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The Time Traveler’s Wife: Flash in Pan or Classic?

The Time Traveler’s Wife: Flash in Pan or Classic?
With very few impediments to romance left in conventional storytelling, writers are forced to add a touch of fantasy or sci-fi to create artificial barriers to love.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 12, 2009 2:02 AM
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Astro Boy Trailer Goes Online

I grew up watching Japanese anime--I didn't know it at the time, because it was dubbed in English. But I loved Kimba, Astro Boy, Speed Racer. This trailer for Imagi Studios' animated feature Astro Boy, voiced by Nic Cage and Freddie Highmore, was screened at Comic-Con and left me cold. It doesn't feel right. Summit will release it stateside in October.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 11, 2009 11:26 AM
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Nine Goes to the Movies

Nine Goes to the Movies
Nine is a popular number at the movies these days. Last week I saw Shane Acker's animated dystopian adventure 9, featuring the voice of Elijah Wood, which opens September 9, 2009. Wednesday night I see Neill Blomkamp's alien thriller District 9, produced by Peter Jackson. The German film Cloud 9 opens in New York this Friday and in LA on August 28. This fall I look forward to the Rob Marshall musical Nine. Earlier this year I missed the animated feature $9.99. I count four past movies named Nine, as well as such classics as Nine Months, The Whole Nine Yards, Nine Queens, Nine 1/2 Weeks and Nine to Five. Is any other number as frequently used in movie titles? I guess one and ten are just as common, finally. But why the plethora of nine titles in 2009?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 11, 2009 7:51 AM
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NYFF Will Screen Wild Grass, Broken Embraces, Antichrist

NYFF Will Screen Wild Grass, Broken Embraces, Antichrist
Cannes critics' fave Wild Grass, directed by Alain Resnais, will open the 2009 New York Film Festival on September 25, 2009. The fest closer will be another Cannes title, Pedro Almodovar’s Broken Embraces, on October 11. Lee Daniels' Sundance hit Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire will be the fest's centerpiece.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 11, 2009 7:18 AM
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Inglourious Basterds Premiere: Jolie & Pitt

Given that I'd already seen Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds twice, I blew off the L.A. premiere in favor of a family birthday dinner at El Cholo (Nora and Jake made red velvet cupcakes with white frosting). Luckily, there was plenty of other coverage. UPDATE: Here's Marc Malkin. And yes, Angelina wore black leather.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 11, 2009 6:00 AM
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Paramount Dumps Stiller Picture, Marc Pease Experience

Paramount will open The Marc Pease Experience on a contractually minimal ten-market release outside of New York and L.A. on August 21, sources close to the movie confirm. Todd Louiso's orphaned indie film starring Ben Stiller and Jason Schartzman is a casualty of the demise of Vantage--and the departure of ex-Vantage chief John Lesher. "Their business model changed completely," said one source. "They have no specialty marketing division. The company doesn't exist."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 11, 2009 4:19 AM
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Cameron on Avatar, Roberts Reads Books, Leibovitz's Problems

The LAT's Geoff Boucher talks Avatar with James Cameron.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 11, 2009 1:20 AM
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Save LACMA Film Protests

Save LACMA Film Protests
My e-mail is inundated by folks who want to save the LA County Museum of Art film program. L.A. film fans are pissed that LACMA saw fit to close it down before most of us knew that it was threatened. Here are eloquent editorials from critics Todd McCarthy and Ken Turan.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 10, 2009 12:13 PM
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Coens Short from Chacun Son Cinema

Coens Short from Chacun Son Cinema
One of the pleasures of Cannes a year ago was the Chacun son Cinema shorts collection from les meilleurs auteurs du monde--including the Coens. [Hat Tip: Jim Emerson.]
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 10, 2009 10:38 AM
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Weekend Box Office, Surviving Newspapers, Revisiting the 80s

It's no surprise that G.I. Joe, which has been described as a bad movie that is fun, grossed $100 million around the world this weekend. But the $175-million action adventure's 18% drop from Friday to Saturday suggests that word-of-mouth could cause a sizable plummet next weekend. Judd Apatow's Funny People also dropped Friday to Saturday, followed by a 65% drop the following weekend. Nonetheless, Paramount is optimistically planning a G.I. Joe sequel.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 10, 2009 8:46 AM
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