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Entertainment Weekly's Best of Summer: Bateman, Galifianakis, Aniston, Carell, Gosling, Abrams, More

EW's Best of Summer edition is on newstands May 27. As for the Best of Summer Movies, they've culled some soundbites from the stars. A selection is below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 26, 2011 6:27 AM
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Memorial Day Weekend: Will Hangover Part II Break Records?

The weekend box office is expected to continue at a torrid pace, reports Anthony D'Alessandro.Unlike last year, when Memorial Day weekend box office hit a nine-year low of $192.7 million, industry executives aren’t planning to shed tears this weekend. Building upon the box office recovery which began four weekends ago with Fast Five (current B.O. $188.1 million), Memorial Day looks to restore its boffo record-breaking glamour.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • May 26, 2011 5:33 AM
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Indie Producer Gary Gilbert Talks Mark Ruffalo, Margaret, Kids Are All Right, New Pics

The movie business is rife with starry-eyed businessmen who bring their wealth to Hollywood with hopes of making good. Most of them last for a few years until they run aground on too many failed opportunities. It takes a mix of grit, acumen, luck and yes, taste, to stay the course. Car salesman James Robinson's Morgan Creek lasted decades before the market caught up with him and he canceled his bankrupt international division's famed Cannes Fest Le Moulin de Mougins distributors brunch. Real estate mogul Bob Yari was riding high on Oscar-winner Crash and sleeper hit The Illusionist before he ran out of cash. Wall Street hotshots Victor Kubicek and Derek Anderson acquired the rights to Terminator and put Salvation into production before they wound up on the wrong end of a batch of lawsuits.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 26, 2011 5:12 AM
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Trailer Watch: The Descendants: George Clooney Has Feelings, Too!

Writer-director Alexander Payne has a thing for dealing with middle-aged men in crisis -- Paul Giamatti in Sideways, Jack Nicholson in About Schmidt --and now, it's George Clooney in The Descendants. Payne co-adapted the story from Kaui Hart Hemmings' 2008 novel. The story explains itself in the trailer below. Fox Searchlight will release the film December 16 after a run on the fall fest circuit, from Venice to Toronto.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 26, 2011 3:26 AM
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Lars von Trier's Last Cannes Q & A: "Stupid" Statements, Melancholia, "I Am Not a Nazi," Dunst, Cruz

Lars von Trier's Last Cannes Q & A: "Stupid" Statements, Melancholia, "I Am Not a Nazi," Dunst, Cruz
This year at Cannes, fest veteran Lars von Trier picked a hell of a way to became a household name. In the days following the notorious Cannes Film Festival Melancholia press conference during which the Danish writer-director offended just about everybody (except the Iranian culture minister) by calling himself a Nazi, he apologized repeatedly for his "stupid, idiotic" comments that led to his banishment from the festival and insisted, "I am not a Nazi."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 26, 2011 2:24 AM
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Cannes Le Havre Reviews: "Endearing, Enchanted Port in the Storm, Best Film to Date"

Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki (Oscar-nominated Man without a Past) is an acquired taste--he brings a mix of arch humor and warm humanity to the table. He's hip and square at the same time, a bit like David Lynch, or Charlie Chaplin. Some people get him and some people--like this year's Cannes competition jury---do not. While I figured Sony Pictures Classics would snap this one up, the film still awaits a signed U.S. distribution deal.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 25, 2011 8:25 AM
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Production Watch: Dark Tower, Bigelow's Bin Laden, Reeves, Fukunaga

- Ron Howard has dropped a few nuggets about his planned Stephen King Dark Tower adaptation, for which Javier Bardem is still unconfirmed.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 25, 2011 7:40 AM
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Sundance Selects Takes Cannes Critics' Week Opener, The "Live Affirming" Declaration of War

Declarations of War (La guerre est déclarée), which opened Cannes Critics' Week, has gone to Sundance Selects for U.S. distribution. Valérie Donzelli wrote, directed and stars in the film alongside Jérémie Elkaïm (who also co-wrote). Based on their own true love story, the movie follows Romeo and Juliette, a couple battling against their child's illness.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 25, 2011 7:24 AM
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Emmy Watch: Greed Gets the Blame in HBO's Too Big To Fail, Bill Pullman Talks

HBO Films put another big dog into Emmy Awards contention this week with the premiere of Too Big To Fail, based on the book by Andrew Ross Sorkin, about the very recent banking crisis and its ongoing implications. Amy Dawes reacts to the movie and talks to actor Bill Pullman, who portrays banker Jamie Dimon:
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • May 25, 2011 7:15 AM
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Searchlight Loves He Loves Me, Little Miss Sunshine Team's Next Project with Dano, Kazan

Little Miss Sunshine directors Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton's He Loves Me has been picked up by Fox Searchlight. Real life couple Zoe Kazan and Sunshine's Paul Dano will star: Crazy Heart star Jeff Bridges is being wooed to join them. Kazan also wrote the script. Here are more project details and the synopsis. Production is slated for a July start.
  • By Sophia Savage and Anne Thompson
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  • May 25, 2011 6:51 AM
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