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The Social Network to Open the NYFF

The Social Network to Open the NYFF

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Pics from set on Flickr — click here for more. It’s kind of old news now by web standards but it’s worth mentioning that the Social Network will indeed open the New York Film Fest, which runs from September 24 through October 10. ¬†It’s almost worth flying out to New York just to see that. ¬†I like this platform for the film, but this means it won’t be also hitting…

The Social Network, trailer 2

The Social Network, trailer 2

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Tree of Life completed; rated by MPAA

Tree of Life completed; rated by MPAA

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At this point, any news at all about the status of Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life is reason for cautious optimism. From Slashfilm and RoS we learn that the movie is finished, has been submitted to the MPAA, and officially received a PG-13 rating. It’s noted that troubled distributor Apparition is no longer listed in connection to the film, and the production company Cottonwood Studios is now named. Apparition handled…

The Dream Police: Inception Goes Deep

The Dream Police: Inception Goes Deep

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At some point while watching Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending, soul-churning masterpiece, Inception is a journey into the unseen rooms of the mind. It is also a slightly uncomfortably intimate look inside the mind of Nolan himself. It’s a frightening place to be, as it would be to enter anyone’s mind – dwelling in the various levels of consciousness, weaving in and out of the fears, desires and behaviors.¬† As much as…

Inception: The Dream is Real

Inception: The Dream is Real

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Remember a year ago when the only clue we had about Inception was this puzzling summary: ‚Äúa contemporary sci-fi actioner set within the architecture of the mind‚Äù? Now in a neat twist two weeks from the premiere that abstract concept is climbing high-rises around Manhattan in the form of monumental tromp l’oeil building facades. Thanks to First Showing for passing these along from Slashfilm. There’s another one after the cut.

The Social Network, teaser trailer

The Social Network, teaser trailer

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Not much needs to be said about the teaser for The Social Network. It serves a dual purpose with simple precision. Realigns any misconception that the focus would be Facebook users. And reinforces anticipation for those of us who already knew that. (thanks to Evie for the friend request)

Guillermo del Toro interviewed at Saturn Awards

Guillermo del Toro interviewed at Saturn Awards

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Fascinating if somewhat fawning ambush interview from Collider attached to an announcement on Blu-ray.com that del Toro’s debut film Cronos will soon be getting the Criterion treatment. Try to ignore the more aggressive stalkers and try to follow the genius path of creativity all over the map, bouncing from The Hobbit, Hellboy 3, Frankenstein, At the Mountains of Madness, Saturn and the End of Days, and more.

Peter Travers early word on Inception

Peter Travers early word on Inception

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Peter Travers gives Inception 3.5/4 stars. Though Travers review hasn’t hit news stands or the Rolling Stone site yet, the New York Post has seen it and offers this excerpt: ‚ÄúThe mind-blowing movie event of the summer arrives just in time to hold back the flow of Hollywood sputum that‚Äôs been sliming the multiplex. ‚ÄòInception‚Äô‚Ķwill be called many things, starting with James Bond Meets ‚ÄòThe Matrix.‚Äô You can feel the…

Inception, character featurette

Inception, character featurette

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“Don’t tease me, bro! Don’t tease me!” Not sure how much more of this intense teasering I can handle. I do know this: It’s totally failing to subdue me. (thanks to Madilyn for the heads up)

Oscar and the Cannes Bump

Oscar and the Cannes Bump

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Let’s get down to it, shall we? There wasn’t a No Country for Old Men at Cannes this year, at least not as far as I could tell. For one thing, the best films there weren’t in the English language, except for Mike Leigh’s Another Year, a surefire Best Pic/Best Director/Best Screenplay/Best Actress nominee if I’ve ever seen one. Can the Best Picture ten widen to include really great foreign…