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    Watch 'Inception' In Real Time & Ten Key Quotes From Chris Nolan's Interview With Brother Jonathan

    Plus Watch The Film In Real Time, And Nolan's Structure Drawing When you think about it, there's really no way that "Inception" should have worked. A film of ludicrous ambition, a $200 million dollar passion project, attempting to combine the arthouse and the blockbuster at one fell swoop, and, unlike virtually every other tentpole, not based on a comic book, video game or airport novel. Not to mention that the history of directors being given carte blanche following a megahit doesn't always work out for the best -- right up until the film started screening, we were still concerned that it could turn out to be Nolan's "Heaven's Gate."

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    Michel Gondry Says 'The We & The I' Films Next Summer; Also Working On Animated Noam Chomsky Doc

    Screenings have started for Michel Gondry's first big tentpole studio film, "The Green Hornet," and the early reactions on Twitter have been positive. Certainly, it seems to indicate that reports of Sony's pleasure with the film were on the money and if the early word continues to build in the same direction, it would be a remarkable turnaround for a film that only a few months ago had most movie sites ringings its death knell. So with that film gearing up for release next month, Gondry is already looking to what's next and he's certainly not short on options. The animated project "Megalomania" and ambitious musical project "The Return Of The Ice Kids" with Ellen Page attached have been in the works for a while, but it's another long-gestating project that will go first.

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    Trailer For 'I Am Number Four' Marks Exact Midpoint Between 'Twilight' And Brett Ratner's 'X-Men'

    We were a little confused a few months back when it appeared that Dreamworks were releasing a sequel to the Doug Liman/Hayden Christensen sci-fi flop "Jumper." As it turned out, it was actually the trailer for a film called "I Am Number Four," an adaptation of the young adult novel by Oprah nemesis James Frey and co-writer Jobie Hughes, about an exiled alien, the titular number four, on the run from the rival extraterrestrial race that wiped out his people.

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    Sound and Fury: Julie Taymor's "The Tempest"

    Julie Taymor is a filmmaker fascinatingly, infuriatingly at odds with herself. Each of her four features contains an essential, somewhat patronizing, gesture toward accessibility: her debut, Titus, sexes up Shakespeare’s gruesome Titus Andronicus with an all-star cast and a bright color palette; Frida puts Salma Hayek through an Oscar-friendly ornate-biopic game of dress-up, casting the voluptuous actress as the earth-mother-ish Mexican painter Frida Kahlo; Across the Universe tells a story of young love laced with Beatles tracks, proudly presenting the biggest pop-music sensation in the history of the world for those recalcitrant adolescents unwilling to take their parents’ word for it; and The Tempest, her latest effort, returns to the turf of her debut, busting a flashy late-Nineties-esque Shakespeare-revisionism move (it’s Prosper-a not Prosper-o!) amid a maelstrom of bizarre VFX. Even her forthcoming, astronomically expensive Broadway adaptation of Spider-Man, subtitled Turn Off the Dark, seems determined to make the comic-book material even more mainstream; the three Sam Raimi Spider-Man films collectively took in about $2.5 billion worldwide, but for all those stern, earnest adult-contemporary listeners in flyover country still dismissing superheroes as geeky kids’ stuff, Taymor has made the diplomatic gesture of adding a score of new soaring anthems by Bono and The Edge. Read Benjamin Mercer's review of The Tempest.

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    James Franco, Alan Cumming, Catherine Keener & Claire Danes Star In Currently-Filming 'Maladies'

    Project Is Payoff To Franco's 'General Hospital' RoleJames Franco's had a pretty good 2010, but his 2011 is likely to be even better. The polymath will kick things off by not only co-hosting the Academy Awards with Anne Hathaway, but also with a near certain-nomination at the awards for his stunning performance in Danny Boyle's "127 Hours." April will then see him topline the fantasy comedy "Your Highness," and the summer will see him take on his first full-flung blockbuster lead in 20th Century Fox's "Rise of the Apes."

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    Weekly Oscar Prediction Update: 08/12/10

    Things are getting heated. The first burst of Oscar precursors have reared their heads and now the race is more or less clear. As far as I can tell, most major races have narrowed to 6-8 potential nominees (or 13-14 for the best picture top ten), and the next burst of precursors should probably make those numbers even smaller.

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    Sony's Pascal Extends Employment Deal

    Amy Pascal is sticking with her gig as co-chairman at Sony Pictures Entertainment for the moment.

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    Review: 'You Won't Miss Me' Lacks Insight & Interest

    Despite over-saturation, a refusal/inability to use the film medium to its full potential, and the generally low-aiming nature of the mumbly micro-indie, it seems the genre is here to stay.

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    Double Geekgasm: 'Spider-Man' Starts Shooting Using RED EPIC 3D Cameras

    "Spider-Man," the newly rebooted comic franchise, has officially begun principal photography with director Marc Webb at the helm, but if that wasn't enough to get geeks thoroughly excited, a whole other subset of fans (i.e. camera nerds) have their own bit of news to freak over as well.

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    Two Minutes on the Phone With Andrew Garfield

    I got the very pleasant opportunity to speak with "The Social Network" and "Never Let Me Go" actor Andrew Garfield a week or two ago for this interview up on indieWIRE... and here's a little snippet of the audio, with Mr. Garfield offering some thoughts on the (likely) suggestion he might soon be an Oscar nominee:

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