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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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Alamo Responds to Viral PSA Reaction

Here's Alamo Drafthouse Chief Tim League's classy video response to the way media and internet reacted to their viral YouTube PSA decrying texting in movie theaters:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 10, 2011 4:29 AM
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The Hangover Part III Might Have a New Plot, Galifianakis & Cooper Slap Each Other Between Two Ferns

The Hangover Part III will actually have a new plot, believe it or not. Zach Galifianakis tells Rolling Stone that his character will be broken out of a mental institution by cohorts Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms (sans tattoo). We don't really care. But here's Galifianakis interviewing Cooper on his Funny or Die series, Between Two Ferns. It's funny. In fact, we're thinking of starting a regular column called "Things That are More Entertaining Than The Hangover Part II." Here are parts 1 and 2.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 9, 2011 6:53 AM
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Stephen Colbert Denies Age of Caves in Werner Herzog's 3-D Cave of Forgotten Dreams

During his Colbert Report interview with Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man), Stephen Colbert sheds doubt on the age of the Chauvet Caves in the filmmaker's latest doc, the 3-D Cave of Forgotten Dreams (below, with the film's trailer). Here's our exclusive video clip. Herzog likes the idea of using an all-purpose title for his films: Gazing into the Abyss.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 7, 2011 9:53 AM
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Trailer Watch: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

The trailer for Rupert Wyatt's prequel Rise of the Planet of the Apes, starring James Franco as a scientist run amuck and Andy Serkis (Gollum, King Kong) as a smart primate, looks pretty creepy. Here's more on WETA's VFX. Fox releases the pic on August 5. Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton and David Oyelow also star.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 3, 2011 12:33 PM
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Bradley Cooper Parle Tres Bien le Francais

For every Jane Fonda or Jodie Foster who speaks French well, serving as American good-will ambassadors in France, there are a host of others who mangle the language the way the French expect us to--just as Robert DeNiro did this year, calling his fellow Cannes jury members champignons (mushrooms) instead of compagnons (companions).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 3, 2011 8:24 AM
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Cannes Restless Reaction: Managing Expectations for Van Sant Tweener, Silent Version on DVD

Cannes Restless Reaction: Managing Expectations for Van Sant Tweener, Silent Version on DVD
Sony knew that Gus Van Sant's Restless was a tweener. It's neither an art film that plays for highbrow critics looking for discovery or depth, nor a mainstream entertainment aimed at teens. The movie is what it is: a sweet unpretentious coming-of-age love story that doesn't over-reach.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 3, 2011 2:15 AM
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