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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Torchwood: Miracle Day Turns Serious: Dead of Night Recap and Review

    Torchwood: Miracle Day Turns Serious: Dead of Night Recap and Review

    David Chute reviews Episode Three of Torchwood: Miracle Day. Torchwood has perhaps the roomiest pretext ever devised for an SF TV show: weird stuff keeps spilling through a space time vortex in downtown Cardiff, Wales, and an intrepid band of imperial watchdogs (led by an immortal bi-sexual flyboy from the 51st century) has to prevent them from inconveniencing the human race. In addition to dealing with the various beasties that emerge from the vortex, the Torchwood team happily makes use of any chunks of alien technology that happen to slip through, such as the video camera contact lenses featured in a key sequence of “Dead of Night,” episode three of the current Starz/BBC mini-series Torchwood: Miracle Day, without feeling a need to explain or even understand the devices. (“How does this thing work?” “I have no idea, it just does.”)

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  • The Playlist
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    Harold & Kumar Salute The Holidays In First Look At 'A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas'

    Update: a cleaner version has arrived via Yahoo.

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  • The Playlist
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    Comic-Con '11: 'Immortals' Footage Is "Insane," May Be "Best Use Of 3D You've Ever Seen"

    Tarsem Says His Greek Gods Epic Is More "Hardcore" Than The Trailers SuggestPlaylist scribe Kimber Myers down at Comic-Con 2011 sounds both confounded and dazzled from the footage of filmmaker Tarsem Singh's "Immortals" that she and countless other fans saw this afternoon at the convention's hallowed Hall H. To wit: "The footage is fucking insane and gorgeous," she writes. "It might be a mess, but it could be the best use of 3D you've seen."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Comic-Con: Cavill Talks Superman and Immortals, Tarsem-Vision and 3-D, Pinto, Evans, Lutz

    Comic-Con: Cavill Talks Superman and Immortals, Tarsem-Vision and 3-D, Pinto, Evans, Lutz

    Saturday in Hall H at Comic-Con, Immortals director Tarsem Singh said the film is actually darker and "more hard core" than the trailers suggest. This Relativity panel shared some 3-D footage as well as a 2-D fight scene (you can see the trailer here). The crowd ate up the 3-D -- which producers Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton call "Tarsem-Vision." Nunnari and Canton also produced Zack Snyder's 300, and this also shares CGI environments and ample muscles. Male viewers kept saying, "this is awesome," during the clips.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    R.I.P. Amy Winehouse

    From a text message while wandering New York's Highline for the first time this afternoon, I heard the sad and sadly expected news that Amy Winehouse had passed away at the age of 27. Oddly enough, last night I watched as my mother (here in NYC for the first time) danced to "Rehab" at a East Village gay bar and was reminded how much I love that song, and how obsessed I was with "Back To Black." I've heard "Rehab" probably 10 times today, and I look forward to a weekend of more of the same. RIP:

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  • The Playlist
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    Comic-Con '11: Francis Ford Coppola Uses iPad To Remix 'Twixt' Live & Plans To Tour The Film

    Francis Ford Coppola Reveals He's Already At Work On A New Script & Says He Doesn't Like 3D Glasses For A Whole FilmReturning to Comic-Con for the first time nearly two decades after he hit San Diego to stump for "Bram Stoker's Dracula," director Francis Ford Coppola made sure it was an event to remember. In what will likely be one of the most talked about presentations when everyone wakes up in a geek hangover on Monday, Coppola unveiled footage from his upcoming gothic horror flick "Twixt," but in an interesting twist that set Twitter on fire, he edited and shaped footage on the fly using an app on his iPad. Though there were some technical problems in what was described as a "dress rehearsal attempt," our man on the ground Jeff Otto described it as a "pretty crazy presentation" that was "definitely original and entertaining."

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  • The Playlist
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    Rhys Ifans Not In 'Bond 23,' But Is In Trouble With The Cops Following Brouhaha At Comic-Con

    According to a recent Brit report, Rhys Ifans was joining his "Enduring Love" co-star Daniel Craig in "James Bond 23." Well, you can scratch that. Asked by MTV at Comic-Con yesterday if he was in the film, Ifans joked, "No. I just have a license to kill," before confirming, "No I'm not," in the upcoming Bond flick. Bummer. But that's not all the colorful Welshman was up to in San Diego.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Amazing Spider-Man Comic-Con Thunder Stolen by Ifans Arrest

    Amazing Spider-Man Comic-Con Thunder Stolen by Ifans Arrest

    The big reveal at Sony's Friday The Amazing Spider-Man panel at Comic-Con was the villain of Marc Webb's superhero reboot, The Lizard, played by gifted Welsh actor Rhys Ifans, who is pixellated when in giant Lizard mode. In Hall H the studio screened a clip of Lizard terrorizing two school girls in a school lavatory, breaking up through a toilet. (The LAT made a fuss about Ifans here).

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  • Caryn James
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    Conan's "Flaming C" Mock Trailer Debuts At Comic-Con (Video)

    Now this is a superhero. Conan O'Brien gave us his alter ego "The Flaming C' months ago, a defender of the weak who can be fearless because he wears a powerful oven mit. At Comic-Con, Conan showed up at the panel for the animated Green Lantern television series to premiere his trailer for a non-existent movie version. Even in this short clip, The Flaming C has more personality than Captain America: The First Avenger.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Singer Amy Winehouse DEAD at age 27

    Today brought tragic news. Talented singer and songwriter Amy Winehouse was found dead this morning in a London flat. According to TMZ, the authorities have yet to determine the cause of death.

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