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Favreau Teases Stories from Cowboys & Aliens Producers Spielberg, Howard and Grazer

Cowboys & Aliens director Jon Favreau interviews his producers, Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. Below, Spielberg recalls meeting John Ford. Here are more videos of the conversation.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 8, 2011 1:15 AM
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Malcolm McDowell Talks Lindsay Anderson, A Clockwork Orange, Gets Maine Fest Career Award

Malcolm McDowell, 67, has been on the PA circuit of late, scooping up award tributes and riding the PR swell for the 40th anniversary Blu-ray release of my favorite Stanley Kubrick film, 1971's A Clockwork Orange and Antoine de Gaudemar and Michel Ciment's doc Once Upon a Time… Clockwork Orange. They both screened at Cannes, where McDowell taught a master class.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 6, 2011 1:22 AM
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Oscar Watch: Horse Whisperer Brannaman Talks Crying at Buck, Reuniting with Redford

I ran into Buck Brannaman on the main drag at Sundance this January, decked out in his cowboy boots and hat, spreading warmth and cheer as he moved down the street. The guy's a star: the magic charisma that works on horses, no matter how disturbed, shines out of him in person, too. He's the guy who inspired Robert Redford's 1998 The Horse Whisperer; he hit it off with the filmmaker/star on that film during "one of the finest summers I can remember," and was delighted to hang with him opening night in Park City. For the past decade Brannaman and Redford have been busy "doing our own thing," Brannaman says. "We have not been able to spend time. This was a great reunion for us." The two men hope to go fly fishing this summer.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 5, 2011 8:57 AM
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Screenwriters Talk A Better Life: From Capracorn and Social Realism to Weitz and Bichir

Indie dramas are the toughest movies to make. 'Twas ever thus. And so it took 22 years for A Better Life to hit screens--and Twilight: New Moon. Off that hit, director Chris Weitz was able to parlay some good will at Summit into backing a modest low key $10 million L.A. drama about a laconic, hard-working single father (Demian Bichir), an illegal immigrant gardener who wants the best for his son (Jose Julian). Sounds like Capracorn? Well, that's how Manito screenwriter Eric Eason described Roger Simon's original screenplay at our Landmark Cinema Q & A Thursday Night. The writer of Enemies, a Love Story was given the germ of an idea--a gardener's truck is stolen--and inspired a bit by Italian classic The Bicycle Thief, the story was born.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 25, 2011 2:08 AM
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YouTube Commercial Kings Rhett and Link Talk New TV Show

Rhett & Link: Commercial Kings, a new television show premiering tonight on IFC, plots two best friends as they journey across the United States to understand the country--via advertising.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • June 24, 2011 10:23 AM
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Trailer Watch: Craig Brewer's Footloose Remake Needs More Kevin Bacon

Check out the new trailer below for the updated version of the 80s musical hit Footloose, a movie that looks to be the most implausible of high school dance films. That's because despite a complete ban on dancing in the small rural town, everyone there seems to boast professional dance training.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • June 22, 2011 4:51 AM
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Super 8 ILM VFX Master Dennis Muren Talks Spielberg, Going Back to 70s

Super 8 ILM VFX Master Dennis Muren Talks Spielberg, Going Back to 70s
Dennis Muren is the godfather of visual effects artists. Hired by George Lucas in 1976 to work on Star Wars and help launch Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), he went on to make the key breakthroughs that led to where VFX are today. Muren has won nine Oscars, including Visual Effects awards for Jurassic Park, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Abyss, Innerspace, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Return of the Jedi, E.T., and The Empire Strikes Back. He masterminded everything from the miniature dogfighters in Star Wars to the first fully CG larger-than-life Hulk.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 20, 2011 8:40 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Green Lantern Opens Soft, Will Lose Money

Weekend Box Office: Green Lantern Opens Soft, Will Lose Money
The trick with any studio launch of a $200-million would-be franchise--especially one freighted by $100 million in marketing--is to open well enough to make your money back, and then some. At an estimated $52.7 million, Green Lantern opened soft: Anthony D'Alessandro explains why.The box-office strength of Warner Bros. $200-million tentpole Green Lantern dimmed from green to yellow as the DC comic book adaptation finally beamed in $52.7 million -- about 9% below the studio’s conservative projection. The frame’s second wide entry, Fox’s Jim Carrey family vehicle Mr. Popper’s Penguins, bested its $12-$15 million estimate with $18.2 million, a figure that’s in sync with the comedic actor’s last studio live-action debut Yes Man, which ultimately totaled nearly $100 million. (Indie grosses are here.)
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • June 19, 2011 4:31 AM
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Emmy Watch: Comedy Actresses Fischer, Poehler, Cuoco, Michele, Hatcher

The six funniest women in television—all around one table. The Emmy-nominated actors for best comedy meet up in a THR video round table (below) to talk about everything you want to hear comedians chat about: blanking on stage, improvising, and avoiding their own TV-shows on in-flight entertainment.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • June 17, 2011 4:34 AM
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Jen Grisanti Talks Story Line: Finding Gold in Your Life Story, Emotional Truth

Jen Grisanti, a well-known story consultant and former TV development exec, sponsors a monthly mixer for L.A. writers and reps at the agency-adjacent X Bar in Century City. She chats with Amy Dawes about her new book Story Line: Finding Gold in Your Life Story (Michael Wiese Prods), which guides writers toward discovering their own voices and the value of their unique life experiences.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • June 14, 2011 2:20 AM
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