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Films jockeying for standout position

Films jockeying for standout position

September 17, 2015


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By Steven Zeitchik Los Angeles Times (TNS) The Toronto International Film Festival kicks off Thursday night with a highly anticipated movie — “Demolition,” the new drama from “Dallas Buyers Club” director Jean-Marc Vallee starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a semi-unhinged Wall Street trader. I...

Film is not dead. Not according to Quentin Tarantino. And not according to the Northwest Chicago Film Society

Film is not dead. Not according to Quentin Tarantino. And not according to the Northwest Chicago Film Society

September 17, 2015


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By Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (TNS) Avery: “I don’t like digital.” Sam: “It’s where film is going.” Avery: “Well then it won’t be film anymore.” — From “The Flick,” by Annie Baker ——— Is it really over? We’ve heard so many stories. They tell of the dying...

Hollywood posts second-strongest summer ever at domestic box office

Hollywood posts second-strongest summer ever at domestic box office

September 9, 2015


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By Saba Hamedy Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — It’s official: 2015 is now the second-strongest summer ever at the domestic box office. Summer movies, which kicked off May 1 and wrapped up on Labor Day, ended up grossing $4.48 billion in the United States and Canada this year. That haul is...

Pixar Artist Sanjay Patel Gets Personal With ‘Sanjay’s Super Team’

Pixar Artist Sanjay Patel Gets Personal With ‘Sanjay’s Super Team’

August 12, 2015


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By Rebecca Keegan Los Angeles Times (TNS) EMERYVILLE, Calif. — Growing up in San Bernardino, Calif., in the 1980s a child of immigrants from Gujarat, India, Pixar Animation Studios artist Sanjay Patel straddled two worlds. Like many American kids of the era, he played with Transformers, watched L...

Jack Black Juggles His Golden Nuggets Of Comedy

Jack Black Juggles His Golden Nuggets Of Comedy

July 29, 2015


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By Josh Rottenberg Los Angeles Times (TNS) Jack Black gets some of his best ideas in the middle of the night. In his younger days, he would often stay up until dawn, playing Scrabble over the Internet and letting his mind roam to strange places. Now that he’s got kids — sons ages 6 and 8 — he...

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...

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