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Academy Watch: Star Trek VFX Show-and-Tell

Visual effects wonks (like me) who are lucky enough to live in L.A. may want to show up on Thursday, November 18 for the Academy's Science and Technology Council program “Visualize This: Previs in the Making of Star Trek." Using clips and behind-the-scenes footage, a panel led by Star Trek writer-producer Damon Lindelof (Lost, Cowboys & Aliens) will explore the challenges and opportunities of the previsualization (previs) process at the Academy’s Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 10, 2010 9:31 AM
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Casting News: Patton in M:I Reboot, De Niro Loves Bellucci, Hamm and Westfeldt Make Indie

- J.J. Abrams' reboot of the Mission: Impossible franchise is coming together at Paramount, even if it still lacks a firm title. Returning Tom Cruise will be accompanied by Paula Patton and Jeremy Renner, both of whom wowed in their low-budget Oscar-winning films last year, Precious and The Hurt Locker, respectively.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 3, 2010 3:51 AM
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Bigelow's Triple Frontier, Republican vs. Democrat Women, The Expendables' Patriotic Divide

- The Wrap uncovered an email of Paramount interest re: what's in the cards for the studio (unofficial). For example, Kathryn Bigelow's next feature Triple Frontier (written by Hurt Locker Oscar-winner Mark Boal), an action-adventure set in the border zone between Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil), may star an ensemble of Will Smith, Sean Penn, Javier Bardem and Christian Bale. A thriller is in the works from Bad Robot mastermind J. J. Abrams (the original idea about the game "7 Minutes in Heaven" turning deadly came from Lost director Jack Bender, who may take the reins). The script for the Tom Clancy reboot featuring a new Jack Ryan needs re-writes (also possibly being directed by Bender), and Hansel and Gretel is "beginning casting conversations" (this fairy-tale turned comedy reintroduces the pair 15 years after their gingerbread house fiasco, when they've become witch bounty hunters. All of these works in progress are subject to change, natch. Paramount production chief Adam Goodman can't be very happy at being caught with his pants unzipped.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 18, 2010 7:36 AM
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Super Hero Glut: Will Marvel and DC Projects Get Repetitive?

Super Hero Glut: Will Marvel and DC Projects Get Repetitive?
There are many many comics movies in our future. How many of them will moviegoers be able to ingest? How many will turn out to be any good? Will fatigue set in, as Matthew Vaughn, the director of X-Men: First Class, predicts?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 10, 2010 4:54 AM
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Mad Men's Manly Hamm in Movies, Braff's Garden State Follow-Up, Quinto Talks Star Trek 2

New York Magazine profiles Mad Men womanizer Don Draper - or rather, they profile the man who channels him: Jon Hamm. While many of us already know that Hamm is funny (SNL show-stealer) and manly (he grows a beard in two hours), New York wanted to find out just exactly what Hamm is worth. Word on the street (the side where agent, managers and publicists hang out) is that while Mad Men fans love him, there are still plenty of people who need to discover Hamm. With a handful of film roles coming up, including supporting roles in Ben Affleck's The Town and Judd Apatow's Bridesmaids, Hamm's range and accessibility is growing. While he may not be an overnight leading man, he has Clooney-esque better-with-age sex appeal and good looks that can bide him some time as a long term investment.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 26, 2010 5:30 AM
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Lost Auction, Abrams, Whedon Talk at Comic-Con

Lost fan alert: the show you obsessed over may be over, but its memory lingers on.
  • By Cameron Carlson
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  • July 21, 2010 7:40 AM
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Answering Questions about Lost, Assuming You Are Caught Up

From the very beginning with Lost, you hang onto the characters and Oscar-winner Michael Giacchino's score for dear life and suspend disbelief. It never did make any sense! (The NYorker profiles Oscar-winner Giacchino; see clip below.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 25, 2010 11:49 AM
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Trailer Watch: Spielberg and Abrams' Super 8

If you object to camcorder trailers, don't watch this trailer for Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams' upcoming homage to filmmaking, Super 8--go see it in front of Iron Man 2. For the rest of you, here it is:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 7, 2010 3:12 AM
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Spielberg and Abrams Team on Super 8 At Paramount

The puzzling part of Steven Spielberg producing director J.J. Abrams' Super 8 is that Spielberg is still not happy with Paramount. But he's willing to produce this movie with Abrams' Bad Robot, even though it will go through that studio deal. The two men dreamed up the homage to their Super 8 filmmaking youth together, so that is how it goes. Abrams' Super 8 trailer will run in front of Iron Man 2, starting tonight; MTV and Vulture have more details, while The Playlist describes the trailer:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 6, 2010 8:00 AM
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Oscar Watch: Visual Effects List of Seven Led by Avatar

Seven movies have made the short list of the Academy Visual Effects branch. They will vote for the final three nominated films on January 21 at the annual bake-off, where 15-minute reels of each film are screened for the VFX voters. I'm always at Sundance for this; I'd love to go one day.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 6, 2010 7:17 AM
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