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    TRON: Legacy’s 3-D VFX Stretch Current Movie Tech to its Limits

    In the current issue of Popular Mechanics, I dig into the edge of the visual effects frontier represented by TRON: Legacy, which Disney opens wide December 17. The sumptuously visual movie will wow moviegoers with its 3-D VFX, if not its compelling storyline. Here's a snatch of the feature:

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    Amazon Launches New Movie Studio Run by Roy Price, Son of Frank

    Tuesday at 5 pm Pacific, Amazon.com launched Amazon Studios, a radical online approach to finding new screenwriters and filmmakers and developing movies. Inspired by the open source philosophy that has yielded rich results for Silicon Valley innovators, Amazon Studios director Roy Price (son of ex-s...

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    Academy Watch: Star Trek VFX Show-and-Tell

    Visual effects wonks (like me) who are lucky enough to live in L.A. may want to show up on Thursday, November 18 for the Academy's Science and Technology Council program “Visualize This: Previs in the Making of Star Trek." Using clips and behind-the-scenes footage, a panel led by Star Trek writer-pr...

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    Three Critics Debate Future of 3-D

    I invited indieWIRE critics Leonard Maltin and Eric Kohn to join me in a debate about the present and future of 3-D for Moviefone Movies. Here's a sample (read the full piece here):Maltin kicked off the conversation with his take on 'Jackass 3D' opening with $50 million a few weeks back. "I felt the...

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    Paley Center and SnagFilms Stream Live Doc Debut

    In a groundbreaking digital media event, Wednesday the Paley Center for Media, Big Live and SnagFilms are mounting the synchronous American premiere of Truth in Numbers? Everything, According to Wikipedia. It marks the first time a film has premiered with a post-screening panel simultaneously to a t...

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    Freeman To Get AFI Life Achievement Award; Fincher's Rendezvous with Rama in Works

    Morgan Freeman, 73, is having quite a year. He started off 2010 with his fifth Oscar nomination, for playing Nelson Mandela in Clint Eastwood's Invictus; his latest movie, the well-reviewed comedy thriller Red opens on Friday; and he may actually land David Fincher as the director of his 15 years-in...

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    Media Watch: New Yorker Profiles Gawker's Denton, Not Interested in Noble Failures

    The always fascinating Gawker Media czar Nick Denton has yielded a colorful New Yorker portrait by Ben McGrath. Denton gets the new journalism, and I love that he paints himself as a better alternative than the truly frightening new new journalism, the rising tide of content farms: “I think of us as...

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    Warners Cancels 3-D on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

    In a welcome sign that the studios are recognizing the hazards of retrofit 3-D--even if done well--Warner Bros. is dumping the idea of releasing Deathly Hallows Part I, the penultimate film in the Harry Potter series, in 3-D on November 19. (An IMAX release will proceed.) Smart move--although the st...

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    Movie Monsters and Screenwriting Perspectives at Academy

    Heading toward Halloween, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will celebrate the evolution of creature technology on October 21 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. "Monsters in the Movies" will include an on-stage discussion with industry technical experts plus film clips t...

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    Needham Talks IMDb 20th Year Overhaul, Top 20 Lists

    As someone who turns to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) every hour, much less every day, I can't believe that the popular movie buff destination is celebrating its 20th anniversary on October 17.

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