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David Michod Talks Aussie Gangster Flick Animal Kingdom: Sprawl vs. Menace

David Michod Talks Aussie Gangster Flick Animal Kingdom: Sprawl vs. Menace
Australian hit Animal Kingdom, which just opened in limited stateside release to stellar reviews, is that rare movie that surprises you with the discovery of an exciting new writer-director. David Michod's crime drama won the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic world cinema at Sundance last January, where Sony Pictures Classics scooped it up. One performance is emerging from the film's ensemble as a potential awards contender: Jacki Weaver's powerful matriarch.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 15, 2010 8:00 AM
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Trailer and Awards Watch: Love and Other Drugs

Twentieth Century Fox is planning an awards-campaign for its R-rated sexy romance Love and Other Drugs, from writer-director-producer Edward Zwick (Glory, The Last Samurai, Blood Diamond). He is that rare studio director who is conversant in both the language of mainstream big-budget moviemaking and intimate drama. He and partner Marshall Herskovitz delivered the acutely-observed TV series Thirtysomething, Once and Again, Relativity and My So-Called Life. So much sweat and tears go into such long-running shows that Zwick can be forgiven for steering toward testosterone action in his movie work.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 15, 2010 6:36 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Expendables Pulls Men, Eat Pray Love Gets Women

Both Sylvester Stallone and Julia Roberts marked their best openings in years with a boost from a raft of action stars in The Expendables and femme fans of the Elizabeth Gilbert bestseller Eat Pray Love, respectively. Comic-book youth film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World stumbled out of the starting gate. Anthony D'Alessandro does the numbers:
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • August 15, 2010 4:19 AM
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Trailer Watch: James Brooks' How Do You Know

This How Do You Know trailer looks promising. Closely observed relationship comedy is what writer-director James L. Brooks does best. He sweats years over these originals to make them come out looking effortless and funny, and only rarely does he miss (Spanglish). And each of the stars--Reese Witherspoon and her two swains, Owen Wilson and Paul Rudd, and Jack Nicholson as his father-- look sweetly comfortable inside their wheelhouse. I'm there. Sony opens the movie December 17--an award-season friendly position.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 14, 2010 1:15 AM
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Boyle's 127 Hours To Close London Film Fest

Danny Boyle's 127 Hours is set to close October's London Film Festival (after playing Toronto, and most likely, Telluride, which debuted Slumdog Millionaire). London also played Brit Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire in 2008. 127 Hours portrays the true struggle of Aron Ralston, the American hiker who was trapped under a boulder in 2003 and managed to survive by severing his arm with a dull pocketknife. James Franco stars in the Fox Searchlight film, which opens stateside November 5.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 13, 2010 12:23 PM
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Should Universal Bet $200 Million on Branded Battleship?

Partly I blame the hugely successful Pirates of the Caribbean franchise--based on Disney's e-ticket theme ride--for the current Hollywood mania for branding entertainment. If a title doesn't mean anything to anyone, the studios don't want to have to market something from scratch. They're allergic to it. Too much risk.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 13, 2010 11:39 AM
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Franzen's Freedom Hits Time, Bought by Rudin, Early Reviews

Jonathan Franzen's having a good week. Nine years in the making, his new novel Freedom: A Novel grabs rave reviews, the cover of Time ("The Great American Novelist") and is acquired by producer Scott Rudin (who bought his last book, National Book Award-winner The Corrections, which has yet to be turned into a movie; David Hare and Stephen Daldry were once attached).
  • By Cameron Carlson
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  • August 13, 2010 11:32 AM
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Lionsgate, Roadside Pursue Dual Awards Track on Buried, Next Three Days, Biutiful

Lionsgate is an indie with a taste for mainstream genre fare, but when a Crash or Precious comes along, the distrib knows what to do. This year, though, Lionsgate is adopting a different model that more resembles the studio approach: chase consumers first with such movies as Buried and The Next Three Days, Oscar voters later. And let your specialty subsidiary do the heavy-lifting in the art-film arena: Roadside Attractions is closing in on a deal to release Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Biutiful starring the incandescent Javier Bardem. Ironically, ex-Lionsgate exec Tom Ortenberg is in talks to steer the campaign (he's also masterminding the Apparition release of Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 13, 2010 6:30 AM
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The Illusionist: Trailer and Early Reviews

The Illusionist: Trailer and Early Reviews
2-D lives! The Illusionist, the latest animated feature from the French animator behind The Triplets of Belleville, Sylvain Chomet, didn't make it to Cannes after it scored big in Berlin in February. Sony Pictures Classics scooped up the film, which is based on an unproduced screenplay by the late great writer-director-star Jacques Tati about a "dying breed of entertainer." Chomet drew a tall, gangly, elegant character much like Tati's 50s persona in such films as Les Vacances de Mr. Hulot.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 13, 2010 4:36 AM
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Relativity Media Firms Up Release Slate, Adds Three Pictures

Relativity Media is moving forward as Hollywood's newest distributor, finalizing its 2010-2011 release slate with a mix of Overture, Relativity and Rogue titles and a service deal.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 12, 2010 8:44 AM
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