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Families vs. 3-D: Too Pricey

Forbes blogger Dorothy Pomerantz thinks the 3-D craze for families is over.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 14, 2010 6:17 AM
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Power Pair Roberts and Murphy, Bardem and Cruz Wed, Forster's Heretics, Mozart Opera Hits Cinemas

- While the b.o. fate of the movie based on the global bestseller Eat Pray Love won't be determined until the peripatetic romance opens August 13, in-demand writer-director Ryan Murphy (also Glee's co-creator/exec-producer) has won not only Sony's vote of confidence, but star Julia Roberts is also happy to pair up with him again. Murphy just signed on to write and direct an original romantic comedy for Roberts, reports Deadline. The high concept: working woman loses job, switches roles with stay-at-home husband, and must adjust to newfound motherhood. Brad Pitt's Plan B will produce with Murphy, as it did with Eat Pray Love. Murphy is also on the shortlist for the film adaptation of the musical Wicked.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 14, 2010 5:33 AM
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Finke's HBO Deal on Tilda

Nikki Finke has finally opened up --to a degree--about an agreement between her and the producers of the HBO show Tilda, which stars Diane Keaton as a Hollywood blogger based on Finke.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 13, 2010 9:12 AM
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TIFF List: Essential 100 Films

TIFF List: Essential 100 Films
The Toronto International Film Festival posts "The Essential 100," a list of must-see films that merges two lists (one determined by TIFF curators, another by TIFF stakeholders). There are many obvious choices, from The Godfather, Casablanca and Gone With The Wind to Chinatown, as well as such arcane entries as the controversial Salo, or The 120 Days of Sodom from director Pier Paolo Pasolini.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 13, 2010 6:48 AM
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True Blood's 9 Crimes: Just Complicated Enough

True Blood's 9 Crimes: Just Complicated Enough
Guest blogger Tim Appelo gives his take on True Blood's highlight-of-the-season-so-far episode: 9 Crimes.
  • By Tim Appelo
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  • July 13, 2010 5:39 AM
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David Lynch Wants Your Money, Hefner Takes Back Playboy, Ruffalo Directs, Inception Without DiCaprio

- Got fifty bucks? David Lynch wants your money to fund the final installment of LYNCHthree, a documentary trilogy that follows his life and work. LYNCHone was cut from 700 hours of footage shot over two years post-Inland Empire. A behind-the-scenes look at Inland Empire comprised LYNCHtwo. Now, LYNCHthree will be shot by the director of the first two installments, who goes by the pseudonym "blackANDwhite."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 13, 2010 4:11 AM
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Ex-Hulk Norton Could Learn from Franco

So Marvel has dumped Edward Norton as The Hulk. Their reason: he's not a team player. (Norton had assumed, per statements by Jon Favreau, that he was out of Marvel's super-hero ensemble The Avengers, but Marvel's Ken Feige did make Norton a low-ball offer--and the actor was interested--but Feige then decided to go another way. UPDATE: Mark Ruffalo is now in the running.) Here's Norton's Facebook note to his fans.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 13, 2010 3:22 AM
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RIP Harvey Pekar, Creator of American Splendor

Harvey Pekar has died at age 70.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 13, 2010 2:50 AM
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Polanski Is Free At Last

The nightmare of being imprisoned since September 2009 is over for Roman Polanski. The Swiss will not extradite the filmmaker to the U.S. on charges from a 1977 rape case in Los Angeles. The authorities are releasing him from house arrest at his chalet in Gstaad. Here's the NYT, which reported that at a press conference in Bern on Monday Justice Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf told reporters: “He’s a free man."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 12, 2010 6:32 AM
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New York Magazine Blows Inception's Rave Review Record

New York Magazine Blows Inception's Rave Review Record
Expect an Inception backlash. Warner Bros.' marketing pattern is to launch a big movie's buzz with the internet press and trades, then let the established print critics (who tend to be tougher on films) have at it closer to release. And so the inevitable negative review from New York's David Edelstein breaks Inception's 17 for 17 record on Rotten Tomatoes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 12, 2010 5:01 AM
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