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SPECIALTY BOX OFFICE: 'Trip to Italy' and 'Frank' Best of New Sundance-Premiered Openers as 'Life After Beth' Lags

Three high-profile Sundance 2014 films top the grosses for this week's specialized openers. Comedy "The Trip to Italy" (IFC) and music drama "Frank" (Magnolia) fared best in theaters only--from distributors who often use day-and-date Video on Demand avenues. A third, zombie flick "Life After Beth" (A24), which has been viewable on Direct TV for the past month, opened soft in two prime bicoastal locations.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 17, 2014 12:58 PM
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Specialty Box Office: 'What If' Leads Weak Openers; 'Boyhood' and 'Most Wanted Man' Pass $10 Million

For the second straight weekend, a high-profile festival acquisition opened to mixed results, as CBS Films' Daniel Radcliffe vehicle "What If" struggled to find significant traction in ten markets before it moves wider next week. Last week's top opener "Calvary" (Fox Searchlight) struggled in some markets as it expanded more broadly than usual.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 10, 2014 1:45 PM
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Specialty Box Office: 'Calvary' Opens Soft, 'Boyhood' and 'A Most Wanted Man' Expand Well, 'Wish I Was Here' Another Focus Flop

Fox Searchlight's "Calvary" opened below expectations in its first theaters, given stellar reviews and TV ad support. "Boyhood" remains the standout as it quickly expands to over 300 screens, showing significant success with a promise of more ahead. Roadside Attraction's "A Most Wanted Man," starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, also widened with strong results. (It's one of three recent films to emerge with best actor contenders, along with Brendan Gleeson of "Calvary" and Chadwick Boseman of "Get On Up.")
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 3, 2014 2:04 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Boyhood' Is Breakout Hit, 'I Origins' Collapses

The big story at a specialty box office dominated by uneven Sundance 2014 openings and expansions is that Richard Linklater's word-of-mouth and critical success "Boyhood" (IFC) shows significant crossover potential.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 20, 2014 2:16 PM
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Read an Interview Between Richard Linklater and Matthew McConaughey

Considering their relaxed, easygoing personas, why wouldn't a conversation between longtime friends Richard Linklater and Matthew McConaughey be genial and delightful?
  • By Nick Newman
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  • July 16, 2014 1:27 PM
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Is Linklater's 'Boyhood' the Most Radically Inventive Film Experience of the Year? (CLIP)

Richard Linklater's new film "Boyhood," at almost three hours, overflows with beauty, truth, ingenuity, humanity and tenderness, and it firmly places the director in the pantheon of cinema's great auteurs. The entire early life of Mason (newcomer Ellar Coltrane), through childhood and into his first day of college, is compressed into an intimate epic as fresh and thrillingly alive as Francois Truffaut's Antoine Doinel, who was chiseled in five discrete films beginning with "The 400 Blows." "Boyhood" is just as revolutionary.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 9, 2014 4:14 PM
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Linklater on Unique Time Travel Fiction 'Boyhood,' with Coltrane, Hawke & Arquette EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

How often do we get to see a movie that is utterly unlike anything we have ever seen before? It is rare. For his entire career, from the start with his Sundance breakout "Slackers" in 1991, Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater has worked outside the box. I interview Linklater as well as Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette and Ellar Coltrane in this exclusive interview video.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 5, 2014 6:58 AM
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SCREEN TALK EPISODE 2: 'Boyhood,' 'Jersey Boys,' Telluride vs. Toronto Clash & More

New York's Indiewire critic Eric Kohn and I hit Skype again to debate movies seen and still to come. We both adore Richard Linklater's "Boyhood," which didn't make Indiewire's mid-year critics' poll (TOH's picks are here) because it hasn't been released yet. Is it a Best Picture Oscar contender? I think so, but Eric isn't sure.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 20, 2014 6:33 PM
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Linklater's 'Boyhood' Sweeps Seattle International Film Festival Audience Awards

Nearly 90,000 audience ballots were submitted for the Seattle International Film Festival's Golden Space Needle audience awards in five categories, which were swept handily by Richard Linklater's epic "Boyhood." It won Best Film, Director, and Actress (Patricia Arquette).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 10, 2014 7:39 AM
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Tired of Tentpoles? Here Are Ten Great Indies to Catch This Summer

Not to knock Spidey (and the X-Men, and Captain America, and the Guardians of the Galaxy...) but it's easy to feel some -- or a lot -- of superhero fatigue at this time of year. And the Big Summer Movie season has barely gotten started! Below, TOH! calls your attention to ten great indie films hitting theaters this summer. They're just what the doctor ordered.
  • By TOH!
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  • April 30, 2014 4:43 PM
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