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WonderCon Highlights: Thor, Immortals, Cowboys & Aliens, Three Musketeers, Priest, Star Trek Sequel

WonderCon Highlights: Thor, Immortals, Cowboys & Aliens, Three Musketeers, Priest, Star Trek Sequel
Check out some of the reveals and soundbites from San Francisco's WonderCon on upcoming films Immortals, Cowyboys & Aliens, Star Trek Sequel, Green Lantern, The Three Musketeers, Thor and Priest:
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  • April 4, 2011 7:30 AM
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Weintraub Talks His Way: from Presley, Sinatra, the Mafia and Soderbergh to His Two Women

Weintraub Talks His Way: from Presley, Sinatra, the Mafia and Soderbergh to His Two Women
Jerry Weintraub is one of those larger-than-life Hollywood figures who helped to define the image of what a movie producer is. At age 73 he 's enjoying a resurgence of sorts that began with Steven Soderbergh's Oceans Eleven series and continued with his autobiography When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead (back on top of paperback bestseller lists) and now, the entertaining Doug McGrath TV doc His Way, which debuts on HBO April 4.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 4, 2011 7:15 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Hop Best Opener of Year, Followed by Solid Thrillers Source Code and Insidious

Weekend Box Office: Hop Best Opener of Year, Followed by Solid Thrillers Source Code and Insidious
Weekend box office was up 6 percent over last weekend, led by Russell Brand family pic Hop, which exceeded expectations with the best opening of the year so far, followed by strong ticket sales for indie thrillers Source Code and Insidious. Anthony D'Alessandro reports:Universal’s live-action toon Hop leaped past its industry projections this weekend and bore a litter of cash with $38.1 million – the best bow to date, inching past Rango’s first frame which grossed a few thousand less. Although the frame also served up a number of competitors to Hop--Summit Entertainment’s Source Code earned $15 million in second, FilmDistrict’s horror film Insidious stabbed $13.5 million in third and the PG-13 re-release of Weinstein Co.’s The King’s Speech fell outside the top 10 with $1.19 million--the Easter Bunny comedy had a lock on families.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • April 3, 2011 4:30 AM
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Helen Mirren, Jessica Chastain & Sam Worthington Star in The Debt's New International Poster

Focus will finally release The Debt, the war crime thriller from director John Madden (Shakespeare in Love, Proof), this August after lingering in Miramax distribution limbo. Check out the international poster with stars Helen Mirren, Jessica Chastain (Tree of Life) and Sam Worthington. Tom Wilkinson also stars. Here's our interview with Mirren and our profile on rising star Chastain. The trailer is below. [IMPA]
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 1, 2011 8:35 AM
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Sony Pictures Classics Officially Releasing Van Sant's Cannes-Bound Restless, Starring Wasikowska

We already announced this, but it's official now: Sony Pictures Classics will release Gus Van Sant's Restless in North America this fall. Columbia pulled the teen drama from the Sundance Premiere line-up at the last minute (it was literally the first film invited to the fest in August) in favor of sending it to Cannes. Given that Van Sant is a Croisette perennial, there's no way that Restless won't turn up there. Written by Jason Lew, the movie stars Jane Eyre's Mia Wasikowska and Henry Hopper (Kiss and Tell). The trailer is below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 31, 2011 10:41 AM
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Hanna Earns Early Raves: "Futuristic Fairy Tale, Arthouse Action Movie, Chase Thriller"

Hanna Earns Early Raves: "Futuristic Fairy Tale, Arthouse Action Movie, Chase Thriller"
Director Joe Wright delivers a tour-de-force E-ride thriller with Focus Features's Hanna, starring an athletic Saoirse Ronan, who able carries the movie, supported by Cate Blanchett and Eric Bana. But don't expect much depth--or dialogue for that matter-- from the director of Atonement and Pride & Prejudice. The movie sets up its premise: Hanna has been raised in isolation by protective parent Bana, and enters the world prepared to defend herself from Blanchett and her agents who are out to kill her. Then a masterfully executed chase ensues. Look out for one of Wright's signature long takes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 31, 2011 7:00 AM
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Watch: Six Minutes of Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch

Plus: Check out Sucker Punch's reviews and performance at last weekend's box office.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 30, 2011 7:20 AM
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Cannes 2011: Jean-Paul Belmondo To Be Honored at Gala Screening of "Belmondo, The Career," Clips

Cannes 2011: Jean-Paul Belmondo To Be Honored at Gala Screening of "Belmondo, The Career," Clips
The Cannes Film Festival will honor Jean-Paul Belmondo on May 17 with a gala event celebrating the actor's career. French New Wave star Belmondo worked with directors Philippe de Broca, Henri Verneuil, Gérard Oury, Georges Lautner, Jacques Deray, Jean-Pierre Melville, François Truffaut, Claude Lelouch and Alain Resnais, Vittorio Sica, Alberto Lattuada, and - of course - Jean Luc Godard, whose 1960 Breathless helped launch his long career. Among his other credits are That Man from Rio, Pierrot le Fou, Léon Morin, Priest, Mississippi Mermaid, Le Magnifique, Stavisky and Borsalino.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 30, 2011 5:33 AM
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Tree of Life Will Not Open in the U.K. Before Cannes After All, Gets New Poster UPDATED

Tree of Life Will Not Open in the U.K. Before Cannes After All, Gets New Poster UPDATED
Thierry Fremaux does not have to fume. After he waited a long year for The Tree of Life to finally debut at the Cannes Film Festival, Brit film mag Empire reported that the Terrence Malick fllm would open first in the U.K., on May 4. Domestic distributor Fox Searchlight now informs me that the story is not true. That means that Brit reviews of the film will NOT spread before the assembled critics see it in the Palais. We still don't know if the film will be in competition. UPDATE: Empire has double-checked with Icon (I too have a call into them) and are sticking to their reported date. Fox Searchlight, truth be told, is not in charge of when a movie opens in the UK; Summit International is. UPDATE: Sources close to the film assert that The Tree of Life will make its debut at Cannes, and nowhere else.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 28, 2011 10:25 AM
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Trailer Watch: Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris

Woody Allen's latest, Midnight in Paris, starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, Marion Cotillard, Cathy Bates, Adrian Brody, Alison Pill, Lea Seydoux and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, hits theaters May 20 after opening Cannes on May 11. Here's the new trailer:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 28, 2011 6:55 AM
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