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3-D Summit: Speakers James Cameron, Vince Pace, Tom Rothman, Gene Simmons, Mick Hocking

The 4th Annual 3D Entertainment Summit and the 2nd Annual 3D Gaming Summit has lined up a roster of speakers for their event September 20 through 22 at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 2, 2011 11:28 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Oscar Talk, Contagion, Carnage, Ides of March, Dangerous Method; Venice, Telluride, BFI

WEEKEND PREVIEW:
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 2, 2011 8:18 AM
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Drive Director Refn Talks Scouting Gritty L.A. Locations with Gosling, Interactive Map

Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn traces the various locations across Los Angeles in his interview with Movieline, which features an interactive road map of the urban terrain (below, with trailer). Drive, rather than show Los Angeles gloss and style, uses the grittier locales of the downtown, Reseda, and Echo Park neigborhoods--areas not frequently seen in movies about the City of Angels.
  • By Sophia Savage and Maggie Lange
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  • September 2, 2011 8:14 AM
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Telluride: Clooney Caught in Ides of March Fest Tug of War

Telluride: Clooney Caught in Ides of March Fest Tug of War
The Venice Film Festival opened with The Ides of March, and Toronto has it booked too. Telluride wanted--and George Clooney wanted--the film to play Telluride as well as part of its Clooney Tribute. So he included a clip from late in the movie--a "spoiler" he told me at the annual patron's brunch--thinking folks would have seen the film. But no, it was not possible to book it in Telluride after all. Sony wouldn't show it to the fest, in deference to Toronto. So Clooney's got The Descendants here.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 2, 2011 7:31 AM
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Venice: David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method Review and Press Conference

David Gritten reviews David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method from the Venice Film Festival. It's a rave. David Cronenberg brought his Freud-Jung movie A Dangerous Method to Venice today, and received an enthusiastic reception from a packed press screening. Stars Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender and Keira Knightley joined him on the press conference, along with his long-time collaborator, producer Jeremy Thomas and co-stars Vincent Cassel and Sarah Gadon.
  • By David Gritten
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  • September 2, 2011 6:06 AM
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Review: Clever and Eerie Low-Budget British Shocker, Kill List

From London, critic Matt Mueller reviews Kill List:On the night before its UK release, I popped along to a screening of low-budget British shocker Kill List, followed by a Q&A session with director/co-screenwriter Ben Wheatley and the film’s lead actors, Neil Maskell (Atonement), MyAnna Buring (The Descent) and Michael Smiley. Skitting through genres with nonchalant ease, from observational marital drama to violent hitman thriller to grubby pagan horror, Kill List built up a fair head of steam following appearances at SXSW and London’s recent horror-themed Frightfest, and it’s fair to say the hype is fulfilled. The small crowd of industry folk I watched it with were literally speechless as the credits rolled, still in a state of shock when Wheatley et al gingerly stepped out of the dark to answer a few questions.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • September 2, 2011 5:47 AM
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In the No, Run-Up to Telluride: The Show from Swinton and Clooney to Veloso and Waters

We have several folks covering festivals this year--David Gritten and The Playlist are in Venice while Meredith Brody and I are in Telluride--along with Eugene Hernandez, who's covering for indieWIRE. Here's Meredith's first missive:Part of the appeal and the mystique of the Telluride Film Festival, aka the Show, is that you’re buying a pig in a poke. Since the Festival doesn’t release any of its program, whether new titles, tributes, or revivals, in advance, you have to trust in its distinguished reputation -- as Roger Ebert has memorably written, “[It’s] like Cannes died and went to heaven…” -- and take a leap into the void.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 2, 2011 3:44 AM
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Don Cheadle is a Vicious Captain Planet

Don Cheadle takes on the challenging role of Captain Planet, aggressively saving the world from evil humans and tiny dogs. Watch as he makes everyone around him go green or leaf (his pun, not mine). Along with Oscar-nominee Cheadle, this Funny or Die clip features Gillian Jacobs, Brenda Song, Efren Ramirez, William Moseley, and James Davis:Don Cheadle is Captain Planet from Don Cheadle
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 2, 2011 3:40 AM
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Oscar Watch: Happy Happy is Norway's Official Entry for Best Foreign Language Film

The Norwegian Oscar Committee has submitted Anne Switsky's feature directorial debut, Happy, Happy, to Best Foreign-Language Feature Film, after it took the top prize at Sundance. Happy, Happy's victory at Sundance marked the first time that a Norwegian film won fest's World Cinema Grand Jury Prize.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 2, 2011 3:39 AM
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Another Trip to the Moon with Méliès: Behind the Digital Restoration of VFX Landmark

While waiting for Hugo (Nov. 23), Martin Scorsese's 3-D valentine to Georges Méliès, TOH columnist Bill Desowitz writes a fascinating account of how digital advances made possible the painstaking restoration of the first movie blockbuster from the father of special effects, A Trip to the Moon (1902). The new version of the landmark 14-minute short, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, will screen at Telluride this weekend and at the Academy's Goldwyn Theater on Tuesday. What a way to mark the 150th anniversary of Méliès's birth.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • September 2, 2011 3:35 AM
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