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    Talking Chaplin.

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    Oscar Watch: Hans Zimmer Talks Inception Score

    Christopher Nolan's Inception, which has crossed the $800-million mark worldwide, certainly will be one of this year's ten best picture Oscar nominees. Warner Bros. will bring the movie back into the public eye when it promos the DVD release in early December. One key contributor to the film's succe...

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    What's the Fate of Werc Werk Works?

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    Box Office: "Inside Job" Continues Doc Surge With Big Debut; "Tamara Drewe" Weak

    It was a double-edged sword for Sony Pictures Classics this weekend. Releasing two of the whopping nine new specialty films reporting estimates, the distributor both enjoyed by far the best news of the weekend, as well as perhaps the most disappointing. According to estimates provided by Rentrak ea...

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    Hamptons: Guggenheim in the Spotlight

    Awards season has become an important aspect of the Hampton's International Film Festival here on Long Island. The film stoked talk about the education system in this country with attendees comparing notes on their own schooling. At lunch yesterday at The Maidstone, Davis Guggenheim (above and cente...

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    Weekend Box Office: Word-of-Mouth Sells Social Network Over Newbies Life as We Know It, Secretariat

    Strong word-of-mouth propelled The Social Network to a strong hold over two openers with femme appeal, the Katharine Heigl rom-com Life as We Know It and the 70s true story sports drama Secretariat, starring Diane Lane. Anthony D'Alessandro reports.A soft Columbus Day weekend frame totaling an estimated $76 million, off 16% from a year ago, slowed moviegoing for new entries this weekend, but kept holdovers alive. Sony’s The Social Network remained online with the masses, hanging onto No. 1 with $15.5 million, off a sweet 31%.  The film saw a 32% spike between Friday and Saturday, clearly indicating that word-of-mouth continues to be strong f...

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    Warners Cancels 3-D on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

    In a welcome sign that the studios are recognizing the hazards of retrofit 3-D--even if done well--Warner Bros. is dumping the idea of releasing Deathly Hallows Part I, the penultimate film in the Harry Potter series, in 3-D on November 19. (An IMAX release will proceed.) Smart move--although the st...

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    Sony To Make Videogame Movie Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

    Do they never learn? Even after recent studio duds Prince of Persia and Max Payne, Sony Pictures has signed David O. Russell (Three Kings, The Fighter) to write and direct Columbia's action-adventure Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. That's because this franchise wannabe is based on a Sony PlayStation 3 g...

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    Oscar Talk: Diane Lane vs. Annette Bening vs. Julianne Moore, Inception, Hereafter, The Way Back

    There's still a long way to go in the Oscar race. Kris Tapley and I debate whether Secretariat is this year's mainstream Blind Side, Diane Lane is this year's Sandra Bullock, Julianne Moore and Annette Bening will both make it for The Kids Are All Right, and if Chris Nolan's Inception, John Cameron ...

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