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Red Bull Posts Baumgartner Sky Dive Video, Gets Eight Million Live Views [UPDATE]

No, Red Bull did not use Tom Petty's "Free Falling" as background music, nor does this slick after-the-fact video capture the real-time anxiety of watching Austrian Felix Baumgartner, 43, take his record-setting, sound-barrier breaking stratospheric 127,900-foot jump, 24 miles above Roswell, New Mexico.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 16, 2012 4:16 PM
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Brad Pitt First Man to Sell Chanel No. 5 (VIDEO)

Brad Pitt, 48, is an actor who tries to push integrity and authenticity. He functions without a publicist. Last Friday night at LA's Sunset 5 when he introduced Eugene Jarecki's anti-drug war expose "The House I Live In," he joked about past drug use and arrived through the back door fresh off an international flight.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 15, 2012 4:17 PM
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Oscar Watch: 'Argo' Director Affleck & Editor Goldenberg Talk Reality vs. Comedy (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

"I maybe have matured," Affleck says of his pursuit of smart quality modest-budget movies--he calls $44-million Mideast thriller "Argo" "a labor of love"-- designed to stand the test of time like the 70s classics he reveres.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 15, 2012 2:27 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Larry Karaszewski Talks Through Violent Action Classic 'Dark of the Sun'

Larry Karaszewski guides us through the trailer of Jack Cardiff's ultra-violent action classic "Dark of the Sun." In this film, elite commandos Rod Taylor and Jim Brown are mercenaries on a Congo strike mission to seek a fortune in hidden diamonds - tangling with murderous rebels along the way.
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  • October 15, 2012 1:48 PM
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Brad Pitt Gets Behind War on Drugs Expose 'The House I Live In' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Eugene Jarecki is a smart cookie; at his first meeting with Brad Pitt and Plan B Productions he recognized a fellow traveler. This wasn't like his other studio meetings. "He's a ridiculously bright and thoughtful guy," he said. "He chooses projects carefully, he talks about rich content: is there meaning, is there a transcendent reason to do a movie here?"
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 13, 2012 9:16 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Joe Dante on Huston's Butchered and Slowly Repieced 'Red Badge of Courage'

"John Huston Week!" concludes at Trailers from Hell with director and TFH creator Joe Dante introducing Huston's war classic, a film "brutalized" with recuts following its original trailer debut, "ranking only with 'The Magnificent Ambersons' as a movie that was changed substantially after the preview."
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  • October 12, 2012 5:00 PM
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Hitchcock Interviewed by Cavett, from Childhood Trauma and 'The Lodger,' to 'Psycho,' 'The Birds' and Beyond

As HBO prepares to debut "The Girl," which is set during the filming of "The Birds," and Fox Searchlight is about to open "Hitchcock," set during "Psycho," herewith (thanks to @mikewhite) Dick Cavett's five-part interview with Alfred Hitchcock, taped on June 8, 1972.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 12, 2012 3:35 PM
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Watch: Spielberg and Day-Lewis Talk 'Lincoln' at Lengthy Q&A (VIDEO)

Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis participated in a live Q&A session yesterday after a special screening of "Lincoln," directed by Spielberg and starring Day-Lewis as the 16th president. The full interview and a shorter clip, in which the pair talk about how they can use fear as a driving force in their work, both linked below.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 11, 2012 2:33 PM
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Trailer Watch: 'Django Unchained,' Once More with Feeling, Drama and Jonah Hill

A third trailer has arrived for Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," equally epic as the first two and more dramatically inclined, with a bleak opening sequence (yes, we now live in an age where trailers have opening sequences) and a sweeping score.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 11, 2012 12:53 PM
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Trailer Watch: 'Hitchcock' Trailer Arrives with Hopkins, Mirren and Johansson; 'Psycho' Scenes

The trailer for Sacha Gervasi's "Hitchcock" has landed, featuring what looks to be an ace, devilish performance from Anthony Hopkins as Hitch, and a characteristically wry, smart turn from Helen Mirren as Alma Reville.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 10, 2012 2:04 PM
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