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    SXSW: Ethan Hawke on What Makes For Good Sci-Fi and Why Robert Redford Isn't That Great An Actor

    Over two decades into his career as a screen actor, Ethan Hawke is now in demand more than ever. Just last year he experienced the biggest box-office opening of his career with the surprise smash hit horror "The Purge," and now Hawke is at SXSW with not one, but two films: Richard Linklater's "Boyho...

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    'Insidious,' 'Paranormal Activity' Producer Jason Blum On the Secret to His Phenomenal Success

    Box office pundits all expressed shock this past Sunday at how well "Insidious: Chapter 2" performed financially, generating the second highest September bow in history with a mighty impressive weekend cume of $41.1 million. But for producer Jason Blum, whose Blumhouse Pictures produced the film and...

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    How 5 Recent Horror Films Scared Up Big Success At The Box Office

    After initial loud buzz way back at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival where its screening triggered a bidding war, horror flick "You're Next" is finally about to invade theaters nationwide. The tale of a band of masked intruders who violently disrupt a family get together, it's a kicky tr...

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    The Worst Films Of 2013... So Far...

    Is this the worst summer of blockbusters in a recent age or is it the best? Are “Man of Steel" arguments worth losing friendships over? Is "Southland Tales" a masterpiece as posited by generation revisionism or is it the mess critics took it for initially? Will you dare to give your money to villain...

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    The Completely Necessary 'The Purge 2' In The Works

    When a movie’s sequel is green-lit so rapidly, one could usually chalk it up to an incredibly successful premiere. It’s a rare occasion where you can say that it was due, in part, to a tax credit. Unless you’re Uwe Boll, in which case it’s just an everyday occurrence. However, in this case, it’s “Th...

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    Box Office: ‘The Purge’ Surges With $36 Million; ‘The Internship’ Doesn’t Get Hired

    The dystopian horror-thriller “The Purge” is destined to gross roughly $36.4 million domestically for its opening weekend ($16.7 million dollars from the opening night alone) and has become the surprise hit of the summer, with The Hollywood Reporter dubbing it the “Box Office Shocker.” Not only is “...

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    Weekend Preview: Delightful 'Much Ado About Nothing,' Unfunny 'Internship' and More

    Joss Whedon's jazzy, black-and-white version of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" is going down smooth as silk with reviewers. The film, which Whedon shot at his Santa Monica home in a 12-day period before "Avengers" post-production began, is easily the critical winner for the weekend.

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    What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'Much Ado About Nothing' For 'The Internship;' 'Wish You Were Here' For 'The Purge'

    The studios have been busy, it seems, preparing for this first June weekend. The bevy of comedies, thrillers, adaptations, docs, and psycho killer little girl stories landing at the multiplexes and art houses are like a big neon sign that reads, "SUMMERTIME!" And really, what says summer better than...

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    Review: 'The Purge' Starring Ethan Hawke & Lena Headey

    Rarely do horror films these days luxuriate in big ideas. Instead, they are usually a simple formula, based on a rudimentary conceptual framework (cameras capture supernatural activity, madman devises ingenious torture traps), stretched painfully thin over 90 minutes or so. One of the things that ma...

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    Listen: Exclusive Track From Nathan Whitehead's Score For 'The Purge'

    This Friday, a slightly different kind of summer movie hits theaters with Universal's "The Purge." The film finds Ethan Hawke reteaming James DeMonaco (the writer of the remake of "The Assault Of Precinct 13," director of "Staten Island") for a grimy thriller produced by genre powerhouses Blumhouse ...

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