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Waiting for Malick: The Tree of Life Should Open by Year's End

Waiting for Malick: The Tree of Life Should Open by Year's End
A new favorite sport among movie lovers is forecasting exactly when Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life will come out.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 20, 2010 1:06 AM
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First Look: Coen Brothers' True Grit

Here's a first look at the Coen Brother's True Grit, which was filmed (along with another western, Cowboys & Aliens) around the Southwest. Paramount has released this still of grizzled Jeff Bridges and Hailee Steinfeld as Rooster Cogburn and Mattie Ross, respectively.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 19, 2010 6:15 AM
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Clooney's The American: New Trailer, Pictures

The American, from director Anton Corbijn (Control), arrives in theaters on September 1st, opting out of the fall fest circuit. George Clooney, who followed his charmingly vulnerable role in Up in The Air with shaggy humor in the less impressive The Men Who Stare At Goats, now returns to his commercial bread-and-butter as the side-burned assassin whose "last job" isn't as cut-and-dried as he'd hope. It never is.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 19, 2010 5:30 AM
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Idris Elba as Alex Cross, Bateman's Reckless Masturbation, Fair Game's Identity Crisis

- It's no longer Morgan Freeman's time on the James Patterson murder mystery series (Kiss the Girls, Along Came A Spider). The veteran actor last played the role of Dr. Alex Cross in 2001, but now a new man is taking over the role for Cross, the next cinematic installment in the best-selling series: Idris Elba, of The Wire, The Office, and Obsessed. The 37-year old Brit actor has a long TV and film resume and is due for a meatier lead in a studio feature. Although he's stepping into a role played by Freeman, he's reminiscent of Denzel Washington circa 1999's The Bone Collector. Washington at 43 was in his prime: dignified, sexy, powerful. David Twohy will direct Cross, which follows the character as he tracks a rapist he believes to have murdered his pregnant wife years ago.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 19, 2010 3:59 AM
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Bye Bye Blogs: Denton's Gawker No Longer Blog Network

Nick Denton, the snarky Brit who pioneered successful blogging at the mighty Gawker Media blog network is leaving the format behind, mainly because Gawker has outgrown blog software's limitations. (I must say, a scan of Gawker's entertaining headlines is a reminder of what works on the web.) Finally, giving big stories more play for longer periods of time works better than letting them move down in the ever-refreshing blog feed--and helps to lure the website holy grail: new reader regulars. "The relentless pace of news has overwhelmed the blog format of old. Interesting news gets buried as new headlines flow onto the page," writes Valleywag of the redesign.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 19, 2010 3:44 AM
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No Oscar Future for Dragon Tattoo or Rapace

No Oscar Future for Dragon Tattoo or Rapace
It's all very well for folks to love the books and/or movies of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its sequels, but the notion that these films will somehow have an Oscar future is silly. Throwing Rapace into the Oscar race while she's in town for meetings reeks of media manipulation. UTA is fanning the flames while they've got the chance to score some major deals for her. And so far, contrary to Deadline's report, nobody has made an offer to BK-PR's Melody Korenbrot, who usually promotes Sony Pictures Classics fare, about running a Rapace Oscar campaign.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 18, 2010 12:54 PM
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Promos: Frank Miller Does Gucci, Funny or Die Does Piranha 3D Oscar Ad

Graphic novelist-turned-filmmaker Frank Miller (Sin City) has directed a new Gucci advertisement for Guilt, a line of penance-pursuing perfume for the Italian luxury goods giant. The ad is so special that they've only released a teaser. The real, full-length commercial premieres at the MTV Movie Awards on September 12, when Miller fans will get to see Rachel Evan Wood drive a flaming car towards Chris Evans. The trailer showcases the iconic Miller/Rodriguez style. Not sure how this will effect the targeted demo, especially Miller fans...
  • By Cameron Carlson
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  • August 18, 2010 9:59 AM
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New Living Room: from Netflix Streaming to Google TV

At book group last night, we not only picked David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas (in development with the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer), but debated the relative merits of TiVo and Roku, the best way to get Netflix streaming on TV and the breadth of the Netflix catalogue of free-stream titles. I use my PS3 and a disc to get my Netflix "watch-instantly" queue to pop up on my TV. The other night on a whim, I clicked play and watched the enjoyable Anna Wintour doc The September Issue. More pleasures await me, but I do find it frustrating that many (even older) titles that are in my DVD queue aren't yet available.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 18, 2010 8:19 AM
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Bigelow's Triple Frontier, Republican vs. Democrat Women, The Expendables' Patriotic Divide

- The Wrap uncovered an email of Paramount interest re: what's in the cards for the studio (unofficial). For example, Kathryn Bigelow's next feature Triple Frontier (written by Hurt Locker Oscar-winner Mark Boal), an action-adventure set in the border zone between Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil), may star an ensemble of Will Smith, Sean Penn, Javier Bardem and Christian Bale. A thriller is in the works from Bad Robot mastermind J. J. Abrams (the original idea about the game "7 Minutes in Heaven" turning deadly came from Lost director Jack Bender, who may take the reins). The script for the Tom Clancy reboot featuring a new Jack Ryan needs re-writes (also possibly being directed by Bender), and Hansel and Gretel is "beginning casting conversations" (this fairy-tale turned comedy reintroduces the pair 15 years after their gingerbread house fiasco, when they've become witch bounty hunters. All of these works in progress are subject to change, natch. Paramount production chief Adam Goodman can't be very happy at being caught with his pants unzipped.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 18, 2010 7:36 AM
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HBO's Overlooked Treme: Are Emmy Voters Racist?

HBO's Overlooked Treme: Are Emmy Voters Racist?
I finally finished watching David Simon and Eric Overmyer's brilliantly executed Treme, and reread the terrific NYT Magazine feature on how they put the series together, and why HBO was willing to indulge them. Overmyer looks back at season one and ahead at season two.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 18, 2010 3:53 AM
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