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    Joseph Kosinski Talks The "Art House" Heart Of 'Tron: Legacy'

    Filmmaker Discusses The "Wizard of Oz" Aspect Of 'Tron' Remake's 3DExclusive: When we reviewed "Tron: Legacy" a week ago, we noted that the movie has a surprisingly strange, video-art-project vibe. The most striking moments in it come when the overstuffed sci-fi plot falls away and the visuals and music get pumped up to maximum, sternum-shaking volume. Director Joseph Kosinski shoots and edits things very cleanly -- light cycles glide across the screen, leaving a ribbon of flowing light behind him; characters walk slowly towards the screen bedecked in rubbery suits rimmed with neon; and often its oversized importance (chiefly in a monetary sense, as this is a big important Disney movie that is supposed to kick-start a number of ancillary ventures) is sidelined simply for the beauty of it all.

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    Vachon and Aviv partner with Digital Artists

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Film Comment Year-End Best List

    One good thing about year-end best lists from such places as Film Comment--posted below-- is that you can be reminded of the arcane fest films you missed, no matter if you've probably seen more movies than most. Already on my screener pile (thanks Fredell) is Claire Denis's White Material, which came in third on this list. Many of my ten bests rank high here, including Carlos, The Social Network, The Ghost Writer, Winter's Bone, Inside Job and Toy Story 3. (I put A Prophet on my list last year.) And I put True Grit, The King's Speech, and Fish Tank on my ten-best as well.

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  • Eric Kohn
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    Malick's "Tree of Life" Trailer: A Shot-By-Shot Breakdown.

    When the trailer for Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" showed up online last week, the sudden anticipatory buzz made it seem as though the movie had already hit theaters. This was Malick, after all -- cinematic poet extraordinaire, and one of the few American filmmakers to make a series of relatively big movies with stars entirely on his own terms. Over the years, Malick has become a cult-like figure whose later works tend to divide people, in no case more clearly than with "The New World." But while that movie had it fair share of grief after it hit theaters, Malick's latest has been in production limbo for so long that it seemed like a small miracle when Fox Searchlight came to its rescue and secured a release date for next year. Descriptions of the cosmic, time-shifting premise behind "Tree of Life" certainly suggests something more ambitious than even his last project. Whether it will only please his most devoted fans or bring him some new ones remains to be seen. But we definitely know now that "Tree of Life" has a lot going on. So I decided to break it down. After the jump, all 96 cuts, including titles cards, and a few brief attempts at interpretation.

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    Blake Edwards

    “How do you thank someone for a million laughs?” With the passing of Blake Edwards, one of the very last survivors of the golden age of pictures has gone. At 88, he had seen the whole parade: his grandfather was a silent film director, his father was in the business, and Blake started out as an actor in the l940s, eventually turned to screenwriting---quite successfully---and then to directing in the mid-l950s. Over the years, he had an impressive array of popular and superbly made pictures, including Breakfast at Tiffany’s (probably Audrey Hepburn’s most iconic appearance), Operation Petticoat (Cary Grant’s biggest box office hit), 10 (which made Dudley Moore a superstar), S.O.B. (which bared wife Julie Andrews’ breasts and skewered Hollywood mercilessly), Victor/Victoria (a taboo-breaking gender-bending farce that he transferred successfully to Broadway as a musical), and, of course, the glorious Pink Panther series that started in the l960s and ran throughout the l970s (giving Peter Sellers his most devastatingly funny incarnation as the hopelessly bumbling Inspector Clouseau).

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    Release Dates & Changes: 'Crazy, Stupid, Love,' 'Horrible Bosses' & 'Arthur'

    Plus A First Look Photo Of 'Crazy, Stupid, Love'While everyone is turning off the phone, putting down the Blackberry, wrapping presents and getting ready to slow down for the holidays, Warner Bros. is busily making some last minute adjustments to their 2011 schedule before clocking out for the year. The studio has settled on and retweaked the release dates to four upcoming pictures and done some general shuffling around.

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    Exclusive: 'Tron: Legacy' Director Joseph Kosinski Talks Upcoming Projects 'Black Hole' & 'Oblivion'

    There's an early scene in "Tron: Legacy" where we get a look around Sam Flynn's room. We see that the young son of computer magnate Kevin Flynn (played by Jeff Bridges) has small toys based around the computer characters in the first movie and, briefly, we get a glimpse of a poster on his wall. It's "The Black Hole," an underrated sci-fi movie that Disney released in 1979 to middling box office returns. It's a movie where Anthony Perkins is killed by robots and has held up surprisingly well (certainly way better than the original "Tron"), thanks largely to its emphasis on moody atmospherics over "cutting edge" technology. The poster's placement in "Tron: Legacy" is a nice tip-of-the-hat to Disney sci-fi history, but it's also an indication of things to come: Joseph Kosinski has been tapped by the Mouse House to do a big budget reboot of that feature, too.

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    David Fincher Responds To Robert Duvall's "Too Many Takes Is The Enemy Of Acting" Comments

    Spike Jonze Initially Tried To Talk Fincher Out Of Making 'The Social Network'; Director Says He Warned Justin Timberlake About His Tough MethodWhat a grouping in New York yesterday evening. Last night, Spike Jonze moderated a post-"The Social Network" Q&A with director David Fincher and star Jesse Eisenberg. If that's not enough talent in one room we're not sure what is (photos courtesy of the honorable Mr. Jeff Wells). We were in attendance for what was a spirited and lively discussion of Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg and the idea of subjective truths in Aaron Sorkin's screenplay (it should be noted, while Sorkin at the New York Film Festival insisted everything in the script was of the utmost veracity, Fincher seemed at ease with describing the film as their version of the events that took place).

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  • The Lost Boys
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    indieWIRE's Year End Poll Is Being Tabulated...

    And the results so far are online. They will be final by Monday, December 20th (I hope, at least), so do keep checking back as we update it over the next few days... There's 84 ballots entered as of my Friday night signoff, with at least 25 to go (oh, how my weekend will be spent).

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