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Andy Griffith, Star of 'The Andy Griffith Show' and Kazan's Brilliant 'A Face in the Crowd,' Dies at 86

Most folks know Andy Griffith as the star of long-running television hit shows "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Matlock." But the actor, who died at home in Dare County, North Carolina on July 3, gave several superb dramatic performances as well...
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • July 3, 2012 12:06 PM
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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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Universal's Animation Whiz Chris Meledandri Supplies a Hit Big Enough for Its Own Ride: 'Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem' Opens at Orlando

You know you've made a successful family film if it gets its own theme park ride. Universal's Chris Meledandri, who headed the animation for hits "Despicable Me" and "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax," today gets to see the opening of Universal Orlando's Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 2, 2012 3:25 PM
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Blip Online Video Network Gets on the Original Programming Bandwagon

Another day, another web-based company getting into original programming production and distribution, joining the likes of Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, Hulu and Crackle. Online video network Blip announces the launch of Blip Studios...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 2, 2012 2:43 PM
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Casting Watch: Cee Lo Green Joins Knightley, Ruffalo, Levine, Steinfeld & Keener in 'Can a Song Save Your Life?'

Singer-songwriter Cee Lo Green has joined the cast of "Can a Song Save Your Life?," John Carney's ("Once") rags-to-riches musician tale starrring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld, Catherine Keener and Green's "The Voice" fellow judge Adam Levine.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 2, 2012 1:45 PM
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IDA Announces Shorts and Features for 16th Annual DocuWeeks Showcase, August 3-30

The International Documentary Association (IDA) announces twenty-eight films for its 16th annual DocuWeeks theatrical showcase, running August 3-30 in New York (IFC Center) and Los Angeles (Laemmle NoHo 7)...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 2, 2012 1:04 PM
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Academy Invites 176 New Members, including Malick, Chastain, McConaughey, Rockwell, Serkis, Dardennes & Hazanavicious

The Academy invites 176 artists and executives to join its illustrious ranks. Academy president Tom Sherak says the group "represent some of the most passionate contributors to our industry." The list expresses their interest in getting some younger members...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 2, 2012 12:24 PM
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'13 Families: Life After Columbine' Releasing on DVD; Remembering Van Sant's 'Elephant,' Moore's 'Bowling' & Ramsay's 'Kevin'

The Columbine shootings continue to elicit interest among filmmakers and audiences. The documentary "13 Families: Life After Columbine" is releasing on DVD August 7, via Osiris Entertainment. For the first time, family members of the Columbine victims share their personal stories of the 1999 mass school shooting and its aftermath...
  • By Sophia Savage and Beth Hanna
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  • June 29, 2012 5:26 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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Zachary Quinto to Open Hollyshorts Film Festival with World Premiere of "PERIODS."

Zachary Quinto and his Before the Door Pictures banner (the engine behind "Margin Call") will open the 8th Annual Hollyshorts Film Festival with the world premiere of "PERIODS."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 29, 2012 2:57 PM
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