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Eclipse Makes Budget Back First Day, Seeks July Fourth Weekend Record

Anthony D'Allessandro looks at Eclipse's Fourth of July weekend ahead:
  • By Anthony D'Allessandro
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  • July 1, 2010 7:38 AM
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Make Yourself a Scott Pilgrim Avatar

The link to make your own after the jump:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 1, 2010 7:29 AM
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The Greatest Ears In Town: The Arif Mardin Story Premieres

The Greatest Ears In Town: The Arif Mardin Story Premieres
Amy Dawes caught the L.A. premiere of The Greatest Ears In Town, based on the life and footage of music luminary, Arif Mardin. She also stuck around for an inspired Q&A:
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • June 30, 2010 8:06 AM
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Fincher Eyes Salander Candidate Yo-Landi Vi$$er, Future of Product Placement

- David Fincher is a fan of South African band Die Antwoord's leading mini-lady Yo-Landi Vi$$er, and Vulture's sources indicate she has the exact look and mannerisms that Fincher wants for Lisbeth Salander in his remake of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Die Antwoord's representation, William Morris Endeavor, told Vulture that it wasn't clear whether Fincher was sincerely interested in Yo-Landi playing the part or if she is just his prime reference point. Apparently other studios have inquired about her interest in acting. Finally, Lisbeth Salander needs to be played by someone with more than a potential interest in acting, but even so Carey Mulligan may have to toughen up and get creative to fit this specified mold while campaigning for the role. Kristen Stewart ruled herself out from playing the role earlier this week, and several other names have been tossed around.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 30, 2010 7:40 AM
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Shyamalan's Last Airbender Not Trending Well for Profitability

As Twilight: Eclipse shatters box office records, The Last Airbender is not looking like a strong holiday weekend contender. Anthony D'Alessandro does the numbers.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • June 30, 2010 7:39 AM
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Where Is IESB's Robert Sanchez?

Tuesday the Twittersphere started fluttering with vague comments about something disturbing that was breaking in the world of online fan sites.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 30, 2010 7:35 AM
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Third Twilight Saga Eclipses Midnight Opening Record

The latest iteration of the Twilight franchise, Eclipse, busted the series' own record for midnight box office hauls. The vampire teen film opened last night at 4,000 venues, raking in an estimated $30 million, $3.7 million over New Moon, according to Summit.
  • By Cameron Carlson
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  • June 30, 2010 6:16 AM
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Ortenberg Consults for Apparition, Which Slashes Staff by Half

Ever since Bob Berney abruptly left fledgling distribution company Apparition pre-Cannes, CEO Bill Pohlad has been trying to figure out how to go forward. He gave Berney's Sundance acquisition Welcome to the Rileys back to Sony Worldwide Acquisitions Group, which pacted with Goldwyn to release. Wednesday Pohlad confirmed that he is shutting down the New York office and cutting staff by more than half, from 27 to 15. Individual severance meetings are ongoing today. The company is proceeding on "an immediate needs basis," said spokesperson Mara Buxbaum, who didn't rule out future hires.  As previously reported, Pohlad has also brought in ex-Lionsgate president Tom Ortenberg to consult on how Apparition should proceed as a distrib; the indie vet will take immediate charge of Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life. Outstanding movies still in theaters include The Runaways and The Square. The Tree of Life is the only mission for Apparition going forward. (River Road's upcoming thriller Fair Game will be released by Summit.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 30, 2010 4:49 AM
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Media Watch: HitFix Raises $1.6 Million, Conde Nast and NYT Changes, Cantor Exits Futures Exchange

When New York Times Magazine editor Gerry Marzorati leaves his post at the end of the summer, he will re-post as assistant managing editor responsible for amping up new projects jumping off the New York Times Co. NYT editor Bill Keller's memo to the staff stated the need for:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 30, 2010 1:00 AM
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Love Ranch: Early Reviews

Love Ranch: Early Reviews
So far, Taylor Hackford's Love Ranch, which the director rescued from David Bergstein limbo, is not faring too well with early reviewers. They tend to like Helen Mirren (who is married to Hackford) more than her co-stars or the film. The movie will need more ardent love before it opens June 30.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 29, 2010 7:41 AM
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