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Arthouse Audit: 'Her' and 'The Past' Not Eye-Popping, Face Serious Competition

Two significant limited holiday entries opened this pre-holiday weekend, often a tricky time to attract specialized audiences. Spike Jonze's "Her" (Warner Bros.), with somewhat younger appeal, boasted a weaker limited opening than "American Hustle" last weekend, while Sony Pictures Classics slotted "The Past" as their end-of-year entry. Both will break wider in January.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • December 22, 2013 3:35 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: Behind the Scenes with Alex Gibney at His Jigsaw Productions

It’s not just productivity but prescient subject matter that marks Alex Gibney’s work as a director. His Lance Armstrong portrait “The Armstrong Lie” opens Friday; “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks” was released in July. Last year, Gibney directed “Park Avenue: Money Power & the American Dream,” which created a stink when it was revealed that WNET offered to preview the film for one of its subjects – billionaire right-wing puppetmaster David Koch.
  • By John Anderson
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  • November 6, 2013 2:13 PM
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Another Possible Oscar Contender Falls Out of 2013 Lineup (TEASER)

Sony Pictures Classics has announced that the release of Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" will be pushed back to 2014. In a statement, Sony Pictures Classics "supports the decision of the filmmakers to allow for more time to finish the film."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 26, 2013 10:28 PM
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India Snubs Fest Hit 'The Lunchbox,' Submits 'The Good Road' for Oscar

I was rooting for India to submit Ritesh Batra’s Sony Pictures Classics pick-up "The Lunchbox," a warm Mumbai romance starring Irrfan Khan that cut a swath on the festival circuit from Cannes to Telluride and Toronto.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 21, 2013 3:08 PM
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'Wadjda' Selected as Saudi Arabia's Foreign-Language Oscar Entry (TRAILER)

"Wadjda," which hits theaters stateside today, has been selected as Saudi Arabia's official entry for the Foreign-Language Oscar. Directed by Haifaa Al Mansour, the film is both the first to be made inside the Kindgom of Saudi Arabia, and the first to be made by a woman filmmaker.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 13, 2013 11:43 AM
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Telluride XL Day Three: Back to the Past

I eat and run, as just up the street Buck Henry, in his guise as Guest Director Emeritus, is presenting Mike Hodges' 1974 "The Terminal Man," a prescient, mesmerizing thriller in which George Segal, a computer programmer, permits electrodes and computers to be surgically implanted in him in order to stop his violent seizures. But the procedure instead increases their frequency and Segal's destructive behavior. In his catalogue blurb, Henry cites "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," "Clockwork Orange," and "Fahrenheit 451."
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 1, 2013 2:42 PM
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Top Ten Highest Grossing Woody Allen Movies vs. 'Blue Jasmine'

"Blue Jasmine" moved into the top ten this weekend as Woody Allen's widest release ever. Taking in $4.3 million in 1,283 theaters and reaching the $14.8 million mark in only its fifth week, this Sony Pictures Classics release is now certain to be the biggest specialized film of the year thus far, and likely to become Allen's second-biggest success since "Crimes and Misdemeanors" in 1989.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 27, 2013 11:21 AM
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'Blue Jasmine' to Go Wider--and Outgross--Any Woody Allen Film

Sony Pictures Classics has decided that the time is right to expand "Blue Jasmine," Woody Allen's 44th feature starring Cate Blanchett, from 229 to over 1,200 screens nationwide this weekend. This far surpasses the "Midnight in Paris" screen count of 1038, marking "Blue Jasmine" as the widest release of any Allen film.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 21, 2013 4:24 PM
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Sony Pictures Classics Books Bennett Miller's 'Foxcatcher' for Holidays

Word was that Sony Pictures Classics was releasing "Foxcatcher," Bennett Miller's follow-up to Sony/Columbia's Best Picture nominee "Moneyball," and so it turns out to be. SPC will open the film for Oscar consideration on December 20. Sony's Columbia Pictures co-financed the film with Annapurna Pictures' Megan Ellison ("Zero Dark Thirty"), who produced the film with Anthony Bregman ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind").
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 15, 2013 8:27 PM
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Sony Pictures Classics Nabs Art-World Mystery Doc 'Tim's Vermeer,' Directed by Teller of Penn & Teller Fame

Sony Pictures Classics has snapped up worldwide rights to documentary "Tim's Vermeer," directed by Teller of illusionist duo Penn & Teller. The film centers on Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor who sets out to solve one of the art world's great mysteries: How did 17th-century Dutch painter Jan Vermeer paint photo-realistically 150 years before the invention of photography?
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 29, 2013 1:04 PM
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