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    First Look At Luc Besson's Aung San Suu Kyi Biopic 'The Lady'; David Thewlis Joins Cast

    Film Is Being Made Without Aung San Suu Kyi's PermissionAung San Suu Kyi has become an icon for democratic freedom. After spending fifteen years under house arrest in Burma after leading the National League for Democracy in an election victory of the ruling military junta in 1990, her struggle gained international attention and last month, she was finally released from house arrest. That's a pretty simple summary for a battle that over the years has mobilized student groups, human rights advocates and more as they leaned on Burma (and any corporations doing business with the nation) to do the right thing and recognize the injustice being perp...

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    What the Coens Said About "True Grit"

    By sheer luck – or bad planning turned good – the screening of True Grit I was invited to was followed by a Q&A with Joel and Ethan Coen and Hailee Steinfeld, the 14-year old whose screen presence rivals Jeff Bridges’ and Matt Damon’s. No photos were allowed at the screening (it was mostly for Produ...

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    Weekend Box Office: 'Tron' Saves Face, 'How Do You Know' Doesn't Get To Know Anyone

    Are you ready for another “Avatar” experience? No? Well, okay, guess that’s fine. “Tron: Legacy” opened to the same midnight numbers as the James Cameron epic, but failed to equal that film’s general attendance or gross in its first weekend. 'Tron' has been pushed for a couple of years now as a near...

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    Weekend Box Office: TRON: Legacy Scores Big, How Do You Know is Non-Starter

    Disney scored a big, not boffo, opening with 3-D sequel TRON: Legacy, which delivers a level of 3-D VFX not seen since James Cameron's Avatar. Clearly, the wow factor still puts butts in seats, but the movie cost more than $150 million. Who knew Jeff Bridges would win an Oscar and become a star in h...

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    Joseph Kosinski Talks The "Art House" Heart Of 'Tron: Legacy'

    Filmmaker Discusses The "Wizard of Oz" Aspect Of 'Tron' Remake's 3DExclusive: When we reviewed "Tron: Legacy" a week ago, we noted that the movie has a surprisingly strange, video-art-project vibe. The most striking moments in it come when the overstuffed sci-fi plot falls away and the visuals and music get pumped up to maximum, sternum-shaking volume. Director Joseph Kosinski shoots and edits things very cleanly -- light cycles glide across the screen, leaving a ribbon of flowing light behind him; characters walk slowly towards the screen bedecked in rubbery suits rimmed with neon; and often its oversized importance (chiefly in a monetary se...

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    Malick's "Tree of Life" Trailer: A Shot-By-Shot Breakdown.

    When the trailer for Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" showed up online last week, the sudden anticipatory buzz made it seem as though the movie had already hit theaters. This was Malick, after all -- cinematic poet extraordinaire, and one of the few American filmmakers to make a series of relatively big movies with stars entirely on his own terms. Over the years, Malick has become a cult-like figure whose later works tend to divide people, in no case more clearly than with "The New World." But while that movie had it fair share of grief after it hit theaters, Malick's latest has been in production limbo for so long that it seemed like a s...

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    Blake Edwards

    “How do you thank someone for a million laughs?” With the passing of Blake Edwards, one of the very last survivors of the golden age of pictures has gone. At 88, he had seen the whole parade: his grandfather was a silent film director, his father was in the business, and Blake started out as an actor in the l940s, eventually turned to screenwriting---quite successfully---and then to directing in the mid-l950s. Over the years, he had an impressive array of popular and superbly made pictures, including Breakfast at Tiffany’s (probably Audrey Hepburn’s most iconic appearance), Operation Petticoat (Cary Grant’s biggest box office hit), 10 (whi...

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    Release Dates & Changes: 'Crazy, Stupid, Love,' 'Horrible Bosses' & 'Arthur'

    Plus A First Look Photo Of 'Crazy, Stupid, Love'While everyone is turning off the phone, putting down the Blackberry, wrapping presents and getting ready to slow down for the holidays, Warner Bros. is busily making some last minute adjustments to their 2011 schedule before clocking out for the year....

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    Exclusive: 'Tron: Legacy' Director Joseph Kosinski Talks Upcoming Projects 'Black Hole' & 'Oblivion'

    There's an early scene in "Tron: Legacy" where we get a look around Sam Flynn's room. We see that the young son of computer magnate Kevin Flynn (played by Jeff Bridges) has small toys based around the computer characters in the first movie and, briefly, we get a glimpse of a poster on his wall. It's "The Black Hole," an underrated sci-fi movie that Disney released in 1979 to middling box office returns. It's a movie where Anthony Perkins is killed by robots and has held up surprisingly well (certainly way better than the original "Tron"), thanks largely to its emphasis on moody atmospherics over "cutting edge" technology. The poster's placeme...

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    Oscarbation: How 'True Grit' Is Vanishing From The Oscar Picture

    Momentum momentum moment. “True Grit” has none. Or at least, not enough.

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