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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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Crafts Roundup: Editors Talk About the Journeys of Survival and Reinvention

With such an emphasis this year on survival and reinvention, the journeys required special editorial attention to shifts in tone and unconventional arcs while conveying internal struggles that we cared about. Here's a sampling from "12 Years a Slave," "Gravity," "All Is Lost," "American Hustle," "Before Midnight," and "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 26, 2013 2:10 PM
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Crafts Roundup: The Year of Immersive Sound in Survival Films

In the year of survival, sound has taken on supreme importance as an authentic, driving narrative force, and with the advent of Dolby Atmos, the theatrical experience has never been more immersive. "Gravity," "All Is Lost," "Captain Phillips," "Oblivion," "Rush," and "12 Years a Slave" are among the standouts in space, at sea, in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, on the dangerous Formula 1 track, and in physical/spiritual imprisonment.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 5, 2013 2:16 PM
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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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'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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Crafts Roundup: A Survivor's Journey in Production Design

With the awards season upon us, we're launching a new column, "Crafts Roundup," which examines a different below-the-line category each week. As this particularly striking season is dominated by survival and/or reinvention (both fact-based and fantastical), we're starting off with production design and world building. Here are a few standouts so far:
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 21, 2013 11:36 AM
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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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'12 Years a Slave' Scores Big in Specialty and African-American Theaters, 'All Is Lost' and 'Kill Your Darlings' Start Soft

The fall awards season went to full blast this weekend with three major festival specialty successes launching their commercial releases. One, Fox Searchlight's "12 Years a Slave," matched the current #1 smash "Gravity" in acclaim and--on a smaller scale at this point--better-than-expected grosses. Playing in six markets and a range of theaters with varied audiences, "12 Years a Slave" scored on all fronts and has begun its march to inevitable awards.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • October 20, 2013 4:28 PM
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'Gravity' Strength Hides Weak Friday Box Office Results; '12 Years a Slave' Starts Well, 'Carrie,' 'All Is Lost' and 'Fifth Estate' Don't

"Gravity" continued its impressive run with an easy $9 million #1 gross, down just under 30% from last Friday with a likely total yield of another $30 million for the weekend. But this significant number -- which would be a solid first weekend total for any October -- masks an overall continued weakness in the market, with three new openers ranging from disappointing to disastrous. The top 10 totaled only $29 million, markedly down from $42 million the same Friday last year.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • October 19, 2013 4:52 PM
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