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3-D Resistance, Teen Stars Disappoint at Box Office, Justin Bieber Biopic, New Idol Judges

- The ultimate Hollywood truism these days: if you can't make it good, make it 3-D. The NYT considers the pull for and push against 3-D domination. At Comic-Con, several directors played to anti-3-D sentiment in the cavernous Hall H. J. J. Abrams believes that “when you put the glasses on, everything gets dim." Joss Whedon loves 3-D, but at the same time was against MGM turning his production of The Cabin in the Woods 3-D: now Whedon hopes being the only non-3-D horror flick could make it special. With almost 60 3-D films set for release in the next two years across some 5,000 digital screens, now 2-D is old-school-cool. Some filmmakers are resisting 3-D; it complicates shooting and, according to both Whedon and Abrams, typically does little or nothing to improve cinematic storytelling. Christopher Nolan resisted making Inception 3-D, while tech-savvy Michael Bay has admitted to making Transformers 3 only partially 3-D.
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  • August 3, 2010 5:40 AM
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Unraveling Inception: Zimmer's Piaf Riff, Clothing Clues, Nolan's Anxiety

One of the great pastimes of summer 2010 is unravelling, explaining and debating Inception. Which is the main reason it is such a big hit: repeat business. (The movie's so good that the Chinese government is allowing it to play there, a rare honor for a Hollywood picture.) Here are some recent popular memes:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 3, 2010 5:27 AM
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Colin Fitz Comes Back from the Dead: A Tale of Indie Resurrection

Director Robert Bella went thousands of dollars into debt to get his debut film Colin Fitz, an absurdist comedy about a dead rock legend starring William H. Macy, into Sundance in 1997. He then spent the next 13 years getting himself and the film--which earned good reviews--out of hock. At one low point, when he got sick of sleeping on friends' couches, he moved into his own storage space.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 3, 2010 4:29 AM
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Congrats Diablo Cody: New Baby, Red Band Trailer, Reitman Reunion

Attention-starved screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno, The U.S. of Tara) has plenty of good news. She delivered baby Marcello Daniel Maurio on July 27. And her new traveling talk-show Red Band Trailer, recorded in her Airstream, is playing on YouTube. Her first three shows are below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 3, 2010 1:27 AM
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Steve Carell Builds a Movie Career as Deadpan Leading Man

Steve Carell Builds a Movie Career as Deadpan Leading Man
Here's a taste of my latest Career Watch examination of the impressive Steve Carell, who can seemingly do no wrong.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 2, 2010 8:12 AM
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Pegg and Frost Talk Universal Road Comedy Paul and Tintin

Pegg and Frost Talk Universal Road Comedy Paul and Tintin
Working Title co-chief Eric Fellner looked anxious before Universal's Comic-Con panel for Paul, an alien road-trip comedy reteaming Simon Pegg and his Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz co-star Nick Frost, as co-writers and co-stars. Seth Rogen voices the friendly alien that the two sci-fi geeks encounter after they leave Comic-Con for a road tour through Area 51. Sigourney Weaver, Jeffrey Tambor, Kristen Wiig, Jason Bateman and Jon Hader lend support. Director Greg Mottolla (Superbad) grabbed some exterior shots at the Con last year, but largely restaged the mammoth San Diego event with extras in Albuquerque. (According to Frost, when they asked if they could shoot inside the real Con, the fire marshall said, "no fucking way.")
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 2, 2010 7:15 AM
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Bullock and Carell on Abstinence Teacher, Morgan to Replace CNN's King, Cairo Time's Clarkson

-Little Miss Sunshine directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (teamed with LMS producers Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa) are back on board to direct the adaptation of Tom Perrotta's book The Abstinence Teacher. The project had been stalled after Warner Independent Pictures was shuttered. Production Weekly has posted Sandra Bullock and Steve Carell as attached to play a Middle American divorced sex ed teacher and her daughter's born-again soccer coach, respectively. That should help this attractive package to finally get made.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 2, 2010 3:48 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Inception Beats Dinner for Schmucks, Charlie St. Cloud

In its third go-round, Inception, buoyed by repeat business, continued to stave off all challengers, including the comedy Dinner for Schmucks, which scored a robust $23.3 million, and the Zac Efron weepy Charlie St. Cloud and animated sequel Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, which were both DOA. Anthony D'Alessandro does the numbers.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • August 1, 2010 4:08 AM
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Chelsea Clinton Wedding Photos

Mediaite has posted photos of the Chelsea Clinton/Marc Mezvinsky wedding Saturday attended by 500 guests in Rhinebeck, New York. The London Daily Mail does a good ramp-up with shots from outside the rehearsal dinner. Here's the NYT. UPDATE: Here's The Daily Beast.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 1, 2010 2:42 AM
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Crashes Through Taxi Rear Window

While filming Premium Rush in New York, Joseph Gordon-Levitt crashed on his bike into the rear windshield of a yellow cab and showed off his gash for director David Koepp's video camera. And then posted it on his website: "but it was my fault, I was going too fast," he admitted. He posts that he got 31 stitches. He's playing a bike messenger in the flick.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 1, 2010 2:16 AM
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