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'Palo Alto,' Now on iTunes/VOD, Plants First-Timer Gia Coppola Firmly in the Family Business

"Palo Alto," the impressive debut of 27-year-old filmmaker Gia Coppola, toured the fest circuit, from Venice and Telluride to Toronto, Tribeca and San Francisco, where grandfather Francis turned out, before hitting theaters earlier this year and becoming a modest hit. Now it's on iTunes/VOD.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 8, 2014 1:03 PM
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How Roadside Attractions Made Hit of 'Most Wanted Man,' Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, the Web is Changing the Movie Business

Roadside Attractions' Howard Cohen Talks 'A Most Wanted Man,' Philip Seymour Hoffman, fall film festivals, theaters vs. VOD and the indie future.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 30, 2014 2:37 PM
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9 Films to See in Theaters or Stream at Home This Weekend, From 'I Origins' to 'The Immigrant' (TRAILERS)

What will you be watching this weekend? Here are nine ideas.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 18, 2014 6:46 PM
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Stream This: Ari Folman's Soaring, Ambitious 'The Congress,' Starring Robin Wright as Many Versions of Herself

At long last, Ari Folman's "The Congress," the Israeli auteur's half-animated followup to his fully animated "Waltz with Bashir" (2008), is available to stream. This electrifying fantasy about an actress (Robin Wright) who sells her soul to the studio system offers plenty of visual derring-do and optimism about the future of cinema -- despite being very anti-Hollywood.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 14, 2014 2:42 PM
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What to Watch in Theaters and on VOD This Weekend

What to see, or not to see? That is the question this weekend, from theaters to VOD and set-top streaming alternatives. Here's what we recommend.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 11, 2014 7:23 PM
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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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Exclusive: Great New Video Essay Surveys Five Chris Marker Films Now Streaming from Sundance

Then are still ten days left in May, which means there are still ten days left in SundanceNOW's Doc Club retrospective of the films of Chris Marker. And in celebration, they've put together a great new video essay that shines a light on the famously elusive director, who was fascinated by memory, existence, cinema -- and cats.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 20, 2014 4:56 PM
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Cannes Panel: Studios Fight Piracy While Indies Embrace Digital Future

The future of digital entertainment panel at the America Pavilion at Cannes Saturday revealed a telling change in approach to battling piracy by the studios and the indies.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 18, 2014 11:29 AM
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Reimagined Moviefone Chases the Zeitgeist with New TV and Video on Demand Features

AOL's once-cratering brand Moviefone is rising from the ashes with a newly reinvented website and user-friendly app. In keeping with the competitive, content-saturated times, Moviefone's new features will augment its outmoded movie listings and showtimes service with a search tool to help consumers find what they want to watch, and where to stream it. The site and app will also include television content.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 5, 2014 2:03 PM
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Should We Pay More for Content Based on Screen Size? Not a Chance

Why DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg is wrong when he says that people will pay more based on the size of the digital screen.
  • By Chris Dorr
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  • May 1, 2014 4:22 PM
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