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Oscar Talk Summer Edition: Pre-Cannes Season Survey

Oscar Talk Summer Edition: Pre-Cannes Season Survey
In Contention's Kris Tapley, refreshed after a sojourn from his labors, and I reconvene for a summer edition of Oscar Talk. We cover the lacklustre spring season, look forward to Cannes and the summer, and dissect Iron Man 2.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 8, 2010 5:13 AM
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Gerard Butler Tries to Clean Up Bad Boy Image

Gerard Butler Tries to Clean Up Bad Boy Image
How do you clean up a celeb's rough-and-tumble bad-boy image? With a few well-appointed magazine cover stories.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 7, 2010 12:57 PM
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Men In Black III Gets Sony Green Light in 3D

Finally, after Sony's great success with the first two Men in Black installments in 1997 and 2002 (which grossed over $1 billion worldwide), it's no surprise that Columbia PIctures is confirming the inevitable go-ahead on the third installment of Men in Black, in 3D, set for release on May 25, 2012.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 7, 2010 5:57 AM
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Cold Weather Acquired by IFC

IFC has picked SXSW fave Cold Weather for North America and select foreign territories.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 7, 2010 4:49 AM
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Trailer Watch: Spielberg and Abrams' Super 8

If you object to camcorder trailers, don't watch this trailer for Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams' upcoming homage to filmmaking, Super 8--go see it in front of Iron Man 2. For the rest of you, here it is:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 7, 2010 3:12 AM
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News Update: Crude Goes to Court, Stewart Goes On the Road, Tarantino Heads Venice

In an alarming development, Joe Berlinger may become an unwilling participant in the very lawsuit he chronicled in his latest documentary, Crude. A United States district court judge has ruled that Berlinger must turn over 600 hours of footage to Chevron, owner of Texaco, the oil giant that Amazon rainforest dwellers accuse of polluting their environment with billions of gallons of toxic waste. Only about 1 percent of the footage was used in Berlinger's film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009, and was released in theaters last fall.  Berlinger's lawyer plans to appeal, and says the decision "threatens grave harm to documentary filmmakers and investigative journalists." Casting news: Kristen Stewart has joined the cast of Walter Salles' On The Road, now set to begin shooting in August.  She'll play Marylou, wife of Dean Moriarty, who'll be played by Garret Hedlund. Michael Imperioli will star in Richard Lede's horror-thriller Foreclosure, set in Queens. 
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • May 7, 2010 1:37 AM
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Iron Man 2 Set To Break Records, Jump-Start Summer

Iron Man 2 Set To Break Records, Jump-Start Summer
It’s incorrect to label Iron Man 2 a fan boy film – even though it’s based on the Marvel comic book superhero. Many expect Iron Man 2 to earn the highest weekend ever at the domestic B.O, outstripping Warner Bros.’ first frame for The Dark Knight which made $158.4 million in late July 2008. When fan boy films begin churning out huge opening numbers, they become four-quadrant films. Not only is Iron Man 2 currently tracking through the roof in every sector (unaided awareness, total awareness, first choice, definite interest) for Iron Man 2 but no other studio is counter-programming a title against the Marvel sequel – evidence that this is an everyman tent pole.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • May 6, 2010 12:40 PM
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Daily Read: Storms Hit Cannes, Zoolander 2, Studio Revenues Rise, Machete Goes Arizona

Daily Read: Storms Hit Cannes, Zoolander 2, Studio Revenues Rise, Machete Goes Arizona
Freak waves up to 18 feet high have damaged the Croissette just a week before the 63rd annual Cannes Film Festival is due to begin. While cars were tossed about and more than a dozen beachfront cafes have been temporarily shuttered, local officials told the BBC the damage will be "put right" and claim the waterfront will be in "impeccable" condition when the world film community arrives for the fest, which runs May 12-23.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • May 6, 2010 12:28 PM
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SFIFF53 Day Eight: Walter Salles Redux, Linha de Passe, Chez Panisse

SFIFF53 Day Eight: Walter Salles Redux, Linha de Passe, Chez Panisse
Meredith Brody's Bay Area blitz continues with a problematically packed film schedule and a master class with Walter Salles. Awards, food, and Borges quotations follow:
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • May 6, 2010 12:26 PM
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SFIFF Awards, Filmmaking Grants Announced

SFIFF Awards, Filmmaking Grants Announced
The 53rd SFIFF winners have been announced, along with the San Francisco Film Society's Filmmaker Grants.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 6, 2010 8:31 AM
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