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    Academy Watch: Star Trek VFX Show-and-Tell

    Visual effects wonks (like me) who are lucky enough to live in L.A. may want to show up on Thursday, November 18 for the Academy's Science and Technology Council program “Visualize This: Previs in the Making of Star Trek." Using clips and behind-the-scenes footage, a panel led by Star Trek writer-pr...

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    Watch: Dustin Hoffman Is In The New Focking Trailer For 'Little Fockers'

    If your holiday season won't be complete unless Robert De Niro gets stabbed in the dick, then "Little Fockers" is the movie for you.

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    Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray & More In Talks For Wes Anderson's 'Moon Rise Kingdom'

    Tilda Swinton & Frances McDormand Also CirclingDeadline reports that one helluva cast including Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton are in talks to join Wes Anderson's next film, "Moon Rise Kingdom."

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    Rumor: Zooey Deschanel In The Running To Play Betty Brant In 'Spider-Man'

    Even though it comes from the totally unreliable Showbiz Spy, this is a rumor that is somewhat credible. But that said, take it for what it's worth.

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    Watch: First Trailer For 'The Eagle' Starring Channing Tatum & Jamie Bell

    Set to hit theaters in just over three months, the first trailer for Kevin Macdonald's "The Eagle" (formerly known as "The Eagle Of The Ninth") has arrived, and it looks like Focus Features had a very good reason to move the film from its originally planned September release.

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    David Thomson's Stump-the-Film-Buff 50 Movie Questions Quiz

    San Francisco-based critic David Thomson, the brainy Brit behind the must-own Biographical Dictionary of Film, has not only updated a spanking new fifth edition, but has devised a nifty quiz derived from info contained in the book. "In my estimate it's challenging," he writes in an email. "but I thi...

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    Disney Prepping 'Winnie The Pooh' For 2D, Hand-Animated Film For 2011

    Jim Cummings To Voice Winnie The Pooh, John Cleese To NarrateDisney, once the prestigious leaders of animated family fare, have struggled considerably in recent years to remain creative and relevant in a climate dominated by the likes of Pixar and DreamWorks Animation. Their most recent in-house efforts, "Meet the Robinsons," "Bolt" and "The Princess and the Frog" have been middling efforts and their upcoming "Tangled" has virtually no heat behind it (maybe we're just the wrong demographic but the buzz on that one seems non-existent at this point). So it's no surprise then that Disney is trotting out a successful, cherished brand to try and r...

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    book reviews: New And Notable Film Books

    Once again, the continuing parade of film books has outpaced my ability to read and properly review them, so it’s time for a survey of recent titles. These are summaries based on skimming and not meant to be full-fledged critiques. I’m also motivated by helping to promote worthwhile b...

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    Legacy Watch: Dragon Tattoo vs. Dragon Tattoo, John Cazale's Five Perfect Career Choices

    - Sweden's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo director Niels Arden Oplev protests against David Fincher's remake and another actress playing the Lisbeth Salander role--"highly unfair because Noomi [Rapace] has captured this part and it should always be all her," he told Random House's Word & Film site. He goes on to compare the below-par American remake of Luc Besson's La Femme Nikita to Fincher's remake (Heat Vision attacks this argument). But Besson wrote and directed the original La Femme Nikita - it was his. Oplev was directing a screenplay adaptation of Stieg Larsson's book. If Columbia and Fincher have rights to the same story, it's fair ...

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    Robert De Niro and Edward Norton Star in One of the Best Sci-Fi Movies of 2010?

    "It out incepted 'Inception' which makes it one of the best science fiction films of the year so far."

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