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Trailer Watch: Steven Soderbergh's Contagion Stars Damon, Paltrow, Winslet, Law, Fishburne

It looks like Steven Soderbergh is returning to the land of smart mainstream commercial filmmaking with Contagion (September 9), starring Matt Damon as an everyman whose wife (Gwyneth Paltrow) appears to be patient zero in a burgeoning killer bird flu virus sweeping the globe. It is transmitted by touch. Marion Cotillard, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, John Hawkes and Laurence Fishburne also star.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 13, 2011 12:44 PM
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Robot Builders Doc Bots High: Mad Hot Ballroom with Nerds

Bots High is a film that proudly declares its geekiness, which is a promising sign for a documentary that follows three groups of high school robotics students as they develop and (literally) battle their way to a national combat robots competition in Miami. Basically, it's Mad Hot Ballroom with nerds.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • July 13, 2011 10:44 AM
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TMZ Sex Professor Harvey Levin Explains It All to You

Do you know what soaking is? As TMZ's Harvey Levin (@HarveyLevinTMZ) promoted a TMZ Live story on Twitter, he felt called upon to define--to those who were not in the know--what sex-forbidden Brigham Young University kids mean when they say that "soaking" is not sex. He started out tweeting thus: This is the most fun I've ever had doing @TMZLive today.. talking about soaking and how BYU students do it to get around the no-sex policy
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 13, 2011 9:58 AM
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Helena Bonham Carter Honored by BAFTA

Helena Bonham Carter is a woman of many faces, many of them terrifying. From the memorable and fragile female in Fight Club and the powerful sorceress in the Harry Potter films to King George’s IV’s willful wife in The King's Speech, and her perennial appearances in husband Tim Burton’s films, Bonham Carter has brought wild-eyed poise to dozens of films. Hell, we predicted her to win best supporting actress last year!
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 13, 2011 8:03 AM
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More: Awards, BAFTA

Oh The (Female) Horror! Viscera Film Festival Launches in LA

Oh The (Female) Horror! Viscera Film Festival Launches in LA
The Viscera Film Festival, featuring horror shorts made by femme directors, launches this weekend in Los Angeles. Running the gamut from hard-to-watch gross-out gore to slowly suspenseful, this festival proves that “women can be just as twisted, emotionally grinding, terror-inducing and splatter spewing as men," states the Viscera Fest.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 13, 2011 7:47 AM
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Trailer Watch: Steve James' The Interrupters Is Heartbreaking, Hopeful

The trailer is out for a harrowing and haunting documentary about violence in Chicago, The Interrupters, from doc veteran Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and Alex Kotlowitz (author of There Are No Children Here), which debuted at Sundance and went on to win critics' raves as well as the special jury award at the Sheffield Doc/Fest and grand jury prize at Miami Film Fest. Here's indieWIRE's review.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 13, 2011 7:35 AM
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Media Watch: True Confessions on News of the World, Vogue Picks 1000 for Influencer Network

Rupert Murdoch's delicious News of the World scandal just keeps on giving. Needless to say the US media is all over it, from Janice Min's THR to Tina Brown's Newsbeast. Schadenfreude lives!
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • July 13, 2011 5:20 AM
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More: Daily Read

New Sherlock Holmes 2 Trailer: Bullets and Bromance

Robert Downey Jr. intros the release of the trailer for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (December 16). Even the 2 minute 14 second trailer features a count of 11 people falling in a spectacular fashion and 9 guns-recharging accompanied by spectacular nightscapes of early 20th-century London.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 13, 2011 4:59 AM
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Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Premiere Nabs Show's Highest Ratings in Seven Years

The new season premiere of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm was the most-watched episode in the past seven years of the show’s eight seasons. This is up 53% from the opening of the last season.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 13, 2011 4:46 AM
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More: Genres, TV, Comedy, HBO

Attack the Block's Cornish Keeps VFX Practical for His Super 8 Mile

Attack the Block's Cornish Keeps VFX Practical for His Super 8 Mile
I like interviewing up-and-coming talent because there's a curiosity factor. Like, who's this rookie writer-director out of Britain everybody's talking about, whose movie won audience awards at both SXSW and the Los Angeles Film Festival?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 13, 2011 2:00 AM
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