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Decode the Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Poster

Appropriately enough for a spy thriller about deciphering codes, this Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy poster asks you to find clues embedded in its design. That's The Dark Knight's Gary Oldman playing MI6 agent George Smiley, a role made famous by Alec Guinness in John Irvin's 1979 mini-series based on John le Carre's Cold War thriller. (It's a great read.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 19, 2011 4:35 AM
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Trailer Watch: The Dark Knight Rises Teaser Goes HD

The teaser trailer for The Dark Knight Rises is taking the last word of its title literally. The only scene that stands above the rest in the teaser (posted below) rises up into a blindingly white sky, as stalks of skyscrapers crumble to the street below leaving an outline (can you imagine) of the shape of a menacing bat. It's the same image as the recent teaser poster.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 18, 2011 12:02 PM
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Academy Silents Series Draws Crowds

What works in theater programming is creating events, whether it's talent Q & As (Errol Morris and Tabloid subject Joyce McKinney have been drawing crowds) or rarely-screened classics at LACMA, which drew good numbers for its French films The Earrings of Madame De last weekend followed by Saturday's double feature of Robert Bresson's Pickpocket and Jacques Demy's Bay of Angels starring a dazzling Jeanne Moreau as a bad girl gambling her way around the French Riviera. Even dusty silents can be a a draw, reports Cari Beauchamp:"The Summer of Silents," currently mid-way through its eight weeks series at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, has been an incredible success. The public programs at the Academy are always impeccably curated, but screening the Photoplay Best Film award-winners from 1920 to 1928 was risky during a summer of 3-D Transformers and the last Harry Potter. Yet every Monday, around 1,000 people have filled the Goldwyn auditorium on Wilshire to be entranced by classics accompanied by music, usually live and always elevating. (A trove of music for silents was recently unearthed.)
  • By Cari Beauchamp
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  • July 17, 2011 8:44 AM
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Trailer Watch: You Instead Is Mad-Cap Romp for Hipsters, Early Reviews

Trailer Watch: You Instead Is Mad-Cap Romp for Hipsters, Early Reviews
Judging from the trailer below, Scottish filmmaker David Mackenzie’s latest flick You Instead may fill an untapped need: mad-cap romp for hipsters. The premise: in a world where boys and girls sport the same jeans, eye-liner, and scraggly hair, it’s easy to see how personalities collide. Especially when male rock-star (Luke Treadaway) and his female rocker rival (Natalie Tena) are handcuffed together—seemingly as some sort of punishment for golf-cart thievery.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 15, 2011 8:50 AM
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Trailer Watch: Scorsese's Magical Hugo Conjures Beloved Family Classics

Brian Selznick, the author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, a 2007 genre-bending children’s book, was inspired by turn of the 20th-century film pioneer Georges Méliès. Perhaps that's why Selznick’s book seems to translate so easily to the screen.
  • By Maggie Lange and Anne Thompson
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  • July 15, 2011 4:38 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Emmys Snub Genre, Nominees in Movies, Scorsese on Harrison, Potter Mania, Trailers

Weekly Wrap: Emmys Snub Genre, Nominees in Movies, Scorsese on Harrison, Potter Mania, Trailers
EMMY AWARDS & TV
  • By Sophia Savage and Anne Thompson
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  • July 15, 2011 2:30 AM
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Trailer Watch: John Carter Teaser Lands with Leaping Taylor Kitsch, Epic Imagery

Having underwhelmed us with their teaser poster, Disney does deliver a rousing first teaser trailer for Andrew Stanton's Edgar Rice Burroughs adaptation John Carter. Stanton, the writer-director of Pixar's Wall-E, moves into live-action, directing Taylor Kitsch in the title role as a lonely American soldier who is magically transported to red planet Barsoom, where he boasts gravity-boosted strength. Think Avatar, as James Cameron grew up on these novels. Carter is allied with Red Martians Ciaran Hinds, Lynn Collins, Dominic West and James Purefoy against four-armed Green Martians Willem Dafoe, Polly Walker, Thomas Haden Church and Samantha Morton in this immersive digital epic.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 14, 2011 8:15 AM
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Emmy Watch: Seven Nominees with Promising Film Futures: Elba, Wiig, McCarthy, Enos, Hamm, Hendricks

Emmy Watch: Seven Nominees with Promising Film Futures: Elba, Wiig, McCarthy, Enos, Hamm, Hendricks
Some Emmy nominees will win on September 18, but other Emmy nominees are already winning with major film careers taking off.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 14, 2011 6:11 AM
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Weekend Preview: Harry Potter Will Dominate; Indies Tabloid, The Tree, Life, Above All & Snow Flower

Weekend Preview: Harry Potter Will Dominate; Indies Tabloid, The Tree, Life, Above All & Snow Flower
Harry Potter #8 will make ridiculous amounts of money this weekend while indies and foreign offerings try to make a dent in the increasingly crowded summer box office. Here is our Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II box office analysis and media coverage round-up. Check out the reviews for "clumsy" Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (co-produced by Rupert Murdoch's wife, Wendi Murdoch), our interview with Errol Morris for his doc Tabloid, which tops indieWIRE's weekly critic consensus. There's also well-reviewed The Tree from France and Life, Above All from South Africa/Germany, plus Colin Hanks' dark comedy Lucky, which has been only slightly luckier with the critics than his father's Larry Crowne, and Sundance entry Salvation Boulevard, which is being critically slaughtered despite a stellar cast.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 14, 2011 5:29 AM
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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Early Reviews: Clumsy Mistranslation

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Early Reviews: Clumsy Mistranslation
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, adapted from Lisa See’s 2005 novel, tells parallel stories of lifelong female friendship in 19th century China and modern Shanghai. Early reviewers find that Wayne Wang’s adaptation fails both in comparison to the novel and to his 1993 hit the Joy Luck Club.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 14, 2011 1:38 AM
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