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Rating 'Psycho,' Behind-the-Scenes 'Hitchcock' and the Universal Hitchcock Fifteen

I got over the awful HBO "The Girl," starring Toby Jones as Alfred Hitchcock and Sienna Miller as Tippi Hedren, by watching the entire Dick Cavett Hitchcock interview. I had more fun with Thursday night's AFI FEST world premiere of Sacha Gervasi's light-hearted "Hitchcock," starring a superb ensemble led by Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren as the master auteur and his collaborator and wife Alma Reville, who the director thanked when he won his AFI Achievement Award, but I confess that I'd rather stick with the real thing.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 2, 2012 2:23 PM
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'Arbitrage' Marks New Trend of Releasing Pay-Per-View Earnings

Richard Gere's Bernie Madoff-esque thriller "Arbitrage" reportedly now holds the record for combined sales for a movie released concurrently in theaters and VOD, grossing more than $7.3 million on the big screen and about $11 million on small screens. It also marks a slowly increasing trend of companies (in this case Roadside Attractions and Lions Gate Entertainment) starting to reveal heretofore hidden pay-per-view sales figures, as VOD becomes more relevant to independent film profit and distribution.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 2, 2012 12:44 PM
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Now and Then: After the Storm, Portraits of Tenacity in Recovery

As a resident of a city whose history of storms — and their concomitant unnatural disasters — is troubled at best, I watched Sandy warily but distantly. Thing always look different outside the "cone of uncertainty." The images coming in from the Northeast this morning put me in a more solemn frame of mind.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • October 30, 2012 12:02 PM
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'Codependent Lesbian Space Alien' and 'Delta Boys' Debut on VOD Through Sundance Artists Services Program

Making their digital premieres today, through the Sundance Institute's Artist Services Program, are "Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same" and "Delta Boys."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 16, 2012 2:57 PM
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'Magic Mike' and 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' Available on VOD Before DVD

The studios are messing around with once-rigid ancillary windows. The trend to push movies to earlier video-on-demand releases is manifested by two dramatically different films this week: Timur Bakmembetov's twisted history action flick, "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," and Steven Soderbergh's sexy male-stripper dramedy "Magic Mike," starring Channing Tatum and Mathew McConaughey.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 10, 2012 12:29 PM
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Now and Then: 'Decoding Deepak,' or What the Bleep Does He Know?

Early in "Decoding Deepak," the titular spiritualist and his filmmaker son float languidly over Thailand's Chao Phraya river delta, on their way to the former's ordination as a Buddhist monk. "Don't try to make sense of it, just roll the cameras and try to keep up," the director sighs. Mission accomplished.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • October 9, 2012 4:04 PM
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Three Indie Summer Hits Vie for Oscars: 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,' 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' and 'Moonrise Kingdom'

Several indie movies are looking to make a late-year comeback on the road to the Oscars, most notably three summer hits. Fox Searchlight is pushing Brit import "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" ($46 million domestic) as well as Sundance sweetheart "Beasts of the Southern Wild" ($11 million) and Focus Features is touting Wes Anderson's Cannes entry "Moonrise Kingdom" ($45 million). (See how the Gurus 'O Gold place the films here.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 3, 2012 4:21 PM
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'Lawrence of Arabia' 50th Anniversary 4K Restoration Hits Theaters October 4

On October 4, "Lawrence of Arabia" will celebrate fifty years with this Sony Pictures' Colorworks restoration by playing at over six hundred theaters throughout the country. Special matinee screenings will include an introduction from star Omar Sharif...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 26, 2012 3:57 PM
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Now and Then: 'The Master' and Paul Thomas Anderson's American Quadrilogy

"The Master" is challenging, gorgeous, and forcefully weird, a critical darling and early Oscar contender, but you already knew that. It's also the fourth film in a great, daring, ambitious project to depict the shadow side of our national life over the course of a century — what might be called Paul Thomas Anderson's "American Quadrilogy."
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • September 25, 2012 1:14 PM
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Twentieth Century Fox Launches DIGITAL HD, Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus' Available Now

In a sign of the changing times, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has launched DIGITAL HD, which allows people to download or stream movies on HDTVs, tablets and smartphones. Over 600 titles from the Fox library, including "Prometheus" (three weeks before the Blu-ray and DVD release), are now available in high-definition from Amazon, CinemaNow, Google Play, iTunes, PlayStation, VUDU, Xbox Live and YouTube.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 18, 2012 2:51 PM
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