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Brad Bird Talks Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol: IMAX vs. 3-D, Animation vs. Live Action, Trailer

Several animation directors are trying their hand at live action of late, most notably Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille), who talks to Bill Desowitz about Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol, which boasts a new trailer and featurettes starring daredevil Tom Cruise (below).
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • October 27, 2011 12:11 PM
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Academy Celebrates 40th Last Picture Show Anniversary with Restored Definitive Director's Cut

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences celebrates the 40th anniversary of The Last Picture Show with a digitally restored "Definitive Director’s Cut" on Thursday, November 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. After the screening the Academy is hosting a cast and crew reunion including director (and indieWIRE blogger) Peter Bogdanovich, his one-time romantic muse Cybill Shepherd and Cloris Leachman. Sadly, Ben Johnson as well as Bogdanovich's ex-wife, the film's production designer Polly Platt, are no longer with us. And where are Jeff Bridges, Timothy Bottoms and Ellen Burstyn?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 27, 2011 11:15 AM
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IDA 2011 Nominees and Hononory Awards; Les Blank Gets Career Award

The International Documentary Association (IDA) has voted its nominations and honorary awards for their December 2 event at Los Angeles' Directors Guild. The Career Achievement Award will go to filmmaker Les Blank. Past recipients of the award include Barbara Kopple, Errol Morris, and Michael Moore. The Jacqueline Donnet Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award will go to Danfung Dennis, director of Afghanistan war doc Hell and Back Again (pictured), which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival and won the fest's World Cinena Jury Award and the World Cinema Cinematography Award.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 27, 2011 9:54 AM
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Dragon Tattoo's Lisbeth Salander Inspires Halloween Costume, H&M Clothing Line

Trish Summerville, costume designer for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, is teaming up with Swedish clothing giant H&M to bring Lisbeth Salander-esque clothing to a store near you. Beat-up black jeans, leather and bad-ass hoodiess (yes, they existed before Stieg Larsson wrote the Lisbeth Salander character) will be new again when the film hits theaters this December. So, here's what Lisbeth would look like if she was a supermodel who gave a shit about accessorizing.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 27, 2011 8:08 AM
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Academy's Rise of Non-Fiction Film: Golden Age of Documentary, Embracing Distractions, Oprah Wrong

Beth Hanna reports back on the Academy's "Rise of Non-Fiction Movies" panel, considers the Golden Age of focumentary film, embracing the distractions, and why Oprah gets it wrong:
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 27, 2011 7:20 AM
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Poster Watch: We Need To Talk Abou Kevin Poster is Dark, Eery, Atmospheric & Perfect

The new poster for Lynn Ramsay's We Need To Talk About Kevin is exactly what it should be for this dark, unsettling and--believe it or not--beautiful film about a mother's disparate relationship with her disturbed son. The film will have its Oscar qualifying run in LA and NYC starting December 9, followed by a limited theatrical release January 27 (through Oscilloscope). Watch the trailer here, and our interview with Swinton and Ramsay here. Full poster is below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 27, 2011 7:19 AM
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IMDb Launches Free Entertainment News App

Sign me up, Col. On the same week that Google Buzz is biting the dust, the Internet Movie Data Base (IMDb) is launching IMDb Buzz, a free entertainment news app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It is now available for download worldwide on the App Store. Col Needham, founder and CEO of IMDb is "laser-focused on building an unrivaled portfolio of leading entertainment apps,” he states. “In the last month alone, we’ve launched IMDb Buzz (an entertainment news app) and IMDb Trivia (our first foray into games). In both cases, we built a dedicated, platform-optimized app focused on features that IMDb’s more than 110 million monthly unique visitors worldwide spend the most time consuming on our site: entertainment news and trivia respectively.”
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 27, 2011 7:05 AM
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Indie Spirit Awards 2012 Return to Saturday Afternoon on the Beach in Santa Monica

Film Independent's 27th annual Spirit Awards will be held Saturday, February 25--they are always held the day before the Oscars--and broadcast exclusively on IFC. Once again, the ceremony will take place under a tent on the windy beaches of Santa Monica. Nominees will be announced on November 29; Film Independent members and all past Spirit Award winners and nominees are able to vote.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 27, 2011 6:48 AM
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AFM News: Sean Penn To Direct Robert De Niro and Kristin Wiig in The Comedian

Sean Penn will direct Robert De Niro and Kristen Wiig in The Comedian. Art Linson and Jeffrey Ross wrote the script to be produced by Linson, De Niro and Jon Kilik. Production is slated for Spring 2012, and FilmNation is handling international sales at the upcoming American Film Market (they've also got Gambit, Relativity's Snow White, Wettest County, Looper, Under the Skin, The Oranges, Terrence Malick's untitled film and more).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 27, 2011 6:29 AM
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Butler, Worthington & McConaughey Set for CG 3-D Thunder Run: True Story from Baghdad Front Lines

As Marc Forster's biopic Machine Gun Preacher stumbles at the box office and Ralph Fiennes' upcoming Shakespeare drama Coriolanus is more likely to play for the Academy crowd than general audiences, Gerard Butler is heading back toward action fare. He's set to star with Sam Worthington and Matthew McConaughey in Iraq war movie Thunder Run, a CG 3-D action-thriller from macho director Simon West (Con Air, Tomb Raider, The Mechanic).
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • October 27, 2011 6:21 AM
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