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Arthouse Audit: Sundance Hits 'Austenland,' 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' and 'Cutie & the Boxer' Open Soft

The ongoing success of several late-summer hits plus serious competition from "The Butler" this weekend contributed to the disappointing results for three new entries. Over July and August, four Sundance 2013 releases opened strongly with two breakouts: "The Way, Way Back" and "Fruitvale Station." But this weekend's three acclaimed Sundance hits stumbled at the August box office. The combined grosses of "Austenland," "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" and doc "Cutie and the Boxer" didn't even add up to the opening of "The Spectacular Now," and grossed only slightly better than last week's "In a World." This year the mid-August period isn't ready to join an expanded prime summer calendar.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 18, 2013 5:51 PM
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Oscar Talk Season Five Episode One: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'

On this week's Oscar Talk Podcast, the first of our fifth season, In Contention's Kris Tapley and I round up the movies that have already screened, from Sundance hits "Fruitvale Station," "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" and "Before Midnight" to the Cannes titles ("All is Lost," "Blue is the Warmest Color," "The Immigrants," "Nebraska," "The Past") that are likely to show up at Venice, Telluride, Toronto or New York.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 16, 2013 11:59 AM
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WATCH: Woody Allen Pimps John Turturro in Male Prostitute Comedy 'Fading Gigolo'

Check out the first trailer for John Turturro's "Fading Gigolo," in which he stars alongside Woody Allen as, well, a middle-aged male prostitute. And Allen is his makeshift pimp! Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 14, 2013 12:15 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Spectacular Now' and 'Blue Jasmine' Break Out, Summer Specialty Hot Spot

For the fourth week out of the last five, a new limited release showed major strength. Unusual for mid-to-late summer, A24's "The Spectacular Now" attained post-Labor Day-level opening grosses. Also showing rare summer strength are Fox Searchlight's "The Way, Way Back," Weinstein Co.'s "Fruitvale Station" and Sony Pictures Classics' "Blue Jasmine." These commercial breakouts could lead to later awards consideration--and a new specialty paradigm.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 4, 2013 4:29 PM
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10 Filmmakers' Top 10 Films Lists: Scorsese, Kubrick, Allen, Tarantino, Nolan and More

Flavorwire has compiled 10 filmmakers' Top 10 Films lists. Included are Martin Scorsese (who lists Powell and Pressburger's "The Red Shoes" and Renoir's "The River," among others ), Stanley Kubrick (who singles out Chaplin's "City Lights" and Antonioni's "La notte"), and Woody Allen (a fan of Bergman's "Seventh Seal" and Kurosawa's "Rashomon").
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 1, 2013 1:16 PM
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Oscar-Bound Cate Blanchett Talks Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

The Best Actress Oscar is Cate Blanchett's to lose. As she says in our flip cam interview below, many movies with strong female performances will come before the end of the year, but right now her role in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" towers over the rest so far, amid a summer season suffering from a lack of women's roles. You just have to keep looking, she says, citing the likes of Helen Mirren, Judi Dench, Michelle Williams and Meryl Streep as actresses with enviable careers.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 25, 2013 6:47 PM
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'Blue Jasmine' Review: Cate Blanchett Excels in Woody Allen's Uneven New Film as a Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (TRAILER)

Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine” features a knock-down, drag-out performance by Cate Blanchett as an emotionally frayed housewife who, through a series of trying betrayals, is all washed up. The film itself doesn’t match Blanchett’s stunning commitment -- which is a pity, because in various ways it is one of Allen’s more unusual works in years.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 17, 2013 2:06 PM
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Woody Allen on Cate Blanchett in 'Blue Jasmine': "You Hire Her and Get Out of the Way"

Woody Allen, whose most recent film -- and arguably his darkest in years -- "Blue Jasmine" hits theaters July 26, sat down with the Los Angeles Times and talked his career regrets, his confusion over the success of certain films and not others, writing motivations, and Cate Blanchett's turn as an emotionally frittered housewife in "Blue Jasmine." Highlights from the interview below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 15, 2013 2:17 PM
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Casting Watch: Woody Allen's Latest Adds Jacki Weaver, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater and More

The cast continues to grow for Woody Allen's newest and currently untitled project. Jacki Weaver ("Silver Linings Playbook"), Marcia Gay Harden ("Pollock"), Hamish Linklater ("42") and Eileen Atkins ("Cold Mountain") are on board for the South of France-set film starring leads Emma Stone and Colin Firth.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 2, 2013 2:42 PM
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Summer Line-Up Lacks Women: Thank God for Paul Feig's 'The Heat' and Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine' (Trailers)

We all know Hollywood ignores the female audience, because half of the moviegoing public supposedly can't be counted on to show up in vast numbers on opening weekends. But the male bias also exists on the media side: check out EW's May 17 forecast of the top ten box office movies of the summer.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 12, 2013 4:28 PM
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