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Broderick/Parker Expecting Twins, Sex and City Sequel

Matthew Broderick is in the news these days, not only for giving blocked director Kenneth Lonergan a reported $1 million to finish his long-stalled movie Margaret (which stars Anna Paquin and Allison Janney), but he and wife Sarah Jessica Parker are expecting twins, via a surrogate mother. UPDATE: Broderick gives a comeback performance in Josh Goldin's Wonderful World, writes Jan Stuart.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 29, 2009 6:52 AM
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Knightley Chases Boyle

What started as a helpful public service announcement about domestic abuse (directed by Atonement director Joe Wright) has morphed into the latest YouTube sensation. Keira Knightley is the latest viral commodity on the web, as global viewers check out the PSA that Brit company Clearcast deemed too brutal for television display.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 29, 2009 6:41 AM
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Twilight's Pattinson Flogs Indie How to Be

While Brit first-timer Oliver Irving's micro-indie How to Be may not be high art, because it stars Twilight star Rob Pattinson, it has a target audience. The flick about a sadsack guitar player who moves back in with his parents after his girlfriend dumps him had been seeking a distrib since its Slamdance debut in January, 2008. I asked Pattinson about How to Be in a Twilight interview back in November (Flip Cam video below), which was seen by IFC Films buyer Arianna Boccho, who tracked down How to Be and bought it one week later for IFC Festival Direct.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 28, 2009 7:00 AM
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Avatar: Cameron's New Frontier

The irony is that while the latest Star Trek invokes the old promise to take you where no man has gone before, the movie itself, while giving you a very good time, takes you back to a familiar and pleasant sci-fi universe, and does so using existing cinematic technology.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 27, 2009 7:28 AM
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Star Trek: Engaging Fun

I saw J.J. Abrams' new Star Trek Friday night, sitting in the front row at the Paramount Studio Theatre. The movie grabbed me from the get-go. Because the Star Trek universe is already established, the filmmakers get away with throwing the audience into a classic stand-off between a Starfleet ship and a frightening Romulan vessel commanded by deadly Nero (Eric Bana). Suddenly lives are at stake and key figures are dead. One survivor of the melee: James T. Kirk. By the time the Star Trek title appeared at the end of this sequence, I was in tears.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 27, 2009 7:17 AM
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Kevin Smith Talks Superman

For those of you who missed this chestnut---it was posted on YouTube in 2006--Kevin Smith spent twenty minutes on one of his lecture tours explaining what really happened back in 1996/1997 when Warner Bros. and producer Jon Peters (always entertaining fodder) hired him to write Superman. As long as the Superman franchise seems to be betwixt and between, why not take a gander at what Smith had in mind? At any rate, Smith is nothing if not an engaging storyteller, and he's got this one down.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 27, 2009 6:57 AM
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Wolverine: Multiple Endings

Magazine editors know that movie fans will buy multiple collectible covers. On that principle, Marvel has added different endings at the end of the credits to Wolverine so that fans will sample all the versions of the film, director Gavin Hood told one L.A. press screening on Friday night, reports Alex Billington of First Showing. UPDATE: Make that two endings.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 25, 2009 7:44 AM
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Summit Selling Twilight Star Pattinson Movie At Cannes

While the Rob Pattinson movies that are set to be released post-Twilight--Little Ashes and How to Be--are unlikely to reignite his passionate Twilight fan base, it's not surprising that Summit Entertainment would squeeze their new matinee idol into another romantic movie between Twilight installments that they could sell in Cannes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 24, 2009 8:00 AM
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Will GE Sell NBC Universal to Time Warner?

As the reeling economy puts more pressure on Hollywood's giant conglomerates, and the Internet looms as the ultimate unknown devaluator, The Daily Beast's Kim Masters reports that at some point in time, whether it's sooner or later, General Electric will be forced to unload NBC Universal--no matter how well it's doing--and that Time Warner's Jeffrey Bewkes might not be able to resist buying it:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 24, 2009 7:54 AM
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Star Trek: Cast Yourself

  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 23, 2009 8:15 AM
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