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Weekend Preview: Washington's 'Safe House,' 'In Darkness,' 'Rampart,' 'The Vow' and 'Star Wars' in 3-D

If you like the idea of seeing "Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace" (and paying for it) in 3-D, go forth. However, if you want to enjoy some grittier contemporary cinema...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 9, 2012 2:35 PM
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Naomi Watts to Play Princess Diana in Biopic 'Caught in Flight,' Replaces Jessica Chastain

Naomi Watts will play Princess Diana in Oliver Hirschbiegel's ("Downfall") "Caught in Flight." This is excellent news for Watts, deserving of more leading dramatic roles like this, but Princess Diana devotees will certainly have their opinions on this casting choice...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 9, 2012 12:38 PM
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Oscar Watch: Director Patrick Doyon Talks Animated Short "Sunday"

What it feels like to be going to the Oscars: "It's surreal. I didn't expect it to happen when I was making the film—I just wanted it to be the best it could be. The Oscar nomination is like the cherry on the sundae."
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • February 9, 2012 10:56 AM
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In The Works: Adams' 'Object of Beauty'; Hoffman for Corbjijn and Carré's 'Most Wanted'; Depp Goes Memphis

Steve Martin's novel, "Object of Beauty" is being adapted into film form as a producing and starring vehicle for Amy Adams. Maven Pictures' Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray will also produce.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 9, 2012 9:39 AM
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Gordon-Levitt Tells hitRecord About Directing Untitled Sexy Comedy with Scarlett Johannson

Looks like the already impressive Joseph Gordon-Levitt is looking to become even more so by adding a new line to his resume: Director.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • February 8, 2012 4:29 PM
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Immersed in Movies: 'Tree of Life' Tech Visionary Trumbull Talks Future Cinema

Douglas Trumbull's been on a mission to improve the theatrical moviegoing experience for decades. Digital technology has finally caught up with need, and the tech guru ("2001: A Space Odyssey"), who believes he can do something about reviving a sense of showmanship with superior-looking, mind-blowing presentations before it's too late.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 8, 2012 4:24 PM
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Trailer Watch: Jeremy Renner Takes Over in Tony Gilroy's 'The Bourne Legacy'

I'm looking forward to "The Bourne Legacy" more than most studio sequels that have lost their signature director and star, as the "Bourne" series has. Why? Because even without Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon, this one still has DNA from screenwriter Tony Gilroy, who wrote the first three and now is running the show as writer-director. He's the smart cookie behind "Michael Clayton" and "Duplicity."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 8, 2012 4:19 PM
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SXSW Announces Lineup of Midnighters and Short Films

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival unveiled the features to be screened as part of its Midnighters program as well as a complete list of the short films accepted into the fest. This year's SXSW takes place March 9-17 in Austin, Texas.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • February 8, 2012 3:10 PM
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Magnolia Acquires Rob Reiner's 'The Magic of Belle Isle'

Magnolia Pictures has acquired US rights to comedy "The Magic of Belle Isle," starring director Rob Reiner's "Bucket List" lead Morgan Freeman and Virginia Madsen. Magnolia plans a summer 2012 theatrical and VOD release via its Ultra VOD program.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 8, 2012 2:17 PM
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Oscar Watch: Directors Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis Talk Animated Short "Wild Life"

Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis's Oscar-nominated animated short "Wild Life" is anything but conventional. Set in 1909, it follows a young Brit who travels to the great adventurous unknown that is Canada, eager to make a life for himself as a rancher. Once he arrives, however, he finds his rarefied upbringing hasn't prepared him for his new life.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • February 8, 2012 2:06 PM
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