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Comic-Con: Video and Art Round Up, Del Toro's Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

Check out some of new trailers and teaser clips revealed at the Con. Here's a compilation of visuals for Tron: Legacy, Megamind, RED, Haunted Mansion, and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Johnnie Depp made an amusing video appearance at the Disney panel Thursday, promoing the 3-D pursuit of the Fountain of Youth.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 23, 2010 9:08 AM
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Comic-Con Day One: Tron and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Travel is hell, from the American Airlines flight out of Logan that was canceled--after three hours on the tarmac spent entertaining a cranky one-year-old--to the seventh circle of hell in San Diego known as Hotel Circle. I'm actually not staying there, but I always seem to wind up there in the middle of the night. I miraculously made it into Hall H in time for the Tron panel, and stayed there all day, ducking out to sit on the floor and try to recharge my laptop and BlackBerry, which were drained from my long travel stint. Thus I was rarely tweeting and lost one blog post when my computer expired, and failed to realize my Haunted Mansion story was in preview mode until this morning. Arrgh. A flock of journos fought over the one wall outlet near Hall H. The Wrap's Sharon Waxman stood on the side, plugged into the Hall H sound booth power strip. If you're willing to take the chance of not getting back into the Hall, there's a pleasant Wired Cafe. EW's Nicole Sperling files to her blog straight from her BlackBerry. Covering Comic-Con isn't for sissies. Thanks to Luke Thompson, filing for Deadline, for giving me a cereal bar yesterday.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 23, 2010 6:59 AM
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Betty Draper: Model Parent

For anyone needing to brush up on their parenting skills, Mad Men's Betty Draper (January Jones) sets a hell of an example. New York collects some choice bits:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 23, 2010 4:52 AM
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Comic-Con: Whedon Confirms Avengers, Inception Passes $ 100 Million, Warner Bros. Does Dan Dare

Joss Whedon has confirmed that he is directing The Avengers. The beloved sci-fi writer-director revealed this nugget of info--which everyone already knew--at a Comic-Con EW interview with colleague J. J. Abrams. The two men joked about their nerd tendencies before Whedon said, "That is not an official thing because I think Marvel couldn't afford a press release. So can I just make that an official thing? I'm directing The Avengers." He also claimed, "It's just a gig."
  • By Cameron Carlson
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  • July 23, 2010 3:17 AM
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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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