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Indie Directors Film "I Will" PSA for 9/11 Day of Remembrance

Moxie Pictures, a bi-coastal commercial and music video production company, and Deutsch, Los Angeles, an advertising agency, might not be the most obvious pairing to produce a public service announcement. And yet the two firms are collaborating with editor Angus Wall on a new PSA called "I will" that will be released to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 this year.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 19, 2011 3:19 AM
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Studios Rethink Big-Budget Producers and Their Pricey Tentpoles--and Westerns

Studios Rethink Big-Budget Producers and Their Pricey Tentpoles--and Westerns
Blame Cowboys & Aliens.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 19, 2011 3:14 AM
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Trailer Watch: Chris Evans as a Drug Addict Lawyer in Puncture

Marvel star Chris Evans (Captain America, Fantastic Four) is taking on a somewhat weightier role in the upcoming lawyer drama Puncture. But if the film's new trailer is any indication, Evans's bad-boy persona is still part of his appeal. Evans plays Mike Weiss, an unconventional but successful Houston lawyer who is a functioning drug addict. Paul Danziger (played by Mark Kassen, who served as a producer and director of the film along with his brother Adam), is his by-the-book, responsible foil and the other partner in their small personal injury firm.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 19, 2011 2:45 AM
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First Look: Happy Feet 2, or Return of the Dancing Penguins

If you saw the trailer for Happy Feet 2 (complete with cringe-inducing rapping penguins ripping off Justin Timberlake with the line "get your fluffy on"), you know that this holiday season will not be safe from the eerily dance-happy flightless birds.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 18, 2011 11:02 AM
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Kutcher Takes a Stab at Editing, Fails to Disclose Conflict of Interest: "Tear the magazine apart"

Taking a quick break from multi-tasking behind the camera as well as in front of it (and perhaps taking a lead from his recent tweet battle with the Village Voice), Ashton Kutcher is adding a new hyphenation to his job description: magazine editor.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 18, 2011 10:56 AM
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Is Millennium Dumping Toronto's Trespass, Starring Kidman and Cage?

Is Millennium Dumping Toronto's Trespass, Starring Kidman and Cage?
Poor Nic Cage can't get a break from Millennium Entertainment. He co-stars with Nicole Kidman as husband and wife in Joel Schumacher's R-rated heist thriller Trespass, which is making its debut at the Toronto Film Festival (trailer below). The movie is scheduled to be released by Millennium Entertainment (formerly First Look) on October 14 in theaters and on VOD, followed a bit too swiftly by a Blu-ray release on November 1. "Millennium Entertainment will release TRESPASS on October 14, 2011 in theaters and at home – rent it with your remote control," invites the press release.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 18, 2011 10:31 AM
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Box Office: Warner Bros. International Races Past $2 Billion, Following Paramount

Box Office: Warner Bros. International Races Past $2 Billion, Following Paramount
How will Warner Bros. ever top the year they released the Harry Potter finale in 3-D?
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • August 18, 2011 10:22 AM
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Foursquare to Offer In-App Movie Tickets Via Movietickets.com

Pretty soon our smart phones are going to be smarter than we are. Movietickets.com announced today that it is joining with location-based social networking site foursquare for the debut of foursquare's new events feature. Foursquare allows users to check in at specific locations and venues for points and badges--and annoy their Twitter followers with announcements of their mayoral appointments.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 18, 2011 8:41 AM
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The Big Lebowski Out on Blu-Ray, Available for Rent on Facebook: "Get high and watch"

Yesterday was a huge The Big Lebowski day, with die-hard fans of the 1998 cult classic joining stars Jeff Bridges, Steve Buscemi, John Goodman and Julianne Moore as well as musician T Bone Burnett at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom to celebrate the film's Blu-ray release.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 18, 2011 8:29 AM
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Video: Cooper Loses It on CNN Over Depardieu's Plane Pee

Yesterday's news was Gerard Depardieu peeing on a plane (confirmed by the airline). Today it's CNN anchor Anderson Cooper's giggling response. It's pretty infectious.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 18, 2011 6:50 AM
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