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The Pacific: Hanks, Spielberg talk WW II HBO Action

The Pacific: Hanks, Spielberg talk WW II HBO Action
The ten-part HBO mini-series The Pacific is a follow-up to Band of Brothers from World War II-obsessed exec producers Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Steven Spielberg. It follows a similar m.o.: hire excellent unknown actors to inhabit the characters we follow (Damian Lewis broke out from Band of Brothers). In this featurette, Spielberg describes how the soldiers not only faced a formidable enemy playing by unfamiliar rules, but a hostile natural environment. The series--which boasts a pricetag of more than $200 million, more than double that of 12-parter Rome--is the most expensive in HBO's history. It launches March 2010.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 10, 2009 7:14 AM
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Title Quotes Compilation

You forget where these titles came from, until you are reminded.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 10, 2009 4:17 AM
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Twilight Saga New Moon: Saturday Night Live Spoof Firelight, Pattinson's Next Moves

With Chris Weitz's Twilight Saga: New Moon opening on November 20 (and Twilight reprising in theaters the night before), every media outlet worth their salt is trying to grab a piece of the Twilight fan base. Saturday Night Live is no exception. (See trailer for Firelight, starring Taylor Swift, on the jump.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 8, 2009 3:18 AM
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99 Classics Mash-Up Video

This Phish concert mash-up of their top 99 classic albums (they performed the entire Rolling Stones Exile on Main Street at one concert) is deliriously fun.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 5, 2009 6:41 AM
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More: Video

Herzog Times Two: My Son, My Son Opens December 11

David Lynch and Industrial Entertainment will release writer-director Werner Herzog's My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done, which played Venice, Telluride and Toronto, on December 11 at the IFC Center in New York. Other cities will follow.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 5, 2009 1:16 AM
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More: Video, Trailers

Twilight's Pattinson Covers Vanity Fair

Twilight's Pattinson Covers Vanity Fair
I never do junkets. But at Comic-Con a year ago last July, the place went nuts over Twilight star Rob Pattinson. So last November, I knew I had to interview the young Brit actor with my flip cam. Summit gave me a one-on-one with him at the Four Seasons.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 3, 2009 8:56 AM
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Apocalypse Hits 2012, D-BOX, Collapse

Apocalypse Hits 2012, D-BOX, Collapse
Roland Emmerich's disaster movies Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow are guilty pleasures. I want to see 2012 (November 13) but Sony is hiding it from me.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 3, 2009 7:50 AM
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Avatar Behind-the-Scenes Featurette

As more finished footage becomes available for James Cameron's Avatar---which is about 75% CG--Fox is releasing more material in advance of the December 18 release.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 29, 2009 7:20 AM
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New Avatar Trailer is Up

I know there are a lot of Avatar naysayers out there but when the hairs rise on the back of my neck I know there's something real going on. I felt it with Twilight and I feel it with this latest Avatar trailer which went up on Yahoo at 10 am PST (video on jump).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 29, 2009 5:18 AM
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LFF#: Kristin Scott Thomas Times Two

Kristin Scott Thomas had a double whammy at the London Film Fest, starring as John Lennon's Aunt Mimi in Nowhere Boy and as a sexy adulterer in the French hit Partir (Leaving).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 29, 2009 4:59 AM
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