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Fledgling Director Gillian Greene's 'Murder of a Cat' Is One to Watch at Tribeca

Fledgling director Gillian Greene's "Murder of a Cat" premieres next week at the Tribeca Film Festival. The off-beat comedy stars Fran Kranz as a manchild with a proto-Bieber haircut, various delusions, and who lives at home with his mother (Blythe Danner). Just coincidentally, all of Greene's children, ages 7 to 20, live with their mother.
  • By John Anderson
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  • April 17, 2014 4:31 PM
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CinemaCon: Directors Raimi, Stone and Del Toro Argue Horror, Provoking vs. Pleasing Audiences, Seeing Red

At CinemaCon last year the Filmmaker Forum included Martin Scorsese and Ang Lee, while this year directors Oliver Stone, Guillermo del Toro and Sam Raimi submitted to questioning by moderator Elvis Mitchell. Not surprisingly, all three reveal very different takes on how to please audiences--or whether to please audiences. And when Stone complained about bad conditions in some theaters around the country, the exhibitors weren't offended: they applauded.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 29, 2013 6:20 AM
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Watch: Sam Raimi's Resurrected Short Film Precursor to the Original 'Evil Dead'

As Sam Raimi has long hence entered the big-studio realm and we brace ourselves for Fede Alvarez's upcoming revamp of "The Evil Dead," a rarely seen early-80s short film by Raimi has resurrected online.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 5, 2013 3:18 PM
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Watch: 'Oz the Great and Powerful' Opening Credit Sequence, Where All the World's a Stage

As Sam Raimi's "Oz the Great and Powerful" makes its way towards $200 million at the domestic box office (and $400 million worldwide), check out the film's inventive opening credit sequence, which features CG pop-up cutouts that progressively become trippier and trippier.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 25, 2013 12:32 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Puppet Cams, China Girl and VFX Wizardry in 'Oz the Great and Powerful'

Bryan Singer and Sam Raimi both embraced lighter, kid-friendlier fables with "Jack the Giant Slayer" and "Oz the Great and Powerful," tapping into their inner child while pushing virtual production and 3-D with theatrical flair. While the results have been mixed (it's hard to pull off innocence after the post-modern "Shreking" of our culture), Disney placed serious pressure on Raimi, whose return to "Oz" was a bumpy ride.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • March 8, 2013 2:23 PM
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Review: Likable 'Oz the Great and Powerful' Is Overstuffed With Digital Wizardry

Disney’s “Oz the Great and Powerful” is a $190-million prequel to the turn-of-the-century L. Frank Baum 14-book series. Directed by Sam Raimi, the film is bloated in length and overstuffed with digital 3-D wizardry, yet somehow manages to be a horse of a pleasing -- if not particularly different -- color.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 6, 2013 6:07 AM
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Raimi and Cast Talk 'Oz the Great and Powerful' in EW: Off-Limits Ruby Slippers, Franco Finds His Brain and More

This week's Entertainment Weekly (on newsstands March 1) goes inside Disney's reported $200 million yellow brick road prequel "Oz the Great and Powerful." The mag sits down with director Sam Raimi and stars James Franco, Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz to talk all things Oz. Highlights below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 28, 2013 2:00 PM
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Movies to Look Forward to in 2013

Anne Thompson and TOH! writers Matt Brennan, Bill Desowitz, Beth Hanna, Maggie Lange, Matt Mueller and Sophia Savage share the movies they are most looking forward to in 2013.
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  • December 31, 2012 4:27 PM
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First Poster for Sam Raimi's 'Oz The Great and Powerful'

Sam Raimi's "Oz The Great and Powerful" releases its first poster, complete with ominous tornadoes. The Disney film, which re-imagines L. Frank Baum's Wizard of Oz character before he was great and powerful...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 4, 2012 1:31 PM
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EW Previews Comic-Con: Peter Jackson Talks 'The Hobbit,' Plus 'Breaking Dawn,' 'Oz' and 'Iron Man 3'

Though Peter Jackson's 48fps "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" doesn't come out until December, the film will build some buzz this month at Comic-Con, as well it should...
  • By Sophia Savage and Beth Hanna
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  • July 3, 2012 2:42 PM
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