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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!
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  • June 22, 2012 5:27 PM
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Fox Home Entertainment Debuts 'Own the Moments' App, Features Date-Specific Movie Trivia

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is debuting new mobile app "Own the Moments," which allows fans to get a specific-to-the-day movie "moment" featuring trivia and a clip or photo from a film, ranging from classic to upcoming titles.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 22, 2012 2:59 PM
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'Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection': Universal Continues to Celebrate 100 with 15-Film Box Set

Well, this is exciting. To continue Universal's year-long 100th anniversary celebration, the studio is releasing "Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection." The box set has a whopping fifteen of the Hitch's films, with thirteen newly and never before on Blu-ray...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 22, 2012 12:23 PM
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Barbra Streisand Returns to Directing with Cate Blanchett & Colin Firth in 'Skinny and Cat'

Colin Firth and Cate Blanchett are set to star in Barbra Streisand's "Skinny and Cat," her return to directing after sixteen years ("The Mirror Has Two Faces" was in 1996, "Prince of Tides" in 1991 and "Yentl" in 1983). The epic love story...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 21, 2012 5:20 PM
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American Cinematheque Announces Aero Theatre's Digital Upgrades, Summer Series of Classics & Restorations

The American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre announces its new upgrade, which includes state-of-the-art high performance digital projection and sound at its 435-seat Santa Monica venue.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 21, 2012 4:02 PM
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Gravitas Ventures Picks Up SXSW Raucous Rom-Com '3,2,1...Frankie Go Boom'

Gravitas Ventures has acquired Jordan Roberts' SXSW romantic comedy "3,2,1... Frankie Go Boom," starring up-and-comers Charlie Hunnam, Chris O'Dowd and Lizzie Caplan, plus Whitney Cummings, Chris Noth and Ron Perlman.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 21, 2012 2:57 PM
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It's Happening: 'Jurassic Park 4' Gets 'Planet of the Apes' Writers; Who Will Direct the Spielbergian Franchise Reboot?

The wheels are turning for "Jurassic Park"'s fourth installment at Universal. While Steven Spielberg will produce (with Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall), he won't be directing. It's been eleven years since "Jurassic Park III" and having a new director at the helm to reinvigorate the beloved but frozen franchise isn't a bad idea...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 21, 2012 2:51 PM
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EW on 'The New Art of Coming Out': Blink and You'll Miss It; Remembering DeGeneres' 1997 Outing

When Jim Parsons of "The Big Bang Theory" publicly came out as gay on May 23, the news was treated with matter-of-fact understatement by the media -- a far cry from the heavily publicized self-outing of Ellen Degeneres fifteen years ago...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 21, 2012 1:56 PM
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Imprisoned Chinese Artist and Dissident Ai Weiwei Will Learn the Fate of His Bail Conditions on June 22

China's most famous international artist and staunchly outspoken domestic critic, Ai Weiwei, finds out June 22 if the Chinese government's bail conditions for his imprisonment over the past year will be lifted. The subject of Alison Klayman's Sundance and Berlinale doc "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry," the artist was incarcerated...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 21, 2012 12:39 PM
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Media Watch: Los Angeles Times Makes Changes at Calendar, Business

The Los Angeles Times has named veteran LAT business editor John Corrigan as Assistant Managing Editor for Arts & Entertainment, succeeding Sallie Hofmeister, while ex-LA Weekly and Slake editor Laurie Ochoa returns to the LAT as A&E Editor, joining her husband Jonathan Gold, who recently joined the LAT as restaurant critic.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 21, 2012 12:02 PM
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