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U.S. Army Closes Afghanistan Outpost Restrepo

The U.S. Army has finally closed the remote Afghanistan Restrepo outpost in the deadly Korangal Valley, where some 42 American service men have died. Named after a soldier who died in Afghanistan, the post was the setting for Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington's unforgettable documentary Restrepo, which debuted at Sundance and will be released in July by National Geographic Films under new president Daniel Battsek.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 14, 2010 8:41 AM
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Breaking Upwards: Wein and Lister Jones Give DIY Primer

Breaking Upwards: Wein and Lister Jones Give DIY Primer
"Nothing is better than five weeks of word of mouth in a movie theater."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 12, 2010 9:15 AM
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Sandra Bullock Needs to Move On

Sandra Bullock Needs to Move On
My new Career Watch column at AOL Moviefone's Inside Movies looks at Oscar-winner Sandra Bullock. Here's a taste:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 8, 2010 1:00 AM
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Andreessen Talks Tech Turkey on Charlie Rose

I saved this Marc Andreessen Charlie Rose interview on TiVo because Andreessen is brilliant and loves to share his insight. Months later, as the iPad is coming out and the internet continues to dominate our lives, this Silicon Valley maverick reveals how much he knows about how start-ups and the Internet work from in front. He just gets it. He co-founded and sold Netscape to AOL for $1 billion, and more recently, created Ning and a start-up fund (Andreessen/Horowitz). As an investor and/or board member, his fingers are in many pies, from Twitter to Facebook.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 4, 2010 6:23 AM
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#SXSW: Matthew Vaughn Holds Off on Kick-Ass Sequel

#SXSW: Matthew Vaughn Holds Off on Kick-Ass Sequel
You couldn't ask for a more obvious set-up for a sequel than the end of Kick-Ass. Yet director Matthew Vaughn--who cannily set out to make a $50-million commercial hit--won't count his chickens until the movie opens on 3000 screens April 16. Lionsgate wants to talk sequel--they have first-look rights. But Vaughn, who has plenty of ideas for how to go about reforming his pint-size killer Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz)--think Terminator 2, with Schwarzenegger's cyborg assassin shooting folks in the knees--isn't ready to sit down and make a deal. (See two-part flip-cam interview below.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 17, 2010 5:22 AM
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#SXSW : Gondry Goes Animated with Daniel Clowes' Megalomania

#SXSW : Gondry Goes Animated with Daniel Clowes' Megalomania
Michael Gondry is a marvel--and I would have loved a longer chat than this flip-cam quickie, which skates across his SXSW doc The Thorn in the Heart, about his school teacher aunt Suzette, who the family used to visit deep in the country in the summer. He wanted partly to capture a vanishing world.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 15, 2010 4:59 AM
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SXSW Preview: Rodriguez, Kick-Ass, Predators

SXSW Preview: Rodriguez, Kick-Ass, Predators
Gold Film/Interactive Badge and packet of party tickets in hand, I'm plugged into a power strip in the main courtyard at the Austin Convention Center. (The wi-fi sucks.) On my way downtown, I drove the wrong way onto several one-way streets, including a train track. I am safely parked in the convention lot, which costs $7 a day, but the guy let me in for free when I offered an out-of-state check.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 13, 2010 12:06 AM
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Oscar Red Carpet Fashion: Firth, Parker, Cruz, Banks

Oscar Red Carpet Fashion: Firth, Parker, Cruz, Banks
On the red carpet at the Oscars, as Hollywood's Beautiful People glided by in their Oscar designer duds, a few came over to talk to Jeanne Wolf, the BBC and the In-Style reporter, whose job it was to flag as many people as possible about what they were wearing. I picked up a few of them on the flip cam.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 10, 2010 12:50 AM
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Oscar Video Round-Up: Opener, Chartier, Hurt Locker Victory Laps, Parties, Fashion

There's some juicy Oscar material out there about the most-watched show in five years. At the Governor's Ball, Sandra Bullock was among the nominees getting her Oscar engraved (everyone got their own statues engraved except Jeff Bridges; notable no-shows were Tivi Magnusson, producer of short The New Tenants, and Sandy Powell, costume designer of Young Victoria). Exhausted producer Bill Mechanic said that he and Adam Shankman had aimed for a more populist show (his red carpet interview is below).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 9, 2010 1:19 AM
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Oscar Red Carpet Video: Psyihoyas Talks The Cove

On the red carpet before his documentary feature Oscar win, The Cove director Louie Psyihoyas previewed some of the things he would try to say on stage--before being played off--and backstage as well.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 8, 2010 11:05 AM
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