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Brand New Spy and Cult Classic Alias Play Spy Game--by Different Rules

In this week’s “Now and Then” column, Matt Brennan takes a look at two players in the small-screen spy game, the new Sky 1/Hulu comedy Spy and J.J. Abrams breakout cult hit, Alias.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • October 31, 2011 3:45 AM
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Clip Watch: Classic Tintin Stop-Motion Animation from 1947, En Francais

As a frame of reference for those of you eagerly awaiting the Jackson/Spielberg The Adventures of Tintin, which opened well in Europe this week, here's the first black-and-white stop-motion part of what some folks grew up on in Europe: Tintin and Snowy (or Milou) in Claude Missone's Le crab aux pinces d'or (The Crab with the Golden Claws, 1947). It's frame for frame the same as Herge's comic book of the same name.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 30, 2011 8:39 AM
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Foreign Box Office: Spielberg's Adventures of Tintin Opens Big Overseas

Sony and Paramount's move to open Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin overseas months ahead of its December stateside release --where the Herge comic books are beloved--is paying off. The performance capture film opened overseas with an estimated $55.8 million in 19 markets.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 30, 2011 5:20 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Puss In Boots Stomps Timberlake's In Time and Depp's Rum Diary

DreamWorks Animation's Puss in Boots stomped all over weaker rivals In Time and The Rum Diary this weekend, even with topliners Justin Timberlake and Johnny Depp, as Three Musketeers in 3-D and Paranormal Activity 3 both dropped over 60%. Charles Lyons reports on the box office this wintry World Series Halloween weekend.
  • By Charles Lyons
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  • October 30, 2011 5:11 AM
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LA Film Critics Pick Date, Honor Doris Day with Career Achievement Award

LA Film Critics Pick Date, Honor Doris Day with Career Achievement Award
Now that the New York Film Critics have jumped ahead of the pack by voting on November 28, the LA Film Critics Association have selected their date, which is comfortably late: December 11. (The Hollywood Foreign Press Association screening deadline is December 7.) This means the LA critics want to have ample time to see all the year-end films they can before voting. (Why not wait until December 30?)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 29, 2011 11:32 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Box Office, Interviews, Fest Updates, In the Works and More

BOX OFFICE, REVIEWS, TRAILERS, MARKETING
  • By TOH!
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  • October 28, 2011 11:35 AM
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Strike Back Strikes Back

The recently-renewed Cinemax action series Strike Back, about a globe-trotting, London-based Tactical Intelligence unit known as Section 20, begins a series of re-runs on the channel Friday night at 10 pm. Second chances don't come often, in this life. Seize this one with both hands.
  • By David Chute
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  • October 28, 2011 11:16 AM
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Poster Watch: My Week with Marilyn, Young Adult, Herzog's Into the Abyss

Movie poster art should be fun, creative and innovative--and we should want to hang the best posters on our walls.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 28, 2011 8:29 AM
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London Film Fest Closes with Deep Blue Sea, Awards for Ramsay's Kevin, Herzog's Into the Abyss

London Film Fest Closes with Deep Blue Sea, Awards for Ramsay's Kevin, Herzog's Into the Abyss
Matt Mueller reports back on the final day and winners of the BFI London Film Festival:The BFI London Film Festival bowed out last night with the European debut of Terence Davies’ The Deep Blue Sea, wrapping up after 16 days, the unspooling of 207 fiction and documentary features and a smattering of Hollywood stars on hand to unveil their projects in front of the UK capital’s cinema-devouring crowd. George Clooney graced the LFF red carpet two nights running for the gala premieres of The Ides Of March and The Descendants. Also putting in red-carpet tours of duty were Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen for A Dangerous Method, Woody Harrelson for Rampart, Joely Richardson and Roland Emmerich for Anonymous, Madonna for W.E., Freida Pinto for Trishna and Seth Rogen for 50/50.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • October 28, 2011 8:24 AM
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Morelia Fest Day Five: Rivers of Men, Pancho Villa and More Food

Next year I want to go to Mexico's Morelia International Film Festival. Check out Meredith Brody's final report:
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • October 28, 2011 8:20 AM
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