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Sundance Doc Knuckle Gets North American Release

Ian Palmer's documentary Knuckle, which premiered at Sundance, has gone to ARC Entertainment and XLrator Media for North American distribution. ContentFilm previously acquired international rights to the film, while Revolver Entertainment has UK (August 5) and Ireland, and BBC has UK TV rights. Focusing on two brothers, the film chronicles the violent feud between two rival families in the traditional nomadic Irish Traveller community. Palmer immersed himself in the community for twelve years to gain insight.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 12, 2011 5:55 AM
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Finale: Media Round-Up

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Finale: Media Round-Up
It all ends with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2--or maybe not. J.K. Rowling has hinted that she could bring it back; in the meantime she's releasing ebooks of the series at Pottermore. And fan fiction writers will continue to create their own alternative Potter universe, as detailed in Lev Grossman's must-read Time fan fiction feature. Here's our fearless box office forecast, a rave review, and early review round-up.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • July 12, 2011 5:32 AM
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Bridesmaids Star Melissa McCarthy Trains with Joel McHale for Emmy Nominations Announcement

Bridesmaids Star Melissa McCarthy Trains with Joel McHale for Emmy Nominations Announcement
Bridesmaids breakout star Melissa McCarthy will announce the Emmy nominations on July 14. To train, she went to last year's announcer, Joel McHale:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 12, 2011 4:55 AM
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Page Eight Review: Weisz and Fiennes Give David Hare’s Directing Comeback a Boost

Page Eight Review: Weisz and Fiennes Give David Hare’s Directing Comeback a Boost
London critic Matt Mueller reviews Page Eight, respected scribe David Hare's BBC-backed bid for respect as a director, which debuted at the Edinburgh Film Festival last month. It was going to take something special to attract Rachel Weisz and Ralph Fiennes back to the small screen: David Hare stepping behind the camera for the first time in 15 years turned out to be it. Directing his own script, Hare serves up a stylish political feature that’s a purposeful throwback to 1960s British espionage thrillers like The Ipcress File and, in Bill Nighy, finds the perfect actor to play his quintessentially English protagonist: Johnny Worricker, a long-serving MI5 intelligence analyst who’s forged a successful career by fading into the background but comes out of the shadows when his boss (Michael Gambon) unveils a dossier showing the UK government knew all along about America’s top-secret torture prisons.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • July 12, 2011 2:00 AM
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The Sell-Out Failures of Oscar Winners

The Sell-Out Failures of Oscar Winners
Entertainment blog Grantland's "made-up entertainment-related statistics" department trashes Oscar-winners who cash in on boffo box-office paydays in often second-rate studio features. We're not sure if potential embarrassment outweighs the paychecks these stars receive, but Grantland makes a valid career query:"2011's bumper crop of sequels, remakes, and general schlock has built swimming pools in the backyards of some of our most revered [Oscar winning] actors. But at what cost to their dramatic cred? Exactly how much of the shine have they taken off their Academy Awards? And which actor did the most damage this year?"
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 11, 2011 7:52 AM
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Current Vigilante Movie vs. Classic: Hauer as Hobo with a Shotgun vs. Eastwood as Dirty Harry

Current Vigilante Movie vs. Classic: Hauer as Hobo with a Shotgun vs. Eastwood as Dirty Harry
New to TOH this week, review column “Now and Then” takes on the current and the classic. Critic Matthew Brennan pairs reviews of movies newly available to homebodies — through Netflix, DVD, Amazon Video or good old-fashioned television — with a fresh look at the neglected, the forgotten, the classic, or the infamous. Two movies, a thousand words, and a little advice about what to watch (or not). And you don’t even have to leave the couch. (Trailers are below.)We lead off this week with Dirty Harry, textbook of Vigilantism 101 and Holy Grail of imitators for four decades. Your chaser, Hobo with a Shotgun, is part of that long line: the artillery may be heavier and the language coarser, but it’s a clear graduate of the Clint Eastwood School of Policecraft and Weaponry. It doesn’t go down as easy as promised — sort of like the night’s fifth tequila shot — but hopefully this inaugural column will. I guess the question you need to ask yourself is, “Do I feel lucky?” Well do ya, punk?
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  • July 11, 2011 7:44 AM
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Hitler Freaks About the Closing of the 405 Freeway

The latest subtitling of the Downfall Hitler video has the Fuhrer losing his shit over the impending closing of the 405 Freeway this coming weekend, which really is going to wreak havoc in the area.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 11, 2011 6:19 AM
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More: Video

Academy to Archive Alamo Drafthouse/Mondo's Original Movie Posters

Austin exhibitor Alamo Drafthouse/Mondo is teaming with the Academy's Margaret Herrick Library to archive their collection of original film posters created by graphic artists, which they've been producing since 2003.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 11, 2011 6:01 AM
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Javier Bardem Confirms He Is Bond 23 Villain, Still Hope for Ralph Fiennes

UPDATE: Javier Bardem confirms he will play the villain in Bond 23 (the title is rumored to be Skyfall), telling Nightline; "I am very excited, my parents took me to watch the movies, and I saw all of them, and to play that is going to be fun. They chose me to play this man, but I cannot give you many details." Daniel Craig hopes that both Bardem and Ralph Fiennes will be in the film. So do we.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 11, 2011 5:44 AM
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New Tintin Trailer Reveals Spielbergian Animation

Check out the new trailer for Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (December 23) below, for which star Daniel Craig wore a leotard for the performance capture. The question that Kris Tapley and I asked in our mid-summer Oscar Talk is: will the Academy consider this live action VFX (Avatar) or animation (Monster House)? Clearly the film is utterly stylized and "rendered," as they say in the trade, with no live action components, as "virtual" as Pixar's Cars 2. But performance capture, as live-action director Bob Zemeckis used it in Polar Express, Beowulf and A Christmas Carol, has not been considered animation.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • July 11, 2011 4:51 AM
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