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Shocker: Cars 2 Early Reviews Trend Rotten as Pixar's Magic Carpet Ride Touches Down

Shocker: Cars 2 Early Reviews Trend Rotten as Pixar's Magic Carpet Ride Touches Down
Well folks, the worm has turned. Disney Animation and Pixar chief John Lasseter--he who can do no wrong--has finally turned out a Pixar movie (a sequel) that is earning mixed reviews. No! Say it ain't so! Pixar's magic carpet ride has finally come to earth with a thudding 44% Rotten on the Tomatometer thus far. More reviews will change the tallies; Metacritic's rating of its top-grade reviewers is now a respectable 60--still the lowest ever for a Pixar movie.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 23, 2011 4:59 AM
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Could Spielberg's Jurassic 4 Save 3-D?

Could Spielberg's Jurassic 4 Save 3-D?
As 3-D proselytizers James Cameron and Jeffrey Katzenberg fret about the future of their favorite movie delivery system--and the next Avatar is a long way off, in 2014--some studio execs are harboring second thoughts about which films actually demand the extra time and money, and will lure premium ticket buyers. Already this summer the majority of moviegoers chose to see Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Kung Fu Panda 2 and even Green Lantern in 2-D, even though the DC Comics movie was playing on 2711 3-D screens.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • June 22, 2011 12:07 PM
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Ebert's Tweet Was Right: Crashed Jackass Star's Blood Level More Than Twice Legal Limit

Given that Jackass Ryan Dunn tweeted a picture of himself and pals drinking hours before he crashed to his fiery death early Monday, killing his passenger, it was not a huge stretch for Roger Ebert to tweet that afternoon: "Friends don't let jackasses drink and drive." It seems uncontroversial to me. The pushback was immediate, and a hot topic was born.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 22, 2011 9:23 AM
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Wild Ducks Review: Davis Guggenheim’s IBM Short Reveals Genius

From Davis Guggenheim, the director of Waiting for Superman and the Oscar-winning doc An Inconvenient Truth, comes the fifteen-minute documentary Wild Ducks, which debuted last week on IBM's YouTube channel. The latest IBM Centennial doc focuses on four IBM clients who defied conventional thinking to develop innovative solutions to intimidating problems. Each of the four slices boasts strong visuals that emphasize the particular genius and creativity of the four profiled clients.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • June 22, 2011 8:37 AM
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Life in a Day Doc Follows On-Demand Marketing Model: Hometown Screenings, Marketing SWAT Teams

The trend in marketing these days is the on-demand model launched by Paramount's Paranormal Activity. The idea is to engage fans and get them to market the movie.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • June 22, 2011 8:16 AM
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Romeo and Juliet: Steinfeld's Romeo is Douglas Booth; Holding a Candle to Zeffirelli & Luhrmann

The latest adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, from Italian director Carlo Carlei (1993's Flight of the Innocent), now has a Romeo for its Juliet. Hailee Steinfeld will be joined by 19-year old Brit Douglas Booth, who is prettier than she is. Clearly this movie is targeted to a young girl demo.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 22, 2011 8:04 AM
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Elba's Star Rises with Pacific Rim; Del Toro Wants To Direct Jolie in Maleficent

Idris Elba may not be playing Django in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained (he did, however, win our casting poll), but after TV hits The Wire, The Office and Luther and numerous co-star and supporting film roles (including 28 Weeks Later, American Gangster, RocknRolla, Obsessed, The Losers, Taken, Thor) and the upcoming Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and Prometheus (alongside Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace and Charlize Theron), the actor is anything but desperate for work.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 22, 2011 7:14 AM
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Abramowitz's Area 23A To Release Revenge of the Electric Car via Demand Screenings

Abramowitz's Area 23A To Release Revenge of the Electric Car via Demand Screenings
After proving what Richard Abramowitz could do with the release of Exit Through the Gift Shop and Anvil, the filmmakers behind the documentary Revenge of the Electric Car have pacted with Abramowitz's new indie distribution company Area 23A for a hybrid theatrical release of Chris Paine's follow up to his Who Killed the Electric Car. Revenge tracks the high-stakes race to be first with gas-saving vehicles, going behind closed doors at Nissan, GM, and Tesla Motors.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 22, 2011 6:08 AM
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Quentin Tarantino: If Smith and Elba Are Out, Foxx is Right for Django Unchained

Quentin Tarantino: If Smith and Elba Are Out, Foxx is Right for Django Unchained
It's not just the great performances Jamie Foxx has given, from Any Given Sunday to his Oscar-winning role in Ray, or his sweet crooning to Oprah at her farewell blast, or his duet at Cannes this year with Kanye West, that make him the right guy to star in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • June 22, 2011 5:33 AM
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Trailer Watch: Craig Brewer's Footloose Remake Needs More Kevin Bacon

Check out the new trailer below for the updated version of the 80s musical hit Footloose, a movie that looks to be the most implausible of high school dance films. That's because despite a complete ban on dancing in the small rural town, everyone there seems to boast professional dance training.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • June 22, 2011 4:51 AM
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