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Inception's Life-Size Adverts

Warner Bros. installed some jumbo-size new ads in New York for Christopher Nolan's much-anticipated Inception. The supergraphics play with perception in a fun way, and don't completely stick out like some other massive outdoor ads.
  • By Cameron Carlson
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  • July 3, 2010 1:13 AM
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Trailer Watch: More Harry Potter

A new Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows trailer shipped with the collector's edition of LEGO videogame, Harry Potter: Years 1-4. Revealed scenes include Daniel Radcliffe suffering from chest pain in downtown London, and aerial shots of the intrepid gang running across mountain ridges, reminiscent of LOTR. HP7 fever rages unabated. Trailer after the jump:
  • By Cameron Carlson
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  • July 2, 2010 7:36 AM
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Lionsgate Fights Hostile Takeover, Apatow Loves Pee Wee, Mel Gibson in Trouble

Lionsgate is avoiding a hostile takeover with a re-implementation of a poison pill tactic. That's the tactic of selling shares to current shareholders at a price substantially reduced from market value, usually aimed against one shareholder, in this case billionaire investor Carl Icahn. Basically Lionsgate is offering cheaper shares to everyone but him, in an attempt to make a possible takeover too expensive, explains the LAT. Icahn currently holds 37.9% of the company's stake. Lionsgate swallowed the pill once before against Icahn, but the move was invalidated by Canadian authorities. Icahn is also attempting to replace the board of directors.
  • By Cameron Carlson
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  • July 2, 2010 5:11 AM
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Tilda Does Stan and Ollie

Tilda Does Stan and Ollie
In case you missed the promised soft shoe at the Edinburgh Film Festival, here's Tilda Swinton and Mark Cousins leading a merry flash mob in a Laurel and Hardy dance:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 2, 2010 4:55 AM
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McGurk and Rosett Are Out at Overture

Another indie bites the dust. At a time of serious contraction in the indie market, Overture Films has been on the block since January.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 1, 2010 12:51 PM
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Sony Casts Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker in Spider-Man 4

Sony Pictures Entertainment has chosen its new Spider-Man. It's Brit Andrew Garfield, perhaps the most mature of the crop of boyish actors the studio was reportedly considering. He'll be 27 in August. And he's a strong actor.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 1, 2010 12:06 PM
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Parlay Media Expands Film Sales Division

Kevin Iwashina and Ross Dinerstein's Parlay Media is moving aggressively into the film sales gap left open by the departure from the indie sales field of William Morris's Cassian Elwes and a shift at Cinetic Media toward distribution and foreign sales. To that end, they've hired former T & C International exec Christine D'Souza as director of content acquisitions and sales for their film sales and finance advisory division, IP Advisors.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 1, 2010 8:59 AM
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Casting News: Streep's Thatcher, Penn's Paskowitz, Ruffalo's Normal Heart

- Meryl Streep is in talks to star as Margaret Thatcher in Phyllida Lloyd's Thatcher (the two worked together on Mamma Mia!), and Jim Broadbent may play her husband, reports THR. The story, written by Damien Jones (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll) and Brian Fillis, follows the British prime minister during the 17 days leading up to the 1982 Falklands War, which wound up saving her career (and doubled her approval ratings). While this is certainly not the first biographical character for Streep (Julia Child being the latest), the role of Thatcher may carry enough weight to land her a third Oscar. Even if it doesn't, she'll still likely outperform any other working actress out of habit. HitFix says Streep's 14 consecutive Oscar losses are "an embarrassment for both Hollywood and the Academy" - perhaps - but statues aside, does anyone truly question whether or not she's the greatest?
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 1, 2010 8:04 AM
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Eclipse Makes Budget Back First Day, Seeks July Fourth Weekend Record

Anthony D'Allessandro looks at Eclipse's Fourth of July weekend ahead:
  • By Anthony D'Allessandro
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  • July 1, 2010 7:38 AM
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Make Yourself a Scott Pilgrim Avatar

The link to make your own after the jump:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 1, 2010 7:29 AM
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