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    Weekend Box Office: 'Cars 2' Continues Pixar Formula, 'Green Lantern' Plummets

    The numbers on “Cars 2” don’t actually matter, except for the stat-hounds regularly following the weekly box office noise (us!). “Cars 2” exists to facilitate Disney’s biggest merchandising cash cow, a multi-billion (annually!) property that needs no further justification. As Pixar seems like a stud...

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    Box Office: "Conan O'Brien" Underwhelms; "Paris" Becomes Woody's Top Film Since 1986

    "Conan O'Brien Can't Stop" couldn't quite connect with audiences this weekend. The very very well reviewed doc hit 24 screens in its debut frame, and the results were somewhat underwhelming.

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    Weekend Box Office: Cars 2 Beats Critic Brickbats and Cars with $68 Million; Diaz Opens Bad Teacher

    While Disney/Pixar's Cars 2 suffered the worst reviews of any of Pixar's past 11 blockbusters, the John Lasseter-helmed sequel still scored with mainstream audiences, reports Anthony D'Alessandro.Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2 popped the clutch into fifth and ran over its muddy estimates and critical review...

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    'Jupiter Rising': Do The Wachowskis Have A New Secret Project Moving Forward At Warner Bros?

    As this writer posited a few months ago, there's an argument to be made that the co-directing Wachowski siblings Andy and Lana lost their mojo after "The Matrix" and the spark that once made them special has faded. Their follow-up films have been lackluster: “Speed Racer,” the last two “Matrix” movi...

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    Weekend Box Office (June 24-26)

    Is there another studio as successful as Pixar? In the 25 years it's been in operation they have yet to have a single box office failure. They know how to put together an extremely well made solid story with interesting involving characters better than anyone. As well as knowing how to market the he...

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    Private Film Festival: Chris Wiatt's DUPE

    I have been planning a mini-fest of my own: six features, six scripts, one weekend. As I write this I have eleven to go. I just added one short to the list. Howard Gertler tipped me to Chris Wiatt's short DUPE as an example of good low bud use of VFX where the storytelling doesn't suffer due to th...

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    Napa Valley Film Festival Call for Entries

    Talk about Location! Here is the place you want to go. Paradise! And they are now focusing now on the unique Artist-in-Residence program created with the sublime Meadowood Resort & Spa who will be housing (for up to five nights!) the directors of the films in the Dramatic Features Competition. This Festival holds promise to be the most comfortable and creative venue in the U.S. Filmmakers are invited to submit for the inaugural Film Festival November 9-13, 2011, featuring new independent films as well as Napa Valley’s finest food, wine and hospitality Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) Co-Founders and Directors Brenda and Marc Lhormer are a...

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    Watch: Leaked 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' Trailer Still Looks Awesome In French

    In just a couple of days, "Transformers: The Dark Of The Moon" will swoop over multiplexes worldwide delivering loads of robot smashing fury, but for us, the most anticipated moment of that film will happen even before it begins. The trailer for the franchise sequel/refresh of sorts "Mission: Imposs...

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    First Look at The Raven: Cusack Frighteningly Passable as Edgar Allen Poe

    Until this first-look photo, it was difficult to imagine John Cusack, likeable and attractive, as the mysterious and macabre Edgar Allen Poe. But in the upcoming The Raven (Relativity, March 12, 2012), loosely inspired by Poe's life, Cusack looks craggy-faced and alarming as the American gothic lite...

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    Rewind: Beatty, Tarantino, Cronenberg & More In The Week In Movies, June 19th-June 25th

    It was a rowdy week at The Playlist. In addition to gaining a clearer picture of Quentin Tarantino's Spaghetti Western-tinged slavery drama, "Django Unchained," we saw the return of Warren Beatty, while we checked out the Oscar race, brought you new trailers and said goodbye to a living legend.

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