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Scott's Life in a Day Gets 80,000 Submissions, Final Film To Premiere Sundance 2011

The YouTube/Ridley Scott global film experiment, Life in a Day will result in a feature length film directed by Kevin Macdonald (State of Play, Last King of Scotland). He closed the door for submissions on July 31 for home videos of peoples' lives all recorded on the same day, July 24, 2010. The 80,000 submissions come from 197 different countries in 45 languages. Macdonald has a team of 20 editors to manage the laborious task of weeding through the footage to narrow it down to 100 hours. The final film is set to premiere at Sundance 2011 (and simultaneously on YouTube). Macdonald calls the task "a mountain, but we're eager to climb it.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 5, 2010 6:50 AM
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Mid-Summer Box Office Wrap: Top Ten Chart, Studio Report Card

At mid-summer, the box office is lagging just behind last year's pace and ticket sales are flat, reports Anthony D'Alessandro, who charts the season's winners, losers and studio market shares so far (as of last weekend). Will red-hot Inception take the number one box office crown from Toy Story 3? Stay tuned, as numbers and rankings will change by Labor Day.
  • By Anthony D'Allessandro
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  • August 5, 2010 5:37 AM
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Casting News: Adams On the Road, Grace and Pearce, Tony Scott does Grisham, Road To Purgatory

- Amy Adams is building up quite a resume of juicy roles. She's joining Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Kristen Stewart in Walter Salles' Jack Kerouc adaptation, On the Road; she plays the junkie-mother-of-two. Her other roles include: a bartender who dates Mark Wahlberg in David O. Russell's The Fighter, a manic depressive in the upcoming adaptation of Jacki Lyden's novel Daughter of the Queen of Sheba, and an attorney-turned-housemaid in the comedy The Undomestic Goddess (based on the Sophie Kinsella bestseller).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 5, 2010 5:29 AM
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Early Reviews: The Expendables

Early Reviews: The Expendables
The two trades are split on the new action flick The Expendables, which I have been avoiding like the plague--clearly I am not in the target male demo. Interestingly, THR's Sheri Linden finds the testosterone fest worthwhile, while Variety's Peter Debruge does not. UPDATE: Time Out London does not mince words:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 4, 2010 7:57 AM
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3-D Stats are Trending Down

Hollywood would like to think that 3-D cures all ills. But the stats don't lie, as a discerning public picks and chooses the 3-D movies that are clearly worth paying a premium for. Check out The Wrap's analylsis of 3-D performance. The studios may want to reconsider throwing good money after bad when they try to buttress their returns on a bad B-movie with retrofitted 3-D. I quickly started to tune out Step Up 3-D, which actually had some good dancing, which I would much rather have seen in good old-fashioned 2-D. The intrusive 3-D wore out its welcome real fast. (Variety's Justin Chang disagrees.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 4, 2010 7:04 AM
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Inception is Mad Men: Dom is Don

Pop Watch's Jeff Jensen argues that Mad Men's Don (Draper [Jon Hamm]) is in fact the same "heroic anti-hero" as Inception's Dom (Cobb [Leonardo DiCaprio]) - and not just because of the varying consonant. He insists that the TV show and film are very much the same thing, with only a few differences ("period setting" and "Lionel Richie-inspired dancing-on-the-ceiling special effects").
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 4, 2010 5:22 AM
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Women in Hollywood: Salander vs. Gilbert, Bullock Is Forbes #1, Rom-Com Actresses, Lady Gaga

- Two literary characters--Lisbeth Salander and Elizabeth Gilbert--built huge fan bases of women book lovers well before the characters hit the big screen. Fans eagerly await the news of who David Fincher will cast as Salander in the English-language version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (and subsequent sequels); the Swedish originals starred Noomi Rapace. And author Elizabeth Gilbert is days away from watching herself portrayed by Julia Roberts in Eat Pray Love.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 4, 2010 5:02 AM
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Take Shyamalan's Name Off the Devil Trailer!

Take Shyamalan's Name Off the Devil Trailer!
M. Night's Shyamalan's The Last Airbender was slammed by critics: it earned an abysmal 8% on the Tomatometer. No question that since Shyamalan's strong breakout The Sixth Sense, followed by Unbreakable and Signs, his last features (The Village, Lady in the Water, and The Happening) are trending downward with both critics and more important, audiences. And movie sites have not hesitated to catalogue everything wrong with the director, and to offer constructive advice.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 4, 2010 5:01 AM
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Media Watch: Deadline and PMK Add Segall and Koltai-Levine, Newsweek Sells, Forbes Loves Blogs

It's a smart move for Mail.com CEO Jay Penske to bring on trade-savvy Lynne Segall as vice president/publisher, who was unaccountably let go by the LA Times, where she launched The Envelope, among other cash cows.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 3, 2010 8:14 AM
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Jon Stewart Disses Media Coverage of Chelsea's Wedding

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  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 3, 2010 6:37 AM
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