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Arthouse Audit: Docs 'Act of Killing' and 'Blackfish' Open Strong, 'Way Way Back' and 'Fruitvale Station' Soar

Strong openings for documentaries "The Act of Killing" and "Blackfish," plus a rousing VOD day-and-date success for "Only God Forgives," yielded one of the better first weeks for multiple specialized films in some time. An exclusive run of "Computer Chess" also shows some early promise, while a much wider debut for the Kristen Wiig-starrer "The Girl Most Likely," although it is the biggest total grosser, suggests struggles ahead.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 21, 2013 6:01 PM
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This Weekend: See Harrowing 'The Act of Killing,' 'Blackfish,' 'Only God Forgives,' Skip 'RED 2'

This is a very strong weekend for indies. Joshua Oppenheimer's "The Act of Killing" is an artful examination of genocide in Indonesia; Gabriela Cowperthwaite's "Blackfish" centers on the lethal consequences of SeaWorld's captivity of orca whales; and Andrew Bujalski's latest, "Computer Chess," is a 1980s-set period piece following a group of awkward nerds at a chess convention.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 19, 2013 1:03 PM
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'Only God Forgives' Director Winding Refn on Drugs, Gosling's Hands and Scott Thomas' "Bitch Switch" (RED BAND TRAILER)

In a Q & A, articulate provocateur Nicolas Winding Refn opens up about "Only God Forgives," his controversial followup to 2011's "Drive," also starring Ryan Gosling and Kristin Scott Thomas in a Donatella Versace wig, which opens July 19.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 18, 2013 2:39 PM
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WATCH: New Clips from 'Only God Forgives,' with Ryan Gosling as Stoic Badass and Kristin Scott Thomas as Ruthless Drug Lord

Prior to the world premiere of Nicolas Winding Refn's "Only God Forgives" on Wednesday, TWC-Radius has been tempting the Cannes crowds with clips from the Thailand-set thriller, which stars Kristin Scott Thomas and Ryan Gosling as a mother and son heading a drug ring in the Bangkok underworld. The four clips below highlight their unsettling relationship following the death of Gosling's brother, as well as establishing Scott Thomas' character as a Momma Not to Mess With.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 20, 2013 1:40 PM
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Harvey Weinstein Previews Awards Slate at Cannes

Harvey Weinstein took advantage of Cannes' many attendees to gather some of them together in order to tease TWC's upcoming films and get a head start on the next round of Awards season. That has been the modus operandi of The Weinstein in recent years, which had held more intimate affairs at swanky flats off the Croisette and today opted for a make-shift screening room.
  • By Brian Brooks
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  • May 17, 2013 5:02 PM
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2013 Los Angeles Film Festival Adds Studio Premieres of 'Man of Steel' and "Monsters U' to Indie Lineup (UPDATED)

Per usual, LAFF has added some studio premieres and sure-to-be fascinating discussions to its lineup. On June 12, a pre-festival screening of Zach Snyder's much-anticipated superman revamp "Man of Steel" -- with Henry Cavill, Michael Shannon and Amy Adams -- will show two days before its wide release date. Also joining the lineup on June 18 is Disney/Pixar's "Monsters University" (in theaters June 21), the prequel to 2001's "Monsters, Inc."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 8, 2013 1:48 PM
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