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Remembering Orson Welles At 100

Remembering Orson Welles At 100

July 15, 2015


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By Bob Hoover Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (TNS) The second child of inventor Richard and opera singer Beatrice Welles was born 100 years ago May 6 in Kenosha, Wis. They named him George Orson Welles, but it didn’t take long before he shed George and Kenosha to become one of the best-known showmen in Ame...

Fandor’s Fix Gives Female Directors A Vital Platform

Fandor’s Fix Gives Female Directors A Vital Platform

July 1, 2015


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By Susan King Los Angeles Times (TNS) Lynn Hershman Leeson, Lynne Sachs and Nina Menkes are American independent, experimental filmmakers who have been making movies for three decades. Their films have been showcased at international festivals, and they’ve won numerous awards. Which makes it a...

Will We Someday Watch Blockbuster Movies The Way We Watch Blockbuster Fights?

Will We Someday Watch Blockbuster Movies The Way We Watch Blockbuster Fights?

June 17, 2015


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By Steven Zeitchik Los Angeles Times (TNS) There were plenty of factors to chew over in analyzing why “Avengers: Age of Ultron” took in $188 million at the weekend box office — the second-biggest opening of all time but nonetheless lower than both pre-weekend estimates and the opening total ...

Sweden’s Biggest Movie Ever Celebrates An Adventuresome Old Gent

Sweden’s Biggest Movie Ever Celebrates An Adventuresome Old Gent

June 2, 2015


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By Susan King Los Angeles Times (TNS) One can pretty much ascertain from its title the basic plot of the Swedish film “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.” But titles can be deceiving. The highest-grossing film in Swedish history (it made $18.25 million), “The 100...

New Challenge For Actor In ‘Madding Crowd’ Role

New Challenge For Actor In ‘Madding Crowd’ Role

May 19, 2015


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By Colin Covert Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS) In “Far From the Madding Crowd,” the versatile Belgian star Matthias Schoenaerts takes a difficult part and makes it soar. Schoenaerts, who has starred as thugs, crooks, murder suspects, cokeheads and war criminals, understands hard roles. But her...

‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ No. 1 Again; ‘Hot Pursuit’ Has Soft Debut

‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ No. 1 Again; ‘Hot Pursuit’ Has Soft Debut

May 11, 2015


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By Saba Hamedy Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — It was a cold weekend for the comedy “Hot Pursuit” as the superhero sequel “Avengers: Age of Ultron” maintained its mighty grip on the box office, adding an estimated $77.2 million in the U.S. and Canada for one of the highest second-wee...

Furious 7′ Breaks Box-Office Records With $143.6 Million Opening

Furious 7′ Breaks Box-Office Records With $143.6 Million Opening

May 7, 2015


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By Saba Hamedy Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — “Furious 7” set box-office records and raced to No. 1 with a massive, $143.6 million domestic opening. If early estimates hold, the film will mark the biggest debut for the Universal franchise, which has so far racked up more than $2 billion...

Reese Witherspoon, Sofia Vergara And Director Anne Fletcher Are In ‘Hot Pursuit’ Of Laughs And Respect

Reese Witherspoon, Sofia Vergara And Director Anne Fletcher Are In ‘Hot Pursuit’ Of Laughs And Respect

May 5, 2015


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By Rebecca Keegan Los Angeles Times (TNS) Behind Reese Witherspoon’s back, Sofia Vergara was lowering her eyelids in a mock, come hither stare. “You can really tell what Sofia is passionate about,” Witherspoon said, earnestly attempting to make a point about Vergara’s strong personal brand....

Hot Summer Movies, From ‘Avengers’ To ‘Minions’

Hot Summer Movies, From ‘Avengers’ To ‘Minions’

April 28, 2015


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By Rafer Guzman Newsday (TNS) Everything old is new again this summer, as many familiar characters and beloved titles — some more than 50 years old — return to the big screen. That means superheroes, of course, and so summer officially begins with the second “Avengers” film on Friday and con...

At ‘Star Wars’ Convention, 60,000 Celebrate Everything From Luke To Lord Vader

At ‘Star Wars’ Convention, 60,000 Celebrate Everything From Luke To Lord Vader

April 21, 2015


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By Christopher Borrelli Chicago Tribune (TNS) ANAHEIM, Calif. — Smells of lilac and palm were everywhere, hanging in the air. The Imperial trooper removed his white sculpted helmet and breathed in the spring morning. Immediately, the pleasant smell of Anaheim was replaced with the riper fragranc...

‘Unfriended’ Director: ‘I Hope After You See The Movie, You Think A Little Bit More About What’s On Your Home Computer’

‘Unfriended’ Director: ‘I Hope After You See The Movie, You Think A Little Bit More About What’s On Your Home Computer’

April 16, 2015


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By Rick Bentley The Fresno Bee (TNS) Nelson Greaves went to Harvard to study English with plans of going into law or medicine. He didn’t take either path but turned a high-school pastime of making movies into his career. Greaves is the writer and producer of the new horror film “Unfriended.”...

‘Furious 7’ Stunts Make A Believer Out Of Physics Expert

‘Furious 7’ Stunts Make A Believer Out Of Physics Expert

April 7, 2015


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By Steven Zeitchik Los Angeles Times (TNS) NEW YORK — Matthew Kleban holds a doctorate in physics from Stanford, conducted postdoctorate research at Albert Einstein’s alma mater the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton and is now part of the research group at NYU’s Center for Cosmology ...

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