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Must-See Winter's Bone: Granik Digs Deep with Breakout Lawrence

Must-See Winter's Bone: Granik Digs Deep with Breakout Lawrence
Indie filmmaker Debra Granik did it once with the 2004 low-budget drama Down to the Bone, which showed what Vera Farmiga could do (she won best actress from the LA Film Critics). This January at Sundance, the director did it again, showcasing Jennifer Lawrence in a star-making role as a smart young teen fighting to save her family from falling off the edge in hard-bitten Ozark country. (The film won both the screenwriting and dramatic grand jury prize.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 3, 2010 6:48 AM
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Cruise Reprises Tropic Thunder Grossman Role

Tom Cruise dons producer Les Grossman's hirsute fat suit once again for the MTV Movie Awards, which air on June 6. One video shows a hairy post-Scientology Cruise assaulting an older Cruise reenacting the young Risky Business Cruise. An unintentional meta-enactment of his entire career? He also dances around and yells at Twilight stars. Here are three videos:
  • By Cameron Carlson
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  • June 2, 2010 8:07 AM
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HBO's The Neistat Brothers Debuts June 4th

Fair to say, HBO's latest series The Neistat Brothers, which debuts on June 4th, is not like anything you have ever seen before.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 1, 2010 7:51 AM
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Trailer Watch: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World vs. Jonah Hex

The studios are so in love with comic-book movies that they're digging into material most of us have never read.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 31, 2010 9:22 AM
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Dennis Hopper Dies of Prostate Cancer at 74; Obits and Clips

Dennis Hopper died on Saturday morning May 29 of complications from advanced prostate cancer; he was 74. When the young Kansan came to Hollywood in the 50s, he was mentored by James Dean, who brought him in to star in Rebel Without a Cause and Giant. Hopper chafed under the constraints of the old studio system, where such directors as Henry Hathaway tried to tell him how to do his job on From Hell to Texas, The Sons of Katie Elder and True Grit.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 29, 2010 10:09 AM
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More: Video, Obit

Latest Inception Trailer

For your delectation, the most recent Inception trailer. I cannot wait to see this mind-bending Chris Nolan movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ellen Page (now added to the cast of HBO's upcoming Hollywood blogger series Tilda) which opens July 16. UPDATE: Check out these character posters.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 26, 2010 7:04 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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Prince of Persia Clips Show Glossy Action and Non-Stars Gyllenhaal and Arterton

Mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer's M.O. is to throw gazillions of dollars at multiple high-price screenwriters, superb production values, and eye-popping visual effects. That's how an unprepossessing videogame that means nothing outside the male gamer demo winds up as a politically incorrect $200-million summer movie like Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. This movie may not deliver the summer tentpole goods (despite Disney's saturation marketing blitz) when it opens this Friday--judging from its mild $18-million opening last weekend in 19 countries overseas. Anthony D'Alessandro will file his hard look at Memorial Weekend expectations Wednesday.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 25, 2010 10:22 AM
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Tamara Drewe Breakout Isn't Arterton: It's Luke Evans

Tamara Drewe Breakout Isn't Arterton: It's Luke Evans
Stephen Frears' bucolic romantic romp Tamara Drewe stars fetching Clash of the Titans star Emma Arterton in short-shorts, but with Frears' leading lady stuck in America promoting Prince of Persia, the breakout star from the film at Cannes was hunky Welsh newcomer Luke Evans. He's made eight movies in the last year, including Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, Clash of the Titans, Robin Hood and the upcoming Jason Statham actioner Blitz. Now he's set to play Aramis in Summit's The Three Musketeers as well as the title role of Vivaldi.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 24, 2010 11:46 AM
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Trailer Watch: Cannes Palme d'Or Winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Trailer Watch: Cannes Palme d'Or Winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
For you who want to know more about the Thai film that won the Palme d'Or, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, here's THR's Q & A with the director, known by most as "Joe" Weerasethakul. This was his fifth film in the Cannes official selection. Time Out London also profiles the director. And Salon's Andrew O'Hehir offers a rave review.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 23, 2010 11:39 AM
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