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Robert Duvall, Due for Another Oscar, Talks Get Low

Robert Duvall, Due for Another Oscar, Talks Get Low
Get Low opens Friday, almost a year after its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it was one of the few movies to pop out as a winner. Sure enough, Sony Pictures Classics scooped up the unpretentious rural drama, which showcases veteran actor's actor Robert Duvall in a finely-tuned performance as a taciturn bearded recluse who has been punishing himself for decades for what happened one mysterious night long ago.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 30, 2010 4:17 AM
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Comic-Con: Green Lantern Reads The Oath

One of the memorable moments at the Con came during the Warner Bros. panel, when Ryan Reynolds delivered the Green Lantern oath for a young fan. While I remain cool toward this project--for whatever reason, Green Lantern (which peaked in the 40s and 50s) never made an impact on me--the interaction between movie actor and star-struck fan reflects the power of these super-hero movies.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 29, 2010 12:57 PM
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Comic-Con Highlights, Parties, and Photo Gallery

Comic-Con Highlights, Parties, and Photo Gallery
Universal dominated last week's Comic-Con with its ubiquitous campaign for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, which covered buildings and took over the courtyard of the Hilton Gaslamp (where stars Brandon Routh and Anna Kendrick posed for fan photos, above), and seemed to penetrate everywhere.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 29, 2010 9:59 AM
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Charlie St. Cloud: Early Film Reviews

Charlie St. Cloud: Early Film Reviews
Charlie St. Cloud opens Friday; early reviews are ice cold on Zac Efron's return to pretty-boy form. The PG-13 weepy is "Lovely Bones Lite," reviewers write, a too-sentimental fantasy.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 29, 2010 8:12 AM
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Bob Kerrey Ends Negotiations for MPAA CEO Position

As of today, former U.S Senator Bob Kerrey is no longer in negotiations to take over the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), even though he suggested to Don Imus just two weeks ago that he was in final stages of negotiating.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 29, 2010 7:57 AM
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Comic-Con: Gondry Talks Green Hornet

Comic-Con: Gondry Talks Green Hornet
It's deja vu all over again at Comic-Con.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 29, 2010 7:45 AM
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Comic-Con: Like Inception, Snyder's Sucker Punch Lets the Mind Run Wild

From Inception to Sucker Punch, the mind is the new cinematic landscape, where anything can happen, a realm of infinite possibility, where you can play with logic. What better place for Zack Snyder to go wild?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 29, 2010 7:05 AM
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Underworld's Wiseman in Talks to Direct Total Recall

Sony is back in the Len Wiseman business. And a major studio is greenlighting yet another remake of an Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle; they have to hope this one will do better than the recent Predators.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 29, 2010 6:27 AM
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Roberts Talks Eat Pray Love, Tucci Directs Streep, Galifianakis Comedies, Von Trier's Melancholia

- In this week's Eat Pray Love EW cover story, Julia Roberts reveals that she declined the option to have a spit bucket, preferring to actually eat all of the food during the Eat portion of the film set in Italy. The 7 to 10 pounds Roberts gained was exactly what her character needed to do before moving on to the praying and loving; an authentic rediscovery of her taste for life and abandonment of joyless eating (and living). As for Roberts' working relationship with director Ryan Murphy--a healthy one, since they're working together again --Roberts says "one of the things I love the most about Ryan is that he has a real legitimate answer for everything. There’s nothing that he hasn’t considered weeks before I’ve thought of the question."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 29, 2010 5:29 AM
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Venice Line-up Heavy on Americans: Coppola, Schnabel, brothers Affleck

Venice Line-up Heavy on Americans: Coppola, Schnabel, brothers Affleck
Venice has announced the rest of its line-up. Besides Darren Aronofsky's opener Black Swan (in competition) and the closer from Julie Taymor, The Tempest (out of competition), the fest is world premiering a number of North American titles. As expected the competition entries include Sofia Coppola's Somewhere, Julian Schnabel's Miral, and Richard Lewis's Barney's Version, a rare debut for a Canadian film in Venice.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 29, 2010 3:55 AM
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