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Year-End Tribute to 2009

  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 18, 2009 7:23 AM
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Trailer Watch: Sundance-Bound The Runaways Stars Stewart and Fanning

Trailer Watch: Sundance-Bound The Runaways Stars Stewart and Fanning
The trailer is up for Sundance-bound rocker The Runaways starring New Moon co-stars Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett and Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie. The advance interest in this edgy indie at Sundance is huge.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 17, 2009 9:03 AM
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Trailer Watch: Burton's Alice in Wonderland Stars Depp as the Mad Hatter

Tim Burton was born to direct Alice in Wonderland, and Johnny Depp in Tammy Faye makeup isn't bad casting as the Mad Hatter either. Here's the latest trailer. Yes, I know another studio is shamelessly exploiting a brand name. But this "package" I want to see. Burton took elements from both the Lewis Carroll classic and Through the Looking Glass, including lines and imagery from The Jabberwocky. Mia Wasikowska plays Alice, Stephen Fry voices the Cheshire Cat, Anne Hathaway is the White Queen and Michael Sheen is the White Rabbit. On this film, Burton is handling more CG effects and green screen than ever before. He doesn't do much mo-cap, mostly pure animation. Disney releases the film on March 5.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 16, 2009 6:50 AM
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Tarantino Starts His Ten Best List

  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 15, 2009 2:25 AM
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Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh Talk The Lovely Bones

Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh Talk The Lovely Bones
The Lovely Bones presented a fascinating challenge for a movie adaptation of a book. But finally, the realities of commercial filmmaking may have been unmanageable in this case---much as they were with John Hillcoat's film version of Cormac McCarthy's The Road. What works on the page and in our imagination, no matter how harsh, can be too much to handle on the screen.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 14, 2009 11:06 AM
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Up in the Air: Opening Sequence

One of my favorite opening sequences from a movie is Jason Reitman's for Up in the Air, which sets the tone perfectly for the movie. It's a swinging cover of "This Land is Your Land" and was designed by Shadowplay. It was devilishly hard to shoot. I asked Reitman about this; his full answer is on the jump (and the full interview is here).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 11, 2009 9:06 AM
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Avatar: Cameron Delivers Joyous Cinema

Avatar: Cameron Delivers Joyous Cinema
James Cameron's Avatar takes you to an exotic world, Pandora, seen through the sad eyes of paraplegic marine Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) as he falls in love with tribal princess Neyteri (Zoe Saldana) and her people, the Na'vi.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 11, 2009 3:22 AM
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Jeremy Renner Talks The Hurt Locker

Jeremy Renner Talks The Hurt Locker
Jeremy Renner has been breaking out for a long time. The 38-year-old Californian has starred in more than 20 movies, from S.W.A.T. to Dahmer and now, delivers the performance of his career as a fearless, focused dismantler of bombs in Kathryn Bigelow's Iraq thriller The Hurt Locker. There's a good chance that he could land in the fifth slot for the best actor Oscar. My flip cam interview is divided in three parts:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 10, 2009 6:53 AM
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Tarantino Hawks Japanese Dog Speakers

Dōmo arigatō, Quentin Tarantino, for my biggest laugh of the morning. He hawks Japanese doggie cell-phone speakers in this Soft Bank Mobile commercial:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 8, 2009 5:10 AM
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Avatar Marketing Goes Interactive

Want to stay up-to-date on the latest Avatar promo items, fresh from Fox? Install your very own Avatar widget.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 25, 2009 10:26 AM
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