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Trailer Watch: Scorsese's Magical Hugo Conjures Beloved Family Classics

Brian Selznick, the author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, a 2007 genre-bending children’s book, was inspired by turn of the 20th-century film pioneer Georges Méliès. Perhaps that's why Selznick’s book seems to translate so easily to the screen.
  • By Maggie Lange and Anne Thompson
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  • July 15, 2011 4:38 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Emmys Snub Genre, Nominees in Movies, Scorsese on Harrison, Potter Mania, Trailers

EMMY AWARDS & TV
  • By Sophia Savage and Anne Thompson
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  • July 15, 2011 2:30 AM
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Poland to Submit Agnieszka Holland's In Darkness for Oscars

Poland has selected Agnieszka Holland's World War II drama In Darkness (Sony Pictures Classics) as their submission for the best foreign-language Oscar. A Polish-German-Canadian co-production, In Darkness is based on the real story of a Polish man, Leopold Socha (Robert Wieckiewicz), who turned from smalltime swindler to a hero, hiding Jews in the sewers of Lwów (Ukraine). Holland has said that this film is about “the dark and bright sides of man, showing how easy it is to cross the line from one to the other.”
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 15, 2011 1:42 AM
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On The Road: Director Walter Salles' Secret Second Road Trip with Garrett Hedlund

Jerry Cimino, founder and curator of The Beat Museum, delves into the saga that lead to finally getting Jack Kerouac's On The Road adapted to film. His article reveals that after shooting the film from August through December of 2010, director Walter Salles and star Garrett Hedlund went on the road together with the film's '48 Hudson and a crew of five in April 2011. No one else in the cast (which includes Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, Steve Buscemi, Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams, Alice Braga and Elisabeth Moss) knew about this trip, part of Salles' "quest for authenticity." Here is an excerpt from the article and this photo, courtesy of HuffPost.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 14, 2011 8:23 AM
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Trailer Watch: John Carter Teaser Lands with Leaping Taylor Kitsch, Epic Imagery

Having underwhelmed us with their teaser poster, Disney does deliver a rousing first teaser trailer for Andrew Stanton's Edgar Rice Burroughs adaptation John Carter. Stanton, the writer-director of Pixar's Wall-E, moves into live-action, directing Taylor Kitsch in the title role as a lonely American soldier who is magically transported to red planet Barsoom, where he boasts gravity-boosted strength. Think Avatar, as James Cameron grew up on these novels. Carter is allied with Red Martians Ciaran Hinds, Lynn Collins, Dominic West and James Purefoy against four-armed Green Martians Willem Dafoe, Polly Walker, Thomas Haden Church and Samantha Morton in this immersive digital epic.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 14, 2011 8:15 AM
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Emmy Voters Too Snobby for Genre Fare: The Borgias, Treme, Justified, The Killing, Walking Dead

Emmy Voters Too Snobby for Genre Fare: The Borgias, Treme, Justified, The Killing, Walking Dead
The Emmy voters have weighed in. And yes, the usual worthy subjects were rewarded. Congrats to Emmy nominations leaders, largely from AMC, PBS and HBO, dramas Mad Men (19: Jon Hamm, Elizabeth Moss, John Slattery and Christina Hendricks) and Boardwalk Empire (18: Steve Buscemi and Kelly Macdonald) (nominations list is below), as well as movies and mini-series Mildred Pierce (21: Kate Winslet, Guy Pearce, Brian F. O'Byrne, Melissa Leo, Mare Winningham, Evan Rachel Wood), French bio-epic Carlos (Edgar Ramirez), sequel Upstairs Downstairs (Jean March, Eileen Atkins), Too Big to Fail (William Hurt, Paul Giamatti, James Woods), Cinema Verite (Diane Lane) and Downton Abbey (Maggie Smith).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 14, 2011 7:45 AM
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EXCLUSIVE: Coolidge Corner Theatre and Alfred P. Sloan's Science on Screen Picks Eight Cinemas

To implement their collaborative Science on Screen programs, The Coolidge Corner Theatre and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation have selected eight independent non-profit cinemas throughout the US to each receive $7,000 in grant funding. (The eight theaters that will host the programs are listed below.) Each has a strong reputation for contributing to their cultural community. Applicants were asked to pitch program concepts and detail strategies for recruiting speakers and building audiences, and the recipients will each host a minimum of three events during the June 2011-June 2012 period.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 14, 2011 7:42 AM
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Emmy Watch: Seven Nominees with Promising Film Futures: Elba, Wiig, McCarthy, Enos, Hamm, Hendricks

Some Emmy nominees will win on September 18, but other Emmy nominees are already winning with major film careers taking off.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 14, 2011 6:11 AM
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Weekend Preview: Harry Potter Will Dominate; Indies Tabloid, The Tree, Life, Above All & Snow Flower

Weekend Preview: Harry Potter Will Dominate; Indies Tabloid, The Tree, Life, Above All & Snow Flower
Harry Potter #8 will make ridiculous amounts of money this weekend while indies and foreign offerings try to make a dent in the increasingly crowded summer box office. Here is our Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II box office analysis and media coverage round-up. Check out the reviews for "clumsy" Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (co-produced by Rupert Murdoch's wife, Wendi Murdoch), our interview with Errol Morris for his doc Tabloid, which tops indieWIRE's weekly critic consensus. There's also well-reviewed The Tree from France and Life, Above All from South Africa/Germany, plus Colin Hanks' dark comedy Lucky, which has been only slightly luckier with the critics than his father's Larry Crowne, and Sundance entry Salvation Boulevard, which is being critically slaughtered despite a stellar cast.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 14, 2011 5:29 AM
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Comic-Con Preview: The New (Amazing) Spider-Man, Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Masters of the Web UPDATE

Comic-Con Preview: The New (Amazing) Spider-Man, Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Masters of the Web UPDATE
As we gird our loins for this week's San Diego schlep to Comic-Con--which is not my idea of a good time, just getting into everything is an enormous chore--the revelations are coming fast and furious. Yes, we will see Cowboys and Aliens and Captain America there, and Steven Spielberg is making his first appearance with The Adventures of Tintin--as is another veteran filmmaker, Francis Ford Coppola, with his indie horror film TWIXT. DreamWorks/Disney is promoting Fright Night, with Colin Farrell on hand. Universal is presenting a panel on Snow White and the Huntsman, which hasn't even started shooting yet, but why miss an opportunity to highlight star Kristen Stewart, who's there anyway for Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 14, 2011 5:13 AM
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