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Video Watch: Anderson and Coppola Go 60s for Stella Artois

In case you missed the Wes Anderson/Roman Coppola Stella Artois 60-second TV spot, check it out below, it's fun. Very Boys Night Out (a must-see from the 60s starring James Garner when he was hot), Parisian-style. You may recall that Anderson directed those expensive American Express ads; he and Coppola collaborated on Darjeeling Limited. Coppola, who did a terrific job on the very mod CQ, also helps out his sister Sophia on her movies, and is a gadget fanatic, according to AdAge.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 13, 2010 2:50 AM
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AFI Fest Centerpieces: Company Men, Blue Valentine, Barney's Version, Tribute: King's Speech

AFI Fest Centerpieces: Company Men, Blue Valentine, Barney's Version, Tribute: King's Speech
The American Film Institute's AFI Fest 2010, which runs in Hollywood from November 4-11, has announced its Centerpiece Galas to accompany the previously announced opening and closing night selections (the world premiere of Edward Zwick's Love and Other Drugs and Darren Aronofsky's Venice stunner Black Swan). The Centerpiece Galas are Sundance holdovers The Company Men (John Wells), Abel (Diego Luna) and Blue Valentine (Derek Cianfrance) and Toronto entries Barney's Version (Richard J. Lewis) and Casino Jack (George Hickenlooper). AFI Fest will also mount a special tribute to fest circuit hit and Oscar front-runner The King's Speech with director Tom Hooper and stars Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 13, 2010 2:39 AM
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Director Watch: Eastwood's Hoover without Phoenix, Julianne Moore Likes Her Helmers Silent

Hoover producer Rob Lorenz has already denied that Joaquin Phoenix would co-star with Leonardo DiCaprio in the biopic; now Clint Eastwood says it too. In fact, Eastwood didn't even realize he was an option. "Didn't he become a rapper?" was his response when addressing the rumor. (Not a good sign as WME's Patrick Whitesell tries to rehabilitate Phoenix's career.)
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 13, 2010 2:05 AM
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Zombies Rule the Earth, from Walking Dead to 28 Months Later

As zombies become the new vampires, and AMC's The Walking Dead launches Halloween, the dystopian 28 Days Later franchise shows no sign of slowing down.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 13, 2010 1:06 AM
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SyFy's Hollywood Treasure: Help Find Dorothy's Ruby Slippers

Hollywood Treasure, SyFy's new docu-reality series, follows Joe Maddalena, the world's leading authority and auctioneer of original pop culture memorabilia. Think the Wicked Witch's hat from The Wizard of Oz or Dorothy's Ruby Slippers, which he is currently hunting down--they were stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in 2005. Maddalena will give you $10,000 if you help him find them.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 12, 2010 12:32 PM
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Freeman To Get AFI Life Achievement Award; Fincher's Rendezvous with Rama in Works

Freeman To Get AFI Life Achievement Award; Fincher's Rendezvous with Rama in Works
Morgan Freeman, 73, is having quite a year. He started off 2010 with his fifth Oscar nomination, for playing Nelson Mandela in Clint Eastwood's Invictus; his latest movie, the well-reviewed comedy thriller Red opens on Friday; and he may actually land David Fincher as the director of his 15 years-in-development outer-space epic Rendezvous with Rama. (See MTV video below.) The reason this is now close to being possible: Fincher and James Cameron's advances with performance capture and 3-D.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 12, 2010 8:53 AM
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FilmDistrict's Bob Berney Names Theatrical Team; Jeanne Berney Heads Marketing

The shape and structure of producer Graham King and Tim Headington's new acquisitions, distribution, production and financing company FilmDistrict, run out of L.A. by ex-Sony exec Peter Schlessel, is coming into focus.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 12, 2010 8:01 AM
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Oscar Watch: Vitagraph to Release Spanish Oscar Entry Even The Rain, Starring Garcia Bernal

Oscar Watch: Vitagraph to Release Spanish Oscar Entry Even The Rain, Starring Garcia Bernal
Vitagrah Films has acquired North American rights to Spain's Oscar submission for best foreign language film, Tambien La Lluvia (Even The Rain), which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 12, 2010 5:54 AM
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Five Things We Learned from Romantic Comedies

HuffPost's The Frenemy shares 14 Things We Learned From Romantic Comedies. Our five favorites are below. Check out their complete list with photos for each point.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 12, 2010 5:36 AM
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Looking Back: Top Ten of 2010 So Far

While many moviegoers are at sea as they read about supposed Oscar contenders they still haven't seen, the LAT has the temerity to look back at the best of the what the year has had to offer so far. We will open up our Netflix queue for the ones we've missed:Animal Kingdom: "manages to be both laconic and operatic. Faultlessly acted by top Australian talent, including Guy Pearce, Ben Mendelsohn and Jacki Weaver…marries heightened emotionality with cool contemporary style to illustrate one of the oldest of genre truths: "Crooks always come undone, always, one way or another."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 12, 2010 5:29 AM
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