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RIP Director Tony Scott

RIP "Top Gun" director Tony Scott, who jumped off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro to his death around 12:30 PM on Sunday. The police identified the body they pulled from the water as the 68-year-old British filmmaker ("Unstoppable," "The Taking of Pelham 123"). He left suicide notes in his black Prius parked on the eastbound lane of the bridge, the U.S. Coast Guard told The Daily Breeze.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 20, 2012 12:29 PM
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Complete List of Sight & Sound's Critics' Polls Now Online - Who Voted, and For Which Films?

After the news a couple of weeks ago that Hitchcock's "Vertigo" dethroned Welles' "Citizen Kane" as the greatest film of all time in Sight & Sound's poll, the magazine has posted the complete list of critics' choices on its website. The list can be perused by critics' top 250 consensus, individual films and individual voters.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 17, 2012 9:16 PM
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Best of the Week: Reviews, Interviews, Festivals, Hot Projects In The Works, Kubrick in LA & More

This week on TOH, we looked at the weekend's offering of films from digital vs. film doc "Side by Side" to Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis," we announced the Stanley Kubrick retro and exhibition making its way to L.A., we looked at the rash of reshoots besetting big-budget studio films, and much more!
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  • August 17, 2012 5:45 PM
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In The Works: Pattinson Says Michôd's 'Rover' is About 'How Much Pain Can the World Take'; Hanks' 'Parkland' Looks at JFK Zapruder Film (Video)

"Animal Kingdom" was director David Michôd's startlingly good feature debut, so his follow-up, "The Rover" is one we eagerly await. Guy Pearce (who played a cop in "Animal Kingdom") is reteaming with the director and Robert Pattinson is on board to share in the Australian desert-set Western...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 17, 2012 2:21 PM
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Katniss Takes Down Harry on Amazon

Harry Potter's holly and phoenix feather wand is no match for Katniss Everdeen's bow and arrow -- at least, not on Amazon. The company reports that sales for the "Hunger Games" series have overtaken the "Harry Potter" books in both print and e-book sales, making the Suzanne Collins trilogy Amazon's best-seller.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 17, 2012 12:53 PM
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Universal Celebrates 100th Anniversary with 25-Film DVD & Blu-Ray Set, from 'To Kill a Mockingbird' to 'Bourne'

As Universal's centennial celebration continues, the studio announces the release of the "100th Anniversary Collection" on Blu-ray and DVD. The 25-film box set includes...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 17, 2012 12:12 PM
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Sundance Winner 'Violeta Went to Heaven' Goes to Kino Lorber [Trailer]

"Violeta Went to Heaven," winner of Sundance's World Cinema Dramatic Jury Prize, will be released in North America by Kino Lorber later this year. The film, from Andrés Wood, tells the story of legendary musician, folksinger and poet Violeta Parra. A full synopsis and the trailer are below. Kino Lorber's Richard Lorber states, "Although [Violeta] is not a household name here, her story is poignantly universal and enhanced by her phenomenal music throughout; she's sort of the Edith Piaf of Latin America. North America audiences on seeing Violeta will be in heaven too."
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  • August 16, 2012 5:11 PM
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NYFF Picks 32 New Titles for Main Slate: 'Amour,' 'Hyde Park on Hudson,' 'Frances Ha,' Passion,' 'No,' 'Holy Motors' Make Cut

The New York Film Festival always leans heavily on the Cannes Fest, and sure enough of the 32 titles they've selected for the main slate of the 50th fest (September 28-October 14), many are from Cannes, including Michael Haneke's "Amour," which won the Palme d'Or. The opening night film by Ang Lee, "Life of Pi," has already been announced, along with closing nighter "Flight," from Bob Zemeckis, and centerpiece gala "Not Fade Away," from rookie director David Chase. Haneke, like many of the directors invited to NY, is a returning filmmaker, having shown "The White Ribbon" in 2009.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 16, 2012 4:55 PM
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Stanley Kubrick Retrospective and Exhibition Comes to LA; Vote in Our Kubrick Poll

LACMA and The Academy will co-present the first US retrospective exhibition of Stanley Kubrick. The retrospective, which launched in Frankfurt and has toured Berlin, Melbourne, Ghent, Zurich, Rome, Paris, and Amsterdam, was developed in collaboration with the Kubrick Estate and the Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt, but will be designed specifically for LACMA by film production designer Patti Podesta.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • August 16, 2012 3:37 PM
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Lionsgate and Roadside Getting Into Jeff Nichols' 'Mud' for US Distribution

Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions are in discussions to take US rights to director Jeff Nichols' "Mud," which debuted at Cannes. The coming-of-age story, set in Arkansas, stars Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Reese Witherspoon and Michael Shannon. The distributor/partners also teamed on "Margin Call" and upcoming "Arbitrage," starring Richard Gere.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 16, 2012 1:26 PM
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