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Immersed in Movies: Spielberg Talks Adventures of Tintin, War Horse

Spielberg and Jackson Tout More Tintin at Weta
The moment Steven Spielberg stepped onto the motion capture stage in LA and watched James Cameron shooting "Avatar" with the virtual camera, he knew he had found the right medium for "The Adventures of Tintin."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 16, 2011 1:44 PM
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Obit: Philadelphia Inquirer Critic Desmond Ryan

Longtime Philadelphia Inquirer critic Desmond Ryan is dead. He was 68. He had fought carcinoma of the tongue.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 16, 2011 1:31 PM
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Focus Sets 2012 Slate: Films from Wes Anderson, Robert De Niro, Steve Carell & Keira Knightley

Cannes Fills Out Competition Jury, Led by Robert De Niro
Focus Features has set firm North American opening dates for three features to fill out their 2012 slate, below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 16, 2011 12:37 PM
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Oscar Talk: Where Are We Now? The Artist, Descendants, Dragon Tattoo, Extremely Loud, War Horse

This week in Oscar Talk Kris Tapley and I survey the awards terrain following key votes from the LA film critics, Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globes, which all have different impact but show us where the field is at this moment. We know where the actors are--"The Artist," "The Help," "The Descendants," et al. But SAG and the Academy, while they overlap, are different. Things can change.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 16, 2011 12:06 PM
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Tsui Hark's Flying Swords of Dragon Gate Opens on 5000 3-D Screens in China

China is going 3-D. The country built up its 3-D infrastructure for "Avatar," and now Hong Kong action master Tsui Hark's $35-million Jet Li epic "Flying Swords of Dragon Gate"--filmed in 3-D--opens on 5000 3-D and 61 IMAX screens in China on Friday, against Zhang Yimou's "Flowers of War" and Tom Cruise's "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol." It's a far cry from the tentative 3-D scenes in Woo Ping's pioneering "True Legend."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 15, 2011 6:06 PM
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Variety Executive Editor Steve Gaydos' Protest on Road to Nowhere's LAFCA Shutout Was an Inside Joke

It turns out that Variety Executive Editor Steve Gaydos' email protesting the Los Angeles Film Critics Association's ignoring Monte Hellman film "Road to Nowhere" in its 2011 awards voting, which was posted on Hellman's Facebook page, was an elaborate inside joke. UPDATED
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 15, 2011 4:57 PM
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Oscar Watch: The Artist is the One to Beat

Yes, "The Artist" is running away with the Oscar ball. It's has love from critics, dominated the SAG and Golden Globes nominations, and is strong with actors and craftspeople alike. As a nostalgic love letter to the movies--and a comic/tragic/romance--it has everything a Academy member could love, and will grab more Oscar nominations than any other film.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 15, 2011 4:29 PM
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Weekend Preview: Star-Packed Carnage, Mission: Impossible, Sherlock Holmes & More

The woeful recent box office should pick up after last weekend's three-year low, as new offerings are packed with headliners and appeal.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 15, 2011 1:44 PM
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Matt Damon Talks Bourne, Gilroy's Career-Ender and Hurt Feelings

GQ's Amy Wallace went to the zoo with Matt Damon. But they don't talk much about Cameron Crowe's "We Bought a Zoo." Instead they dig into the "Bourne" franchise, as Damon explains the script play-by-play on the three installments, "The Bourne Identity," "The Bourne Supremacy," and "The Bourne Ultimatum."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 15, 2011 10:28 AM
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Mondo Celebrates Studio Ghibli Series with Poster for Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro

Alamo Drafhouse's Mondo announces their first poster for a Studio Ghibli film: Hayao Miyazaki's classic "My Neighbor Totoro."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 15, 2011 10:16 AM
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