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    Willem Dafoe Still Baffled By Failure Of 'John Carter'; New Pixar Stamps Introduced

    Today "John Carter" will be released on DVD and Blu-ray and, presumably, will be seen by a much larger audience than what turned up it when it was released theatrically this past spring. (The Blu-ray is a handsome, features-packed affair well worth picking up if you feel any love for the movie.) The film, which Disney recently admitted would cost the studio $200 million in lost profit, quickly became a cautionary fable about what happens when you try to launch a franchise based on a century-old property that no one much remembers anymore. One of the film's stars, Willem Dafoe, who played a Martian warrior named Tars Tarkas, is still baffled by the critical and commercial indifference the film received.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    John Wayne—But Not In 3-D

    John Wayne’s 'Hondo' might have been the first major studio picture from the 3-D era of the 1950s to come to home video, but today’s welcome Blu-ray release from Paramount is in conventional 2-D. Too bad. Paramount trumpets the fact that it’s in widescreen for the first time, which is true.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Cannes Competition - Post Coitum Animal Triste Est

    France's foremost newspaper, Le Monde, published an interesting article entitled Les internautes soulignent un conflit d'interets pour Nanni Moretti, or The Web Surfers Underline a Conflict of Interests for Nanni Moretti about the possible confict of interest between the President of the Jury of the Cannes Film Festival, Nanni Moretti, and the prizewinners.  When someone gave me a "tip" ahead of the awards, saying that Moretti's companies, Sacher Films and Sacher Distribuzione, were named after his favorite food, the Austrian Sacher Torte, I took it as a joke.  But truth be told, Austrian Michael Haneke's winning film, Amour, was truly great, a deeply moving and inevitably sad story told with more light than I've ever seen in a Haneke film (and I have seen most of them). The redemptive power of  love is surrounded with a golden halo giving greater space and more breathing room for inner contemplation than any scene in last year's Palme d'Or winner, The Tree of Life whose message (I think) was the same.

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  • Shadow and Act
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  • The Playlist
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    New Look At Jeff Daniels & Noah Segen In Rian Johnson's 'Looper' Plus U.K. Poster

    With the novelty of Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt playing the same character now worn off after the unveiling of the first "Looper" trailer, all eyes turn to the film itself and its upcoming release. Marketing has been a bit of a mixed bag so far, and the latest peeks don't change that assessment, with an interesting new look at supporting players Jeff Daniels and character actor Noah Segen paired with a disappointingly nondescript poster from across the Atlantic.

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    New On DVD/Blu-ray - Denzel Washington In The Technically Sound But Unoriginal 'Safe House'

    If you missed it at the theaters when it was released in February, now you can watch the $85 million film (grossed over $200 million worldwide) at home, or on your iPad or iPhone, or... 

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  • The Playlist
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    Book Review: 'Hollywood Movie Stills' Is A Beautiful Look Back At The Golden Age Of Cinema

    There's no such thing anymore as the "art" of the movie still, with images from movies now part and parcel of carefully orchestrated marketing or sales plans driving the films. They are, generally speaking, grist for the mill, and while the first look at an imminent blockbuster or secretive project can provide a temporary thrill, the sheer overwhelming pervasiveness and availability of images, all at the click of a button, means that enjoyment is a temporary thing. Movie stills aren't about the glamor of a production anymore, so much as placeholders until we can see the actual movie. And that's not to cast judgment on how things work -- after all, we're a movie blog and very much perpetrators of the cycle -- but how images from movies are used and how they are perceived, from inside the studio and out, has changed dramatically.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Sarah Jessica Parker Hosting Dinner for Obama

    And one grassroots supporter will get a paid trip to NYC and will have dinner with Parker, the President, the First Lady and probably a bunch of other high profile New Yorkers.

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  • The Playlist
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    Channing Tatum Confirms He'll Be In 'Jupiter Ascending'; Calls 'Bitter Pill' Co-Star Rooney Mara The "Most Terrifying Person I've Ever Met"

    You'd think The Wachowskis would have gotten their epic sci-fi trilogy kicks out of their system with "The Matrix" but evidently not -- the duo are gearing up "Jupiter Ascending," a planned kickstarter to a trilogy that is set in a universe where human beings are not the most evolved forms of intelligent life. With things reportedly due to get underway this fall, and on the back of Mila Kunis joining the flick, Channing Tatum has confirmed with MTV his own involvement in the ambitious project.

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    Foo Fighters Drummer Taylor Hawkins To Play Iggy Pop, Mickey Sumner Will Be Patti Smith In 'CBGB'

    With every new piece of info that emerges surrounding director Randall Miller's rock 'n' roll tribute “CBGB," the more the film simply certifies itself as having a brilliant casting director in Richard Pagano. After Alan Rickman, Malin Akerman and Rupert Grint all found unconventional but intriguing roles as various mainstays of the famous New York club, the production continues its streak of inspired choices by adding a talented musician, a sitcom star, and a period-drama actress, among others, to the list.

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