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Weekend Box Office: Shrek 4 Stumbles, MacGruber Flops

In its fourth go-round, DreamWorks Animation's latest Shrek installment stumbled on its opening weekend, grossing an estimated $71.25 million, marking a probable end to the lucrative franchise. Anthony D'Alessandro does the numbers.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • May 23, 2010 4:32 AM
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Nike Football Spot Directed by Gonzalez Inarritu

For those of you who have not seen this much-lauded Nike soccer spot directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (amores perros, Babel, Biutiful at Cannes) here is is, in all its glory. (And it cost a small fortune.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 23, 2010 4:19 AM
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Ari Folman's Waltz with Bashir Follow-Up is The Congress, Starring Robin Wright

Ever since Ari Folman told me about adapting Stanislaw Lem's 1971 sci-fi novel The Futurological Congress, I've been excited by his central premise--which is not that of the novel-- of a gorgeous American actress on the cusp of losing her movie star luster who sells her likeness to Hollywood and can never work again. The Israeli/Polish/French co-production will mix present-day live action with an animated future, and take the character forward 20 years. He wanted to cast an actress who was willing to play herself in the role; he considered Nicole Kidman, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Jason Leigh and others. Robin Wright is a great choice.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 23, 2010 4:09 AM
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Eliot Spitzer Has High Cannes Profile: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and Inside Job

As president Obama tries to push through financial reforms, the worldwide financial crisis is a hot topic at the Cannes Film Festival, from popular fiction Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps to Charles Ferguson's widely-hailed doc Inside Job.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 22, 2010 6:26 AM
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Rafat Ali To Leave PaidContent Behind for New Chapter

One of my daily reliables is respected digital news site PaidContent, founded by Rafat Ali eight years ago. Ever since he sold PaidContent to The Guardian's ContentNext two years back, Ali's future has been unclear. The last time I met with him, before he moved to New York some months back, he was pondering various options for his future. Well, one of them is a summer tour of Central Asia after he leaves PaidContent in July, which is well-deserved.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 22, 2010 4:48 AM
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Jagger Hits Cannes with Stones in Exile Doc

Mick Jagger gave a Q & A for the new Rolling Stones doc, Stones in Exile, about the recording of the 1972 double LP Exile on Main Street. In exile from Britain for tax evasion, the Stones holed up in a Riviera villa not far from Cannes, where they reveled, noodled, created and recorded one of the great all-time albums. "We were young, handsome and stupid," Jagger, 67, told the Palais Stephanie crowd in both French and English. "Now we're just stupid."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 21, 2010 11:16 AM
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Weinsteins May Lose Miramax Deal, Kerrey Mulls MPAA, IFC and Sony on Cannes Buying Spree

I'm sitting in a JFK airport restaurant charging my computer, my BlackBerry and my iPod, steeling myself for another long flight. I flew into NY a month ago, so I have to fly back to LA from here, too. Sigh.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 21, 2010 10:10 AM
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Rotten Tomatoes Integrates with iTunes

As of May 20, Rotten Tomatoes is integrated with Appleā€™s iTunes Store. Thus the Tomatometer scores that aggregate reviews from hundreds of critics are now part of the information page for movies across the web on the iPhone iTunes application. Users can click for more info directly from the iTunes Store to Rotten Tomatoes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 20, 2010 12:51 PM
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Russell Crowe: Angry Star Ponders What Next?

Russell Crowe: Angry Star Ponders What Next?
In my latest Career Watch column, I ponder the future of the latest Robin Hood, Russell Crowe. Crowe is one of a trio of angry male stars, including Sean Penn (undergoing anger management treatment) and Ryan Gosling. They're good, very good. They're not conventionally handsome. They're capable of great strength, power, and sensitivity. And they're very angry. Not always in a good way.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 20, 2010 12:50 PM
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Quaid and Sheen Play Clinton and Blair in Morgan's Special Relationship

HBO premiered the third latest installment in Granada's series starring Michael Sheen as Tony Blair, The Special Relationship, Wednesday night at the Directors Guild in Los Angeles, where Amy Dawes spoke to star Dennis Quaid and writer Peter Morgan.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • May 20, 2010 10:28 AM
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