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Larry Kramer's 'A Normal Heart' Will Debut on HBO in May

Ryan Murphy and Larry Kramer's adaptation of his Tony-winning play 'A Normal Heart,' starring Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons and Julia Roberts, will debut in May for HBO Films.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 9, 2014 6:56 PM
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Pre-Sundance Fest, Open Road Replaces Acquisitions Chief

Just ahead of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, AMC and Regal-owned indie distributor Open Road Films is replacing Ben Cotner, its departing senior VP of acquisitions, with new executive vice president of production and acquisitions, Peter Lawson. He'll have a chance to check out the Sundance world premiere of competition doc "The Case Against 8," which Cotner co-directed.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 6, 2014 3:55 PM
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Review: Oscar-Shortlisted Documentary 'First Cousin, Once Removed' (TRAILER)

Some docs are journalism. Some are history. Some are entertainment. Very few aspire to poetry -- the Oscar-shortlisted “First Cousin, Once Removed” by Alan Berliner being a notable exception.
  • By John Anderson
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  • January 3, 2014 4:13 PM
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Your Week in Streaming: Why the Commercial Art Film Is Dying, and the Scandalous Films That Define Its Legacy

Whatever happened to the mainstream art film? Those daring, high-minded movies for adults and serious filmgoers, that flew into art houses and the megaplexes on the wings of word-of-mouth and studio support, are dying.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • November 6, 2013 4:30 PM
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'Entourage' Movie Set to Go

Reportedly that long in-the-works "Entourage" movie is finally ready to roll. Director Doug Ellin tweeted today that the big-screen version of the popular HBO series is "a go."
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • October 29, 2013 3:04 PM
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In the Works: '12 Years a Slave' Director Steve McQueen Developing Series at HBO

"12 Years a Slave" director Steve McQueen has lined up his next project, and it will be at HBO. The Brit director is developing a New York-set drama series for the cable network.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 29, 2013 1:12 PM
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Review: Documentary 'Casting By' Heralds the Unsung Yet Crucial Art of the Casting Director

“More than ninety percent of directing a picture is the right casting,” says Martin Scorsese at the outset of Tom Donahue’s engrossing documentary “Casting By,” which will be released in theaters November 1. And Scorsese’s not alone in his feelings -- Woody Allen, Robert Redford, Clint Eastwood and a legion of others put in face time in the film to trumpet the importance of the unsung, highly intuitive art of casting. The result is a cinephile’s treat.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 24, 2013 12:33 PM
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James Toback Talks HBO Cannes Doc 'Seduced and Abandoned,' Entertaining Double Act with Alec Baldwin

Last May, James Toback descended on Cannes with cohort Alec Baldwin to shoot in ten days the documentary "Seduced and Abandoned" (HBO, October 28). This May, Toback returned to Cannes to screen the film and discuss it with interested parties. Of which I am most definitely one, having thoroughly relished his supremely entertaining and frequently illuminating portrait of the sorry state of the film business today.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • October 20, 2013 2:36 PM
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Things I Learned at HBO's Emmy Party, from Sorkin's 'Newsroom' Status to Soderbergh's 'Glue'

HBO knows how to throw a good bash, and their annual Emmy after-party at the Pacific Design Center was a huge improvement on the sad and gloomy death-obsessed 65th Emmy Awards, which nonetheless drew the largest audience in eight years. Who are these mythical TV Academy voters who misled most of the Gold Derby Emmy predicters? I did terribly on my picks but came out ahead of many others, it turned out.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 23, 2013 4:23 PM
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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season Premiere, Nussbaum TV Game, Johnson Directs 'Breaking Bad'

The season premiere of "Boardwalk Empire" was as lush and well-acted -- and as weirdly uncompelling -- as ever. Perhaps we've watched too many period gangster dramas, at this point, to be easily enthralled by a show that takes a staunchly traditionalist approach to the genre.
  • By David Chute
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  • September 10, 2013 4:32 PM
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