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Super 8 Opening Projections Are Irrelevant; Word-of-Mouth Will Sell This Critics' Darling

Super 8 Opening Projections Are Irrelevant; Word-of-Mouth Will Sell This Critics' Darling
Having seen Super 8 Tuesday--it did not disappoint--I agree with box office analyst Anthony D'Alessandro's assertion that it doesn't matter if Super 8 opens soft. It's an original that plays like gangbusters and as such, the eventual returns will dwarf its opening this weekend, whatever it is. (This terrific unofficial fan poster evokes the spirit of one-sheet artist Drew Struzan of Lucas/Spielberg fame, who denies any authorship.)Super 8 has been driving Paramount and online movie sites super crazy. After word broke Monday evening  that advance tracking was soft on the J.J. Abrams-Steven Spielberg nostalgia-fest, the studio went into PR overdrive, clarifying projections. And in a final riposte to all box office naysayers, decided to offer Thursday sneak previews via Twitter in an effort to swell sales.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • June 8, 2011 7:21 AM
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Life in a Day and Ridley Scott's Micro Movie Mogul Initiative Raise Money for Charities

Ridley Scott invites the public to aid in promoting the UK theatrical release of Life in a Day on June 17 (it opens in the US June 29), and by doing so raise money for UK charities, all through the Micro Movie Moguls initiative. This is how it works: An individual or company sets themselves up as a Micro Mogul and they chose a charity -- any good cause -- to receive 25% of the tickets sold through their online ticket booth. Here's more information. Here is our review and the Life in a Day trailer. This movie is a must-see.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 8, 2011 6:40 AM
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New AMC/Regal Distrib Open Road to Release Killer Elite September 23

As Cinedigm's Chris McGurk advocates a partnership rather than adversary relationship between distributors and exhibitors, by sharing in the back-end of movies that hit VOD in advance of the usual 90-day ancillary window, dominant theater chains AMC Entertainment and Regal Entertainment's fledgling distributor Open Road Films is testing the question of whether there's an inherent conflict in theaters owning their own distribution arm. They are calling Open Road "acquisition-based," and thus their first major release (which they insist is not a remake), Killer Elite, was financed by Omnilab Media (Oliver Stone's W) and produced through Omnilab’s Australian production arm, Ambience Entertainment. Inferno Entertainment handled worldwide sales.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 8, 2011 6:00 AM
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Khanna Joins MGM as President of TV and Digital

Going forward, executives in charge of Television and Digital--such as new MGM Television Group and Digital president Roma Khanna--will have vital roles to play. MGM co-chairs Roger Birnbaum and Gary Barber signed the ex-president of Universal Networks International & Digital Initiatives. Khanna will supervise all TV sales, production, acquisitions, licensing, content creation and digital initiatives for MGM worldwide, overseeing all franchises and partnerships, and will look for new franchises and content through the MGM library.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 8, 2011 5:58 AM
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Full Poster: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's Lisbeth Salander Shows Her Nipple Ring UPDATED

Full Poster: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's Lisbeth Salander Shows Her Nipple Ring UPDATED
Technically, it's a safety pin. This The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo international poster (full image below) is what David Fincher wanted. So far the viral internet marketing campaign, from initial leaked red band trailer to "official" green band, is as edgy as a major studio like Sony can get. While this poster will be seen in select theaters overseas, obviously this won't work stateside in print (the artful Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander photo spread in W has spread like wildfire).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 8, 2011 5:09 AM
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Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained: Casting is Key; DiCaprio In, Smith Out? Who Will Play Django?

Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained: Casting is Key; DiCaprio In, Smith Out? Who Will Play Django?
Quentin Tarantino is known for his unorthodox, out-of-the-box casting choices, from John Travolta, Robert Forster and Pam Grier to Brad Pitt, Kurt Russell, and David Carradine. Now Leonardo DiCaprio (who Tarantino chased for the role of Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds) is in talks to play the villain in spaghetti western Django Unchained. He would play evil Mississippi Candyland plantation owner Calvin Candie, who also runs the Cleopatra Club that features sexually abused female slaves and mandingos forced to fight in death matches.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • June 8, 2011 4:55 AM
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Eva Gabrielsson's Stieg Larsson Memoir Hits Vanity Fair

It's amazing to think that seven years ago, Swedish journalist Stieg Larsson died walking up the stairs to his flat, soon before his magnum opus--The Millennium Trilogy--became a global bestseller, selling over 20 million copies, spawned a movie trilogy ($212 million worldwide) and a Hollywood remake.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 7, 2011 12:49 PM
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Sequelitis: Jim Carrey Getting Even Dumber, Mightier? Harvey Weinstein Still Wants Another Rounders

Anyone who thinks the sequel boom is ending soon best hide under a rock for another decade or two.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 7, 2011 11:46 AM
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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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