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Trailer Watch: Spy Kids in 4-D Stars Jessica Alba, Spy Dog

Robert Rodriguez has managed to keep the Spy Kids franchise fresh over a decade--and it has earned $485.2 million worldwide to date. This time, with fourth installment All the Time in the World (in 4-D!), he adds Sin City babe Jessica Alba as a stepmom with a secret--as well as a very talented dog. Opening date: August 19.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 31, 2011 2:31 AM
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Janice Min's Revamped THR: Is it Working?

While many Hollywood insiders are happy with Janice Min's revamped weekly print edition of The Hollywood Reporter, and the site's online traffic continues to surge, I still wonder about the underlying economics of the whole enterprise. (The NYT's David Carr basically drinks the Koolaid.) Both former Us Weekly editrix Min and former Vanity Fair exec Richard Beckman come from the world of high circulation New York glossy magazines and luxury advertising. That's the model they are chasing.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 31, 2011 2:07 AM
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Rome Film Festival Announces Dates, Ennio Morricone Heads Jury, Clips

The sixth International Rome Film Festival will take place October 27 through November 4, 2011. Oscar®-winning composer Ennio Morricone will head the jury, which also includes Italian ballet dancer Roberto Bolle, said Rome Fest president Gian Luigi Rondi and artistic director Piera Detassis.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 31, 2011 1:21 AM
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Red Band Trailer for Girl with Dragon Tattoo: Feel Bad Movie of Christmas

Columbia, with its red band trailer of David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (which has not been removed from YouTube, below), is selling edgy: "The feel bad movie of Christmas." Meanwhile, the trailer cuts together tantalizing glimpses of everyone in the movie--especially heroic leading man Daniel Craig-- but precious little of the girl we want to see and her dragon tattoo. Yes, there's a skinny naked torso as Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara) takes off her shirt, and shots in the dark of a speeding cycle. At trailer's end, we get "she's coming," which cops to the fact that Salander is the draw here.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 31, 2011 1:05 AM
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Rethinking 3-D: Audiences Rebel at Crap Movies, Ebert Protests, Sony Explains, 2-D Loses Luster

Rethinking 3-D: Audiences Rebel at Crap Movies, Ebert Protests, Sony Explains, 2-D Loses Luster
It was all too predictable. Hollywood, in its rush to collect premium ticket prices for 3-D fare, has overdone it, pushing too many grade-B movies into 3-D release. Now, not only are moviegoers often not getting value for their money, but 3-D is actually making the theatrical experience worse for audiences who want quality 2-D.
  • By Sophia Savage and Anne Thompson
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  • May 31, 2011 1:00 AM
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Watch: A Letter to Elia, Martin Scorsese's Portrait of Kazan: "There's nothing but the movie"

Watch the full episode. See more American Masters.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 30, 2011 3:44 AM
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Trailer Watch: Happy Feet 2 in 3-D, Get Your Fluffy On

Warner Bros.'s Happy Feet 2 in 3-D arrives November 18. Check out the trailer, complete with singing and dancing:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 30, 2011 3:31 AM
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Box Office Breaks Memorial Day Weekend Record, Hangover Part II Leads Holiday Surge

Box Office Breaks Memorial Day Weekend Record, Hangover Part II Leads Holiday Surge
The 2011 box office slump is a distant memory as summer hit full stride with two mighty Memorial Day Weekend sequels, The Hangover Part II and Kung Fu Panda 2. Anthony D'Alessandro reports.Grossing $118.1 million in four days, Warner Bros.’ The Hangover Part II wasn't a drunken delusion, but a Memorial Day box office record worth remembering. Like a cup of coffee after an evening’s stupor, Hangover 2 jolted this year’s under-25 set wide awake as they spent an estimated $280 million overall at the cinema this weekend –an all-time record that surpasses 2007’s $255.6 million and puts 2010's atrocious $192.7 million Memorial Day B.O. out of mind.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • May 29, 2011 2:42 AM
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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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