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As CinemaCon Wraps, Hollywood Needs to Learn Popcorn Time (Studio Roundups, DEMO VIDEO)

We wrap up studio-by-studio takeaways from the exhibitor convention CinemaCon in Las Vegas, as movie theaters and studios are stuck in an old paradigm. And then there's Popcorn Time.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 28, 2014 8:58 PM
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Review: 'Noah' Reveals Why Darren Aronofsky Is an Indie Filmmaker

"Noah" is an example of what's wrong with the studios today, and why Darren Aronofsky remains a defiant indie filmmaker.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 24, 2014 3:41 PM
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'Noah' Roundup: First Reviews Rain Down for Darren Aronofsky's Epic (TRAILER)

Early reviews are trickling in for Aronofsky's "Noah," and they're all over the map. The Biblical epic floods US theaters on March 28, with an international rollout kicking off this weekend.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 21, 2014 11:20 AM
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How Did Darren Aronofsky Build 'Noah''s Ark? Watch and Find Out (VIDEO)

A new featurette has arrived for Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic "Noah," wherein the director takes us through the process of building a key set piece: the ark. In the video, Aronofsky and his production designer Mark Friedberg discuss how the dimensions of the ark are laid out in the Bible. As opposed to a ship-like structure with a bow (the conventional image of Noah's ark), the structure is actually described as a giant box, which is exactly what the "Noah" team have made.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 6, 2014 12:58 PM
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Tina Fey to Star as Middle East Reporter Kim Barker In 'The Taliban Shuffle'

Tina Fey is set to star in and produce "The Taliban Shuffle," the big-screen adaptation of Kim Barker's memoir of the same title, which recounts her work as a journalist in Afghanistan and Pakistan since 2002.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 20, 2014 2:53 PM
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WATCH: First Footage and Poster Arrive for Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah'

A poster and first official footage have arrived for Darren Aronofsky's "Noah," starring Russell Crowe as the biblical figure. Check it all out, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 13, 2013 11:40 AM
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Darren Aronofsky Grappling with Studio Is a Familiar Pattern

Darren Aronofsky and Paramount are reportedly fighting over biblical epic "Noah," set to hit theaters March 28, after numerous test screenings have produced "worrisome" results. These screenings have been aimed at specific audiences: one in New York was shown to a largely Jewish audience, one in Arizona to a Christian audience, and one in Orange County to the general public. Let's remember that indie-minded Aronofsky is adopting his own graphic novel--albeit at a $125 million studio level--and has never been one to toe the line on anything he's made.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • October 16, 2013 2:42 PM
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Obit: Tom Clancy, Author of Jack Ryan Thrillers 'Hunt for Red October,' 'Patriot Games' and More, Has Died at 66 (FILM CLIPS)

Tom Clancy, bestselling author of many a thriller that would find an even wider audience with the help of Hollywood adaptations, has died at age 66. Check out clips below from his four books turned into films, "The Hunt for Red October," "Patriot Games," "Clear and Present Danger" and "The Sum of All Fears."
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • October 2, 2013 12:52 PM
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Obit: Paramount Stalwart A.C. Lyles Bows Out at Age 95

A.C. Lyles – producer, publicist and one of the last links to Hollywood’s early years – has died at the age of 95. He was 10 years old in 1928 when he handed out fliers at a Paramount owned theater in Jacksonville, Florida and 20 when he had saved enough money working as an usher to take the train to California and arrive at the Paramount gate expecting to get a job. He got one in the Paramount mailroom.
  • By Aljean Harmetz
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  • September 30, 2013 9:50 PM
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Academy Governors Choose Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the First African-American AMPAS President

Tuesday night the newly elected board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences voted for a new president to replace outgoing Hawk Koch, who had come to the end of his one-year term. The race was between two members of the Academy Public Relations Branch, Lionsgate motion picture chief Rob Friedman, who has a demanding full-time job, and Cheryl Boone Isaacs, a former Paramount and Lionsgate marketing and publicity executive whose firm CBI Enterprises, Inc. consults on such film campaigns as “The Call,” “The Artist,” “The King’s Speech,” “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” “Spider-Man 2” and “Tupac: Resurrection.”
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 31, 2013 3:35 AM
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