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#Sundance: Hesher's Gordon-Levitt is on a Roll

#Sundance: Hesher's Gordon-Levitt is on a Roll
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is on a roll.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 25, 2010 2:00 AM
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#Sundance: Stewart's Welcome to the Rileys, Keener's Cyrus, Hoffman's Jack Goes Boating

Two of this year's Sundance it-girls are women of a certain age: Catherine Keener, who rocks in both Please Give and Cyrus (as John C. Reilly's ex-wife), and Melissa Leo, who stars in both The Dry Land and Welcome to the Rileys. The straight-forward Jake Scott drama is well-written by Ken Hixon (executive produced by Steve Zaillian) and executed by Kristen Stewart as a damaged stripper-prostitute and James Gandolfini as a lonely man still recovering from the teen death of his daughter. Leo is his equally wounded wife. It will be fascinating to see how distribs navigate the distance between Stewart's younger Twilight fanbase and this hard-R drama. This is also an issue for Apparition's The Runaways.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 24, 2010 7:30 AM
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Alice in Wonderland: Depp Talks Mad Hatter

"To breathe life into the Mad Hatter is a dream come true," says Johnny Depp in this featurette for Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, which according to MovieTickets.com (poll on jump) is the most anticipated 3-D movie of the coming year. Not surprising, when the competition on that list is Toy Story 3 and Shrek 3. Just saying---we haven't seen Tim Burton's version of Alice in Wonderland before.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 20, 2010 11:54 AM
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Sundance Exclusive Video: Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

After the dark places that Darfur documentary The Devil Came on Horseback took filmmakers Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg, they decided to lighten things up on their next movie. "We wanted to do something on women and comedy," says Stern. "It was still for the most part an all-boys club. Joan was a window into that."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 20, 2010 2:38 AM
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Avatar Tests Academy Live Action Bias: Exclusive Video

Avatar Tests Academy Live Action Bias: Exclusive Video
Over the past decade, movie technology has become so sophisticated that it's tough for critics and even industry insiders to discern where an actor's performance stops and the work of hundreds of artists and digital technicians begins. The groundbreaking Avatar and Lord of the Ringssaga are two examples.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 19, 2010 2:43 AM
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Emily Blunt Talks Young Victoria, Golden Globes

Emily Blunt Talks Young Victoria, Golden Globes
Brit actress Emily Blunt walks the red carpet at the Beverly Hilton Sunday afternoon as a best actress drama nominee for The Young Victoria, which is holding well ($6.3 million so far in North America), and should get a boost from her Globes appearance. She has been there before: she's now an old hand.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 17, 2010 7:55 AM
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Composer Zimmer Talks Sherlock Holmes, Inception, Dark Knight, It's Complicated

Composer Zimmer Talks Sherlock Holmes, Inception, Dark Knight, It's Complicated
In many ways, the best thing about Sherlock Holmes is its score (released January 12), featuring exotic Hungarian and gypsy instruments. It's one of about a hundred movie scores delivered by prolific German composer Hans Zimmer, who has earned six Oscar nominations; he won for The Lion King in 1994. On February 2, he earned a seventh Oscar nomination for Sherlock Holmes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 16, 2010 6:23 AM
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Polanski's Ghost Writer Trailer

Here's a decent-quality French trailer for the espionage thriller The Ghost Writer, starring Pierce Brosnan and Ewan McGregor, the movie Roman Polanski is finalizing under house arrest in Gstaad. Based on the Robert Harris novel, the movie is set for limited release by Summit Entertainment on February 19, widening in March.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 14, 2010 2:42 AM
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Leaked! NBC CEO Zucker's Phone Messages to O'Brien

Leaked! NBC CEO Jeff Zucker's Vociemails for Conan O'Brien - watch more funny videos
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 14, 2010 12:41 AM
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Fantastic Mr. Fox Acceptance Speech

At the National Board of Review NYC fete this week, Wes Anderson staged a novel acceptance speech, Fantastic Mr. Fox style.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 13, 2010 10:22 AM
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