Ron Howard

If You Can’t See ‘Spotlight’ Yet, Stream Star Michael Keaton’s First Newspaper Movie, ‘The Paper’

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Spotlight, Tom McCarthy’s brilliant, gripping dramatization of the Boston Globe’s Catholic sex abuse exposé, did bang-up business in limited release this weekend — but boy was that release limited, confined to just five screens in New York, Los Angeles, and Boston. So while the rest of the country is waiting to be deemed important enough to see it, I suggest another film that finds Michael Keaton playing a big-city newspaper editor: Ron Howard’s 1994 comedy/drama The Paper.
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The 10 Goofiest “Viral” Marketing Campaigns in Movie History

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Taken 3 (or, as its ads would have it, TAK3N — which I believe is pronounced “Take-three-en”?) is out Friday, and I can’t tell you anything about it, because (as is so often the case with the little masterpieces we’re given in January) it’s not being screened for critics. But I can tell you that it’s being marketed with a totally awesome LinkedIn campaign! Yes, the year’s least necessary sequel and your most annoying email sender have paired up to create a little bit of online movie marketing magic, reminding us that when it comes to creating film ad campaigns with the express purpose of “going viral,” the occasional Blair Witch or Cloverfield is often counterbalanced by numerous laughable embarrassments.
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