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Emmy Watch: Shameless Cast Talks Candid Approach to Drunkenness and Sex

Executive producer John Wells and cast members of Showtime’s Shameless convened recently for an Emmy season event in which the show’s frankness with regard to nudity and alcoholism were much-discussed. But there’s more than that to this adventurous new series, as Amy Dawes has discovered.“These are people who would be easy to look down on, except that they don’t look down on themselves,” said Wells at a panel following an L.A. Times-sponsored screening of Shameless last week. “They go out into the world and are shameless about who they are. In a similar way, we know no bounds about what we’ll do to get you to laugh or cry when you watch this show.”
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • June 10, 2011 9:22 AM
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Sundance, Redford and Fukunaga Tribute Satter on the 30th Anniversary of Institute Labs

The Sundance Institute mounted an A-list fundraiser in the dark woods at Franklin Canyon last week, complete with music by Fitz and the Tantrums. Sundance founder Robert Redford gave his trademark speech--which he delivers charmingly--about how he saw the need to counteract the prevailing studio trends with a support system for indies, starting with mentor workshops that eventually lead to a place to showcase the work--the Sundance Film Festival.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 10, 2011 9:07 AM
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Academy Presents 30th Anniversary Digital Screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark June 17 (UPDATE)

It's hard to believe that I sat in a screening room at Paramount's New York headquarters 30 years ago to watch Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark. Needless to say, it blew my head off. I made my first trip to the west coast to interview producer George Lucas at his Lucasfilm headquarters in Marin, California, for Film Comment Magazine (the archives don't go back that far, alas). The Lawrence Kasdan/George Lucas/Steven Spielberg original turned into a blockbuster and spawned a franchise. The concept of remaking a 40s adventure serial was novel; so was producing an action-packed period romantic comedy (with 6,000 live reptiles). And Harrison Ford nailed Indiana Jones, needless to say.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 10, 2011 8:31 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Super 8, X-Men, Django, Nipple Rings, Man Beards, Angelina Jolie, Hangover and Wangover

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  • By Sophia Savage and Anne Thompson
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  • June 10, 2011 8:15 AM
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Weekend Preview: Can the Fab Super 8 Beat Holdovers X-Men & The Hangover?

First, check out J.J. Abrams' Spielberg homage, Super 8: you'll have fun discussing it afterwards.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 10, 2011 6:34 AM
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Hero Complex Film Festival Has Surprises In Store

While I remain skeptical that Warren Beatty will fulfill his intention to produce a Dick Tracy sequel--as announced at Thursday's opening night of the second annual Hero Complex Film Festival -- there will be more surprises in store at LAT writer/blogger Geoff Boucher's geekfest. Sunday I will turn up for the Iron Man double feature at Mann's Chinese not only to check out the Q & A with the always amusing Jon Favreau, but to see if his surprise guest is who I think it is: Robert Downey, Jr. Those two, as anyone who has attended Comic-Con knows, are damned funny.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 10, 2011 5:27 AM
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Trailer Watch: Tabloid's Sex Scandal, Media & Mormons

Errol Morris' Tabloid hits theaters July 15. Check out our interview feature on the director; his fabulous new trailer is below. Morris is a nonpareil when it comes to editing, as anyone who knows his witty commercials and famous Oscar shorts can attest.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 10, 2011 5:22 AM
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Sebastian Junger Gives Up Front-Line Reporting: "I don't want to risk my life covering a mistake"

Sebastian Junger has been doing the book circuit for the paperback release of his book, War. The LA Times reports that the author and documentarian (who co-directed Oscar-nominated Restrepo with the tragically killed photojournalist Tim Heatherington) is through with covering the front lines:"I'm not going to do any more front-line reporting, because I don't want to put my wife through what I went through with Tim..It was a very obvious thought to come to in the wake of all this. Tim's death made war reporting feel like a selfish endeavor."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 10, 2011 5:02 AM
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Super 8 Inspires Cinephile Debate

Super 8 reviews are by no means uniformly positive. It is in fact inspiring considerable cinephile debate. While I am convinced that the movie will 1) please most fans 2) be a huge hit and 3) inspire a Spielberg lovefest at this point in his career, the issues raised by the film's detractors are worth considering.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 10, 2011 4:56 AM
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Alamo Responds to Viral PSA Reaction

Here's Alamo Drafthouse Chief Tim League's classy video response to the way media and internet reacted to their viral YouTube PSA decrying texting in movie theaters:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 10, 2011 4:29 AM
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