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Aronofsky, Favreau and Murch to Talk “Movies in Your Brain” at the Academy

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences want to put that last word of their brand into more effective use. With the help of Hollywood luminaries like Walter Murch, Darren Aronofsky, and Jon Favreau, “Movies in Your Brain: The Science of Cinematic Perception”
  • By Nick Newman
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  • July 25, 2014 2:35 PM
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Colin Firth and Mark Strong Spook Nicole Kidman in Trailer for 'Before I Go to Sleep'

Nicole Kidman-Colin Firth collaborations gets its middle piece in “Before I Go to Sleep.” Breaking up the biopic trend those other two follow, their next collaboration is a full-blown thriller that, as directed by Rowan Joffe (“Brighton Rock”).
  • By Nick Newman
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  • July 25, 2014 2:17 PM
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Not So Fast: David Lynch Says No New Film Plans Are Set (VIDEO)

To be a true David Lynch fan is to practice patience. So it came as no surprise when Lynch told The Guardian that a new film probably isn’t coming soon.
  • By Nick Newman
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  • July 25, 2014 1:02 PM
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Screen Talk Report from Halls of Comic-Con, 'The Giver' and Other Oscar Possibilities

Every year I approach the trip to Comic-Con in San Diego with equal measures of anticipation and dread. Why? It's huge, crowded, stressful and crammed with the best and worst of pop culture. I talk about it with Indiewire critic Eric Kohn on our weekly podcast, sitting cross-legged on the floor outside Hall H between panels with my laptop, holding my snowball mic.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 25, 2014 12:49 PM
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Trailers From Hell on 'Jesus Christ Superstar'

"Jesus Christ Superstar," Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s rock opera about the final week in the life of Jesus, first appeared as a studio recording in 1970 before being given a fully-fledged production on Broadway in 1973.
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  • July 25, 2014 12:33 PM
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Robert Downey, Jr. Starrer 'The Judge' Takes Toronto Opening Night

One of the high-profile fall films has found an appropriate berth. David Dobkin’s "The Judge" (Warner Bros.) will open the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday, September 4. It stars Robert Downey, Jr. as a powerful city lawyer who returns home when his estranged father (Robert Duvall), the town’s judge, is suspected of murder.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 25, 2014 11:48 AM
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Laika Unveiling 'The Boxtrolls' at Venice

Laika. The people behind 2009's "Coraline" and 2012's "Paranorman" will soon make their return with "The Boxtrolls." Ahead of their September 26 release, Focus Features will have it premiere at this year's Venice International Film Festival, screening out of competition.
  • By Nick Newman
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  • July 24, 2014 9:37 PM
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Chris Nolan and Matthew McConaughey Rock the Con with Surprise 'Interstellar' Footage

After a quiet first day at Comic-Con, Hall H was finally rocked by a movie of clear scope and ambition that was not an imitation of other things. Christopher Nolan came to Comic-Con for the first time with fellow Con virgin Matthew McConaughey to show an early trailer for Paramount release "Interstellar" which hits theaters in November.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 24, 2014 8:07 PM
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WATCH: First Trailer for Dazzling Festival Smash 'Whiplash,' Starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons

It made a splash opening Sundance, wowed Cannes and will likely get an awards push later this year -- so, if all goes well, "Whiplash" will leave a mark. Watch the first trailer ahead of its Toronto Film Festival play this Fall.
  • By Nick Newman
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  • July 24, 2014 3:09 PM
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Bradley Cooper, Uma Thurman, Sienna Miller, Daniel Brühl, Jamie Dornan and More Begin Production on 'Adam Jones'

After years in stagnant development, production begins today on "Adam Jones," a project once meant for David Fincher and Keanu Reeves that's now in the hands of director John Wells and star Bradley Cooper.
  • By Nick Newman
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  • July 24, 2014 2:12 PM
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