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Clash of the Titans Trashes Greek Myths in Eye-Rolling 3-D

Clash of the Titans Trashes Greek Myths in Eye-Rolling 3-D
I've already weighed in on why Clash of the Titans is a must-to-avoid in 3-D, and why I detest retrofitted 3-D in general.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 3, 2010 7:23 AM
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Jimmy Fallon Tries Out iPad Plus Reviews

Do I absolutely need an iPad? No, I have a MacBook and a BlackBerry. But I really want one. Can I afford $500 for an iPad? Yes. How many dinners out would pay for it? Not so many. It's totally tax-deductable, I need to write about it for my work. I could kill all my subscriptions and save lots of trees, sit in my breakfast nook every morning and read the iPad instead. And I could carry it in my purse with me instead of packing up the laptop. I just might be getting up to join the throngs tomorrow morning.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 3, 2010 6:42 AM
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Things I Learned at Lunch This Week, from Black Swan to Bono

In recovery from awards season, I'm back to eating the occasional meal with folks like Phoenix Pictures honcho Mike Medavoy, who met me for lunch at Fraiche in Culver City. He brought along production exec David Thwaites (a one-time child actor in Britain who started as assistant with Medavoy) and French photographer Brigitte Lacombe, who was taking Medavoy's portrait. (If you missed it, treat yourself to her delightful interview on Charlie Rose, dishing on her celebrity photos.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 1, 2010 12:49 PM
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Produced By Books Scott, Grazer, Weiner, Zanuck, Brooks

Produced By Books Scott, Grazer, Weiner, Zanuck, Brooks
It looks like the Producers Guild's second annual fund-raising Produced By Conference, to be held June 4 to 6 on the Fox lot, is likely to be sold out again. (If they don't have to sell discounted tickets, they might make money this year.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 1, 2010 8:06 AM
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More: festivals

Leaves of Grass Wows SXSW, Lands New Distrib

Leaves of Grass Wows SXSW, Lands New Distrib
The folks at WME were scrambling this week in the wake of some very good news for client Edward Norton: Tim Blake Nelson's stoner comedy Leaves of Grass, which stars Norton as two very different pot-loving twin brothers, had landed a new distributor. It meant scrambling to pull Norton out of appearances on Jimmy Fallon and other TV shows and unbooking NY's Angelica and other commitments.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 1, 2010 7:17 AM
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Internet Goes Nuts Over iPad

Reviews of the new multi-media iPad are flowing in.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 1, 2010 5:30 AM
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Duncan Jones is Unhappy About Moon

In a series of tweets this morning UK filmmaker Duncan Jones--who won an emerging filmmaker prize from BAFTA for his low-budget sci-fi film Moon---bares his rage about not making money on the film. Sorry, but these days few indies do. Sony Worldwide Acquisitions Group acquired the film in many territories, some of which were sold to various distribs. Sony Pictures Classics liked the film and asked to release it in the US. Among theatrical distribs SPC is relatively good about not overspending and sharing money with their filmmakers, although there wasn't much to share in this case.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 1, 2010 4:29 AM
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MSpot Streams Movies to PCs and Mobiles

I streamed The Hunt for Red October on my office computer the other day. Now that I have a fast cable modem and a nice big monitor, it flowed beautifully. No glitches. And in theory--although I couldn't get my BlackBerry to cooperate--if I had wanted to stop the action and continue watching on my PDA, I could do that too, for the price of a $4.99 24-hour rental on mSpot.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 1, 2010 1:02 AM
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Spike Jonze's Absolut Short I'm Here

Spike Jonze's half-hour short I'm Here, backed by Absolut Vodka, which debuted at Sundance, is now online. Jonze encourages you to watch it with friends on Facebook. It's a strange lackadaisical little romance with robots.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 31, 2010 12:18 PM
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Cannes Update: New Possible Titles

Cannes Update: New Possible Titles
It's fun tracking down Cannes titles. Ion Cinema has a bead on the Director's Fortnight line-up, including filmmakers Denis Villeneuve, Tran Anh Hung, Gilles Marchand, Lodge Kerrigan, Pernilla August, Marian Crisan, Gregg Araki, Lola Doillon, Agnes Kocsis and Julie Bertucelli. Ion also predicts for the official selection, Brazilian and Cannes vet Andrucha Waddington's Lope, "a chronicle of the life of Lope de Vega" with Sonia Braga and Alberto Ammann in the title role, and Gael García Bernal in Icíar Bollaín's Even the Rain, from Spain.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 31, 2010 10:57 AM
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