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In Honor of 'Lawrence of Arabia' 50th Anniversary, BFI Lists '10 Desert Films to Try' (TRAILERS)

With David Lean's epic masterpiece "Lawrence of Arabia" celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the BFI has compiled an unranked list of "10 Desert Films to Try." The finely curated list includes classics like Sergio Leone's "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," Erich von Stroheim's gold-hungry "Greed" and Nicolas Roeg's dreamy "Walkabout," but also Gus van Sant's underappreciated "Gerry" and Nicholas Ray's less-seen Richard Burton-starrer "Bitter Victory."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 26, 2012 3:33 PM
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DreamWorks' Stock Dips Almost 5% After Soft Holiday Opening for 'Rise of the Guardians'

Following the disappointing opening of DreamWorks Animation's "Rise of the Guardians" over the Thanksgiving weekend, the stock of the company has reportedly dropped almost 5%."Guardians"' $32.6 million is DreamWorks' lowest opening box office haul since 2006's "Flushed Away." That said, animated family fare often pick up steam, especially as the lucrative Christmas holiday looms ahead.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 26, 2012 3:17 PM
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40 Years of HBO Programming -- Do You Remember '1st and Ten'? 'Dream On'? 'Arliss'?

Check out this Hollywood Reporter photo gallery celebrating 40 years of HBO programming. Everything from the long-running ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") and the zeitgeist-setting ("Sex and the City") to the less-than-earth-shattering ("Bored to Death") and recently-acclaimed ("Girls") is in there.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 26, 2012 2:32 PM
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New York Times' Carpetbagger Blog Returns for Oscar Season

With the Thanksgiving weekend's positively received press screenings of "Les Miserables" and "Zero Dark Thirty," Oscar season is humming along. The New York Times' awards blog "The Carpetbagger" is back as of Monday, and ready to zap you out of post-election letdown. Melena Ryzik asks, "In withdrawal of all those close reads of campaign tactics?"
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 26, 2012 1:46 PM
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'In Vogue: The Editor's Eye' Debuts on HBO; Wintour, Coddington, Jacobs, Wang & More Interviewed

Coinciding with the 120th anniversary of Vogue Magazine, documentary "In Vogue: The Editor's Eye" debuts on HBO on December 6. The film looks at some of the world's most influential fashion images as conceived by the mag's editors.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 26, 2012 1:45 PM
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'Les Miserables' Screens, EW's Interview with Hathaway and Jackman [Video]

Reviews are embargoed for Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables," but some tweets have hit the internet, promising some spectacular performances and indicating a likelihood of audience tears. IndieWire has gathered several tweets, including our own, here.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • November 26, 2012 7:26 AM
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Weekend Recap: First Looks, Reviews, The Painter Behind 'Life of Pi,' Latest Moves from Matthias Schoenaerts, Kristen Stewart, and Richard Gere

This first look at Richard Ayoade's "The Double" shows Jesse Eisenberg and Noah Taylor in period costume for this adaptation of Dostoevsky's novella about a minor government clerk who becomes aware of a doppelganger, who begins to displace him among his friends and acquaintances. Mia Wasikowska and Wallace Shawn also star.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • November 26, 2012 6:19 AM
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Best of the Week: Thanksgiving Brings 3-D Delicacy 'Life of Pi,' Interviews with Lee & Wright, Awards, Features & More

This week on TOH!, we interview director Ang Lee on his 3-D triumph "Life of Pi" and director Joe Wright on the sumptuously mounted "Anna Karenina," we look at fun facts about the making of "Psycho" as "Hitchcock" hits theaters, we keep up with the awards beat and much more!
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  • November 24, 2012 6:46 AM
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Transition to Digital: Issues of Film Printing, Shooting on Film, Preservation (VIDEO)

Two key articles are making the online rounds on the tricky and contentious transition to digital. Of the current Oscar contenders, while most are going to be seen in theaters via digital projection, "The Dark Knight," "Anna Karenina," "The Master," "Lincoln," and "Silver Linings Playbook" were all shot on film, the preferred method for their respective directors, who are loathe to give it up. But as Joe Wright told TOH, he may have to make the switch because the London labs can no longer handle the demands of a major production.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 23, 2012 4:08 PM
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'Downton Abbey' Renewed for Fourth Season; Boosts Dockery and Stevens Film Careers

Before American audiences have seen even one episode of the much-anticipated "Downton Abbey" Season 3 (finally premiering on PBS on January 6), news comes that the successful show has been renewed for a fourth season on Britain's ITV. Season 3, which recently aired its finale in the UK, averaged a series ratings high there with 9.7 million viewers.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 23, 2012 3:20 PM
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