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Bogdanovich, Shepherd, Bottoms, Leachman and Brennan Talk The Last Picture Show, Forty Years Later

  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 21, 2011 2:17 PM
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CASTING WATCH: Game of Thrones' Harington and The Killing's Kinnaman Are Arthur & Lancelot

Thanks to Steven Soderbergh, who pitched Brit Kit Harington (Jon Snow in "Game of Thrones") and Swede Joel Kinnaman (AMC's "The Killing," "The Darkest Hour," "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo") for his soon-to-be-aborted "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."), Warner Bros. has cast both rising actors in "Arthur & Lancelot," slated for a March 2013 release. Harington landed King Arthur, while Kinnaman is playing Lancelot. The studio has made an odd choice of director for this project, David Dobkin ("The Change Up," "Fred Claus," "Wedding Crashers") who is writing the script. Check out soundbites from Harington at Comic-Con, where we covered the "Game of Thrones" panel and witnessed proof that Harington is already a scream-inducing heartthrob. How does he feel about the thousands of 15-year old girls putting posters of him on their walls? "It scares the crap out of me."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 21, 2011 1:52 PM
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Trailer Watch: Harrelson in Rampart; the Most Corrupt Cop You've Ever Seen

Woody Harrelson may play the most corrupt cop you've ever seen in "Rampart," the second feature from "The Messenger" director Oren Moverman.  (TOH interview here.) But that's not why you should see the film when it broadens January 27 (after an Oscar-qualifying run). Harrelson brings an unexpected vulnerability to his character, and is earning Oscar buzz. But that's clearly no way to sell a film:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 21, 2011 12:24 PM
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Lumet's 12 Angry Men a Classic, Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

They’re talking about a switchblade. If the murder weapon in question is one of a kind, linking the young defendant to his father’s death, they can return a guilty sentence — and the mandatory capital punishment — in mere minutes. "But what if it isn’t?" Juror 8 asks. He pulls an identical knife from his pocket and sticks it into the table. Still incredulous, the eleven angry men now on their feet leer at him. "It’s just a trick, a stunt," they say, the story he’s telling so unlikely — another person bought a knife identical to the one the boy owned and murdered the father with it while the boy was out — that “the odds are a million to one.”
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • November 21, 2011 12:20 PM
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Weekend Box Office: Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Ignites Moviegoers Worldwide, The Descendants Delivers

Christmas arrived early this year at the box office as Summit’s “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part One” racked up the fifth biggest opening weekend in boxoffice history with an estimated $139.5 million. On Friday alone the total was some $72 million, marking the third biggest single-day gross of all-time, after Warner Bros.’ “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2” ($91.1 million) and “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” ($72.7 million).
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • November 20, 2011 1:15 PM
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Soderbergh Hits Promo Circuit for Contagion, Talks Man From U.N.C.L.E. and New Film

Steven Soderbergh has been around the industry long enough to know the signs of a project that isn't firing on all cylinders. And he knows that once you go down the road of making too many compromises, the chances of turning out a movie you can be proud of are pretty slim. Better, he told me Friday night at an Academy-invited screening and cocktail promo party for "Contagion," his best-received movie in a while, to let "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." go before it really was too late. He doesn't regret losing out on "Moneyball" either, he says. If he hadn't been fired from the baseball picture, he says he wouldn't have gotten to make "Haywire" (January) with Channing Tatum, which led to stripper movie "Magic Mike." But not to "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 20, 2011 3:27 AM
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Cameron Says Hugo "is the best 3-D photography I've seen," Corliss Raves in Time, Scorsese Talks to NPR

It's no secret that James Cameron is an advocate--even missionary--of 3-D. And as the number of 3-D screens in the U.S. starts to take over the number of 35 mm screens, some of us are looking back to the good old days with some nostalgia. The NYT's A.O. Scott assesses the changes brought not only by digital cinema but the kinds of movies being made today. On my rounds lately I keep meeting more filmmakers who are struggling to get quality films made or heading straight for the door to HBO.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 19, 2011 11:34 PM
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Clooney, Payne and Cast Talk The Descendants: Real is Funny, Stealing Clooney's Wife

Last week Film Independent screened "The Descendants" at LACMA with George Clooney, director Alexander Payne, Shailene Woodley, Judy Greer, Matthew Lillard, Robert Forster, Beau Bridges and Nick Krause on hand for a Q & A afterward. Highlights from the conversation with Elvis MItchell are below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 19, 2011 4:26 PM
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Video: Watch Rooney Mara Turn into Lisbeth Salander

Brit illustrator Kyle Lambert can do amazing things  ("with one finger") on his iPad. Check out how he "paints" actress Rooney Mara, then morphs her into her "Girl with a Dragon Tattoo" character, Lisbeth Salander.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 19, 2011 1:55 PM
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WEEKLY WRAP: Oscar Talk, Box Office, Gender Watch, AFM, Harry Potter, Cleopatra & More

Revisit the best stories of the week from Thompson on Hollywood!
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  • November 19, 2011 1:11 PM
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