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Comic-Con: Gordon-Levitt, Johnson Talk Time Travel and Willis in 'Looper' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Of the various sci-fi thrillers on display at Comic-Con, one that intrigues me is Rian Johnson's "Looper." The writer-director came up with the idea ten years ago after reading a lot of Philip K. Dick. The concept: in the future when time travel is possible but outlawed, the mob zaps hit men into the past to dispose of their victims.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 15, 2012 4:29 PM
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Michael Moore Built a Movie Theater – and a Film Festival – and Invites You to Come

Here's the full invitation that Michael Moore sent to his email list--explaining why he runs one of the highest-grossing indie theaters in America--and inviting us to this summer's Traverse City Film Festival.
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  • July 15, 2012 2:13 PM
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Comic-Con Flips Over 'Elysium' Footage; Damon, Foster, Copley and Blomkamp Talk (EXCLUSIVE VIDEOS)

Ever since indie "District 9" put South African writer-director Neill Blomkamp on the map as an original filmmaker with an extraordinary command over VFX, film fans have eagerly awaited his next. I remember when Sony introduced the now iconic poster-campaign for the low-budget sci-fi thriller at Comic-Con 2009...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 14, 2012 1:45 AM
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Comic-Con: 'Game of Thrones' Takes Hall H, Talks Sex, Boobies & Violence; Intros New Cast [Video]

They returned to Hall H, but novelist George R.R. Martin and his HBO "Game of Thrones" panel lacked the ebullience of last's year's panel in the smaller Ballroom 20. That one included eventual Emmy winner Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Kit Harington, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Jason Momoa (who made the fans go gaga).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 14, 2012 12:32 AM
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FIRST LOOK: 'The Expendables 2' Stars Stallone and Schwarzenegger Charm the Con, Bring Back Male Pattern Baldness (Video)

Wily action lions Sly Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger first met as fierce rivals back at the 1976 Golden Globes, when "Rocky" won best director and film, on its way to a best picture Oscar, while Schwarzenegger won Best Newcomer. Stallone threw flowers on a muscleman he expected to exit the scene...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 13, 2012 6:06 AM
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47th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Days 6 & 7: 'To Kill a Beaver,' 'La meilleure facon de march,' 'Death of a Man in Balkans' and More

I slam three cups of coffee, and go see “Zabric Bobra,” aka “To Kill a Beaver,” an intense Polish film about a rogue operative who’s hiding out in a country farmhouse and hooking up with a local wild child while plotting some kind of complicated revenge.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • July 11, 2012 6:04 PM
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47th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Day 5: 'Army of Shadows,' 'Holy Motors' & 'Trains of Thought'

It’s taken several days for the mystery of ticketing for press members to be revealed to me. It took two requests at an information counter to turn up a schedule of press screenings, and two visits to the special ticketing booths inside the accreditation room to learn I can request up to four tickets a day, and that tickets are available for both that day and the next.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • July 11, 2012 1:48 PM
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The Telluride Film Festival Debuts Poster Art from Dave Eggers for 39th Edition

The Telluride Film Festival chose Dave Eggers as the poster artist for their 39th edition. The writer-editor-publisher-philanthropist will attend the festival (running August 31-September 3), where a reception will be held in his honor...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 9, 2012 1:32 PM
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Best of the Week: 'Amazing' Box Office, Comic-Con Preview, Karlovy Vary, Mark Wahlberg's Career & More

This week on TOH, Spidey proves his staying power even as general tentpole malaise sets in, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival offers a cinephile's dream lineup, Comic-Con's on the horizon and more!
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  • July 6, 2012 3:24 PM
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47th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - Day Four: Garrone’s 'Reality,' Loznitsa's 'In the Fog' & Hillcoat's 'Lawless'

“Piazza Fontana” is a relentless investigation of the events surrounding a politically-motivated explosion at a bank in Rome on December 12, 1969. It’s reminiscent of Hollywood docudramas such as “Call Northside 777." I feel guilty, as in this is a stylized movie that actually has commercial prospects outside the art house and festival circuit.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • July 5, 2012 1:29 PM
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