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Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue Cover Preview: Franco, Hathaway, Reynolds, Gyllenhaal, Barely Wilde

Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue Cover Preview: Franco, Hathaway, Reynolds, Gyllenhaal, Barely Wilde
Check out Vanity Fair‘s annual Hollywood issue cover by Norman Jean Roy, complete with Robert Duvall, Oscar hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway, Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal and a bevy of young stars on the rise, most noticeably Jennifer Lawrence, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Olivia Wilde, Anthony Mackie, Mila Kunis, Andrew Garfield, Jesse Eisenberg and Noomi Rapace.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 1, 2011 10:48 AM
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Diaz & Firth Team for Coens-Scripted Gambit Remake

The Coen brothers' screenplay update of Gambit -- the 1966 Brit caper comedy that paired Shirley MacLaine and Michael Caine as a waitress and a burglar--just landed Cameron Diaz to co-star with leading man Colin Firth.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 1, 2011 9:35 AM
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Director Watch: Woo's Killer Remake, Cameron's Battle Angel, Gatsby's Green Light, Hooper's Secrets

Director Watch: Woo's Killer Remake, Cameron's Battle Angel, Gatsby's Green Light, Hooper's Secrets
- John Woo (Red Cliff) and long-time producing partner Terence Chang's Lion Rock Productions is ramping up a remake of The Killer, which Woo directed in 1989. This remake will be directed for English-language audiences by South Korean director John H. Lee and stars Jung Woo-Sung in the role originally played by Chow Yun-Fat. This will be a modern take on the story about an assassin who devotes everything to protecting a singer whom he accidentally blinded.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 1, 2011 9:15 AM
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The Wright Stuff II Wraps at New Beverly

The Wright Stuff II Wraps at New Beverly
Edgar Wright had a blast, by his own account, presenting his second The Wright Stuff program at the New Beverly (an L.A. rep theater saved by Quentin Tarantino): I wish I'd seen some of this. I had a blast when I attended a rare Joe Dante double feature there--and met Dennis Cozzalio for the first time (here's his report on the Wright program). And Wright's report:And so my second season at the New Beverly is over.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 1, 2011 8:53 AM
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IBM Centennial Shorts: 100 x 100 vs. Errol Morris's They Were There

To celebrate their centennial anniversary, IBM has produced two videos (below). Compare and contrast 100x100, which tells IBM's history through the eyes of 100 different people, from a 100-year-old to a newborn baby, with Errol Morris’s 30-minute doc They Were There, scored by his frequent collaborator, Philip Glass.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 1, 2011 8:15 AM
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Trailer Music Live's Multi-Media Orchestra Performances in NYC and Moscow

The calling card of movies --the trailer--inspired Trailer Music Live, a multi-media concert experience featuring movie footage accompanied by live orchestral performances from over 100 musicians and singers, which is not used in the films themselves and does not appear on movie soundtracks. Here, they get reborn.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 1, 2011 7:45 AM
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The Fighter: Russell, Adams, Leo, McGee and Boston Sisters Talk, Swear for SAG Q & A

The Fighter: Russell, Adams, Leo, McGee and Boston Sisters Talk, Swear for SAG Q & A
The Fighter's David O. Russell was joined by fellow Oscar-nominees Amy Adams and Melissa Leo as well as Jack McGee and five of the film's infamous sisters for a SAG Q & A on January 26 at LA's Harmony Gold Theater. (Leo and Christian Bale wound up winning the two supporting categories at the SAG Awards Saturday.) Check it out:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 1, 2011 7:23 AM
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Sundance Video: Alex Gibney Talks Ken Kesey and Neal Cassady on Magic Trip

Sundance Video: Alex Gibney Talks Ken Kesey and Neal Cassady on Magic Trip
With Magic Trip, Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) and his longtime editor Alison Ellwood have cut together a rich piece of 60s history using archive video and audio of the iconic literary figures on the famous cross-country Magic Bus trip recounted by Tom Wolfe in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Gibney talks (our video interview is below) about how Ken Kesey created the original footage that he uses in Magic Trip. "It's archival cinema verite," Gibney says. "I wanted more of an immersion experience... it's like the origin story of the 60s."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 1, 2011 7:20 AM
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Oscar Watch: The Real Black Swan, Co-Host Franco Rehearses, Does Santa Barbara Q & A, Recites Byron

Oscar Watch: The Real Black Swan, Co-Host Franco Rehearses, Does Santa Barbara Q & A, Recites Byron
Never has one movie inspired more men to put on makeup and tights: see Johnny Knoxville at the Critics' Choice Awards and Jim Carrey on SNL, below. And here's the latest incarnation, The Real Black Swan: Lionsgate used Madea to promote Tyler Perry's latest, Madea's Big Happy Family (April 22).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 1, 2011 6:20 AM
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Oscar Watch: Weinstein vs. Rudin, Weinstein vs. Hooper and Rush on King's Speech PG-13 Trims

Oscar Watch: Weinstein vs. Rudin, Weinstein vs. Hooper and Rush on King's Speech PG-13 Trims
Judging from the way the Writers' Panel played at Santa Barbara Saturday, the heat is with The King's Speech. Seidler proved to be an elegant and charming storyteller--and had the audience eating out of his hand as he talked about how as a stutterer he was inspired by King George VI's ability to conquer stuttering, and had to wait two decades for the Queen Mum to die before he could tell his story.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 31, 2011 9:17 AM
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