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    Immersed in Movies: Talking 'The Hobbit,' Higher Frame Rates, and Virtual Production at FMX [Updated]

    I'm in Stuttgart, Germany, this week for the FMX conference on animation, VFX, games, and transmedia. Not surprisingly, the emphasis at FMX is on virtual production, the hottest industry topic, thanks to the influence of "Avatar" and the lingering interest in last year's Oscar winner, "Hugo," among...

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    Orci & Kurtzman Pact with Universal as DreamWorks Scales Back; Will Snider Go to Disney?

    Screenwriter-producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (K/O Paper Products) couldn't be much hotter ("Transformers," "Star Trek," "Spider-Man" sequel, "Ender's Game") and they've just signed a two-year first-look production deal at Universal Pictures to revitalize their horror film library.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Where Experiment Meets the Mainstream

    In an age of redundant remakes ("Total Recall," "Fright Night"), attempted revamps ("21 Jump Street," "The Three Stooges") and even 3D re-launchings ("Titanic 3D," "Star Wars: Episode 1 - 3D") of past Hollywood fare, it’s easy to become disheartened at the current state of film and television.

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    Weekend Reel Reads: Selections from the Critics You Should Know

    This week's selection of weekend reading comes from the results of last week's Critics Deserving of Wider Recognition survey. Topics include "Jaws," "Serenity," filmmaker teachers and a very funny plot pastiche.

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    Watch: Steven Spielberg Joins Andy Samberg & Bill Hader On 'SNL' For 'Laser Cats 7'

    Steven Spielberg has always preferred to balance the serious and the light-hearted, often alternating between heavier fare and popcorn entertainment from picture to picture (look no further than 2011's "War Horse" and "The Adventures Of Tintin"). And with the director current...

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    Weekend Reel Reads: Spielberg's TV, Trailers' Music and Advertisers' Dilemmas

    Weekend Reel Reads is a regular feature that gathers lengthier stories related to the world of film criticism you may have missed during the week. If there's anything you think would be ideal for future installments, please let us know at critic@indiewire.com.

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    Steven Spielberg's Latest: Laser Cats 7 (SNL Video)

    Steven Spielberg played himself in an SNL Digital Short last night, as the ostensible director of the latest installment of Laser Cats  -- the low-tech, sci-fi series with Andy Samberg and Bill Hader, a perfect franchise for a guy obsessed with space aliens. Although the Spielberg alter eg...

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    5 Things You Might Not Know About Steven Spielberg's Game-Changing 'Jaws'

    You know what’s a fun task? Trying to convince anyone that Steven Spielberg’s 1975 “Jaws” is not an American classic and a nearly flawless film. It’s kind of impossible, and if you were to somehow take this position, you would either be painfully foolhardy, Armond White, or both.

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    Academy Acquires Bison Archive Photo Treasures; Rare Images of Hitchcock, Kubrick, Spielberg and Welles' 'Touch of Evil'

    The Academy has acquired more than 70,000 photographs from the Bison Archives, the private collection of renowned film historian Marc Wanamaker. Particularly exciting is a group of eight behind-the-scenes images taken during the filming of the opening sequence of Orson Welles’s noir classic "Touch o...

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    Critic Knows Best (Or Thinks They Do, Anyway)

    What's a film critic's job? To critique? Or to critique and recommend suggestions?

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