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Trailer Watch: The Dark Knight Rises Teaser Goes HD

The teaser trailer for The Dark Knight Rises is taking the last word of its title literally. The only scene that stands above the rest in the teaser (posted below) rises up into a blindingly white sky, as stalks of skyscrapers crumble to the street below leaving an outline (can you imagine) of the shape of a menacing bat. It's the same image as the recent teaser poster.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 18, 2011 12:02 PM
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Destroying Los Angeles: From Blade Runner to Battle: Los Angeles and the Carmageddon that Wasn't

Destroying Los Angeles: From Blade Runner to Battle: Los Angeles and the Carmageddon that Wasn't
In the annals of film, no place has endured as many disasters as the City of Angels. It’s been the site of 10.5 magnitude quakes, lava spewing from the La Brea tar pits, and the incineration of the Earth’s crust. So, in honor of the Carmageddon that wasn’t, this week’s edition of “Now and Then” attempts to quench your unsatisfied thirst for the destruction of Los Angeles. Nothing quite says “sunny Southern California” like the alien invasion of Battle: Los Angeles or the gutterpunk paralysis of Blade Runner — two films in which the city fares distinctly worse than it did with the closing of the 405.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • July 18, 2011 8:24 AM
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Ten Things You Should Know About Miranda July: She's Totally Not Kidding

Ten Things You Should Know About Miranda July, courtesy of The NYT Mag's Katrina Onstad. (If you missed it, here's our Sundance interview with the writer/director/star of The Future.) The film opens in limited release July 29 through Roadside Attractions.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 18, 2011 8:15 AM
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Dragon Tattoo: Craig Defends Poster Nudity; Selling Film with Brutality, Sweden Learns from Fincher

News bites on David Fincher's The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo will keep on coming until the December 21 release. Now, it's Daniel Craig defending the controversial poster with a topless Rooney Mara. Why shouldn't we be offended? "People have opinions about it, but I think it sort of works as a poster because [Rooney] looks great."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 18, 2011 5:44 AM
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Media Watch: Murdoch is 'Dead Money,' Brooks Arrested, News Corps Paid $655 Million to Dispel Charge

The Murdoch hacking scandal keeps spreading. In the NYT, David Carr reports that Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation has paid $655 million “to make embarrassing charges of corporate espionage and anticompetitive behavior go way.” Compare Carr's piece to the WSJ's positive spin.
  • By Maggie Lange and Anne Thompson
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  • July 18, 2011 5:17 AM
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David Strick's Emmy Nominee Photos: Justified, Glee, Modern Family, 30 Rock

David Strick's Emmy Nominee Photos: Justified, Glee, Modern Family, 30 Rock
Check out David Strick's photos from the sets of Emmy-nominated shows. From Glee to Justified, here's the complete set and a selection below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 18, 2011 4:44 AM
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More: Awards, TV, Emmys

Harry Potter Finale Records Boosted by Online Pre-Sales

Harry Potter Finale Records Boosted by Online Pre-Sales
While 3D boosted Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 weekend's record box office performance, so did online pre-sales, reports Anthony D'Alessandro:Another big winner surfacing from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2’s $168.6 million weekend: Online movie ticket providers Fandango and MovieTickets.com.  Pre-sales for the franchise finale figuratively crashed both sites as each reaped company highs: Fandango generated 19% of Deathly Hallows: Part 2’s opening weekend ($32 million) while MovieTickets saw its highest pre-sale in its 11-year history, selling twice the amount of any movie this year.   Even more telling about the future of movie-ticket sales: 20% of Fandango’s summer revenue to date has been derived from mobile devices (from iPads to Androids).  Downloads for the company’s ticketing app currently number more than 18 million. Fandango services 60% of all U.S. screens wired for pre-sales.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • July 18, 2011 4:16 AM
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Winding Down Harry Potter's Visual Effects

Winding Down Harry Potter's Visual Effects
One of the mysteries of the Harry Potter series is how much Hollywood--and the Academy--have underappreciated the high-level craftsmanship on display throughout. Immersed in Movies' Bill Desowitz looks at the impact the end of the series will have on its visual effects artists.There's more at stake than the most successful film franchise in history coming to a halt with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. There's also a cottage visual effects industry in London that now has to get weaned off the wizard of Hogwarts.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 18, 2011 2:07 AM
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Academy Silents Series Draws Crowds

What works in theater programming is creating events, whether it's talent Q & As (Errol Morris and Tabloid subject Joyce McKinney have been drawing crowds) or rarely-screened classics at LACMA, which drew good numbers for its French films The Earrings of Madame De last weekend followed by Saturday's double feature of Robert Bresson's Pickpocket and Jacques Demy's Bay of Angels starring a dazzling Jeanne Moreau as a bad girl gambling her way around the French Riviera. Even dusty silents can be a a draw, reports Cari Beauchamp:"The Summer of Silents," currently mid-way through its eight weeks series at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, has been an incredible success. The public programs at the Academy are always impeccably curated, but screening the Photoplay Best Film award-winners from 1920 to 1928 was risky during a summer of 3-D Transformers and the last Harry Potter. Yet every Monday, around 1,000 people have filled the Goldwyn auditorium on Wilshire to be entranced by classics accompanied by music, usually live and always elevating. (A trove of music for silents was recently unearthed.)
  • By Cari Beauchamp
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  • July 17, 2011 8:44 AM
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Winnie the Pooh vs. Harry Potter

Winnie the Pooh vs. Harry Potter
It's curiouser and curiouser. Why would Disney put poor old Winnie the Pooh up against the mightiest franchise finale ever? New TOH columnist Bill Desowitz, who covers the inside workings of animation, visual effects and below-the-line filmmaking in Hollywood at his new blog Immersed in Movies, talks to the Disney animators behind this old-fashioned hand-drawn Pooh, which opened, despite rave reviews, in sixth place this weekend. Judging from its A- Cinemascore, strong WOM should bring more audiences to the picture in coming weeks: Oh, bother. What were they thinking at Disney, pitting the animated gang from the Hundred-Acre Wood against Harry's final confrontation with Voldemort this weekend?
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 17, 2011 8:11 AM
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