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Clips from Steven Spielberg's Adventures of Tintin, Plus Making Of Videos with Jamie Bell

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Uniforn hits US theaters December 21. Check out some clips below, and the trailer here.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 11, 2011 4:35 AM
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My Week in New York: Hugo, War Horse, Turin Horse, Parties, Marilyn, Book of Mormon

Monday night's mystery screening of Martin Scorsese's work-in-progress 3-D Hugo (featurette below) marks my last screening at this year's New York Film Festival. The reason that the movie was shown without completed effects or a final score (by Howard Shore) is that it's a cinephile's dream, and the NYFF audience couldn't have been a more receptive crowd. While the movie should work with families over the Thanksgiving holiday, and producer Graham King (nervously pacing in the rear of the theater as ushers passed out 3-D glasses) assured me that they wouldn't have shown the film if the movie wasn't going to finish on time, Paramount wanted to build buzz for the film via the festival and this was the only way to do it.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 11, 2011 4:22 AM
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EFA Nominate Five for European Discovery Award: Directors of Breathing, Nothing's All Bad, Tilva Ros

The European Film Academy announces five films nominated for their European Discovery 2011 - Prix FIPRESCI Award. The award goes to a young director with a first-time feature. The nominees are listed below. The 2,500 members of the EFA will vote for the winner, which will be announced at the 24th annual awards show in Berlin on December 3. Here's more.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 11, 2011 3:52 AM
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Academy Celebrates Rise of Nonfiction: Doc Panelists Bar-Lev, Guggenheim, Stern

"The Rise of Nonfiction Movies," the latest in the Academy's John Huston Lecture series, will take place on October 26 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Panelists will discuss how feature documentaries have discovered a newfound popularity and cutting edge ways to brings stories to life, amid rapidly evolving modes of media consumption and distribution.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 11, 2011 3:23 AM
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Netflix, Under Fire, Ditches Plans to Split Company, Kills Qwikster

"Consumers value the simplicity Netflix has always offered and we respect that," said Netflix CEO Reed Hastings as he backed off plans to split the company in two. “There is a difference between moving quickly — which Netflix has done very well for years — and moving too fast, which is what we did in this case.”
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 10, 2011 12:52 PM
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Alamo Drafthouse's Mondo Mystery Movies: Los Angeles Screening Posters, Next Stop Austin

Alamo Drafthouse presented 6 Mondo Mystery Movies to Los Angeles audiences this past weekend. For these popular series, which regularly sell out, audiences buy tickets and a poster to screenings of films that remain a mystery until the actual event. If you plan to be in Austin, TX, on October 29 you can get tickets to the next Mystery Movie series here starting today. Posters from this past weekend's screenings are below. Screenings included 28 Days Later (poster by Charlie Adlard of The Walking Dead fame with title treatment by Jon Smith), Hellraiser (poster by Florian Bertmer), The Iron Giant (poster by Kevin Tong), Assault on Precinct 13 (poster by Tyler Stout), City of Lost Children (poster by Ken Taylor) and The Mist (poster by Daniel Danger).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 10, 2011 6:40 AM
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And the Nobel Prize for Film Goes To...

And the Nobel Prize for Film Goes To...
Seeing that the Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded last week, to Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer, Matt Brennan got to thinking: What if there were a Nobel Prize for Film? This week’s “Now and Then” column revels in some of the possibilities. Check out the trailers and post your own picks in the comments section below:
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • October 10, 2011 5:07 AM
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My Week with Marilyn Reviews: Well-Mounted Period Fantasy Earning Mostly Raves for Michelle Williams

The New York Film Festival is in full swing, reaching its midpoint Sunday with the centerpiece gala, Simon Curtis's My Week with Marilyn. Telluride eagerly wanted to book the film, but Curtis was working with distributor Harvey Weinstein on adding material and the film wasn't finished in time; in fact the filmmaker was fiddling until the last possible minute.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 10, 2011 4:34 AM
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Shirley MacLaine to Receive AFI Lifetime Achievement Award; Clips from Apartment, Steel Magnolias

AFI's 40th Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to Oscar-winner Shirley MacLaine at a gala tribute on June 7.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 10, 2011 4:19 AM
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Sundance May Not Be Big Factor in This Year's Oscar Race

Sundance May Not Be Big Factor in This Year's Oscar Race
Even with Sony Pictures Classics behind it, Jeff Nichols' Take Shelter, which has earned raves for Michael Shannon, failed to lure audiences this weekend. Hopefully it will build strong word-of-mouth and critics group votes at year's end. But even though Sundance has launched multiple Oscar nominees of late--15 in 2010 alone--will other Sundance fave raves Win Win, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Like Crazy and Another Happy Day meet that same fate?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 10, 2011 2:59 AM
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