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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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Comic-Con: Let Me In is Vampire Coming-of-Age Story with Red Band Trailer

Comic-Con: Let Me In is Vampire Coming-of-Age Story with Red Band Trailer
One of the more impressive show-reels at Comic-Con was for the vampire thriller Let Me In (the remake of Let the Right One In) directed by Cloverfield's Matt Reeves. Overture Films will open the film October 1, and thanks to new owner Relativity Media, marketing chief Peter Adee assures me, the film will get a proper release. With proper handling it could become a mainstream hit, judging from the reaction in Hall H. The new Red Band trailer is posted below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 28, 2010 11:04 AM
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Old Spice Launches New Star, Fincher's Final Four, Mulligan Considers Horror, Carell Raised by Wolfs

Isaiah Mustafa, the Old Spice guy who revived a deodorant brand, is launching a career as a movie star (or at least A YouTube phenomenon). With roles in the Aniston/Bateman flick Horrible Bosses (a cop), Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf (both releasing next year), and a guest spot on NBC's Chuck, this man's life is about to change even more. Mustafa spoke with THR about the luck of booking the Old Spice commercial, his dream to be on SNL (he was "in love with Mr. Bill"), his current vegan-cleansing diet, and whether he is truly a ladies man: "No, I'm not one of those guys. If a woman is into me, it usually takes me a while to figure that out. She has to hit me over the head with it." But he certainly knows what women want...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 28, 2010 3:49 AM
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