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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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More: Daily Read

Young Victoria Goes to Apparition

Young Victoria Goes to Apparition
Over the weekend, Apparition closed a U.S. distribution deal for Toronto Film Festival closer The Young Victoria, starring Emily Blunt in what could be her breakout role carrying a movie as the youngest British monarch. As is typical these days, the new distrib run by Bob Berney and backer Bill Pohlad did not put up a minimum guarantee, but rather beat out several competitors (including Miramax, Overture and Roadside Attractions) by committing to $4.5 million in P & A and a 250-screen release. Appariiton will open the movie November 13. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group will handle all domestic ancillary rights. Alliance will release in Canada.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 10, 2009 7:45 AM
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Fox, Cody, Kusama, Reitman Talk Jennifer's Body

Fox, Cody, Kusama, Reitman Talk Jennifer's Body
The prospects for smart horror comedies are dicey. Audiences tend to get confused when their genres get too mixed up: are they supposed to laugh or be terrified? Look at the lackluster summer b.o. for Sam Raimi's Drag Me to Hell. Mixing sex and horror is also risky, as the feminist thriller comedy Teeth proved.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 10, 2009 7:32 AM
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Tornado Hits Train

You've seen plenty of visual effects from movies like Twister and The Fugitive, but here's real live video of what happens when a tornado hits a train. It was shot on January 7, 2008 from a mounted camera on one of four locomotives as a freak tornado cut a swath near Lawrence, Illinois.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 9, 2009 11:44 AM
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More: Video

Inglourious Basterds: Recut, Nine Clips

Inglourious Basterds: Recut, Nine Clips
Quentin Tarantino's recut of Inglourious Basterds is one minute longer than the Cannes version, and much improved. It's a gorgeous movie with a great eclectic soundtrack crammed with everything from Ennio Morricone to a brilliant use of David Bowie's "Putting Out the Fire." (Trivia question: what movie debuted that song?)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 9, 2009 1:52 AM
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Hughes Pen Pal Blogs and Talks

Alison Byrne Fields, who became Hughes' pen pal when she was 15, blogs about it and talks about it. I was moved by the fact that she contacted him as an adult to tell him how she turned out, and he responded by telling her he was proud of her. She has been overwhelmed by the enormous fan and media response.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 8, 2009 10:09 AM
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Iron Man 2 Comic-Con Footage

Iron Man 2 Comic-Con Footage
The Iron Man 2 footage that was screened at Comic-Con has showed up online at Worst Previews. It's shaky-cam. Looks like great smart fun to me. (Note how Don Cheadle deals with his replacing Terrence Howard.) We have to wait until May 2010. It hasn't been edited into a movie yet.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 8, 2009 9:46 AM
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Weekend Read

Many entertainment moguls are vacationing on a boat. A big boat.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 7, 2009 12:55 PM
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Hughes Tributes, Limon on Hudson, Fall Indie Previews, Where the Wild Things Are Trailer

John Hughes tributes are ubiquitous online today. Herewith a sampling:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 7, 2009 8:08 AM
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