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Paranormal Activity 2 Spoof: Scarier Than A Demon? A Damon!

Thank Funny or Die for providing more entertainment (for free) in under three minutes than Paranormal Activity 2 will slow-drip into your system in over an hour. The first of their two trailers (below, here's the official trailer) warns of something worse than a demon - a Damon! Complete with complex math skills! The second just tries to tell the truth.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 20, 2010 4:55 AM
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Oscar Watch: Palm Springs, Santa Barbara Fests Push Oscar Hopefuls Like Mulligan, Franco

Oscar Watch: Palm Springs, Santa Barbara Fests Push Oscar Hopefuls Like Mulligan, Franco
It isn't news that Oscar campaigners take advantage of fall film fests in L.A. and NY that are designed to draw awards attention. MCN's David Poland rants about con-man Carlos Abreu's bogus Hollywood Film Festival (which I refuse to take seriously) and IFP's Gotham Awards, which are far more legitimate in that they are designed to put the spotlight on indie films. Any fest that boosts Lena Dunham's Tiny Furniture or Let Me In is fine by me.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 19, 2010 7:10 AM
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Zuckerberg Denies Social Network Frame is Accurate

In a "Startup School" conference at Sanford University, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg talks about how he dropped out of Harvard and how the The Social Network's framing device is the thing that's most wrong with the movie.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 18, 2010 11:19 AM
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Trailer Watch: The Fighter Builds Buzz for Bale

Trailer Watch: The Fighter Builds Buzz for Bale
Unable to press-screen David O. Russell's much-anticipated The Fighter until the week of November 10, Paramount has been valiantly building buzz until then. The gritty $24-million Relativity Media-funded biopic stars Mark Wahlberg (who earned a supporting actor Oscar nomination for The Departed) in the title role as welterweight Micky Ward. Amy Adams plays his girlfriend (she was nominated for supporting actress for Doubt and Junebug). The movie also stars Oscar nominee Melissa Leo (Frozen River) and super-skinny Christian Bale, who steals the film--I hear--in the kind of showy role that Oscar voters love, as Wahlberg's crack addict brother and trainer. (Bale has never been nominated). The long-in-the-works drama is Russell's first since the flop I Heart Huckabees in 2004; he took over The Fighter from Darren Aronofsky, who made The Wrestler instead.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 18, 2010 6:00 AM
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Video: Obama Talks to Waiting for Superman Kids in Oval Office

Paramount isn't marketing the education expose Waiting for Superman all by itself. The studio is orchestrating the marketing efforts on behalf of the film of some powerful partners--Participant Media, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Walden Media--that are building support and getting out the word across multiple platforms. They even arranged a meeting Monday October 11 with the White House in which President Obama met with the five kids in the film:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 15, 2010 11:03 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Zimmer and Reeves Talk, Oscar Buzz Builds, Casting Franchises, Shifting Media

INTERVIEWS- We analyze Let Me In's box office and awards potential and talk to Let Me In writer-director Matt Reeves.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 15, 2010 11:00 AM
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Video Mash-Up: True Grit + Toy Story 3 = Toy Grit

This is pretty spectacular:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 14, 2010 12:32 PM
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What Went Wrong With Tamara Drewe?

What Went Wrong With Tamara Drewe?
Something went terribly wrong with Tamara Drewe, an entertaining romantic comedy that played well at Cannes from one of the great Brit directors, Stephen Frears, starring hottie-on-the-rise Gemma Arterton. Sony Pictures Classics opened it last weekend to disastrous business: $19,300 on four screens, a $4,825 per-screen average. Here's why.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 14, 2010 11:08 AM
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Movies in Limbo During Distribution Fall-Out: The Debt, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, Haywire

Movies in Limbo During Distribution Fall-Out: The Debt, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, Haywire
Miramax is no more. And I challenge you to name the specialty division's new owner. For $660 million, Disney sold the Tiffany label built and abandoned by the Weinsteins--that once represented class, style and Oscar contenders--to Filmyard Holdings, a consortium led by financeer Ron Tutor and partners including Colony Capitol and the beleaguered David Bergstein. And Disney decided finally not to release two Miramax films still on its schedule, John Madden's The Debt, a Mossad thriller starring Helen Mirren, and Guillermo del Toro's production of rookie Troy Nixey's R-rated scare-fest Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, starring Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce, which was well-reviewed by the LAT.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 13, 2010 4:59 AM
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Video Watch: Anderson and Coppola Go 60s for Stella Artois

In case you missed the Wes Anderson/Roman Coppola Stella Artois 60-second TV spot, check it out below, it's fun. Very Boys Night Out (a must-see from the 60s starring James Garner when he was hot), Parisian-style. You may recall that Anderson directed those expensive American Express ads; he and Coppola collaborated on Darjeeling Limited. Coppola, who did a terrific job on the very mod CQ, also helps out his sister Sophia on her movies, and is a gadget fanatic, according to AdAge.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 13, 2010 2:50 AM
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