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Comic-Con: Guillermo Del Toro Takes on Disney's Haunted Mansion

While we all may still be trying to forget the Eddie Murphy movie version of Disneyland's The Haunted Mansion--Guillermo del Toro admits that he will not take his call--Disney has signed on Del Toro to develop a live-action 3-D version of the classic E-ride, which the director insists he has visited faithfully every year, to "relax." He first took the ride when he was three.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 22, 2010 8:05 AM
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Trailer Watch: De Niro and Norton Star in Stone

Writer-director John Curran (The Painted Veil, writer of The Killer Inside Me) has directed the new thriller Stone, which is is set for an October 2010 release. Edward Norton, who starred in The Painted Veil, co-stars with Robert De Niro. This is yet another Overture film which may or may not get the support it needs. Originally set for wide release, the film will go out October 8 in limited situations.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 22, 2010 5:04 AM
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Halle Berry Does Comedy, Bill Murray Speaks

- Though she has several projects in the pipeline, Halle Berry has been absent from the big screen for a few years. Her last movie was 2007's largely unnoticed, yet well-reviewed Things We Lost In The Fire, from Danish director Susanne Bier (Brodre). Berry played a grieving widow drawn to her late husband's drug addict friend, played sympathetically by Benicio del Toro.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 22, 2010 5:00 AM
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Will Overture Release Let Me In?

Overture is going down to Comic-Con to promote the vampire remake Let Me In, the one title the distrib has coming up that might have a chance at making some money. Word is the Matt Reeve picture starring Kodi Smit-McPhee and Chloe Moretz is very good, but tricky to make work at the current indie box office. While Overture execs insist that they are releasing the movie as planned on October 1, other distribs report that they are shopping the movie to another distrib partner because they are short on P & A dollars.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 22, 2010 3:23 AM
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Black Swan Opens 67th Venice Biennale; American Films Expected; Where's Margaret?

Black Swan Opens 67th Venice Biennale; American Films Expected; Where's Margaret?
Not completed in time for Cannes, Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan will make its world debut as the opening night film at the Venice Film Festival, which runs on The Lido from September 1 through September 11. This means that while I will see it there, Black Swan will likely not play the other fall fests.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 22, 2010 2:20 AM
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Trailer Watch: Mirren Stars in Madden spy thriller The Debt

Spies seem to be making a comeback. Helen Mirren plays a deadly Mossad agent in The Debt, a new thriller from director John Madden (Shakespeare in Love). Disney Miramax will release the film December 29. Supporting stalwarts Ciarán Hinds and Tom Wilkinson co-star. it looks standard-issue--but with actors I want to see.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 21, 2010 10:18 AM
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Trailer Watch: Pinto Stars in You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger and Miral

Trailer Watch: Pinto Stars in You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger and Miral
Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto turns up in two upcoming films: Woody Allen's You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, which premiered modestly well at Cannes (Sony Pictures Classics opens it stateside September 22, presumably after the Toronto Film Fest), and Julian Schnabel's Miral, which is set to debut at Venice before its December release, and could kick up some controversy for Weinstein Co., due to its pro-Palestinian subject. (The French trailer is below.) Rula Jebreal adapted her novel about a Jerusalem orphanage run by a Palestinian (Hiam Abbass); Pinto plays one of her teen orphans.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 21, 2010 9:00 AM
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Lost Auction, Abrams, Whedon Talk at Comic-Con

Lost fan alert: the show you obsessed over may be over, but its memory lingers on.
  • By Cameron Carlson
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  • July 21, 2010 7:40 AM
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Eva Green as Maria Callas, Speculating on New Bond, Movies as Dreamscape

Welcome back to French actress Eva Green (Casino Royale, The Dreamers) who is now in negotiations to play Greek opera singer Maria Callas in a biopic from the Italian DeAngelis group and British producing partner Future Films, reports THR. Green also has Perfect Sense, a love story with Ewan McGregor, in post-production, and a remake of Neil Jordan's 1986 Mona Lisa with Mickey Rourke in development. Rourke plays the ex-con driver for Green's high-class escort in this thriller, adapted by director Larry Clark and David Reeves.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 21, 2010 4:18 AM
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Movies Go Minimal: Which Ones Can You Identify?

35 MM: identify 35 movies in two minutes:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 21, 2010 3:55 AM
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