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    Hollywood is in Turnaround

    "It's in turnaround" is one of the great Hollywood lines in "Argo" as John Goodman and Alan Arkin throw insider lingo at Ben Affleck's neophyte "associate producer." Truth is, it seems like all of Hollywood is in turnaround right now.

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    Watch: Johnny Depp in Eye Liner in 'The Lone Ranger' Trailer

    One glance at this trailer for "The Lone Ranger" (July 3, 2013) and there's no need to announce that the remake comes from the filmmaking team behind "Pirates of the Caribbean." Per usual these days, Johnny Depp is in heavy character makeup as the brave and brilliant fool to ...

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    Animating the Classics

    The inimitable American humorist James Thurber once proposed that Walt Disney should animate Homer’s "Odyssey." “(Disney’s) 'Odyssey' can be, I am sure, a far, far greater thing than even his epic of the three little pigs,” Thurber wrote in 1934.

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    Disney's Cancellation Of Henry Selick's Stop-Motion Animated Film Costs Them $50 Million

    It's understandable that following the colossal flop of "John Carter" and the money woes of "The Lone Ranger" (which has still managed to go over budget and behind schedule), Disney would be tightening their belt. But it seems even as they try to save money, they manage to lose some at the same time...

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    Moving on from 'House of Cards,' Will Fincher Return to Salander and Play 'with Fire'?

    David Fincher's upcoming film slate has been shifting over the last week, and some are speculating that it may be moving in the direction of Lisbeth Salander. Not so fast, guys. With news that the director broke up with Egyptian beauty "Cleopatra," starring Angelina Jolie, and with Sony's confirmati...

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    New And Notable Film Books

    Books continue coming in at a faster pace than I can possibly keep up with and it’s been a while since I did a survey. Here are some of the recent titles that pique my interest. Remember, these are not critiques, but descriptions based on a quick once-over. I hope to print full-fledged reviews, on a...

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    Disneyana On A Presidential Scale

    I was lucky enough to attend the grand opening of the new Disney exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library last week in Simi Valley, California, and I urge every diehard Disney fan to make a pilgrimage there between now and next April. There are more than 500 artifacts on display in the 12,0...

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    Fantastic Fest to Open with World Premiere of Tim Burton's 'Frankenweenie'

    Austin's Fantastic Fest will host the world premiere of Tim Burton's playfully Goth return to stop-motion animation, "Frankenweenie." The film will open the week long festival on September 20, prior to its theatrical release on October 5...

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    Disney Sets November 27, 2013 Date For Animated 'Frozen' With Kristen Bell

    2012 has been an interesting year for Disney. It has seen some very high highs (the record-smashing "The Avengers," which recently eclipsed "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" to become the studio's single most successful film of all time) and very low lows ...

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    Marvel's Kevin Feige Talks to Bloomberg About 'Avengers' and Marvel Future (Video)

    In case you weren't aware, Hollywood's man of the hour is Marvel President and "The Avengers" producer Kevin Feige, who speaks to Bloomberg about what is now the summer's first $1 billion blockbuster and what's next. "I have a good job, I can't complain."

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