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Monster Director Patty Jenkins to Helm Thor 2 For Marvel; Where Has She Been?

Patty Jenkins, who wrote and directed Charlize Theron in her powerhouse Oscar-winning performance in Monster (pictured in the 2004 Richard Avedon photo), will be the first woman to direct a superhero movie: Thor 2.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • October 14, 2011 5:44 AM
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Bringing Burton’s World to Life: LACMA Hosts Collaborators, Screens 70mm Scissorhands

On October 21, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is hosting a Behind-the-Scenes panel, "Bringing Burton’s World to Life," with key Tim Burton collaborators. Oscar-winning composer Danny Elfman, costume designer Colleen Atwood, and art director, sculptor, installation designer and production designer Rick Heinrichs will participate on a panel about transforming Burton’s vision from concept to three-dimensional film reality, moderated by Ron Magliozzi, Associate Curator, MoMA Department of Film and co-organizer of the Tim Burton exhibition. Their films range across Vincent, Beetlejuice, Batman, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Ed Wood and Edward Scissorhands, which will be shown in 70mm, a rare screening.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 13, 2011 1:07 AM
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Trailer Watch: The Avengers Teaser Features Explosions and Egotistical Superheroes

Joss Whedon's The Avengers -- a.k.a. superheroes playing with other superheroes and congratulating each other on being masters of the universe -- is in theaters May 4, 2012. Check out what the film has in store in the teaser below. It allows everyone to talk except Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow, so we are going to go out on a limb and guess that this film will be no great step for womankind.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 12, 2011 4:58 AM
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Oscar Watch: Happy Happy is Norway's Official Entry for Best Foreign Language Film

The Norwegian Oscar Committee has submitted Anne Switsky's feature directorial debut, Happy, Happy, to Best Foreign-Language Feature Film, after it took the top prize at Sundance. Happy, Happy's victory at Sundance marked the first time that a Norwegian film won fest's World Cinema Grand Jury Prize.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 2, 2011 3:39 AM
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D23 Expo Adds Two New Pixar Pics on Dinosaurs and the Inner Mind, Promos John Carter, The Avengers

D23 Expo Adds Two New Pixar Pics on Dinosaurs and the Inner Mind, Promos John Carter, The Avengers
The warmth in the Anaheim Convention Center Hall at D23 for Pixar and Disney animation czar John Lasseter was expressed, loudly, with a standing ovation. Also getting one was Billy Crystal (make him Oscar host already!), who's back with John Goodman in Disney/Pixar sequel Monsters University (2013). Borrowing a few pages from Comic-Con, Disney is using its direct relationship with fans and marketing synergy to promote its characters and products at its huge three-day D23. Not getting as warm a welcome as Lasseter was Disney chairman Rich Ross, who still seemed stiff in front of the teleprompters, even when he cried, "cupcakes for everyone!"
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 21, 2011 1:48 AM
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Directors Hating on Other Directors: Cronenberg vs. Shyamalan, Burton and Green vs. Smith

Thank you, Flavorwire, for reminding us of the dark side of creative genius. In "The 30 Harshest Filmmaker-on-Filmmaker Insults In History," Flavorwire reveals the competitive, nasty side of many beloved filmmakers. Bigmouth Kevin Smith is a dart magnet: but he gives as good as he gets.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 15, 2011 8:25 AM
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Sin City 2 Funded, Bruce Willis Is Newest GI Joe, Keanu Reeves Directs

Keanu Reeves will direct, write and star in Man of Tai Chi, a Mandarin and English language film. He is now is in talks with Village Roadshow Pictures and China Film Group, reports The Wrap. The martial arts film will be Reeves’ directorial debut and will also star Tiger Chen, who was part of the martial arts team on The Matrix.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • August 10, 2011 9:00 AM
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Disney D23 Expo Takes You Behind Scenes of Brave, Muppets, Avengers, John Carter, Oz, Frankenweenie

Deploying some marketing muscle, Disney is mounting D23 Expo from August 19-21 at the Anaheim Convention Center near Disneyland. Disney marketeers will take fans behind the scenes, offer sneaks peaks, panels, special appearances and exhibitions on their upcoming projects, including Disney's The Muppets, Tim Burton's Frankenweenie, Oz: The Great and Powerful and John Carter, Pixar's Brave, and Marvel's The Avengers. Five sessions will be dedicated to Pixar, including one on the art of Brave and another on the characters of Monsters University.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 9, 2011 6:38 AM
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Video: Doc The Mindscape of Alan Moore

You may or may not be fans of the movie versions of Alan Moore's great graphic novels, V for Vendetta, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and The Watchmen.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 6, 2011 11:47 AM
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First Look: Henry Cavill as Superman

Check out Henry Cavill as Superman. Chris Nolan and Zack Snyder's Man of Steel won't arrive until June 2013, but that doesn't mean we can't get excited about a ridiculously good looking Brit in tights.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 4, 2011 5:07 AM
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