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A look at the short films up for Oscars

February 4, 2016


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By Steven Rea The Philadelphia Inquirer (TNS) War and conflict (ethnic, religious, domestic) dominate the field in the live-action short-films competition for the 2016 Academy Awards. Although “Ave Maria,” from Arab Israeli filmmaker Basil Khalil, is comedic in tone, its depiction of the war...

How a movie’s food makes it to the screen

How a movie’s food makes it to the screen

November 17, 2015


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By Daniel Neman St. Louis Post-Dispatch (TNS) In some movies — a lot of movies, actually — if you see a character eating ice cream, the actor is really licking mashed potatoes. And that great-looking cake? It may be frosting spread over Styrofoam. But in “Love the Coopers,” which opens this w...

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...

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...

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...

‘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.”...

‘Insurgent’ Kicks Off With $54 Million

‘Insurgent’ Kicks Off With $54 Million

March 24, 2015


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By Saba Hamedy Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — Young adults again proved their box office might this weekend as “The Divergent Series: Insurgent” launched to a studio-estimated $54 million in the U.S. and Canada. Although the film from Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment topped the weeke...

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