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Oscar Watch: We Need to Talk About Kevin Boasts New Trailer, Poster, Swinton and Oscar Indie Swartz

Oscar Watch: We Need to Talk About Kevin Boasts New Trailer, Poster, Swinton and Oscar Indie Swartz
Lynne Ramsay's tough adaptation of Brit bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin (December 2), one of my favorite Cannes competition films, has a new poster and two new trailers, one domestic, one foreign (below). Oscilloscope is releasing, and PR ace Cynthia Swartz, who is currently negotiating her split from PR firm 42West--she was a founding partner--will be handling PR chores at the Venice and Toronto festivals en route to an Oscar shot.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 14, 2011 8:23 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Apes Dominate For Second Week as The Help Rises

Weekend Box Office: Apes Dominate For Second Week as The Help Rises
August summer box office showed some breadth, as studios battled for weekend dominance with pictures appealing to a range of audience segments, from women (The Help) to tweens (Glee) and holdover prequel Rise of the Planet of the Apes, reports Anthony D'Alessandro.Neither a 3-D bridge disaster, Gleek, nor bomb-strapped buffoon could topple Fox's Rise of the Planet of the Apes in its second session as it grossed $27.5 million. Meanwhile, Disney/DreamWorks' critically acclaimed chick-lit feature The Help posed a formidable foe, taking second place with $25.5 million from Friday to Sunday.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • August 14, 2011 5:05 AM
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San Francisco Jewish Film Festival: From Simone Weil to Kirk Douglas

San Francisco critic Meredith Brody reports from the city's Jewish Film Festival:The graphics for this year’s San Francisco Jewish Film Festival feature a number of inspiring calligraphed words, including faith, justice, courage, pleasure, passion, drama, family, transformation, and humor. The list is surprisingly light on Yiddish: I can only puzzle out haimish and nosh on the version that flashes on the big screen, and chutzpah and schtick when perusing the catalogue cover at my leisure.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • August 13, 2011 8:50 AM
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TV Review: Strike Back Episode One, Recap and Review (SPOILERS)

TV Review: Strike Back Episode One, Recap and Review (SPOILERS)
Anglophile critic David Chute takes on yet another new Brit/American co-production, Cinemax's Strike Back.
  • By David Chute
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  • August 13, 2011 8:24 AM
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Weekly Wrap: First Looks at J. Edgar, Extremely Loud, Coriolanus; The Help Reviews; Oscar Watch

THE BOX OFFICE:
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • August 12, 2011 11:16 AM
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Internet Movie Cars Database: A Ticket to Ride, from James Bond to Batman

An iconic set of wheels can be the perfect prop in a film: the right car reveals personality as well as a speedy cut to the chase. And jaw-dropping car design can add just the right tone--from the sexy masculinity of James Bond's Aston Martins and the fantasy futurism of the latest Bat vehicles to the adrenaline rush of the Formula 1 race-car documentary Senna.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • August 12, 2011 8:46 AM
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Bridget Jones Three Update: "Still In Development"

Yes, Helen Fielding is working on a third Bridget Jones installment, which will probably deal with the 40ish Bridget's troubles getting pregnant by her adoring swain, Mark Darcy. And yes, we can assume that three major stars will happily return for the third film in a Bridget Jones trilogy--after all, while Colin Firth is at his career apex with an Oscar win for The King's Speech plus the upcoming John le Carre thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, which looks damned good, he knows perfectly well that Jane Austen is his career good luck charm. He's the best Darcy ever.
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • August 12, 2011 8:22 AM
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TV Roundup: NBC Remakes Munsters, Jeff Garlin's New Show, PBS Clarifies Bert and Ernie’s Status

Confirming that television has officially run out of new ideas, NBC has signed on to remake The Munsters, just after their announcement of a Frankenstein remake and CBS’s new Bewitched. NBC passed on a revamp of the 1960s show last year, but asked Bryan Fuller, the creator of Pushing Daisies, to make a second attempt. The Hollywood Reporter writes that Fuller wants to make his hour-long version of the Munster's edgier, darker, and character-focused.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • August 12, 2011 8:20 AM
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Mid-Year Oscar Watch: Top Five Visual Effects Contenders

Mid-Year Oscar Watch: Top Five Visual Effects Contenders
It's a good thing that the Academy is guaranteeing five VFX slots this year, as there's a plethora of candidates vying for them, reports Bill Desowitz in his weekly TOH column covering Hollywood below-the-line crafts, animation, and VFX . In fact, he's already got five frontrunners. After last week's monkey love for Andy Serkis and Rise of the Planet of the Apes , taking us into the dog days of summer, it's time for a mid-year VFX report card. Obviously 2011 has been dominated by a fatigue-inducing deluge of superhero movies (especially from Marvel, from X-Men: First Class to Thor and Captain America), yielding a wide field of CG performances and pyrotechnics.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 12, 2011 5:39 AM
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First Look: Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover

Pictured next to the real thing, DiCaprio is suited up as the former head of the FBI in Clint Eastwood’s upcoming J. Edgar. The film, which explores Hoover’s public personality and private persona, also stars Naomi Watts, Judi Dench, and Armie Hammer. Warner Bros. will release J. Edgar on November 9, 2011.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • August 12, 2011 5:07 AM
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