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Alamo Drafhouse/Mondo's Limited Edition Transformers: Dark of the Moon Posters; Giving Away 3,000

Alamo Drafthouse/Mondo has paired with Paramount to create limited-edition posters for Transformers: Dark of the Moon (in 3-D June 29). The first 3,000 ticket holders at this Tuesday's (June 28) midnight shows at Arclight Hollywood will receive collector prints of the poster, designed by artist Jesse Phillips. Mondo will also make a variant of the poster available here on June 29. The complete poster is below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 27, 2011 9:33 AM
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Long-Running Ron Meyer Wins Universal Game of Survivor; More Changes in Store?

As I predicted, Ron Meyer has won the NBC Universal game of survival. The wily ex-CAA partner has successfully run Universal Pictures as president and COO through three owners over 16 years. While former NBC Universal president and CEO Jeff Zucker is gone, Meyer remains. Hollywood's longest-running studio chief has signed a new contract to continue as President and Chief Operating Officer, Universal Studios. He will remain with the company at least through through 2015 and he will continue to report to Comcast CEO Steve Burke. He joined Universal in August 1995.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 27, 2011 9:00 AM
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Place Beyond The Pines: Rose Byrne Joins Hot Cast of Gosling, Cooper, Mendes, Mendelsohn, Liotta

Has Christmas come early? Blue Valentine writer-director Derek Cianfrance's cast for The Place Beyond the Pines just keeps getting better.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 27, 2011 8:00 AM
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Portman & Butler Win Elizabeth Taylor/Richard Burton Poll for Scorsese's Furious Love

Portman & Butler Win Elizabeth Taylor/Richard Burton Poll for Scorsese's Furious Love
It will be no easy task to cast legends Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Last week we invited you to play dreamcast with us, voting for the actors to play Taylor and Burton in Martin Scorsese's adaptation of their tempestuous love affair and chronicled in Furious Love. The results are in, and despite being completely out of the running until June 24, Natalie Portman surged to the top to join Gerard Butler. We initially paired the two together, stating: "If anyone can raise Portman’s temperature, it would be Butler. He’d have to step up and bring some depth to the rugged masculinity he so easily depicts. Portman probably has this in her, but it won’t come naturally." Second and third place winners, our picks and the complete poll results are below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 27, 2011 5:37 AM
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AFI-Discovery Channel's Silverdocs Fest Announces Audience Award Winners: Donor Unknown, Mr. Happy

AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Fest's Audience Award winners for 2011 are Jerry Rothwell's Donor Unknown, which won the Feature Audience Award, and Matt Morris's Mr. Happy Man, which won in the Shorts category. Award-winning and Festival favorites will play at the AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center this week along with Guggenheim Retrospective screenings.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 27, 2011 5:10 AM
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Media Watch: Wikipedia Love Button, Hearst Umbrella Campaign, Mind the Spending Gap

So much for liking things: Wikipedia is adding a Love Button.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • June 27, 2011 4:41 AM
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Oscar Watch: Skin I Live In Gets October Date; Carnage Goes to November, Holiday Sked Shapes Up

The earlier a high-prestige art house movie opens in the fall, the less likely that its distributor harbors serious Oscar hopes for it. In other words, if Sony Pictures Classics moves Pedro Almodovar's retitled Skin I Live In from November to October, and slates Roman Polanski's Carnage on November 18, it means the latter is being given the Oscar advantage. Almodovar's kinky thriller starring Antonio Banderas met a mixed reception in Cannes. "This is not a move," asserts SPC co-president Michael Barker. "We never set the date until now. We were always going in the Fall. It is a great date."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 27, 2011 1:50 AM
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Hollywood Chases Bin Laden Capture

Hollywood is always responsive to trending hot topics--like the death of Osama bin Laden. Who will get close to the secretive Navy SEALS to dramatize this pivotal moment in American history? First at bat is Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow and producer/writing partner Mark Boal, who are ramping up a SEALs bin Laden movie for Sony. The film will focus on the black ops mission that ended with bin Laden’s death in May 2011. Producer James Jacks is also developing a SEALS Afghan war movie, Hindu Kush, that is picking up steam.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • June 27, 2011 1:46 AM
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Robert Rodriguez and the 4th Dimension: Aromascope

Didn't they used to call it Smell-O-Vision? Dimension Films plans to add a revolutionary dimension to Spy Kids: All the Time in the World: smell. Calling the addition of olfactory senses 4-D, director Robert Rodriguez wants audiences to rub special cards they'll get with their tickets. They can rub corresponding numbers to release whatever action-related odor at the right moment. Rodriguez gets credit for helping to revive 3-D and now, might bring back an extra dimension to the filmgoing.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • June 26, 2011 12:38 PM
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Next Coen Brothers' Feature Goes Folk, Moverman Writes Brian Wilson Biopic

The Coen brothers will focus their next feature on the folk music scene in mid-20th century New York via the story of legendary musician Dave Van Ronk. Nicknamed the “Mayor of MacDougal Street,” Van Ronk was known for his musical prowess and captivating storytelling. He presided over Village coffeehouse culture and helped to discover and cultivate such talents as Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, and Phil Ochs. Last month, at a talk at Lincoln Center, the Coens said their upcoming film would have a heavy music focus and lean toward naturalism.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • June 26, 2011 5:36 AM
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