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Snap! Crackle! Pop! Rice Crispies Commercial

I woke up this morning humming the jingle for a 50s commercial whose lyrics I still remember. How powerful is that? And I still eat the Kelloggs cereal. Here's the animated musical Rice Crispies commercial:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 2, 2011 6:57 AM
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Spike Lee Can’t Get Funding, Ashton Kutcher vs. Village Voice in Social Media Brawl

Spike Lee can’t get financing for his films, even with Denzel Washington and Jodie Foster joining a follow-up to Lee’s most successful feature, Inside Man. In an interview with Charlie Rose, Lee griped about everything from Do the Right Thing’s Academy snub in 1989 and making a film with LeBron James to his hesitancy about acting and Obama’s reelection. Lee's difficulties acquiring backers are countless, but he's particularly peeved that due to his 2008 financial disaster, the World War II period piece Miracle at St. Anna, even though Inside Man was his most successful film, "we can’t get the sequel made. And one thing Hollywood does well is sequels. The film’s not getting made. We tried many times. It’s not going to happen.”
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 2, 2011 3:49 AM
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Frameline35 Film Festival Wrap and Closing Night Review: Christopher and His Kind

The Frameline Film Festival is not only the world’s oldest LGBT festival, it’s also the largest—attendance this year reached 56,000, reports Jacob Combs from San Francisco. The Frameline35 festival, now in its 35th reincarnation, screened more than 230 features and shorts at four locations across San Francisco, centered, of course, at the Castro Theatre, the 1922 movie palace located in the heart of the most famous gay neighborhood in San Francisco (and, arguably, the world). The Castro audience is not one known for being demure or quiet. The crowd at Sunday’s screening of Christopher and His Kind, the BBC docudrama about Christopher Isherwood that closed the festival, was no exception: quick to laugh (loudly), gasp and even dance when the moment called for it.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • July 1, 2011 12:02 PM
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Weekly Wrap: Transformers Good News for 3-D, Oscar Lineup Shaping Up, Original Content in the Works

BOX OFFICE
  • By Sophia Savage and Anne Thompson
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  • July 1, 2011 7:42 AM
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Official Prometheus Synopsis Still Vague: Foster Joins Rapace, Theron, Elba, Pearce, Fassbender

Arriving in theaters in less than a year, Ridley Scott’s Prometheus has been shrouded in mystery, plot details and the big-picture concept behind the grand-scale epic have been non-existent. The film was first reported in 2009, and named as an untitled prequel to Scott’s 1979 Alien.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 1, 2011 7:03 AM
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Trade Watch: TheWrap Makes Changes, Adds Reuters, Schruers, Duralde, Willman

Trade Watch: TheWrap Makes Changes, Adds Reuters, Schruers, Duralde, Willman
Sharon Waxman's announcement today that "leading news organization" TheWrap is partnering with Reuters America serves to illustrate how hungry TheWrap is to grab a foothold. Here's the real deal. Variety let its Reuters deal go to The Hollywood Reporter some years back, and now THR--the dominant trade--doesn't need Reuters anymore.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 1, 2011 5:44 AM
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Transformers 3 Set to Slaughter 2-D Field; Plus Terri, Aurora, Perfect Host, Uninspired Larry Crowne

Transformers 3 Set to Slaughter 2-D Field; Plus Terri, Aurora, Perfect Host, Uninspired Larry Crowne
Michael Bay's Transformers: Dark of the Moon, in all its 3-D glory, is going to score huge and remind us that good acting doesn't always accompany box office success. The visual payoff, especially in IMAX 3-D, is worth the ticket price, and reinstates 3-D as a positive cinematic achievement after months of disappointments. One critic speculates: “One gets the feeling that if [director Michael] Bay could stop including people in his films altogether we’d all have a much better time with this franchise.” Tom Hanks' adult-targeted counterprogrammer Larry Crowne, despite having America's Sweetheart (Julia Roberts) and America's Other Sweetheart (Hanks himself), is having a hard time convincing anyone it's worthwhile. The WSJ's John Anderson says: "You wonder who thought any of this was funny."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 1, 2011 5:35 AM
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First Four MBA/MFA Students Graduate from NYU

First Four MBA/MFA Students Graduate from NYU
NYU is more impressive--and expensive--than it was in my day. When I transferred from upstate Hamilton College --having run the film society and disc-jockeyed at WHCL-FM-- to Cinema Studies at Tisch School of the Arts, my father was furious that I was giving up my hard-won scholarship aid for full-freight tuition. I had to work part-time at the Bleecker St. Cinema to make up the difference. But I loved it.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 1, 2011 2:00 AM
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Holiday Weekend Box Office Gets Off to Record-Setting Start with 3-D Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Holiday Weekend Box Office Gets Off to Record-Setting Start with 3-D Transformers: Dark of the Moon
The buzz has grown to a crescendo on Michael Bay's Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Whatever you do, see the movie in IMAX 3-D, because Bay and ILM VFX supervisor Scott Farrar have taken on the challenge of outdoing the 3-D standard set by James Cameron's Avatar and by Jove they've done it. (I saw it at IMAX's own screening room; here's perfectionist Bay's letter to theater projectionists.)
  • By Anne Thompson and Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • June 30, 2011 6:19 AM
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EXCLUSIVE: Morgan Spurlock's Greatest Movie Ever Sold on Blu-ray & DVD August 23

Morgan Spurlock's Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold will debut on DVD and Blu-ray on August 23. Check out our interview with Spurlock and the trailer.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 30, 2011 5:44 AM
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