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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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Academy Unveils Breathtaking Restoration of 'The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp'; Schoonmaker Talks Michael Powell & Scorsese

The Academy unveiled its breathtaking restoration of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's epic masterpiece "The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp" on June 27. Seven-time Oscar nominated editor Thelma Schoonmaker, who was married to Powell from 1984 until his death in 1990, gave an eloquent introduction...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 29, 2012 2:20 PM
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Moscow Junket Diary Two: Unraveling the Russian Film Industry, from Putin and Mikhalkov to Threat of Censorship

Trying to get a handle on the Russian film industry is like unwinding Winston Churchill's "riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma"; you never seem to figure it out. There's much money, and various power players, led by the president himself, Vladimir Putin.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 29, 2012 1:08 PM
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Weekend Preview: 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' is Essential Viewing; Don't Judge 'Magic Mike' by its Package

If you only see one movie this weekend, make sure it's Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts of the Southern Wild," which we'll all be talking about until Oscar night 2013 and beyond. This is the kind of film that makes you believe in magic; heartbreaking, one-of-a-kind and debuting force-of-nature Quvenzhané Wallis, it's a jolt to heart of independent cinema...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 28, 2012 4:26 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Sneaking Sony's 'Hotel Transylvania'

It turns out that "Brave" isn't the only animated feature this year devoted to a parent-child relationship. Beneath the monster mash antics of "Hotel Transylvania," lies a father-daughter dynamic about letting go between control freak Dracula (Adam Sandler) and free-spirited teenager Mavis (Selena Gomez)...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • June 28, 2012 2:54 PM
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Career Watch: Keira Knightley Skids Without Joe Wright, Luckily "Anna Karenina" Is Next

With a face like hers, stardom was probably inevitable for Keira Knightley. At 27 and with over a decade on the A-list, she's already had hits and misses, a handful of Oscar and Golden Globes nominations and a beauty endorsement with Chanel. She is adored by many of both sexes, but has suffered a string of disappointments since 2007's "Atonement."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 25, 2012 8:08 PM
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Best of the Week: LA Film Fest Reviews, 'Girls' & 'Newsroom,' Plus Remembering Andrew Sarris

This week on TOH, we covered the heck out of the ongoing LA Film Festival, looked at the excellent Season 1 run of "Girls" while rounding up mixed reviews for the soon-to-start Season 1 of Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom," and culled early critics' reactions to "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." All this and more below!
  • By TOH!
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  • June 22, 2012 5:27 PM
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LAFF: 'Middle of Nowhere' Gets Two Standing Ovations; DuVernay & Cast Talk Black Films Reaching Audiences In A Meaningful Way [New Teaser]

Ava DuVernay's "Middle of Nowhere" played to a full house and two standing ovations at its Gala screening at the LA Film Fest on June 20. The drama is honest and immersive, moving and sexy, funny and unexpected.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 22, 2012 3:39 PM
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