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Trailer Watch: I Don't Know How She Does It: Carrie Bradshaw in Boston, with A Job, Husband & Kids

I Don't Know How She Does It stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Munn, Seth Meyers, Kelsey Grammer, Christina Hendricks and Jane Curtin. The comedy might look like a variation on Sex and the City, but it is actually based on Allison Pearson's 2003 novel (adapted by Aline Brosh McKenna), and directed by Douglas McGrath. The synopsis is below, in case the trailer doesn't make the entire plot clear enough. The Weinstein Co. releases the film September 16.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 27, 2011 3:26 AM
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Funny or Die: Between Two Ferns with Galifianakis, Ferrell, Jon Hamm and Speed Stick

Will Ferrell visits Zach Galifianakis's Funny or Die show, Between Two Ferns. Enjoy...Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: Will Ferrell from Will Ferrell
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 27, 2011 2:37 AM
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Lord of the Rings vs. Harry Potter: Does The Question Really Need To Be Asked?

Apparently it does, so Asylum asked it: Check out loyal fans stating their arguments:
  • By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
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  • May 26, 2011 9:00 AM
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SIFF Day Four: Must-See Submarine, Four More Years, Jess + Moss, Beginners' McGregor and Plummer

SIFF Day Four: Must-See Submarine, Four More Years, Jess + Moss, Beginners' McGregor and Plummer
Meredith Brody continues her movie trawling from the great Northwest's Seattle International Film Festival:Part of the pleasure in attending a film festival in an unfamiliar city is in exploring the city by varying your venues. So I decide this morning to trek to the Neptune, in the northern part of the city, to see the highly-recommended Submarine, a quirky-looking English coming-of-age story that Weinstein Co. is releasing in a couple of weeks. Google Maps offers me both walking (an hour-and-a-half) and bus option (20 minutes), but I lazily grab a cab.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • May 26, 2011 6:49 AM
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Silverdocs Fest 2011 Slate Opener is Swell Season, Closes with Revenge of Electric Car

Silverdocs Fest 2011 Slate Opener is Swell Season, Closes with Revenge of Electric Car
Running June 20-26 in Washington, DC, the AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival (in its ninth year) announces its complete lineup of 108 films from 52 countries. The Swell Season will open the festival, and Revenge of the Electric Car will close. The lineup across the fest's five sections (Sterling US Feature Competition, Sterling World Feature Competition, Sterling Short Film Competition, Silver Spectrum and Spotlight Programs) includes films from directors Chris Hegedus, D. A. Pennebaker, Marshall Curry, Whitney Dow, Alex Gibney, Steve James, James Marsh, Chris Paine, Michael Rapaport and Jim Whitaker.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 26, 2011 6:33 AM
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Entertainment Weekly's Best of Summer: Bateman, Galifianakis, Aniston, Carell, Gosling, Abrams, More

EW's Best of Summer edition is on newstands May 27. As for the Best of Summer Movies, they've culled some soundbites from the stars. A selection is below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 26, 2011 6:27 AM
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Memorial Day Weekend: Will Hangover Part II Break Records?

The weekend box office is expected to continue at a torrid pace, reports Anthony D'Alessandro.Unlike last year, when Memorial Day weekend box office hit a nine-year low of $192.7 million, industry executives aren’t planning to shed tears this weekend. Building upon the box office recovery which began four weekends ago with Fast Five (current B.O. $188.1 million), Memorial Day looks to restore its boffo record-breaking glamour.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • May 26, 2011 5:33 AM
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Indie Producer Gary Gilbert Talks Mark Ruffalo, Margaret, Kids Are All Right, New Pics

Indie Producer Gary Gilbert Talks Mark Ruffalo, Margaret, Kids Are All Right, New Pics
The movie business is rife with starry-eyed businessmen who bring their wealth to Hollywood with hopes of making good. Most of them last for a few years until they run aground on too many failed opportunities. It takes a mix of grit, acumen, luck and yes, taste, to stay the course. Car salesman James Robinson's Morgan Creek lasted decades before the market caught up with him and he canceled his bankrupt international division's famed Cannes Fest Le Moulin de Mougins distributors brunch. Real estate mogul Bob Yari was riding high on Oscar-winner Crash and sleeper hit The Illusionist before he ran out of cash. Wall Street hotshots Victor Kubicek and Derek Anderson acquired the rights to Terminator and put Salvation into production before they wound up on the wrong end of a batch of lawsuits.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 26, 2011 5:12 AM
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Trailer Watch: The Descendants: George Clooney Has Feelings, Too!

Writer-director Alexander Payne has a thing for dealing with middle-aged men in crisis -- Paul Giamatti in Sideways, Jack Nicholson in About Schmidt --and now, it's George Clooney in The Descendants. Payne co-adapted the story from Kaui Hart Hemmings' 2008 novel. The story explains itself in the trailer below. Fox Searchlight will release the film December 16 after a run on the fall fest circuit, from Venice to Toronto.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 26, 2011 3:26 AM
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Lars von Trier's Last Cannes Q & A: "Stupid" Statements, Melancholia, "I Am Not a Nazi," Dunst, Cruz

Lars von Trier's Last Cannes Q & A: "Stupid" Statements, Melancholia, "I Am Not a Nazi," Dunst, Cruz
This year at Cannes, fest veteran Lars von Trier picked a hell of a way to became a household name. In the days following the notorious Cannes Film Festival Melancholia press conference during which the Danish writer-director offended just about everybody (except the Iranian culture minister) by calling himself a Nazi, he apologized repeatedly for his "stupid, idiotic" comments that led to his banishment from the festival and insisted, "I am not a Nazi."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 26, 2011 2:24 AM
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