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Art Directors Go with Avatar, Hurt Locker, Sherlock Holmes, Beatty

One thing I love about this year's Oscar race is the way lower-budget movies like The Hurt Locker hold their own against the big-budget behemoths. At the crystal-themed Art Director's Guild awards on Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton, The Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow, taller than ever in high high heels, presented the period film award to Sherlock Holmes, which beat out best-picture Oscar nominee Inglourious Basterds.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 14, 2010 10:19 AM
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Photographer Brigitte Lacombe on Charlie Rose

One of my favorite photographers is French-born Brigitte Lacombe, who talked to Charlie Rose on the publication of her photo book: Lacombe: Anima/ Persona. It all started with Dustin Hoffman at Cannes. Great interview, in case you missed it:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 13, 2010 10:24 AM
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Twilight's Pattinson Tests Marquee Value with Remember Me

A fellow-Hollywood scribe (who tends to like a lot) has seen Summit's Rob Pattinson romance Remember Me and says it's strong. (I'll see it soon but can't write about it yet). This "family" trailer (below) is much better than the last one.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 12, 2010 1:19 AM
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Trailer Watch: Toy Story 3 Intros Barbie and Ken

In the second trailer for Toy Story 3, when Andy takes off for college, his toys--even Woody and Buzz--wind up in the hands of the toddlers at Sunnyside Daycare. We also meet Barbie and Ken. The 3-D Pixar/Disney pic opens June 18.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 11, 2010 5:09 AM
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Depp Talks Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland Featurette

Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland is almost upon us. The 3-D Disney fantasy opens March 5. The LAT's Geoff Boucher asks screenwriter Linda Woolverton (The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast) about adapting Lewis Carroll. She based a lot of this "sequel" on The Jabberwocky, one of my favorite poems of all time.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 11, 2010 12:04 AM
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Rick Baker is Star of Disappointing The Wolfman

Rick Baker is Star of Disappointing The Wolfman
You may think that Benicio del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Hugo Weaving and Emily Blunt star in Universal's long-delayed reboot of the classic monster tale The Wolfman. While they all deliver enjoyable performances, del Toro is hopelessly miscast as Brit noble Hopkins' returned "prodigal son," who was sent away to be raised by an aunt in America. Del Toro looks uncomfortable in 19th century tweeds as he chases corseted beauty Blunt. If the guy can't pull off a British accent, then don't cast him. The star of the monster movie which opens Friday is make-up effects master Rick Baker. The movie is over-labored and may not make back its budget (it should open in the number two spot behind Valentine's Day) but the R-for-violence wolfman transformations and action scenes are superb. UPDATE: Reviews are not good. Tomatometer: 35%, Metascore: 44.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 10, 2010 10:04 AM
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Oscar Phase Two: Bullock vs. Streep, Renner vs. Bridges, Cameron vs. Bigelow

Oscar Phase Two: Bullock vs. Streep, Renner vs. Bridges, Cameron vs. Bigelow
Nothing is certain until it's over. And that's especially true for the Oscar race.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 9, 2010 11:16 AM
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Google Buzz Video

These days, keeping up with Twitter, email, Facebook, Linkedin (I abandoned myspace long ago) is almost more than a single person can sustain, much less reading something of any length or, God Forbid, thinking or doing any work.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 9, 2010 10:46 AM
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Films of the 2000s

What's lovely about this seven-minute montage of films of the 2000s is the way the editor uses music to link images by mood; it's astonishing how haunting a moment can be, from Jack Nicholson in About Schmidt to Haley Joel Osment in A.I. .
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 8, 2010 11:30 AM
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More: Video

Super Bowl Movie Ads: Pick Movies You Want to See

Which of the movies advertised on Super Bowl Sunday convinced you to see them? Vote in this poll. My guess before anyone starts voting? Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland wowed the most eyeballs. Am I right?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 8, 2010 2:31 AM
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