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Trailer Watch: Margin Call Spells Out Doom for Wall Street Financial Crisis

Check out this taut trailer for writer-director J.C. Chandor's indie Margin Call, inspired by true events leading to the 2008 financial crisis. Here's our Sundance interview with Chandor and star Zachary Quinto. The all star cast (with also includes Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci, Demi Moore, Penn Badgley, Simon Baker and Paul Bettany) worked for next to nothing to get this movie made. Roadside will release the film October 21:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 26, 2011 3:33 AM
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Comic-Con Exclusive: Gale Anne Hurd Talks Walking Dead, Comic Book Movies, Girls Gone Genre

Comic-Con Exclusive: Gale Anne Hurd Talks Walking Dead, Comic Book Movies, Girls Gone Genre
There's a reason Gale Anne Hurd turned from producing movies like The Terminator, Aliens and The Punisher to cable series like The Walking Dead. HBO, AMC, FX, Showtime, USA and other cable networks are where the smart writing, production values and character development are. And Comic-Con demonstrated without a doubt that the organizers have to rethink who gets to go into Hall H.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 25, 2011 8:29 AM
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ITVS Free Doc Festival in Celebration of 20 Years of Independence

The Independent Television Service (ITVS) will honor documentarians for their outstanding contributions by granting anyone on the Internet access to these films. In celebration of their 20 years of funding for independent filmmakers, ITVS will stream 20 of its award-winning documentaries online for free. The festival starts Monday July 25 and continues until Friday September 23; find a complete listing of films here and watch ITVS’s trailer for its festival below.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 25, 2011 7:49 AM
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From Dusk Till Dawn Clip: Tarantino Kisses Salma Hayek's Toes

You may have heard about Quentin Tarantino's reputation as a foot fetishist. What film clues exist of this orientation? Well, you can start with his memorable cameo in Robert Rodriguez's 1996 From Dusk Till Dawn, a steamy scene with Salma Hayek, below. (Tarantino co-wrote the flick with director Rodriguez.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 25, 2011 7:25 AM
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Comic-Con Costume Photo Gallery

Comic-Con Costume Photo Gallery
While covering Comic-Con is a logistical nightmare, the folks who go there to pursue their muses are having a fab time. Herewith a sampling of costumes caught on the fly as I went about my chores. I particularly admired some of the folks coming out of a panel on Steampunk. Photo gallery is below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 25, 2011 5:29 AM
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Media Watch: Gawker Takes Fox To Court, Youth Watch TV Online, and On-Demand Market to Soar

The popular, vicious, and gossipy blog Gawker will go to court in order to investigate communcations between New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Fox News chairman, Roger Ailes. In order to obtain communication records between the two men, Gawker plans to file a civil suit against Governor Christie today, reports the NYT:Mr. Cook, who regularly uses freedom of information and open public records acts to ferret out information for his Gawker articles, said the court action represents the first lawsuit filed by Gawker to obtain information.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 25, 2011 5:27 AM
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Two Documentaries Get Personal: The Kids Grow Up vs. Sherman’s March

Two Documentaries Get Personal:  The Kids Grow Up vs. Sherman’s March
Sometimes it’s personal, writes Matt Brennan in this week’s “Now and Then” column on the two documentaries The Kids Grow Up and Sherman’s March (trailers below):One is inherently subjective, a collation of interviews, impressions, laughter and tears. The other is only ostensibly objective, a historical artifact turned private heirloom. Both, however, are sure on one thing: there really is no place like home video.
  • By Matthew Brennan
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  • July 25, 2011 2:13 AM
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Andy Serkis Talks Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Tintin, Hobbit

The king of performance capture actors pretended to be a fan in Hall H at Comic-Con Friday, asking Steven Spielberg a question about Daniel Craig meeting Clint Eastwood on the set of The Adventures of Tintin wearing just a leotard. (Here's a full report on Spielberg and Jackson talking Tintin.) Bill Desowitz (Immersed in Movies) talked to Andy Serkis afterward:Few in Hall H recognized Serkis because film fans don't know what the Brit actor looks like--the man who performed not only The Lord of the Rings' Gollum, but King Kong. Serkis is pivotal in the evolution of performance capture.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 25, 2011 1:14 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Captain America Makes Strong Superhero Start

Marvel has launched yet another comic superhero at the movies, Captain America. Anthony D'Alessandro reports.The stars aligned around the Paramount logo this weekend as the Marvel Entertainment production Captain America: The First Avenger became the summer’s biggest superhero opener at $65.8 million, beating Thor ($65.7 million), X-Men: First Class ($55.1 million) and DC’s Green Lantern ($53.2 million). Women who had their fill of watching men in tights took in another showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 ($48.1 million) or Sony/Screen Gems' kinky romantic comedy Friends With Benefits at $18.5 million.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • July 24, 2011 4:27 AM
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Francis Coppola Wants Movies to Be More Theatrical--As In Live UPDATED Video

Always the influential pioneer when it comes to moviemaking--Francis Ford Coppola came back from the ardors of filming Apocalypse Now and said, "there has to be a better way of doing this"--Coppola returned to Comic-Con for the first time since Dracula with another horror flick, Twixt. But this one was a self-financed indie project, digitally shot and edited on locations near his Napa Valley winery. And while the veteran director won a standing ovation in Hall H, by the end of his presentation there were far more empty seats than at the beginning.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 24, 2011 2:28 AM
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