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Harry Potter Producer David Heyman Talks Deathly Hallows, Tentpoles, Gravity

As the seventh and penultimate Harry Potter installment was breaking records for the series, producer David Heyman reflected on producing the mighty franchise. He talked to Anthony D'Alessandro:Most producers can only dream about churning out $24 million from 3,700 midnight showings or $61.15 million in one day.  But that’s what Harry Potter producer David Heyman experiences every time he opens a new chapter in the $5.48 billion Harry Potter franchise: Breaking a new record.  The opening day for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 set a record for the series, ranking the fifth best first day bow among all films. Once an indie producer on such offbeat Parker Posey comedies as 1996’s The Daytrippers, which launched director Greg Mottola (Superbad), Heyman’s producing career took a 180 when he optioned an unpublished manuscript by author J.K. Rowling.  On Hallows opening day, he took time out to give us some insight on how the Harry Potter franchise has impacted his career and the film industry. 
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  • November 23, 2010 3:26 AM
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Sundance Table-Reads Lena Dunham in NYC

You think Lena Dunham is just another Hollywood flavor-of-the-month? Well, if you're tight with the Sundance Institute or WGA-East and live in New York and RSVP in time, you can check out her latest project on December 6.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 23, 2010 2:31 AM
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Nic Cage Goes Batshit

Nic Cage has made a virtue of his eccentricities his entire career--although lately, having to pay for them has led him to say yes to more B-movies than he should.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 23, 2010 1:09 AM
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Art Directors Give Life Achievement Award to Patricia Norris

Art Directors Give Life Achievement Award to Patricia Norris
One of the bonuses of award season is the guild award shows that honor the greats of the past along with the present.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 22, 2010 10:30 AM
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Oscar Watch: True Grit's Joel Coen Interviews Somewhere's Sofia Coppola

It's an honorable Directors Guild tradition to have one member interview another. But Sofia Coppola landed a big fish when fellow-Oscar-winner Joel Coen agreed to interview her for Somewhere, perhaps because he respects her lack of eagerness to participate in such events. While both are accomplished writer-directors (Ethan Coen shares with Joel writing and producing credits on such films as Fargo and No Country for Old Men), neither are known for being particularly forthcoming in interviews. But it was in both of their interest to do this, as Coen is just finishing True Grit, another possible Oscar contender.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 22, 2010 9:10 AM
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Clip Alert: Tangled, Disney's Last Animated Fairy Tale?

As Pixar's John Lasseter and Ed Catmull pull Disney Animation into the future, they've made one bold decision: no more fairy tales, at least for the time being.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 22, 2010 6:06 AM
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Oscar Watch Q &A: Tom Hooper Talks Long Road to King's Speech

Oscar Watch Q &A: Tom Hooper Talks Long Road to King's Speech
Fest fave The King's Speech, currently the front-runner at Gurus o' Gold, this Saturday blew the roof off its packed Academy screening. The crowd applauded director Tom Hooper, writer David Seidler, Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, cinematography and score. It also nabbed the most effusive reaction so far over five years of showing films at Sneak Previews--the WGA crowd clapped Hooper down the aisle as he settled in for a Q and A. The movie debuted at Telluride (here's TOH's review) followed by audience-award-winning turns at fests in Toronto and the Hamptons. Will anything slow this film's Oscar momentum? (Well, some say it gets its history wrong.) The Weinsteins open the movie November 26--and it could reboot the company.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 22, 2010 2:21 AM
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Ronni Chasen Memorial: Friends Mourn Murdered Publicist

Ronni Chasen Memorial: Friends Mourn Murdered Publicist
Talk about an Influencer.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 22, 2010 1:11 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Harry Potter Conjures $125 Million, The Next Three Days Flops

As expected, the penultimate, seventh Harry Potter installment, The Deathly Hallows--Part 1, conjured a powerful $125.12 million, reports Anthony D'Alessandro:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 21, 2010 5:28 AM
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Ten Worst Beatles Songs

Now that the Beatles library is available on iTunes (don't we already have all their CDs loaded up?) U.K. music critic Neil McCormick has ranked the worst ever Beatles songs.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 20, 2010 12:53 AM
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