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'Inbetweeners 2' Beats 'Guardians of the Galaxy' at UK Box Office; Why Can't the Comedy Get a US Release?

Every so often a local movie becomes a runaway local hit. But that doesn't mean it will work in North America. With an opening day gross of just short of US $5 million in the United Kingdom, "The Inbetweeners 2" yesterday broke the record for comedies in that territory and beat out "Guardians of the Galaxy" for the day (that film was #1 last weekend in the U.K. with $10.7 million).
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 7, 2014 2:08 PM
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Adopt Films Grabs U.S. Rights to Palme d'Or Winner 'Winter Sleep'

Adopt Films has secured the U.S. distribution rights to Nuri Bilge Ceylan's "Winter Sleep," which won the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 23, 2014 11:59 AM
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French Animated Pic 'Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart' to Get North American English-Language Release

When it comes to animated films, most people here in the U.S. think of the big names: Pixar, Disney, DreamWorks, Blue Sky, perhaps Japan's Studio Ghibli. The great films being made abroad either don't come to the states, or they don't get much play because they're not in English.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 18, 2014 12:31 PM
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Zhang Yimou to Helm Legendary's 'Great Wall' Chinese Co-Production

Chinese auteur Zhang Yimou has another new project lined up: "Great Wall," a fantasy about the obscure reasons behind why China's most iconic piece of architecture was constructed.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 12, 2014 1:45 PM
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'Alphaville': Why This Piece of 60s Pulp Fiction is Must-See Jean-Luc Godard (CLIP)

My favorite Jean-Luc Godard film, the glorious 1965 black-and-white surreal sci-fi noir "Alphaville," starring Eddie Constantine, Godard's wife Anna Karina and Paris at night, has gotten a snazzy digital restoration and new subtitles. It opens for a week at the Nuart Friday.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 25, 2014 10:39 AM
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Review: Oscar Nominated 'Omar' a Taut Thriller about Paranoia's Occupation of the Soul

Hany Abu-Assad’s smart thriller “Omar,” which has been nominated for the Best Foreign-Language Oscar, is like a modern-day “Romeo & Juliet” tale, if Romeo were a double agent in the middle of the West Bank.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 18, 2014 11:35 AM
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Berlin Review: Silver Bear Best Script Winner 'Stations of the Cross'

“Kreuzweg (Stations of the Cross),” which won the Best Script Silver Bear at this year's now wrapped Berlinale, is a well-designed and constructed portrait of a young, devout Catholic girl trying to make her way through a maze of satanically influenced culture (i.e., normality) and sin (e.g., attraction to a boy) while meeting the absurdly high personal standards demanded by her overbearing mother, her priest and her God.
  • By Tom Christie
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  • February 17, 2014 11:32 AM
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Livestream the Golden Globes Foreign Directors Panel

On Saturday at 1 PM Pacific, check out the livestream at the Egyptian Theater of the annual foreign directors panel the day before the winner is announced live at the Golden Globes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 11, 2014 1:55 PM
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'Grandmaster' Wong Kar-Wai Mourns 35 MM, Honors Fading Martial Arts (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Hong Kong filmmaker Wong kar-wai ("In the Mood for Love") is an engaging and articulate man. He's happy that after two years of research travel around Asia meeting the grandmasters of martial arts, his film "The Grandmaster" is not only his second to be submitted by Hong Kong for the best foreign Oscar, but made the shortlist of nine.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 7, 2014 12:59 PM
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Academy Narrows Foreign Language List to Nine

Six foreign films films picked by several hundred Los Angeles Academy voters --members from various branches who see the requisite number of movies submitted for Oscar consideration--as well as three added by an executive committee hand-picked by producer Mark Johnson--make up the shortlist of nine foreign films that will be narrowed down to five nominees.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 20, 2013 1:20 PM
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