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Trailer Watch: Will Voyage of the Dawn Treader Be the Best Narnia?

I am not a fan of the Chronicles of Narnia movies. Walden Media's $180 million The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe was a huge global hit ($748 million) while the $225 million Prince Caspian, based on the weakest book in the series, was a relative disappointment that did well enough overseas ($419.5 million worldwide) to warrant a sequel. From age nine, I reread the C.S. Lewis Narnia books avidly, none more often than The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which is the best page-turning adventure tale of the lot, complete with seafaring travels, dragon, flamboyant talking mouse Reepicheep, the spirituality of the godly lion Aslan and of course a voyage to the end of the world. So there's faint hope that this one might turn out better than the past two. Faint.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 7, 2010 6:55 AM
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Movie Monsters and Screenwriting Perspectives at Academy

Heading toward Halloween, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will celebrate the evolution of creature technology on October 21 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. "Monsters in the Movies" will include an on-stage discussion with industry technical experts plus film clips tracing technological progress from 1933's King Kong to 1993's Jurassic Park and beyond. A display of monster movie artifacts will welcome guests in the lobby. Click here for tickets and info.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 7, 2010 6:04 AM
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Production News: The Secret in Their Eyes Remake, Downey/McQueen's Yucatan, Gravity, The Hobbit

- When a foreign film earns both critical and audience support (think Let the Right One In and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) --not to mention a Best Foreign Language film Oscar --the remake question comes up. Juan Jose Campanella's Argentine The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto De Sus Ojos) may flicker again as an English language remake at Warner Bros. The studio is in final talks for remake rights and have lined up Billy Ray (director of Shattered Glass and Breach, writer of Flightplan) to write and direct, and producer-writer-director-editor Campanella to produce. The thriller traces an ex-federal justice agent's relationship to an old murder case that haunts him and his romantic feelings for his former boss, with many flashbacks to 1974. Where and when the remake will be set is pending, but the fundamental reasons to remake this film will hopefully stay true: a gripping story with characters we care about.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 7, 2010 4:25 AM
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McCarthy Moves to THR; TOH Stays Put

Todd McCarthy is going to Janice Min's new iteration of The Hollywood Reporter as their new lead film reviewer. I am happy for him. He's a great critic, but making the adjustment from 30 years of working with a Variety support system to the independence of a blog was tough for him. I look forward to reading his THR reviews. Kirk Honeycutt, who has served as THR critic for decades, is being redefined as the trade's international critic.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 7, 2010 1:20 AM
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Casting Watch: Nicholson & Cruise Reunite; Bigelow Woos Depp and Hanks; Handler Goes to War

-Jack "You can't handle the truth!" Nicholson and Tom Cruise may reunite for El Presidente, an action comedy about a secret service agent (Cruise) and a former US President (Nicholson) - both on the same side - after a threat is made on his life. While it's hard to imagine the pair being as entertaining playing pals as they were playing enemies shoved into a courtroom face-off in A Few Good Men, this one will still get plenty of attention if it goes ahead (Cruise is attached, an offer is out to Nicholson).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 6, 2010 11:42 AM
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Needham Talks IMDb 20th Year Overhaul, Top 20 Lists

Needham Talks IMDb 20th Year Overhaul, Top 20 Lists
As someone who turns to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) every hour, much less every day, I can't believe that the popular movie buff destination is celebrating its 20th anniversary on October 17.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 6, 2010 11:29 AM
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Wes Anderson Picks Top Twelve Criterion Titles

When asked to deliver a list of his fave Criterion titles, Wes Anderson sent along twelve, with short write-ups.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 6, 2010 9:16 AM
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Gender Watch: Is Social Network A Sausage Fest or Sexist? Franco in Drag, Manly Names

- If The Social Network wasn't scoring at the box office and with critics would women writers keep piling on this ongoing debate? Women And Hollywood's Melissa Silverstein argues that controversy surrounding the film's lack of female characters proves "in no uncertain terms that you can’t get away with this even if the movie is good and even if it may be an Oscar front runner." She's referring to what PopWatch's Jennifer Armstrong defines as "downright appalling depiction of women," which "is horrendous, like, ’50s-level sexist - if this were fiction, the snubs would be inexcusable," serving as "strong evidence that we still need feminism." The Daily Beast's Rebecca Davis O'Brien believes the film's females are props, not characters.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 6, 2010 4:19 AM
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Easy A Star Emma Stone Lands Spider-Man Lead as Gwen Stacy

If you don't know who Emma Stone is, get thee to a showing of Will Gluck's witty high school comedy Easy A (trailer below), one of those easy-to-digest teen flicks that's delectably smart and high concept enough to play across a wide demo. (That's hard to pull off.) The ingredient that makes it magic is Emma Stone, who popped opposite Jesse Eisenberg in Zombieland and now has landed the plum role as Gwen Stacy opposite Andrew Garfield as the new Peter Parker in Sony/Marvel's reboot of Spider-Man.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 5, 2010 10:40 AM
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Cameron's Master Class on Avatar: Extended Collector's Edition DVD; When's 3-D Version?

It's called milking a cash cow.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 5, 2010 7:46 AM
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