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Twisted Cannes Triangle; Jones and Law Talk My Blueberry Nights; Miller's Spirit

In Cannes you often get the sense that everyone else is doing something that you're not. God forbid you should choose badly. So this morning I skipped the Jerry Seinfeld Bee Movie stunt at the Carlton (Dade Hayes got to see him fly on a cable from the top of the hotel to the Carlton Beach in a bee suit; apparently he likes bungee jumping) to see Triangle, a Hong Kong action flick directed by not one but three directors: Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam and Johnny To. How could I resist?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 17, 2007 8:36 AM
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Greetings from Lucasland

I went up to SF last week with some Variety folks for a meeting at Lucasfilm's Presidio digs, complete with tour. We pulled up at the Letterman Digital Art Center on a gorgeous sunny spring day. The new white buildings fit into the rolling landscape as if they belonged there; George Lucas brought over the same Mission vibe that he had at the Mill Valley Skywalker Ranch. The big new 35 mm/Christie 2K screening room, which holds 296 removeable seats and a computer hook-up, was stunning too. (There are two smaller ones and seven "view stations" as well.) We watched a cool history timeline of ILM FX, from 1977's Star Wars through Willow, The Abyss, T2, and Jurassic Park to particle effects in Twister and the wave in Perfect Storm, as well as some trailers for ILM's summer tentpole trifecta Pirates 3, Transformers (a scary one) and Evan Almighty, which actually looks funny. (Davy Jones' eyes in Pirates 2? CGI.) The Letterman conference room boasts a stunning view of the Golden Gate Bridge. And a guy named Kevin Woolley actually invented the motion capture suit with dots! The floors are raised 18 inches with fiberoptic cables running under them. The cafeteria boasts a sushi chef and a pizza oven.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 3, 2007 8:54 AM
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