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Super 8 ILM VFX Master Dennis Muren Talks Spielberg, Going Back to 70s

Super 8 ILM VFX Master Dennis Muren Talks Spielberg, Going Back to 70s
Dennis Muren is the godfather of visual effects artists. Hired by George Lucas in 1976 to work on Star Wars and help launch Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), he went on to make the key breakthroughs that led to where VFX are today. Muren has won nine Oscars, including Visual Effects awards for Jurassic Park, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Abyss, Innerspace, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Return of the Jedi, E.T., and The Empire Strikes Back. He masterminded everything from the miniature dogfighters in Star Wars to the first fully CG larger-than-life Hulk.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 20, 2011 8:40 AM
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Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris Follow-Up, The Bop Decameron, Adds Cast, Starts July 11 in Rome

Midnight in Paris is shaping up as not only Woody Allen's widest release ever (1038 screens, more than Anything Else), but the filmmaker's biggest hit ever; it's on track to outscore Hannah and Her Sisters's $40 million domestic gross. Midnight in Paris dropped only 10% last weekend, for a total $21,799,214.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • June 20, 2011 7:59 AM
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Open Road Acquires Stephenie Meyer's The Host, Second Major Acquisition

In a big acquisition for a fledgling indie distributor, U.S distribution rights to Twilight writer Stephenie Meyer's horror bestseller The Host have gone to Open Road, which is owned by exhibitors AMC and Regal, reports Deadline.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 20, 2011 7:49 AM
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Provincetown Film Fest 2011 Winners: Dirty Girl, Buck

Provincetown Film Fest 2011 Winners: Dirty Girl, Buck
The Provincetown International Film Festival, which describes its Cape Cod hometown as “America’s oldest art colony,” closed Sunday night, awarding its top prizes to four new films.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 20, 2011 7:02 AM
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Trailer Watch: The Skin I Live In Teaser is Crazy, Sexy, Scary

Trailer Watch: The Skin I Live In Teaser is Crazy, Sexy, Scary
Sony Pictures Classics will release Pedro Almodovar's The Skin I Live In this November. In the meantime check out the new teaser trailer, as well as our interview with star Antonio Banderas (who Anne Thompson calls "riveting as a Frankenstein-like psychopathic skin surgeon bent on revenge"), pictures, and review round-up from Cannes.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 20, 2011 6:00 AM
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The Muppets New Trailer, Seven Things Joel Stein Learned on Set, Muppets Last by "Not Being Cynical"

The Muppets New Trailer, Seven Things Joel Stein Learned on Set, Muppets Last by "Not Being Cynical"
Time humorist Joel Stein recently reported on his visit to the set of Disney's The Muppets, which arrives just days before Turkey time on November 23 (check out the new trailer below). James Bobin directs from a script (by Jason Segel and his Forgetting Sarah Marshall director Nicholas Stoller) based on Jim Henson's beloved characters. Segel also stars alongside Amy Adams and cohorts Zach Galifianakis, Emily Blunt, Ed Helms, Jack Black, Neil Patrick Harris, Rashida Jones and more. Here are some highlights from Stein's visit:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 20, 2011 5:32 AM
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News Wrap: Comcast Flushes Exec Perks at 30 Rock, Advertisers Love Facebook

New NBC Universal owner Comcast is flushing the executive perks at NBC's New York headquarters, 30 Rock. Comcast's diminishing of the previous corporate culture includes the elimination of private toilets. Top NBC suits will be moved down one floor from their current home on the 52nd, but their new offices will be smaller, more transparent, further from NBCU co-owner GE, and have communal lavatories.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • June 20, 2011 5:14 AM
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LAFF: Eigeman Wins Film Independent's Sloan Award

LAFF: Eigeman Wins Film Independent's Sloan Award
As the Los Angeles Film Festival continues to unspool in downtown Los Angeles, Midnight Sun’s writer/director Chris Eigeman and producer Eric Morris have been awarded Film Independent's Sloan Award. This $15,000 production grant is given to films that feature new scripts about science and technology. Midnight Sun is set in 1943 and focuses on a group of young scientists in a New Mexico desert as they create the first atomic bomb .
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • June 20, 2011 4:53 AM
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News Wrap: Green Lantern's Campbell Badmouths Solace, Entourage Chases Weiner, Patti Smith Acts

Green Lantern and Casino Royale director Martin Campbell, says Quantum of Solace was “lousy.” Campbell, who is credited with reviving the Bond franchise in 2006 with Casino Royale, told Crave that Marc Forster's 2008 sequel Quantum of Solace was “uninteresting” and “a bit of a mess.” Campbell holds out hope for the next Bond film: “Sam Mendes is directing it and I’m sure it’ll be terrific.”
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • June 19, 2011 6:31 AM
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Debbie Reynolds Auction Breaks Up Historic Hollywood Collection

Debbie Reynolds Auction Breaks Up Historic Hollywood Collection
Wasn't the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences thinking about creating a Hollywood museum? The Academy sent no bidder to Debbie Reynolds' historic costume and prop collection assembled over 50 years, which crowds checked out over the past few weeks at the Paley Media Center until its auction Saturday. It was strange to conjure images of Yul Brynner sitting on the throne from The King and I, Charlton Heston or Ingrid Bergman putting on their armor for Ben Hur or Joan of Arc (pictured below), Gary Cooper putting on his World War I uniform as Sergeant York (below), Julie Andrews strumming her guitar from The Sound of Music, or anyone small enough to slip into Claudette Colbert's Cleopatra gown or Cecil Beaton's My Fair Lady Ascot Race dress for Audrey Hepburn. They made their actresses smaller then.
  • By Cari Beauchamp
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  • June 19, 2011 5:30 AM
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