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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Christopher Nolan to Receive Visionary Award from Visual Effects Society

    Christopher Nolan to Receive Visionary Award from Visual Effects Society

    Christopher Nolan is to receive the Visual Effects Society's inaugural Visionary Award at their Awards night on January 28, 2011, in recognition of his unique and consistent use of "the art and science of visual effects to foster imagination and ignite future discoveries by way of artistry, invention and groundbreaking work," according to the VES.

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    "TRON" DVD Conspiracy is a Travesty for "TRON: Legacy" Potential

    Imagine if it was currently impossible to watch the first six "Harry Potter" movies in preparation for the first part of "Deathly Hallows." That's how I feel regarding the recently discovered difficulty in seeing "TRON" before next month's release of "TRON: Legacy." I haven't seen "TRON" since I was a kid, at least 25 years ago, and if I don't have the chance of revisiting it I likely won't end up seeing the sequel. Fortunately I have a friend who is a diehard fan of the 1982 original and will likely get to borrow his copy of the apparently rare and out-of-print 20th anniversary DVD (which is being sold new on Amazon for nearly $100). What about the others who desire a refresher? And all those young people who've never seen it at all? I have a feeling that Disney's "highly anticipated" return to Flynn's Arcade is not going to be so highly successful without a number of newbies getting a proper introduction to what the heck Flynn's Arcade, not to mention ENCOM and the TRON system, is beforehand. Honestly, I don't even recall what this stuff is all about, and even if the new movie provides expository reminders, this is a problem for me.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Trailer For 'Cowboys & Aliens' Is Rugged & Badass

    It's good week for tentpole trailers. With "Green Lantern" and "Your Highness" delivering the goods yesterday (OK, maybe just the latter), we now have our first look at Jon Favreau's forthcoming "Cowboys & Aliens." And it's the best tentpole trailer to hit in a while (at least this week anyway). Unlike the goofy FX of "Green Lantern," what we see here really makes the sci-fi and period elements feel organic. In fact the whole premise, which sounded kind of dorky on paper, comes off as pretty damn cool here. The cast looks like they're at the top of their game, particularly Harrison Ford, who has been unfairly targeted lately for "Morning Glory" (not his fault, that movie was terrible). He looks like he’s in his dialogue-chewing, scene-stealing glory here. All in all, this looks like it might just be a breath of fresh air in the currently stale looking comic book season for next year.

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  • The Playlist
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    Exclusive: George Clooney Eyeing Lead In Steven Soderbergh's 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'

    While In Early Stages, Picture Is Being Envisioned As "Back To Roots" '60s-Set Film2011 is shaping up to be a banner year for director Steven Soderbergh and therefore likely a big one for Warner Bros. too. The prolific filmmaker is planning on releasing his latest spy-based action thriller "Haywire" next spring, he's currently shooting the virus thriller "Contagion" for an already-planned October 21, 2011 release date (Matt Damon, Kate Winslet and Gwyneth Paltrow are just a few of the A-list names, but no, it won't be in 3D), and he's just announced his latest project, the big screen version of “The Man From U.N.C.L.E" for the aforementioned WB.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Hardwicke Talks Red Riding Hood, Trailer Attached to Deathly Hallows

    We spoke to director Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) at the Black Swan AFI Fest after party, where she admitted that she's been sequestered in the editing room with her $42-million Gothic twist on Red Riding Hood, starring Amanda Seyfried as a "naughty" not so little woman with a red cape in medieval times who tangles with a werewolf, which Warners will open next March. Edward Cullen runner-up Shiloh Fernandez plays her love-interest, Gary Oldman is a priest, and Julie Christie is her grandmother.

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    Hulu Plus For Everyone

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Weekly Oscar Prediction Update: 17/11/10

    Here's another weekly update of the Oscar prediction charts to supplement Wednesday's awards column on indieWIRE (which this week discusses the worst recent snubs in the best original song category).

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Producers to Watch: J. Todd Harris - Creative Producer

    During AFM I spoke at length with J. Todd Harris, who we’ve known since his days running John Davis’ Classics division at Fox and from the go-go days of the dotcom bubble when we were both affiliated with a start up called ReelPlay. Todd and I had a wide-ranging conversation that included his background as a theatre producer, his early independent film days, his recent Sundance films (The Kids Are All Right and Bottle Shock), his current projects, and plans to launch Branded Pictures Entertainment (BPE). His two latest completed projects were both launched at AFM (The Family Tree, ISA: Myriad, and Miss Nobody, ISA: Moving Pictures). Both were privately financed independent films. Miss Nobody (www.missnobody.com) stars Leslie Bibb, Adam Goldberg, Missi Pyle, Kathy Baker and Brandon Routh. “It’s based on a darkly funny script by Douglas Steinberg and tells the story of a secretary humorously murdering her way up the corporate food chain. I read it about nine years ago and finally the planets aligned when I met Boston-based producer Allan Jones who put together the financing. Tim Cox directed and made a gorgeous, eye-popping film.”“Allan and I also collaborated on The Family Tree (www.thefamilytreemovie.com) by Mark Lisson with first time feature director Vivi Friedman doing a great job. Hope Davis stars as a woman who gets an unexpected chance to redeem herself and her family when she temporarily loses the memory of her past 16 years.” The film has a wonderful cast, including Dermot Mulroney, Selma Blair, Chi McBride, Christina Hendricks, Gabrielle Anwar, Keith Carradine, Bow Wow, Brittany Robertson, Max Thieriot and John Patrick Amedori.”When I asked Todd how these independent films meshed up with his newly formed company Branded Pictures Entertainment, he got a little philosophical on me:

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  • The Playlist
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    A Few New Details On Whit Stillman's 'Damsels In Distress'

    Chris Eigeman Might Cameo; Stillman Currently On Sixth Draft Of Jamaican Music Pic 'Dancing Mood' So yes, Whit Stillman is currently at work on his first film in over a decade, "Damsels In Distress," and we really couldn't be more excited. It's a voice that has been absent far too long from the filmmaking scene and we're glad he'll be returning.

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