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Comic-Con: Warm Bodies Writer Isaac Marion: "A General Sense of Impending Doom" in the World

Isaac Marion's novel Warm Bodies is being adapted for Summit by writer-director Jonathan Levine (The Wackness) and is set to star Nicholas Holt and Theresa Palmer. Here are details on the zombie-drama. Marion speaks with the press:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 21, 2011 7:01 AM
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Open Road To Release Silent House, Starring Elizabeth Olsen

Open Road Films is distributing Silent House stateside, starring Elizabeth Olsen in yet another breakout role--she made a stir at Sundance with Martha Marcy May Marlene. Olsen plays a young woman who discovers she is trapped inside her family's collapsing lake house; as her imprisonment continues, the home becomes more sinister. Chris Kentis and Laura Lau (2003's Open Water) direct the film, which has no release date as yet.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 21, 2011 6:29 AM
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First Look at The Darkest Hour: Aliens in Moscow

Emile Hirsch is moving from the isolation of the Alaskan wilderness in Into the Wild to a more dystopian terror in The Darkest Hour, Chris Gorak's 3-D science-fiction film. While Hirsch won't have to lose 40 pounds, he'll be part of another environment of trepidation and isolation--in Russia.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 21, 2011 3:49 AM
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Dominic Cooper Talks Devil's Double: "Fast Cars, Sex, & Excitement"

Dominic Cooper Talks Devil's Double: "Fast Cars, Sex, & Excitement"
There's plenty wrong with Lee Tamahori's The Devil's Double, but what's right with it is Dominic Cooper. The British actor (The History Boys, The Dutchess, Mamma Mia!, An Education, Tamara Drewe) plays both Saddam Hussein's son Uday Hussein and Latif Lahia, the man forced to be his double. Based on Lahia's memoir, the film takes some loose facts and then runs wildly into male-fantasy land. This is the sexy-music-video-violent-video-game take on Hussein's regime and its byproduct: a psychotic son that rapes, kills and snorts copious amounts of coke without thinking twice.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 21, 2011 2:30 AM
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Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Indie Film: A Strange, Droll, Witty Bunch

Filmmaker Magazine announces 2011 “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” Among those acknowledged are the pair Andrew S. Allen and Jason Sondhi, who were curators of Short of the Week; their curious short film The Thomas Beale Cipher (posted below and pictured to the right) amalgamates an array of animation techniques for a living scrap-book feel.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 20, 2011 12:38 PM
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The Amazing Spider-Man Trailer Hits on Eve of Comic-Con; Not So Amazing

The Amazing Spider-Man trailer has leaked all over the web just in time for Sony's presentation at Comic-Con and a full year before its July 3, 2012 release. Rather than show us something new, the official version below shows us what's already been done before, but this time with Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and 3-D. (500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb weaves a seemingly familiar story with new faces. Check out Sam Raimi's 2002 Spider-Man trailer, also below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 20, 2011 12:33 PM
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Marvel Plays Captain America Too Straight, Early Reviews UPDATED

Marvel Plays Captain America Too Straight, Early Reviews UPDATED
So far so good for Marvel Entertainment, which has churned out more blockbusters than stumbles. This year, both Thor and X-Men: First Class delivered, and Sony's 2012 reboot of Spider-Man will be previewed at Comic-Con, along with a full screening of Captain America: First Avenger, which always presented a challenge. How do you dust off a patriotic World War II Nazi-fighting hero--battling larger-than-life the Red Skull--and make ten-year-old boys believe in him again? Marvel bravely took on the task, starting out the movie with the discovery of a buried fighter plane in the Arctic, and reaching back in time to resurrect the origin story of Steve Rogers, a 90-pound weakling-turned-super-strong-war-hero.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 20, 2011 8:05 AM
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Social Media Watch: Facebook Employees Sign Up for Google+, Most Active Users at Twitter or Facebook

While Google+ hopes to replace Facebook as a social media site that allows you to compartmentalize your image, high-ups at Facebook have been signing up in droves for Google's new platform. See the complete list of Facebook employees using Google Plus at All Facebook, including founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, vice president Christopher Cox and vice president of human resources, Lori Goler. So far, Google+ has accumulated 10 million users in just two weeks, good progress but nowhere close to Facebook's 750 million. Perhaps Facebook's principals are conducting some competitive research at Google+ or maybe this is a friendly gesture to say that all social media can coexist together?
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 20, 2011 8:00 AM
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Media Watch: Murdoch Escapes From Parliament, Catapulted Pie

In nearly three hours of intense interrogation by the British Parliament, Rupert Murdoch still refused to provide sufficient answers or admit to any responsibility.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 20, 2011 3:47 AM
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Producers Guild Sticks with Ten Picture Nominees

Marking a break with the Motion Picture Academy, the Producers Guild of America is sticking with ten nominees for its 2012 Darryl F. Zanuck award for outstanding feature film producer of the year. The 23rd PGA nominations will be announced on January 3 and the Awards show will take place on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at the Beverly Hilton, and will be chaired by Paula Wagner and produced by Michael Manheim. The PGA also added some TV categories covering reality television, sports, news, children’s programming and web series.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 19, 2011 11:40 AM
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