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EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Experiments with Grease Sing-Along and Indie Labels Insurge, Vantage, Famous

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Experiments with Grease Sing-Along and Indie Labels Insurge, Vantage, Famous
Whatever happened to Insurge, that new micro-budget Paramount division that sought to take an alternative approach to standard studio filmmaking? “We want to find and distribute crazy, unpredictable, and hopefully awesome movies - movies that make you want to line up to see at your local theater with all your friends (and us)," stated the Beta Insurge website. "Movies that a big studio would never release because they’re too risky, too silly, and they don’t star Sandra Bullock.”
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 6, 2010 3:24 AM
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Inception Early Reviews Are Raves

Inception Early Reviews Are Raves
After the breach of the preset review embargo by Rolling Stone's Peter Travers, who was allowed to run early in print but not online--Warner Bros. took a different approach to opening the gates to coverage of the much-anticipated Inception. In a sign that studios are ceding ground to online sites over the traditional trades, on Monday afternoon, the trades shared the same embargo with key fan sites and Oscar bloggers. The junket press saw the film in L.A. last weekend; I saw it with the trades and Oscar bloggers on Friday (and posted my review at exactly 3 PM Pacific).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 5, 2010 10:47 AM
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Inception Early Review: Nolan Delivers Kubrickian Masterpiece with Heart

Inception Early Review: Nolan Delivers Kubrickian Masterpiece with Heart
No movie this year comes freighted with greater expectations than Inception, Chris Nolan's follow-up to the global blockbuster The Dark Knight. Happily, the movie delivers and then some--thanks to clever original screenwriting and exhilarating mise-en-scene--in 2D.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 5, 2010 9:55 AM
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Mad Men Yourself

This new Mad Men avatar is pretty similar to the one I made before--although they do offer a few more fashion choices. But in anticipation of the Season Four launch on July 25 on AMC, go ahead and Mad Men yourself.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 5, 2010 5:55 AM
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The Hobbit Could Lose McKellen, Movie House Revivals, Lautner's Muscles

-Even with Peter Jackson prepared to take over the directing helm, continued delays on The Hobbit put the cast's availability at risk. Even the film's Gandalf, Ian McKellen, is under no contract to appear in The Hobbit, the veteran actor revealed in an interview with New Zealand's Good Morning. He said his time is "running out," and he is actually more interested in working the theater. "Frankly, I would like to race after doing Waiting For Godot, get on with doing another play but we'll have to see. I don't give the producers the impression that I'm sitting waiting." One possible save-the-day scenario would see debt-ridden MGM selling the rights to Warner Bros./New Line (which is also a potential buyer of the studio). With the next James Bond already on hiatus, many Hollywood players are working behind the scenes to untie The Hobbit's Gordian knot.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 5, 2010 5:35 AM
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Boffo Holiday Weekend Box Office, But Twilight Saga: Eclipse Doesn't Beat Spider-Man 2 or New Moon

After a slow start to the summer season, movie ticket sales finally took off over the 4th of July weekend, driven by two powerful sequels, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and Toy Story 3, and a review-proof family adventure from M. Night Shyamalan, The Last Airbender. Anthony D'Alessandro does the numbers.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 5, 2010 4:20 AM
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Trailer Watch: Charlie St. Cloud Stars Zac Efron

Universal has released the trailer for weepie Charlie St. Cloud (below), due in theaters July 30.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 4, 2010 11:17 AM
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Kehr on Keaton

Kehr on Keaton
A required read for any self-respecting cinephile is critic Dave Kehr's weekly DVD column in the NYT. At a time when most new movies don't offer much to digest for the sophisticated film critic, Kehr has the best beat in town: DVDs. Every week, Kehr shares his erudite knowledge and elegant prose style. And he outdoes himself with this week's essay on the greatest silent comedian, Buster Keaton, who like his rival Charlie Chaplin, directed his own films--but for too short a time. (A new DVD of Steamboat Bill, Jr. is hitting stores, as well as Lost Keaton, which includes sixteen Educational Pictures shorts he made in the 30s.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 4, 2010 10:32 AM
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Debating Eclipse and Knight and Day with At the Movies' Phillips and Scott

Apparently my defense of James Mangold's Knight and Day so astonished At the Movies' Michael Phillips and A.O. Scott that the co-hosts asked me to debate the subject with them online via Skype; we also tangled a bit on The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, which Scott liked, but Phillips loathed.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 4, 2010 10:04 AM
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Legendary Hollywood Agent Ed Limato Dies at 73

Hollywood talent agent Ed Limato died Saturday at home in Beverly Hills. He was 73. He had been in and out of Cedar Sinai in recent months.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 3, 2010 10:47 AM
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