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Specialty Box Office: 'Calvary' Opens Soft, 'Boyhood' and 'A Most Wanted Man' Expand Well, 'Wish I Was Here' Another Focus Flop

Fox Searchlight's "Calvary" opened below expectations in its first theaters, given stellar reviews and TV ad support. "Boyhood" remains the standout as it quickly expands to over 300 screens, showing significant success with a promise of more ahead. Roadside Attraction's "A Most Wanted Man," starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, also widened with strong results. (It's one of three recent films to emerge with best actor contenders, along with Brendan Gleeson of "Calvary" and Chadwick Boseman of "Get On Up.")
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 3, 2014 2:04 PM
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Philip Seymour Hoffman's Untimely Death Brings Welcome Insight Into Drug Addiction

I've been deep-diving into stories that might shed light on Philip Seymour Hoffman's death. As four people have been arrested by police in New York in an apartment stocked with heroin a mile from his home, I'd like to share several stories that helped me to understand what Hoffman went through in the last year--after 23 years of sobriety.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 5, 2014 1:48 PM
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Paul Thomas Anderson, American Cinematheque's Young Master, on Acting, Film vs. Digital, 'Die Hard' & More

Paul Thomas Anderson - the American Cinematheque's Young Master who is enjoying a retrospective at their Aero Theater on November 10, 11 and 13 -- recently spoke with MovieHole about his "Boogie Nights" characters, the film vs. digital divide, writing "The Master," working with actors and "glazing over," as well as the film he'd have liked a chance to direct: "Die Hard." Check out some highlights below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 8, 2012 3:13 PM
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