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FIRST LOOK: 'The Expendables 2' Stars Stallone and Schwarzenegger Charm the Con, Bring Back Male Pattern Baldness (Video)

Wily action lions Sly Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger first met as fierce rivals back at the 1976 Golden Globes, when "Rocky" won best director and film, on its way to a best picture Oscar, while Schwarzenegger won Best Newcomer. Stallone threw flowers on a muscleman he expected to exit the scene...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 13, 2012 6:06 AM
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47th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Days 6 & 7: 'To Kill a Beaver,' 'La meilleure facon de march,' 'Death of a Man in Balkans' and More

I slam three cups of coffee, and go see “Zabric Bobra,” aka “To Kill a Beaver,” an intense Polish film about a rogue operative who’s hiding out in a country farmhouse and hooking up with a local wild child while plotting some kind of complicated revenge.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • July 11, 2012 6:04 PM
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47th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Day 5: 'Army of Shadows,' 'Holy Motors' & 'Trains of Thought'

It’s taken several days for the mystery of ticketing for press members to be revealed to me. It took two requests at an information counter to turn up a schedule of press screenings, and two visits to the special ticketing booths inside the accreditation room to learn I can request up to four tickets a day, and that tickets are available for both that day and the next.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • July 11, 2012 1:48 PM
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The Telluride Film Festival Debuts Poster Art from Dave Eggers for 39th Edition

The Telluride Film Festival chose Dave Eggers as the poster artist for their 39th edition. The writer-editor-publisher-philanthropist will attend the festival (running August 31-September 3), where a reception will be held in his honor...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 9, 2012 1:32 PM
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Best of the Week: 'Amazing' Box Office, Comic-Con Preview, Karlovy Vary, Mark Wahlberg's Career & More

This week on TOH, Spidey proves his staying power even as general tentpole malaise sets in, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival offers a cinephile's dream lineup, Comic-Con's on the horizon and more!
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  • July 6, 2012 3:24 PM
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47th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - Day Four: Garrone’s 'Reality,' Loznitsa's 'In the Fog' & Hillcoat's 'Lawless'

“Piazza Fontana” is a relentless investigation of the events surrounding a politically-motivated explosion at a bank in Rome on December 12, 1969. It’s reminiscent of Hollywood docudramas such as “Call Northside 777." I feel guilty, as in this is a stylized movie that actually has commercial prospects outside the art house and festival circuit.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • July 5, 2012 1:29 PM
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47th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - Day Three: 'Le Samourai,' 'The Door,' 'L'amour' & More

At 9:00 a.m., the new film of the Taviani brothers, “Cesare deve morire,” in which theater, reality, and cinema mingle. In theory, the movie documents a production of “Julius Caesar” (“liberally inspired by the work of William Shakespeare”) performed by the inmates of a maximum-security prison...
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • July 4, 2012 1:03 PM
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TIFF 2012 Hosts Shangri-La Asian Film Summit on September 10; Jackie Chan Guest of Honor

The Toronto International Film Festival announces that the Shangri-La Hotel Toronto Asian Film Summit will take place on September 10 of this year's fest, which runs September 6-16.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 4, 2012 1:01 PM
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47th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - Day Two: Cannes Winner 'Beyond the Hills,' Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis' & More

Okay, after the debacle of sleeping soundly through the opening night film (and not, as is traditional in film festivals, in one’s seat at the theater*), I’m out the door bright and early. I’m headed to the Grand Hotel Pupp to catch a 10 a.m. screening of Christian Mintu’s Cannes-awarded "Beyond the Hills"...
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • July 4, 2012 8:10 AM
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The 7th Annual Rome Film Festival: Marco Müller's Changes for November

Since he left the Venice International Film Festival, Marco Müller has been navigating the challenging shoals of the relatively young Rome Film Festival, changing the dates for the 7th installment (November 9 – 17, 2012) as well as its location (Auditorium Parco della Musica and other Rome venues). He has now made his plans known...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 3, 2012 11:52 AM
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