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DVD Watch: Death Race 2000

Paul Bartel was always one of my fave New World directors--he's one of the less-well-known grads of the Corman school, including James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, Allan Arkush, Joe Dante, Ron Howard and Peter Bogdanovich. It's always a hoot hearing folks talk about what it was like to work there. Quentin Tarantino's tribute to New World chief Roger Corman was a highlight of last year's Academy governors' ball.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 21, 2010 8:20 AM
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Alice To Pass $1 Billion, Hollywood for Sale, Bale Talking Hillcoat Flick

-Disney's Alice in Wonderland will cross the $1 billion worldwide box-office threshold tomorrow, marking the sixth movie to do so and a record for a springtime release. With over $332 million domestic and $667 million foreign, Alice in Wonderland is Disney's second-highest grosser behind Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest ($1.07 billion worldwide).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 26, 2010 3:25 AM
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Eggers' McSweeney's Sells Wholphin DVDs

TOH contributor Cameron Carlson explores McSweeney's innovative DVD experiment.
  • By Cameron Carlson
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  • May 5, 2010 1:26 AM
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TCM Classic Film Festival is Hit, and is Coming Back

Last weekend's TCM Classic Film Festival in LA was such a hit that it's coming back in 2011. TCM targeted an aging demo starving for classic movies and created an event feel, with Q & As and panels, from Danny and Anjelica Huston honoring their father and grandfather in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre to Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless (which holds up really well, fresh as a daisy) and the Complete Metropolis accompanied by the Alloy Orchestra, which judging from the interest I'm gauging will do some business. (Leonard Maltin covered the fest like a blanket.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 27, 2010 7:29 AM
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Na'vi Morphing Stations Coming to a Theater Near You

If you liked the way Ben Stiller looked at the Oscars or the online make yourself into a Na'vi promo, then get thee to a participating Avatar morphing station. (In L.A. it starts April 16 at The Grove.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 16, 2010 12:38 PM
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Kino Releases Must-See Complete Metropolis

If you've seen Fritz Lang's 1927 sci-fi masterwork Metropolis, you know that it's not only one of the great movies ever made, but also among the most influential. Its DNA is all over subsequent sci-fi flicks from Blade Runner to The Matrix. Now Kino is releasing the restored 147-minute The Complete Metropolis--with 25 extra minutes of footage and the original Gottfried Huppertz score--that debuted at the Berlin Film Festival.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 6, 2010 10:14 AM
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Age of Stupid Self-Release Spawns Good Screenings Site

Indie filmmakers take note.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 26, 2010 10:12 AM
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Avatar DVD Hits Stores April 22, Earth Day

The stateside DVD and Blu-ray release of James Cameron's environment-themed Avatar (at $2.6 billion worldwide, the highest-grossing film of all time) is April 22, the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. The film won three Oscars, for art direction, cinematography and visual effects.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 16, 2010 5:09 AM
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Oscar Scandal: Career Boost for Hurt Locker's Chartier?

Oscar Scandal: Career Boost for Hurt Locker's Chartier?
The Hurt Locker producer Nicolas Chartier insists that he is enjoying his 15 minutes of fame. Late Wednesday night, drink in hand, pool side at Andaz above Sunset at a pre-Oscar party for The Cove, Chartier wasn't acting like a Hollywood pariah.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 4, 2010 6:23 AM
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Retailer Wal-Mart Buys Digital Distributor Vudu

Wal-Mart is getting into the online movie business by acquiring download provider Vudu. Before now the mighty brick-and-mortar discount retailer hasn't had much luck with its attempts to crack the digital code--the studios dive-bombed Wal-Mart's last effort, a web store. And Vudu abandoned set-top boxes in favor of adding software that has been added to slightly more costly DVD players to enable them to stream movies off the internet. MovieBeam marked another botched attempt to get web movies into the home via expensive boxes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 23, 2010 12:10 AM
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