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New York Magazine Blows Inception's Rave Review Record

New York Magazine Blows Inception's Rave Review Record
Expect an Inception backlash. Warner Bros.' marketing pattern is to launch a big movie's buzz with the internet press and trades, then let the established print critics (who tend to be tougher on films) have at it closer to release. And so the inevitable negative review from New York's David Edelstein breaks Inception's 17 for 17 record on Rotten Tomatoes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 12, 2010 5:01 AM
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Batman Sets April Start, Powerhouse Ensemble Joins John le Carre Film

Michael Caine has revealed to Digital Spy at the Inception premiere (see below) that the new Batman will begin shooting in April. It's not the first time Caine, who plays Alfred the Butler in the Chris Nolan series, has spilled information about the franchise. A few years ago he said that Johnny Depp and Philip Seymour Hoffman would be playing The Riddler and the Penguin, respectively. Although those rumors have come and gone, more are taking their place, including Inception star Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the Riddler. Not a bad idea.
  • By Cameron Carlson
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  • July 9, 2010 4:07 AM
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Inception Featurette Clips

  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 8, 2010 6:38 AM
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Inception's Joseph Gordon-Levitt Walks on Ceilings

Joseph Gordon-Levitt graces the August cover of Details magazine. He talks about the intense training required to play his character (The Point Man) in Inception; his abiding love for smoking weed; his creative collaboration website hitRECord; and the "most valiant" thing one can do as an artist: "inspire someone else to be creative."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 6, 2010 10:15 AM
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Inception Early Reviews Are Raves

Inception Early Reviews Are Raves
After the breach of the preset review embargo by Rolling Stone's Peter Travers, who was allowed to run early in print but not online--Warner Bros. took a different approach to opening the gates to coverage of the much-anticipated Inception. In a sign that studios are ceding ground to online sites over the traditional trades, on Monday afternoon, the trades shared the same embargo with key fan sites and Oscar bloggers. The junket press saw the film in L.A. last weekend; I saw it with the trades and Oscar bloggers on Friday (and posted my review at exactly 3 PM Pacific).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 5, 2010 10:47 AM
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Inception Early Review: Nolan Delivers Kubrickian Masterpiece with Heart

Inception Early Review: Nolan Delivers Kubrickian Masterpiece with Heart
No movie this year comes freighted with greater expectations than Inception, Chris Nolan's follow-up to the global blockbuster The Dark Knight. Happily, the movie delivers and then some--thanks to clever original screenwriting and exhilarating mise-en-scene--in 2D.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 5, 2010 9:55 AM
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Inception's Life-Size Adverts

Warner Bros. installed some jumbo-size new ads in New York for Christopher Nolan's much-anticipated Inception. The supergraphics play with perception in a fun way, and don't completely stick out like some other massive outdoor ads.
  • By Cameron Carlson
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  • July 3, 2010 1:13 AM
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Inception Early Review: Rolling Stone Goes First

Peter Travers gives a 3 1/2 star review of Christopher Nolan's Inception in Rolling Stone. The review is not online yet. But The New York Post's Lou Lumenick found a hard copy on a New York newstand, and posted the bullet graph:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 24, 2010 5:37 AM
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Tonys Go Hollywood, Red's Logan Pens Miraculous Year, Nolan Hates 3D, It's a Wrap for Harry Potter

Tonys Go Hollywood, Red's Logan Pens Miraculous Year, Nolan Hates 3D, It's a Wrap for Harry Potter
The Tonys went Hollywood Sunday night, from winners Denzel Washington and Viola Davis in best revival winner Fences to best featured actress and actor Scarlett Johansson and Eddie Redmayne, respectively, and Catherine Zeta-Jones as best actress (in musical revival A Little Night Music). The Tonys also favored two 50s-set shows as Memphis -- a rocking musical about underground Tennessee dance clubs and interracial love -- won best musical, and Red --starring Alfred Molina as artist Mark Rothko --won Best Play. Vanity Fair posted a gorgeous gallery of black and white portraits of select nominees.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 14, 2010 2:27 AM
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Bourne #4, Green Lantern Sequel, Monsterpocalypse and Inception Spot

In Development: - Bourne #4 is coming. Tony Gilroy is back in the saddle to write The Bourne Legacy as a sequel, not prequel, to the franchise starring Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, as well as a "Bourne Bible." The film is not based on the book The Bourne Legacy (written by Eric Van Lustbader, not original novelist Robert Ludlum, who died in 2001) and is set for release in 2012. Damon says he won't do it unless director Paul Greengrass returns (Greengrass directed Ultimatum and Supremacy, while Doug Liman directed the 2002 kick-off The Bourne Identity). [Anne Thompson: I'd like to see Gilroy--in many ways the series' true creator, and a crackerjack director himself (Michael Clayton, Duplicity)-- do the honors. Would Damon work with him? After he sees the script, maybe.]
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 10, 2010 9:20 AM
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