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Regal and Paramount Offering 'Super Ticket' to 'Transformers 4'--With Home Video Purchase Baked In

Regal Entertainment seems to be taking a leaf out of Willy Wonka's book: for the opening of Michael Bay's new explode-a-palooze "Transformers: Age of Extinction," the theater chain is offering fans the chance to buy what it's calling a 'Super Ticket.'
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 18, 2014 12:34 PM
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'Theatreland' Doc Features Broadway & London Stars McKellen and Stewart

Did you miss "X-Men" stars Ian McKellen ("The Lord of the Rings") and Patrick Stewart ("Star Trek: The Next Generation") on Broadway in "Waiting for Godot" and "No Man's Land"? (The two distinguished Brit thespians did not land Tony nominations.) Athena is releasing on May 5 the DVD documentary "Theatreland" (May 13), which goes behind the scenes of the 2009 London production of "Waiting for Godot."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 30, 2014 1:33 PM
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What Are Grace Kelly's Best Films? We Give the Top Three to Hitchcock

Grace Kelly is having a comeback this year. The Weinsteins' "Grace of Monaco," starring Nicole Kidman, is opening Cannes. And a new six-film DVD collection is set to arrive later this summer, celebrating the quintessential icy blonde. Which leads us to ask: What are Kelly's best films?
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • April 1, 2014 1:26 PM
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As 'Nymphomaniac' Provokes, von Trier and Leth's Masterful 'Five Obstructions' Gets DVD Rerelease

At the same time that the impish Lars von Trier is busy offending, affronting, provoking and outraging audiences with “Nymphomaniacs” I and II, Kino Lorber has chosen to re-release one of the films that got a lot of people excited about von Trier in the first place: “The Five Obstructions.”
  • By John Anderson
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  • April 1, 2014 11:32 AM
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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Behind-the-Scenes of 'The Spectacular Now,' On DVD & Blu-Ray 1/14

Check out a TOH! exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette for "The Spectacular Now," starring Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley as high school sweethearts. A24's Sundance breakout arrives on DVD and Blu-ray next Tuesday, January 14.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • January 7, 2014 4:27 PM
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Ranking Best and Worst NC-17-Rated Films, as 'Blue is the Warmest Color' Opens (Video)

It was no surprise when Cannes Palme d'Or winner "Blue is the Warmest Color" earned an NC-17 rating for “explicit sexual content.” Sundance Selects/IFC Films figured that would be the case when they submitted it. They were stirring up some ratings controversy to lure people to see the lesbian romance starring two lovingly photographed nubile French actresses. They could go unrated stateside if they wanted to. They want audiences to know that the film is not trimmed or softened in any way.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 24, 2013 5:36 PM
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Must-See: German Oscar Entry 'Barbara,' Starring Nina Hoss, One of 2012's Best, Hits DVD and Blu-Ray

"Barbara," Germany's haunting 2012 Oscar entry, is Christian Petzold's fifth collaboration with luminous actress Nina Hoss. She plays an intrepid East Berlin doctor in 1980 who has been sent to the boonies as punishment for wanting to leave the country. I put the film on my ten best list; so did both NY Times film critics, Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott. The film had its US premiere at the New York Film Festival in 2012, followed by a theatrical release by Adopt Films, which is releasing "Barbara" via Kino Lorber on Blu-ray and DVD on November 12th.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 14, 2013 1:12 PM
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Hollywood Whipping Boy Von Stroheim's Decadent 'Foolish Wives' Was First Million Dollar Movie

Orson Welles is often held up as the most abused child in the history of Hollywood, but Erich von Stroheim was easily his equal as whipping boy: Beginning with “Foolish Wives” -- Hollywood’s first “million-dollar movie,” for which von Stroheim recreated Monte Carlo on the back lot of Universal – the former assistant to D.W. Griffith lost one duel after another to the hedge-clippers of Hollywood. On “Greed” alone, he was probably relieved of more footage than Welles ever shot in his life. The loss to cinema history has been mourned since the ‘20s.
  • By John Anderson
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  • July 27, 2013 3:04 PM
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Johnny Depp Loves Buster Keaton: Check Out the Great Silent Comedian (MANY CLIPS)

Great Silent director-star Buster Keaton is revered by the likes of Jackie Chan and Johnny Depp, who channels him in "The Lone Ranger" and even borrows some of his train stunts from his classic "The General." Orson Welles once stated that "The General" is "the greatest comedy ever made, the greatest Civil War film ever made, and perhaps the greatest film ever made."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 2, 2013 2:46 PM
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Rebecca Eaton Talks 'Mystery' and the Return of Dorothy Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey

Lord Peter Wimsey solved his first murder in 1923, made his debut on live television in 1947 and his television series debut on Masterpiece Theatre in 1972, and has just bounded into the 21st century in an Acorn Media DVD of that 1972-1975 television series starring Ian Carmichael. "Masterpiece" Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton, who will have “Making Masterpiece,” a memoir of her years as executive producer, published in October, says, that for a “Mystery” series to be successful, “It’s all about the actor.”
  • By Aljean Harmetz
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  • May 5, 2013 7:19 AM
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