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Vanity Fair Cover Girl Jolie Talks Home vs. Career, Bier Teases Haevnen, Kick-Ass Power Petites

- Angelina Jolie graces the cover of August's Vanity Fair, amping up for the release of Salt on July 23rd. The mag posted a taste of the interview today. It's not the first time she's said it, but Jolie was clear about acting not being the most important thing to her, and she does not anticipate doing it much longer, even though it helped her to learn about herself while growing up.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 28, 2010 3:10 AM
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Trailer Watch: David Fincher's The Social Network

Aaron Sorkin. Scott Rudin. David Fincher. Jesse Eisenberg. Mark Zuckerberg.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 25, 2010 12:01 PM
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Raavan's Bachchan and Rai Do The Ramayana: Badly

Raavan's Bachchan and Rai Do The Ramayana: Badly
Big-budget Bollywood adventure Raavan, starring the golden couple Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai--from writer-director Mani Ratnam, director of Guru, with a rousing score by Slumdog Millionaire Oscar-winner A.R. Rahman--is a big overwrought dud. It's one of those dead-serious over-scale extravaganzas that boasts lavish resources--visual effects, swirling cameras, stunning scenery and lavish musical numbers--and comes up short. It's basically India's Robin Hood in more ways than one--all that money can buy in the way of production value and star power, but a big so-what? In some ways, Bachchan is playing chest-beating primitive King Kong to Rai's lovely Fay Wray.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 21, 2010 5:02 AM
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Trailer Watch: Conviction Tugs at Tear Ducts

Trailer Watch: Conviction Tugs at Tear Ducts
Fox Searchlight is releasing the online trailer for Tony Goldwyn's R-rated Conviction today (below). This trailer will debut on E.T. tonight and hit theaters attached to the Duplass brothers' summer comedy Cyrus on Friday. The movie opens October 12.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 17, 2010 11:08 AM
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Knight and Day: Cruise/Diaz Original Action Comedy Works

Knight and Day: Cruise/Diaz Original Action Comedy Works
No question that everyone gets that audiences are suffering sequel and remake overload. But Vulture's Claude Brodesser-Akner overstates the case that Hollywood is back to chasing originals when he cites a few anecdotal examples of recent studio buys.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 17, 2010 3:00 AM
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Trailer Watch: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is by far my favorite of C.S. Lewis's Narnia books. I read it over and over. A trailer is scheduled to run before Toy Story 3 on June 18. This foreign one does not show Eustace, a great surly character who falls into a picture and accidentally joins Lucy and Edmund Pevensie on a sea journey to the edge of the world. Along the way Eustace has a character-changing encounter with a dragon. I have not been a fan of these movies, but I have a good feeling about this one--because it's a rip-roaring adventure yarn.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 17, 2010 2:48 AM
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Trailer Watch: Luke Wilson Porn Dramedy Middle Men Opens August 6

Paramount picked up George Gallo's internet porn origin story Middle Men after the hard-R film closed February's Santa Barbara Film Festival--but the filmmakers had to supply their own prints and ads (the new norm). The movie follows the meteoric ascendency of businessman Jack Harris (Luke Wilson) after he realizes that people will pay for online porn. The movie's winding narrative is populated by Russian mobsters, a porn star love interest, and James Caan as a conniving lawyer. Here's Variety:
  • By Cameron Carlson
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  • June 16, 2010 8:54 AM
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Trailer Watch: Never Let Me Go

Trailer Watch: Never Let Me Go
One award-season play for Fox Searchlight this year is Mark Romanek's Never Let Me Go, set for October 1 release. (The trailer is below.) Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield lead the cast of the film adapted by Alex Garland from the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro (The Remains of the Day). Romanek, who last directed One Hour Photo eight years ago, has much to prove here, following two big-budget studio films that imploded. He left Universal's The Wolf Man over budget issues--a penny-wise, pound-foolish call that the studio regrets in retrospect. And Tom Hanks-starrer Cold Case also fell apart.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 16, 2010 1:46 AM
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Swinton Talks I Am Love, Orlando Reissue, and a Film with Uncle Boonmee Director

Swinton Talks I Am Love, Orlando Reissue, and a Film with Uncle Boonmee Director
Tilda Swinton is a brainy actress who swings easily from passion indie projects (The Deep End, Julia and the upcoming I Am Love) to studio fare, from arch-villains to objects of desire, and from mother in the Scottish highlands to glamourous globe-trotting movie star. She won an Oscar as George Clooney's nemesis in Michael Clayton, made love to Clooney in Burn After Reading and Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and keeps turning up in Narnia as ice queen Jadis. (After her cameo in The Limits of Control, she's committed to star in Jim Jarmusch's next, whatever that turns out to be.) She's as beautiful without makeup as she is with it. The next passion project she is developing is in collaboration with this year's Cannes Palme d'Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul. They've known each other for years. (UPDATE: He talks about her at Cannes.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 15, 2010 11:30 AM
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Live New York Interviews Promo Love Ranch and Winter's Bone

The NYT is getting into the live pre-movie opening interview racket, something Apple iTunes has been doing for some time. This week, The NYT online will live-stream a webcast of NYT critic Janet Maslin's interview with Love Ranch star Helen Mirren (who won an Oscar for The Queen) and the film's director Taylor Hackford (Ray, The Devil's Advocate), her husband, on June 14th (6:30-8pm EST). Based on a true story about a couple who opened Las Vegas's first legal brothel, the film stars Mirren and Joe Pesci as Grace and Charlie Botempo. Although the New York City event is sold out, you can catch it on either LiveStream.com or Facebook. The trailer is on the jump, but be aware that it shows you the whole movie (a pet peeve).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 10, 2010 6:14 AM
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