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SIFF Closing Weekend: Must-Sees Romeos and Por El Camino, Toast, Bon Appetit, Award Winners

SIFF Closing Weekend: Must-Sees Romeos and Por El Camino, Toast, Bon Appetit, Award Winners
Meredith Brody reports on the SIFF Closing Weekend:“I’m 81 years old, and since May 5 I’ve seen 110 movies and spent ten days on a walking tour in Peru.”
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • June 18, 2011 5:15 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Box Office, Summer Trailers, Academy, Next for Coens, Bale, Russell, Affleck, Crowe

Weekly Wrap: Box Office, Summer Trailers, Academy, Next for Coens, Bale, Russell, Affleck, Crowe
BOX OFFICE
  • By Sophia Savage and Anne Thompson
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  • June 17, 2011 9:23 AM
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Annual Academy Invite List Revealed: Lawrence, Cooper, Knowles, Kunis, Mara, Brand, Moonves, Langley

Annual Academy Invite List Revealed: Lawrence, Cooper, Knowles, Kunis, Mara, Brand, Moonves, Langley
The annual Academy invite ritual hits Hollywood hard. Friday the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced 178 artists and executives "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures" to join its voting members.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 17, 2011 7:42 AM
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Green Lantern and Mr. Popper's Penguins Could Disappoint, Buck, Page One, Art of Getting By

Green Lantern and Mr. Popper's Penguins Could Disappoint, Buck, Page One, Art of Getting By
No one expected Warners' DC movie Green Lantern to score with critics (it managed a mere 22% Tomatometer score), as opposed to well-reviewed Super 8 and X-Men: First Class, which are still going strong at the box office. But Warners is putting $100 million of marketing muscle behind the $200 million movie. An entire franchise is at stake. They're so confident that they introduce a new villain at the end. (Anyone who's read the comics already knows he's a bad guy.) Box office prognosticators are upbeat, predicting a $50 to 60 million weekend; so far the movie is off to a strong start on 3816 screens, 2711 of them 3-D.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • June 17, 2011 5:22 AM
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Emmy Watch: Comedy Actresses Fischer, Poehler, Cuoco, Michele, Hatcher

The six funniest women in television—all around one table. The Emmy-nominated actors for best comedy meet up in a THR video round table (below) to talk about everything you want to hear comedians chat about: blanking on stage, improvising, and avoiding their own TV-shows on in-flight entertainment.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • June 17, 2011 4:34 AM
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John Carter Early Poster Teases, Does Not Inform

John Carter Early Poster Teases, Does Not Inform
Hitfix's Drew McWeeny doesn't like the early teaser poster (below) for Pixar writer-director Andrew Stanton's long-in-the-works live-action debut, the sci-fi adventure John Carter, arguing that the Mouse House has plenty of rich visual material to work with--why go so stark?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 17, 2011 4:11 AM
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Trailer Watch: Brad Pitt Stars in Moneyball, Which Could Be Oscar Contender

Brad Pitt stars as manager Billy Beane in Sony's Moneyball (September 23), a baseball movie about the come-from-behind Oakland A's. Robin Wright, Jonah Hill and Philip Seymour Hoffman co-star in the drama adapted by Steven Zaillian (Schindler's List) from Michael Lewis's nonfiction bestseller. Bennett Miller, who had been looking for the right follow-up to Capote, took over the directing reins after Steven Soderbergh fell out of the Scott Rudin (The Social Network) production. Judging from this trailer, this movie looks like a winner, and an Oscar-contender to boot. With The Tree of Life giving Pitt extra cred with Academy voters, who are bound to be polarized on the film, Moneyball looks like a slow lob down-the-middle home run for Pitt.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 16, 2011 8:42 AM
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Has Hollywood Stopped Trying? The Smurfs vs. Mr. Popper's Penguins

It's Thursday and another fun-filled summer weekend at the movies is looming. There's good news in the Hollywood forecast: Jurassic Park may be rebooted, Jon Hamm and Melissa McCarthy may star together in a comedy, Angelina Jolie and David O. Russell may pair for Maleficent and the Coens are doing a musical. But check out this more sobering look at how Hollywood has stopped trying.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 16, 2011 8:21 AM
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Hooper's Les Mis Wants Hugh Jackman; Winslet, Brolin, Reitman Triple Threat

- Tom Hooper's Les Miserables may star Hugh Jackman and Paul Bettany. Jackman is in talks to star as tenor Jean Valjean. The project is produced by veteran theater maestro Cameron Mackintosh (whose version of the play served as the basis for William Nicholson's script) and will feature Claude-Michel Schoenberg's original score. Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are also producing. Bettany may be targeted for the role of police inspector Javert. We know at least one of these boys can sing (see Jackman perform at the Tonys with Neil Patrick Harris, below). It's hard not to love Jackman. He was even (SPOILER ALERT) the third best part of X-Men: First Class (with mere seconds of screen time), right behind stars Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy. Who else would you like to see in Hooper's Les Miserables?
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 16, 2011 7:58 AM
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Sony Pictures Classics Nabs Cronenberg's Dangerous Method

Ahead of an expected fall fest circuit run for David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method, Sony Pictures Classics has acquired US rights from UK foreign sales company Hanway Films. Produced by Jeremy Thomas (The Last Emperor), the film, which is in post-production, stars Viggo Mortenson as Sigmund Freud and Keira Knightley as the unbalanced patient of Freud's protege, ambitious young psychiatrist Karl Jung (Michael Fassbender). Vincent Cassel co-stars as another patient who pushes the rival shrinks apart.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 16, 2011 7:36 AM
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