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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Awards Update: WGA, Annies Mislead Oscar-Watchers; Art Directors Guild Is More Revealing

    Awards Update: WGA, Annies Mislead Oscar-Watchers; Art Directors Guild Is More Revealing

    Aaron Sorkin's latest adapted screenplay wins at the USC Scripter and Writers Guild Awards don't mean that The Social Network is surging to overtake The King's Speech at the Oscars. It does indicate that Sorkin (pictured) will win the adapted screenplay Oscar.

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    More: Awards, Oscars
  • The Playlist
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    Watch: 'Cowboys & Aliens' Scores With Super Bowl Spot

    There are a whole lot of movies coming this summer based on comic books, but the one we're looking forward to most doesn't come from either the Marvel or DC banners. Jon Favreau's "Cowboys & Aliens," based on the graphic novel of the same title, is an ambitious melding of two genres that looks to be delivering the goods on both counts. The first trailer impressed and this afternoon, the Super Bowl spot from the film dropped and within its thirty second runtime, it has renewed our interest in the film all over again.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Super Bowl Movie Ads Go Viral Early On Web: Watch Videos UPDATED

    Super Bowl Movie Ads Go Viral Early On Web: Watch Videos UPDATED

    @JonFavreau knows what he is doing: he posted Universal's Cowboys & Aliens (July 29) Super Bowl XLV spot hours ahead of time on Twitter (and YouTube) in advance of the Super Bowl (below). Now you can see Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig fighting the aliens--they're like fighter planes. Paramount went all-out on five movie spots (which Fox sells at about $3 million for 30 seconds, or $100,000 a second): they're showing Marvel's Captain America and Thor, plus J.J. Abrams' Super 8 and the third Transformers, Dark of the Moon, as well as Rango (March 4) which reunites Pirate's Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp.

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    Austere

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    Don't Make Them Steal

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  • The Playlist
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    Weekend Box Office: Audiences Move In With 'The Roommate'

    You have to admire the cynically commercial business strategies of cheapo distributor Screen Gems. Maybe the worst major studio subsidiary on the block, their approach has been to consistently crank out broadly-appealing four-quadrant movies working with middling directors and fairly unremarkable material. So it goes for “The Roommate,” which is the company’s second-straight Super Bowl weekend hit at $15 million, a designation granted mostly due to how cheap the film was to produce.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weekend Box Office: The Roommate Decks Cameron's 3-D Sanctum; Oscar Hits Hold

    Super Bowl weekend is not primetime for moviegoing, thus low-ball thriller The Roommate topped the box office frame, followed by Sanctum, James Cameron's bid to support quality 3-D (and keep courting deep sea danger). Anthony D'Alessandro does the numbers: Gossip Girl vamp Leighton Meester lured audiences with stalker thriller The Roommate, stealing $15.6 million at 2,534 venues in what was a sleepy Super Bowl weekend.  The frame’s second wide release, Universal/Relativity Media’s deep-sea actioner Sanctum was B.O. plankton, excavating $9.2 million from 2,787.

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  • Spout
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    Posts About "Sucker Punch"

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  • Caryn James
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    Watch a Better, Shorter "Roommate": Justin Bieber and Andy Samberg on SNL

    As I said in my review of the ludicrous psycho-friend thriller The Roommate (you can read it here), the movie offers more laughs than jolts. Here's the latest addition to the film's so-bad-it's-funny reputation: Justin Bieber and Andy Samberg from last night's Saturday Night Live. The parody works if you've only seen the trailer, and even if you haven't.

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    More: SNL Clips
  • The Playlist
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    'Inception' & 'The Social Network' Take Home WGA Awards

    Of all the guild awards this year, the WGA had the most intriguing list of nominees largely due to the number of high profile films -- “Another Year,” “Biutiful,” “Blue Valentine,” “The Ghost Writer,” “The King’s Speech,” “Made in Dagenham,” “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” “Toy Story 3” and “Winter’s Bone” among them -- that were disqualified for not being formally submitted and/or created under the aegis of the organization. Regardless, the guild handed out its awards last night and winners are still representative of some of the year's best work.

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