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Anderson Cooper Calls Alamo Drafthouse's Tim League "A Great American Hero" for Kicking Out Texter

Here are the details on that delicious Alamo Drafthouse story about kicking out a texter --and turning her angry voicemail into a PSA. The Austin-based Alamo Drafthouse, which serves food and drink at its rapidly expanding theater chain, has always been tough on customer behavior. Love it.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 7, 2011 10:12 AM
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Stephen Colbert Denies Age of Caves in Werner Herzog's 3-D Cave of Forgotten Dreams

During his Colbert Report interview with Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man), Stephen Colbert sheds doubt on the age of the Chauvet Caves in the filmmaker's latest doc, the 3-D Cave of Forgotten Dreams (below, with the film's trailer). Here's our exclusive video clip. Herzog likes the idea of using an all-purpose title for his films: Gazing into the Abyss.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 7, 2011 9:53 AM
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Angelina Jolie Chooses Wisely: Salt Sequel Moves Forward

Angelina Jolie Chooses Wisely: Salt Sequel Moves Forward
Angelina Jolie may have said no to a Wanted sequel (for another film that eventually lost her, Gravity), but that doesn't mean she doesn't know a good franchise when she sees one. Salt went from a Tom Cruise vehicle to an Angelina Jolie action classic, and it's getting a sequel. We've said it before and we'll say it again: Angelina Jolie is the first actress to transcend gender. And it’s hard to argue that any other actress can do what she can.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • June 7, 2011 5:30 AM
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Picton Picturefest's Inaugural Event: Lineup Opens with Swinton Curated Monsieur Hulot's Holiday

A film fest and "cinephile retreat," the inaugural Piction Picturefest in Prince Edward County, Ontario, will run from July 7-10. The event will include films, workshops, youth education and camping.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 7, 2011 5:28 AM
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Manhattan Film Fans Should Flock to Film Society of Lincoln Center's New Theater Complex; Will They?

Manhattan Film Fans Should Flock to Film Society of Lincoln Center's New Theater Complex; Will They?
New Yorkers can celebrate the imminent arrival of two new art-house cinemas in a city that has long been underserved by movie theaters. IndieWIRE reports on the Film Society of Lincoln Center's ribbon-cutting for the 17,500 square foot Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center on 65th Street, which begins its opening festivities Wednesday with a weekend of free programming featuring Kevin Smith, Oliver Stone and an indie panel moderated by producer Ted Hope, before its official June 17 launch with Andrew Rossi’s hit fest circuit doc Page One: A Year Inside The New York Times (Magnolia), which couldn't be more timely with the changing of the guard at the NYT.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 7, 2011 5:20 AM
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Produced By Conference: ABC Showrunner Secrets, Casting by Twitter Followers

Produced By Conference: ABC Showrunner Secrets, Casting by Twitter Followers
This year, the Producer's Guild's annual Produced By Conference was held at the Disney Studio. On separate panels, Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Smith disagreed on the future role of theaters and DVDs, while the conference advanced many producers' own agendas. Cari Beauchamp turned up for Saturday's revelatory ABC Showrunner panel: The crowds were bustling along Minnie Avenue and Dopey Drive as the Produced By Conference welcomed the international commission of film commissioners as first time co-sponsors. Booths from various countries and states were attracting attention, but inside the packed Sessions theater, you could have heard a pin drop as Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives) Andrew Marlowe (Castle), Darren Star (Sex and the City, Beverly Hills 90210) and Damon Lindelof (Lost) sat on the stage to discuss their television programs. Billed as a conversation with ABC showrunners about developing and selling pilots and ensuring a series' "long term vitality," the hour and a half panel discussion moderated by Variety's Cynthia Littleton turned out to be more revelatory than that, giving an insiders' peek into the minutia and multitude of decisions required daily to nurse/cajole/prod a weekly television program to success.
  • By Cari Beauchamp
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  • June 6, 2011 8:25 AM
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Columbia, Moritz to Remake Japanese Hit Big Man Japan

Columbia Pictures and Original Film producer Neal H. Moritz (Fast Five) plan to develop a remake to potential franchise Big Man Japan, a 2007 hit in Japan that was released stateside in 2009. Columbia optioned both remake and sequel rights of the Hitoshi Matsumoto bumbling monster comedy from Yoshimoto Kogyo Co, Ltd, and their affiliate Yoshimoto Creative Agency, Ltd. Screenwriters Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi (Clash of the Titans) are doing the adaptation.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 6, 2011 6:17 AM
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Anna Karenina Update: Joe Wright Casts Knightley, Law, MacFadyen, Macdonald, Ronan, Johnson

The impressive cast of Joe Wright's upcoming adaptation of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina (adapted by Tom Stoppard) is as follows: Keira Knightley (Anna), Jude Law (her husband, Karenin), Matthew MacFadyen (Oblonsky), Kelly Macdonald (his wife, Dolly), Olivia Williams (Countess Vronskaya, Vronsky's mother), Saoirse Ronan (Kitty, Dolly's sister), Aaron Johnson (Anna's lover, Vronsky), Andrea Riseborough (Princess Betsy) and Domhnall Gleeson (Levin).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 6, 2011 5:16 AM
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Trailer Watch: Cars 2 & Fast Five Mashup

Check out ScreenRant's mash-up of Fast Five and Cars 2:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 6, 2011 5:05 AM
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MTV Movie Awards Show Pushes Raunch with Pattinson/Lautner Kiss, F-Bombs, Sex Tape Advice

Amidst all the shameless self-promotion and PR-mongering that is the MTV Movie Awards, inappropriate behavior raged on at the Sunday night event. There was Jason Sudeikis's "I might be a dad soon," Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis's groping, alluding to what "may or may not be" Blake Lively, Rob Pattinson kissing Taylor Lautner and in his intro for The Generation Award-winner, boasting to his Water for Elephants co-star Reese Witherspoon: "I did get to fuck you."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 6, 2011 4:49 AM
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