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True Grit Poster Sells Retribution

True Grit is a revenge western. Thus, the Coen brothers' poster--designed to resemble an Old West "Wanted" flier--stresses "punishment" and "retribution."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 1, 2010 9:52 AM
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Oscar Talk: Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Annette Bening, Winter's Bone and Leader The Social Network

This week Kris Tapley and I range over Disney's Secretariat and Tangled; the vampire remake Let Me In; Oscar chances for SPC's Mother and Child, starring Annette Bening, and Animal Kingdom, starring Jacki Weaver, the first Oscar screeners to go out; and the long road ahead for early frontrunner The Social Network, which opened Friday.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 1, 2010 8:52 AM
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CAA's TPG Capital Deal: Show Me the Money!

The contracting entertainment economy that compelled producer Graham King to fill the distribution void with FilmDistrict has not been kind to the talent agencies. Even dominant agency CAA is looking for cover, as studios make fewer movies and reduce talent fees. Thus CAA is announcing today that they have found a taker for a minority stake in the company. CAA is getting an infusion of cash from private investment firm TPG Capital (reportedly, hundreds of millions; they were seeking $250 million).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 1, 2010 7:47 AM
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Oscar Watch: Sony Pictures Classics Sends First Screeners

Oscar Watch: Sony Pictures Classics Sends First Screeners
Sony Pictures Classics marked yet another start of the awards season by sending out the first screeners--they will have many more to follow--of two films already in release, Rodrigo Garcia's relationship drama Mother and Child, starring Annette Bening, Naomi Watts and Samuel L. Jackson, and David Michod's Australian gangster drama Animal Kingdom, starring Jacki Weaver as the ultimate bad mom.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 1, 2010 6:54 AM
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A Global Warming Campaign from Richard Curtis. Watch it. No Pressure.

This Richard Curtis 10:10 global warming spot will get your attention:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 1, 2010 1:02 AM
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Inception: Caine Explains That Pesky Ending

We dove into the question of the Inception ending a while back. For those of you who are still confused, Inception star Michael Caine explains it to you.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 30, 2010 8:01 AM
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Piling on Snow White, 360's Four-Poster Casting, BBC Lines Up Mendes, Campion, Hare

- Universal is finalizing a deal to land the latest public-domain brand-name fairy tale, Snow White and the Huntsman, written by Evan Daugherty and to be directed by commercials-turned-feature director Rupert Sanders.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 30, 2010 7:21 AM
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Kimmel vs. Zucker

Jimmy Kimmel goes after departing NBC/Universal CEO Jeff Zucker:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 30, 2010 7:11 AM
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More: Video, TV

Tony Curtis: A Life in Pictures

To go at 85 is to have lived a long and--in the case of Bronx-born Bernard Schwartz--productive life. High points in Tony Curtis's career include Some Like it Hot (channeling Cary Grant, kissing Marilyn Monroe, and making a very pretty woman, clip below), defining the groveling press agent in The Sweet Smell of Success, turning on Laurence Olivier in Spartacus, and challenging Sidney Poitier in 1958's The Defiant Ones, earning his only Oscar nomination.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 30, 2010 4:11 AM
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More: Video, Obit

Bonnie and Clyde Director Arthur Penn Dies at 88

Theatre and film director Arthur Penn died in his Manhattan apartment Tuesday night of congestive heart failure, reports A.P. Penn died a year after his brother, photographer Irving Penn.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 29, 2010 9:00 AM
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