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Weekend Top Ten Box Office: Marvel's 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Smashes the Field

Marvel/Disney's "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" vacuumed up nearly 60% of the Top 10 gross of $157 million. Recent openers "Noah" (Paramount) and "Divergent" (Lionsgate) took powerful body blows and fell quickly from their modest starts. "Captain America"'s strong number distorts the overall box office performance, which is otherwise showing signs of weakness.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • April 6, 2014 1:07 PM
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The Russo Brothers Talk 'The Winter Soldier' as Conspiracy Thriller

Thanks to sibling co-directors Anthony and Joe Russo, adults can marvel in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." It's a wildly entertaining mash-up of the conspiracy thriller and superhero genres, in which Chris Evans' World War II Marvel superhero not only finds himself trapped between two worlds but also opposing world views.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • April 4, 2014 2:58 PM
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Anatomy of a Release: Roadside Attractions' Redford-Starrer 'All Is Lost'

Did Roadside Attractions do anything wrong in distributing "All is Lost," as Robert Redford has suggested? Compare Roadside's overall release plan to similar English-language limited-release films and the company did about as well as it realistically could have.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • January 18, 2014 12:32 PM
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New York Film Critics Circle Awards Dinner Expects a Starry Turnout

The New York Film Critics Circle holds its annual awards dinner Monday night and while the critics themselves try to keep the Oscar speculation at arm’s length, the people angling for statuettes don’t. Which is why the honorees “rumored” to be showing up at the historic Edison Ballroom (they’re always “rumored” until they actually show up) will be reducing the paparazzi to puddles of goo.
  • By John Anderson
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  • January 3, 2014 5:02 PM
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Santa Barbara Awards Robert Redford the American Riviera

This is the year that Sundance maestro Robert Redford visits other people's festivals in addition to his own. He went to Cannes in May with J.C. Chandor's survival drama "All is Lost," in which he gives a virtuosic solo performance. It was the first time a Sundance filmmaker had asked Redford to star in a film. Then Redford schlepped to Telluride and New York. (Here's our career profile.) Now the Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor the actor/director/ producer--who nabbed a Best Actor nomination from the Golden Globes and a win from the New York Film Critics Circle --with the American Riviera Award.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 17, 2013 9:30 AM
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New York Film Critics Winner Redford Candidly Talks Career and Stunning 'All is Lost' (UPDATE)

Following his triumph at Cannes with "All is Lost," Robert Redford has now landed a Best Actor win from the New York Film Critics Circle. He is on his way to an expected Oscar nomination.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2013 3:26 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Ti West on Conspiracy Theorist Comedy 'Sneakers,' Starring Kingsley, Poitier, Ackroyd and Redford

Who's Afraid of Richard Pryor's Sneakers? concludes at Trailers from Hell, with director Ti West introducing 1992 conspiracy theorist comedy "Sneakers."
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  • November 29, 2013 2:15 PM
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WATCH: Cinematographer Janusz Kaminski Directs Blanchett, Redford, Ejiofor and Many More in 11 Gorgeous Short Films

Here's a nifty thing. Oscar-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski directed 11 very short films for the New York Times Magazine, and the Times has a released a behind-the-scenes video of Kaminski directing the likes of Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Oprah Winfrey, Adele Exarchopoulos, Forest Whitaker, Oscar Isaac, Greta Gerwig, Michael B. Jordan and Julia Louis-Dreyfus for the projects. Check it out, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 25, 2013 2:14 PM
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'All Is Lost' Is Far from Silent, Even with No Dialogue (VIDEO)

In space or on the ocean, no one can hear you scream. Comparisons abound between solo adventures "Gravity" and "All Is Lost," but unlike space, the ocean is far from silent. Even though J.C. Chandor's remarkable open-water survival thriller starring a 77-year-old Robert Redford boldly stepping out of his comfort zone is virtually dialogue-free. Thus the director was totally on board with making the sound design a driving narrative force.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 22, 2013 1:37 PM
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WATCH: Robert Redford and 'All Is Lost' Director J.C. Chandor on Charlie Rose

Robert Redford and his "All Is Lost" director J.C. Chandor appeared on Charlie Rose last week, talking about what inspired them during the making of the film -- and the significance in casting a familiar face to play the aging sailor who encounters an unexpected and life-threatening accident while alone at sea. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 30, 2013 12:48 PM
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