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Wall-E Already a Phenom

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QC3mxWFtNjE[/youtube] If the kids at my daughter’s elementary school are any indication, Wall-E is going to be GIGANTIC. My daughter already seems to have a “relationship” with the cartoon character and has inserted his name into various songs, like the HSM2 song, Fabulous: “Wall-E needs a little fabulous, is that ...

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Sex and the City Soars – Take That, Haters

Oh, with so much bad news around it’s nice to get a little good news. Yes, after weeks of trashing by many a fanboy blog, and even a Manohla Dargis pan, Sex and the City has defied expectations, as Fantasy Mogul’s Steve Mason reports, and made a whopping $27 mil ...

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Angelina on the Cover of Vanity Fair

Why does it seem like every cover Angelina does is a news event practically? But especially this one. Ange takes the July cover of VF to prepare for the opening of Wanted and eventually Changeling (The Exchange?). Source: Just Jared.

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Burn After Reading Trailer

Another gem dug up by ONTD, the Coens’ Burn After Reading trailer. Looks funny, especially Brad Pitt and Frances McDormand. Once Clooney and Tilda show up it’s starts to feel like an Ocean’s 11 movie. But who cares; it’s still going to be a spectacular experience: Burn After Reading trailer

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The Mac Tapped for Hobbit Role

ONTD points us to the IMDb news that the actor both Peter Jackson and Guillermo Del Toro were “thinking of” is none other than AD heart throb James McAvoy: “A number of names have been doing the rounds, including Daniel Radcliffe and Jack Black, but James (McAvoy) is the one ...

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From the Mouths of Babes

(Spoiler alert) I thought you would all enjoy this review by a ten year-old classmate of my daughter’s. She has written it as part of a newspaper we’re putting together: We all love Indy I mean, what‚Äôs not to love? First of all, there‚Äôs the hat. The hat is awesome ...

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Stone Apologizes for “Inappropriate Words”

After being pulled from Christian Dior ads in China, the company and Stone released a statement of apology, Stone said: “Due to my inappropriate words and acts during the interview, I feel deeply sorry and sad about hurting Chinese people,” Stone said in the statement. “I am willing to take ...

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Will the Perfect Bilbo Baggins Please Stand Up?

Cinematical posted this Peter Jackson/Guillermo Del Toro snippet about the casting of the young Bilbo: That doesn’t mean they aren’t hard at work trying to find the main hobbit himself. Says Del Toro: “We are writing based on [Ian Holm’s performance], but other than that, we have ideas [of who ...

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Oscar Miss: Revisiting The Painted Veil

In the flurry of last year’s hurried Oscar season, it seemed that The Painted Veil was kind of lost in the shuffle. The film seemed to have been screened too late. Many who saw it absolutely loved it. It took me a while to catch up with the film. Usually ...

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Fact-Checking Indy (SPOILERS)

EW points us to this Asylum piece that takes issue with some of the things that don’t make sense in Indy 4. For my money, the three waterfalls part was where I scratched my head, not just because they never could have survived the third one but because it lacked ...

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NY Times Goes On the Road

Another look at The Road at the NY Times by Charles McGrath: “What’s moving and shocking about McCarthy’s book is that it’s so believable,” Mr. Hillcoat said. “So what we wanted is a kind of heightened realism, as opposed to the ‘Mad Max’ thing, which is all about high concept ...

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A Little More City

Katie Rich at Cinemablend has compiled a Sex and City geomap (I am not entirely certain whether this is an advertorial tie-in or just an organic story, either way…) that shows their readers exactly where the gals found themselves in Manhattan at various points during the show and film. Rich ...

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Wasn’t Sharon Stone Supposed to be Smart?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcRiAytaD6w[/youtube] I guess it was just idle speculation that had Sharon Stone on the top of the smart list. I interviewed her once, actually, and found her to be a very engaging conversationalist. But to come out with something like: “I’m not happy about the way the Chinese are treating ...

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Emmy Watch: Laura Dern in Recount

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59t2CDA2JEY[/youtube] Recount aired over the weekend and it’s possible that will be up for some Emmy love, perhaps for Kevin Spacey for actor, but especially Laura Dern as Katherine Harris, that awful Bush patsy who helped tilt the election in Bush’s favor. Dern is great in the part and never ...

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The Road – First Look

ONTD posted pics (from Entertainment Weekly’s First Look and another magazine) of The Road (the bleak, unforgettable Cormac McCarthy novel) starring Viggo Mortensen. Viggo looks a lot more soulful than I imagined the character looking. And I have mixed feelings about seeing this book put to film in the first ...

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Sydney Pollack Dies

After staying alive a short time during a terrible illness, the great Mr. Pollack gives in. From the New York Times: Self-critical and never quite at ease with Hollywood, Mr. Pollack voiced a constant yearning for creative prerogatives more common on the stage. Yet he dived into the fray.

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France Herself Takes the Palme d’Or

CANNES, France (AFP) ‚Äî A French film about life in a tough Parisian classroom on Sunday won the Cannes film festival’s top award, the Palme d’Or, the country’s first Palme in 21 years. “The Class” by Laurent Cantet, is a “fly-on-the-wall” story about life in a classroom that was based ...

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TIME and LA Times on the Palme

TIME Mag on how it will go down: Here’s what we do know. On Sunday evening, at 7:30 Cannes time, Jury President Sean Penn will start announcing these awards: the Palme d’Or (best picture), a Grand Jury Prize (runner-up), Jury Prize (honorable mention), Best Director (usually a consolation prize), Screenplay, ...

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Penn and the Oscars

Dissing the group who snubbed him last year, the AFP reports on Penn at a press conference: “The best way to be honest is to try to emancipate ourselves from the effects of fashion, to try to find what will stay with us forever,” he said in an interview with ...

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