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Weekly Wrap: Weekend Preview, Interviews, Fest Updates, Guild Nominations, In the Works

BOX OFFICE, REVIEWS, TRAILERS: Weekend Preview: "Blood and Honey," "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia," "Norwegian Wood"; Soderbergh's "Haywire" Is Kick-Ass.
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  • January 7, 2012 4:19 PM
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Great Expectations: Predicting The Ten Best Studio Films of 2012 - Will They Deliver?

As the flurry of year-end top tens has slowed, it's time to anticipate the films of 2012. What have the studios got to offer?
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 3, 2012 9:00 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Holiday Box Office, Oscar Watch, First Looks, The Year in TV in 3 Minutes

Five Reasons "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Isn't Kicking Ass at the Box Office; Now and Then: Two Docs Test the Limits of What We Know about Who We Love; Holiday Box Office Caps Disappointing Year: Only "Mission Impossible" Scores.
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  • December 30, 2011 6:25 PM
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Weekly Wrap: Trailers, Interviews, Festival Updates, Oscar Watch, and a 2011 Trailer Mashup

Weekly Wrap: Trailers for "Prometheus" and "Dark Knight Rising," Reviews of Late December Releases, Festival Updates, Oscar Watch and updates on projects in the works.
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  • December 24, 2011 7:49 PM
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John Knoll Talks 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' and Brad Bird

For John Knoll, it didn't matter that "Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol" only required 700 VFX shots, and most of them invisible. It was the opportunity to work with director Brad Bird, whom he's known for years, on his first live-action film away from animation stardom at Pixar.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 23, 2011 6:35 PM
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Wenders Gets Out of His Own Way with Stunning 3-D Tribute To Pina Bausch

A hand caresses dirt, sheer curtains billow in your face in 3-D. From the first frames of "Pina," you know you are in the hands of a master. With this documentary Wim Wenders deploys his arsenal of skills learned over 40 years of filmmaking, freed from the constraints of the narrative fiction film. He knows how to use spatial relationships, understands what the dramatic impact of the camera placement will be during Pina Bausch's visceral "Sacre du Printemps," which sends chills up your spine--as do shots of dancers falling hard into each other's arms, inches from the ground. (See the trailer below.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 22, 2011 1:14 PM
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Fincher's Serial Killer Trilogy: Girl with Dragon Tattoo Builds on Se7en and Zodiac's Lone Rangers

"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" opens this week, marking David Fincher's third obsessive film about an intense hunt for a serial killer. What are Fincher's cinematic fixations when dealing with the pathology of murder?
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 22, 2011 10:29 AM
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Immersed in Movies: 'Avatar' VFX Wiz Letteri Compares 'Apes' and 'Tintin,' Caesar and Haddock

It's been a great year for Joe Letteri, Weta Digital's senior visual effects supervisor, with "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" as the front runner for the VFX Oscar and "The Adventures of Tintin" opening today and competing in the animation category.
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  • December 21, 2011 12:04 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Spielberg Talks Adventures of Tintin, War Horse

Spielberg and Jackson Tout More Tintin at Weta
The moment Steven Spielberg stepped onto the motion capture stage in LA and watched James Cameron shooting "Avatar" with the virtual camera, he knew he had found the right medium for "The Adventures of Tintin."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 16, 2011 1:44 PM
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Weekend Preview: Star-Packed Carnage, Mission: Impossible, Sherlock Holmes & More

The woeful recent box office should pick up after last weekend's three-year low, as new offerings are packed with headliners and appeal.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 15, 2011 1:44 PM
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