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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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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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Google+ Update: 20 Million Users Projected by This Weekend, User Tips, Will It Survive?

Will Google+ take off? According to this report from Paul Allen, Google+ will reach 10 million users today--thanks to the increasingly popular invitation button--and 20 million by this weekend. Google+ turns two weeks old today (here's Wired's must-read history), and Allen's statistics give evidence that there is in fact a demand for Google+, despite Facebook already having 750 million users. Moreover, Google is not doomed even if this social-networking attempt fails. Google+ has posted this message (pictured) for those not adequately connected to receive an invite.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 12, 2011 8:26 AM
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Athena Film Festival, 2012: Call for Submissions

For the second year, Barnard College will present the Athena Film Festival from February 9-12, 2012. The fest aims to "expand the definition of what it means to be a female leader, highlighting the many ways that women can and do make a difference," and will feature top tier features, Oscar nominated films, documentaries and shorts, of which there are US and whorl premieres.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 12, 2011 8:22 AM
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Sundance Announces Creative Producing Lab & Summit Participants

The Sundance Institute announces the participants for its annual Creative Producing Labs and Creative Producing Summit, to be held July 18-24 in Sundance, Utah. The nine projects (five features, four documentaries) chosen for 2011 labs will receive grants and ongoing support for a year, and will be joined by indie film leaders immediately following the lab for the Summit. Sundance's Keri Putnam says the "Creative Producing initiatives are a unique combination of intensive focus on the producers’ individual projects and larger discussions with industry leaders about the state of the independent film community and where it’s headed,..[and] an opportunity for producers to explore and develop their projects in a forward-thinking, supportive community." Below are details on each of the chosen projects:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 12, 2011 8:13 AM
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First Look: The Dark Knight Rises Teaser Poster

Warner Bros. has released the teaser poster for Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises. Yes, it's dark, sinister, architectural, graphic, and very Inception.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 12, 2011 7:43 AM
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Sundance Doc Knuckle Gets North American Release

Ian Palmer's documentary Knuckle, which premiered at Sundance, has gone to ARC Entertainment and XLrator Media for North American distribution. ContentFilm previously acquired international rights to the film, while Revolver Entertainment has UK (August 5) and Ireland, and BBC has UK TV rights. Focusing on two brothers, the film chronicles the violent feud between two rival families in the traditional nomadic Irish Traveller community. Palmer immersed himself in the community for twelve years to gain insight.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 12, 2011 5:55 AM
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Finale: Media Round-Up

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Finale: Media Round-Up
It all ends with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2--or maybe not. J.K. Rowling has hinted that she could bring it back; in the meantime she's releasing ebooks of the series at Pottermore. And fan fiction writers will continue to create their own alternative Potter universe, as detailed in Lev Grossman's must-read Time fan fiction feature. Here's our fearless box office forecast, a rave review, and early review round-up.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • July 12, 2011 5:32 AM
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Bridesmaids Star Melissa McCarthy Trains with Joel McHale for Emmy Nominations Announcement

Bridesmaids breakout star Melissa McCarthy will announce the Emmy nominations on July 14. To train, she went to last year's announcer, Joel McHale:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 12, 2011 4:55 AM
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Page Eight Review: Weisz and Fiennes Give David Hare’s Directing Comeback a Boost

London critic Matt Mueller reviews Page Eight, respected scribe David Hare's BBC-backed bid for respect as a director, which debuted at the Edinburgh Film Festival last month. It was going to take something special to attract Rachel Weisz and Ralph Fiennes back to the small screen: David Hare stepping behind the camera for the first time in 15 years turned out to be it. Directing his own script, Hare serves up a stylish political feature that’s a purposeful throwback to 1960s British espionage thrillers like The Ipcress File and, in Bill Nighy, finds the perfect actor to play his quintessentially English protagonist: Johnny Worricker, a long-serving MI5 intelligence analyst who’s forged a successful career by fading into the background but comes out of the shadows when his boss (Michael Gambon) unveils a dossier showing the UK government knew all along about America’s top-secret torture prisons.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • July 12, 2011 2:00 AM
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