so far and more!
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  • August 10, 2012 4:25 PM
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Women Directors Delpy & DuVernay Talk Leveling the Playing Field

Three women filmmakers with new movies are inspiring mofe discussion of the state of women directors in Hollywood. The LA Times' Nicole Sperling talks to Julie Delpy ("2 Days in New York," "2 Days in Paris"), Ava DuVerney ("Middle of Nowhere") and Leslye Headland (the upcoming "Bachelorette").
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 10, 2012 4:01 PM
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Weekend Preview: 'Bourne' Without 'Bourne' And the Latest from Streep, Delpy, Ferrell & Spike Lee

Everything's coming up Fresh this weekend, so it just comes down to taste. If you're in the mood for "Bourne" without Jason Bourne, Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz do a fine job (and have the longest motorcycle chase sequence ever) in "narrative architect" Tony Gilroy's "The Bourne Legacy" (Edward Norton is also worth seeing). By the end of the film, you wish for a sequel that unites Renner's Aaron Cross with Damon's Jason Bourne; otherwise the whole enterprise seems pointless.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 9, 2012 6:13 PM
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Universal Preps for Change, from Meyer's Upstairs Move to Courting DreamWorks' Snider and Spielberg

Changes are under way at Universal Studios. And the LAT's revelation that studio president Ron Meyer will be heading into an advisory role at NBCUniversal prior to his retirement paves the way for new leadership. The longest- running studio chief in Hollywood has arranged his own graceful exit.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 9, 2012 3:53 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Talking Virtual Production and Higher Frame Rate at SIGGRAPH

Virtual production and higher frame rate dominated the conversation at this week’s SIGGRAPH conference in LA, just as they did at FMX earlier in the year. Despite Warner Bros. scaling back on the number of screens that it will play “The Hobbit” at 48 fps on December 14...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 9, 2012 3:53 PM
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'Game of Thrones' Writer Vanessa Taylor Talks Streep Drama 'Hope Springs'

Vanessa Taylor is enough of a TV whiz--her writing credits include "Alias," "Everwood" and "Tell Me You Love Me"--to land a co-executive producer spot on Seasons Two and Three of "Game of Thrones." But that was after she went off on her own, trying to combat writer's block, to write an original spec screenplay, "Hope Springs."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 8, 2012 12:14 PM
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