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Cameron Talks Avatar Redux

Avatar is coming back on August 27 with nine minutes of new footage, mostly set on Pandora. Hell, I'd see it again in a nano-second. Has anything you've seen since you saw Avatar been nearly as good? The extra footage includes the death of the Na'vi warrior Tsu'tey, Cameron told MTV News (audio on jump), among several outlets he did phoners with late Friday afternoon:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 7, 2010 12:45 PM
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Rourke Talks Expendables on Tonight Show

Mickey Rourke is doing great work in movies these days--he and Sam Rockwell saved Iron Man 2--but the 57-year-old actor is looking stranger than ever, as this bizarre makeup job on his appearance Thursday night on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno attests.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 6, 2010 6:49 AM
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Trailer Watch: Burlesque Stars Cher, Tucci, Aguilera

Never underestimate Screen Gems topper Clint Culpepper. More than most studio execs, he gets to put together an eclectic range of projects under Sony's low-budget Screen Gems label because he's got that magic gut instinct for what audiences want and how to sell it to them. Since 1999, Culpepper has figured out which pictures to make without stepping on the toes of big Columbia and little Sony Pictures Classics: horror, urban and teen flicks like the Underworld, Hostel and Resident Evil franchises and Dear John.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 6, 2010 4:51 AM
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Take Shyamalan's Name Off the Devil Trailer!

Take Shyamalan's Name Off the Devil Trailer!
M. Night's Shyamalan's The Last Airbender was slammed by critics: it earned an abysmal 8% on the Tomatometer. No question that since Shyamalan's strong breakout The Sixth Sense, followed by Unbreakable and Signs, his last features (The Village, Lady in the Water, and The Happening) are trending downward with both critics and more important, audiences. And movie sites have not hesitated to catalogue everything wrong with the director, and to offer constructive advice.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 4, 2010 5:01 AM
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Jon Stewart Disses Media Coverage of Chelsea's Wedding

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  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 3, 2010 6:37 AM
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Unraveling Inception: Zimmer's Piaf Riff, Clothing Clues, Nolan's Anxiety

One of the great pastimes of summer 2010 is unravelling, explaining and debating Inception. Which is the main reason it is such a big hit: repeat business. (The movie's so good that the Chinese government is allowing it to play there, a rare honor for a Hollywood picture.) Here are some recent popular memes:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 3, 2010 5:27 AM
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Colin Fitz Comes Back from the Dead: A Tale of Indie Resurrection

Director Robert Bella went thousands of dollars into debt to get his debut film Colin Fitz, an absurdist comedy about a dead rock legend starring William H. Macy, into Sundance in 1997. He then spent the next 13 years getting himself and the film--which earned good reviews--out of hock. At one low point, when he got sick of sleeping on friends' couches, he moved into his own storage space.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 3, 2010 4:29 AM
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Congrats Diablo Cody: New Baby, Red Band Trailer, Reitman Reunion

Attention-starved screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno, The U.S. of Tara) has plenty of good news. She delivered baby Marcello Daniel Maurio on July 27. And her new traveling talk-show Red Band Trailer, recorded in her Airstream, is playing on YouTube. Her first three shows are below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 3, 2010 1:27 AM
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Pegg and Frost Talk Universal Road Comedy Paul and Tintin

Working Title co-chief Eric Fellner looked anxious before Universal's Comic-Con panel for Paul, an alien road-trip comedy reteaming Simon Pegg and his Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz co-star Nick Frost, as co-writers and co-stars. Seth Rogen voices the friendly alien that the two sci-fi geeks encounter after they leave Comic-Con for a road tour through Area 51. Sigourney Weaver, Jeffrey Tambor, Kristen Wiig, Jason Bateman and Jon Hader lend support. Director Greg Mottolla (Superbad) grabbed some exterior shots at the Con last year, but largely restaged the mammoth San Diego event with extras in Albuquerque. (According to Frost, when they asked if they could shoot inside the real Con, the fire marshall said, "no fucking way.")
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 2, 2010 7:15 AM
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Crashes Through Taxi Rear Window

While filming Premium Rush in New York, Joseph Gordon-Levitt crashed on his bike into the rear windshield of a yellow cab and showed off his gash for director David Koepp's video camera. And then posted it on his website: "but it was my fault, I was going too fast," he admitted. He posts that he got 31 stitches. He's playing a bike messenger in the flick.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 1, 2010 2:16 AM
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