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Academy Unspools Summer of Silents, Starring Keaton, Chaplin, Oliver & Hardy

On the heels of one the most acclaimed films in the Cannes Film Festival this year --the silent film The Artist, made in Hollywood by the French, which earned Jean Dujardin the best actor Palme d'Or--the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is presenting a wondrous program, Summer of Silents.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 27, 2011 12:19 PM
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Jon Favreau Talks Genre-Mash Cowboys & Aliens: The Science of Sincerity

In an interview with TOH's Anthony D'Alessandro last week at the National Italian American Federation Gala, where Jon Favreau was lauded with the org’s Special Entertainment Achievement Award, the actor-director gave up some nuggets of intel on his upcoming summer genre-mash Cowboys & Aliens, starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford.Kitschy high-concept vehicles can be a turnoff on their title alone. Before moviegoers even approached the ticket booth, they could smell the stench of the ridiculous in polyester pics such as 1996’s Mars Attacks! ($37.8 million), 2006’s Snakes on a Plane ($34 million) or 2007’s Grindhouse ($25 million) – all of which crashed at the domestic B.O., despite having credible talent attached. However, with Cowboys & Aliens, Favreau and Universal are hoping to best such Z-movie stigma by selling the summer tentpole as a straight-up, serious X-Files western, evident in the first trailer (see below) they released back in November.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • May 27, 2011 12:18 PM
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Dueling Snow Whites: Relativity's Grimm vs. Universal's Huntsman, The Casts So Far

Dueling Snow Whites: Relativity's Grimm vs. Universal's Huntsman, The Casts So Far
UPDATE: One point for Relativity's untitled Snow White! Finally, some good news for the film comes in the form of Sean Bean. He will play the King whose kingdom is destroyed by the Evil Queen (Julia Roberts). Relativity is now touting this as a family-friendly Snow White, since they already know Universal's Snow White and the Huntsman is going to outdo them in the creative edge department. The film is currently shooting in Montreal.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 27, 2011 11:40 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Cannes Interviews, Winners & Losers, Tree of Life, Bridesmaids, Hangover & Box Office

BOX OFFICE
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • May 27, 2011 8:00 AM
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Weekend Preview: Avoid The Hangover Part II For Something Unforgettable: The Tree of Life

Weekend Preview: Avoid The Hangover Part II For Something Unforgettable: The Tree of Life
This Memorial Day weekend brings the best and worst of moviegoing experiences. For family fun, Kung Fu Panda 2 is a sure thing, while The Hangover Part II serves up "An embarrassing descent into racial stereotypes and tired homophobia," says Spout, and to add injury to insult, it's not even funny. Our recommendation for a worthwhile experience is Terrence Malick's long-awaited Palme d'Or-winner, The Tree of Life.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 27, 2011 5:30 AM
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Trailer Watch: I Don't Know How She Does It: Carrie Bradshaw in Boston, with A Job, Husband & Kids

I Don't Know How She Does It stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Munn, Seth Meyers, Kelsey Grammer, Christina Hendricks and Jane Curtin. The comedy might look like a variation on Sex and the City, but it is actually based on Allison Pearson's 2003 novel (adapted by Aline Brosh McKenna), and directed by Douglas McGrath. The synopsis is below, in case the trailer doesn't make the entire plot clear enough. The Weinstein Co. releases the film September 16.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 27, 2011 3:26 AM
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Funny or Die: Between Two Ferns with Galifianakis, Ferrell, Jon Hamm and Speed Stick

Will Ferrell visits Zach Galifianakis's Funny or Die show, Between Two Ferns. Enjoy...Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: Will Ferrell from Will Ferrell
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 27, 2011 2:37 AM
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Lord of the Rings vs. Harry Potter: Does The Question Really Need To Be Asked?

Apparently it does, so Asylum asked it: Check out loyal fans stating their arguments:
  • By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
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  • May 26, 2011 9:00 AM
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SIFF Day Four: Must-See Submarine, Four More Years, Jess + Moss, Beginners' McGregor and Plummer

SIFF Day Four: Must-See Submarine, Four More Years, Jess + Moss, Beginners' McGregor and Plummer
Meredith Brody continues her movie trawling from the great Northwest's Seattle International Film Festival:Part of the pleasure in attending a film festival in an unfamiliar city is in exploring the city by varying your venues. So I decide this morning to trek to the Neptune, in the northern part of the city, to see the highly-recommended Submarine, a quirky-looking English coming-of-age story that Weinstein Co. is releasing in a couple of weeks. Google Maps offers me both walking (an hour-and-a-half) and bus option (20 minutes), but I lazily grab a cab.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • May 26, 2011 6:49 AM
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Silverdocs Fest 2011 Slate Opener is Swell Season, Closes with Revenge of Electric Car

Running June 20-26 in Washington, DC, the AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival (in its ninth year) announces its complete lineup of 108 films from 52 countries. The Swell Season will open the festival, and Revenge of the Electric Car will close. The lineup across the fest's five sections (Sterling US Feature Competition, Sterling World Feature Competition, Sterling Short Film Competition, Silver Spectrum and Spotlight Programs) includes films from directors Chris Hegedus, D. A. Pennebaker, Marshall Curry, Whitney Dow, Alex Gibney, Steve James, James Marsh, Chris Paine, Michael Rapaport and Jim Whitaker.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 26, 2011 6:33 AM
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